Other sports action this week:
Peñasco wins final two matches of regular season, heads to district
The Peñasco Lady Panthers volleyball team finished out the regular season strong, winning both of its final two matches against Questa and Escalante on the road.
It took the Lady Panthers four sets to defeat Questa - a team they swept earlier in the season at home - but they were still the dominant force. The Lady Panthers took set 1 and 2: 25-9, 25-18. They dropped the third set, but won the fourth and final set, 25-19.
Head coach Maxine Abeyta said that they had one goal on their mind when they went to Questa - and that was to win. Abeyta admitted that her team was too relaxed when they had dropped the third set, but that they came together when they needed to.
"[The] girls did a great job and took care of business," she wrote in an email to the Taos News.
In the match, Carly Gonzales led the way, scoring a total of 31 points, adding 13 kills and 25 assists. Ariana MacAuley, meanwhile, had 10 points and 11 kills.
In their final match of the regular season, the Lady Panthers dominated Escalante all three sets. The final scores were: 25-12, 25-13 and 26-24.
Abeyta said that, entering the Escalante match, the Lady Panthers were focused on winning so they could lock in the second seed in District 5-2A. And they did.
As of press time, the Lady Panthers were slated to host a home match on Wednesday (Nov. 6) against the winner of Escalante-Mesa Vista. Peñasco has handled both teams in the regular season, holding a 4-0 record against the two of them.
Taos girls soccer season ends in first round of state tournament
The Taos girls soccer team was chosen as the ninth seed heading into the first round of the state soccer tournament. That meant that they'd have to face No. 8 Silver on the road on Saturday (Nov. 2)
When the did, the game didn't go their way. The Tigers lost 4-2 to Silver and it effectively put an end to their season.
The two goalscorers for Taos on Saturday were Selina Bayles and Anabelle Caldwell.
Peñasco cross-country takes first in boys and girls races
Both the boys and girls varsity squads took home first place in the District 5-A/2A meet on Saturday (Nov. 2) at Mora.
In the girls varsity race, Carly Gonzales zoomed past the competition for a first place finish individually. She finished with a time of 21:16. Her sister, Charnelle Gonzales, finished in third place exactly a minute after with a time of 22:16. Other runners in the top 10 for Peñasco were Rhyen Vigil in fifth, Analise MacAuley in sixth, Elisha Mustache in eighth, Adrianna Tafoya in ninth and Maricela Macauley in tenth place.
In the boys varsity race, Gilly Valdez was the highest finisher for the Panthers at fifth place. He had a time of 18:25.08.
Rounding out the top 10 runners for Peñasco on the boys side were Elias Archibeque in eighth place and Dominic Lopez in ninth place. Archibeque posted a final time of 18:57 while Lopez had a final time of 19:04.
The state meet will be at Río Rancho High School on Saturday (Nov. 9). The girls A/2A race will get its start at 11 a.m. and the boys varsity race will be at 1:05 p.m.
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