The 2003-2004 District 6-AA All District basketball teams were announced recently, and members of the Tucumcari boys’ and girls’ varsity squads were selected.
For the boys, Ray Johnson and Chris McCasland made First Team All-District. Johnson said he was happy to make the team for the second straight year.
“This being my senior year, I knew I had to step up and be a leader,” said Johnson. “I had a lot of help from my team.”
Chris McCasland said he realizes that being named to the First Team will put a little pressure on him next year.
“I know that my teammates are going to look to me to be a leader next year,” said McCasland. “I’m looking to quarterback this team next year.”
Joe Aragon and Justin Galvan received Honorable Mention from district coaches. Rattler coach John Span had praise for seniors Aragon, Johnson and Galvan.
“By receiving this recognition from the coaches around the district, it shows they worked hard,” he said.
As for McCasland, Span said he has the potential to reap even more success.
“If Chris works hard in the off season, he’ll be a real leader for us,” said Span. “He needs to work on driving to the basket from his left.”
The Tucumcari girls were represented by Jamie Jones on the First Team All-District. Jones, only a sophomore, said she was excited to find out, but is not letting early recognition go to her head.
“It just makes me want to try harder next year. Hopefully our team will do better, and I’ll make the First Team again next year, said Jones.”
Four Lady Rattlers received Honorable Mention: Amanda Tapia, Erin Kirksey, Amber Martin and Whitney Spinks.
Tapia, a junior, said she realizes she will be looked up to next year as a leader.
“I’m normally a quiet person, but I expect to step up next year and be a leader,” said Tapia.
Tapia said she was a little shocked to receive Honorable Mention.
“I was like, ‘Whoa!’ After the surprise wore off, I told myself that next year I’ll try to make First Team.”
Erin Kirksey, a departing senior, looked at her Honorable Mention status as recognition for the team.
“I’m happy that I got Honorable Mention, but with all that our team has been through this year, I see this as kind of a gift to our team,” said Kirksey. “Even though we had a tough season, we got something out of it.”