By Chris Schmaedeke and Thomas Garcia, Quay County Sun
Last season: 7-17 overall
Coach: John Span
Returning starters: Juniors Jakus Martinez and Dalton Wood; sophomore Travis Garcia
Outlook: The Rattlers have a lot of speed but are lacking in size. Tucumcari has the athletes to run opponents up and down the court.
Quote: “A lot of these guys are in football shape right now and I need to get them into basketball shape,” Span said.
Last season: 17-10
Coach: Billy Burns
Returning starters: Seniors Truitt Frost and Blake Strack; junior Brandon Rafool
Outlook: Coach Burns feels his team needs to play defense and build up team chemistry.
Quote: “We will play fast when we need to and we will slow it down when we need to,” Burns said.
Last season: 10-15 (House); 11-14 (Grady)
Coach: Jim Kneipp
Returning starters: Seniors Dalton Thomas (Grady), Jarod Allen (Grady) and Bobby Lee (House); junior Dustin Provenico (Grady).
Outlook: The Bronchos will try to press this year to get their running game going. Coach Kneipp sees his team playing up to nine players deep.
Quote: “I think this year we will shoot the ball better,” Kneipp said.
Last season: 9-16
Coach: Tommy Thompson
Returning starters: Senior Robbie Garcia
Outlook: First-year coach Thompson has a young team without a lot of experience. One senior and two juniors return for the Coyotes.
Quote: “A lot of the young guys have to come together,” Thompson said.