Area basketball capsules

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.

San Jon

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.