Texico senior Casey Crist goes up to score a basket during a game in last weekend’s Farwell Invitational tournament.
Coach: Richard Luscombe (19th year)
2006-07 record: 23-6 (5-1), lost in Class 2A state semifinals
2007-08 record: 5-2
Top players: Daniel Schueler, 6-4 Sr. P; Courtland Luscombe, 6-4 Sr. F; Casey Crist, 6-1 Sr. P; Josh Murray, 6-0 Sr. G.
Coach’s comment: “I think we’ll be quite a bit better than we were last year. We’ve got good guard play and some kids who are capable of scoring more than we had last year.”
FORT SUMNER FOXES
Coach: John Wootton (8th year over two stints)
2006-07 record: 11-14 (5-3)
2007-08 record: 3-1
Top players: Cass Dimitroff, 5-11 Sr. G; Berry Stinnett, 6-1 Jr. P; Jacob West, 6-6 Sr. P.
Coach’s comment: “We have a lot of kids that got playing time last year. We have decent depth, and hopefully we can make that an advantage for us.”
Coach: Casey Pack (6th year)
2006-07 record: 3-23 (1-7)
2007-08 record: 4-3
Top players: Kevin Park, 5-7 Sr. G; Clint Barnard, 6-2 So. F; Zac Pack, 5-11 Jr. G; Adam Hairgrove, 6-0 Sr. P.
Coach’s comment: “We’ve grown a lot, but we’ve still got a lot more improvement to make. Our district is easliy the best in the state, top to bottom.”
Coach: Jim Kneipp (3rd year)
2006-07 record: 4-20 (2-8)
2007-08 record: 4-5
Top players: Brian Blackburn, 6-4 Sr. P; Tanner Allen, 5-9 Jr. F; Aaron Lunsford, 6-3 Sr. P; Dalton Thomas, 5-9 So. G.
Coach’s comment: “We’re expecting to improve a lot as the season goes along. I’ve seen improvement from last year. We have a chance to be in the district race this year.”
CLOVIS CHRISTIAN EAGLES
Coach: Randy McBroom (2nd year)
2006-07 record: 14-14 (4-6)
2007-08 record: 2-4
Top players: Keeson Bell, 6-2 Sr. P; Tyler Shipman, 5-6 Sr. PG; Ross Miller, 6-1 Jr. F.
Coach’s comment: “I think a district championship is a reachable goal if we play together. Two big keys for us will be our defense and our overall effort.”
Coach: Patrick Finney (1st year)
2006-07 record: 9-19 (3-7)
2007-08 record: 5-11
Top players: Ross McClaran, 6-2 Sr. F; Dalton Cockerham, 6-2 Sr. G.
Coach’s comment: “We just need to steadily improve. Hopefully, we can surprise some people come district time.”
Coach: Tommy DeLeon (1st year)
2006-07 record: 12-11 (7-3)
2007-08 record: 3-11
Top players: Jesus Rocha, 5-10 Sr. G; Trent Quintana, 5-8 Sr. G; Oscar Rodriguez, 6-4 Jr. P.
Coach’s comment: “The past few games, we’ve really come on. We get ourselves in big deficits and then we come back, but we can’t get over the hump. I’m not too worried about our record. We’re just trying to get ready for district.”
Coach: Ralph Mason (14th year)
2006-07 record: 15-11 (6-6)
2007-08 record: 5-5
Top players: Garrett Riley, 6-0 Sr. G; Colby Carpenter, 6-0 Sr. G; Patrick Precure, 5-11 Sr. F.
Coach’s comment: “We’re in a very tough, competitive district. There’s not a lot of difference between the top five teams. You just hope you’re improving every day to get where you want to be.”
— Compiled by Dave Wagner