Area high school boys basketball capsules

Texico’s Ruben Lindley, right, applies defensive pressure to Friona’s Caleb Miller in the boys finals of the Farwell Invitational earlier this month. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle)

CNJ staff

New Mexico
TEXICO WOLVERINES
District 6-2A
Coach:
Richard Luscombe (18th year)
2006-07 record: 9-2, including a runnerup finish in the Farwell Invitational and the championship in the Wolverines’ own Citizens Bank Border Shootout.
Last season: Lost in district tournament to Tucumcari.
Top players: Daniel Schueler, 6-4 P, Jr.; Josh Murray, 6-0 G, Jr.; Courtland Luscombe, 6-4 F, Jr.; Ruben Lindley, 6-0 F, Sr.
Coach’s comment: “We’re about where I expect us to be right now. As the season goes on, we’ve got so many young kids that I think we’re just going to get better and better and better.”

FORT SUMNER FOXES
District 3-1A
Coach:
John Wootton (7th year). The veteran coach begins his second stint at the school this season, having previously coached the Foxes from 1972-78.
2006-07 record: 1-5.
Last season: Lost to Hagerman in Class 1A state quarterfinals.
Top players: Ryan Hall, 5-10 PG, Sr.; Cass Dimitroff, 5-10 G, Jr.; Brett Cortese, 5-10 P, Jr.; Jacob West, 6-3 P, Jr.
Coach’s comment: “Hopefully, we can get things going. Ryan is the only one who has an varsity experience from last year. It’s an enjoyable bunch of kids, and hopefully we can keep getting better.”

MELROSE BUFFALOES
District 3-1A
Coach:
Casey Pack (5th year)
2006-07 record: 0-10.
Last season: Lost in Class 1A regionals to Logan, finishing a 17-11 season.
Top players: Eric Walker, 5-10 G, Sr.; Adam Hairgrove, 6-0 P, Jr.
Coach’s comment: “We’re young, and we’ve just got to go out and learn how to win again. We’re trying to find the right people for the right spots.”

GRADY BRONCHOS
District 4-1A
Coach:
Jim Kneipp (3rd year)
2006-07 record: 2-6.
Last season: Lost to Fort Sumner in Class 1A regional semifinals.
Top players: Brian Blackburn, 6-3 PG, Jr.; Jett Sours, 6-0 Sr., F. Blackburn moved from forward position when the Bronchos lost senior PG Trenton Whitehead for the season to a broken leg over Thanksgiving.
Coach’s comment: “Logan, Clovis Christian and San Jon are probably the best teams (in the district). I feel like Clovis Christian should have a good ballclub.”

CLOVIS CHRISTIAN EAGLES
District 4-1A
Coach:
Randy McBroom (1st year)
2006-07 record: 5-4.
Last season: Lost to Grady in district tournament semifinals, ending the Eagles’ first winning season since becoming eligible for the NMAA playoffs three years ago.
Top players: Will Genitski, 6-0 G, Sr.; Ryan Boatman, 6-3 PG, Sr.; Keeson Bell, 6-1 P, Jr.
Coach’s comment: “We’ve come a long way. I’ve always said that with a new coach, and learning a new system, it takes some time. Once that happens, these kids can really start to excel.”

Texas
FARWELL STEERS
District 5-1A
Coach:
Clint Conkin (3rd year)
2006-07 record: 5-11.
Last season: Lost tiebreaker with Morton for second of two playoff berths in what was then District 4-1A.
Top players: Brett Howard, 5-11 PG, Sr.; Ross McClaran, 6-2 F, Jr.; Dan Patterson, 6-2 P, Sr.
Coach’s comment: “We’ve played some good teams this year, and I wanted to do that. We’re just going to have to block out and be able to rebound better.”

BOVINA MUSTANGS
District 5-1A
Coach:
Willie Torres (1st year)
2006-07 record: 4-7.
Last season: Went 7-21 and finished fifth in then-District 4-1A.
Top players: Jesus Rocha, 6-0 G, So.; Jeremy Vasquez, 5-10 G, Sr.; Ivan solis, 6-1 P, Jr.
Coach’s comment: “I’m hoping we can make the playoffs — that’s our main goal. We have a lot of young kids who just need to get used to a new system.”

MULESHOE MULES
District 2-2A
Coach:
Ralph Mason (13th year)
2006-07 record: 7-4 (1-0 district).
Last season: Lost to Borger in Class 3A regional quarterfinals.
Top players: Garrett Riley, 6-0 G, Jr.; Eric Washington, 6-1 P, Sr.; Dustin Barker, 6-1 F, Sr.; T.J. Brantley, 6-0 P, Sr.
Coach’s comment: “We were inexperienced coming into the year, so it’s going to take some time. The more we play together, the better we’re going to be.”

— Compiled by Dave Wagner