Sunday, May 31, 2009

What to look forward to next year prep wise

Even though I no longer write for the Las Cruces Sun-News I am continuing my blog as much as possible on LC prep sports. Here are a few things to look forward to for the 2009-10 season.

Onate Football
The Knights return several key players and will have senior leadership to fall back on. Can the Knights get over the hump and play consistently? LB Zach Daugherty will help the way as will FB Zach Hernandez and Lineman John Cachora.
Onate proved at times it could play with the big boys in 2008, giving both Mayfield and Las Cruces High fits at times. My guess is the Knights can win 8 or 9 games in the regular season and make a run in the state playoffs, but they will have to find the will to compete for four quarters every game.

Las Cruces High boys basketball
Last year the Bulldawgs got to the 5A semifinals of the state tournament under coach Mike Smith. He's gone, but assistant William Benjamin takes over. Benjamin, the former Aggie basketball player, knows the program and has been a successful JV coach. His JV squad was pretty solid last year and the freshman team had some good players as well. Those kids will need to step up and replace the many seniors that used up their eligibility. Also, the return of PG Terrel de Rouen will help ease the transition for Benjamin.

Mayfield volleyball
The Trojans made a big time run at the state tournament last year and won the 5A title against perennial power Rio Rancho. The Trojans return outside hitter Jessica Groen and setter Kristen Romney to help lead the charge.

- Felix


Not Related to Felix said...

Well, I am saddened that you no longer write for the LC Sun News. You seemed to be the only one interested in the status of prep sports around the city. The other writers merely reported on what was popular at the moment. I no longer have kids in high school, but it was always refreshing to hear about other teams were doing. Hope they get someone as good as you in the future.

Anonymous said...

Why aren't you writing for them anymore FC?

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