In between seasons in high school sports you always wonder what the teams will look like the following season. You almost always lose key players to graduation, and need younger players to fill those roles. This weekend we have a chance to get something of a sneak peak into what the West Las Vegas and Robertson boys basketball teams will look like in 2022-23, as both teams will be competing at the West Las Vegas Summer Slam event Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25 at West Las Vegas high school.
The one unfortunate thing is that the Dons and the Cardinals are not scheduled to match up with one another, giving us an early preview of the inner city rivalry that we cannot get enough of, however the Dons will be in action six times and the Cardinals will take the floor five times at WLV.
Also competing at WLV this weekend is the Mora Rangers, who will enter their second season under the direction of head coach Manuel Romero. Romero did not get to spend much time with his team last Summer, so this year, having a full offseason and Summer to work with his roster is something that he surely is not taking for granted.
The headliners are of course the local teams, the Dons, Cardinals and Rangers, but there are other interesting teams competing this weekend. The Taos Tigers were the no. 2 seed in the 4A state tournament last season and both McCurdy and Peñasco were playoff teams in 2A last season. The remainder of the nine team field is comprised of Cuba, Mesa Vista and Pojoaque.
This event will be one of the last of the Summer for area basketball teams, as we head into July and the focus shifts to the Fall sports. It’s one more chance for coaches to get a look at some new talent that will surely impact results in 2022-23.