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Lady Bulldawg Team Camp

Las Cruces High girls basketball coach Matt Abney put on his Lady Bulldawg Team Camp last week, and overall I think it was very successful.

I’m quickly learning that it’s impossible to be everywhere at once and schedules don’t always work out perfectly, so I inevitably miss some choice games.

Tularosa's Iris Rodriguez drives to the basket.

Tularosa's Iris Rodriguez drives to the basket.

Since I don’t get to see many teams outside the Las Cruces area during the regular season, I usually try to catch some of the smaller teams or ones that are further away–I then use the shots for the Big Time Hoops website. This time around I got some good looks at the Hobbs, Rio Rancho, Silver, NM School for the Deaf and Dora teams.

El Paso Jefferson and LCHS battle it out in the beautifully lit Las Cruces High gym.

El Paso Jefferson and LCHS battle it out in the beautifully lit Las Cruces High gym.

For the teams I’m more familiar with, it’s a good opportunity to see who has moved up from the JV ranks and see all the new faces on the JV teams. Personally, I’m interested to see how Mayfield and Las Cruces do this next season with some top-notch talent graduating (Godfrey, Adams and Franzoy). I’m sure Abney and Maya will find a way to tweak their squads and keep it competitive and entertaining for the fans. Mesilla Valley is sporting a new coach in Brad Bailey (their fourth in four years). Hopefully he’ll stick around to give his team some consistency and let them develop.

Chaparral's Erika Talamantes, left, helps teammate Kathleen Barto up.

Chaparral's Erika Talamantes, left, helps up teammate Kathleen Barto.

Obviously, it’s impossible to tell how the teams are going gel up, but it’s fun to watch the girls play their hearts out.

Check out the Lady Bulldawg Team Basketball Camp photo gallery.

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Change of pace

Since I’ve been focusing on the Big Time Hoops site and the girl’s side of basketball, I haven’t had a chance to catch a lot of the MVCS boys games. The move of the (somewhat) traditional MVCS Saturday games has thrown me for a loop as well, so I was disappointed when I missed their homecoming game last week.

Zack Adams flies to the hoop.

It’s always fun to watch these guys play, and since this is the third year I’ve been following coach Adler and his squad, I’ve had the opportunity to see the younger players develop, namely Zack Adams and Tommy Adler.

Both were instrumental in the ’07 state championship run and no doubt the team will look to Zack and Tommy for their leadership this year.

Zack, pictured to the left, is one of the local athletes that makes my job easy–his athleticism and presence on the court makes him a great subject to capture (Cruces’ Zoe Meade comes to mind, too). He also showed up on my last post about my “Top 10” action shots from 2008.

Tommy and Zack, like the rest of the team, are a great bunch of guys; true gentlemen and genuinely nice people.

Now we just need to talk about the mohawk…

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