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Overall record: 12-6
Key wins: vs. Taos, Dec 19; vs. Pojoaque, Dec. 21; at Del Norte, Jan. 5.
Key losses: vs. St. Pius X, Dec. 1; vs. Capital, Dec. 29; at Belen, Jan. 12.
Outlook: The Spartans are the No. 6-ranked team in Class 4A right now and have had a solid nondistrict season. Their record against the better teams on their schedule, however, has been somewhat spotty. Bernalillo has had height in the recent past, but no one on the roster is listed above 6-foot-4. Coach Terry Darnell, however, will have them ready to play Wednesday.
Overall record: 12-4
Key wins: vs. West Las Vegas, Dec. 8; vs. St. Pius X, Dec. 28; vs. Academy, Jan. 13.
Key losses: vs. Clovis, Dec. 9; vs. Del Norte, Jan. 11.
Outlook: The Jaguars started making noise last district season and were considered a sleeper in 4A coming into this season. While the Jaguars are good, they are certainly not unbeatable, especially in district play. Capital has five seniors on its roster, the rest are juniors, and might be the team everyone’s chasing not only this year, but next year.
Española Valley Sundevils
Overall record: 6-10
Key wins: at Santa Fe Indian School, Dec. 30; vs. Cleveland, Jan. 10.
Key losses: vs. Academy, Dec. 9; vs. Los Alamos, Jan. 10; at Hope Christian, Jan. 7.
Outlook: The Sundevils have played somewhat better in recent weeks heading into the start of 2-4A play, but they will have a long way to go to defend their four consecutive district regular season titles. Lest anyone forget, though, Española Valley is the defending 4A champ. A slow start in district, however, might erode the team’s fan base, something it has relied on for a momentum boost.
Los Alamos Hilltoppers
Overall record: 6-11
Key wins: vs. Belen, Dec. 6; vs. Española Valley, Dec. 10; at Pojoaque, Jan. 12.
Key losses: at St. Michael’s, Nov. 30; at Taos, Dec. 17; at Sandia, Jan. 14.
Outlook: This week could be key for the Hilltoppers, at Bernalillo and hosting Santa Fe. A sweep or a split could get the ball rolling for the Hilltoppers immediately, dropping both would put the team squarely behind the 8-ball. Los Alamos has played well in most of its recent outings, but a lackluster performance against Sandia Saturday wasn’t what it was hoping to see heading into 2-4A play.
Santa Fe Demons
Overall record: 4-11
Key wins: at Deming, Dec. 2; vs. Pojoaque, Jan. 2.
Key losses: vs. Valenica, Dec. 3; at St. Michael’s, Dec. 16; at Cibola, Jan. 6.
Outlook: The Demons haven’t exactly piled up the wins during the nondistrict season, which included a loss against Capital at the Capital City Invite. Ask any district coach, however, and they’re leery of Santa Fe. Jordan Booth-Homer may turn into a premier guard in the district before he’s done, but the Demons need to find a way to win without Orlando Echave.