Coronado’s push for a sixth consecutive 20-win season begins at home 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Canyon Randall.
And there are also plenty of other story lines ahead of the game.
Most importantly, the game will be the Mustangs’ first step into the world without star guard Jarrett Culver or coach Randy Dean.
Culver graduated in May following a senior season in which he rose to become ESPN’s 80th-overall player in the 2017 recruiting class as he averaged 28 points per game. He’s now part of the Texas Tech roster and played 16 minutes in the Red Raiders’ opener last week against South Alabama.
Dean retired after more than 500 victories through 32 seasons, his final 16 at Coronado.
The season-opener will mark the debut of former assistant coach Layne Sheets, a Muleshoe native, and a fairly new crop of players.
There’s also the fact Randall, which lost by two points at home against Lubbock High in its opener, is the opponent. Coronado’s football team will meet Randall’s in the opening round of the Class 5A Division I state playoffs Friday.
And, because both teams are still kicking in the football realm, both basketball teams will be short a few players.
The Mustangs’ biggest missing piece will be junior point guard Blair Conwright. He has amassed 1,092 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns ahead of the playoff game.
Claude visits Frenship girls
The Lady Tigers will try to shake off a tough loss this weekend when Claude, a Class 2A competitor, comes to visit the Tiger Pit for a 6 p.m. tip Tuesday.
Don’t mistake the Lady Mustangs’ status as a 2A program as an inherent advantage for Frenship (1-1). Claude (1-0) nearly doubled up Class 4A competitor Bushland in its opening game Saturday and finished last season with a 34-2 record.
Panhandle defeated the Lady Mustangs in the 2017 Region I championship game and went on to win the 2A state championship.
The Lady Mustangs will serve as the Lady Tigers’ second 2A opponent of the season. Frenship downed Idalou, 55-54, with sophomore guard Ashlyn Caddel’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer prior to falling to 4A Levelland on Saturday, 55-39.
Caddel will lead the Lady Tigers against Claude. She scored a team-best 10 points in the Levelland loss, and her nine points against Idalou was tied for the team lead alongside small forward Addison Wilson.
Claude and Frenship have not played against each other in more than a decade.
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