After a fall semester which saw no Corona sports – boys or girls – the Cardinals are getting ready for things on the hardwood.
Boys coach Randy Autrey is back for his third year at the Cardinal helm, and is hoping his kids have the ingredient that’s been missing in years past.
“The program’s built up a lot, we just have to work on our confidence,” Autrey said. “That’s been our barrier. Time will tell how we are doing.”
Corona was 4-22 last season, 1-5 in District 3-1A. Their only district wins came over Lake Arthur – once in the regular season, once in the district tournament.
Things were a struggle outside of district as well, although the Cardinals did earn a win over the Fort Sumner JV.
They started with a win over Lake Arthur in the season-opening Eagle Classic at Vaughn, and they’ll be doing the same thing this weekend, Nov. 17-18.
Attending a season-opening tournament featuring two district opponents – plus Roy/Mosquero – is a good thing, according to Autrey.
“It’s a good preview of what we have to work toward,” Autrey said. “I’d imagine Vaughn will be fast and quick, but I don’t know what Lake Arthur has. That’s why we play these games.”
Hondo is in this district as well, and Autrey thinks his team has the speed to at least make those games interesting.
“We should match up pretty well. We’ve got some speed,” Autrey said. “I really believe we can run with them. We need the confidence and camaraderie between teammates to do it. We’re getting there.”
Two seniors are on the roster, Jim Racher and Conner Cox, complimented by juniors Cabel Cox, Tarren Washburn, Luke Lueras and Cooper Autrey.
“We also have three freshmen coming up that I’m very impressed with,” Randy said, referring to Colton Racher, Tyler Lucero and Jesus Villa. “They can bring some speed to us. We just have to show up now.
“We could have a very fun season this year,” he added. “We will, no matter what.”