2017-18 Questa Wildcats pre-season preview


Questa Wildcats Boys’ Basketball at a glance

Colors: Royal blue, white

Coach: Miguel Romero (1st season)

2016 overall record: 17-9

District 5-2A record: 7-2

District 5-2A teams: Peñasco Panthers, Escalante Lobos, Mesa Vista Trojans, Mora Rangers, Questa Wildcats.

Questa Wildcats current roster:

Antonio Chávez, Jonathon Rivera, Noah Crider, Enríque Vigil, Miguel Romero, Josiah Griego, Daniel Mandonado, Josh Argüello, Gabriel Hernández, Ethan Rivera, Carlos Gonzáles, Wyatt Coutu, Mateo Ortega, Eugene Jackson, Ozzy Hernández, Mateo Medina, Jonathon Shulte and Derek Vialpando

2017 Outlook:

Look for the Wildcats to undergo a major rebuild in 2017-18. Although Coach Romero has varsity head coach experience, the late start due to the departure of Coach Tomás Madrid in early October is a tough spot for him to be in to start the season. The combination of a young roster, lack of varsity experience, new coach and new program will vex Questa as they navigate the regular season.

The Wildcats lost eight seniors to graduation, and one of the team’s top scorers in Justin Madrid, due to the pre-season turmoil that engulfed the program weeks before the official start of regular practice.

2017 Wildcats basketball schedule

Bold - denotes home meet.

* - denotes district 5-2A game

(All home games to be take place at “The Mini-Pit” in Questa)

•Nov. 18, at Cimarrón, 6:30 p.m.

•Nov. 21, Maxwell, 6 p.m.

•Nov. 25, at Springer, 6:30 p.m.

•Dec. 2, at McCurdy, 7 p.m.

•Dec. 5-9, Cowbell Tourney, T.B.A.

Dec. 15, at Maxwell, 6 p.m.

•Jan. 2, Springer, 7 p.m.

•Jan. 4-6, NRG Tournament, T.B.A.

•Jan. 11, Laguna Acoma, 7 p.m.

•Jan. 13, at Antonito (Colo.), 5:30 p.m.

•Jan. 16, Cuba, 7 p.m.

•Jan. 18, Escalante, 8:30 p.m.*

•Jan. 20, Mora, 5:30 p.m.*

•Jan. 23, at Clayton, 5:30 p.m.

•Jan. 25, at Mesa Vista, 7:30 p.m.*

•Feb. 1, Peñasco, 8 p.m.*

•Feb 3, at Escalante, 5:30 p.m.*

•Feb. 5, Cimarrón, 8:30 p.m.

•Feb. 8, at Mora, 8 p.m.*

•Feb. 10, Mesa Vista, 5:30 p.m.*

Feb. 17, at Peñasco, 5:30 p.m.*

Schedule game dates, times, opponents and locations are subject to changes, updates, postponements, delays and cancellations.

Mark your calendar

According to the schedule obtained from the MaxPreps website, Questa played a home game against the Maxwell Bears after this section went to press Nov. 21. The next scheduled home game for the Wildcats is not until Jan. 2 – 42 days away – when the Springer Red Devils visit the “Mini-Pit” to start the new calendar year. Questa fans should try to attend as many of the away games to support their team during the long road stretches, including the rival game against the McCurdy Bobcats, Dec. 2 and at the Annual Cowbell, Dec. 5-9.