The Enchantment Region of 3A North is a hot bed of high school basketball. The defending Arizona State 3A Champions are the Tuba City Warriors and the Tuba City Lady Warriors. Both squads are heavily staffed with veteran players set to defend the titles they won at America West Arena in February.
A formidable challenge will come from the Winslow High School teams, both of which finished as runners up in the state tournament. The Lady Bulldogs are also counting on a number of veteran players led by All State selection Francine McCurtain. The Winslow boys will have a more difficult task mounting their challenge as graduation took a host of Bulldogs off the roster. Still, the Bulldogs are not without firepower and interim coach Paul Landis has high hopes of being on the bench at America West Arena when the championship game tips off.
Ganado also had both teams qualify for the state tournament and both have many key players returning. Indeed the Hornet boys’ team will probably be even stronger than last season when injuries struck before the tournament. The Lady Hornets were a semi-finalist and look like a good bet to get that far again.
The final regional representatives came from Monument Valley. The Lady Mustangs were also state semi-finalists and could also return to America West for another title run. The Monument Valley boys didn’t get that far, but the Mustangs always play well at what is undoubtedly the most popular sport on the reservations.
Window Rock has a rich tradition as a high school basketball power in both the boys and girls contest. Look for the Scouts to make serious challenges to the likes of Tuba City, Winslow, Ganado and Monument Valley.
Greyhills Academy has had some top qualify teams in the past, especially in the boys’ teams. The Knights made it to America West a few years ago and are salivating at the prospect of going again.
Pinon may not be quite as big and talented as most in this league, but the Eagles and Lady Eagles are not to be taken lightly. They will show up and compete, and it would not be surprising to see them pull off an upset or two. This school will drop 2A Classification next season. They should be very competitive among institutions their own size.