The Las Animas Trojans are preparing for another season on the hardwood, and head coach Tyson Vigil is looking to reinvent his team for a different look at the Santa Fe League.

The Las Animas Trojans are preparing for another season on the hardwood, and head coach Tyson Vigil is looking to reinvent his team for a different look at the Santa Fe League.

This past year, the league itself has been its own coaching carousel with many teams changing coaches and many dynamics changing with several key players graduating. Aside from the typical movement, perennial contenders, the Rye Thunderbolts moved back up to 3A, which changes the landscape of our league and allows the Trojans to schedule some quality non-league games to improve the team RPI and allow the Trojans to grow and develop.

The player-scape for the Trojans is pretty close to what it was last year. Twenty-three players on the roster for coach Vigil, eight returning varsity contributors, and a corps of seniors in Josh Arrona, Josh Gauna, Brandon Morlan, Jeremiah Skinner, and Andrew Maes that he looks to to lead the team in all aspects including off-court and practice responsibilities. Coach Vigil is also thrilled to have Emilio Gallegos and Elijah Aragon as transfer players who can contribute.

Looking to take advantage of the Trojans' strength, look to see more speed and less power on both sides of the ball. The Trojans will benefit greatly from the experience of assistant coach Jaxon Meardon who played on several teams who benefited greatly from a quick, intense game without a bulky big man to take up the paint.

The Trojans begin their home season Dec. 9 against Custer County. Varsities will begin at 7 p.m.