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No summer break for Goddard basketball team

Goddard’s Jonah Chavez gets ready to drive against a Carlsbad defender during summer league action Friday at Ground Zero. (Mike Smith Photo)

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June generally marks summer break for high school students. However, for those on the Goddard Rocket basketball team, there’s no break this month.

Head coach Anthony Mestas said the Rockets are hosting Roswell, Carlsbad, Portales, Alamogordo, Tatum, Dexter and Fort Sumner this weekend in a summer league tournament.

“We’re just getting down the court and getting some rust off the kids,” Mestas said of the two-day joust that started Friday and concludes today. Games are being played GHS and Roswell High School.

Mestas said this month will be a busy one for he and his squad.

“We have this weekend and next week, we have our kiddie camp, and then the following week, our junior varsity goes to Carlsbad for a two-day tournament,” said Mestas. “Then we go to Artesia for a two-day tournament and then we finish up with our varsity three-day tournament at ENMU team camp (in Portales). We’ll try and get about 25 games in this summer and also, we’re playing Roswell High on June 4th and June 11th.”

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Mestas said it’s very common for high school basketball players to participate in summer camps. He feels if teams don’t participate, they could get left behind when the season starts in the fall.

“All of the other kids around New Mexico and throughout the nation have summer ball in June and a lot of the kids go and play AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball in July,” Mestas said. “If we’re not doing it, other teams are doing it and we’re falling behind so we’ve got to stay fresh and stay focused and help us get going. It’s kind of like a mini-season in four weeks.”

Starting Monday and lasting through Wednesday, Mestas could be seeing some future Rockets as GHS is hosting a camp for kids in third through eighth grade. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m.

Mestas said the cost is $40 and participants will get a basketball and shirt.

“They get breakfast and they get lunch,” Mestas said. “It’s just individual skills, breakdown offense and defense, and then we’ll get some games in as well.”

Mestas said that his players will serve as teachers during the three-day camp.

“I’m just kind of overseeing it and the JV and varsity boys are really the instructors,” Mestas said. “They’re the mini coaches and they’re putting the camp on and the money and fundraiser, benefits the boys with helping with anything they need throughout the season.”

Mestas added that sign ups start Monday at 8 a.m. in the GHS lobby.

Last season, the Rockets went 12-16 and Mestas thinks GHS will be a strong team later this year.

“We lose a really good shooter from the outside,” Mestas said. “Tommy Madrid, but other than that, we bring everybody back.”

Mestas is counting on point guard Jonah Chavez to be the team leader. Last season as a junior, he averaged 8.5 points per game, 6.0 assists per game and 6.0 steals per game.

“He’s all-district,” Mestas said. “He’s Mr. Go To everything for us. He gets all the offense up and he gets all over the court.”

Mestas will also be looking to incoming senior Jon Carrillo to help Chavez. In 27 games last season, he averaged 4.9 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game.

“He’s a really good off the guard ball,” Mestas said. “He’s a great defender and he does very good things.”

Mestas also likes Hunter Beene and Derek Carrica, although he’s fighting injuries right now.

“Then we have a lot of guys coming and filling the roles and coming and helping out with the team,” Mestas said. “We’ve got a lot of good guys that are coming and working out.”

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