By Greg Perkins
Both Joseph City basketball teams were slated to open the season Tuesday on the road at Williams.
They both also face rival Mogollon very early in the season when the two schools meet in Heber on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and both will play in the Williams Route 66 Holiday Classic which begins two days later.
Their fans will have their first chance to watch the teams play at home when they host Shonto Prep on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Darrel Mosier takes over as the head coach for the Wildcats. Players currently listed on the varsity roster include seniors Forester Flake, Koby Smith, Tristan Richard, Daniel Tegert and Tyler Brinkley, juniors Troy Poudrier and Aaron Johnstun, and sophomores Rance Haddox and Matt Fields.
Last season under Coach John Bryant the Wildcats went 9-19 and did not reach post-season play.
Eric Miller is once again in charge of the Lady Wildcats, who went 17-11 last year and reached the state tournament, where they fell in the opening round. At present Coach Miller’s roster includes seniors Sadie Tuckfield, Chalet Baldwin, Allison Bushman and Alyssa Hutchens, juniors Mary Larsen, Amanda Baldwin, and Morgan Johnson, sophomores Tayce Baldwin, Haley Edwards and Shannon Davis, and freshman Alicia Chavez.