Hobbs' Dane Pannell against Eldorado
in Albuquerque last season.
— Nov. 15 @ Midland Lee: Eagles' season opener. I bet a few fans travel the relatively short drive to Midland to watch Smith's first game as head coach of Hobbs.
— Nov. 29 vs. Midland High: Hobbs' home opener and first game for Smith at Tasker Arena as head coach. Probably will be a wild night.
— Dec. 1-3 @ El Paso Canutillo Tournament: I'm not sure when Hobbs last played in a tournament not named the Hobbs Holiday Tournament or the state tournament, but this should be a good warm up for the Holiday Tournament.
— Dec. 17 vs. Oñate: First New Mexico opponent (unless the Eagles play a New Mexico team at the Canutillo Tournament) and a chance to avenge two losses last season to the 2011 Class 5A state champs.
— Dec. 28-30 Hobbs Holiday Tournament: Do I have to say anything more? Should be a blast as always. If you haven't been to this tournament, make a point to. While I'm not sure about all the teams attending, I was told Volcano Vista (who should be one of the better teams in Albuquerque) will be in attendance.
— Jan. 14 @ Las Cruces High: Smith's first game back at Las Cruces High where he was the head coach for several years. Las Cruces should be a good challenge and the Bulldawgs will be looking for payback after the Eagles beat them at Tasker Arena last season – probably Hobbs' biggest win of a disappointing 2010-11 campaign.
— Jan. 24 vs. Goddard: The Rockets edged Hobbs in Roswell last season in front of a raucous home crowd that ignited Goddard's run to the state championship game in Class 4A (it lost to Espanola Valley). The Rockets will be very good again as they return most of that team.
— Jan. 31 vs. Carlsbad: Hobbs' district opener and the return of former Hobbs assistant coach Jamaal Brown, now Carlsbad's head coach.
— Feb. 3 @ Clovis: Big test for Eagles as two first-year coaches at their respective schools battle at The Rock.
— Feb. 17 vs. Clovis: District title could be on the line in Hobbs' regular-season finale at Tasker Arena. Do I really have to sell these Hobbs vs. Clovis games?