In Class 1A play, Norwood varsity boys and girls both bounced off of strong finishes in Olathe last weekend to land a double-berth at Regionals in Glenwood Springs this Saturday.
Norwood girls won back-to-back victories on Friday and Saturday against the North Park Wildcats (57-17) and the Vail Christian Saints (53-31) to claim the coveted District 1A Championship title.
“It’s a heck of an accomplishment to get this far, but we’re not satisfied with a District win,” said Greg King, who coaches both the girls and the boys varsity basketball teams at Norwood High School. “Our goal is to get by regionals. We’re going to have to work our tails off, but this group is pretty determined; they’ve got their heads on right. They don’t care who gets the credit as long as there’s a ‘W’ and more points on our side of the score board.”
The Norwood boys demolished the North Park Wildcats by a score of 58-25 at Thursday's match, then advanced to snatch a victory from Vail Christian Saints with a score of 49-47 at the semifinal game on Friday before losing Saturday's title game against the Plateau Valley Cowboys by a score of 57-36.
“The first two nights we did exactly what we wanted to do,” King noted. “The game on Friday was one of the better games of the year. Vail Christian is a very good team; they really wanted an uptempo style, but our kids controlled the tempo, slowed the game down, ran our offensive sets, got good shots and defensively did a really good job of containing Vail Christian’s two top kids. It’s a credit to the team.”
As for Saturday’s loss, King said, “We just ran out of gas. Plateau Valley played extremely well. We played hard but didn’t have enough gas to get over the hump.”
At Regionals, the Norwood boys will face the No. 4-ranked Shining Mountain from Boulder, a strong, experienced team, which also made it to state last year.
Upcoming Class 1A regional contests stack up thusly:
Thursday at Vail Christian High School, its Denver Jewish Day School boys vs. Plateau Valley boys at 4 p.m.
Saturday at Glenwood Springs High School: it’s Vail Christian girls vs. Gilpin County girls at noon; Norwood boys vs. Shining Mountain Waldorf boys at 1:30 p.m. and Belleview Christian girls vs. Norwood girls at 3 p.m.
The single-elimination format at 1A regionals allows only the winners of each contest advance to State.
Ouray Trojans Reach the End of the Road:
The OHS Trojans’ basketball season came to a halt at the 1A District Tournament in Olathe last week. The boys played well enough for a nail-biting, edge-of-the-bleachers victory at Thursday's playoff game against the De Beque Dragons with a score of 59-57, but any hopes for a repeat of last year’s District 1A Championship were dashed when they lost their semi-finals game against the Plateau Valley Cowboys by a score of 65-36 on Friday, Feb. 24.
The Ouray Trojans Varsity Girls Basketball team lost Thursday's Playoff game against the Vail Christian Saints by a score of 55-26, thus concluding their season, as well.
Class 2A Tips:
Last Saturday was Lady’s night for the Ridgway Demons Varsity Girls Basketball team when they beat the Dolores Bears by a score of 50-17 to win the District 2A title. This came on the heels of a 45-29 pummeling delivered to the Telluride Miners in a match-up at Friday’s semifinals. The Lady Demons now ride their momentum into a match-up at regionals in Durango on Friday, March 2 against the Hoehne Farmers. If the Demons beat the Farmers, they’ll go on to face either Meeker or Del Norte for a chance at becoming the State Qualifier.
Class 2A varsity girls from Dolores, Paonia and Ignacio have all advanced to Regionals as well.
In Class 2A varsity boys’ action last weekend, No. 2-ranked Ridgway beat No. 4 Telluride 54-50 in a close semifinals contest at Districts in Cortez last week, but then fell to Ignacio, 53-41 in the battle for the District title. That left Ridgway holding second place and Telluride holding third place in the San Juan Basin League District – enough to earn both teams a shot at Regionals.
Telluride now advances to face off against the Lutheran Lions of Parker in a quarterfinal match on Friday, March 3 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, and Ridgway battles Rocky Ford at Adams State College in quarterfinals action in Alamosa. Semifinals and state qualifier games are held Saturday.
If things go exceptionally well for both boys teams, the Demons and the Miners could potentially lock horns at state.