Paonia hoops teams cruise

By Wayne Crick

Last weekend's basketball games scheduled for Paonia High School required little thought as to who would win its games. The Eagles' boys found the going easy and raced to a 77-31 victory. Paonia's girls were likewise on the winning side after a 76-25 win over the Cowboys.

With the win, Paonia's boys were confident they would be headed into this weekend's 2A District 5 tournament in De Beque. The top-seeded Eagles are 12-0 in league play and 18-1 overall. First-round foes for Paonia are either Meeker, 5-7 and 12-7, or Hayden, 0-12 and 0-16. Meeker and Hayden play on Feb. 22 to determine Paonia's opponent on Feb. 23 in Paonia.

Paonia's girls also have a date to play basketball on Feb. 23. Hotchkiss, 2-8 and 3-14, travels to Hayden to face the Tigers (2-8 and 5-12) in a knockout round for one team. The winner advances to play Paonia, in Paonia, on Tuesday for a berth in the semifinal round of district play in De Beque to be played Feb. 26.