Regional losses end basketball seasons in NF

By Tamie Meck

The Paonia boys, Paonia girls and Hotchkiss boys basketball teams all saw their chances for a state playoff berth vanish in the first round of regional playoffs last Friday.

The Paonia girls ended the season with a 14-9 record following a 47-24 loss to Denver Christian at the Region 8 tournament at Ignacio. Of the Class 2A Western Slope girls teams to advance to regional play, Rangely (21-3) won its regional tournament and will be seeded sixth when the Great 8 state tournament open this Thursday in Loveland.

On the boys' side, Paonia saw its Great 8 bid dashed Friday night on an 83-68 loss to Del Norte (19-5) at Highland High School in Ault. Paonia ends the season with a 14-9 record.

Playing at Ignacio, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs lost, 66-53, to Limon (17-6). They end the season with a 14-9 record.

In the 2A Western Slope League, Meeker was the only boys team to advance to the state tournament.