The prep basketball playoff season is officially underway. Each of the state's eight districts are now down to eight teams after pigtail games were held Monday, with second-round playoffs continuing today.
In Class 2A District 5 boys competition, No. 4 seed Hotchkiss (9-3) hosts No. 5 Vail Christian (8-4) starting at 5:30 p.m., today, at Hotchkiss High School.
Paonia (12-0) is seeded first in District 5. They host eighth-seeded Rangely (6-6), which defeated ninth-seeded Soroco, 65-45, in Monday night's pigtail game. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Paonia High School.
Other District 5 games happening today include No. 7 West Grand (6-6) at No. 2 Meeker (10-2), and the winner of Monday's pigtail game between No. 6 Plateau Valley (7-5) and No. 11 Hayden (0-12) at No. 3 Vail Mountain (9-3).
In looking at the top seven teams in the 11-team district, competition between the top seven teams has been "very interesting," and it's anyone's tournament, said Eagles head coach Chase Roeber.
On the girls side, No. 1 seed Paonia (10-0) hosts No. 8 Plateau Valley (4-8) at 5:30 p.m.
The Cowboys eliminated Hotchkiss Monday night in a 54-42 win at Plateau Valley.
Also playing today are No. 5 Vail Christian (6-4) at No. 4 Rangely (8-3), and No. 6 West Grand (7-4) at No. 3 Meeker (7-3).
The winners of each game advance to District 5 semifinals, which open Friday at DeBeque High School.
Third-place and championship games will be played Saturday (girls at 2 p.m. and boys at 3:30 p.m.) at DeBeque, with the top three teams advancing to next week's regional competition.
"If we can take care of business on Wednesday, I think we'll be okay," said girls' head coach Scott Rienks.