Western Slope League hoops titles and seeds are on the line
Western Slope League titles and ever-important seedings for the upcoming Class 3A and 4A district tournaments are on the line in several key high school basketball match-ups this weekend.
While 4A schools wrap up their regular seasons and prepare for the 11-team WSL post-season tournament next weekend in Grand Junction, 3A schools have another week of league play before their postseason tournament begins.
In the 4A WSL north boys’ race, Palisade, at 10-2, can wrap things up with wins over second-place Eagle Valley (9-3) in Gypsum tonight and at home against Delta (8-4) on Saturday.
The surging Rifle Bears, who are on a six-game winning streak and stand at 6-6 in the league, will be looking to hold on to the fifth position at home against Glenwood Springs (4-9) tonight, and against Battle Mountain (3-9) on Saturday.
The Rifle girls are looking to hang on to second place in the league standings against the same two teams. The Glenwood Springs girls, at 8-5, are in fourth place going into the final weekend of the regular season.
Delta (12-0) has already wrapped up the league title for the 4A girls.
The WSL north and southwest teams, including Montrose, Durango and Montezuma-Cortez, come together for next week’s District 8 tournament.
Play-in games for the lower-seeded teams take place midweek, and eight teams advance to next weekend’s tournament in Grand Junction. Seven regional tournament spots will be up for grabs.
In the 3A WSL, there’s a tight race atop the boys standings, where Carbondale’s Roaring Fork High, Aspen and Moffat County all remain in contention for at least a share of the regular season honors.
Roaring Fork, at 12-1, stands a good chance of wrapping up the 3A WSL title if the Rams can come away from Moffat County (11-2) with a win on Saturday.
The Rams first travel a few miles up Highway 82 tonight to face rival Basalt (4-8) before hitting the road for Craig to play Moffat County on Saturday.
Aspen (also 11-2) topped Moffat County, 62-48, on Tuesday to keep its hopes alive.
If Moffat beats Roaring Fork Saturday and Aspen takes care of business on the road at Olathe (3-10) tonight, there would be a three-way tie for the conference lead going into the final week of the regular season.
In the 3A girls’ race, Moffat County has the WSL title pretty much wrapped up at 12-1 going into this weekend’s action. But the race is on between Grand Valley (11-3) and Olathe (10-3) for the second position, with Roaring Fork still in the mix at 9-4.
Grand Valley is at Coal Ridge (8-6) tonight and wraps up the regular season at home against Basalt (1-11) next Tuesday.
The 3A teams meet for their district tournament next week, starting with play-in games midweek. Eight teams will advance to quarterfinal action starting Thursday at Palisade High School with four regional berths at stake.
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