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Basketball winding down

While most of the league titles have been decided headed into the last weekend of regular-season prep hoops, there is still some room to jockey for postseason position.In Class 4A hoops, both the Rifle girls and boys teams are trying to hold on to second place in the Western Slope League standings. And, playing the league’s bottom two teams, the Bears should accomplish the feat.The Rifle boys (9-3 league, 13-7 overall) have a two-game lead over Battle Mountain and Glenwood Springs. A win Friday or Saturday at home against Delta (2-9, 3-15) or Palisade (0-10, 1-18) clinches second place.The Rifle girls team (9-3, 16-4) has a one-game lead over Eagle Valley and Steamboat, but, again, Palisade (2-10, 3-17) and Delta (0-12, 2-17) have struggled this season.The girls start at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m. on both nights.Glenwood Springs plays the same two teams and, likewise, could improve its playoff positioning and hopes. The Demons boys (7-5, 10-10) should get a bid. The Glenwood girls team (4-8, 8-12) is on the bubble, and two victories to end the season could be the difference.Friday’s game is at Glenwood at 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys). The Demons travel to Delta for games at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.Class 3ARams look for perfectionThe Roaring Fork basketball teams already clinched a sweep of the boys and girls league titles, but the Rams boys team is still going for its second straight perfect league season.The Rams take on Hotchkiss Friday, with the girls tipping off at 6:30 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m. to wrap up the season. The Roaring Fork boys squad is 11-0 (15-3) and hasn’t lost a game since the second week of December. Hotchkiss enters in the league’s bottom spot at 1-8 (3-12).The Roaring Fork girls (10-1, 16-2) will try to rebound from their first league loss of the season, at Cedaredge last weekend. Hotchkiss comes into the game tied for third place with Basalt at 6-4 in league play.• The Basalt girls will try to move into second place for next week’s district tournament, while the Longhorns boys are trying to stay in the No. 2 position. The Basalt girls (6-4, 7-10) could make a big move on the final weekend. The ‘Horns are tied with Hotchkiss (6-4, 12-5) and one game behind second-place Cedaredge (7-3, 13-4) and play both teams.The Longhorns boys have a one-game lead on Gunnison for the No. 2 spot. Friday’s games against Cedaredge are slated for 5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7 p.m. (boys) at Basalt High School. The Longhorns travel to Hotchkiss for games starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.


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