Coal Ridge boys awarded regional hosting rights |

Coal Ridge boys awarded regional hosting rights

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Coal Ridge boys basketball head coach Paul Harvey admits he didn’t expect his team to host a regional.

Not after a 31-point loss to Aspen in Saturday’s 3A Western Slope League district championship game.

So he was mighty surprised when players started calling him on Sunday, letting the first-year Titans coach know that the New Castle high school would indeed host first- and second-round games of the Class 3A boys basketball playoffs.

“I thought yesterday, after how things went, that we’d probably travel,” Harvey said on Sunday. “I was surprised, but we do have one of the best records in the state. It’s an honor.”

Thickening the plot lines even more, Harvey also found out that his old team was among those in Coal Ridge’s four-team region field. That would be Grand Valley, where Harvey spent the last several years as an assistant coach.

In fact, one of the players to call Harvey up on Sunday was Grand Valley senior Colton Cowan.

But it’d take a win by both the 19-3 Titans and the 15-7 Cardinals for the teams to meet.

Grand Valley opens region play with a 5 p.m. game against Colorado Academy (15-6) on Friday. Holy Family (10-11) and Coal Ridge match up at 7 p.m.

The winners return to Coal Ridge High School on Saturday for the 1 p.m. region final. At stake will be a trip to Class 3A’s Great Eight, which will take place at Colorado State University’s Moby Arena, along with the Final Four and state title game, March 12-14.

The Coal Ridge and Grand Valley girls basketball teams will log major miles to make their regionals.

Coal Ridge, which finished third in the past weekend’s district tournament, will head to St. Mary’s High School in Colorado Springs. The 16-6 Titans open with Yuma (14-9) at 5 p.m. on Friday. Should they win, they’d play either St. Mary’s or Weld Central at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Cardinals (11-11), who made the playoffs by taking fifth-place at the district tourney, will be headed to Buena Vista, where they’ll open with the host school at 7 p.m. on Friday. Buena Vista brings a 21-1 season record to the table.

Should Grand Valley knock off Buena Vista, it’d return Saturday for a 1 p.m. meeting with either Erie or Machebeuf.

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