Rams, both Cardinal squads roll into state tournaments
Three more victories. If the Roaring Fork boys basketball team wants to be named 2006 Class 3A state champion, that is what it will take.The Rams have worked to a 21-2 record this season and after beating Ignacio and Weld Central this weekend in the Ray Lutz Regional Tournament, have earned one of eight seeds in the state tournament.The tournament begins Thursday at Moby Arena at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Roaring Fork will face Faith Christian (19-6) Thursday at 10:15 a.m.If the Rams win, they will advance to the Final Four and play the winner of Thursday’s Kent Denver-Pagosa Springs contest on Friday. If they win again, they will then play in the title game on Saturday.This is the third straight state-tournament appearance for Roaring Fork and its third-year head coach Roger Walters. Last year the Rams faced Faith Christian in the first round of the state tournament and won 76-60. They then beat Yuma 50-43 in the semifinals before losing the state championship to Denver Christian by a score of 56-45.
The Grand Valley boys basketball team will also need three more wins to be crowned Class 2A state champions as it heads to the state tournament Thursday through Saturday at the Pueblo Event Center.Grand Valley advanced to the tournament after beating Nucla 74-63 in a regional contest on Saturday.The Cardinals (21-2) were handed a No. 4 seed in the tournament and will face No. 5 Del Norte (18-4) Thursday at 10:15 a.m. If Grand Valley wins, it will take the court on Friday at 8:30 p.m. against the winner of the No. 1 Rye-No. 8 Holyoke game.The championship game will be played at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.
For the second straight year the Grand Valley girls basketball team is one of eight teams competing for the Class 2A state championship.After defeating Mancos 39-30 in regional action on Saturday, the Cardinals will now head to the Pueblo Event Center for the state tournament.The No. 5-seeded Cardinals (16-7) will face No. 4 Sangre De Cristo (18-4) at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday. With a victory, Grand Valley will play at 7 p.m. on Friday against the winner of the No. 1 Limon-No. 8 Akron game. The title game will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday.Last year, Grand Valley fell 49-47 to Jefferson Academy in the first round, but then beat Nucla 57-39 in the consolation semifinals. They then lost to Crowley County 39-34 in the consolation finals for a sixth-place finish.
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