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.
Two accidents involving school property are proving costly for Delta County Joint School District, district business manager Jim Ventrello reported last week. Both incidents involved uninsured drivers, forcing the school district to file claims with its insurance provider and pay deductibles of $10,000.