The Paonia boys, Paonia girls and Hotchkiss boys basketball teams all saw their chances for a state playoff berth vanish in the first round of regional playoffs last Friday.
The Paonia girls ended the season with a 14-9 record following a 47-24 loss to Denver Christian at the Region 8 tournament at Ignacio. Of the Class 2A Western Slope girls teams to advance to regional play, Rangely (21-3) won its regional tournament and will be seeded sixth when the Great 8 state tournament open this Thursday in Loveland.
On the boys' side, Paonia saw its Great 8 bid dashed Friday night on an 83-68 loss to Del Norte (19-5) at Highland High School in Ault. Paonia ends the season with a 14-9 record.
Playing at Ignacio, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs lost, 66-53, to Limon (17-6). They end the season with a 14-9 record.
In the 2A Western Slope League, Meeker was the only boys team to advance to the state tournament.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.