Imagine fulfilling a bucket list dream where the ground below is moving slowly beneath the wings of a perfectly good airplane. Temperatures are mild and light fluffy clouds beckon you to join them.
Delta High School's girls team lost four of its last five games but had high enough RPI points to make it into the field of 32 of post-season play.
The Panthers (13-9) were seeded 26th in last week's regional play in Denver.
The first quarter start wasn't fantastic, but the No. 14 Bruins led 10-8 at quarter's end. A pair of three-balls, one from Hailey Henrie and another from Makayla Mckinney, helped achieve the short-lived lead for the Bruins.
Delta's Ethan Keller, second from right, signed to attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. Keller will be working toward a culinary diploma while attending school and is expected to see plenty of baseball action for the Hawks in their inaugural baseball season.
Last week's regional playoffs were held throughout the state of Colorado. Delta joined Bayfield, Alamosa and Rye in a regional challenge in Bayfield. Alamosa (No. 12) and Rye (No. 21) played in the first game on Friday. Alamosa emerged the victor, 52-44, in that contest. Delta and Bayfield played in the evening's marques matchup.
There was some doubt as to whether or not the Delta Panthers' girls basketball team would be in the round of 32 post-season playoffs following a 55-35 loss to Olathe last week.
That doubt was erased on Sunday when the Panthers were paired against The Academy (18-4) for this Friday's opening round of 3A state basketball playoffs.
Cedaredge High School's girls basketball team won its play-in game against Gunnison (33-21) on Tuesday but lost to Moffat County on Friday (49-42) and Olathe (41-38) in Saturday's third-place game.
Despite a rough weekend of basketball Delta High School's boys hoops team will be moving on to regional play this weekend. The Panthers got past Grand Valley in a play-in game on Feb. 21 with a score of 56-45, a far cry from the 68-32 win on Feb. 18.
Ryan Hilbig's Cedaredge Bruins' basketball team delivered two wins over the weekend to keep its hold on the second spot in the 3A WSL girls standings. The Bruins rumbled past Roaring Fork 46-27 and edged Moffat County, 43-38, on Saturday.
Hotchkiss' boys basketball team survived a frantic last second effort from Vail Christian's Saints. The Bulldogs finished the exciting game with a 72-71 score.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs' girls team ended its regular season with a loss in Edwards to Vail Christian's Saints, 60-39.
Hotchkiss kept it close in the first quarter but stumbled in the second frame when the Saints exploded for a 24-6 run and a 36-16 halftime lead.
Paonia's boys basketball team was expected to win last Friday in Rangely. A 66-36 decision was as lopsided as it sounds with everyone on Coach Chase Roeber's roster seeing action.
Paonia's Eagles kept a stranglehold on 2A District 5's top spot with a solid 61-45 win against Rangely on Feb. 17 and will host a first-round playoff game on Wednesday (Feb. 22).
Last Friday's game, played in Rangely, wasn't in doubt after the conclusion of the first half. Paonia was comfortably ahead 38-23 heading to its locker room after the first 16 minutes of play.
Delta's boys basketball team needed two wins over the weekend to secure fourth place and a chance to host for a spot in this weekend's 3A district tournament held at Central High School.
A tough final weekend of hoops caused Delta's girls basketball team to finish fifth in the 3A WSL standings and changed the site for this week's play in games to the district finals to be played in Grand Junction (Central High School) on Friday and Saturday.
Craig Cerise's Cedaredge Bruins boys basketball team fell to a tough Roaring Fork team, 59-42, on Friday of last week and hosted Moffat County on Saturday emerging with a solid 65-47 victory.