Soroco boys hope to seize the moment |

Soroco boys hope to seize the moment

— The road to the regional tournament certainly won’t be easy for the Soroco High School boys basketball team, but thanks to their stellar run through the Western Slope-Gore League in the last six weeks, there’s no hurdle that can stop the team from advancing this weekend.

Soroco opens play in the Class 2A District 5 tournament at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Cedaredge against Meeker.

“Win and loss wise, we’ve tried to tell them that it’s not that important,” Soroco coach Shawn Hayes said. “We’re going to the regional tournament, but we still want to set ourselves up in the best seed we can.”

Meeker makes for a rough “hello” to a weekend of basketball. The Cowboys are 18-1 and were rarely even challenged this season. They started the year 13-0 then closed with five more wins to set things back on track entering the postseason.

A balanced scoring attack has paved the way for Meeker, with no player averaging more than 12.5 points per game, yet four averaging in double figures.

The only team that beat Meeker is Paonia (17-2). They are playing Friday against Vail Christian on the other side of the four-team bracket.

“These are two of the top teams in the state we could be going against this weekend,” Hayes said. “It will give us a barometer.

“The No. 1 thing is turnovers,” he continued. “We have to limit our turnovers and limit their possessions.”

The winner Friday will play the winner on the other side of the district bracket, either Vail Christian or Paonia.

No matter where the Rams finish, however, they’ll advance to claim a prize they’ve long coveted but rarely grasped — a spot in the regional tournament, March 6 and 7.

There, the team will play to advance to the eight-team state tournament.

“This is great for them,” Hayes said of his team. “It’s been great to see our community taking notice. Every home game we see more and more different people coming out to watch the kids. That’s the exciting part for them, to be a part of all of this, to be one of those teams now. It’s huge for their confidence to be here, mentioned with other teams, and now they can go out and do what other teams have done — win some of these games.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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