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Steamboat earns No. 2 seed in playoffs

Luke Graham

— The Colorado High School Activities Association has awarded the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team the No. 2 seed in the Ron Shavlik Region of the 4A state basketball playoffs.

Announced Sunday, the seed means the Sailors (21-2) will receive a bye in the first round and host the winner of Centaurus (15-8) and Fort Morgan (9-14) at 7 p.m. Friday. Widefield (21-1) received the top seed in the bracket with Sierra (16-7) No. 3 and Thomas Jefferson (15-8) No. 4.

Other No. 1 seeds included Pueblo South (21-2), Cherokee Trail (23-0) and defending state champion Abraham Lincoln (18-5).

It’s possible, if Steamboat wins Friday and Widefield loses its opening game, that the team could host the Sweet 16 and Great 8 portions of the tournament. If Widefield wins its first game and Steamboat advances on Friday, Steamboat will travel to Widefield for the Sweet 16 and Great 8.

Widefield High School is in Colorado Springs.

“We’re in a tough bracket,” Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said. “I know that.”

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Meek said a good majority of the teams in the bracket – including the other three top seeds – are all very athletic and like to run. With the bye, Meek said he’ll have a chance to watch Tuesday’s Centaurus-Fort Morgan game to get a better idea of what type of team Steamboat will see.

“We’re real excited for it,” Meek said. “I like the fact we’re different than most of the teams in the bracket. Our style and the way we do things is different than most of the teams over there.”

Centaurus finished third in the Skyline Conference this year. The only common opponent Centaurus and Steamboat have is D’Evelyn. The Centaurus Warriors lost to the Jaguars, 61-51, while the Sailors beat the Jaguars, 61-51, earlier in the season.

Fort Morgan finished fifth in the East division of the Northern League. Steamboat has no common opponents with Fort Morgan.

Likely Sweet 16 opponent Sierra finished third in the Colorado Springs Metro Conference. The two teams have no common opponent, but Sierra pushed top-seeded Widefield to the brink, losing a tight 51-49 game earlier this season.

Steamboat High School activities passes won’t work for Friday’s game. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.

Soroco, Hayden fall in opening rounds of playoffs

All four Soroco and Hayden high school basketball teams lost in the opening round of the District 5 playoffs Saturday.

The Hayden girls fell, 72-43, at Plateau Valley, while the boys dropped an 88-48 contest at Paonia.

“It was a good year,” Hayden coach Robin Lighthizer said. “I’m proud of the guys. We just have to regroup and go after it next year.”

Both Soroco teams pushed higher-ranked opponents to the brink.

The Soroco girls were up 9-4 early before Paonia opened the game up. The Eagles led by 10 points for most of the contest before hitting a run and putting the game out reach midway through the fourth quarter, holding on for a 66-48 win.

“I do want to give Soroco credit,” Paonia coach Scott Rienks said. “They came out with a good game plan and played us a little different than we anticipated.”

The Soroco boys were up on No. 1 seed Grand Valley 36-31 at halftime, before the Cardinals regrouped and won, 65-50.

“Soroco played great,” Grand Valley coach Scott Kiburis said. “They were up, 36-28, and we had to hit a 3 right before halftime to get it to 36-31. They played fantastic.”