|HHS boys, girls in regionals|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Basketball season is extended this week for Holyoke boys’ and girls’ teams, as both qualified for regional competition Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7.
HHS boys won the district championship to advance to the Region 2 tournament at Wally Post Gym at Sterling High School.
The Lady Dragons finished as district runner-up, and will compete in Region 7 ball games at Standley Lake High School in Westminster.
Regional action in 2A basketball takes on a different form this year from the past few, as 32 boys’ teams and 32 girls’ teams advance out of districts to regionals.
Teams must earn two regional game wins in order to qualify for the 2A state championships in Pueblo March 12-14.
In the recent past, only 16 teams advanced to regionals, which involved one game win to move on to the state tournament.
With the new format comes a change in site locations, as the Region for competition is determined by the first, second, third or fourth place finish in districts.
As a result, HHS boys and girls play in different locations this weekend, with the boys finishing as district champs and the girls taking second.
In Region 7, Lutheran Parker girls will take on Hayden at 3:30 p.m. Friday, and Holyoke will meet Limon at 6:30 p.m. at Standley Lake High School.
Winners of those two games will play each other at 12 noon Saturday, with the winner then earning a berth in the state tourney.
In Region 2, the HHS boys will take on Front Range Christian at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Sterling High School, and Swink will meet Limon at 7:30 p.m.
Winners will play at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and the winner of that game will head to Pueblo for the state tournament.
Girls’ District results
In District 2 ball games last week, Wray defeated Holyoke for the championship, and Akron topped Merino for third place.
Losing out in first-round play to end their girls’ seasons were Sedgwick County, Frontier Academy, Wiggins and Union Colony.
Boys’ District results
Boys’ District 2 results found Holyoke defeating Akron in the championship, while Wray beat Frontier Academy for third place.
Ending their seasons in first-round boys’ districts were Merino, Sedgwick County, Wiggins and Union Colony.