|Dragon hoopsters are regional-bound|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Holyoke High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams have both extended their seasons another week by qualifying for 2A regional tournament action this weekend.
The girls’ and boys’ teams both finished fourth in the District 2 tournament at NJC Saturday, March 2.
José Jaquez and Edgar Cruz show their support for the Lady Dragons as they head for the locker
Eight regional tournaments have been set up around the state this Friday and Saturday, March 8-9. Four teams will compete in each of the eight regionals.
Only one team from each regional will advance to the March 14-16 state tournament in Pueblo. If a team loses a regional game, they’re done for the season.
Girls play at Fountain Middle School
The HHS Lady Dragons will compete in Region 8 at Fountain Middle School, 10 miles south of Colorado Springs.
The student section at the last home game of the season for the HHS basketball teams came prepared to support the Dragons with painted chests and loud cheers. Pictured from left are Jesus Hermosillo, José Jaquez, Daniel Bencomo, Saul Ramos, Alan Madrid, Andrew Kent and Luke Stewart. —Enterprise photo
Holyoke (14-8) will take on Rye (17-5) Friday at 7 p.m. In the same tournament, Vanguard (21-1) will play Dayspring Christian (9-12) at 4 p.m.
Winners of those two games will meet Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. to determine who heads to state.
Boys play at Frederick HS
Meanwhile, the HHS boys’ basketball team will compete in Region 7 at Frederick High School, located between Longmont and Fort Lupton.
Friday, HHS (10-12) will meet Sierra Grande (16-5) at 8:30 p.m. Heritage Christian (20-1) will play West Grand (12-10) at 5:30 p.m.
Winners of the Friday games will meet Saturday at 12:30 p.m. to determine the state qualifier.
Akron wins both boys’ and girls’ districts
In District 2 2A basketball action this past week, the No. 1-seeded Akron girls finished on top, and the No. 3-seeded Akron boys upset Haxtun to win the boys’ district.
Girls’ first-round action found Akron defeating Merino (who had beat Haxtun in a pigtail game), Wray beat Wiggins, Holyoke topped Burlington and Yuma defeated Sedgwick County.
In semifinals, Akron pounded Wray 74-35 and Yuma defeated Holyoke 51-36.
Akron girls took the championship with a 68-51 victory over Yuma, and Wray placed third with a 55-47 win over Holyoke.
Several HHS students made the trip to Sterling for the district tournament. During Thursday’s semifinal
Akron, Yuma, Wray and Holyoke girls advance to regionals.
Boys’ first-round games found Haxtun beating Sedgwick County (who had ousted Wray in a pigtail game), Holyoke defeated Wiggins, Akron beat Burlington and Yuma won over Merino.
Haxtun topped Holyoke 65-61 in a double overtime in the semis, while Akron edged Yuma 56-53.
Akron took the championship 73-59 over Haxtun and Yuma defeated Holyoke 52-37 for third place.
Akron, Haxtun, Yuma and Holyoke move on to regionals.
Holyoke Enterprise March 7, 2013