The Ignacio Bobcats are making a short business trip to Durango High School this weekend.
The 20-1 Ignacio boys basketball team will host the weekend Class 2A Regional Championships today and Saturday at the DHS gym.
The Bobcats, ranked fifth in the state this week on coloradopreps.com, will play La Veta (10-11) at 5:30 p.m. today.
Plateau Valley (18-2) will play Dayspring Christian of Greeley (13-9) in the second boys regional semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. today.
The boys championship game will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at DHS.
The Class 2A girls regional tournament also is taking place at Durango High School this weekend, with Dolores as the host team.
Girls games will start today at 4 p.m. when Dolores (12-7) takes on La Veta (18-4).
At 7 p.m., Meeker (16-6) will take on Resurrection Christian (13-8) in the second girls semifinal game.
The girls championship is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at DHS.
"We've got to take care of business (tonight)," said Ignacio head coach Chris Valdez, who led the Bobcats to the district tournament title last weekend with a second victory over rival Telluride.
Valdez said the La Veta team poses a tough challenge, with a record that includes key wins over highly regarded Sanford and Sargent.
"They've got a couple of good slashers from the wing," Valdez said. "And they've got a big 6-4 guy inside ... good quickness."
He said La Veta also has a quick point guard, who's among the state leaders in assists.
"They've always been known as a quick, trapping team ... a pressing team, at times," Valdez said.
"We've got to find out what they can do (early in the game), and then make our adjustments," Valdez said.
"And it is a big gym," he said of the college-length floor at DHS and its possible impact on the pressing game.
"We have to come out and play our game ... take care of business," Valdez said.
In the other boys matchup, Plateau Valley enters with a gaudy 18-2 record and ranked No. 7 in the state this week.
The Cowboys, from Collbran (on the Grand Mesa, east of Grand Junction), lost only to state-ranked Meeker.
Meeker's only loss of the season was a loss to Plateau Valley.
"They've been ranked (as high as) fourth a week ago. Their only losses came to Meeker," Valdez said. "They're obviously good.
"But we're not afraid of them. We're not afraid of anyone.
"We're going to come to play, that's for sure," Valdez said.