The Bayfield High School boys basketball team will initiate the annual Intermountain League District Tournament tonight
in Pagosa Springs.
The Wolverines, the No. 2 seed from the regular season, will take on No. 3 Monte Vista at 6 p.m. today in the first
No. 1 seed Pagosa Springs, ranked fourth in the state this week by The Denver Post, will take on No. 4 seed Centauri at
7:30 p.m. today.
The girls division of the IML District Tournament will open Friday at Pagosa Springs with two games: No. 2 Centauri vs.
No. 3 Bayfield (6 p.m.) and
No. 1 Pagosa Springs vs. No. 4 Monte Vista (7:30 p.m.).
The championship games will be played Saturday at Pagosa. The girls title game will start at
6 p.m. The boys tournament championship will start at
The Bayfield boys finished second to Pagosa Springs during the regular season with a 3-3 conference record (7-12
overall). Pagosa Springs finished the IML year
6-0 (16-3 overall).
The Monte Vista boys were
1-4 in conference, 1-16 overall.
Monte Vista and Bayfield split during the regular season. The Wolverines won 74-63 in Bayfield.
Monte Vista, in its only win of the year, topped Bayfield 50-42 in Monte Vista two weeks ago.
The rematch will take place tonight.
One of our goals all year was to get into the postseason," Bayfield boys first-year head coach Bill Hesford said
A win against Monte Vista guarantees us second place and an opportunity to play in the postseason," Hesford said.
We're excited about it. We had a very focused week in practice."
He said the chance to play Monte Vista on a neutral court in Pagosa Springs is a blessing.
I'm glad for the neutral court. I think it helps us," he said.
He said the Wolverines are fully healthy for the tournament, a luxury in a season filled with nagging injuries.
I think we're ready," Hesford said. My guys are lighthearted but focused on basketball."
In the girls bracket, Bayfield will take on Centauri in another IML rematch. The two teams split during the regular
season with Bayfield winning 70-60 and Centauri winning 61-51.
The BHS girls enter with a
10-9 overall record (2-4 in the IML). Centauri's girls (also 2-4 in the IML) are 11-8 overall.
The Pagosa Springs girls, ranked No. 6 in the state by the Post, bring a 17-3 overall record into the IML tournament.
They finished the league a perfect 6-0.
The Monte Vista girls enter with a 14-5 overall record, 2-4 in league play.
The IML will advance two teams to the Class 3A Regionals.
The regular-season league winners automatically qualify with the Pagosa Springs girls and boys teams guaranteed berths
in the Regionals.
The IML tournament will determine the second Regional entry for girls and boys.