Pirates face two league foes this weekend


    Staff Writer

    Basketball action in Pagosa Country came to a screeching halt last weekend when a massive snowstorm rolled in, dumping a total of 48 inches of fresh powder on Wolf Creek Pass by the time it finished Tuesday, when CDOT closed U.S. 160 to conduct avalanche mitigation.

    “The decision to not drive over the pass was made by Centauri,” Pagosa Springs Pirates coach Randy Sorenson said.

    The Pirates were scheduled to host the Falcons at 7 p.m. last Saturday night, but now the game has been rescheduled for Feb. 22.

    The Alamosa Maroons were ranked No. 1 by Colorado Preps in the 3A Intermountain League last week due to their 45-35 victory over the Pirates. However, any advantage created by that win was cancelled out when the Maroons lost back-to-back games against Centauri and Monte Vista last week, allowing Pagosa Springs to move back into the first-place slot with a 3-1 record in league action, although Alamosa (4-2), Centauri (3-2) and Monte Vista (3-3) are still in the picture.

    “It is a letdown to prepare for a team for a few days and then have the game postponed,” Sorenson admitted. “These are things that we cannot control, though, so no use worrying about it.”

    The Denver Post Coaches’ Poll has the Pirates ranked second in the state in the 3A division, just behind Kent Denver and ahead of Brush, which was ranked No. 1 last week. Alamosa and Centauri each received votes, but no other team from the Intermountain League reached the top 10 in that poll.

    Tomorrow night, the Pirates take on the Bayfield Wolverines, who have an 0-5 record in league play and a 2-12 record overall, and Saturday night they face the Alamosa Maroons once again. Both of these home games will begin at 7 p.m.

    “What we can control,” Sorenson continued, “is how hard we work and how well we prepare to play this weekend against Bayfield and Alamosa. The Centauri game will be made up on February 22.”

    However, before that make-up game, the Pagosa Springs Pirates hit the road to challenge the Monte Vista Pirates on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

    “Our next four games are important league games so we better be prepared,” Sorenson concluded. “This is the time of the year that we need to be playing our best basketball. The kids have been working hard and their attitudes have been great.”