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by Tribune Staff
Feb 07, 2011 | 662 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - The Sparks boys basketball team ends the regular season with games Tuesday and Thursday and hopes for a top seed in order to host a Northern 3A regional playoff game next week.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - The Sparks boys basketball team ends the regular season with games Tuesday and Thursday and hopes for a top seed in order to host a Northern 3A regional playoff game next week.
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This week marks the final chance for teams to make runs for the basketball regional playoffs.

The Reed boys and Sparks girls basketball squads already know the postseason isn’t in their futures.

Even with two league games remaining this week, the Lady Raiders know they will be hosting a first-round regional game Wednesday Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. against the Sierra League’s fourth seed.

If Reed wins that game, it will play at 7 p.m. two days later at Carson High, which is the host for both the boys and girls Northern 4A regional semifinals and championships this winter.

Both Spanish Springs teams still have some work to do this week. Neither will be a high enough seed to host a game, but they also don’t want to face the Sierra League champions on their home floor.

However, this week isn’t the end of the regular season for everyone. Wrestling begins its regional championships Friday.

Reno High will host the Northern 4A tournament, and that’s where Rail City fans will get to watch Spanish Springs and Reed vie for a regional crown during the two-day event. The Cougars will be going for their third straight, while the Raiders will try to knock them off their throne with a handful of potential weight class champions.

Those two schools are lucky compared to Sparks, which has to travel all the way out to Elko for the Northern 3A tournament.

But all three of the local schools will meet under the same roof when the state tournaments are held a week later. Spanish Springs hosts the 2A, 3A and 4A state championships Feb. 18 and 19.

The Northern 3A basketball tournaments are a little different this year.

Sparks won’t be able to defend its Northern 3A title this season. With three leagues, only the top two teams from each league will qualify for the six-team tournament.

The winner of each of the three games advances to state and the teams will be re-seeded.

The Railroaders will face either the No. 2 team from the Ruby Mountain League or the top seed from the Lahontan League. If Sparks wins the Mount Rose League, it will host the regional game either Feb. 18 or 19, depending on what it chooses.

Sparks finishes up the league schedule with Tuesday and Thursday games this week, while Spanish Springs and Reed play Tuesday and Friday.

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