Going into the final week of the regular season and looking ahead to the playoffs, both the Pahranagat Valley boys and girls basketball teams and the Lincoln County girls are in position to have high ranking spots in their respective league tournaments to be held next week.
The Pahranagat Valley girls are the two-time defending Division IV Southern League and state tournament champions. The Pahranagat boys were runners up last year in both the league and state tournaments.
The Lincoln County girls, having another outstanding season, had a three-year run as league tournament champions, 2012, 2013, 2014. Their last state championship was 2000, but they were state runners up in 2013. In 2015, they had the No. 3 seed in the league tournament and lost 44-36 in the semi-finals to White Pine.
The Lincoln County boys, after their state championship season in 2013, were second in the league in 2015, but lost 58-55 to The Meadows in the division semi-finals. But the Lynx did not make the playoffs this season.
Pahranagat Valley has just one league game remaining, with Indian Springs in Alamo tonight.
The boys are sitting in the No. 4 spot in the six-team playoffs, meaning they would likely host the No. 5 seed Feb. 17.
The PVHS girls are the No. 2 seed this season and will have a first round bye and advance to the league semi-finals Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at Desert Pines High in Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, the Lincoln County girls (22-3, 14-1) lost 54-50 at White Pine (21-5, 13-2) on Tuesday this week, but still maintain first place in the league with one game remaining against Agassi Prep (11-4, 11-3) tonight. Agassi Prep and White Pine play at Agassi on Saturday and that will decide the final positioning of the four seeds in the Southern Division III four-team playoffs, which begin Feb. 19 at 6:20 p.m. at Chaparral High and conclude Feb. 20 at Desert Pines High.
In the north, the leading contenders in girls Division III are Incline, West Wendover, Yerington, Pershing County and Battle Mountain.
In Division IV Northern west boys, the leaders are Whittell, Pyramid Lake, Virginia City and Mineral County. In the east, Eureka, Wells and Owyhee.
In Northern Division IV girls, in the west, it is Smith Valley, Pyramid Lake, Sierra Lutheran and Coleville. In the east, Owyhee, Eureka and McDermitt.
The northern Division III playoffs are Feb. 19-20 at West Wendover and Division IV, Feb. 19-20 at Wooster High School in Reno.
The state tournament for all classifications, boys and girls, is Feb. 25-27 at the Lawlor Events Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.