It didn't take Anthony Loughran long to notice a difference between his Western Slope team and the Front Range teams at the Colorado All-State basketball games this weekend in Aurora.
"They had a lot more size and speed," Loughran said. "We were a bunch of skinny white boys."
The Colorado High School Coaches Association has hosted the All-State games for Colorado high school seniors for 48 years. This year, Loughran was Moffat County High School's only representative, which includes the state's top graduating seniors in wrestling, football, volleyball and basketball.
"It was an honor to be asked to come," he said. "It was one of the top experiences of my high school career."
Loughran and his West teammates lost both of their games, 106-102, against the East in the third-place game and by 10 points against South in the first round.
"We hung with the East pretty well," he said. "I think a couple of their blocked shots made the difference."
The West team's tallest player was 6-foot-6. That left 6-1 Loughran guarding players a half-foot taller than himself.
"Probably my highlight was taking a charge on a 6'8", 300-pound guy," he said. "I guess I flew about 10 feet after he ran into me."
The athletes arrived in Denver on Friday and scrimmaged to get a feel for each other during the day. Saturday was game time. Loughran said there were a couple of times when he just sat back and watched the talent.
"There were 10 to 15 dunks in the four games," he said. "You don't get to see that much in our games."
The University of Colorado-bound Loughran scored two points in the first game and 10 points in the second game.
"I wasn't looking to shoot as much as some of the other guys," he said. "I tried to get other guys open."
The West team had the fewest college-bound scholarship athletes -- two -- than any of the other four teams.
"We had a lot of smaller school kids who were good but just didn't get looked at a lot by schools," he said. "It was great to go out with a weekend like that since our season didn't really finish out that great."