High school basketball state playoffs open
The Aspen Times
Win and play on.
Lose and get ready for next season.
High school basketball charges into the state playoffs this week when teams from the Western Slope League open the Class 3A postseason.
Winning teams from Friday will advance to the second round of the playoffs Saturday.
In Class 3A, eight quadrants have been established with four teams assigned to each quadrant. The top eight seeded teams in Class 3A will host the first two rounds of the playoffs — girls and boys.
Western Slope League member Moffat County will host a girls and a boys quadrant Friday and Saturday.
The Olathe girls also drew a home assignment for this weekend.
The Moffat County boys basketball team was the No. 8 seed and the final host site.
The Moffat County boys (18-4) will take on Denver Science & Tech (Stapleton) (13-10) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
In the earlier game at Moffat County in Craig on Friday, No. 9 Jefferson Academy (16-6) will take on No. 24 Greeley University High (9-14).
On the girls side, the Moffat County girls are the No. 6 seed among the Class 3A field.
The Bulldogs (17-5) will host No. 27 Buena Vista (11-12) at 6 p.m. Friday. The other girls game in the Moffat County quadrant will match No. 11 Bishop Machebeuf (15-7) against No. 22 The Pinnacle (16-7).
The Olathe girls also will host after earning the No. 7 seed.
The Olathe girls (20-2) will play No. 26 Alamosa (8-14) at 7 p.m. Friday. The other game in the Olathe girls quadrant will feature No. 10 Centauri (15-6) versus No. 23 Middle Park of Granby (11-10). Centauri is located in the San Luis Valley near New Mexico.
Two other girls teams from the Western Slope League will participate in the state first-round playoffs.
The Coal Ridge girls (11-11) are seeded No. 20 in the 32-team field. They will take on No. 13 Valley High School (14-8) in a game at Manitou Springs High School at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Manitou Springs (20-2, No. 4 seed) will host the No. 29 Jefferson Academy girls (14-8) at 5 p.m. Friday.
The Grand Valley girls (13-9), seeded No. 24, will take on No. 9 St. Mary’s (20-2) in a game at Bennett High School. They will play at 5 p.m. Friday.
The other game in that quadrant will feature No. 8 Bennett (18-4) against No. 25 Liberty Common of Fort Collins (16-5).
The No. 1 seed for the Class 3A girls is Sterling (22-0).
Pagosa Springs (21-0) is the No. 2 seed with Lutheran No. 3 (21-1).
Other host seeds include No. 5 Eaton (19-3).
Back to the boys state playoffs, Grand Valley, Roaring Fork and Coal Ridge also will represent the Western Slope League.
The Grand Valley boys (16-5), seeded No. 10, will take on No. 23 Manitou Springs at 7 p.m. Friday in a game at Alamosa High School.
Alamosa (16-6), the No. 7 boys seed, will host No. 26 Coal Ridge (11-11) at 5 p.m. Friday.
No. 15 seed Roaring Fork (15-7) will play No. 18 Denver Science and Tech (Green Valley Ranch) (17-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at Colorado Springs Christian High School. No. 2 Colorado Springs Christian (21-1) will play No. 31 Bruce Randolph (13-10) at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Roaring Fork eliminated the Aspen boys from the District Tournament last weekend.
The top seed among the 3A boys is Faith Christian (20-2).
Colorado Springs Christian (21-1) is the No. 2 seed with Lutheran No. 3 (18-4).
Colorado Academy (17-6) is seeded No. 4 with The Pinnacle No. 5 (19-3). The Sterling boys (21-2) also will host as a No. 6 seed. Winners advance to the second round Saturday.
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