3A hoops teams learn regional destinations
Area Class 3A basketball teams will be spread out throughout Colorado for the regional round of the state playoffs.
Regionals, comprising four teams each, will be played Friday and Saturday. Hosting rights are awarded to the top eight seeds in both the boys and girls playoff brackets, which were released Sunday afternoon by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Coal Ridge’s boys, who snuck their way into the 32-team bracket by finishing fifth at the 3A Western Slope League district tournament, are bound for Pagosa Springs. The 7-16 Titans, who drew the 29th seed, will make the long trip south to face the host Pirates (No. 4, 18-3) on Friday.
Also on Friday, No. 13 Lutheran (14-7) and No. 20 Rye (12-10) will go at it in Pagosa Springs. Winners return to the court Saturday to play for a trip to the eight-team state tournament, which will be held March 11-13 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
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A long trip awaits the Coal Ridge girls as well. The Titans, 11-11 and owners of the 27th seed, will travel to Eaton, where they’ll face the host school on Friday. The Reds are 18-5 and the No. 6 seed.
Also on Friday, No. 11 Peak to Peak (17-5) and No. 22 Salida (11-12) square off.
Grand Valley’s boys drew the No. 23 seed and will head to Hotchkiss on Friday. The Cardinals (12-10) will face No. 10 Manitou Springs (17-5) on Friday.
Hotchkiss, Grand Valley’s 3A Western Slope League mate, drew the No. 7 seed and will take on No. 26 Bayfield (7-14) in the round of 32. Hotchkiss is 18-4 and finished second in the 3A WSL during the regular season.
Grand Valley’s girls are bound for Brush, where they’ll take on No. 23 St. Mary’s Academy (14-8) in the round of 32 on Friday. The Cardinals, the 10th seed, are 18-4 and finished behind only Olathe in the 3A WSL.
Also taking the court in Brush Friday night will be the host Beetdiggers (No. 7, 20-2) and No. 26 Kent Denver (9-11).
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