Class 3A playoff brackets released |

Class 3A playoff brackets released

Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentDarik Brown and Coal Ridge's boys basketball team are headed to Manitou Springs to open the Class 3A playoffs Friday. The Titans will face Jefferson Academy in the first round.

Area Class 3A basketball programs learned their playoff fates when the Colorado High School Activities Association released brackets on Sunday, and none of the six Garfield County squads who qualified will be playing on home turf next weekend.

Rifle’s girls boast the top seed of any local squad.

The 18-4 Bears, slotted 10th among the bracket’s 32 teams, is bound for Denver School of Science and Technology, where they’ll open the playoffs against No. 23 Middle Park (15-7) Friday night at 5:30 p.m. The night’s second game, which tips off at 7 p.m., pits No. 7 DSST (21-1) against another Garfield County school, No. 26 Roaring Fork (14-8). The winners return to DSST on Saturday for an 11 a.m. showdown that determines who moves on to the March 8-10 state tournament at Colorado State University’s Moby Arena.

Elsewhere in the girls bracket, No. 22 Grand Valley (12-10) is headed down to Bayfield, where it will square off with No. 11 Peak to Peak (15-7) Friday at 5 p.m. A win would put the Cardinals in Saturday’s Sweet 16 against either sub-regional host Bayfield (No. 6 seed, 18-3 record) or No. 27 Gunnison (7-15) at 1 p.m.

On the boys side, Roaring Fork drew the top seed among Garfield County schools.

The No. 13 Rams (15-7) will trek to Valley High School in Gilcrest, where they’ll open up against No. 20 La Junta (14-8) at 5 p.m. Friday. A win would pit Roaring Fork against either No. 4 Valley (20-2) or No. 29 Buena Vista (8-15) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Coal Ridge’s boys (10-12) drew the 21st seed and will head to Manitou Springs, where the Titans will kick off the weekend at 5 p.m. Friday against No. 12 Jefferson Academy (10-12). The winner faces either No. 28 Berthoud (11-12) or No. 5 Manitou Springs (19-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Rifle’s boys (9-14) nabbed the No. 25 seed and will head to The Pinnacle, where the Bears open against the host school at 7 p.m. Friday. The Pinnacle is seeded eighth and brings a 17-6 record into the first-round game. No. 24 Sheridan (16-6) or No. 9 Manual (12-10) awaits the winner at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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