Area teams will all hit the road for regional round of 3A basketball playoffs
Pairings for the Class 3A boys and girls Colorado High School Activities Association basketball playoffs have been set, and four Garfield County teams are dancing.
In the boys bracket, Coal Ridge enters as the No. 16 seed in the 32-team field in the region hosted by No. 1 seed Resurrection Christian.
The Titans (14-6) will open Friday night against No. 17 DSST: Green Valley Ranch (17-5). The winner will advance to play the winner of the Resurrection Christian/Riverdale matchup on Saturday, for a chance to play among the “Great 8” at the University of Denver Hamilton Gym March 12-14.
Grand Valley and Roaring Fork missed the cut based on their state RPI power rankings, concluding their seasons at 6-16 and 12-8, respectively.
Two other Western Slope League teams are in the 32-team field, including league champion Gunnison as the No. 7 seed and Aspen at No. 27.
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And, in the girls bracket, Grand Valley, Roaring Fork and Coal Ridge all three made it in.
Grand Valley, which finished as the runner-up in the 3A District tournament this past weekend, is seeded No. 15. The Lady Cardinals travel to play in the regional round hosted by No. 2 The Academy.
Grand Valley (16-6) open Friday night vs. No. 18 Brush (14-8), with the winner advancing to play The Academy/Sterling winner.
Roaring Fork is seeded No. 20 and will travel to familiar territory in the regional round hosted by No. 4 Delta (19-3), champions of the Western Slope League regular season and District tournament.
The Rams (13-9) open against No. 13 Platte Valley (16-6) Friday night, with the winner facing the Delta/Buena Vista winner on Saturday.
And, Coal Ridge (11-9) goes in as the No. 26 seed, opening against regional host and No. 7 seed Lutheran (20-2) of Parker. The other side of that four-team region pairs No. 10 Eaton and No. 23 Trinidad.
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The teams aren’t vying to one up the other in the rankings or looking to get a leg up in the league standings this fall, but that will hardly make the stakes any less meaningful for Basalt and Glenwood Springs high schools when they meet on the football field Friday night.