Prep squads prepare for state basketball playoffs
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs High School’s girls and boys basketball teams parlayed their 4A Western Slope League titles into more than just a couple more banners to hang in the school’s gymnasiums.
To the victors also go first-round byes and second-round home dates in the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) state playoffs.
The Demon girls, who secured the league crown by going 18-3 overall and 13-1 against Slope foes, open the playoffs at home on Friday against either Evergreen (13-10) or Northridge (7-16).
Glenwood holds the second seed in the Tanya Haave Region, which includes top-seeded Broomfield (23-0), the defending state champions and the team that ousted the Demons from last year’s playoffs.
Glenwood’s boys, who put together a 17-6 season and matched the girls’ league record, will host either Montrose (13-9) or Centaurus (10-13) on Saturday and are also a second seed. They’ll be playing in the Ron Shavlik Region, which houses No. 1-seeded Windsor (20-3).
All told, 48 4A boys and girls teams will vie for a state title. The Final Four is set for March 12-14 at the University of Colorado’s Coors Events Center.
On the heels of a 15-7 regular season, Rifle’s girls will be hosting a first-round 4A playoff game against Skyline (9-14) on Tuesday.
The Bears will play in the Brenda House Region and hold the No. 6 seed.
Beginning with tonight’s play-in game, the Class 3A Western Slope League district tournament gets under way.
The last five teams standing at week’s end advance to the 32-team state tournament.
Roaring Fork’s boys and girls will both participate in tonight’s play-in game, which takes place between the eighth- and ninth-seeded teams. Aspen will take on the Ram girls at 5:30 p.m., followed by Olathe taking on the Roaring Fork boys at 7 p.m. in Carbondale.
The girls winner travels to Olathe on Wednesday for first-round play, while the boys winner heads to Aspen on Tuesday.
Also on the boys side of things, Coal Ridge hosts Basalt Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first round, and Grand Valley hosts Cedaredge at the same time.
Coal Ridge and Grand Valley tangle at Coal Ridge on Wednesday in the first round of girls play. That game starts at 7 p.m.
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