Six local teams heading to 3A hoops playoffs
Following the conclusion of the 3A Western Slope League district tournament this past weekend, six local basketball teams will head into the 3A state playoffs as seedings were announced Sunday afternoon.
After knocking off the Coal Ridge Titans to win the tournament, the Grand Valley boys basketball team will host a first-round matchup with the Frontier Academy Wolverines on Friday at Grand Valley High School with tip-off scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Cardinals enter the state playoffs as a No. 7 seed with an 18-3 record overall.
Along with the Cardinals’ boys team, the Grand Valley girls earned a birth in the state playoffs as a No. 16 seed. They’ll open up the playoffs with a matchup against No. 17 seed Colorado Springs Christian Lions (16-6.)
Grand Valley compiled a 17-5 record on the year.
Outside of Grand Valley, Coal Ridge will send both the boys and girls basketball teams to the state playoffs.
The Titans’ boys team earned a No. 14 seed in the playoffs thanks to a 15-7 record on the year. They’ll open the playoffs at Manitou Springs against the No. 19 seed Buena Vista Demons (13-10.)
The Titans’ girls (9-13) team earned a No. 28 seed in the playoffs. They’ll take on the Lutheran Lions (18-4) on Friday at Lutheran High School.
Following a third-place finish at the 3A district tournament, the Basalt Longhorns boys basketball team also earned a playoff berth as the No. 17 seed. The Longhorns (17-5) will face off with the No. 16 seed Pagosa Springs Pirates (13-8) Friday at Denver Science & Tech Stapleton High School.
Joining the Longhorns will be the Roaring Fork Rams boys, who earned the final spot in the 3A playoff bracket as the No. 32 seed following their fourth-place finish at the 3A district tournament.
The Rams (9-13) will take on the Denver Science & Tech Stapleton Knights (21-1) Friday at 5:30 p.m.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.