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Titans, Rams and Longhorns set for 3A state playoffs

Capping off the 2016 soccer season, the Coal Ridge Titans, Roaring Fork Rams and Basalt Longhorns will live to fight another day by earning berths into the 3A state playoff bracket, released by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday afternoon.

As on of the top teams in the state in all of 3A the last few seasons, the Titans finished the 2016 regular season with a 14-1 record, including an 8-1 mark in conference play behind the play of senior midfielder Luis Vega, and defensemen Jonathan Espinoza, Leonardo Serrano and Fernando Tena. Now, the No. 8 seed Titans will host a first-round matchup with the No. 25 Arrupe Jesuit Generals (8-7) this Friday at 4 p.m. at Coal Ridge High School.

Should the Titans top the Generals, Coal Ridge will take on the winner of No. 9 Fountain Valley vs. No. 24 Jefferson, which will take place Friday at 2 p.m.

Despite the regular season finishing in disappointing fashion for the Roaring Fork Rams (10-5, 5-4), the young Rams were able to sneak into the 4A state playoffs as the No. 30 seed, where they’ll travel to Colorado Academy to take on the No. 3 seed Mustangs (10-4-1) at Colorado Academy in Denver at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Should the Rams pull off the upset, they’d take on the winner of No. 14 The Pinnacle and No. 19 St. Mary’s at Colorado Academy on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Wrapping things up for local teams in the valley, the Basalt Longhorns (10-5, 6-3) earned the No. 11 seed in the 3A state bracket, where they’ll take on the No. 22 Denver Christian Thunder (9-5-1). The game will take place on Friday at Jefferson Academy at 4 p.m., where No. 9 Jefferson Academy will take on No. 27 William Smith in the evening matchup.


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