If there's a palpable sense of excitement surrounding the Longmont High School campus this week, it's understandable.

The school will host a pair of Class 4A regionals concurrently this weekend as both the Trojans' boys and girls basketball teams earned No. 1 seeds in the upcoming postseason.

Each squad has a legitimate chance to walk away with a state title early next month and the school, and the surrounding community, is ripe with anticipation.

"We're very excited," Longmont athletic director Jeremy Burmeister said. "We're very fortunate to have the support we have from the students and the community. We take a lot of pride in being the name-school for the city, and we appreciate all of the support we get from the community."

But there is also a sense of caution, as Longmont has had a handful of different teams in different sports in similar positions over the past couple of school years, only to come up short. Burmeister said the teams know that nothing can be taken for granted in a one-and-done format such as the state tournament.

No one understands that more than the Longmont boys team, which reached last year's state championship game undefeated before falling in overtime. This year's version of the Trojans comes into the playoffs with one loss but with a similar target on their backs.

The girls also only have one loss and bring a 21-game winning streak into the playoffs.


Longmont's journey to the state title begins Friday at 5 p.m. when the girls face Widefield in the first-round of the Tanya Have Regional. The boys follow at 6:30 when the host Skyview in the opening round of the Richard Tate Regional.

• Basketball fans from the city of Longmont will have a busy weekend, even if they don't follow the Trojans. Mead will be making its way south to Sierra to face Green Mountain at 5 p.m. on Friday, while Silver Creek is going to Golden to take on the host Demons at 7 p.m. that night.

On the girls side, Silver Creek makes the short trip to Holy Family to take on the host Tigers at 5 p.m.

News and notes

• Broomfield will be holding a ceremony to honor retiring football coach Gary Davies following the Eagles' girls playoff game on Friday night. Broomfield hosts Bear Creek at 6:30 p.m. in a second round Class 5A contest, which will be followed immediately by the ceremony for coach Davies.

• Fairview has hired a new baseball coach, David Castillo, for the 2016 season.

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