When the state tournament brackets were released on Sunday, the BoCoPreps.com teams were all over the place.
Particularly in the Class 4A boys bracket, where three local teams received first-round byes, the local clubs are in prime positions to make playoffs runs. Holy Family, Silver Creek and Mead will all have the benefit of waiting until the second round to see who they will start off with.
"I think we're excited to be where we are," Mead coach Darin Reese said about his ninth-seeded Mavericks. "That's about where we thought we'd be. As an area, to get seven of eight Tri-Valley League teams says a lot about the strength of the conference. I think the Northern was about the same. For our area to have so many teams in the tournament is a good representation of the talent we have in our area."
The highest-seeded local team, Holy Family comes in seeded fifth, while Mead is No. 9 and Silver Creek is No. 10. Erie, a team that won two games last season, comes in at No. 33. Niwot comes in at No. 36, Skyline is seeded 45th, and No. 21 Longmont and No. 44 Frederick will face each other in the first round.
"We are very excited to be in the tournament," Holy Family coach Pete Villecco said. "The RPI had us at five. We'll take it. There are a lot of good teams in our path and we are looking forward to competing."
In 5A, No. 28 Boulder, No. 31 Monarch and No. 40 Fairview will all play in the first round.
Leading the way among locals in the 5A girls field, the Monarch Coyotes enter the tournament seeded 10th. While the Coyotes will have the benefit of a first-round bye, they will likely face No. 23 Fairview if the Knights can get by No. 42 Columbine in the first round. The Knights defeated the Coyotes 49-47 at Monarch on Jan. 17.
"We're just happy to be in the state tournament," Monarch coach Bill Bradley said. "Of course as the 10 seed, you'd like to have a first opponent that you think you'd definitely be able to beat. We've got a strong chance to play a Fairview team that's already beaten us at our place once. That's probably going to be the best second-round game of the state tournament."
Broomfield qualified for the tournament at No. 27 and Legacy comes in at No. 28.
The Holy Family girls enter the 4A state tournament seeded eighth and will fave a first-round bye. Local clubs No. 19 Centaurus, No. 26 Silver Creek, No. 24 Mead, No. 37 Erie and No. 45 Longmont also all made the postseason field.
Local first-round matchups
No. 34 Liberty at No. 31 Monarch, Wednesday
No. 40 Fairview at No. 25 Highlands Ranch, Wednesday
No. 37 Mullen at No. 28 Boulder, Wednesday
No. 43 Broomfield at No. 22 Grand Junction, Wednesday
No. 5 Holy Family, bye
No. 9 Mead, bye
No. 10 Silver Creek, bye
No. 33 Erie at No. 32 Thomas Jefferson, Wednesday
No. 36 Niwot at No. 29 Elizabeth, Wednesday
No. 45 Skyline at No. 20 Fort Morgan, Wednesday
No. 44 Frederick at No. 21 Longmont, Wednesday
No. 10 Monarch, bye
No. 42 Columbine at No. 23 Fairview, Tuesday
No. 37 Pomona at No. 28 Legacy, Tuesday
No. 38 Denver South at No. 27 Broomfield, Tuesday
No. 8 Holy Family, bye
No. 39 Cheyenne Mountain at No. 26 Silver Creek, Tuesday
No. 41 Mountain View at No. 24 Mead, Tuesday
No. 46 Lewis-Palmer at No. 19 Centaurus, Tuesday
No. 45 Longmont at No. 20 Green Mountain, Tuesday
No. 37 Erie at No. 28 Glenwood Springs, Tuesday