The playoff brackets for the largest three classifications in the state were released Sunday and, much like the first season played under CHSAA's new RPI system, they weren't without controversy.

In 5A, two teams with 3-7 records — Fountain-Fort Carson and Bear Creek — made the postseason while Fossil Ridge (7-3) and Doherty (8-2) didn't make the field.

And in 4A, Loveland (9-1) was originally included in the field as an 11 seed, only to find out later that there was a discrepancy in the RPI rating of one of its opponents and the Indians dropped out of the top 16.

Locally, it was thought that Legacy (8-2) might host a 5A first-round playoff game as they entered the final week of the regular season ranked No. 8 and the Lightning scored a big win over Westminster. But Legacy actually fell in the RPI rankings after the win, and enter the postseason as the 11th seed and will have to travel to play 6th-seeded Grandview (9-1).

Fairview (8-2) also made the 5A field as the 13th seed and will take on No. 4 Regis Jesuit (9-1).

In 4A, Broomfield (8-2) is the 5th seed and will host No. 12 Heritage (6-4) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, while Monarch (7-3) checks in at No. 7 and will host No. 10 Fruita Monument (6-4) at 6 p.m. on Thursday.


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The 3A field is loaded with local teams with Silver Creek (10-0) earning the highest seed at No. 5. The Raptors will host No. 12 Durango (7-3) in the first round.

Holy Family (8-2) will also get to host as a No. 7 seed, and will welcome No. 10 Rigle (8-2) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Mead (7-3) is the 11th seed and will travel to No. 6 Palmer Ridge (8-2); Longmont (6-4) is No. 13 and will battle at No. 4 Lewis-Palmer (9-1); and Erie (6-4) earned the No. 15 seed with its win on Friday night and will travel to No. 2 Pueblo East (9-1).

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