LONGMONT — This year’s Silver Creek girls are a different basketball team.
The Raptors won just three conference games last season. This year they finished 18-5 overall and earned the No. 4 seed in Tracy Hill Region of Class 4A state tournament.
Breaking into the top 16 this year, the Raptors really like their seed and position in the 48-team bracket that was released by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday.
“I’m glad we got a bye in the first round and a home game the second round,” Raptors head coach Dan Kloster said. “With D’Evelyn being the No. 1 seed, I have seen them play and I think we match up with them pretty well. You can’t really look that far ahead in the state playoffs. But, overall, it sounds like that will be a good seed for us.”
The Raptors will host the winner of No. 5 Delta (18-4) and No. 12 Conifer (9-13) in the second round on Friday.
The Erie Tigers (12-11) earned the No. 7 seed in the Lou Piel Region and will start the tournament against 10th-seeded Denver South (13-8) on Wednesday at home.
Seeded No. 10, the resurgent Skyline (11-12) girls will travel to face No. 7 Wheat Ridge (12-10). Frederick (9-14) will travel to face No. 6 Thompson Valley (15-8) as the No. 11 seed in the Brenda House Region.
At 5-18, Longmont did just enough to make the bracket. The Trojans will be the No. 12 seed in the Lou Piel Region and face No. 5 Cheyenne Mountain (15-8) in the first round.
In the 4A boys bracket, Longmont is right back up near the top.
The Trojans earned the No. 4 seed in the Jim Baggot Region. They will host the winner of Tuesday’s first-round matchup between No. 5 Kennedy (17-6) and No. 12 Discovery Canyon (8-15) in the second round on Friday.
“You’re excited any time you get in to the state tournament,” Trojans head coach Jeff Kloster said. “We’re excited that we do have the bye and about being able to play the winner of Kennedy and Discovery Canyon. We have no information on either but it does give us the opportunity to go scout them on Tuesday night.”
Kloster also said going out to play at No. 1-seeded Sterling (21-1) will be an interesting challenge should the Trojans hold seed.
Also from the Northern Conference, resilient Niwot (12-11) is seeded seventh in the Bill Weimar Region and will host No. 10 Vista Ridge (12-11) in the first round. The Silver Creek Raptors, seeded 11th in the Ron Shevlik Region, will take their 8-15 record on the road against No. 6 Thomas Jefferson (10-13).
Also in the Ron Shevlik Region, the streaking Frederick Warriors (12-11) were seeded ninth after winning 10 of their final 13 games. They will travel to face No. 8 Thompson Valley (12-11) in the first round.
The Skyline (9-14) boys are the 11th seed in the Bill Weimar Region and will hit the road to face No. 6 Elizabeth (14-8).
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