LEWIS-PALMER (25-1) vs. VALOR CHRISTIAN (23-2)
TIME — 4 p.m. Thursday, Coors Events Center.
ROAD TO BOULDER — Lewis-Palmer: (No. 1 seed in Ron Shavlik Region) def. No. 8 Thompson Valley, 78-49; def. No. 5 Greeley Central, 77-41; def. No. 2 Pueblo Central, 72-48; Valor Christian: (No. 2 seed in Jim Baggot Region) def. No. 10 Canon City, 84-48; def. No. 6 Pueblo West, 73-55; def. No. 5 Kennedy, 53-52.
WHO TO KNOW — Lewis-Palmer: Josh Scott, Jordan Scott, Justin Smith; Valor Christian: Chase Foster, Austin Sparks, Max McCaffrey, Christian McCaffrey.
COACHES — Lewis-Palmer: Russ McKinstry; Valor Christian: Steve Rotello.
STORY LINE — Lewis-Palmer, winner of the Colorado Springs Metro League, enters the Final Four for the fourth year in a row. The Rangers, who feature Colorado Buffaloes recruit Josh Scott and his younger brother Jordan, haven’t gotten out of the semifinals in their first three appearances. Valor, meanwhile, is a budding sports powerhouse and features four players who average double-digit scoring, including Max and Christian McCaffrey, sons of former Denver Broncos receiver Ed McCaffrey.
BROOMFIELD (25-1) vs. SIERRA (25-1)
TIME — 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Coors Events Center.
ROAD TO BOULDER — Broomfield: (No. 1 seed in Guy Gibbs Region) def. No. 9 Widefield, 51-41; def. No. 5 Wasson, 74-59; def. No. 6 Golden, 70-52; Sierra: (No. 1 seed in Bill Weimar Region) def. No. 8 Durango, 51-30; def. No. 4 Pueblo East, 60-37; def. No. 2 D’Evelyn, 65-63.
WHO TO KNOW — Broomfield: Austin Wood, Nick Ongarato, Spenser Reeb; Sierra: Wesley Gordon, Calvin Brown, Jalen Little.
COACHES — Broomfield: Terrence Dunn; Sierra: Terry Dunn.
STORY LINE — Sierra, too, enters with a CU recruit leading the way in Gordon, not to mention some recent title histories with the 2009 and 2010 crowns. The Stallions’ only loss came in league play to Lewis-Palmer. But Broomfield is no stranger to Coors Events Center, having won the 2004 crown and made numerous other appearances in the 2000s. The well-rounded Eagles handed Lewis-Palmer its only loss in the season opener despite a big game by Josh Scott.
ARAPAHOE (24-2) vs. RANGEVIEW (22-4)
TIME — 7 p.m. Thursday, Coors Events Center.
ROAD TO BOULDER — Arapahoe: (No. 1 seed in John Casey Region) def. No. 8 Grand Junction, 52-26; def. No. 5 Legend, 75-67; def. No. 2 ThunderRidge, 55-53; Rangeview: (No. 4 seed in RW Truscott Region) def. No. 5 Chatfield, 73-60; def. No. 8 Poudre, 66-51; def. No. 3 Cherry Creek, 47-46.
WHO TO KNOW — Arapahoe: Tim Haas, Shane Jensen, Zach Kocur; Rangeview: Gabe Solarin, Jeremiah Paige, Larry Bridges.
COACHES — Arapahoe: Dan Snyder; Rangeview: Shawn Palmer.
STORY LINE — Arapahoe comes in after a perfect run through the Centennial League and riding a 17-game win streak. Haas and Jensen can both put up big numbers, with the former averaging 20.1 points and the latter putting in 18.3 per game. Rangeview is the Cinderella of the tournament as a No. 4 seed, but also must make up a 26-point deficit surrendered the first time these two teams played early in the season.
HIGHLANDS RANCH (23-2) vs. CHAPARRAL (23-3)
TIME — 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Coors Events Center.
ROAD TO BOULDER — Highlands Ranch: (No. 2 seed in Glenn Wilson Region) def. No. 7 Monarch, 56-33; def. No. 3 Grandview, 63-58; def. No. 5 Mountain Vista, 66-55; Chaparral: (No. 1 seed in Ray Ball Region) def. No. 8 Dakota Ridge, 60-58; def. No. 4 Fountain-Fort Carson, 73-67; def. No. 2 Columbine, 76-61.
WHO TO KNOW — Highlands Ranch: Austin Haldorson, Brett Brady, Steve Donatell; Chaparral: Cory Calvert, Josh Adams, Brandon Malone.
COACHES — Highlands Ranch: Bob Caton; Chaparral: Rob Johnson.
STORY LINE — Highlands Ranch — which fell to Boulder in last year’s state semifinals — brings plenty of size back to the tournament, led by 6-foot-9 Wyoming recruit Haldorson, the grandson of former CU Buffs great Burdie Haldorson. Haldorson averages 17.9 points per game. All of that said, Chaparral beat the Falcons 63-53 on Feb. 14, and boasts its own star in BYU recruit Cory Calvert, who is pouring in 22.4 points per game.