BROOMFIELD (22-4) VS. VALOR CHRISTIAN (21-4)
TIME — 4 p.m. Friday, Coors Events Center.
ROAD TO BOULDER — Broomfield: (No. 2 seed in Maceo Brodnax Jr. Region) def. No. 10 Montrose 72-26; def. No. 3 Windsor 74-57; def. No. 1 D’Evelyn 84-65. Valor Christian: (No. 1 seed in Bill Weimar Region) def. No. 8 Falcon 75-42; def. No. 4 Widefield 58-55; def. No. 2 Sand Creek 54-46.
WHO TO KNOW — Broomfield: Spenser Reeb, Evan Kihn, Dan Perse. Valor Christian: Chase Foster, Garrett Baggett, Christian McCaffrey.
COACHES — Broomfield: Terrence Dunn. Valor Christian: Ronnie Degray.
STORY LINE — Both of these teams return to the Coors Events Center after falling in the state semifinals last year — Broomfield to Sierra and Valor to eventual champ Lewis-Palmer. While much of Broomfield’s strength lies in its senior class, Valor’s top eight scorers include seven juniors and a sophomore. Broomfield has won two state titles, its last coming in 2004. Broomfield has won 18 of 19 games since a 4-3 start. Valor has won six straight.
LEWIS-PALMER (23-3) VS. WASSON (25-1)
TIME — 5:30 p.m. Friday, Coors Events Center.
ROAD TO BOULDER — Lewis-Palmer: (No. 1 seed in Guy Gibbs Region) def. No. 8 Roosevelt 93-48; def. No. 4 Evergreen 52-37; def. No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain 66-49. Wasson: (No. 1 seed in Jim Baggot Region) def. No. 8 Pueblo West 67-48; def. No. 5 Greeley Central 78-61; def. No. 2 Thomas Jefferson 60-48.
WHO TO KNOW — Lewis-Palmer: Jordan Scott, Justin Smith, Tyler Owens. Wasson: DJ Hanes, Dominic Garcia, Richie Perea.
COACHES — Lewis-Palmer: Russ McKinstry. Wasson: Damion Copeland.
STORY LINE — Lewis-Palmer is plenty familiar with the Coors Events Center, now entering its fifth Final Four in a row. The Rangers lost in the semifinals three years in a row before breaking through with a title last year. Jordan Scott, a 6-foot-6 senior guard/wing, is the younger brother of Colorado Buffaloes freshman center Josh Scott. Wasson, it has been announced, will be closed at the end of the school year, meaning the basketball team will no doubt be trying hard to leave its school with a winning legacy.
DENVER EAST (24-2) VS. LEGEND (21-6)
TIME — 7 p.m. Friday, Coors Events Center.
ROAD TO BOULDER — Denver East: (No. 1 seed in Chauncey Billups Region) def. No. 8 Dakota Ridge 66-54; def. No. 5 Heritage 87-60; def. No. 6 Arapahoe 60-55. Legend: (No. 5 seed in Ray Ball Region) def. No. 12 Rocky Mountain 58-34; def. No. 4 Grandview 75-67; def. No. 1 Chatfield 51-49; def. No. 2 Fairview 46-45.
WHO TO KNOW — Denver East: Dominique Collier, Ronnie Harrell, Jevon Griffin. Legend: Jonathan Cosmann, Blake Truman, Zach Mihalicz.
COACHES — Denver East: Rudy Carey. Legend: Kevin Boley.
STORY LINE — Legend might be new to the Final Four but its coach certainly is not. Kevin Boley’s Broomfield teams were regulars in the 4A brackets during the 2000s before he started the program at Legend, including a state title in 2004. The Titans have proven scrappy, knocking off three of the top four seeds in their region to get here. East, meanwhile, is its usual juggernaut self, with explosive Division-I recruit Collier’s 20.8 points per game leading the way. The Angels have won 10 titles, including three in the 2000s.
EAGLECREST (21-5) VS. MOUNTAIN VISTA (23-2)
TIME — 8:30 p.m. Friday, Coors Events Center.
ROAD TO BOULDER — Eaglecrest: (No. 2 seed in Glen Wilson Region) def. No. 10 Arvada West 52-35; def. No. 3 Rangeview 45-32; def. No. 1 Regis 64-57. Mountain Vista: (No. 1 seed in John Casey Region) def. No. 9 Lincoln 59-57; def. No. 4 Monarch 75-60; def. No. 2 Cherokee Trail 78-76.
WHO TO KNOW — Eaglecrest: Tre Shawn Wilford, Rayjon Craig, Jaisean Jackson. Mountain Vista: Jake Pemberton, Elijah Valdez, Mitch Carter.
COACHES — Eaglecrest: John Olander. Mountain Vista: Robert Wood.
STORY LINE — Both teams come to Boulder looking for their first state titles. Mountain Vista is a high-scoring bunch that puts up 77.5 points per game, led by Pemberton’s 17.5 per game and Valdez’s 17.2. Vista lost two of its final three regular season games after a 19-0 start. Eaglecrest, the Centennial League runner-up to Cherokee Trail, has won five in a row, including a quarterfinal win over Regis, which won the Continental League title over Mountain Vista and ThunderRidge.