Basketball: Road to Sweet 16 loaded with obstacles for local teams

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    Tyler Turner and the Boulder boys basketball team head to Cherokee Trail in the first round of the Class 5A basketball tournament on Wednesday.

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    Mark Dolan and the Fairview Knights host Pine Creek in the first round of the Class 5A basketball tournament Wednesday.

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    Ashley Panem and the Fairview girls basketball team have a bye in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament.

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    Nicke Eaton and the Silver Creek Raptors have a first-round bye in the Class 4A state tournament.

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    Holy Family and coach Ron Rossi are the No. 2 seed overall in the 4A state tournament.

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    Derek Edwards and the Mead Mavericks will host Littleton in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament on Wednesday.

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    Madelein Mattila and the Skyline girls team head to Lewis-Palmer in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament Tuesday.



The boys and girls state tournaments begin this week and there are local teams scattered all throughout the brackets in each of the five classifications. Here is an early look at the regions that contain local teams and who they are playing in the first round.



Richard Tate Region

The Broomfield boys emerged from the Front Range League season as the No. 15 overall seed in the playoffs and thus will have a first-round bye. That means the Eagles are just one win away from reaching the Sweet 16, at which point they would face the unenviable challenge of knocking off No. 2-seed ThunderRidge in order to reach the Great 8.


Maceo Brodnax Region

The Fairview boys are seeded No. 20 and in this quadrant’s first round, the Knights will take on Pine Creek. They also appear to be positioned well in that they have a chance to reach the Sweet 16 without having to face a top-10 seed as they would play No. 13 Smoky Hill in the next round. In a similar boat, No. 44 Monarch will take on No. 21 Legend in the first round of the Maceo Brodnax and would face No. 12 Liberty in the next round should they make it out of the first.


Chauncey Billups Region

The Boulder Panthers enter this region as the No. 38 seed and will face No. 27 Cherokee Trail in the first round. Should they prevail, a tough opponent in Grandview stands between the Panthers and the Sweet 16. Nearby in the same half of this quadrant, No. 43 Legacy will play No. 22 FNE in the first round, with a shot at No. 11 Rampart in the cards for the Lightning if it can make it to the second round.



Kaye Garms Region

The Monarch Coyotes slid into the 48-team bracket as the No. 47 seed and will have the chance to play underdogs against no. 18 Liberty in the first round. Things won’t get any easier for the Coyotes with teams like No. 15 Dakota Ridge and No. 2 Lakewood also in their immediate area of the bracket.


Alice Barron Region

Here is where the Fairview girls fell as the No. 12 seed. While the Knights have a first-round bye, the No. 28 Legacy Lightning will host No. 37 Cherokee Trail in the first round on Tuesday. The Knights have a pretty clear path to the Sweet 16 but the Lightning would have to win twice, including against No. 5 Highlands Ranch, in order to meet the Knights there.


Jenny Coalson Region

No. 27 Broomfield will embark on its state tournament run with a first-round game against No. 38 Grand Junction. Both teams have matching 10-13 records and neither enters the state bracket on a winning or losing streak, so this game could be closer than the seeds imply.



Mark Randall Region

There’s no shortage of local action in this quadrant. No. 39 Erie will face No. 26 Thomas Jefferson in the first round on Wednesday. Waiting for the winner of that game are the No. 7 Silver Creek Raptors, who have earned a first-round bye this week. In the other half of the quadrant, No. 28 Holy Family will host No. 47 Wheat Ridge in the first round.


Larry Brunson Region

The final team to qualify for the 48-team state tournament, No. 48 Centaurus will look for a first-round upset against No. 17 Elizabeth on Wednesday. If the Warriors can end Elizabeth’s win streak at four games, they will face No. 16 Montrose in the second round.


Ron Vlasin Region

Another quadrant that is jam-packed with local teams, No. 44 Skyline is eager to kick this one off after winning its last three regular-season games just to make it into the bracket. The Falcons will hit the road to face No. 21 Steamboat Springs. No. 20 Mead will also play in the first round, hosting No. 45 Littleton. As the fifth overall seed, the Longmont Trojans will have a first-round bye.



Trivia Bader-Binford Region

Winning three of their final four regular-season games helped solidify the Frederick Warriors as a top-25 seed in this year’s playoffs. At No. 24, the Warriors earned the right to play at home and will host No. 41 Palisade in the first round on Tuesday. No. 9 Thomas Jefferson would be their second-round opponent should the Warriors escape Palisade.


Anita Stites-Rowland Region

The Holy Family girls finished out a strong regular season by claiming the No. 2 overall seed and a first-round bye in the state tournament. While the Tigers watch from atop this region, No. 47 Longmont will travel to face nearby No. 18 Fort Morgan in the first round on Tuesday and No. 39 Erie will head south to face No. 26 The Classical Academy.


Steve Hill Region

As the No. 13 overall seed, the Mead Mavericks will sit back and watch on Tuesday as they have a first-round bye. The Mavericks’ opponent in the second round will be the winner of a first-round game between No. 20 Sierra and No. 45 Conifer. The Mavericks have not played either team yet this season.


John Mraule Region

The Skyline girls enter the postseason as the No. 43 overall seed and will have a tough opponent right off the bat in the form of No. 22 Lewis-Palmer. Should the Falcons pull of that upset, they will have a shot at an 11th-seeded Centaurus girls team that has won 11 straight games and earned a first-round bye.

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First round, Wednesday

Maceo Brodnax Region

(45) Pine Creek at (20) Fairview, 6:30 p.m.

(44) Monarch at (21) Legend, tbd

Chauncy Billups Regional

(38) Boulder at (27) Cherokee Trail, 6 p.m.

(43) Legacy at (22) Far Northeast Warriors



First round, Wednesday

Larry Brunson Regional

(48) Centaurus at (17) Elizabeth, 6 p.m.

Ron Vlasic Regional

(45) Littleton at (20) Mead, 6 p.m.

(44) Skyline at (21) Steamboat Springs, 6 p.m.

Mark Randall Regional

(47) Wheat Ridge at (18) Holy Family, 6 p.m.



Metro League

Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(8) Peak to Peak at (1) Lutheran, 7 p.m.

(7) Jefferson Academy at (2) Kent Denver



District 7

Quarterfinals, Wednesday

Dayspring Christian/Twin Peaks at (4) Dawson, 5 p.m.

Gilpin County/Lyons at (3) Clear Creek, 7 p.m.



District 4

Quarterfinals, Wednesday at Northeastern Junior College

(7) Briggsdale vs. (2) Longmont Christian, 7 p.m.



First round, Tuesday

Kaye Garms Regional

(47) Monarch at (18) Liberty

Jenny Coalson Regional

(38) Grand Junction at (27) Broomfield, 6:30 p.m.



First round, Tuesday

Tricia Bader-Binford Regional

(41) Palisade at (24) Frederick, 6 p.m.

Anita Stites-Rowland Regional

(47) Longmont at (18) Fort Morgan, 7 p.m.

(39) Erie at (26) The Classical Academy, 7 p.m.

John Mraule Regional

(43) Skyline at (22) Lewis-Palmer, 6 p.m.




Quarterfinals, Tuesday

(5) Jefferson Academy at (4) Faith Christian



District 7

Quarterfinals, Wednesday

Twin Peaks/Dawson vs. (4) Dayspring Christian Academy, 5:30 p.m.



District 4

Quarterfinals, Tuesday, Northeastern Junior College

(5) Prairie at (4) Longmont Christian, 5:30 p.m.


District 8

Semifinals, Tuesday

(6) Shining Mountain at (2) Cornerstone Christian, 6 p.m.