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Mead High School's James Shiers (No. ...
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Mead High School’s James Shiers (No. 15) tries to put up a shot over Centaurus High School’s Kevin Bedford (No. 11) on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

Now it is the hoopsters’ turn.

In the wake of a successful run for many area programs in both girls swimming and wrestling, the stage is set for boys and girls basketball teams from around the area to take a crack at writing their own fairytale endings.

It all begins Tuesday on the hardwood … at least for most teams.

The majority of the area’s Class 4A boys programs have yet to worry about prepping much for an opponent. That’s because of the six teams that made the bracket, five received first-round byes and won’t be playing until Saturday.

Mead was bestowed the area’s highest seed in boys at No. 3 in the 4A field. Closely following were Frederick (6), Centaurus (7), Longmont (9) and Holy Family (13) — all who get experience against each other the past couple of weeks in the Longs Peak League/Northern Colorado Athletic Conference tournament.

Equally dominant were the two 4A and one 5A girls programs who earned the right to take a few light practice days early in the week. Like their Mavericks boys counterparts, the Mead girls will be awaiting an opponent for Friday’s second round as the No. 5 seed; 4A Holy Family (3) and 5A Monarch (4) also have the byes.

So what does that mean for early in the week? Well, a lot of road games for locals in Tuesday and Wednesday’s first round. Of 13 first-round games, seven squads will take to the road (Erie’s boys and girls, plus the girls teams from Silver Creek, Broomfield, Legacy, Fairview, Longmont).

But, especially Wednesday, there’s plenty of action to catch around the county. The 5A boys field includes Silver Creek’s boys hosting Fort Collins, Broomfield hosting Mullen, Monarch welcoming Liberty and Legacy taking on Far Northeast at LHS.

Higher seeds host through the round of 16 in Class 4A and 5A. All remaining games will take place at the Denver Coliseum.