Seeding the field: Valley schools pleased with placement in 4A, 5A state tourney fields
When the Class 5A and 4A state basketball tournament brackets were released Sunday, some teams were happier than others.
But in the end, everyone was simply glad to be in the field of 48.
The Central girls earned the highest seed of any of the Grand Valley schools, getting a No. 2 seed.
The Warriors are in the Class 5A Carol Callan Region, and play the winner of Mountain Vista (12-11) and Mountain Range (12-11) on Saturday.
“I like where we are at,” Central coach Todd Dixon said. “It’s not an easy bracket by any means, but I like our chances.”
The top seed in Central’s bracket is Chaparral (17-6) with Heritage (17-6) as the No. 3 seed.
In the Sharon Wilch bracket, Grand Junction was rewarded with a No. 5 seed. The Tigers host No. 12 Boulder (9-14) on Wednesday.
“I wasn’t sure where we would be, but I think it says a lot about our conference,” Tigers coach Sam Provenza said. “I like our seed a lot.”
Fruita Monument was also put in the Wilch bracket as the No. 9 seed. The Wildcats play at Rocky Mountain (13-10) on Wednesday.
“I was expecting a nine or 10, so I’m happy about it,” Fruita coach Dan Schmalz said. “It will be a battle, but I think we have a good shot of making it to the second round.”
In the 4A bracket, Palisade benefitted from its win over Delta on Tuesday by getting in as a No. 12 seed. The Bulldogs will travel to Evergreen (17-6) on Tuesday.
“What’s nice going in is everyone starts 0-0 again,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said. “We’re thinking positively.”
Other Western Slope girls teams earning spots were Montrose, a No. 3 seed, Rifle (No. 2), Steamboat Springs (No. 4) and Delta (No. 12).
The Fruita Monument boys won 11 straight games on its way to a Southwestern League championship. With that league title, the Wildcats got the No. 4 seed in the RW Truscott Region, where the overall No. 1 seed Regis (22-1) is sitting atop the bracket.
Fruita plays the winner of Boulder (15-7) and Westminster (13-7) on Friday.
“I wasn’t surprised where we ended up,” Fruita coach Dave Fox said. “The season we’ve has been awesome and anything we can get from here on out will be a positive.”
Grand Junction also earned a home game as the No. 8 seed. Tuesday, the Tigers host Smoky Hill (8-15), which is coached by former Palisade coach Keenon Clement.
In 4A, Palisade struggled down the stretch but did enough to get in as a No. 12 seed. The Bulldogs play Tuesday at Greeley Central (15-8).
“I thought it was about right,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “We are glad to be in, and if we are doing things well, we can compete.”
Other Western Slope teams in the 4A bracket are Montrose (No. 5), Delta (No. 12), Steamboat Springs (No. 8) and Battle Mountain (No. 12).
The times for all the games are still pending.