Bulldogs get tough draw as a No. 6 seed

It is easy to see how competitive the playoffs will be when a 9-1 record gets the Palisade Bulldogs a No. 6 seed.

Not only that, but a match-up with 9-1 D’Evelyn.

“I didn’t think we would play as tough of a team as D’Evelyn, that will be our biggest challenge of the year beside Glenwood (Springs),” Palisade coach John Arledge said. “That is just the way the bracketing goes and it doesn’t really matter because it’s the playoffs so you are going to play good teams.”

If the first round match-up looks familiar it should. The two teams played each other in the first round of last year’s playoffs with the Bulldogs coming out on top 42-31. Arledge said the Jaguars are returning a lot of the same players.

“They are a very good team with highly skilled athletes,” Arledge said. “They are a lot better than their seed, they easily could have been a 7 or 8.”

D’Evelyn is out of the Big 12 Conference and actually earned one of the wild cards even though they finished with only one conference loss to Summit. The Jaguars were given the low seed despite beating No. 3 seed Conifer.

Around the rest of the 3A bracket, Glenwood earned the No. 1 overall seed and plays 6-4 Roosevelt. Steamboat Springs was the third team to earn a berth as the Sailors are the

No. 13 seed and play Pueblo County.

At 4A, the Montrose Indians completed another goal. The Indians earned the No. 4 seed and face Niwot (7-3) in the first round of the playoffs.

“Our goal has been to be a top four team so that worked out for us,” Montrose coach Todd Casebier said.

Montrose was rewarded for its 9-1 record with the top seed for any 9-1 team. The Indians haven’t lost since week one to Glenwood Springs and have allowed only 60 points the past nine games.

“The starting defense has been doing a good job,” Casebier said. “And we have been limiting the turnovers and just doing a good job with everything and that has translated into wins.”

The Indians play a Niwot team which didn’t qualify for the playoffs last season, but bounced back this year at 7-3. All three losses came to playoff teams.

The Class 2A bracket was the final playoff bracket to be set Sunday. Olathe was the top seed from the Western Slope Conference, earning the No. 3 seed, which puts it against Buena Vista (6-4) of the Mountain Conference.

Grand Valley (8-2) qualified in its first year at 2A, but didn’t earn a home game, as the Cardinals are on the road against Brush (8-2). Aspen also made the postseason, earning one of the four wild card bids.

The Skiers face Florence.

Hotchkiss advanced in 1A to face Yuma in the second round.

All games are scheduled to be played Saturday unless changes are made by the schools.

The state volleyball pairings also were set Sunday with Montrose earning the

No. 8 seed. The Indians will be in the same bracket as Windsor, Mullen and No. 1 seed Cheyenne Mountain.

At Class 2A Rangley and Mancos were given the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds. Dove Creek is the No. 4 seed in the 1A tournament.

In other state tournament action, the Hotchkiss soccer team plays in the 3A championship game Tuesday against Colorado Academy. The Bulldogs made their first championship as a No. 8 seed.

“This is a special group,” Hotchkiss coach Elaine Wood said.

The Championship game will be played at the NAAC in Golden at 7 p.m.


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