Local teams ready for playoffs
And so it begins.
Basketball teams at Fruita Monument, Grand Junction and Palisade open play in the state playoffs this week, with the Southwestern League champions receiving first-round byes.
Fruita Monument’s boys (20-3) and Grand Junction’s girls (19-4) each received No. 3 seeds in their respective regions. The top four seeds earned first-round byes and host second-round games this weekend, the 5A boys on Friday and the girls on Saturday.
The Tigers’ boys team (14-8) is seeded eighth and hosts No. 9 Loveland (14-9) on Tuesday. If the Tigers win, they play at top-seeded Arapahoe in the John Casey Region.
The Fruita girls (13-10) drew the No. 7 seed in the Alice Barron Region, the same region in which the Tigers were placed. The Wildcats host Boulder (8-15) on Wednesday.
If Fruita wins, it plays at second-seeded Doherty on Saturday. The Tigers’ second-round game is Saturday at Grand Junction against the winner between Rocky Mountain and Littleton.
In Class 4A, Palisade’s boys (17-6) drew the No. 7 seed in the Ronnie Shavlik Region and host No. 10 Palmer Ridge (8-15) on Tuesday. The winner plays at Pueblo Central on Friday.
Montrose is seeded third in the Bill Weimar Region, with Durango seeded eighth and hosting Peublo South. Glenwood Springs, seeded No. 12, is at Green Mountain in the first round.
Steamboat Springs is No. 10 in the Guy Gibbs region and plays at Evergreen, with Eagle Valley seeded fourth and getting a first-round bye.
The Palisade girls (7-15) are the No. 12 seed in the Brenda House Region and play Wednesday at No. 5 Evergreen (14-8). That winner takes on No. 4 Falcon on Friday.
Glenwood Springs is the No. 4 seed in the Tanya Haave Region and drew a first-round bye, Montrose is No. 3 in the Lou Piel Region and will play either Golden or Pueblo East on Friday.
Steamboat Springs is No. 9 in the Lou Piel Region and is at Mountain View, Moffat County, as the No. 3 seed in the House Region, is off until meeting either Thompson Valley or Frederick. Delta drew the No. 5 seed in the Tracy Hill Region and hosts No. 12 Conifer.
Times for all first-round games will be announced today by the hosting schools.