There are still seven valley teams alive in playoff basketball brackets. Alamosa boys, Centauri boys and girls in 3A. Del Norte girls, Sanford boys and girls in 2A. And Sangre de Cristo girls in 1A.
As with the past few seasons, the playoffs will take place in three different cities. 3A will travel to Denver University (DU). DU will be the home of the remaining 14 games in both the boys and girls brackets. Alamosa boys cleared their first two games in the state tournament to qualify for the Great 8. There Alamosa will face a familiar opponent in Faith Christian. The Moose defeated the Eagles earlier this season at the Glenwood Springs Invitational 56-53. Alamosa takes on Faith Christian on Thursday at 1:15 p.m.
Centauri’s boys and girls both cleared their home quadrants. The boys will take on the defending state champions in Manual. Manual boasts the No. 1 scorer in 3A basketball in Jaden Stoffell. Falcons meet the Thunderbolts at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Centauri girls will also play on Thursday. The Lady Falcons will take on University at 4 p.m.
The valley’s 2A teams will head to the other end of the state for state tournament play in Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado.
Del Norte maintained momentum against Peyton with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the half from Kendra Parra. The Tigers kept the heat on to take the win and advance to the state tournament. Del Norte is seeded fourth in the tournament and will be the home team on the scoreboard to No. 5 Wray at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday morning. Sanford ran away from Burlington on Saturday to punch their ticket to state. Sanford will take the No. 4 seed to the boys squad from Wray’s 5 seed at 10:15 a.m. The final 2A team from the valley at state will be Sanford’s girls. The Sanford ladies will take on third-seeded Rye. The Thunderbolts are the only undefeated team in the bracket. Sanford vs. Rye will tipoff at 11:45 a.m.
Both Sangre de Cristo teams played in district tournament championships on Saturday. The Sangre girls were able to best DeBeque 51-33. The boys could not get past Ouray and fell 61-52. The lady Thunderbirds will take on third-seeded South Baca as their first competition in the 1A State tournament. Sangre and South Baca are slated for an 8:45 a.m. start.