Official district pairings should all be known by a week from Sunday but until then, we will continue to present our projections on how the post-season brackets in Class 1A boys’ basketball may end up.  This week, we expand our district tournament picks to the top four spots as we will use them to layout a sample bracket based on the 2A playoff format as well.
No matchups between top teams in District 1 remain on the schedule but DeBeque and Ouray both face Creede this week so those results could help us project what might happen in a potential district matchup between the Dragons and Trojans.  They remain #1 and #2 in our district tournament.
The top seed in District 2 will wait until a February 16th matchup between Cheyenne Wells and Kit Carson.  They’re 1-2 in our pairings at this point and that game should determine their district placement.  Cheyenne Wells has important RPI games with Holly and Arickaree/Woodlin on Thursday and Saturday.
Walsh and Kim/Branson collide on Saturday and that game should help determine the third and fourth seed in District 3.  Most teams prefer the 3rd slot as that will place them opposite defending state champion Holly in the bracket.  The Wildcats and South Baca are solid choices at #1 and #2 again this week but Walsh, Kim/Branson and Wiley should make for an interesting race for the third available regional berth.
Heritage Christian beat Longmont Christian on Monday night so the Eagles gain the advantage in the District 4 chase.  We believe both teams should be seeded behind Peetz in the district bracket as the Bulldogs are unbeaten overall, but Heritage Christian is 2nd in RPI and Peetz 5th as of Wednesday morning.
Otis collected an important win over Arickaree/Woodlin last week and that pushed the Bulldogs to the top spot in District 5.  Stratton/Liberty and Flagler/Hi Plains meet in the annual hyphen bowl this week and that should help determine the third and fourth position.
Red hot Sierra Grande used a win over Creede last week to reach #2 in District 6.  The Panthers still have a game remaining with Sangre De Cristo next week so the Southern Peaks crown and top district seed is still up for grabs.  Another key game remaining has Cotopaxi against Primero on the 16th which could decide spots four and five in the bracket.
District 7 remains steady from last week but the outcome between Elbert and Kiowa on Friday could shake up things a bit.
Front Range Baptist is very close to locking up the top seed in District 8 as they have just one league game remaining.  They face Rocky Mountain Lutheran next week and have a one game lead on Cornerstone Christian, Denver Jewish Day and Shining Mountain.
Our projections for district tournament finishes.

#1 DeBeque #1 Cheyenne Wells #1 Holly
#2 Ouray #2 Kit Carson #2 South Baca
#3 North Park #3 McClave #3 Walsh
#4 Dove Creek #4 Cheraw #4 Kim/Branson
#1 Peetz #1 Otis #1 Sangre De Cristo
#2 Heritage Christian #2 Arickaree/Woodlin #2 Sierra Grande
#3 Longmont Christian #3 Stratton/Liberty #3 Creede
#4 Fleming #4 Flagler/Hi Plains #4 Cotopaxi
#1 Genoa Hugo #1 Front Range Baptist
#2 Elbert #2 Cornerstone Christian
#3 Kiowa #3 Denver Jewish Day
#4 Pikes Peak Christian #4 Shining Mountain

Using these results, we can then add RPI to the equation and project regional bracket pairings.  Region 1 involves a cross bracket between Districts 1 and 8.  Region 2 involves the top three teams from Districts 4, 5, and 7 while Region 3 pulls together the top three clubs from Districts 2, 3, and 6.  RPI numbers are pulled from the afternoon of Wednesday February 7th. #
Winners of both games in Region 1 advance to the state tournament.  In Regions 2 and 3, winners from each of the three second round games on Saturday advance to the state tournament.
#1 DeBeque vs #2 Cornerstone Christian
#1 Front Range Baptist vs #2 Ouray
#4 Genoa Hugo vs #9 Kiowa (winner plays #3 Longmont Christian)
#5 Otis vs #8 Elbert (winner plays #2 Peetz)
#6 Arickaree/Woodlin vs #7 Stratton/Liberty (winner plays #1 Heritage Christian)
Note:  Spots seven and nine would likely be changed to avoid district pairings in the first round.
#4 Cheyenne Wells vs #9 Walsh (winner plays #3 Sangre De Cristo)
#5 Sierra Grande vs #8 McClave (winner plays #2 Creede)
#6 Kit Carson vs #7 South Baca (winner plays #1 Holly)
This week, we’re adding a twist to our post-season projections as we want to layout a sample 1A bracket if the classification used the same format as Class 2A.  In that scenario, district champions are seeded one through eight and host four-team regionals with the winner of each advancing to the state tournament.  The remaining qualifiers are seeded 9-32 in the bracket with teams 25-32 possibly moved for geographic purposes.
Using the eight number one teams in our projections and the same RPI standings from February 7th, the 1A seeds line up in this order.  Please remember, the top four teams in each district would advance to the regional round for this format for a total of 32 teams.

  1. Holly
  2. Sangre De Cristo
  3. Peetz
  4. Front Range Baptist
  5. Cheyenne Wells
  6. DeBeque
  7. Genoa Hugo
  8. Otis
  9. Creede
  10. Heritage Christian
  11. Longmont Christian
  12. Sierra Grande
  13. Kit Carson
  14. South Baca
  15. Shining Mountain
  16. Cornerstone Christian
  17. Cheraw
  18. Cotopaxi
  19. McClave
  20. Denver Jewish Day
  21. Fleming
  22. Walsh
  23. Kim/Branson
  24. Arickaree/Woodlin
  25. Flagler/Hi Plains
  26. North Park
  27. Stratton/Liberty
  28. Elbert
  29. Ouray
  30. Kiowa
  31. Dove Creek
  32. Pikes Peak Christian

Using these seeds, then the eight regional tournament brackets would be paired in this manner

#1 Holly vs #32 Pikes Peak Christian #2 Sangre De Cristo vs #31 Dove Creek
#16 Cornerstone Christian vs Cheraw #15 Shining Mountain vs #18 Cotopaxi
#3 Peetz vs #30 Kiowa #4 Front Range Baptist vs #29 Ouray
#14 South Baca vs #19 McClave #13 Kit Carson vs #20 Denver Jewish Day
#5 Cheyenne Wells vs #28 Elbert #6 DeBeque vs #27 Stratton/Liberty
#12 Sierra Grande vs #21 Fleming #11 Longmont Christian vs #22 Walsh
#7 Genoa Hugo vs #26 North Park #8 Otis vs #25 Flagler/Hi Plains
#10 Heritage Christian vs #23 Kim/Branson #9 Creede vs #24 Arickaree/Woodlin