Saturday is a very important day across boys basketball with top spots in conference races and higher seeds for the district tournaments on the line.  We wanted to provide a quick rundown of such games with details on how they impact league standings and post-season pairings.



Kit Carson at Haxtun

Springfield at Cheraw

McClave at Walsh

Primero at Creede

Plateau Valley at De Beque

NOTES:  Good list of games and we start with the last one on our list as it could decide the Western Slope title.  DeBeque is unbeaten and sits alone in first while Plateau Valley is tied with Vail Christian one game back in second place.  Since DeBeque has beaten Vail Christian, a win today puts them in very good shape for the conference crown.  Sangre De Cristo seems to be the league champion in the Southern Peaks but spots 2-4 remain up for grabs and the outcome of Creede-Primero will help determine those positions.  They’re battling with Sierra Grande.  McClave-Walsh and Springfield-Cheraw are non-conference games but all four teams could advance to regionals and meet again there.  Results will influence the pairings if they all qualify.  Kit Carson and Haxtun is a top 10 battle with Haxtun trying to end a three-game slide and Kit Carson looking to bounce back from a loss to Cheraw on Friday.



Byers at Denver Christian

Merino at Yuma

Sedgwick County at Wray

Mancos at Ridgway

Telluride at Ignacio

NOTES:  The first game on our list could be a preview of a district semifinal or championship game.  The Bulldogs and Thunder are battling for seeding in those pairings along with Limon.  All three teams are in top seven of the rankings this week.  Yuma needs a win over Merino to stay alone atop the Lower Platte standings while the Sedgwick County-Wray winner could land the #2 district seed and runner-up spot in the conference.  The San Juan conference has been a bit crazy this year as no clear-cut favorite has emerged.  Mancos opens the day tied with Ouray in first place with Telluride and Ignacio a game back in third.



KIPP Collegiate at Middle Park

Bayfield at Centauri

Montezuma Cortez at Alamosa

Kent Denver at Colorado Academy

Lamar at St Mary’s

NOTES:  Middle Park is 6-1 in the Frontier and tied with Academy in second place with both teams one game back of first place DSST-Stapleton.  The Panthers thus need a win to stay within range of the leaders.  KIPP College is alone in fourth.  Bayfield and Centauri meet for the second time this week.  The Falcons picked up a 64-53 win on Tuesday and go for the sweep today.  Since Bayfield was upset by Montezuma Cortez on Friday, the winner will take over sole possession of the Intermountain lead.  The loser falls into a second place tie with the Alamosa-Montezuma Cortez winner.  Kent Denver and Colorado Academy are both ranked in the top 10 but neither is in the top three of the Metro conference.  Today’s winner will stand alone in fourth.  Lamar needs a win over St Mary’s to remain alone in second behind Vanguard in the Tri Peaks chase.  A St Mary’s win could create a four-way tie for second with CSCS and James Irwin.


Kevin Shaffer

Kevin Shaffer

Kevin Shaffer is the founder and owner of the Colorado Preps Network which debuted in the summer of 2003. Kevin and his wife Lanette reside in Fort Morgan and are the proud parents of Lexi and Tyler.

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