LAKEWOOD - As usual Jefferson Country will be represented well in the upcoming Colorado High School Basketball State Tournament starting this week.
Top-seeded D’Evelyn (21-1, 14-0) rolls into the tournament as the expected favorite in 4A after their outstanding season. For all of their hard work they will have a bye and will wait for the winner of Eagle Valley and Erie.
Also representing Jeffco in the 4A bracket is No. 9 Green Mountain (12-11, 7-7) who will travel to Falcon High School for their first round meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (results of Wednesday tournament games not available before print).
However, after Golden’s (15-8, 10-4) very strong second half of the season where they won 11 of their last 15 games, the Demons earned a No. 6 seed and will host Steamboat Springs Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Finally in the 4A bracket is No. 12 Wheat Ridge (8-15, 7-7), who qualified for the tournament after a strong second half of their season. The Farmers will travel to Palisade for a meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m.
In the 5A boy’s bracket No. 5 Ralston Valley (15-8, 11-5) hosts Smoky Hill Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs have won 11 of their past 14 games.
No. 7 Lakewood (13-10, 10-6) is looking to make a run in the tournament when they host Poudre Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Finally, No. 10 Arvada West (13-10, 8-8) is embracing the role of underdog and will travel to Montbello for their opening game Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In 3A Jefferson (14-7, 7-5) looks to extend their season against The Pinnacle in the Frontier League District Tournament Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson High School.