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Warriors draw 4th seed in state 4A playoffs

By Steve Smith

AURORA — Frederick’s boys basketball team hit a high-water mark Sunday when the Colorado High School Activities Association released the bracket for the state 4A tournament.
    The Warriors (17-6) drew a fourth seed, a first-round bye and the chance to take on either Greeley Central or Glenwood Springs at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Colorado Springs at Wasson High School, one of the tournament host schools.

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    FHS coach Larry Frank said he was pleased with the seeding.
    “Were fortunate that we got a bye,” he said. “It’s the best seed in the five years I’ve been here. It would have been nice to get a home game. But it’s the highest seed we’ve had since they went to this format.”
    Greeley Central (14-9) is the fifth seed in the tournament. Jevon Martinez leads the Wildcats in scoring at 14 points per game. Dylan Herr averages eight points and six rebounds per outing. Glenwood Springs (7-16) gets 10 points and nine rebounds a game from Collin Porterfield.
    Lucas Adams leads the Warriors in scoring at 10 points a game. Christian Martinez and Ryan Miller are close behind at nine points per contest. Miller averages six rebounds a game. Jayden McGraw is pulling down about four rebounds per game, and Adams is dishing off six assists per contest.
    “We’re familiar with both of those teams. We played them at the CU 4A camp,” Frank said. “Greeley Central is quick. They have good shooters. They are quick. They are athletic. Glenwood Springs has one decent shooter. We saw them at the Western State camp. Whoever we play, it will be a tough opponent.”
    Waiting in the wings is the top seed Wasson Thunderbirds, who sport a record of 22-1. DJ Hanes averages 23 points and almost seven rebounds per game.
    The Warriors enter the postseason on an eight-game winning streak.
    “We’re peaking at the right time. We’re playing some of our better basketball,” Frank said. “We finished out strong. We just need to play better and shoot the ball better. If we can shoot free throws and shoot from the field a little better, we’ll be competitive against anybody.”

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com.