Cherry Creek heads 5A field
The 2017 spring state championships are officially underway with the release of the girls soccer playoff brackets on Sunday.
Cherry Creek (5A), Valor Christian (4A), Jefferson Academy (3A) and Denver Christian (2A) earned the top seeds in their respective fields, which were determined by the final RPI standings.
Postseason play will officially kick off on Tuesday with first round games in Class 5A and 2A. First round games for 4A will be played on Wednesday with 3A games coming on Friday.
Defending 5A champion Grandview comes in at No. 2 this year, sitting only behind Cherry Creek, which earned the top spot by going 14-0-1 in the regular season. Mountain Vista (No. 3) and Ralston Valley (No. 4) round out the top four spots in that bracket.
Grandview and Mountain Vista are the two highest seeded teams from last years Final 4. Broomfield comes in at No. 8 and Columbine lands at No. 9 this season, meaning they could meet in the second round.
ThunderRidge is the No. 5 seed this season, and Regis Jesuit is No. 7.
Valor Christian earns No. 1 in 4A
Some familiar faces sit at the top of the 4A bracket as the 2016 4A runner-up, Valor Christian, takes the No. 1 spot.
Defending champion Lewis-Palmer sits at No. 3.
Wheat Ridge grabs another high seed, taking the No. 2 spot. As the No. 2 seed last year, the Farmers lost to Valor Christian in the quarterfinals.
D'Evelyn rounds out the top four in the bracket.
Windsor and Mullen, Final 4 teams a year ago, also come in with favorable seeds, taking the No. 6 and No. 8 spots respectively.
The Classical Academy rounds out the top five seeds, while Evergreen is No. 7.
Jefferson Academy top-seeded in 3A
Jefferson Academy takes the No. 1 seed in 3A, coming off a 13-1-1 season. Perhaps no team in the 3A bracket has a more impressive resume as the Jaguars have beaten Manitou Springs, Kent Denver and the The Academy — all top-10 seeded teams.
The loss to Jefferson Academy is the only loss of the year for Manitou Springs, which grabs the No. 3 spot, the best seed for the Mustangs since they were the No. 4 seed in 2010.
Defending champion Kent Denver takes the No. 7 spot. Colorado Academy and The Academy — semifinalists from last year — take the No. 2 and No. 6 spots, respectively.
Liberty Common is the No. 4 seed, while Peak to Peak is fifth.
With a 24-team field in 3A, the top eight seeds earn first round byes, which means No. 8 Colorado Springs Christian also will begin its journey in Round 2.
2A's field led by No. 1 Denver Christian
Denver Christian grabbed the top seed in the 2A bracket. The Thunder sit just ahead of defending champion Dawson, the No. 2 seed.
Denver Christian beat Dawson 5-0 back on Apr. 20.
Front Range Christian takes the No. 3 spot while Evangelical Christian comes in at No. 4, giving last year's semifinalists an opportunity to get back.
Fountain Valley is seeded fifth.
The top four seeds in the 2A field earn a first-round bye.