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Top-seeded Valor Christian and No. 2 seed ThunderRidge were two of the seven south metro teams to win second-round games in the Class 4A and 5A state basketball playoffs.
Both Valor in 4A and the Grizzlies in 5A drew first-round byes on Feb. 22 and notched second-round victories on Feb. 25 to advance to the Sweet 16 on March 1.
Other south metro teams to gain a spot in the Sweet 16 were Cherry Creek, Arapahoe, Mountain Vista, Rock Canyon and Chaparral.
Winners of Sweet 16 games moved on to the Great 8, which will be held March 4. In Class 4A, Great 8 games will be hosted by higher-seeded teams, while the Class 5A Great 8 will be at the Denver Coliseum.
Lutheran, seeded 14th, will play No. 19 Vanguard in a first-round state tournament game March 3 at Colorado Springs Christian school. The Lions were fourth in the Metro district tournament, falling 68-55 to Faith Christian in the third-place game.
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