With week one of football season in the books and all the other fall sports ratcheting up the competition, the fall preps campaign is in full swing. This weekend will feature a number of top-level invitationals in cross country and volleyball, as well as a big-time BoCoPreps.com area volleyball showdown between Silver Creek and Niwot.

Here's a look at a few of the most influential prep events coming up in the next few days:

Boys soccer

Lewis-Palmer at Niwot, Saturday, 10 a.m.

Fourth-ranked Niwot is off to a strong start at 3-0-1 and just recorded a scoreless tie against a quality local rival in the Skyline Falcons on Tuesday. Jason Rodriguez leads the Cougars with three games in four games and after they didn't score against the Falcons, the Cougars will be itching to put the ball in the net on Saturday.

Boys tennis

Boulder at Cherry Creek, Thursday, 4 p.m.

The Panthers have been players at state for the past several seasons and this will be an early test for this year's veteran group, as it will pit Boulder against the defending 5A state champions. Win or lose, the senior-laden Panthers will come away from this one with a better idea of what they'll face at this year's state tournament.

Cross country

Liberty Bell Invitational, Friday, 3:45 p.m.

One of the bigger annual invites every season, this year's event will include a number of BoCoPreps.com area teams, including Broomfield, Centaurus, Fairview, Frederick, Legacy, Niwot, Shining Mountain and Skyline. Keep an extra-close eye on the nationally-ranked Broomfield girls and Legacy sophomore Brynn Siles, who won last weekend's Centaurus Invitational.


St. Vrain Invitational, Saturday, 8:15 a.m.

At a big local meet like this one for the teams in the St. Vrain Valley School District, this time of the season is when the area's best runners begin to separate themselves from the pack. At Lyons High School this year, the nationally-ranked Silver Creek boys will be a big draw, as will the 5A title hopeful Monarch boys.


Rampart at Monarch, Friday, 7 p.m.

The Monarch Coyotes dropped out of the CHSAANow.com rankings despite a convincing 39-13 win over Bear Creek in their season opener. With a Week 2 game against No. 9 Rampart scheduled for Friday, the Coyotes will have a good shot to jump back into the Class 5A top 10 if they can get to 2-0 and add a quality mark to their season. The Coyotes running game appeared to be alive and well in Week 1 with Max Laychak and Cole Polluconi rushing for 98 and 96 yards, respectively, and the defense also looked good with Ethan Plott and Keegan Feenstra leading the way with eight tackles apiece.


Loveland Invite, Friday, 4 p.m.

Local teams Niwot and Broomfield will head north to compete in an early-season tournament after both clubs have gotten off to good starts in 2017.


Arvada West at Legacy, Thursday, 4:30 p.m.

The Legacy Lightning (7-0) is currently slotted in No. 2 behind Eaglecrest by the CHSAANow.com rankings and Arvada West in close behind at No. 6. The Lightning boasts a team-wide .516 batting average and sophomore Hannah Farley is sporting a sub-3.00 ERA. Having already faced several top-level teams in 2017, the Lightning will get another big-time test against Arvada West this week.


Lewis-Palmer Invitational, Saturday, TBA

The top-ranked Lewis-Palmer Rangers look as good as ever and they're inviting some of the other top programs in the state to their place for some high-level volleyball. Among the teams looking to take an early shot at the defending champions, the Niwot Cougars have risen to No. 6 in the Denver Post power rankings and will be coming off a big top 10 matchup with Silver Creek on Thursday.

Best of the Best Tournament, Saturday, TBA

Ranked No. 8 in Class 4A by the CHSAANow.com poll, Riley Anderson and the Silver Creek Raptors have a big several days coming up. First, they'll take on Stanford commit Makenzie Fidelak and No. 6 Niwot on Thursday and then they'll host their own invitational tournament on Saturday.

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