Even though there is still a little more than a week left in the winter sports campaign, the spring season gets underway this week as girls golf and tennis start competing on Thursday.
The rest of the spring sports — baseball, girls soccer, boys swimming, lacrosse and track and field — start play next Thursday, March 10.
Then it's a quick sprint to the end of the year. The first state finals are scheduled to go off on May 12-14 when the tennis season wraps up.
The 2015-16 high school sports season is expected to end on May 27 when baseball will decide the championships for classes 3A-5A.
• With the winter season almost over, it's time to start paying attention to the race for the 2015-16 BoCoPreps.com Cup.
After the fall season, a lot of the usual suspects were in the top of the standings, but there was a few surprising contenders, including one school that had a sizable lead when the dust settled.
The BoCoPreps.com Cup, which is modelled after the Director's Cup utilized at the NCAA level, is awarded annually to the athletics program in our coverage area that displays the greatest overall level of team success throughout the school year.
Broomfield racked up the most total points after the fall season, followed closely by Fairview.
The Eagles won a pair of state championships in the fall — boys soccer and girls cross country, and also had a second place finish in gymnastics. They also picked up significant points in boys cross country, tennis and softball.
Fairview, meanwhile, didn't win a state title, but had second place finishes in tennis and volleyball, and reached the semifinals in boys soccer.
So after the first sports season of the school year, Broomfield has accumulated 426.5 points and Fairview was just behind with 416.
But what becomes interesting is when you calculate the aggregate scores of the teams, and that is what ultimately determines the BoCoPreps.com Cup champion.
The BoCoPreps.com Cup standings are derived through a points system in which up to 100 points are awarded based on how far a team goes in the postseason. Those points are then divided by the number of sports the school participates in, which determines the aggregate and, eventually, the champion.
After the fall season, Broomfield's aggregate score is 47.4 and Fairview's is 46.2, because both the Eagles and the Knights participated in all nine fall sports.
But Peak to Peak, which scored the third-most total points in the fall with 376, actually leads the way with a dominant aggregate score of 75.2 because the Pumas, which won a boys golf state title and finished second in girls cross country, only participates in five sports in the fall.
Can Peak to Peak hold on to the top spot through the final two sports seasons this school year? Hard to say, but it'll be an interesting race for the Cup this year, and probably won't be decided until the final week of the season.
News and notes
• The Shining Mountain girls basketball team will be singing the National Anthem prior to the boys and girls 1A championship games March 11 at the Budweiser Events Center. The girls championship is at 7 p.m., the boys are scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.
• Monarch defensive back Logan Burgess will be a preferred walk on for the University of Sioux Falls football team this fall. Burgess had a pair of interceptions and 41 tackles for the Coyotes this past season.
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