Only six teams in the state of Colorado are still mixing it up in fall sports this week, and unlike last year, none of them are local squads.

Another fantastic run for the Longmont football team ended Saturday, and that means it's time to turn our attention to winter sports — and being able to stay warm watching games.

The kicks officially hit the hardwood on Tuesday.

The pre-holiday schedule is all about finding those non-league gems, and even this week there are plenty of them in basketball and wrestling.

Even on opening night around the area, there is no shortage of entertaining affairs. A double-header at Mead with the Mavericks boys and girls teams hosting Silver Creek will have some edge to it, and the Boulder boys travel down to Ralston Valley with a lot of questions about how the Panthers will follow up on a Class 5A Sweet 16 appearance.

Jack Boyle and the Boulder boys basketball team will start their season Tuesday at Ralston Valley in a tough opening-day matchup.
Jack Boyle and the Boulder boys basketball team will start their season Tuesday at Ralston Valley in a tough opening-day matchup. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Also on Tuesday, Broomfield's girls get the first chance on the court with the label "Class 5A defending champs", taking on Denver East at the Castle View/ThunderRidge Tournament. The Eagles could get yet another matchup in later rounds of the tournament against the Grizzlies — and both teams are early season title contenders once again. The Holy Family girls, ranked fifth in Class 4A, are also participants and will open against Castle View.

Potentially potent late-round tournament matchups aside, the first week of basketball also includes a boys/girls double-header between Mead and Longmont on Friday night at LHS.


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Turning to the mats, Fairview will host several local teams Saturday at the annual Mike Stanley Invite — a tournament who lost its namesake this past year. Prior to that, however, Monarch has the key dual meet of the week as the Coyotes host two-time defending 5A team champion Arvada West on Wednesday.

The Fairview Invitational swim meet gets the pool season going on Saturday, too.

So buckle up, because the action will be hot from the get-go as the snow season swings in.

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