It seems like it was just yesterday that student/athletes across the region were lacing up their shoes and skates, throwing on their Speedos and singlets for the start for the start of the winter season.

They will start raising trophies this weekend.

I'll get a little taste of it on Friday at the Edora Pool and Ice Center in Fort Collins for the opening and most stressful day of the Class 5A state swim meet. The Class 4A meet is at VMAC in Thornton.

For wrestlers, this is regional weekend. There are 16 regional tournaments across the state and the top four in each of the 14 weight classes will punch their ticket to the Pepsi Center for next weekends three day extravaganza.

I'll be at Legacy on Saturday for the Class 5A Region 3 tournament that is loaded with talent from all over the region and state.

The host Lightning, under the direction of Mike Thompson, are the favorites. But Front Range League rivals Poudre and Broomfield — both much better tournament teams — will be in contention. Both Boulder and Fairview are on hand as well.

Some story lines to keep an eye on at legacy will be the Lightning own Ryan Deakin and his quest to return back to the top of the podium after finishing second last year.

I have chronicled Noah Dohm's sudden rise in the sport and his chase for a place at the Pepsi Center will be fun. He's a great kid with a great attitude, which accounts for a lot in this sport.


It has been a down year for both Boulder and Fairview, but both schools have a chance to represent in Denver. Fairview's Dimitri Brown at 160 pounds and Boulder's Liam Henderson (in a loaded 182-pound bracket) are the ones to watch.

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