Two weeks into the volleyball season, the cream is beginning to rise to the top and there are some exciting local matchups to be played before more tournaments take place on Saturday.
As is becoming a regular occurrence, a number of local football teams have big games this week. That will happen when one area has so many teams ranked in or around the top 10 in the state. Throw in some top-notch soccer and a big local tennis tournament, and it should be an exciting week all around.
Here's a look at some prep events to watch for over the next few days:
Frederick at Silver Creek, Friday, 7 p.m.
Silver Creek is on fire so far in 2017 and has risen to No. 4 in Class 3A in the latest football rankings. But possibly the bigger story so far this season in Frederick starting of 2-0 for the first time since 2007. For a team that won a total of two games over the past three seasons, that's a big deal, but Silver Creek will be the first true test for Frederick this season.
Fort Morgan at Holy Family, Friday, 7 p.m.
Holy Family has vaulted into Class 3A's stop spot in the latest rankings and right away will get a top-five matchup to defend its standing. Quarterback Stone Samaras (747 yards), tight end Kyle Helbig (6 touchdowns) and the high-powered Tigers offense appear to be in midseason form. On the other side, Trey McBride and the Fort Morgan defense has allowed just eight points through their first two games.
Fairview at Rocky Mountain, Saturday, 11 a.m.
Off to a 2-0 start, the Fairview Knights offense enters Week 3 of the football season averaging over 500 yards per game and has already scored 13 touchdowns. Tailback Mariano Kemp has already amassed 343 yards and four touchdowns, while wide receiver Bryce Desjardins has 235 yards and three touchdowns. Ranked No. 10 in Class 5A, Fairview looks to be the favorite but Rocky Mountain's only loss this season is to No. 4 Columbine.
Kent Denver at Jefferson Academy, Thursday, 7 p.m.
It's not often that the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state face one another during the regular season but it will happen in Class 3A boys soccer this Thursday. Top-ranked Kent Denver will travel to Jefferson Academy for a top-two showdown between unbeaten teams. Adding to the gravity of this early-season game is the fact that Kent Denver edged Jefferson Academy 4-2 on penalty kicks in the 3A state championship game last fall.
Longmont at Mountain View, Friday, 3:30 p.m.
The Longmont Trojans have been up and down this season and this week is a big one. After taking on No. 3 Silver Creek on Wednesday, they will face No. 7 Mountain View on Friday. Hoping to boost their RPI, the Trojans will need their lineup to stay hot against a Mountain View team that is allowing just 2.6 runs per game.
Longmont Invitational finals, Saturday, 8 a.m. start
Always a top local event that features a number of the area's top teams, state title contenders from Peak to Peak and Dawson will be there. One of those players will be Peak to Peak's Brett Finan, who has dominated the event for the past two seasons. Dawson won the team title at last year's Longmont Invitational.
Niwot at Longmont, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Both of these teams are coming off huge weeks and both will be ready for this Northern League matchup that could go a long way towards deciding the conference champion. Ranked fourth in 4A, Niwot took care of a local league rival in Silver Creek last week and will be looking to defeat another this Thursday. Still undefeated, Longmont features a balanced attack led by senior Rachel Kusbel and Annika Wetterstrom that hopes to keep the Trojans on their undefeated path.
Colorado Academy at Peak to Peak, Friday, 6 p.m.
Both of these teams received votes in the latest 3A rankings and a victory here would be a big one for the winner, both in the rankings and the RPI. Peak to Peak senior Haley Frederking is quickly approaching 100 kills through single-digit matches and will be looking to stay sharp against a tough 3A Metro League opponent.