The postseason keep inching closer and closer, and all of the fall sports are ramping up to prepare for playoff pushes. It has seemed like every week so far has featured a marquee matchup in Front Range League boys soccer and Class 3A football, and this week will be no different.
Here's a look at a few of the more exciting events coming up in the next few days.
Broomfield at Monarch, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Yet another big-time Front Range League showdown, this game pits two of the state's top teams against one another. While Monarch recently dropped out of the rankings after a lengthy streak of not allowing a goal was snapped, Broomfield remains at No. 7 in Class 5A. Leading the Eagles, Michael Mooney has 10 goals on the season.
Prospect Ridge at Peak to Peak, Thursday, 4 p.m.
The regional and state tournaments are fast approaching and Peak to Peak's No. 1 singles player Brett Finan has high expectations. No. 2 singles teammate Teo Cariov does, as well. With only a few tune-up opportunities left in the regular season, this match with a solid Prospect Ridge team will be big for both sides.
Longs Peak Invitational, Saturday, 9 a.m.
Last year, both the Lyons boys and girls finished second in Class 2A at the cross country state championships and the Lions are returning nearly the entirety of both teams for this season's meet. Preparing for the home stretch, Lions runners like Isaac Roberts will be using the Long Peak Invitational as a measuring stick before they make final adjustments leading up to state.
Silver Creek at Erie, Friday, 7 p.m.
Averaging 215.8 yards a game, Erie's Noah Roper has emerged as one of the top players in the state. He'll have his work cut out for him against a Silver Creek defense that has allowed just 17.25 points per game through four games. This local rivalry also features a matchup of top 10 teams, as Erie is ranked fifth in Class 3A and Silver Creek comes in ranked sixth.
Legacy at Broomfield, Thursday, 4:15 p.m.
A crosstown rivalry game that is always entertaining, Legacy enters this year's matchup as the favorite since the Lightning is ranked No. 4 in 5A. This perennial Front Range League showdown will also feature a pair of top notch pitcher in Broomfield's Lauren Klein (2.90 ERA) and Legacy's Hannah Farley (3.95 ERA) to go along with a two potent offenses.
Frederick at Windsor, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
The Warriors are quietly putting together a solid season and a win over an equally solid Windsor club would go a long way to keeping the Warriors on the right track. Junior Paige Schaa leads the Warriors with 89 kills and will need to stay hot if the Warriors want to make a playoff push.