Now that conference play is in full swing for basketball, this week features several initial matchups between favorites to win the regular season titles in a bunch of the BoCoPreps.com area leagues. Also this week, there are several huge evens in wrestling and girls swimming and yet another top-10 game for defending champion Monarch hockey.
Here is a look at some of the more interesting events coming up this week.
Longmont at Silver Creek, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
The first of two meetings between these two teams, this game could go a long way towards deciding this year's Northern League champion. Silver Creek (9-1, 2-1 Northern) has been ranked as high as No. 2 in Class 4A and Longmont (8-1, 4-0 Northern) has risen to No. 4 in the rankings this week. This game also features a potential battle between two favorites for BoCoPreps.com player of the year in Longmont's Luke Johnson (18.6 ppg) and Silver Creek's Trent Dykema (24.8).
Fairview at Broomfield, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
The Knights (7-6, 2-1 Front Range) and Eagles (9-4, 2-1 Front Range) are currently neck-and-neck in the early Front Range League standings and both are having good seasons so far. Fairview sophomore Jalen Page is seventh in the league in scoring with 16.2 points per game and Broomfield senior Devin Martinez is 10th with 14.2 points a game. Watching those two go head-to-head in the post should be exciting.
Centaurus at Niwot, Thursday, 5 p.m.
The Centaurus Warriors (10-3, 3-1 Northern) are currently leading the Northern League standings and Niwot (6-6, 2-1 Northern) isn't far back. After finishing 11-12 last season, the Niwot Cougars are looking to break through the .500 barrier while the Warriors are on the verge of cracking the top 10 in 4A if they can keep up their solid play.
Mead at Holy Family, Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Both teams are undefeated in Tri-Valley League play and are set to go head-to-head for the first time this season in a clash of conference title favorites. Likely to enter with similar winning streaks on the line, the third-ranked Tigers (11-2, 4-0 Tri-Valley) and the Mavericks (10-2, 4-0 Tri-Valley) also feature two of the best players in the league in Holy Family's Izzy Hren (16.3 ppg) and Mead's Anna Maher (12.5).
Longmont All-City Meet, Saturday, 11 a.m.
This annual meet decides the city champion between Longmont, Silver Creek and Skyline and this year's meet will be exciting as usual. Ranked in the top 10, Silver Creek enters as the favorite this season but Longmont and Skyline are in the midst of much-improved seasons. Silver Creek's Brandi Vu is after several Raptors records, Longmont's Lucy Matheson is a threat in multiple events and Skyline's huge freshman class will get its first taste of the city rivalry meet.
Top of the Rockies Tournament, Friday, 1p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.
Every year, this tournament features some of the best wrestlers in the state. This year will be no different and top local teams like Broomfield, Centaurus, Legacy, Mead and Monarch will be in attendance. For prep wrestling fans, this is an excellent opportunity to get a preview of many state tournament matchups. This year's high-level action will be back at Centaurus High School.
Monarch at Resurrection Christian, Saturday, 8 p.m.
The defending state champion Monarch Coyotes have been on a roll this season and will look to keep rolling when they play No. 7 Resurrection Christian on Saturday. The Coyotes (9-0) remain undefeated on the season are ranked No. 2 in the state. Leo Felt leads Monarch with 13 goals and 24 points. Connor Akerson lead the Coyotes with 15 assists.