It's going to be February before we know it and as the Colorado preps winter season approaches the postseason, everything becomes a little more important. Here's a look at some of the more intriguing events coming up in the BoCoPreps.com area this week.
Boulder vs. Fairview at Coors Event Center, Thursday, 7 p.m.
One of the more unique regular-season prep events of the year, this cross-town rivalry gets ratcheted up a notch when the Boulder and Fairview players take the court at CU's Coors Event Center. This season, both teams have matching 9-6 overall records and are playing like dark horse contenders to make a late run in the Front Range League. A run for either would seemingly have to start with winning this game.
Longmont at Thompson Valley, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
As of right now, these two teams are the frontrunners in the Northern League, along with Silver Creek. Both teams know what's on the line as the first half of the home-and-away conference schedule comes to a close and will be playing for a head-to-head advantage going into the next time they meet.
Broomfield at Monarch, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Another good old local rivalry in the Front Range League, Broomfield (9-6) is looking to finish strong while Monarch (7-9) is looking to get back above the .500 mark on the season. This game will be made even more interesting if Broomfield can deal conference leader Fossil Ridge its first loss of the season on Tuesday.
Boulder vs. Fairview at Coors Event Center, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Not many high school players have the opportunity to play an official game on a Division-I college basketball court but these two teams get to do it every season. With outstanding senior guards Ashley Panem (17.3 ppg) and Denali Pinto (17.1 ppg), the Fairview Knights enter this year's contest as the favorites but Boulder freshman Abbie Gillach should turns some heads in her debut at CU's Coors Event Center.
Longmont at Centaurus, Friday, 5 p.m.
The first time these two Northern League teams met up, Longmont pulled out a 38-35 upset against the conference-leading Centaurus Warriors. It won't be easy to do that a second time, at Centaurus High School no less, but recent history should add a little excitement to this game.
Regis Jesuit at Monarch, Saturday, 6:50 p.m.
This game has been marked on the calendar for a long time. Not only is it a rematch of last year's state championship game, which Monarch won to claim its first title in five straight championship game appearances, it is a midseason clash between the two highest-ranked teams in the state. In the latest CHSAANow.com poll, Regis Jesuit is No. 1 and Monarch is No. 2.
Frederick at Skyline, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
A head-to-head rivalry dual that should have plenty of quality action, these two up-and-coming teams should be a good test for one another at this point in the season. Looking back just nine days to the Frederick Invitational, Frederick placed fifth and Skyline placed seventh so they should be fairly evenly matched.
Front Range League Tournament, Saturday, 9 a.m.
The postseason begins for the local 5A wrestling teams at Legacy High School on Saturday morning. Broomfield, Legacy and Monarch all finished in the top 10 at the premier Top of the Rockies tournament last weekend and that type of momentum should make this conference tournament really fun to watch.
Broomfield at Silver Creek, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
Ranked eighth in 4A based on the latest top marks of the season as compiled by MaxPreps.com and PrepSwimCo.com, the Silver Creek Raptors will be looking for another good performance after they showed off their depth by winning the Longmont City Championship Meet on Saturday. Led by Jillian Martin in the freestyle events and relays, the Broomfield Eagles placed 10th at the Boulder County Invite in early January and are also looking strong.