Fall sports are gearing up and the upcoming week will feature many teams in the BoCoPreps.com seeing their first action of the 2018 campaign. There are several intriguing early-season matchups on deck this week with early-starting sports like boys golf, cross country and softball headlining.
Rust Buster Invite Invitational, Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Legacy Lightning at Broomfield Commons and as its name implies, this early meet intends to reintroduce local prep runners to competition. Erie, Frederick, Legacy (led by 5A title contender Brynn Siles) and Nederland (defending 2A girls state champions) will be there to knock the rust off.
Front Range League Match #1, Wednesday, 7:30 a.m.
With the opening of the Front Range League season at Southridge Golf Course comes our first look at a number of local teams including Broomfield, Boulder, Fairview, Legacy and Monarch. It will be particularly interesting to see how Fairview fares in the conference opener after returning three golfers from last year's team that tied for ninth at the Class 5A state championships.
Weld Central at Frederick, Thursday, 4 p.m.
Frederick and Weld Central won 15 and 17 games, respectively, last season so this should be a good measuring-stick game for each team. The Frederick Warriors graduated nine seniors after last school year so they have a lot of questions to answer and positions to fill coming into the season even though the program remains among the most consistent in the state.
Mountain Vista at Broomfield, at Loveland Softball Showcase, Friday, 9 a.m.
The first week of the season will be a big one for the Eagles with a pair of 2017 5A playoff teams in Cherry Creek and Mountain Vista, and a 2017 4A playoff team in Mountain View, on the schedule. Winners of 13 games and allowing just 84 runs in 21 games last season, the Eagles have front-loaded their schedule to prepare them for conference play and regionals.
Monarch at Legacy, Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
Both of these teams have new head coaches and both finished fourth at regionals last season. Monarch had all three singles players place third at regionals and miss the state-tournament cut by one spot in 2017.