Five other tennis teams might take issue with the notion. But lining up Boulder High and Highlands Ranch in a dual might yield the same results as Wednesday's Class 5A Region 2 tournament.

BHS hosts the meet at the University of Colorado South Campus courts, beginning at 9 a.m. And the Panthers and HRHS occupy the top two seeds at every position in the seven-team event.

Given that the top two players at each position go to state, both squads' prospects appear solid. Boulder, in particular, is seeded first at every spot but No. 1 singles. The Falcons' Hayden Sabatka is top dog at No. 1 ahead of Boulder's Jaron Belcher.

Boulder finished second at state to Regis last year and is trying to make another push this season despite losing original No. 1 singles player Galen Arney to injury back in August.

"We've got a shot (to win regionals)," BHS coach Gale Howard said. "The kids have got to do it though. You can't take any of these matches lightly."

With No. 3 and 4 doubles being played at the Centennial Middle School courts for the first two rounds, Howard said the Panthers' regional could wrap up by Wednesday afternoon. If not, finals will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Across town, BHS rival Fairview will -- weather permitting, of course -- certainly be wrapping up its own regional on Wednesday.

The Front Range League champion Knights host the Region 4 tourney at FHS beginning at 9 a.m. today. Play will run through semifinals today, with finals beginning at 9 a.m.



Like Boulder, the Knights have won several regional titles in a row, often making regionals a mere tune-up for state. FHS is the clear favorite in a field that also includes Arapahoe, Brighton, Arvada West, Castle View, Monarch and Horizon.

"For us it's just a good pre-tournament (to state) to keep us focused, never get to far ahead and just play one at a time," FHS coach Chad Tsuda said.

Broomfield is the only other local school hosting a regional.

The Eagles host 4A Region 5, which will be held at Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club, Broomfield High and the Broomfield Recreation Center. Play begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday with finals at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Below is a list of where area schools will be headed this week.

BHS-FHS clashes on tap

The cross-town meetings resume today between rivals Boulder and Fairview.

The two meet at 6:30 p.m. on the volleyball court at BHS, and at 7 p.m. at Recht Field for soccer.

The soccer game in particular carries some big stakes. Both teams are ranked among the state's top 10, and both are among a handful of teams all vying for the Front Range League title.

Boulder got the better of the Knights on the pitch last season, winning 1-0 during the regular season and ousting FHS 3-1 in the state quarterfinals.

So far in head-to-head duels this fall, Boulder owns a victory in softball, while Fairview won in tennis.

Softball winding down

The softball regular season draws to a close this week but not before a 4 p.m. Thursday showdown between Silver Creek and Broomfield to decide the Northern League title.

Host Silver Creek (14-2, 10-1) beat Broomfield 12-1 in the teams' first meeting this season, but the Eagles (12-5, 10-2) sit just half a game back in the standings.

Softball regional play begins next week.

Next level honors

Former Boulder High offensive lineman Chris Jarmon has been named one of 127 candidates for the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award.

Jarmon is a senior left guard for NAIA Grinnell College in Iowa.

The NFF award -- which spans all levels of college football -- will be given to up to 16 recipients who demonstrate strong work in the classroom and community in addition to the gridiron. Winners will be announced Oct. 26, and each will receive $18,000 post-graduate scholarships. They will also be finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy awarded on Dec. 6 in New York City.

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