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The final few days of this week features a number of local rivalry games, as well as several football games between top-10 teams. Add some conference cross country and a local gymnastics invite and there’s plenty to look forward to.
Here’s a look at some of the big local events coming up this weekend:
Northern League Meet, Friday, 4 p.m.
Centaurus, Longmont, Niwot and Silver Creek will be gunning for league titles at North Lake Park in Loveland. In particular, Silver Creek’s Brock Dykema and Centaurus’s Riley Geldean will be aiming for an individual title after placing second last season.
Skyline at Monarch, Thursday, 7 p.m.
This game has been marked on both Class 4A teams’ calendars for some time now and the No. 10-ranked Falcons and No. 7-ranked Coyotes are both undefeated through a combined 10 games. The Monarch defense has allowed an average of just 8.8 points per game this season and will have its hands full with a high-scoring Skyline offense that’s averaging over 50 points a game and is led by Jeremy Hollingsworth’s 871 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Fairview at Columbine, Friday, 4 p.m.
Another top-10 matchup but his one is in 5A. Fifth-ranked Fairview enters with a 5-0 record and one of the state’s best passing offenses led by quarterback Aiden Atkinson’s 1,433 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Also an enticing strength-on-strength contest, Columbine has allowed just 83 points in its first five games.
Roosevelt at Mead, Friday, 7 p.m.
The Mead football team is ranked No. 1 in 3A for the first time in school history. It wasn’t long before the Mavericks have to defend their top ranking against another top-10 squad. Hosting No. 5 Roosevelt, the Mavericks will be looking to improve on their 185 point differential and improve to 6-0 on the season.
Erie at Berthoud, Friday, 7 p.m.
Undefeated at 5-0 and up to No. 3 in the 3A statewide rankings, the Erie Tigers have been on a roll. They’ll look to keep rolling on the road against No. 4 Berthoud. Another big game from running back Noah Roper, who is second in the state with 984 yards and 15 touchdowns, would certainly help their cause.
Broomfield Invitational, Saturday, TBA
Both Niwot and Broomfield will be competing, with Broomfield hosting the event. Two top teams from last year’s state meet will go head to head, along with other top clubs, while they prepare for the final push of the 2017 season.
Fort Collins at Broomfield, Thursday, 6 p.m.
This Front Range League matchup pits No. 1 Fort Collins against No. 5 Broomfield and could potentially be a preview of a late-round state tournament game. Broomfield’s Michael Mooney leads the Eagle with 12 goals and Nate Holland leads the team with five assists in just four games.
Frederick at Holy Family, 3:30 p.m.
Up to No. 2 in the 4A rankings, the Holy Family Tigers have been clicking in a big way this season and starter Erin Caviness (1.88 ERA, .451 batting average) has been on fire on the mound. The Frederick Warriors will be looking to avenge an 11-1 loss to the Tigers from earlier this season and bring an impressive 10 team home runs to the table.
Class 4A Region 5 Tournament, Saturday, 9 a.m.
This regional is jam packed with local teams including Niwot, Centaurus, Erie, Frederick, Longmont, Peak to Peak, Prospect Ridge and Skyline. When these teams get together at the Longmont Recreation Center to battle for the two available state-qualifying spots at each leader position, a number of area rivalries will be renewed.
Monarch at Boulder, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Here’s another local rivalry contest. While Boulder (8-9) will be looking to get back to .500 on the season, the Monarch Coyotes (4-8) will be looking for their first Front Range League win in 2017. Rachel Arrotta leads the Coyotes with 98 kills. Hannah Bagley leads the Panthers with 140 kills and teammate Nicole Williams has 102.