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It’s playoff time for a number of fall sports and over the next three days, the state’s top boys tennis players will take center stage for the Class 4A and 5A state tournaments. Softball will play the regional round, with a number of local clubs hosting regional tournaments, and of course, football season rages on.
Here is a look at a few big events coming up with weekend.
Legacy at Fossil Ridge, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Leading the ultra-competitive Front Range League and coming off a scoreless draw with third-ranked Broomfield, a win here would go a long way for the seventh-ranked Lightning to hold off the rest of the conference for a league title. Legacy has allowed just eight goals in 12 games so expect the back line to be stout yet again on the road Thursday.
Class 5A state tournament at Gates Tennis Center, Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.
Both Fairview and Boulder have a strong contingent in the field for the state meet, as do Legacy and Broomfield. In the top bracket, Tom Melville leads Fairview at No. 1 singles and Ethan Katz leads Boulder. Giovanni Intermoseli enters the fray at Broomfield’s top player, competing at No. 2 singles.
Class 4A state tournament at Pueblo City Park, Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.
Niwot, Silver Creek, Peak to Peak, Longmont, Dawson and, for the first time, Erie have all qualified players for the 4A state tournament. In the top bracket, Peak to Peak’s Brett Finan is in the running for the No. 1 singles state championship. Niwot freshman Neil Wilcox, Silver Creek’s Brandon Nelson and Dawson’s Riley Burridge will also all be competing at No. 1 singles.
Mead at Frederick, Thursday, 7 p.m.
After successfully defending the program’s first-ever No. 1 ranking last week, the Mead Mavericks will be looking to remain undefeated when they travel across I-25 to take on Frederick this Thursday. The Mavericks have been spectacular and sport a +212 point differential. The Warriors, who have rebounded in a big way from a brutal three-season stretch, are up to 5-1 for the first time in years and have only lost to No. 6 Silver Creek.
Holy Family at Erie, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Undefeated, Erie has climbed up to the No. 3 spot in the Class 3A rankings and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down with Noah Roper and his 17 touchdowns leading the way. Holy Family, on the other hand, has hit a rough patch since being ranking No. 1 after losing quarterback Stone Samaras to injury. Samaras is unlikely to play in this game.
Monarch at Windsor, Friday, 7 p.m.
Phil Bravo’s Monarch Coyotes are rolling and remain undefeated thus far in 2017. Up to No. 6 in the 4A rankings, the Coyotes’ unblemished record will be put to the test on the road at No. 5 Windsor. Monarch ball carriers Cole Polluconi (507 yards, 7 touchdowns) and Justin Kiss, who is coming off a five-touchdown effort next week, combine to form a potent one-two punch.
3A/4A/5A Regional tournaments, Saturday, TBA
The first round of the softball postseason is here and there are a ton of local teams in the mix. In 5A, Legacy will host a regional tournament. Both Erie and Frederick are hosting regional tournaments in 4A, and will endeavor to challenge three-time defending champion Valor Christian for a state title.