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Add softball to the short list of Colorado prep sports that have thus-far put bows on the 2017 season. And even with most league titles already decided, volleyball teams like Fairview, Longmont, Monarch, Niwot, Silver Creek and others will play at competitive tournaments this weekend to finish the season with tune-ups before playoffs begin.
But this weekend, the focus is on a slew of top-level local football matchups and the state cross country meet, where the BoCoPreps.com runners figure to be factors in every race. Here’s a look ahead at some of the upcoming action.
Northglenn (5-3) at Fairview (7-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
The Fairview Knights have gotten the train back on the tracks and have won two straight since losing to No. 4 Columbine. Ranked 8th themselves, the Knights should have momentum in their favor after defeating Mullen on a last-second field goal last Friday.
Skyline (7-1) at Windsor (7-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
Another top-10 matchup, this one will test the Skyline Falcon’s resurgent season against one of the state’s recent perennial powerhouses in No. 5 Windsor. Led by Jeremy Hollingsworth’s 1,528 rushing yards and a stout defense, the Falcons are ranked 10th in 4A and appear ready to take their shot at the 4A Northern League leaders.
Roosevelt (6-2) at Frederick (6-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
Anyone who was skeptical of Frederick’s strong start in 2017 following several dismal seasons, they’ve likely given up on that stance by now. Even in the Tri-Valley League, where Holy Family is only bringing up the rear at 4-4 because the Tigers lost their quarterback while ranked No. 1 in their fifth game, the Warriors are well above .500 and haven’t lost to a team that wasn’t ranked in 3A’s top 10 when the game was played.
Silver Creek (4-4) at Longmont (5-3), Friday, 7 p.m.
The Silver Creek Raptors have lost three of their last four games but all but one of those losses were by 10 or fewer points. With the Raptors and the No. 8 Longmont Trojans, who have been giant-killers this season, both of these teams will need a win here to remain in the postseason conversation based on their RPI scores. With the top 16 teams qualifying for the playoffs, Longmont is currently 16th and Silver Creek is currently 20th.
Mead (8-0) at Erie (7-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
These two teams have been building towards this showdown all season long. Mead is currently the top-ranked team in 3A and Erie, fresh of its first loss of the season, is currently fourth. Both teams are strong up and down their lineups, and on both sides of the ball, and this game very well could turn out to be a preview of a late-round playoff game late this fall.
Colorado state cross country championships, Saturday, 9 a.m.
Thousands will descend on Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs on Saturday morning to watch the final races of the season in all five classifications. The Boulder County area will be heavily represented in each of those races. The Broomfield girls will be going for a third straight Class 5A team title, the Monarch boys will be looking to defend their team title from 2016, and more than a handful of local individuals will be racing for individual championships and top-five finishes.