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    The goal for most prep wrestlers is to take part in the annual Parade of Champions, which takes place immediately before state title matches. More than 50 local wrestlers will be looking to make it to this year's version when the state tournament gets underway Thursday at the Pepsi Center.

  • Boulder sophomore Caleb Wehmuller leads the Panthers against visiting Broomfield...

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    Boulder sophomore Caleb Wehmuller leads the Panthers against visiting Broomfield in a crucial Front Range League showdown on Thursday.

  • Riley Bolte and the Longmont Trojans are looking to secure...

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    Riley Bolte and the Longmont Trojans are looking to secure their spot in the upcoming postseason this week.

  • Imani Licate of Centaurus and the Warriors will look to...

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    Imani Licate of Centaurus and the Warriors will look to lock the Northern League championship this week.



This week is all about the state wrestling tournament, which will take over Pepsi Center in Denver from Thursday through the end of the night on Saturday. Over the course of the week, boys and girls basketball teams will be vying for whatever league title haven’t already been locked up as well as trying to remain in the hunt for the postseason, and playing for all kinds of seeding scenarios in between.

Here’s a look at some of the more intriguing local contests this week.


Boys basketball

Holy Family at Mead, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Either of these teams catching Windsor for the Tri-Valley League title is a long shot. In the interest of just keeping hope alive, these clubs will go at it in what should prove to be another entertaining clash between Holy Family and Mead. Both have matching 13-8 overall records, and 8-3 conference records, with Holy Family holding the head-to-head advantage after winning 57-49 in the teams’ first meeting this season.


Broomfield at Boulder, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Both of these teams have put together solid seasons to this point and both will be looking to finish strong. Boulder took last year’s regular-season finale with a 10-point win and will have the advantage of capping the 2017-18 regular season at home. There’s still plenty of movement possible among the top seven teams in the Front Range League and this game could also mark the end of a significant shakeup that could take place over the next week.


Girls basketball

Silver Creek at Centaurus, Monday, 6:30 p.m.

The Centaurus Warriors are leading the Front Range League with just one loss and a pair of wins over second-place Greeley Central but the Warriors will need to finish strong in order to lock up the conference title. A win over Silver Creek could go a long way toward locking up the league crown.


Longmont at Thompson Valley, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

At 44th in the RPI standings, the Longmont girls hold a precarious spot in the 48-team 4A state tournament still with four games to play. At 50th in the RPI standings, Thompson Valley is currently on the outside looking in and would love nothing more than to turn the tables on the Trojans after falling to Longmont 57-35 on Jan. 23. The outcome of this game could make a season finale between Longmont and Skyline even more interesting than the cross-town rivalry already will be.



Cherry Creek at Monarch, Saturday, 6:50 p.m.

Capping a brutal stretch against top-10 opponents to end the season, the No. 2-ranked Coyotes will take on the No. 5 Cherry Creek Bruins in a final tune-up before the state tournament begins and the Coyotes embark on their title defense. So far in 2017-18, the Coyotes have only lost twice. Both losses were to No. 1 Regis Jesuit in a pair of regular-season rematches of the past two state title games.



Colorado state championships, Thursday-Saturday

This time of year, the state’s best gather at Pepsi Center in Denver to crown team and individual weight-class champions in all four of the classifications. With local teams sending over a dozen regional champions to state, the wrestlers will have given their best shot at state title in several of the state brackets by the time the three-day tournament ends on Saturday. Broomfield alone will field a nine-man team.

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