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Spring sports are now in full swing and the upcoming week will mark plenty of firsts while many teams in the BoCoPreps.com area make their season debuts. With the basketball state championships marking the official end to the winter season over the weekend, this week is full of baseball, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and track and field.
Broomfield at Silver Creek, Monday, 4 p.m.
Two teams that reached their respective state tournaments last season, both the Broomfield Eagles and Silver Creek Raptors are anxious to kick off the season and see where they stand early on. Both teams lost top-level players after last season and will be looking for new faces to step up, so it will be interesting to see who stands out in this dual cross-classification season opener.
Longmont Christian at Lyons, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
First-year head coach Kami Puchino will make her coaching debut as the leading woman for the Warriors, who feel poised for a much-improved season after going 1-16 last spring. The Warriors will have their hands full to start the 2018 campaign, as they will face a Lyons team that won 19 games and reached the state semifinals last season.
Jefferson Academy at Lutheran, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
A day after opening the season against No. 2-ranked Dawson, a team that reached the Class 4A state title game last season, the Jaguars will hit the road to play on short rest against Lutheran. In their third season under Cory Hughes, the Jaguars have plans for a breakthrough campaign and this will be the second of three games they will play during the opening week of the season.
Green Mountain at Centaurus, Thursday, 6 p.m.
After making the state tournament last year, the Centaurus girls won this springs’ season opener, 15-6, and they’ll look to keep rolling after that against Rock Canyon on Tuesday. Green Mountain will mark the Warriors’ third game of the season and an early small sample by which they may measure where they stand early in 2018.
Cherry Creek at Fairview, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
This early-season matchup pits preseason No. 7 Fairview against preseason No. 6 Cherry Creek. Despite their lofty early ranking, the Fairview Knights will already be looking to rebound from a 3-2 overtime loss to Castle View in their season opener.
Boulder at Fairview, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
This is about as good an early-season local rivalry dual meet as you’ll see in the state. The Boulder boys finished sixth at the Class 5A state meet last season, just two spots behind the Fairview Knights. Both teams have exciting swimmers returning for the 2018 season and they’ll get their first look at each other on Tuesday.
Coaches Invitational, Saturday, at VMAC, TBA
Boulder, Broomfield and Longmont will be among the teams competing at this annual early-season tune-up. They’ll be joined by plenty of other top-level swim and dive clubs from across the state.
Broomfield at Holy Family, Friday, 3:30 p.m.
It’s the middle of March and already two Broomfield-area programs that had strong showings at their respective state tournaments last season will go head-to-head. Both teams’ No. 1 singles players – Broomfield’s Ana Horvath and Holy Family’s Julia Giltner – could steal the show as the projected headliners for the lineups.
Track & field
Monarch/Centaurus Invite, Saturday, 8 a.m.
The field at this local meet will include Boulder, Centaurus, Legacy, Monarch, Peak to Peak and plenty of others who will be aiming to put down strong early-season marks.