• Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Quinn McConnell of Peak to Peak runs in the Lyons Invitational. Peak to Peak is expected to compete in this weekend's Boulder County Championships.

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Mead's Kaitlyn Salazar, left, and Mira Moore of Boulder compete at the Lyons Invitational last month. Both schools are scheduled to compete in this weekend's Boulder County Championships.



Things just keep getting more and more exciting the further we get into April. Here is a look at some of the most exciting local events coming up throughout this week.



Mead at Windsor, Thursday, 4 p.m.

The ninth-ranked Mavericks get their first shot at No. 1 Windsor to start a two-game Tri-Valley League series on Thursday. Senior Brett Boaz leads the Mavericks with a .516 batting average and 14 RBIs through the team’s first nine games.


Kent Denver at Peak to Peak, Thursday, 4:15 p.m.

Peak to Peak and Kent Denver are neck-and-neck in the CHSAANow.com Class 3A rankings at No. 7 and No. 6, respectively, and this game will go a long way to deciding the 3A Metro League champion. Pumas pitcher Isaac Van Tol has yet to allow an earned run through 10.2 innings this season.


Girls golf

Loveland Invite, Wednesday, 9 a.m.

Broomfield, Centaurus, Fairview and Legacy will be competing at the Loveland Invite. Broomfield and Fairview, in particular, are off to excellent starts to the month of April and will be looking to keep building momentum down the home stretch of the season.


Boys lacrosse

Mountain Vista at Dawson School, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.

The Dawson Mustangs are still undefeated and are ranked No. 1 in 4A by the CHSAANow.com poll. Gavyn Pure still leads the team with 36 points and Hunter Watts is second with 25, having scored eight goals and assisted on 17 others.


Girls lacrosse

Denver East at Centaurus, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

At No. 10 in the statewide rankings, the Centaurus girls are having an excellent season so far. The Warriors will be tested by No. 3 Denver East, which remains undefeated.


Boys swimming

Silver Creek at Longmont, Thursday, 4 p.m.

This is always a good local rivalry dual and should be again this season. The diving competition will be particularly exciting as it will feature Longmont’s Cooper Welsh, who took eighth at state last season, and Silver Creek’s Ashton Hubert, who finished 12th overall.


Girls soccer

Silver Creek at Niwot, Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Two Northern League contenders will match up in this one. Silver Creek is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A and has two players – Alexa Karsel and Greta Goldsberry – with six goals apiece. Senior Anna McCarthy leads Niwot with seven.


Fossil Ridge at Broomfield, Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Broomfield is the No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A and will be looking to remain undefeated when Fossil Ridge comes to town. Two Eagles – Hailey Stodden and Mallory Mooney – have already combined for an incredible 24 goals through six games.


Boulder at Fairview, Saturday, 5 p.m.

The Fairview Knights are ranked No. 4 in Class 4A and enter as the favorites in this one, at least on paper. But the Bolder girls have a 5-2 record to their own credit and this cross-town rivalry is always an exciting contest between two strong programs.


Girls tennis

Mead at Holy Family, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.

Holy Family has a big cross-town dual with Broomfield on Friday but won’t be looking past this one on its way. Holy Family crowned its first state champions last season and Mead scored its first points at a state tournament in 2017, so both of these programs are trending upward.


Track & field

Boulder County Championships, Saturday, 8 a.m.

Many athletes in the BoCoPreps.com area look forward to this meet even more than the state championships themselves. With this year’s meet set to take place at Centaurus, Boulder, Broomfield, Centaurus, Erie, Fairview, Longmont, Lyons, Mead, Monarch, Peak to Peak and Twin Peaks will be among the teams going head-to-head for local bragging rights.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi