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Now in the middle of April, conference races continue to develop in all sports. This week has particularly intriguing matchups in local girls soccer and girls tennis. Let’s take a look.
Legacy at Boulder, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Both of these teams are simply on a roll right now. Legacy (11-1, 5-0) has won 11 in row, leads the Front Range League as the No. 5 team in Class 5A and just took down then-No. 4 Mountain Range on Saturday. Currently second in the FRL, Boulder (9-2, 3-1) has won its last three games and is coming off an excellent all-around win over Fort Collins.
Holy Family at Mead, Thursday, 4 p.m.
Mead at Holy Family, Saturday, 10 a.m.
The Holy Family Tigers jumped up to claim the No. 7 spot in this week’s CHSAANow.com Class 4A rankings. For their first game as a ranked team this season, the Tigers will travel to face Mead in an important Tri-Valley League game for both teams. The teams will swap diamonds and dugouts for Saturday’s rematch.
Front Range League Match #3, Wednesday, 8 a.m.
Through the first two league matches of the season, the team standings look like this: Fossil Ridge 669, Broomfield 717, Rocky Mountain 768, Fairview 805, Monarch 814, Boulder 816, Legacy 843, Mountain Range 900, Horizon 919. Individually, Fairview’s Kelsey Webster still leads after shooting a 68 at Flatirons Golf Course in the league opener.
Fairview at Broomfield, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Two of the top teams in the state, Broomfield is No. 3 in Class 5A and Fairview is No. 6. They’re both two of the top teams in the Front Range League. And since red-hot Boulder will also be playing No. 2 Rocky Mountain, it could be a big shake-up night for the conference standings.
Peak to Peak at Colorado Academy, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
The Peak to Peak Pumas sit at No. 9 in Class 3A and have in front of them a major opportunity to move up even higher if they can find a way to upset No. 2 Colorado Academy. Freshman Daneca Nelsen leads the Pumas with five goals and four assists.
Dawson School at Denver Christian, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
This game is a rematch of last season’s Class 2A state championship game, which Denver Christian won 4-3. Dawson freshman Degen Miller is tied for third in the state with 23 goals in six games.
Thompson Valley at Dawson School, Thursday, 4:15 p.m.
The Thompson Valley Eagles have risen to No. 1 in 4A and they will come to town to take on former No. 1 Dawson on Thursday. Dawson Mustangs senior Gavyn Pure is fourth in Colorado with 52 points, including 29 goals and 22 assists.
Rocky Mountain at Centaurus, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
After a top-10 matchup with No. 7 Grandview on Monday, the No. 10 Centaurus Warriors will continue a five-game home stand in this one. That lengthy home stretch will end on Friday against Thompson Valley before the Warriors hit the road for their final three regular-season games.
Legacy at Broomfield, Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
The Legacy Lightning has a much-improved lineup this season and Broomfield is putting together a solid campaign of its own with a similarly veteran group. This should be a good crosstown rivalry matchup with regional tournament quickly approaching on the calendar.
Dawson School at Peak to Peak, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Both teams feature players with state tournament experience including Dawson’s Bridgett Bell, who won the Class 3A No. 2 singles title last season. Peak to Peak Trini Somasundaram and Trisha Somasundaram both went to state as singles players last season.
Fairview at Denver East, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Both of these teams finished in the top seven at the Class 5A state championships last season. Keep an eye on talented freshmen Alexis Bernthal and Natalie Stone in the Fairview Knights’ lineup.
Track & field
Fairview Invitational, Saturday, 8 a.m.
There was plenty of high-level local action at the Boulder County Invitational this past Saturday and several of those teams will be back in action at Fairview one week later. Those teams are Boulder, Broomfield, Monarch, Fairview and others.
Mustang Invite, Friday, 4 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.
Boulder, Broomfield, Legacy and several other quality clubs will be competing at the Mustang Invite. The diving competition will be held on Friday evening and the swimming events will compete on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center.