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BoCoPreps notebook: The who, what, when of the spring finales

Following tennis regionals last week, postseason ramps up across the board

Lexie Lit, left, of Legacy High, ...
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Erie’s Lily Meskers, right, is ready to take on the best of the best at the state track and field championships in two weeks.
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High school athletics across the state will wrap over the next month, spelling the end for another group of seniors.

Erie’s Lily Meskers, recently back from an injury in track and field, dreams of capping her high school career with gold. And with the right kind of performances, she could find herself with a little side of green, too.

The University of Montana commit said running faster times in the waning weeks of the spring season could mean more scholarship dollars. Her collegiate coach set up a tier system based on times, and each new tier she manages to reach means more money.

“It took such a toll on me missing the past four weeks with an injury,” Meskers said with a grin. “I was like (dang), I missed some money.”

The senior is taking the challenge in stride. Friday, she won the Northern Colorado Athletic Conference 100-meter dash in a time of 12.56 seconds. She’s also raced in the 200, 400 and 300 hurdles this spring.

“This is an awesome opportunity to be given,” she said. “Why not try to go get it? Instead of feeling the pressure, I use it as excitement for the opportunities that could potentially come to me.”

Below is a timeline of the spring championships. Boys volleyball finals finished Saturday but the lone area team, Peak to Peak, did not reach the postseason.

Boys swimming (May 12-14)

Details: The Class 4A meet will run from May 12-13 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center in Thornton. The 5A meet runs May 13-14, also at VMAC.

Who to watch: Legacy senior Kyle Raskay. He currently has the state’s fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly at 49.60 seconds. He also has top-five times in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Team to watch: The Lightning are ranked second in 5A, according to the latest projections on PrepSwimCo.com. Regis is first. Across the events, Legacy has 27 times inside the top 20. It also has the best marks in the 200 medley (1:32.91) and 400 free (3:07.50) relays.

Girls tennis (May 12-14)

Details: Class 5A will be held at Gates Tennis Center in Denver. The 4A meet is at Pueblo City Park and 3A is at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs.

Individual to watch: Boulder’s Lily Chitambar. She won the 5A title last season, and is not only undefeated so far this spring, she hasn’t dropped a set.

Team to watch: Niwot. The Cougars qualified for state at every spot except No. 4 doubles. Alys Pop, Anna Sallee and Georgia Lang all won regional singles titles for them.

Track and field (May 19-21)

Details: The annual event encompasses all classifications and is held at Jefferson County Stadium.

Who to watch: Among many — Longmont’s Connor McCormick and Broomfield’s Lilly Nichols. McCormick currently has the state’s top time in the 1,600 at 4:11.13. He also has the fastest 800 by a Colorado runner this spring at 1:51.90. Nichols, just a sophomore, is looking to defend her 5A pole vault title. She has the best vault in the state this season at 13 feet, 4 inches.

Team to watch: Niwot girls. Longmont boys. The Cougars have won two straight track and field titles on the girls side. Their boys team edged out the Trojans last year for their second straight. In this year’s boys team race, expect the matchup between Princeton commit McCormick and Stanford commit Zane Bergen to go a long way in deciding things.

Girls lacrosse (May 20)

Details: The state championships for both 5A and 4A will be held at the University of Denver.

Who to watch: Dawson’s Annabelle Biggar leads the state in goals at 112. She’s only the third player over the last decade to score more than 100 goals in a season. Chatfield’s Kendra Lanuza had 104 in 2015 and 101 in 2014. Centaurus’ Emma Lazaroff had 143 in 2012. Biggar is committed to Butler University.

Team to watch: Fairview. The Knights won the 5A East League with a perfect 7-0 record. They have multiple D-I players on roster.

Boys lacrosse (May 23)

Details: Both classifications play their title game at the University of Denver.

Who to watch: Jefferson Academy’s Evan Shanks. He leads the area with 74 points, totaling 48 goals and 26 assists.

Team to watch: Erie. The Tigers went down to Colorado Springs Friday and beat 4A defending champ Cheyenne Mountain 11-9 to clinch the 4A Northern League title. They’re expected to be among the top seeds in the postseason.

Girls soccer (May 24-25)

Details: All finals games will be played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The 4A and 3A games will go May 24, and 5A and 2A goes the 25th.

Who to watch: Mead’s Haley Williams has 60 points this season and leads the area in goals at 27. With her leading the way, the Mavs finished runner-up in the NCAC and are eighth in 4A RPI going into the postseason.

Team to watch: Broomfield. The Eagles lost twice over the final two weeks of the season but still look primed to defend their 5A title. Among the reasons: they finished 10-0 in the gauntlet that is the 5A Front Range League.

Girls golf (May 31-June 1)

Details: The 5A tournament will be held at The Olde Course in Loveland, 4A is at Tiara Rado in Grand Junction and 3A is at The Broadlands in Broomfield.

Who to watch: Holy Family’s Jess Mason. The senior won the 4A title by 10 strokes last year but should have stiffer competition this time around.

Team to watch: Erie. The Tigers are loaded with young talent, including state contenders Hadley Ashton and Logan Hale.

Baseball (June 3-4)

Details: Per MaxPreps, the Class 5A finals will be held at Keli McGregor Field at All-Star Park in Lakewood. The site of the 4A championship game has not been announced on MaxPreps or CHSAA, while 3A is listed at Frederick and 2A is at Colorado State-Pueblo.

Who to watch: Broomfield’s Camden Ross. His batting average of .649 is the best in the state. No 5A player has finished with an average above .600 since 2017.

Team to watch: Legacy. The Lightning lost their first game of the season Tuesday against Broomfield. Despite it, they have looked the part of the most dominant team in the classification. Their batting average (.390) is third among 5A teams. Their ERA (2.80) is second.