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Broomfield’s Lillia Neil has helped her team to a fantastic start in 2022. The Eagles have two tough matches ahead this week.
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While high school football began last week for most teams in the state, much of the fall sports campaign is already a couple weeks old.

This week, we’ll take a look at five things to watch from the local preps sports scene. Whether that’s an intriguing game to watch or a standout player who needs a heat-check, we’ve sorted through a variety of sports and athletes.

Here’s a look at five things to see for the week of Aug. 29:

The boys soccer program at Silver Creek

It may take a few more weeks but the Raptors may not fly under the radar in Class 4A for much longer.

After spending the past two seasons in Class 5A, which included an undefeated regular-season campaign in 2021, Rob Johnson’s team (which somehow wasn’t ranked in the CHSAA 4A top 10 the first few weeks of the season) is off to another strong start this fall, dominating in wins over 5A Monarch and a 4A-ranked Golden team last week.

More solid results this week and they’re sure to be considered among the classification’s best.

Tuesday, they travel to Fairview to face the undefeated Knights. It’s followed by a home game Thursday against Boulder, which was No. 1 in 5A last week.

Erie’s Gracie Sackett

If you like watching kids swing metal bats, at air and not much more, bring along this junior.

The Tigers’ ace pitcher has been lights-out through her first six appearances on the mound, striking out 35 while allowing just one earned run over her 23 2/3 innings pitched.

This weekend, the new-to-5A team will host the Northern Colorado Showcase Tournament. They’ll face ranked teams in 4A Riverdale Ridge and 3A University Friday.

The volleyball program at Broomfield

The Eagles, among the best teams in the state last year, look different. Longtime coach Bob Knox is gone. All-state players Sophie Buschmann and Emma Winter are too.

But looks can sometimes be deceiving.

New coach Carisa Kessler and her team have won their first two matches (both in four sets), which included a victory last Thursday over a 4A-ranked Holy Family team.

Front-line senior Lillia Neill has 37 kills in eight sets, while uber-talented libero Kennedy Nelson has 41 digs.

They’re on the road at Arvada West Tuesday before they face 4A No. 1 Thompson Valley at home Thursday.

The boys golf program at Monarch

Before the season, Monarch coach Geoff Findley said his team was deep from players one-to-eight. All who could shoot in the 70s, a few who could dip below par at any time. And it’s looked that way through the first month.

Talan Gover and Caleb Michaels each shot 2-under-par 70 to tie for third at last Tuesday’s Front Range League tournament at Coal Creek Golf Course, leading the Coyotes to victory. Teammate Ryan Beals then shot 2-under 69 at the Frederick Classic at Coyote Creek Golf Course Thursday in another team victory. And Monday, Monarch won the Loveland Invitational as all three of those golfers tied for fifth.

Per the FRL schedule, Monarch is slated to participate in an invite at the Olde Course at Loveland Wednesday.

Frederick at Monarch football

Friday’s game will feature two local teams with new coaches in Monarch’s Aaron Paddock and Frederick’s Matt Loyd.

One of them will get the first win with their new team after Week 1 losses.

Last week, the Coyotes allowed 25 points in the opening half to Standley Lake in a 38-13 loss. Asher Ewing threw for 197 yards and a score in defeat.

Frederick lost on a last-seconds TD to Holy Family.

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