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The Erie football team has a tall task in facing 3-0 Broomfield this Friday night at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium. (Daily Camera file photo)
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Carts are due back at the clubhouse soon, signs of the nearing end of the high school golf season.

The sport’s regular season heads into its last week with final league tournaments slated over the coming days.

Among tournaments with local teams expected starts with the Class 3A Mile High League tournament Monday at Lone Tree Golf Club and Hotel.

It’s followed by three large tournaments Tuesday. The Front Range League Championships is at Harmony Golf Club (Timnath), a Northern Colorado Athletic Conference tournament is at Indian Peaks Golf Course (Lafayette), and the Northridge Longs Peak League invitational will play at the Boomerang Links Golf Course (Greeley).

It concludes Thursday with the Metro League tournament at Indian Tree Golf Club (Arvada).

After that, regional tournaments will run Sept. 19-23. Qualifiers from regionals will play in one of the three state tournaments Oct. 3-4, with 5A at City Park (Denver), 4A at Pelican Lakes (Windsor) and 3A at Pinehurst Country Club (Denver).

Golf — and no golf — here are five things to monitor for the week of Sept. 12.

Silver Creek uber-golfer Ben Harding

Harding, the reigning BoCoPreps.com golfer of the year, did well last week at an NCAC tournament at Highland Hills Golf Course, finishing second. The senior shot 3-over-par 74, totaling four bogeys and a birdie.

As he gets closer to regionals, then in all likelihood to the state tournament, it’ll be interesting to see if Harding can improve upon his third-place state finish from last fall.

The Raptors are expected to participate at the NCAC tournament at Indian Peaks Golf Course Tuesday, per Iwanamaker and the league site.

Legacy’s spotless volleyball team

The Lightning have started the season 9-0 and have two games on the road this week, starting at Ralston Valley Tuesday before playing in their second Front Range League match of the season against Fossil Ridge Thursday.

Alexandra Urbina, a Santa Clara beach volleyball commit, leads the team with 91 kills in 27 sets. She has a kill percentage of .427.

Boulder softball’s sophomore core

Despite losing three of their past four contests, the Panthers have plenty to be excited about on the diamond — young talent at the top of the list.

The team is hitting .372 this season with its top six hitters all being sophomores. Ellie Jones leads the way, hitting .537 with 19 RBIs and two home runs. Sophia Pereira, who is also the leading pitcher, has a .488 average with 20 RBIs and three homers.

The Panthers, currently at 6-7, will look to get back on the right side of .500 with 4A/3A Colorado League games against 0-10 Skyview Tuesday, 2-3 Gateway Thursday and a doubleheader against 0-10 Aurora Central Saturday.

Peak to Peak’s streaking boys soccer program

Following a 1-0 loss to KIPP Denver Collegiate to start the year, the Pumas have won four straight while outscoring teams 22-0. Last week, they beat Timnath 8-0 and 4A Longmont 1-0.

Leading the way, Ethan Wang has seven goals and three assists; Jorden Gyaltsen has scored six times; and Logan Hughes has allowed one goal in 400 minutes in net.

The Pumas are at Arrupe Jesuit Wednesday. They’ve beaten the Generals in their prior two meetings over the past decade.

Erie at Broomfield football, Friday

Perhaps both teams haven’t had the start to their season many expected from the outside looking in.

Broomfield, proving to be more than just a team vying for a seventh straight postseason appearance, has been an absolute wrecking ball through three weeks. The Eagles have scored 167 points while holding teams to a combined 27 points.

Last week, they trailed 6-0 at the end of a quarter to Vista PEAK Prep before scoring 55 unanswered.

Erie, meanwhile, is 1-2.

Not that the Tigers’ early losses (Ponderosa, Montrose) should be magnified any larger than defeats against strong competition — but what’s interesting now is this puts many of their starters in a place they haven’t been before. Last year, the Tigers didn’t suffer their first defeat until the state title game.

The question is, ‘Where do both teams go from here?’

Erie won last year’s game against Broomfield 49-21. Quarterback Blake Barnett threw for four touchdowns and ran for another in the win.

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