Two days of state golf. A league game between two of the state’s best boys’ soccer teams. A slumping state volleyball champ who will get the chance to prove nothing is wrong in its league opener. And possibly the most highly anticipated football game of the season.
All of it packed into one week. This week.
And that’s not even mentioning a tennis match between Cheyenne Mountain and Air Academy on Monday that is expected to be the closest its been in years, followed by the two meeting again in the same regional several days later.
More often than not, Monday is one of your slower days in the world of preps. Not so this week. The state golf tournaments in 5A, 4A and 3A all tee off at three different courses across the state simultaneously.
Tuesday tees off the second round of the state tournaments, crowning the first champions of the 2013-14 school year. A few hours later 5A defending state volleyball champion Doherty, which went 29-0 on its way to winning that crown, takes on Rampart as both teams open 5A CSML play. The catch: Doherty (10-3) has lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2011, while Rampart (9-4) comes in riding a six-game win streak. Plus, Coronado and Mitchell — both unbeaten in 4A CSML play — take to the court.
Meanwhile, unbeaten Air Academy (9-0) travels to Cheyenne Mountain (7-2) in a boys’ soccer battle of the last two unbeaten teams in the 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. Winner gets the inside track to the league crown.
Wednesday sees another huge boys’ soccer match, with Liberty (5-4-1) and Pine Creek (8-1-1) going at it at District 20 Stadium. Neither team has a league loss. Again, winner has the inside track to a league title, this one the 5A CSML crown.
League play in softball really heats up Thursday, when Rampart (15-2) travels to Pine Creek (14-3) in both teams’ regular season finale. Assuming both win earlier in the week, the winner of this game heads to the postseason as the 5A CSML champ.
4A PPAC volleyball also has a big night Thursday. Powerhouse Lewis-Palmer hosts upstart Air Academy, which also has a big test Tuesday night against Cheyenne Mountain.
Friday night football: Pine Creek at Falcon. It’s tough to get any bigger than that when it comes to Pikes Peak region football this season. Gotta mention Legend at Fountain-Fort Carson in a battle of 5A Pioneer League teams who’ve yet to lose a conference match.
Capping the week off, by Saturday evening we’ll know who is heading to the state boys’ tennis tournament, following regionals from around the state.
Like prep sports? You’re going to love this week.
Let us know what else is going on this week that you’re looking forward to.