League meets signify cross country homestretch
Believe it or not, the state cross country meet is two weekends away. But before that, league and region champions must be crowned.
On Thursday, the Colorado Springs Metro leagues and Pikes Peak Athletic Conference will hold league meets to usher in the final weeks of the season.
CSML races, with 4A and 5A running together, are set for 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Fountain-Fort Carson. The PPAC races will be at Fountain Creek Regional Park, scheduled for 3:50 p.m. (boys) and 4:20 p.m. (girls).
Next week's regional races set the lineup for the state meet Oct. 26 at Bear Creek Park and Norris-Penrose Event Center.
'Underdog' champs start play at 4A state tennis Thursday
Three-time defending champ Cheyenne Mountain placed entries in all seven categories for this weekend's 4A boys' state tennis tournament at Pueblo City Park. That said, the Indians are considered a heavy underdog to defend and win an 18th state championship.
"I don't think anybody will be looking over their shoulder at us," longtime Cheyenne Mountain coach Dave Adams said. "In some ways, it's nice to be a very dark horse. Maybe we'll go down there and surprise some people."
Adams points at Kent Denver, Niwot and Colorado Academy to be the main contenders for the team title, which will be awarded Saturday.
On Thursday, each of the singles and doubles categories will conduct first-round and quarterfinal matches. Friday starts with semifinals, which will determine playback matches.
Not everyone is guaranteed a second match. Players or teams who lose in the first round get a playback only if they fell to the eventual finalist in a respective category.
Softball districts get two to state tournament
The state's top softball teams meet this weekend at 22 regional tournaments throughout Colorado, eventually filling out tickets for the 3A, 4A and 5A state tournaments next weekend in Loveland.
All is not lost if a team loses in a district semifinal. The two semifinal losers meet in an elimination game, with the winner playing the loser of the championship game to determine the second state berth from each region.
"We just have to take it one game at a time," said Rampart coach Becki Pepper, whose 16-3 Rams - seeded No. 17 - go up against No. 16 Standley Lake (9-10) in a regional semifinal on Saturday in Castle Rock. "Our record means nothing now. Our season started over on Monday. Now, our goal is to do well in districts and make state."
Rampart is one of 10 Pikes Peak region teams playing for state softball berths.
First wild-card standings in football released
The Colorado High School Activities Association earlier this week released its first edition of wild-card standings that determines playoff berths in 2A-5A football.
After Week 9 concludes on Oct. 26, the wild-card points will determine the top 32 teams that comprise the 5A playoff field. The following week, the wild-card points will select the top 16 teams for the 4A through 2A playoffs.
In this week's standings, Doherty (5-1) is the area's top 5A squad, ranked eighth among 52 schools. 4A's top schools from the Pikes Peak region include Falcon (7), Pine Creek (11) and Sand Creek (12), while 3A is well represented with Coronado, Discovery Canyon and The Classical Academy slotted in spots 2, 3 and 9, respectively.