School’s back in session across the state, and all nine CHSAA fall sports are officially in season. Here’s a look at a handful of top games and tournaments of note throughout the fall and into each postseason:
Boulder at Broomfield boys soccer, 6 p.m. August 26, Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium: Boulder beat Front Range League rival Broomfield in 14 rounds of penalty kicks for the Class 5A title last year, a see-saw match in which the programs lived up to their respective billings as two of the state’s best programs. And with the rivals meeting so soon in the fall this year — in 2016, they played for the conference title in the final game of the regular season — there’s a ton at stake in the first week of the regular season.
Fossil Ridge at Chaparral volleyball, 6 p.m., August 29, Chaparral High School: The defending Class 5A state champion Sabercats travel south to Parker to take on coach Amanda West and a Chaparral program that’s eager to make a run at the program’s third state title. The matchup at the net between Fossil Ridge’s Catie Semadeni and Chaparral’s Juliana Dalton should be fun to watch, as this could be a preview of a potential state tournament showdown.
Valor Christian at Pomona football, 7 p.m. Sept. 22, North Area Athletic Complex: Talent-rich Valor Christian has defeated Pomona in consecutive Class 5A title games, while the ring-seeking Panthers won the two regular-season meetings between the teams. In a budding rivalry that has become must-see, Valor Christian coach Rod Sherman and Pomona coach Jay Madden lead their squads into a midseason playoff primer that will be streamed live in HD via Post Preps TV.
Erie Tournament of Champions softball, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, The Ballpark at Erie: A premier regional tournament put on by the state’s most accomplished program has long been a reliable early-season gauge for state title contenders. This year, 2016 Class 4A runner-up Erie headlines an elite field that also includes Class 5A powers in top-ranked Eaglecrest, Legend and Legacy as well as out-of-state squads such as Broken Arrow from Oklahoma.
Volleyball state tournament, all classes, Nov. 10-11, Denver Coliseum: With all five classes converging upon Denver for the state tournament, the balls will be whizzing and the whistles whistling all over the Coliseum. The final day of the tournament might be the biggest prep postseason payoff of any fall sport, with fans having the ability to watch five title matches going on at once.
Class 4A and 5A football championships, Dec. 2, Sports Authority Field: The conclusion of the 2017 fall sports season comes at the home of the Broncos, where the big-school football titles are up for grabs in an environment that’s sometimes a little chilly — and sometimes a little snowy — but is always worth it in the end for students and communities to come out and cheer on their team toward high school football immortality.