ZERO WEEK BRINGS VOLLEYBALL FANS TOP MATCHUPS

Another early start to the volleyball season this year as several highly ranked teams get on the court for matches this weekend. We provided the entire list of Top 10 contests earlier this week but here we go in-depth on the top five battles and a couple of teams that are very busy in week one.

PREDICTIONS FOR 8-MAN LEAGUE TITLE GAMES

Last year, the road to the state title in 8-man rolled through the Plains Division. Five of the six teams in that league made it to the field of 16, including both of the finalists. While the northeast corner appears to be loaded with tough squads, the rest of the state is not lacking contenders.

Partnership brings Live Preps Coverage to Aurora

The Aurora Sentinel and Stream It Sports are teaming together to bring live game coverage of Aurora area high schools. These games will be available for live and on-demand viewing each week of the regular season. [READ]

TOP 10 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS FOR ZERO WEEK

Prep football returns to Colorado this weekend with the first games slated for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are roughly 40 games on the docket with nearly half of them featuring a ranked team seeing their 2016 debut. [READ]

EXPANDED FOOTBALL COVERAGE IN COLORADO SPRINGS

KCSF is bringing expanded high school sports coverage to the Colorado Springs region as they will provide full-length play-by-play of games each weekend. They’ll be joined with sister station (Magic FM) for tailgate parties at the same locations. [READ]

PROJECTED SIX-MAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

As a new cycle begins, six-man sees some new programs dropping down a classification, while a a few make the move up to eight-man. It should be an interesting fall campaign, as defending champion Eads looks to repeat against a loaded field. [READ]

ZERO WEEK PREVIEW - PART TWO

On Monday we focused on the smaller school zero week matchups so today we move into Classes 3A, 4A and 5A to finish off a look at the top games in the opening week. Leading the list is the top five battle between #2 Pomona and #3 Mullen in Class 5A but there are four other top ten clubs that could [READ]

VOLLEYBALL TOP 10 RESULTS FROM ZERO WEEK

Just a sprinkling of matches are on tap in the first official week of volleyball in Colorado but there are five matchups pitting top ten teams against one another. The main attraction is the Saturday battle between top ranked Eaton (3A) and 2nd ranked Lewis Palmer (4A) as together they’ve won five [READ]

ZERO WEEK PREVIEW - PART ONE

Even with realignment and teams moving to different classes, there are still over 40 games on the zero week football schedule this week. In looking through the schedule, we’ve selected 12 games of note and we’ll preview six today and the other six later in the week. [READ]

PREDICTIONS FOR CLASS 5A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

With the playoff field reduced from 32 to 16 teams this year in Class 5A, winning a league championship becomes even more important. Those squads will be guaranteed a berth in the smaller bracket with the remaining teams selected solely on RPI points. Below is a look at our picks for conference [READ]

RETURNING ALL-STATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS FOR 2016

While last year’s senior class was very talented, nearly 60 all-state players are back for another year of high school football in Colorado. Class 4A defending state champion Windsor and 5A power Pomona top the list of returnees with three all-state selections apiece. [READ]

LIST OF RETURNING ALL-STATE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS

All-state volleyball teams last fall were dominated by seniors but each class returns a few players that were named to the first or second teams following the 2015 season. These players and others who achieved honorable mention status will lead teams into the regular season and hopefully a state to [READ]

HI PLAINS AND FLAGLER TO JOIN FORCES THIS FALL

Interstate 70 rivals Hi Plains and Flagler will join forces this fall for combined programs in football and volleyball. Flagler will host the volleyball program and Hi Plains will serve as the school for the football program. [READ]

15 VOLLEYBALL TEAMS CHANGING CLASSIFICATIONS

Although not as drastic as football realignments, several volleyball teams will compete in different classifications this year. The list of teams changing divisions is below with Class 3A experiencing the most moves as eight new teams are located there including Resurrection Christian which won two [READ]

CLASS 4A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREDICTIONS

Familiar names fill out our roster of teams we expect to battle for league championships on the Class 4A level this year. Windsor (2015) and Pine Creek (2013-14) have combined to win the last three state championships and those two will again be a factor on the league and state level. Joining them [READ]

FIRST PLACE VOTES SPREAD THROUGHOUT FIRST POLLS

Pre-season football rankings were announced last week and some 25 teams received first place votes. Class 2A led the list as six teams picked up at least one first place tally with division newcomer Delta leading the way with five. Despite those first place votes, the Panthers are slotted fourth [READ]

CLASS 3A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREDICTIONS

Class 3A could be one of the more entertaining divisions to watch this year as several quality teams are ready to make another state championship run. The list of contenders is expanded even more this year as a few former 4A clubs such as Longmont, Palmer Ridge, Silver Creek and Falcon join the [READ]

PROJECTED CLASS 2A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Tremendous league battles headline what should be a much deeper Class 2A field in 2016. Traditional powers such as Bayfield, Platte Valley, Kent Denver, Faith Christian and Brush will be challenged by divisional newcomers Elizabeth, D’Evelyn, Resurrection Christian and Delta. And a team outside [READ]

MANY FOOTBALL TEAMS IN NEW CLASSIFICATIONS THIS YEAR

Quite a bit of change is coming to the 2016 football season as some 50 schools have either changed classification or added a football squad. The largest changes come in Classes 2A-4A as either 11 or 12 schools are included in a new division. Class 5A has the fewest additions as Aurora Central is [READ]

PREDICTED CLASS 1A LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Several programs that have entered the 1A division from Class 2A should immediately impact conference championships and win playoff berths their first year in the classification. Among those teams that could make a deep playoff run are Strasburg, Bennett, Trinidad and Olathe. All four teams should [READ]

NEWSLETTER HAS LAUNCHED

The first edition of the Colorado Preps Newsletter has been published and sent out. Those who sign up for the newsletter will receive information on a weekly about football and volleyball in the fall along with basketball and wrestling during the winter season. [READ]

CONFERENCE RUNDOWN FOR CLASSES 5A & 4A

In finishing out our look into the 2016-17 football season by conference, we provide a breakdown for Classes 5A and 4A. Class 5A has split up conferences based on RPI numbers over a two year span and their playoff field has been reduced from 32 to 16. League champions in that division and in Class [READ]

3A FOOTBALL CONFERENCES

Class 3A features many new teams this year and a completely new layout of conferences. Below is a look at how the leagues will line out. [READ]

CLASS 1A AND 2A CONFERENCE LINEUP FOR 2016 & 2017

As with all divisions this year, Classes 2A and 1A have undergone changes with membership and league affiliation. Below is a breakdown of where teams are located for the next two seasons. [READ]

NEW CONFERENCES FOR EIGHT & SIX MAN TEAMS

The 2016 football season is the first of a two year cycle so many teams have been moved to different conferences while others have stayed put. Here’s a quick rundown of the new league lineups in the eight and six man divisions. [READ]

FOOTBALL SCHEDULES BEING ENTERED (updated)

With the calendar turning to August, the Colorado Preps Network is gearing up for another season of in-depth football coverage. The first order of business is lining up the schedule for every team in the state and we're off to a good start there. Below is a list of teams that we're missing at this [READ]

BASEBALL: CLASS 1A WEEKLY REPORT

Top ranked Holly finishes off a busy week of three games by going to Cheyenne Wells on Thursday. A win there pushes the top ranked Wildcats to 5-1 and gives them a fourth straight win overall. They will be favored against a Cheyenne Wells club that is 1-2 on the season after two games with Springf [READ]

BASEBALL: THURSDAY TOP 10 SCHEDULE / RESULTS

9th ranked Swink begins a difficult three day stretch as they host #10 Limon in one of two top ten matchups throughout the state. The Lions also have a very important doubleheader with #7 Rocky Ford on Saturday. Those two teams share first place in the Santa Fe with #4 County Line. [READ]

LACROSSE: THURSDAY TOP 10 SCHEDULE / RESULTS

Northwest Colorado is the site for a top ten matchup in Class 4A today as #7 Steamboat Springs entertains #8 Thompson Valley. [READ]

BASEBALL: WEDNESDAY TOP 10 SCHEDULE / RESULTS

It’s a busier than normal Wednesday for top ten teams in Colorado as nine teams are slated to step on the diamond. Included on the schedule are three top ten clashes including a top five battle in Class 3A between #3 Lamar and #5 Gunnison. It’s a non-conference battle but the result should play in [READ]

LACROSSE: WEDNESDAY TOP 10 SCHEDULE / RESULTS

Based on rankings this week the matchup between Mountain Vista and Kent Denver could serve as a preview of a state quarterfinal as they’re ranked second and seventh in Class 5A this week. The Golden Eagles are 3-0 on the young season while the Devils are 4-2. [READ]

BASEBALL: CLASS 2A WEEKLY REPORT

Easily the biggest news in the Class 2A division this year took place last Saturday as Paonia went on the road to sweep a doubleheader from then top ranked Resurrection Christian. The results of course shook up the rankings this week as Paonia climbed to #1 and Resurrection Christian fell to #6 but [READ]

BASEBALL: CLASS 5A WEEKLY REPORT

With new baseball rankings released this week, Regis was one of only two #1 teams to keep their spot from the previous poll but they may join the list of former #1 teams after falling to Fairview in a wild game Monday night. The final was 21-15 in favor of the visitors from Boulder. The Knights op [READ]