Duke's win over Wisconsin in the NCAA national championship game gave the Kent Denver program a second tie-in to a basketball crown. Former Sun Devils standout Jon Payne, seen here throwing a pass to Jahlil Okafor during a practice in Indianapolis on Friday, is a top student manager at Duke.
League play picks up speed this week as all but the Jeffco conference have played or will have played league games by weeks end. Some of the top matchups take place out West in the Western Slope and Southwestern leagues and that’s where our report starts this week.
Similar to our coverage of football in the fall and boys and girls basketball in the winter, the Colorado Preps Network will add weekly updates to the website this Spring. Each week, the network will provide previews of games ahead and top performers of the past week in all five classifications.
Wet field conditions will of course play a major role whether any of the games below will be played this afternoon. If played there are several important conference games on tap including the three scheduled for the 4A Jeffco. Top ranked Wheat Ridge can virtually clinch the league championship if [READ]
With a few exceptions the prep baseball regular season is down to the final week as teams in Classes 4A and 5A make their final post-season push. Below is a quick breakdown of each conference race and which teams have the best chance to take the league championships. [READ]
District tournaments are on tap in Class 1A this week as the post-season field will be trimmed to just eight teams by Saturday. Those eight teams advance to the state quarterfinals on May 9th. Semifinals will also be played that day with the championship game set for May 14th at All Star Park in [READ]
As expected Wheat Ridge is the lone newcomer to the latest baseball rankings as the Farmers took over the top spot in Class 4A. The Farmers climbed five spots after beating both D’Evelyn and Evergreen last week and those two opponents were ranked 1-2 last week. The wins also pushed the Farmers [READ]
A busy Saturday greets baseball fans with several important games on the docket concerning league races. Two teams can clinch titles in Class 3A today as Eaton can wrap up the Patriot crown by beating University and Bayfield can do the same in the Intermountain with a pair of wins over Monte Vista. [READ]
Important makeup games dot the schedule on Friday including top ten matchups in the smallest and largest classes. Granada and Springfield were slated to play their doubleheader last Friday but weather pushed the contests back to this afternoon. The outcomes will help determine seeding for next [READ]
The great baseball rivalry that is Lamar and La Junta renews today and tomorrow with the TIgers at home today and Lamar hosting tomorrow. With their two game cushion in the Tri Peaks, the 2nd ranked Savages can actually clinch the conference crown with a win in either game. La Junta is tied with T [READ]
Rainouts from last week continue to be made up and that makes for a busier than normal schedule. The Class 3A Patriot league standings will continue to sort out with a second meeting in three days between 6th ranked Brush and 8th ranked University. The Bulldogs picked up a 1-0 win over Brush on Mo [READ]
The top two battle between D’Evelyn and Evergreen in the Class 4A Jeffco lost a little bit of anticipation after the Jags were blanked by Wheat Ridge Monday night. That likely means D’Evelyn will fall from the top spot regardless of how they fare against Evergreen this afternoon but the game is sti [READ]
The most positive item about all the postponed games from Friday and Saturday is that baseball fans get a very busy and very attractive Monday schedule. Four matchups involve ranked teams on the same field and all four have league and playoff implications. [READ]
Three number one teams suffered losses last week and two of them dropped out of the top spot due to those decisions. Resurrection Christian lost the number one billing in Class 2A because of a loss to Brush (3A) and Green Mountain fell from the top ranked ranking in 4A when they lost to Green Mount [READ]
Mother Nature took out most of the Thursday baseball schedule and she could do the same on Friday where several important games are on the schedule. Leading the list of games is a top ten matchup in Southeast Colorado between 3rd ranked Granada and 7th ranked Springfield. Those two are chasing top [READ]
Four top ten matchups highlight the Class 1A schedule this week. Two of the games have already been played but two more are set for the weekend and each has an impact on district seeding. Both contests are set for Saturday as #3 Granada meets #7 Springfield and #5 Primero battles #10 Antonito. [READ]
With league leaders squaring off in the past or later this week, conference races in Class 3A are starting to sort themselves out ahead of the final three weeks of the regular season. Tuesday night, Gunnison earned sole possession of first place in the Western Slope while Eaton stretched out their [READ]
Friday could mark the championship matchup in District Eight as Burlington and Limon collide on the Badgers home turf. Both teams are 6-4 overall and enter the weekend as the only two teams in the district field with better than .500 records. Byers is 4-4 overall and still in contention for the [READ]