Eye test: What to see among local teams this week

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Sep. 5—We're finding out nobody can touch the stuff of Erie's Gracie Sackett. Grab a bat, try. The ace pitcher has been all the right stuff on the mound as her Tigers continued their current tear through the first week of September.

Last week, we also saw the first win for coach Matt Lloyd at Frederick (career win 200-and-something for the longtime Ralston Valley coach). It was a highlight from a stormy football Friday that saw multiple delays and a postponement at Mead (which made up its game to Lutheran Monday).

This week should bring about its own revelations and accolades around the local preps scene. Here are five things to see for the week of Sept. 5.

Again, the softball program at Erie

After losing three of their first four games of the season, the Tigers have scorched their opponents, winning seven straight headed into this week.

Over the weekend, they didn't allow a run in three games, outscoring their opponents 30-0. Ace Sackett has allowed just one earned run in 32 2/3 innings pitched this season.

On the win streak, Erie has a run margin of 85-to-2.

It travels to face Legacy Tuesday and Monarch Thursday as part of play in the 5A/4A Front Range League.

Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational, Saturday morning at Heritage High School

Long known as one of the fastest courses in the state, this giant invitational is the chance for many runners to aim for season-best times.

Per Milesplit.com, Erie, Frederick, Legacy, Longmont, Mead and Silver Creek are among the local programs attending.

Among individuals, Legacy's Keira Wilkinson has already won two invites this fall and her season-best time of 18:33 is 14th in the state.

Erie's Evan Kraus' time of 15:20.90 is the best in Colorado and the 45th-fastest in the country.

The boys golf program at Fairview

Freshman Miles Kuhl shot 3-under-par 69 to claim a share of the win at a Front Range League tournament two weeks ago. Senior Mathieu Zerwin carded a 1-over 73 to tie for second at the Loveland Invite at the Olde Course last week.

Currently, Monarch leads the FRL standings by seven strokes on second-place Fairview. The final league tournament is scheduled for Sept. 13 at Harmony Club in Fort Collins (per Iwanamaker.com and the league website).

This week, Fairview is slated to play at the Northglenn Taylor Invite Wednesday at Hyland Hills Golf Course.

The boys tennis program at Monarch

Last week, the Coyotes beat Fairview in a dual and were the top-placing local team at the Greeley West Invitational.

Among the wins there, No. 1 singles player Luke Jensen beat Fairview's Caden Bell 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Jensen stepped into the ace role this fall after long-time No. 1 Conner Smith graduated.

Monarch is scheduled to host Fort Collins Wednesday and Broomfield Thursday.

Silver Creek at Niwot volleyball, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

The Raptors are 6-1 and rolling. Niwot, which finished with 25 wins and a trip to the state semifinals last year, hasn't played a game yet.

Tuesday, they meet. Niwot has won the previous two matches and is 15-9 against Silver Creek since September of 2008. April Conilogue has 37 kills and 30 blocks in 26 sets for the Raptors.