While nothing is guaranteed this time of year, during the fall season of high school sports, nobody should have their jaws dropping after learning who the final local teams are in the softball postseason.
Playing University and Eaton on the final day of softball season has become as common this time of year as the Denver Broncos hitting softball-like scores in front of a national crowd.
On day one of Friday’s two-day Class 3A state softball tournament, the third-placed Bulldogs (22-6) defeated No. 14 Resurrection Christian and No. 6 Sterling to earn their ticket to Saturday’s semifinals.
The fourth-placed Reds (20-7) edged out No. 13 La Junta and No. 5 Fort Lupton to make their way to the Round of 16.
A year ago, the University defeated Eaton in the semifinals en route to becoming the country’s runners-up to Lutheran.
The year before that, in 2020, the Bulldogs and Reds were on opposite ends of the bracket as Eaton won its first state title and University fell into the semifinals.
And in 2019, the Bulldogs won their first state softball title, defeating Brush in the finals.
These are just the highlights of University and Eaton’s notoriety this time of year.
And this could be the year that the Bulldogs and Reds not only share the bond of playing deep in the state tournament. At the final of the state tournament, they could share the field.
With the two sides once again on opposite sides of the bracket, it would be difficult to bet against either side making it to the title game at 1pm on Saturday at Aurora Sports Park.
After the high school softball season wraps up Saturday, local cross-country teams and boys’ soccer teams will line up next to compete for state titles.
The boys’ soccer postseason begins on Wednesday after the brackets were released on Monday. This multi-week postseason concludes November 12 at Switchbacks Weidner Field in Colorado Springs.
Also in Colorado Springs, the Cross Country State Meetings for boys and girls will be held on October 29 at the Norris Penrose Event Center.
The Frontier Academy boys should again be one of the top cross-country contenders in 3A, while Eaton senior Logan Gullett is looking to add a cross-country state title to his 3,200-meter boys state title from this past spring.
The Frontier boys also see themselves as a threat for the 3A Soccer Playoffs in the 3A Soccer Playoffs while Northridge is trying to make a run in 4A.
Honoring one of the greats
On Tuesday, the Valley girls’ volleyball team beat Weld Central 3-0 on their home ground.
As impressive as the win was, it wasn’t the most important thing that happened that night.
The Vikings honored longtime announcer Bruce Kamada, unveiling a plaque in a gymnasium where Kamada lent his golden voice to countless events over the years.
Kamada – also a legendary announcer and organizer at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison – died in 2016 after months battling the effects of a massive hemorrhagic stroke.
The number of lives he has impacted during his incredible career as an announcer is as countless as the number of events he has worked on over the decades.
Bobby Fernandez covers high school sports for the Greeley Tribune. You can reach him at (970) 392-4478, email [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @BobbyDFernandez.