The fall is still young but a number of local and area teams have flexed their early season muscles in a variety of sports.
In football, Centennial and Pueblo West have made early marks by opening with 2-0 nonleague records in the Class 4A Foothills League. East is off to a 2-1 start in the Class 3A Southern League, but has an upper-division test Friday when it takes on South in the 55th annual Cannon Game at Dutch Clark Stadium.
And a trio of area small-school teams have opened with 2-0 records and received recognition in polls throughout the state.
La Junta has started 2-0 in the Class 2A Tri-Peaks League along with Lamar, while Buena Vista has won a couple of tough games to open the season at 2-0 in the Class 1A Tri-Peaks League.
In softball, the South-Central League appears to be a three-team race with defending champion East in the mix along with Pueblo West and South.
In volleyball, Centennial, Canon City and Pueblo West have started with undefeated records in the S-CL and will likely battle it out for the league title.
And in boys soccer, South and Pueblo West appear to be the early favorites along with Canon City.
On the links, the boys golf season is quickly winding down with the Class 4A Southern Regionals on the horizon. More than 20 teams will gather at Walking Stick Golf Course on Monday to battle for a regional team title along with a number of state qualifying spots. The Class 4A state tournament will be played Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at Hiwan in Evergreen.
A number of Pueblo golfers have an opportunity to finish among the top 10 in the state as well as vie for a medalist crown — South’s Chase Federico and Taylor Rodriguez, Centennial’s Justin Allenback and Pueblo West’s Glenn Workman. The Colts are the defending state champions, having claimed the title last season in Montrose in a playoff with powerful Valor Christian.
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