Colorado's five things you need to know

It's an exciting time in Colorado high school sports, and with so much going on, we thought we'd break down five things you absolutely need to know right now about what's happening around the state. Let's get to it. In reverse order, because we said so.

5. Top 10 power

In the latest FAB 50 cross country rankings, Fort Collins held a firm No. 9 ranking (down from No. 5 but still strong) and the Lambkins backed it up by taking top honors in the 5A state meet. It'll be interesting to see how the state's top squad fares throughout the rest of the postseason.

4. Bracket Busters

The 5A state soccer semifinals are scheduled for Saturday (pending any postponements due to a snowstorm that has closed schools and businesses throughout the area) and there's a lot of people who think Cherry Creek is just going to cruise to the state title; after all, the Bruins are ranked No. 4 in the nation in the POWERADE FAB 50. But that doesn't mean this is a sure thing; don't sleep on either Fort Collins or Adams City in the other half of their bracket, and teams like Rock Canyon, Regis Jesuit, Denver East and Legacy are capable of putting together a solid effort and toppling the reigning state champs in one game.

3. Block Party

Remember when Columbine beat Mullen on a blocked field goal late in the game last week? Well that was the difference between the Rebels being the top seed or further down in the 5A state bracket. Columbine emerged as the state's top seed for the postseason, while Mullen, the three-time reigning state champ, is seeded sixth. Columbine will face the No. 32 seed, Fort Collins, without starting quarterback Justin Brown, who is out with a strained MCL.

2. Clark Crowned

This one happened a while ago, but it's still one of the most impressive stories of the fall season. Valor Christian senior Wyndham Clark, ranked as one of the nation's best golfers in the Class of 2012, cruised to a 4A state title in early October. Clark, who is headed to Oklahoma State for golf next year, was an incredible 16 under par after consecutive rounds of 8-under-par 64.

1. The postseason approaches...

The state football tournament begins with games starting this weekend. We'll have a full breakdown of the games to watch (and predictions!) tomorrow, but we thought we'd get an early start by taking a look at Rangeview versus Cherry Creek. Rangeview's 7-2 season was a huge leap forward for the program, but a tough first-round matchup awaits. This is a classic matchup of talent versus experience, and it'll be interesting to see which prevails.