The Snohomish girls soccer team opens Wesco 3A/2A play this week with a pivotal stretch of three conference matches. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The Snohomish girls soccer team opens Wesco 3A/2A play this week with a pivotal stretch of three conference matches. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Hot tickets: What to watch this week in prep sports

The fall sports season begins to heat up with league play entering full-swing.

Four non-football prep sports events to keep an eye on this week:

Girls swimming: Lake Stevens at Kamiak, 3:15 p.m. Tuesday. Two of the area’s top girls swim programs square off in a season-opening dual meet. Kamiak is coming off a third consecutive Wesco South title and a seventh-place team finish at the Class 4A state championships. Lake Stevens finished second in the Wesco North last year, ending a streak of four consecutive league titles.

Volleyball: Monroe at Jackson, 7 p.m. Thursday. These teams split their two regular-season meetings last year, with both matches going five sets. Monroe is coming off a program-best fourth-place finish in the 4A state tournament, but is tasked with replacing three first-team all-conference players from last year’s history-making squad.

Cross country: South Whidbey Invitational, 10 a.m. Saturday at South Whidbey H.S. More than 40 schools are slated to compete in the 41st annual South Whidbey Invite. This meet takes place at the same site as the Northwest District championships, which are scheduled for Nov. 2.

Girls soccer: Snohomish at Edmonds-Woodway, 3 p.m. Saturday. It’s quite the week for Snohomish, which opens Wesco 3A/2A play with matches against three of the league’s other top five teams from last year. The Panthers host Archbishop Murphy on Tuesday and Shorewood on Thursday before traveling to face defending conference champion Edmonds-Woodway in this key early-season showdown.

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