Seniors Elijah Thomas, left, and KK Stroter (20) teamed up on the Rangeview boys basketball team in the winter and will share the court again together as selections to compete in the 66th edition of the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games to be played at Colorado State-Pueblo. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

The 66th edition of the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games — which honor top senior athletes from across the state in eight sports — return to the campus of Colorado State-Pueblo for a week beginning June 6.

Athletes and coaches have the opportunity to stay on the campus and go through practices and competition to recognize their accomplishments in their final seasons of competition in high school.

Aurora has recently graduated athletes or coaches in several of the sports, including boys and girls basketball, boys and girls wrestling, football, softball and spirit.

The opening competition is the All-State softball game at 1 p.m. June 8 at Rawlings Field, which does not have any Aurora players in it, but one of the teams will be coached by Brennan Brown, who is the new Smoky Hill softball coach.

Athletes in boys and girls wrestling, volleyball, spirit and boys and girls basketball check in on June 9 and begin competition on June 10 with the majority of the action taking place at Massari Arena, beginning with wrestling at 9 a.m. The four-team girls basketball competition begins at 11:30 a.m. with a game between the Red (which includes Vista PEAK’s Breanna Jefferson) and White teams, followed by a matchup of the Black and Blue teams at 1 p.m.

The boys basketball semifinals start with the 2:30 p.m. contest between the Red and White teams, while the Blue team (which features the tandem of Rangeview’s KK Stroter and Elijah Thomas) meets the Black at 4 p.m.

The first volleyball semifinal (Red vs. White) is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the second (Black vs. Blue) is set for 3:30 p.m. at CSU-Pueblo’s Rec Center. The final competition on June 10 is the All-State football game, which has Rangeview’s DeMario Williams on the South Team.

The final championships are contested June 11 in girls basketball at 12:45 p.m. and boys basketball at 4:15 p.m.

Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

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