AURORA | The Grandview and Regis Jesuit girls basketball teams have played each other often in the past few years and will do so again Friday night.
The Raiders pulled off a stunning upset of the Wolves in last season’s Class 5A state semifinals held on the same floor where the rematch is scheduled for 7 p.m., but they will play the rivalry for the first time under new coach Jordan Kelley.
Kelly, a former assistant with the program, got hired to replace Carl Mattei prior to the season and has guided Regis Jesuit to an 11-5 record coming into the game. The Raiders have won four games in a row, including the final game of a three-game trip to the Classic In The Country Challenge in Ohio.
Grandview comes into the game after an out-of-state trip of its own, which saw it drop two games to national powerhouses De Soto (Texas) and Hopkins (Minnesota) in a girls invitational mini-tournament televised on the ESPN network. Coach Josh Ulitzky’s Wolves have a 5-9 record, but have played only four games in Colorado thus far have have won three of those, including a 59-52 victory over top-ranked Valor Christian Jan. 8.
THURSDAY, JAN. 27: The Rangeview High School gymnasium will be on basketball overload on Saturday with events happening throughout the day, including the honoring of two successful boys teams of old.
The framework around the events is a girls and boys varsity doubleheader for the Raiders against district rival Vista PEAK and the result of each will be impactful on the EMAC race. The girls game begins at 1 p.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. contest between the Unified basketball teams of each school and capped by the 3:30 p.m. boys game.
At halftime of the boys game, the school will recognize members of the 2011 and 2012 boys teams, which won a combined 44 games over those two seasons and made a trip to the Class 5A Final Four in 2012.
TUESDAY, JAN. 25: With conditions deteriorating due to continued snowfall throughout the day, Aurora Public Schools and Cherry Creek Schools canceled all after school activities Tuesday, which included a significant amount of competition in girls swimming as well as some in girls basketball and girls wrestling.
The only games that remained on the schedule were the Regis Jesuit girls swim team’s Continental League home dual against Rock Canyon and the Regis Jesuit ice hockey team’s game with Mountain Vista at Family Sports Center.
— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes