A number of Aurora athletes Alamosa-bound for CHSCA All-State Games

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Former Gateway star CJ Sanders, left, will get another chance to terrorize defenders as part of the South Team at the annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games football contest at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at Adams State University. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Before they head off to college, a number of graduated Aurora athletes get the chance for one more prep competition at the annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Games, which run June 8-11, 2016, on the campus of Adams State University in Alamosa.

Athletes selected for the All-State Games in a variety of sports and from schools of all classifications and ares around Colorado, get the chance to stay on the college campus and take part in practices and play in games scheduled at a variety of venues.

Aurora’s largest contingent will be part of the All-State football game, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 10, as a total of nine players from city programs appear on the North and South team rosters.

The South features the lion’s share of Aurora players, including former Cherokee Trail teammates Ashton Torres and Anthony Holmes (who will play for a coaching staff featuring former Cougars’ boss and current Legend head coach Monte Thelen), plus former Rangeview teammates George Marpaung and DeVante’ Wheaten, former Centennial League foes Alijah Halliburton of Overland and Eaglecrest’s Charles Roberts as well as ex-Gateway star CJ Sanders.

Vista PEAK’s Alex Hawkins and Aurora Central’s Mike Retland appear on the North Team roster.

Eaglecrest’s Tayler Mashburn appeared in the opening game of the weekend, the All-State softball game on June 8, while wrestling and basketball are next up on June 10.

Grandview’s Tanner Patterson is among the wrestlers involved in the All-State match (2 p.m. at Plachy Hall), while Aurora Central wrestling coach Conrad Parra is part of the coaching staff.

Cherokee Trail’s Jaleesa Avery and Regis Jesuit’s TaeKenya Cleveland suit up for the White and Red teams, respectively, in the girls basketball competition, which is slated for games at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at Alamosa High School. The football game caps the day’s action.

Cross country, volleyball and boys basketball finals will be contested June 11, though no Aurora athletes are on hand for those sports.

Grandview’s Elizabeth Humston is among the All-State spirit members selected who will be participating throughout the weekend.

Full rosters for each All-State Games competition, here.

AURORA ATHLETES AT 2016 CHSCA ALL-STATE GAMES

June 8-11, 2016, at Adams State University

Football: North Team — Alex Hawkins (Vista PEAK); Mike Retland (Aurora Central); South Team — Alijah Halliburton (Overland); Anthony Holmes (Cherokee Trail); George Marpaung (Rangeview); Charles Roberts (Eaglecrest); CJ Sanders (Gateway); Ashton Torres (Cherokee Trail); DeVante’ Wheaten (Rangeview); Coach: Monte Thelen (Cherokee Trail, now Legend)

Girls Basketball: White Team — Jaleesa Avery (Cherokee Trail); Red Team — TaeKenya Cleveland (Regis Jesuit)

Softball: Tayler Mashburn (Eaglecrest)

Wrestling: Tanner Patterson (Grandview); Coach — Conrad Parra (Aurora Central)

Spirit: Elizabeth Humston (Grandview)

— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes