Boys Tennis: Key dates, information on 2012 season



Key dates — First practice: Aug. 13; Regular season opens: Aug. 16; League play completed: Sept. 27; Regional pairings posted: Sept. 28; Regional tournaments: Oct. 5-6; State tournament: Oct. 11-13 at Gates Tennis Center (5A)

Regional hosts — Highlands Ranch (Region 1), Fairview (Region 2), Cherry Creek (Region 3), Boulder (Region 4), Grand Junction (Region 5), Denver East (Region 6), Chatfield (Region 7), Fort Collins (Region 8)

2011 Aurora state tournament qualifiersNo. 1 singles: Tyler Brasel, Regis Jesuit (graduated); No. 2 singles: Chris Whipple, Smoky Hill (returning); No. 3 singles: Jonathan Lindberg, Smoky Hill (graduated); Darius Ebrahimi, Regis Jesuit (graduated); No. 1 doubles: Dave & Mike Rosencrans, Smoky Hill (moved); Colin MacDonald/Joey Montijo, Regis Jesuit (graduated); No. 2 doubles: Andrew Caffrey/Enzo Abbott, Regis Jesuit (Caffrey graduated, Abbott returning); No. 3 doubles: Case Anderson/Nate Root, Regis Jesuit (Anderson graduated, Root returning); No. 4 doubles: Jacob Phillips/David Twerskoi, Smoky Hill (graduated); Mitch Fisher/Nick Diab, Regis Jesuit (graduated)

Aurora 2012 players to watch — Enzo Abbott, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Trace Collins, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Matthew Feria, Rangeview, sr.; Kameron Fink, Eaglecrest, jr.; Jordan Greenhut, Grandview, jr.; Paul Kim, Overland, fr.; Austin Kohlman, Smoky Hill, sr.; Nicholas La, jr., Rangeview; Cody Luhman, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Bobby Nelson, Smoky Hill, sr.; Chanon Penuari, Regis Jesuit, fr.; Adam Rauff, Overland, sr.; Nate Root, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Omer Sarwana, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Vik Sherverda, Cherokee Trail, soph.; Connor Tibbetts, Grandview, jr.; Andrew Tran, Grandview, sr.; Josh Urban, Rangeview, soph.;  Chris Whipple, Smoky Hill, sr.; Corey Zumar, Cherokee Trail, sr.

Aurora 2012 coaches — Cherokee Trail: Liz Siegel; Eaglecrest: Alex Moore; Grandview: Jeff Ryan; Overland: Arlandus Lowe; Rangeview/Vista PEAK: Simon Moorwood; Regis Jesuit: Laura Jones; Smoky Hill: Colin Lesyinski

Postseason — For the second year in a row, league finish will be the determining factor in regional seeding. Each spot in league standings is set for a designated regional, where only the host teams are determined (based on last season’s state finish). Aurora teams will all be on the road for regional play, as Regis Jesuit’s ninth-place finish was the best for the city at the state tournament. For Centennial League teams, the No. 5 spot is the key one, as the team that finishes in that slot has to trek to Grand Junction. The state tournament again returns to the Gates Tennis Center in Denver.

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