AURORA | Bulletins for the 2016-17 fall prep sports seasons have been issued by the Colorado High School Activities Association and with them the dates and sites of state championship games, tournaments and meets.
Boys golf is the first to start its season and the first to end it as well, as the Class 5A state tournament takes its rotation to the Western Slope with a visit to Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction Sept. 26-27.
It was at Bookcliff that Regis Jesuit won the 5A state championship in 2011 and also had its first individual state champion in Gus Lundquist. The Raiders will try to win another title there this season, which would be their sixth title in seven years.
The 4A boys golf tournament is slated for the same dates at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.
The Class 5A boys state tennis tournament returns to Denver’s Gates Tennis Center on Oct. 13-15, while the Aurora Sports Park is again home to the Class 3A-5A state softball tournament Oct. 21-22.
Field hockey hands out its state championship hardware at its regular spot at Denver’s All-City Stadium on Oct. 27, while cross country runners also get a familiar venue for the state championships, as the notoriously hilly course at the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs is the track for the fifth straight season. The state races are slated for Oct. 29.
Gymnastics returns to the cozy confines of the gym at Thornton High School Nov. 4-5, while volleyball — with Cherokee Trail the defending 5A state champion — is back on the big stage at the Denver Coliseum Nov. 11-12.
Boys soccer and football championships are again decided at professional venues, with 5A-3A soccer slated for the Colorado Rapids’ home pitch at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and 5A and 4A football plays on the Denver Broncos’ home field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Dec. 3.
Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel