AURORA | The 2014-15 prep athletic season is open for business, or at least its off the tee.
Boys golf teams officially began tryouts on Monday as the 94th season of sanctioned athletics by the Colorado High School Activities Association got off to a start.
Many Aurora golf teams have two tryout rounds scheduled on Monday and Tuesday and most have tournaments as early as Thursday, when the Centennial League is slated to play its opener at 8 am. at Aurora’s Meadow Hills Golf Course and the Continental League — including four-time Class 5A state champion Regis Jesuit — tees off at noon at the South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial.
One member of Regis Jesuit’s championship-winning team returns in senior Jack Lazzeri, who was on the course at Wellshire Golf Course in Denver in hotly-contested tryouts for coach Craig Rogers’ team. Grandview got an early start with 7 a.m. tee times at Spring Valley Golf Club in Elizabeth, Gateway got in an afternoon session at Aurora Hills Golf Course with just five players out and other city squads were spread out at different venues.
Besides Lazzeri, the other 5A state qualifiers back this season from Aurora schools are the Smoky Hill duo of junior Paul Cleveland and sophomore Kyle Colen and Cherokee Trail sophomore Bradley Scalia.
The remainder of the fall prep sports — football, softball, volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys tennis, field hockey and gymnastics — open practice on Aug. 11, with boys tennis next to join regular season play on Aug. 14 and softball following suit on Aug. 15.
The official opening day for the rest of the sports is Aug. 21.
Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel