AURORA | A look at key dates, information and players to watch for Aurora programs during the 2017-18 girls basketball season:
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2017-18 AURORA GIRLS BASKETBALL KEY DATES, INFORMATION
Key dates: Nov. 10 — Practice begins; Nov. 16 — Scrimmages allowed; Nov. 29 — Regular season begins; Feb. 17 — Regular season ends; Feb. 20 — Class 5A first round playoffs/Class 4A first round playoffs; Feb. 23 — 5A second round playoffs/4A second round playoffs; Feb. 27 — 5A Sweet 16/4A Sweet 16; March 2 — 4A & 5A Great 8 at Denver Coliseum; March 8-10 — Final Four at Denver Coliseum
Aurora coaches: Aurora Central — Twila Filipak; Cherokee Trail — Jerry Austin; Eaglecrest — Robby Gabrielli; Gateway — Tammi Traylor-Statewright; Grandview — Josh Ulitzky; Hinkley — Harry Sledge; Overland — Robert Dennis; Rangeview — La Monte Weddle; Regis Jesuit — Carl Mattei; Smoky Hill — Rick Harris; Vista PEAK —Howard Payne
Aurora 2016-17 5A/4A state tournament qualifiers: 5A — Cherokee Trail (lost in 5A 1st round); Eaglecrest (lost in 5A 2nd round); Gateway (lost in 1st round); Grandview (won 5A state championship); Overland (lost in 5A 1st round); Rangeview (lost in 5A 2nd round); Regis Jesuit (lost in 5A Final Four); Vista PEAK (lost in 4A 1st round)
Returning all-conference players: Fran Belibi, Regis Jesuit, F, jr. (Continental League Player of the Year, All-Continental League 1st team); Angel Broadus, Rangeview, F, jr. (All-EMAC 2nd team); Noelle Cahill, Regis Jesuit, C, sr. (All-Continental League 2nd team); Alisha Davis, Grandview, F/C, jr. (All-Centennial League 2nd team); Jaiden Galloway, Grandview, G, sr. (All-Centennial League 1st team); Denali Hughes, Vista PEAK, F, jr. (All-EMAC 1st team); Jada Moore, Regis Jesuit, G, soph. (All-Continental League 2nd team); Lyric Thompson, Overland, G, sr. (All-Centennial League 2nd team); Leilah Vigil, Grandview, G/F, sr. (All-Centennial League 1st team)
Other Aurora players to watch: Isis Charles, Overland, G/F, jr.; Macenzie Clayton, Hinkley, G, jr.; Stephanie Davis, Hinkley, C, jr.; Kaya Evans, Vista PEAK, G, soph.; Keara Felix, Overland, F, jr.; Jasmine Gaines, Regis Jesuit, G, sr.; Kia Gelinas, Overland, jr.; Aliya Givens, Smoky Hill, G, jr.; Brooklynn Grieve, Vista PEAK, G, sr.; Landri Hudson, Grandview, soph.; Seairra Hughes, Vista PEAK, F, soph.; Destiny Humphrey, Overland, F, sr.; Maia Jackson, G/F, sr., Overland; Tomia Johnson, Grandview, G, soph.; Mikayla Jones, Vista PEAK, F, soph.; Ebony Lascano, Gateway, F, jr.; Brianna Linnear, Rangeview, G, fr.; Allyah Marlett, Grandview, G, jr.; Jaedyn Martin, Rangeview, G, fr.; Aryannah McClain, Aurora Central, G, fr.; Addison O’Grady, Grandview, F/C, fr.; Destinee Paulk, Cherokee Trail, G, soph.; Dominique Rodriguez, Cherokee Trail, G, soph.; Abbie Sparks, Cherokee Trail, F, jr. Jordan Stoner, Eaglecrest, G, sr.; Hidaya Thornton, Eaglecrest, G, jr.; Ahmani Tolbert, Gateway, G, soph.; Raquel Turner, Eaglecrest, G, jr.; Jordan Walton, Overland, G, sr.; Sidney Weigand, F, jr., Regis Jesuit; Avery Vansickle, Regis Jesuit, fr.