Field Hockey: Key dates, information for 2012 season

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2012 FIELD HOCKEY SEASON

Changes — Rules changes are few for 2012, but all field hockey players will be required to wear protective eyewear, per National Federation of State High School Associations revised rules. The postseason format will remain the same, with the top eight teams with regular season records seeded in the bracket, with the higher seed playing at home. Aurora has just three teams this season among 14 total across the state, with Eaglecrest’s players joining Smoky Hill as a co-op.

Last season’s state champion: Kent Denver

Participating schools (14): Cherry Creek, Cheyenne Mountain, Denver East, Fossil Ridge, Fountain Valley, Golden, Grandview, Kent Denver, Mountain Vista, Palmer Ridge, Regis Jesuit, St. Mary’s Academy, Smoky Hill

Aurora 2011 records: Grandview 9-6-1; Regis Jesuit 5-9-2; Smoky Hill 3-12

Aurora 2012 coaches: Grandview — Chris Strater; Regis Jesuit — Spencer Wagner; Smoky Hill — Jenny Perizzolo

Key dates — First practice: Aug. 13; First contests: Aug. 30; Regular season completed: Oct. 16; Quarterfinals completed: Oct. 20; Semifinals: Oct. 24 at All-City Stadium, 5:30 & 7 p.m.; Championship: Oct. 29 at All-City Stadium, 7 p.m.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555