Softball: Key dates, information for 2016 season

Grandview High School softball Taryn Moan and Sophie Herrera on Friday Aug. 05, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Sophomore Taryn Moan, left, and junior Sophie Herrera help lead a new-look Grandview softball team into the 2016 season. Herrera, an infielder, was an All-Centennial League first team selection in 2015 for the two-time defending Centennial League champion Wolves. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)


Key Dates: Aug. 15 — Practice begins; Aug. 19 — Regular season begins; Oct. 8 — Regular season completed; Oct. 15 — 3A-5A regional tournaments; Oct. 21-22 — 3A-5A state tournament (Aurora Sports Park)


Regional qualifying: Class 5A — Fourteen automatic state qualifiers plus 18 at-large teams as determined by a seeding committee for field of 32, divided into eight four-team regionals; Class 4A — Sixteen automatic qualifiers plus 16 at-large teams as determined by a seeding committee for a field of 32

Aurora coaches: Aurora Central — George Campos; Cherokee Trail — Caley Mitchell; Eaglecrest — Yvette Hendrian; Gateway — Devin Zaragoza; Hinkley — Chris Schmitt; Overland — Omar Garcia; Rangeview — Paul Reil; Regis Jesuit — Merideth Feik; Smoky Hill — BJ Kingsbaker; Vista PEAK — Eddie Sanchez

2015 records: Aurora Central 5-14 overall (2-7 in EMAC); Cherokee Trail 16-6 overall (6-1 in Centennial League); Eaglecrest 15-8 overall (5-2 in Centennial League); Gateway 0-17 overall (0-9 in EMAC); Grandview 16-8 overall (6-1 in Centennial League); Hinkley 1-16 overall (1-8 in EMAC); Overland 3-16 overall (0-7 in Centennial League); Rangeview 9-8 overall (6-3 in EMAC); Regis Jesuit 6-13 overall (2-8 in Continental League); Smoky Hill 14-9 overall (4-3 in Centennial League); Vista PEAK 14-7 overall (10-2 in Colorado 7)

Smoky Hill High School softball Emilie Roberts on Thursday Aug. 04, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Smoky Hill junior catcher Emilie Roberts led Aurora softball players with five home runs in 2015 and earned All-Centennial League first team honors. Nineteen players who earned all-league accolades for Aurora programs last season return for 2016. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Returning all-conference selections: Emily Adler, OF, Vista PEAK, jr. (All-Colorado 7 honorable mention); Kayla Banks, Util, Smoky Hill, jr. (All-Centennial League second team); Emily Bell, P, Cherokee Trail, sr. (All-Centennial League second team); Laura Blackwood, P, Vista PEAK, sr. (All-Colorado 7 second team); Terran Caldwell, OF, Grandview, sr. (All-Centennial League second team); Rosario Garcia, INF, Aurora Central, sr. (All-EMAC first team); Sophie Herrera, INF, Grandview, jr. (All-Centennial League first team); Skylar Higens, INF, Cherokee Trail, sr. (All-Centennial League second team); Hunter Kincaid, OF, Vista PEAK, sr. (All-Colorado 7 honorable mention); Chloe Knapp, OF, Cherokee Trail, sr. (All-Centennial League first team); Megan Medhus, INF, Cherokee Trail, jr. (All-Centennial League second team); Brandee Morris, INF, Eaglecrest, soph. (All-Centennial League second team); Ally Pacheco, Rangeview, sr. (All-EMAC second team); Erin Pendleton, P, Regis Jesuit, jr. (All-Continental League second team); Audrey Pickett, P, Cherokee Trail, sr. (All-Centennial League first team); Peyton Rider, INF, Vista PEAK, soph. (All-Colorado 7 honorable mention); Emilie Roberts, C, Smoky Hill, jr. (All-Centennial League first team); Jasmin Sanchez, INF, Vista PEAK, sr. (All-Colorado 7 second team); Alyssa Yoshida, INF, Cherokee Trail, sr. (All-Centennial League first team); Kailey Wilson, INF, Eaglecrest, jr. (All-Centennial League first team) (injured, out for season)

Eaglecrest High School softball Kathleen Ingram, Braelyne Crenshaw and Rachel Sabourin on Wednesday Aug. 03, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Senior Kathleen Ingram, left, junior Braelyne Crenshaw, center, and sophomore Rachel Sabourin take key roles in 2016 for the Eaglecrest softball team, which graduated nine seniors. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Other Aurora players to watch: Taylor Bush, INF, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Jacqueline Cal, P/INF, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Braelyne Crenshaw, P/INF, Eaglecrest, jr.; Bailee England, INF, Smoky Hill, sr.; Kathleen Ingram, P, Eaglecrest, sr.; Mattie Kennedy, OF, Smoky Hill, sr.; Isabel Macias, INF, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Taryn Moan, Util, Grandview, soph.; Malena Murillo, P/INF, Smoky Hill, sr.; Sonoma Olson, INF, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Rachel Sabourin, INF, Eaglecrest, soph.; Alex Sullentrop, INF, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Laurel Wilson, OF, Smoky Hill, sr.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel