Volleyball: Key dates, information for 2016 season

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Rangeview High School Lexi Hurtado, Tyler Spelling, and Jaelin Jones on Thursday July 28, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Sophomore Lexi Hurtado, left, and senior Tyler Speller, both return to the Rangeview volleyball team after they earned All-EMAC honors for the 2015 season. Senior Jaelin Jones (5) is ready to assume a larger role this year for the Raiders. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

2016 AURORA VOLLEYBALL KEY DATES, INFORMATION

Key dates: Aug. 15 — Practice begins; Aug. 25 — Regular season begins; Sept. 2-3 — Regis Jesuit Jam at Gold Crown Fieldhouse; Sept. 16-17 — Eaglecrest Invitational; Oct. 29 — Regular season completed; Nov. 5 — 3A-5A regional tournaments; Nov. 11-12 — State tournament (All classes at Denver Coliseum)

Aurora coaches: Aurora Central — Barry Lago; Cherokee Trail — Terry Miller; Eaglecrest — Tanya Bond; Gateway — Paul Babers; Grandview — Rob Graham; Hinkley — Jenn Hier; Overland — Diane Swan; Rangeview — Doug Walker; Regis Jesuit — Ellen Miks; Smoky Hill — Carrie Glenn; Vista PEAK (4A) — Simon Moorwood

Returning all-conference selections: Noelle Cahill, 6-foot-4, RS, Regis Jesuit, jr. (All-Continental League second team); Gloria Castruita, S, Hinkley, sr. (All-EMAC second team); Kenzie Hendon, 5-8, OH, Cherokee Trail, sr. (All-Centennial League second team); Lexi Hurtado, 5-8, S, Rangeview, soph. (All-EMAC second team); Robyn Krause, 5-9, S, Cherokee Trail, sr. (All-Centennial League first team); Jordin O’Brien, 5-9, OH, Smoky Hill, sr. (All-Centennial League second team); Alex Osredker, 6-1, MB, Regis Jesuit, sr. (All-Continental League second team); Mollee Picchione, 5-10, MB, Cherokee Trail, sr. (All-Centennial League second team); Raychel Reed, 5-5, L/DS, Grandview, jr. (All-Centennial League first team); Tyler Speller, 6-0, MB, Rangeview, sr. (All-EMAC second team)

Other Aurora players to watch: Amani Ali, 5-foot-8, OH, Overland, jr.; Taylor Burns, MB, Smoky Hill, jr.; Mykaela Dickerson, OH/RS, Overland, jr.; Madison Fleer, 5-11, MB, Grandview, sr.; Brennah Gaston, 5-5, OH, Grandview, sr.; Megan Gieseke, 5-9, MB, Gateway, jr.; Jenna Heinemeyer, 5-6, L, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Londyn Johnson, 6-1, MB, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Jaelin Jones, 5-8, OH, Rangeview, sr.; Angelica Juan, 5-5, S, Grandview, sr.; Makenzi Kissman, 5-7, L, Eaglecrest, jr.; Emily Longnecker, DS, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Taylor O’Brien, OH, Eaglecrest, sr.; Rachael Perrine, 5-9, OH, Eaglecrest, sr.; Lorrin Poulter, OH/S, Eaglecrest, soph.; Julia Rosales, 5-10, RS, Vista PEAK, jr.; Kasandra Sturges, 5-10, S, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Leah Van der Sandt, OH, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Jadyn Wangaard, 5-9, OH, Vista PEAK, jr.

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