Fall season opens in full Thursday

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And they’re off!

The first full day of the 2012 fall prep sports season is upon us today, as every sport is allowed to begin the regular season after more than two weeks of preparation.

There’s no shortage of action on opening day, as contests in football, volleyball, boys soccer, softball, boys tennis, field hockey and boys golf are all on the slate for teams from Aurora’s 11 high schools.

An anticipated football season got underway with a Zero Week contest between Vista PEAK — which makes its varsity debut in all sports this season — and Hinkley, but every Aurora team gets after it today, tomorrow or Saturday. Two games are on the grid for Thursday, with a big all-Aurora contest taking place at 6 p.m. at Aurora Public Schools Stadium between coach Dave Gonzales’ Rangeview team and Mark Nolan’s Regis Jesuit squad.

It’s been five years since the former Continental League rivals have played each other, but both are looking for a fast start after disappointing ends to the 2011 season.

Cherokee Trail plays host to Chatfield at 7 p.m. in the other football contest.

Two of Aurora’s best volleyball team take the court for the first time as Grandview plays host to Doherty in a matchup of two preseason top-five teams in Class 5A and the summer’s breakout team, Cherokee Trail, welcomes Rock Canyon.

The Regis Jesuit field hockey team enters its third varsity season with a tough contest against defending state champion Kent Denver.

The action continues fast and furiously over the weekend with a slew of tournaments in a variety of sports — including the Smoky Hill Buff Classic boys tennis tournament and Regis Jesuit’s Jam volleyball tournament at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse — plus kickoffs for the rest of Aurora football teams, including a Gateway vs. Smoky Hill matchup on Friday night.

Stay tuned to aurorasentinel.com for preview stories and capsules in each sport.

We’re off and running on what looks to be another strong fall for Aurora teams.

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