AURORA | The fall prep sports season opened Monday, as official practices for a full slate of sports is allowed by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

A week after boys golfers started practice, the rest of the fall sports — football, volleyball, boys soccer, softball, boys and girls cross country, boys tennis, field hockey and gymnastics — get going with an eye on Aug. 21, the official opening day for the full season.

Between now and then, teams can practice and scrimmage on prescribed dates, while boys tennis (Aug. 14) and softball (Aug. 15) get early starts to the regular season.

Three Aurora teams won state championships last fall: Grandview claimed the Class 5A state title in volleyball, the Overland co-op gymnastics team — made up of athletes from schools all around the city — narrowly captured the 5A state crown, its third in the past five seasons, and Regis Jesuit rolled to a fourth consecutive 5A championship in boys golf.

Individually, Overland gymnast Devin Bundas — who is a senior in 2014 — won the 5A title in the floor exercise and graduated Spencer Painton took the 5A boys golf title.

Check back with frequently in the coming weeks for preview stories on all the fall prep sports.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel

Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...