Spring sports practices open Monday

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AURORA | Monday is the first day of practice for the spring prep sports season as allowed by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

With snow on the ground, those practices will be held inside for the full slate of spring sports, which include baseball, girls soccer, boys swimming, boys and girls track & field, boys and girls lacrosse, girls tennis and girls golf.

The regular season is scheduled to begin on Feb. 28 for girls golf and girls tennis and March 2 for the rest of the sports.

“The beginning of any new sports season practice remains one of the most exciting days in a student’s life. But even beyond that, that first day of practice offers all of us the opportunity to get back to the community-based roots that high school sports provide. Look around the state and you will see that each school is the hub of the activities in its neighborhood,” CHSAA Commissioner Paul Angelico said in a statement.

Monday marks the beginning of the 92nd year of spring sports for the CHSAA.

The Regis Jesuit boys swimming team is Aurora’s lone defending state team champion from last spring, as the Raiders collected their 17th Class 5A state title in 18 seasons.

Several Aurora individuals have a chance to defend titles they won last year, including two members of that Regis Jesuit swim team, senior Clark Smith and sophomore Kyle Goodwin. Smith won his third straight title in the 100-yard butterfly, while Goodwin won the diving championship in his state debut. The Raiders also return members of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay state champions in Smith, fellow seniors Erik Biernat, Zach Suter and Grayson Magruder and junior Hennessey Stuart.

In track & field, Gateway senior thrower Zack Golditch is Aurora’s only returning state champion, as he’ll look for a second straight 5A title in the discus.

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