The week ahead in Aurora prep sports, 12.13-12.18


AURORA | A look at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports from Dec. 13-18:

• Aurora Central’s annual “Legends Night” is set for Dec. 13 during the 7 p.m. boys basketball game as the school will admit two more past athletic greats — Rich Evans and John Brooks — into the Legends Club, Aurora Central’s athletic hall of fame. The Trojans play host to Alameda on the court.

• Some strong boys hoops is on the schedule for Dec. 14 highlighted by an all-Aurora non-league showdown when Cherokee Trail visits Rangeview. Also on the floor that night will be Highlands Ranch at Grandview and Regis Jesuit’s annual contest against parochial school rival Mullen at Metro State. All three games are scheduled for 7 p.m. tip-offs.

• The Grandview Invitational girls basketball tournament wraps up Dec. 15 with places decided in the three-day tournament that includes the host Wolves, Cherokee Trail and Rangeview. Seventh place is decided at 1 p.m., followed by 5th place at 2:30 p.m., 3rd place at 4 p.m. and the championship at 5:30 p.m. Grandview is looking for its first tournament championship in four years.

• The Coaches Invite on Dec. 15 is the last look at significant girls swimming before winter break as a number of the best swimmers and divers in a number of classifications compete at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center. Aurora teams Cherokee Trail, Grandview, Regis Jesuit and Smoky Hill are in the mix and a sprinkling of other city swimmers have qualified. Swim prelims begin at 8:30 a.m., with swimming and diving finals slated for 4 p.m.

• Cherokee Trail hosts a wrestling tournament on Dec. 15 with a field that also includes Eaglecrest and Vista PEAK. Meanwhile, Grandview makes its annual pilgrimage to Nevada for the Reno Tournament of Champions.

• Overland and Gateway meet at the Pepsi Center on Dec. 18 as the two Aurora boys basketball teams get a chance to play on the Denver Nuggets home court in a 2 p.m. matinee.

• The Cherry Creek ice hockey team faces a stiff test Dec. 18 when it goes against Ralston Valley in a 6:30 p.m. contest at APEX West in Arvada. The Cherry Creek team — which combines players from five schools, including Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest and Grandview — is off to a strong start and gets to test itself against a Ralston Valley team that played in last season’s state title game.

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