The week ahead in Aurora prep sports, 2.1-2.7


AURORA | A look at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports from Feb. 1-7:

• Centennial League basketball begins its second round on Feb. 1 with a number of strong matchups in store. In boys play, league leader Eaglecrest defended its home floor against Grandview the first time and will go for a sweep of the Wolves on the road at 7 p.m. On the girls side, Smoky Hill can sweep visiting Cherokee Trail in a battle of teams jockeying for position in the league standings. In other league play, the Aurora Central boys play host to Thornton in a potentially important EMAC contest, while the Regis Jesuit boys are at upstart Legend in Continental League play.

• Three girls swimming league championships are decided Feb. 1-2 including one in Aurora when Aurora Central, Gateway and Rangeview head to Hinkley for the EMAC Championships (prelims 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1, finals 2 p.m. Feb. 2). Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill are part of the Centennial “A” League Championships at Arapahoe (prelims 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1, finals 3 p.m. Feb. 2), while Regis Jesuit — which won’t have Missy Franklin — takes on the Continental “A” League field at Heritage (prelims 4:30 p.m. Feb. 1, finals 3 p.m. Feb. 2). It’s the last chance swimmers have to qualify for the Feb. 8-9 5A state meet.

• A big EMAC boys basketball showdown is at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 when Aurora Central is at Rangeview in a rematch of the opening game of the season. Jeremiah Paige’s Raiders won that meeting 57-45 on Nov. 29, but Carlton Hurst and the Trojans won both contests last season and could vault back into the league title chase with a win. On district rivalry night, Gateway is at Hinkley, which was out to a 4-0 start in EMAC play after a big win over Brighton.

• National athletic letter of intent signing day is Feb. 6 with ceremonies taking place all over the city, including huge ones at Grandview and the Regis Jesuit Boys Division. At Gateway, star senior lineman Zack Golditch will officially sign with Colorado State in a small afternoon ceremony.

• The Continental League girls basketball title hangs in the balance when Highlands Ranch is at Regis Jesuit at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 as the second-ranked Falcons and top-ranked Raiders get together to decide who will have the inside track on the league crown. Highlands Ranch won by six points last season and has won the last seven games against Regis Jesuit. In boys play that night, Cherokee Trail visits Overland in Centennial League play in a rematch of a game that went to the Cougars on a last-second Solomon Yon putback in January.

• The Centennial League dual wrestling season finishes Feb. 7 as Eaglecrest visits Cherokee Trail, Overland plays host to Mullen and Smoky Hill is at Cherry Creek.

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