AURORA | A look at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports from Feb. 21-27:
• The state wrestling tournament runs Feb. 21-23 at the Pepsi Center in Denver and Aurora has 26 wrestlers involved in the Class 5A and 4A portions of the tournament. Perhaps the biggest spectacle of the prep sports year culminates with the Parade of Champions and championship matches in all classifications at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Time schedule, here.
• The boys and girls basketball regular season comes to a close Feb. 22 as teams help or hurt their seeding in the upcoming Class 5A state playoffs. The Cherokee Trail boys take a tough trip to Arapahoe in a game that would clinch the Centennial League championship with a win in a 7 p.m. contest, while the Grandview girls try to claim an outright Centennial League title with a victory at Cherry Creek at 5:30 p.m.
• Defending state champion Regis Jesuit plays Heritage at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 to open the state ice hockey playoffs as the fourth-seeded Raiders (14-2-3) and fifth-seeded Eagles (14-5) dual at Sertich Arena. The winner advances to a 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 contest on the same ice against either top-seeded Fountain Valley or No. 8 Chatfield with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
• CHSAA’s annual basketball Selection Show is set for 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Aurora as the 48-team playoff brackets for the Class 5A boys and girls state playoffs will be revealed. The 4A brackets (which should include the Vista PEAK boys) are expected to be posted on CHSAA’s website by 5 p.m. Playoffs open Feb. 26.
• The first day of spring prep sports practice is Feb. 25 when teams in baseball, track & field, girls soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, boys swimming, girls golf and girls tennis can officially begin preparations toward the official start to the season March 2.
• The Class 5A state basketball playoffs open with the first round of girls games scheduled for Feb. 26, followed by the opening round of the boys tournament on Feb. 27. Matchups to be determined.
Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555