The week ahead in Aurora prep sports, 1.17-1.22

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A look at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports between Jan. 17-22, 2014:

Centennial League basketball heats up again Jan. 17, with a number of intriguing contests beginning with a 3 p.m. matinee between the Eaglecrest and Mullen boys at Pepsi Center. Cherokee Trail is at Cherry Creek for a boys-girls doubleheader (5:30 p.m. girls, 7 p.m. boys) and Grandview is also at Smoky Hill for a twinbill. At 1 p.m. Jan. 18, the Overland boys visit Arapahoe in a battle of teams ranked in the top 10 of the last Associated Press 5A poll.

The Regis Jesuit ice hockey teams skates against Standley Lake at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 17 at Family Sports Center in a key game between teams near the top of the Foothills Conference standings. The Raiders and Gators went to overtime last year and finished in a 2-2 tie. Regis Jesuit has a road game against Columbine on Jan. 18, while Standley Lake also has back-to-back games scheduled when it takes on the other local team, the Cherry Creek co-op, on the same FSC ice at 6 p.m. It will be a quick turnaround for the Bruins, who play a late game against Mullen on Jan. 17.

Grandview is set to wrestle in the Arvada West Invitational, which begins at 8 a.m. Jan. 18, and has a 16-team field full of powerhouse teams and highly-ranked individuals. The Wolves — with seven ranked wrestlers in On the Mat’s most recent offerings — didn’t enter a full lineup last season and finished 14th. Other city teams are spread out, as Eaglecrest and Hinkley head to the Alameda Invitational — where the Raptors took second last season — Cherokee Trail and Smoky Hill wrestle at Mullen (where the Cougars won last year) and Gateway heads to Alamosa.

The annual Smoky Hill Invitational girls swim meet is set for Jan. 18 (prelims, 8:30 a.m., finals, 5 p.m.) with 10 other teams — including Cherokee Trail and Eaglecrest — joining the host Buffaloes for a competitive meet that includes some powers from Class 5A and 4A. Smoky finished a city-best seventh at the meet last season.

The Regis Jesuit girls basketball team heads to Cleveland for the Classic in the Country on Jan. 18-20 as the Raiders — now ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Class 5A poll —make their third and final trip to play out-of-state competition . Regis Jesuit has a date with Cincinnati Princeton on Jan. 18, which features the top-rated player in the country in Ohio State signee Kelsey Mitchell.

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