The week ahead in Aurora prep sports, 1.24-1.29


A look at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports between Jan. 24-29, 2014:

Almost every single Aurora boys and girls basketball team is in action Jan. 24, so gyms around the city will be hopping. Among the top offerings of the night in boys play is 5A No. 3-ranked Regis Jesuit’s 7 p.m. Continental League home game with visiting Chaparral, plus No. 8 Overland playing host to Centennial League co-leader, upset-minded Smoky Hill’s game at No. 6 Eaglecrest and No. 5 Cherry Creek and Aurora Central’s home contest against Northglenn important in the EMAC standings. In girls games, 5A No. 4 Grandview plays host to Arapahoe at 7 p.m., while Cherokee Trail is at Mullen at 7 p.m. in a game between teams trying to get into the upper half of the Centennial League standings.

As the wrestling season reaches its final weeks, several of the Jan. 25 tournaments are significant, with the Northglenn Norse Invitational among them, as Gateway, Hinkley and Regis Jesuit — with a combined eight wrestlers ranked in 5A by On The Mat — scheduled to compete in the 20-team field. Aurora Central, Overland and Vista PEAK head to the Kennedy Invitational, Eaglecrest (Rock Canyon) and Grandview (Green Mountain) go on the road, while Rangeview stays in town for the Smoky Hill Invitational.

A Foothills Conference ice hockey doubleheader is in store for Jan. 25 at Family Sports Center, as Regis Jesuit plays host to Resurrection Christian at 4:15 p.m. and the Cherry Creek co-op team takes the same ice at 6:30 p.m. against Battle Mountain. The Raiders will play a third game in as many days, while the Bruins play again immediately after a Jan. 24 road game vs. Columbine.

The 5A No. 3-ranked Regis Jesuit boys basketball team is at No. 4 Mountain Vista at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, as the powerhouse programs — both 13-1 through Jan. 22 — square off for a vital victory in Continental League play. The Raiders lost to the Golden Eagles by four points on their home floor last season.

Gateway is at Rangeview at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in a girls swimming dual meet that serves as a preview of the Aurora City Championship meet scheduled in the same pool Feb. 1 that also includes Aurora Central and Hinkley.

Pole position in the Centennial League girls basketball standings could be on the line when Grandview visits Cherry Creek at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29, as both teams won all five of their first league contests of the season. The Wolves, ranked No. 4 in 5A, swept the fifth-ranked Bruins in two games last season.

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