The week ahead in Aurora prep sports, 12.2-12.5.13

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A look at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports between Dec. 2-5:

An all-Aurora boys basketball contest opens the season on Dec. 3 when Rangeview visits Cherokee Trail at 7 p.m. in a rematch from last season season that saw the Raiders win 72-71 in an overtime thriller. Rangeview senior Jeremiah Paige, who officially signed with Colorado State last week, scored 28 points when the teams met last season. Other strong openers including Regis Jesuit playing host to Columbine and Smoky Hill welcoming in George Washington in a pair of a 7 p.m. contests.

Among a number of girls basketball openers Dec. 3 is Denver East’s visit to Grandview at 7 p.m. as two teams very familiar with play in the Class 5A state tournament collide. The Wolves gradated a big core from last season’s team that made the state semifinals, but return a strong pair of seniors in Katie Cunningham and Natalie Halbleib.

The Regis Jesuit girls swim team plays host to Chaparral in a dual meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 as the defending 5A state champion Raiders open the post-Missy Franklin era against the Wolverines in a quality early Continental League matchup.

The highly regarded Overland boys basketball team opens its season at the Great Western Shootout on Dec. 5-7 in Orem, Utah, as stars Austin Conway and De’Ron Davis lead a talented Trailblazers team into a tournament of teams from a variety of states that also includes Colorado’s 5A preseason favorite, Denver East.

Wrestling gets underway Dec. 5 with a variety of dual meets on the schedule, including Cherokee Trail’s 7 p.m. visit to Eaglecrest in a strong early Centennial League meeting. Smoky Hill plays host to Cherry Creek, Overland is at Grandview and Regis Jesuit pays a visit to Highlands Ranch.

The Colorado High School Activities Association’s football committee meets Dec. 5 with conference realignment on the agenda for the 2014-16 cycle. Six proposals have been submitted for Class 5A — which includes all but one of Aurora’s 11 schools — and all have Smoky Hill moving out of the Centennial League, possibly into a conference with the Aurora Public Schools teams: Gateway, Hinkley and Rangeview. Aurora Central, recently approved to drop from 5A to 4A for football, will get its conference home decided.

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