Week ahead in Aurora prep sports, 9.18-9.24

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A look at the games and happenings in Aurora prep sports from Sept. 18-Sept. 24:

Quality league matches in boys soccer take place on Sept. 18, when Eaglecrest plays at Smoky Hill at 4:30 p.m. in Centennial League play and Regis Jesuit plays host to Legend at 7 p.m. in a battle of teams in the top half of the Continental League standings in the early going.

• The 57th annual Aurora Invitational cross country meet is scheduled for Sept. 18, a day before it was previously set due to a scheduling conflict. The races return to the Aurora Sports Park — where city teams recently competed in the Aurora City Championships — at 3:15 p.m.

Gateway’s homecoming football game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at Aurora Public Schools Stadium when Smoky Hill comes to visit in a battle of 0-3 teams. Gateway’s 2004 Continental American League championship-winning team, the first in school history, will be honored at halftime. That group of Olys — which downed Regis Jesuit 15-12 to wrap up their league crown — includes recently-fired Smoky Hill head coach Justin Hoffman. On the same night, 5A No. 5 Regis Jesuit play host to 4A No. 6 Denver South at 7 p.m. at Lou Kellogg Stadium and second-ranked Grandview gets a chance to avenge a quarterfinal playoff loss when it plays host to ThunderRidge at 7 p.m. at Legacy Stadium.

The prep gymnastics world revolves around Overland this weekend, as the Trailblazers’ co-op team puts on the Overland Invitational on Sept. 20. Competition begins at 10 a.m. with a field of 15 teams in both Class 5A and 4A.

Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson and A N’ A Basketball are holding a boys prep basketball all-star game at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Overland High School that includes a handful of Aurora players in Overland’s De’Ron Davis and Aurora Central’s LaDarius Thomas and Elijah Coleman. The game is free to the public.

Fresh off a loss to one Aurora team — Regis Jesuit — the seventh-ranked Cherokee Trail football team tries to get back on the winning track against another city squad, Rangeview, in a noon contest on Sept. 21 at Aurora Public Schools Stadium.

With designs on winning the Colorado 7 league championship, the Vista PEAK boys soccer team plays host to Fort Lupton at 4 p.m. Sept. 23 in a game between teams that tied atop the league standings last season. The winner should have a significant advantage.

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