The week ahead in Aurora prep sports, 4.26-5.2


AURORA | A look at some of the key games and tournaments in Aurora prep sports from April 26-May 2:

• The surging Grandview girls soccer team continues to make a push to make the Class 5A playoffs out of the Centennial League and could do so with a win at 5:30 p.m. April 26 at Legacy Stadium against Cherokee Trail. Assuming they beat Overland on April 25, the Wolves could snare the league’s fourth and final playoff spot, despite starting 2-9.

• The Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse team ends the regular season with another tough test, this time visiting Stutler Bowl at 7:30 p.m. April 27 for a non-league contest against Cherry Creek. The result could shuffle the seeding of the state playoffs, which is decided on May 1, as both teams are on contention for top eight seeds.

• One of the biggest track meets of the year is the Liberty Bell Invitational on April 27-April 28 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium. The two-day meet has a hefty lineup including Aurora’s best.

• Mullen pays a visit to the Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse team at 7 p.m. April 30 and will try to challenge the unbeaten Raiders at Lou Kellogg Stadium. Regis Jesuit coach Billy Corbett gets to face off against one of his former players at Smoky Hill, Amber Lister, who is the coach at Mullen. The Raiders are ranked 4th by LaxPower and want to at least maintain that spot going on the postseason.

• A key game for positioning in the Centennial League baseball standings is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. May 1 when Arapahoe visits Grandview. The Warriors and Wolves are tied for second place in the Centennial League behind Cherry Creek and Arapahoe won the first meeting 9-8 on April 7.

• The EMAC girls golf championship will be decided May 1 when the North and South divisions square off in the second major tournament of the season. South champion Rangeview carries a 7-stroke lead on North leader Northglenn going into the 10 a.m. tournament at Fitzsimons Golf Course in Aurora.

• Regional girls tennis tournaments start May 2 with city individuals taking aim at berths in the Class 5A or 4A state tournaments. Aurora’s nine teams are spread out among four different regionals, with the Region 3 group at Ken Caryl Ranch (including Aurora Central and Rangeview) and the Region 8 group at Redstone Park (including Grandview) play May 2-3. Set for May 3-4 are Region 1 at Cherry Creek High School (Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Gateway, Hinkley and Smoky Hill), plus Overland in Region 6 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. In 4A, Regis Jesuit makes its annual visit to Colorado Academy for Region 1 play May 2-4.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555