AURORA | As usual, boys golfers start the clock on the new prep sport season when they tee off on Monday.
Two days of golf tryouts christen the season for fall prep sports, while the rest of the fall sports — football, volleyball, boys soccer, softball, boys and girls cross country, boys tennis and field hockey — wait another week.
It’s always a fast start and end to the season for boys golfers, with many of the first tournaments of the year scheduled for Thursday — well before most districts except for Aurora Public Schools are back in session — while the end comes swiftly with the state tournament on Oct. 1-2.
The other fall sports open practice Aug. 13 in preparation for the start of the regular season on Aug. 30. Tennis matches can begin Aug. 16 and softball Aug. 17.
Aurora has a pair of defending state team champions in fall sports, as the Regis Jesuit boys golf team is in search of a third consecutive Class 5A state title and the Overland gymnastics squad on a repeat quest.
Boys golf marks the opening of the 92nd year of sanctioned high school sports by the Aurora-based Colorado High School Activities Association, one which comes on the heels of some major catastrophic events for Colorado, especially in Aurora.
“The beginning of fall practice remains one of the most exciting days in a student’s life. But even beyond that, that first day of practice offers all of us the opportunity to get back to the community-based roots that high school sports provide. Look around the state and you will see that each school is the hub of the activities in its neighborhood,” CHSAA Commissioner Paul Angelico said in a statement.
“When the two major fires and the horrific shooting in Aurora occurred, where did people turn to as the center of the community? The local high schools. We forget sometimes that our 340 schools are the heart of our communities. As we go in to the new school year, we have a chance to reflect on that point and to help make them a stronger cornerstone in the 193 communities that are the CHSAA.”
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