Cross country, field hockey, gymnastics, boys soccer, spirit and volleyball begin their seasons on Thursday

State volleyball

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AURORA — Thursday marks the start of competition for six fall sports.

Cross country, field hockey, gymnastics, boys soccer, spirit and volleyball can all begin games, meets or matches on Thursday. The schedules in each sport are relatively light through the weekend, but pick up in earned next week.

There are a few top-10 matchups right away, including No. 1 Regis Jesuit at No. 4 Kent Denver in field hockey on Thursday, and No. 1 Chaparral at No. 2 Cherokee Trail in 5A volleyball on Friday.

Thursday also brings two cross country events, one in Aurora and another Johnstown.

The Cheyenne Mountain Stampede, held at Norris-Penrose Event Center, the same venue as the state championships, is Friday. The Vista Nation XC 2-Mile is also Friday, and that is drawing a number of the top programs from the metro area — including four defending state championship teams.

Schedules and scoreboards for some sports are available here:

Additionally, RPI standings are now live:

Furthermore, volleyball and boys soccer have new pages for individual stats leaders:

Friday is also the first day football teams are permitted to scrimmage; those teams can begin play next Thursday.

Softball and boys tennis began competition last Thursday, and boys golf began on Aug. 8.

Information about softball's on-going season is available here: