News and notes from Aurora prep sports, alumni and more:

FRIDAY, JAN. 7: Former Grandview High School boys wrestling standout Frankie Sanchez Jr. continued an unbeaten start to a professional boxing career with a victory by knockout during a fight card that took place at The Stampede.

In front of a packed house, Sanchez Jr. faced Daniel Alvarado out of Omaha, Nebraska, in a super bantamweight bout that was scheduled for four two-minute rounds. Sanchez Jr. needed only 1 minute and 37 seconds in knocking out Alvarado to up his record to 4-0 with all wins coming by knockout or technical knockout.

Sanchez Jr. made his professional debut on Aug. 15, 2021, with a TKO of Waverly Bagby and followed that up with wins on Oct. 29 vs. Linus Lambert (in a bout also held at The Stampede) and knocked out Marc Vassel on Dec. 17.

Sanchez Jr. graduated in 2021 after a wrestling career at Grandview in which he was a three-time Class 5A state qualifier. He was the 106-pound runner in 2020 and finished third as a senior in 2021 at 113 pounds.

THURSDAY, JAN. 6: The Aurora Public Schools announced it would be closed on due to snow and cold along with staff shortages due to COVID-19, which also means the cancellation of all after school practices and games.

It wasn’t a day of small competition, as district teams were scheduled for contests in boys and girls basketball, girls wrestling and girls swimming.

All four APS girls swim teams had meets, including Gateway and Rangeview at Aurora Central, while Hinkley had a home meet scheduled for Northglenn during which it was to honor its seniors. A girls wrestling triangular meet at Vista PEAK was also among the events canceled by the school closures.

Aurora Central and Gateway were set for boys and girls basketball contests — boys at Gateway, girls at Aurora Central — that will have to be rescheduled, while the Rangeview girls had a home game against Horizon.

Regis Jesuit — which was still open Thursday but on an hour delay — had a game against Northfield in boys basketball, but Denver Public Schools also canceled school and all after school activities.

The Cherry Creek School District had a late start, so its schedule for the day was intact (updated Aurora prep sports schedule for Thursday, Jan. 6, here).

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5: Before its game with Mullen (recap, here), the Grandview girls basketball team acknowledged the accomplishments of two of its players, giving a ball to senior Marya Hudgins to commemorate her crossing the 1,000-point milestone and giving a plaque to senior Lauren Betts to honor the gold medal she won with the U.S. U-19 women’s basketball team over the summer in Hungary. …The Grandview boys wrestling team had been scheduled to compete in the Colfax Smackdown tournament held by Denver East High School, but tournament was canceled. The Wolves have a Thursday home dual match against Cherry Creek and are scheduled to be one of many teams to compete in Saturday’s Smoky Hill Buffalo Invitational. …The University of Northern Colorado football team announced via social media the signing of former Overland football star Cameron Murray, who began his college career at the University of Wyoming. Murray, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety, redshirted in 2018 and played in the defensive backfield and on special teams for the Cowboys in the past two seasons. Murray played in 10 games this past season before entering the NCAA transfer portal.

MONDAY, JAN. 3: Former Grandview girls basketball star and current University of Iowa women’s basketball player Addison O’Grady earned a big honor as she was named the Big 10 Women’s Freshmen of the Week. O’Grady scored 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds — on 70 percent shooting from the field and blocked two shots in a win over Evansville the previous day.

PHOTO GALLERIES: To view albums of Aurora prep sports photos available for purchase, click here to visit the Smugmug gallery.

Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

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