• Junior attackman Blake Foerster scored the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime on March 20 to give the Smoky Hill boys lacrosse team a 12-11 victory over Cherokee Trail at Legacy Stadium. Foerster had five goals and three assists to lead the Buffaloes to a second-straight one goal victory and a 3-1 start to the season.
• The Regis Jesuit ice hockey team opened the defense of the USA Hockey national championship it won last season with a 7-1 victory over Cypress Bay, Fla., to open this season’s tournament on March 20 in Coral Springs, Fla. Conner Wigton and Jack Kilkenny scored two goals apiece for the Raiders, who had two games left in the American Bracket against Plano, Texas, and Medina, Ohio.
• Emily Burton, Taylor Burton and Aubrey Gessner each had goals as the Cherokee Trail girls soccer team downed Prairie View 3-0 on March 19 at Legacy Stadium. The victory put the Cougars at 4-0-1 to open the season, their best start at the 5A level.
• Grandview freshman Morgan Sahm shot a 7-over-par 79 to lead Aurora players at the chilly Grandview Invitational girls golf tournament March 18 at Heritage Eagle Bend. Sahm’s score tied for fifth in the field of 20 teams. Faith Hope led Cherokee Trail with an 89 and Mary Holmes topped Regis Jesuit with a 94.
• The Cherokee Trail boys won their second consecutive Aurora City Championships meet, scoring 176.5 points to top a field of 11 city teams on March 16 at Aurora Public Schools Stadium.
Brandon Singleton won the 200 and 400 meter races, Isaiah Kaiser won the 300 meter hurdles and the Cougars were also victorious in the 4×100- and 4×800-meter relays. Runner-up Grandview had the only two other multiple event winners in Jordan Charles (100 meters, 110 meter hurdles) and JR Smith (high jump, long jump). Gateway senior Zack Golditch won this third straight city crown in the discus. Golditch is the defending 5A state champion in the event. Full results, here.
• The Regis Jesuit girls won four events and posted a comfortable victory at the Aurora City Championships meet on March 16 at Aurora Public Schools Stadium, collecting their second straight city crown.
Senior sprinter Ana Holland won the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Sydney Rohlwing took the 300 meter hurdles and Kassie Petko ruled the high jump for the Raiders, who posted a 14-point victory over Hannah Sparks — who won the long jump and triple jump — and Cherokee Trail. Rangeview senior Christina Fasci was the other two-event winner as the swept the discus and shot put. Full results, here.
• Eaglecrest won the first boys basketball state championship in school history with a rousing 63-44 victory over favored Denver East on March 16 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.
Coach John Olander’s crew aggressively took the lead in the first quarter and held the lead the rest of the way against the Angels, who cleared their bench with 2 minutes, 49 seconds remaining and the Raptors in firm control. Senior TreShawn Wilford scored 21 points, while junior Jaisean Jackson had 11 and sophomore Blend Avdili eight.
• The Regis Jesuit girls basketball team claimed the second Class 5A state championship in school history with a 53-46 victory over Continental League rival Highlands Ranch on March 16 at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.
Junior Justine Hall scored 24 points and juniors Diani Akigbogun — who was named Colorado’s Gatorade Player of the Year two days earlier — and Kelsi Lidge each added 10 as the Raiders matched the title they won in 2009.
• The second-seeded Eaglecrest boys basketball team raced past top-seeded Mountain Vista 74-59 in a Class 5A semifinal contest at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.
Despite early foul trouble to standout TreShawn Wilford, the Raptors got 16 points from senior Rayjon Craig, 13 from junior Jaisean Jackson, 11 from senior Maurice Perez and a double-double from sophomore Blend Avdili with 10 point and 15 rebounds as they raced past the Golden Eagles to qualify for the school’s first trip to the state championship game.
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