The week past in Aurora prep sports, 3.19-3.23


While the rest of the prep slate for March 23 got wiped out by snow, the Regis Jesuit boys swim team played host to a dual meet with Loyola High School from the Los Angeles area.

Regis Jesuit families opened their homes to 28 visiting swimmers from Loyola, another nationally-ranked Jesuit powerhouse swim program and one of the top three teams from California.

The competition raised Regis Jesuit’s level, as the defending Class 5A state champions set four new pool records on their way to a 109.5-60.5 victory. Senior Clark Smith and junior Hennessey Stuart each won two events and each set pool and team records — Smith in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 38.95 seconds) and Stuart in the 100 backstroke (49.18).

• The Regis Jesuit ice hockey team dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Santa Margarita, Calif., in the final of the USA Hockey National Championship tournament on March 24 in Coral Springs, Fla.

The Raiders, last season’s national champions, went 4-2 at the tournament and were tied through three periods, but allowed the game-winning goal two minutes into overtime to Santa Margarita.

Brady Hall, Conner Wigton and Nolan Carothers scored goals for Regis Jesuit, while goaltender Sam Harden made 31 saves. The Raiders played with coach Dan Woodley in the stands due to Colorado’s rule against contact between coaches and players on Sundays.

• The Smoky Hill boys lacrosse team kept custody of the Hammer traveling trophy for a seventh straight season with an 18-7 victory over visiting Eaglecrest on March 22.

Blake Foerster, Beau Lansdown and Blake Spencer scored four goals each to lead the Buffaloes, who retained the paint sledgehammer trophy with victory over the Raptors, who got three goals from Johnathan Docherty and two each from Matt Jung and Trey Thurmond.

• Sophomore start JR McDermott tossed six strong innings in his first varsity start as the Smoky Hill baseball team rallied for a 4-1 home victory over Legend — last season’s Class 5A state runner-up — on March 21.

The right-hander allowed just six hits and one earned run to pick up the victory. McDermott walked just one batter and struck out eight Titans.

The Buffaloes only scored in one inning against Legend, but a four-run fifth inning was all they needed. Senior Cameron Stupansky drove in a pair of runs and Trey Reineke had two hits and an RBI.

• The Smoky Hill girls soccer team continued its early season tour of playing Boulder County teams with a 5-1 victory over Monarch on March 21.

Sophomore Madison Watts scored twice to lead the Buffaloes, who moved to 3-0-1 by topping the Coyotes in a game following matchups with Broomfield (1-1 tie) and Boulder (a 3-2 victory).

• Eaglecrest improved to 3-0-1 on the girls soccer pitch with a 2-0 non-league victory over Golden on March 21 at Stutler Bowl.

Without two starters due to injury and with some other regulars getting hurt during the contest, the Raptors got second-half goals from sophomore Korena Perales and senior Jessica Westhoff to break a scoreless deadlock.

Junior Gabby Garcia played a strong game in the midfield to key Eaglecrest, while defensively, the Raptors allowed just one shot for their second straight shutout.

• Junior Blake Foerster scored his fifth goal of the game in the first minute of overtime to lift the Smoky Hill boys lacrosse team to a 12-11 victory over Cherokee Trail on March 20 at Legacy Stadium.

It was the second straight late victory for the Buffaloes, who also got three goals from Blake Spencer.

Freshman Cooper Snowbarger and senior Jared Rosdal each had three goals for the Cougars.

• Before a March 19 game at the Stutler Bowl, the Smoky Hill and Kennedy girls lacrosse teams held a tribute to late Seton Hill women’s lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, who died three days earlier in a bus crash in Pennsylvania.

The Buffaloes and Commanders formed a circle at midfield, observed a moment of silence and released balloons in honor of Quigley, who was killed along with her unborn baby and the bus driver in an accident that left 13 others injured.

Smoky Hill went on to post a 14-4 victory over the Commanders.

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