The week past in Aurora prep sports, 3.7-3.8


Weather scuttled most of the first week of the spring prep sports season, but a few contests got in the first few days, as well as several contests in the Class 5A boys and girls state basketball tournaments:

• The Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse team gave preseason No. 1 Columbine a challenge on March 8, leading the Rebels 4-3 at halftime before going down to an 8-5 defeat in a battle of teams that both lost in last season’s semifinals.

• The Smoky Hill boys lacrosse team edged Chatfield 10-8 on March 8 behind three goals each from senior Blake Spencer and junior Blake Foerster.

• The Grandview baseball team edged Highlands Ranch 2-1 on March 8 in a rematch of game won by the Falcons during last season’s Class 5A baseball championship series.

• Eaglecrest got 19 points from junior Jaisean Jackson, 15 from senior Sean Watkins and 13 from senior TreShawn Wilford — who had the game-clinching steal in the final minute — as the second-seeded Raptors posted a 64-57 Class 5A boys state basketball Great 8 victory over top-seeded Regis Jesuit on March 8 at the Denver Coliseum.

Eaglecrest made 5A’s Final Four for the first time since the 2007-08 season and moved into a March 15 matchup with Mountain Vista.

Josh Perkins had 29 points to lead the way for Continental League champion Regis Jesuit, which finished the season 21-5.

• Mountain Vista stopped Cherokee Trail’s quest for its first trip to the 5A semifinals with a 78-76 double-overtime victory on March 8 at the Denver Coliseum in a 5A boys state basketball Great 8 contest.

Senior Drick Bernstine scored 31 points and nearly made a 75-foot shot at the buzzer-beater to end the game for Cherokee Trail, which lost for the first time since Jan. 23 and finished the season 18-8. Senior Solomon Yon added 15 points and senior Jay Nelson scored 10 for the Cougars.

• The Smoky Hill girls soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with Broomfield on March 7 at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium. The Buffaloes trailed the Eagles —ranked No. 5 in 4A —  until sophomore Brynell Yount converted a pass from Madi Watts for tying goal with six minutes remaining.

Goalkeeper Megan Kneefel made 18 saves for Smoky Hill.

• The Cherokee Trail girls soccer team won just four games all of last seasons, but the Cougars picked up a victory in their 2013 season debut, as they won a 1-0 road game against Palmer on March 7.

Senior Emily Burton scored the lone goal on a set piece from Aubrey Gessner in the first half for Cherokee Trail.

• Skylur Marshall scored three goals and Hannah Holton, Julia Kamlet and Ally Kellogg tallied two goals apiece as the Smoky Hill girls lacrosse team blanked Rangeview 12-0. The Buffaloes won just two games all of last season.

• The top-seeded Grandview girls basketball team rolled past third-seeded Chaparral 55-38 in a 5A Great 8 contest on March 7 at the Denver Coliseum, a victory that earned the Wolves their first-ever berth in the 5A semifinals.

Senior Adaeze Obinnah scored 16 points, junior Natalie Halbleib poured in 10 and junior Katie Cunningham added nine in a balanced effort for Grandview, which improved to 24-2 and advanced to a 5A Final Four contest on March 14 against Regis Jesuit.

• The Regis Jesuit girls basketball team continued its nearly-annual trip to Boulder as the top-seeded Raiders moved into the semifinals for the sixth time in seven seasons in 5A with a 55-42 victory over third-seeded Horizon on March 7 at the Denver Coliseum.

Justine Hall scored 20 points to lead Regis Jesuit (24-2), which also got eight from Kelsi Lidge and seven from Diani Akigbogun as it moved into the 5A semifinals to go against Grandview.

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