The week past in Aurora prep sports, 5.8-5.11


Blake Knobloch’s bad position put the Regis Jesuit’s boys lacrosse team in a prime spot.

Knobloch crashed through a sea of defenders and scored the go-ahead goal with three seconds remaining to give the Raiders a thrilling 7-6 win over rival Mullen in a Class 5A state quarterfinal May 11.

Six different players scored and goalie Brett Quartuccio had a fine day in the nets for Regis Jesuit, who advanced to a state semifinal matchup with Arapahoe.

• Rory Stewart singled home Eric Mingus in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Grandview to a 2-1 victory over Smoky Hill in an all-Aurora Class 5A District 3 championship game on May 11 at Grandview High School.

Chris Browne also drove in a run for the Wolves, who advanced to the 5A baseball championship series. Grandview beat Rangeview 5-0 in its district opener, while Smoky Hill blanked Monarch 8-0 behind Hank Hyde’s complete-game effort.

The Buffaloes led 1-0 after five innings behind sophomore starter JR McDermott.

• Candace Cephers scored three goals and the Smoky Hill girls soccer team dominated two overtime sessions against Liberty on May 11 at Legacy Stadium, but the sixth-seeded Centennial League champions had their season end on penalty kicks.

Smoky Hill suffered a third straight loss in the second round of the 5A playoffs, as the 11th-seeded Lancers beat them 4-2 on penalty kicks for a 4-3 victory.

Cephers scored once in the first half and twice in the second half as the Buffaloes rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the closing minutes to get to overtime. They had the run of the play in both 15-minute sessions and didn’t allow a single shot on goal, only to lose on kicks.

Freshman Sam Howshar hit the crossbar with Smoky Hill’s first attempt and Liberty goalkeeper Catherine Klein made a diving save on Kaitlyn Storm’s attempt. Sophomore Megan Kneefel made a save to keep Smoky Hill alive and Sami Brooks scored, but the Eagles converted their next try to end it.

Smoky Hill had posted a 4-2 win over Highlands Ranch in the opening round.

• In its home pool, the Smoky Hill boys swim team placed second in the Centennial “A” League championships May 11. Junior Juhan Hong won league titles in the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle.

Regis Jesuit won the Continental “A’ League meet at Heritage without many of its top swimmers and Hinkley defended its EMAC title with a victory at the league meet at Adams City.

• Cherokee Trail swept the boys and girls team titles at the Centennial League Track Championship meet May 10-11 at Stutler Bowl.

Shayna Yon set a new 5A standard in the girls long jump for Cherokee Trail with a jump of 18 feet, 10-1/4 inches, while Smoky Hill’s Zainab Sanni swept the 100 and 200.

Grandview’s Jordan Charles  won the 100 meters and 110 meter hurdles.

• The Regis Jesuit girls placed third and the boys 7th in the team standings at the Continental League Championships track meet when it wrapped up May 11 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker.

Pole vaulter Jordan Hatfield cleared 16 feet for the first time this season, sprint star Ana Holland won the 100 and 200 meter dashes and Kelsey Cunningham placed first in the triple jump for the Raiders.

• Erin Sungelo scored five goals and Kathryn Blumhardt, Erin Schilmoeller and Kathleen Roe tallied three each as top-seeded Regis Jesuit advanced in the girls lacrosse playoffs with an 18-8 win over ThunderRidge on May 10 at Lou Kellogg Stadium.

The Raiders moved into the state quarterfinals for the second time in school history.

• Aurora girls soccer teams went 1-5 in 5A first round playoff games. Rangeview lost a 3-2 overtime decision to Doherty at soggy APS Stadium, while Grandview, Eaglecrest, Cherokee Trail and Regis Jesuit all lost first round contests on the road.

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