The week past in Aurora prep sports 5.9-5.14


The Regis Jesuit girls golf team of Kathleen Kershisnik, Sofia Vigil, Lauren Richardson and Sydney Gillespie won the Class 4A Metro West Regional by 16 strokes on May 14 at West Woods Golf Club.

The Raiders won their third straight regional title handily on a 7-over-par 79 by Kershisnik, plus Gillespie’s 81, Vigil’s 82 and Richardson’s 91.

Regis Jesuit earned the automatic team berth in the May 21-22 4A state tournament at the Boomerang Links in Greeley.

• The Hinkley boys swim team won a third straight league championship by edging Brighton to win the East Metro Athletic Conference title on May 12 at Gateway High School.

The Thunderbirds — who got wins from Brandon Barocio (200, 500 freestyles), Sam Buchholz (50 freestyle, plus a state qualifying time in prelims), Andy Stockinger (100 backstroke), Steve Banuelos-Loya (100 breaststroke) and the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays — scored 599 points to the Bulldogs’ 578.

Hinkley coach Beth Himes was named EMAC swim coach of the year.

• Grandview and Regis Jesuit earned berths in the Class 5A double-elimination championship series, winning District 5 and 7 tournaments on their home fields, respectively.

The Wolves got a no-hitter from pitcher Jordan Schlehuber in besting Rangeview 10-0 in the opener, then rolled past Chaparral 5-1 behind Madison Spencer’s 7-hitter and four RBI from Josh Huntley. Regis Jesuit earned a shot at defending its 5A state title by hammering Northglenn 9-0 in the opener and then surviving for an 8-7 win against Liberty, with Joey Larson delivering the go-ahead base hit in the bottom of the six inning. David Peterson gutted out seven innings for the victory.

Cherokee Trail nearly made it an Aurora trio in the championship series, but the Cougars couldn’t hold a late three-run lead against Dakota Ridge in the District 8 championship game.

• Smoky Hill sophomore Juhan Hong won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle and teammate Steven Holiday ruled the 100 breaststroke to lead the host Buffs to 3rd place at the Centennial “A” League boys swim meet May 12.

Cherokee Trail sophomore TJ Konde took the 100 backstroke.

• Regis Jesuit won the Continental “A” League Championship boys swim meet May 12 at Heritage in its final tune-up before making its bid for the 5A state championship.

• Aurora’s last remaining girls soccer team lost in the second round, as Smoky Hill was beaten 1-0 in double overtime by Heritage on May 12 at Legacy Stadium. The No. 7 Buffs (12-4-1) had much of the run of play against the No. 10 Eagles, but went down on goal 1:33 into the second extra session.

Rangeview lost 1-0 to Highlands Ranch in overtime and Grandview fell to Fort Collins in penalty kicks in the first round.

• The Cherokee Trail boys track team won the Centennial League championship May 12, pulling away from the field to win handily at Stutler Bowl. The Cougars were fueled by three relay wins (4×200, 4×400, 4×800), plus Devin Bell’s hurdles sweep and Dillon Zacharias taking the shot put.

Eaglecrest’s Marcus Harris swept the two sprint events and Avery Roberts jumped a 5A-best 6 feet, 8 inches to win the high jump. Smoky Hill’s Tanner Ruhl took the 800 meter run and Grandview’s Ben Hanson captured the discus.

Cherokee Trail was also tops among city teams on the girls side in 3rd, as Hannah Sparks won twice (long jump, triple jump) and Maddie Leatherbury took the discus.

Smoky Hill junior Zainab Sanni tuned up for the state meet by taking the 100 and 200 meters, while Eaglecrest’s sprint medley relay team and Grandview shot putter Adaeze Obinnah — with 5A’s second-best toss — also won league championships.

• Regis Jesuit took 3rd on the girls side and 6th on the boys at the Continental League track championships May 12 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker.

• Regis Jesuit No. 2 singles player Haley Chirico and the No. 1 doubles team of Kerbi Brisch and Lilly Iacino placed third at the 4A girls state tennis tournament May 11 at Pueblo City Park. The Raiders finished 5th as a team.

The 5A tournament was over quickly for Aurora players, as Eaglecrest’s Renee Christopher (No. 1 singles) and Cherokee Trail’s Alexandria Linville (No. 2 singles) and Sydney Reese/Natalia Zaremba (No. 3 doubles) lost in the first round.

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