The week past in Aurora prep sports, 9.13-9.18


Regis Jesuit eeked out the Class 5A Metro East Regional boys golf championship on Sept. 17, edging Cherry Creek by a single stroke in play at CommonGround G.C.

The Raiders team of senior Cole Cunningham and juniors Spencer Painton, Jake Kelley and Chris Korte posted a team score of 213, while the Bruins and medalist Max Urman came in at 214. Cunningham fired a 2-under-par 69, Painton a 71 and Kelley and Korte checked in with 73s.

Regis Jesuit has a full team qualified for the 5A state tournament Oct. 1-2 at Golden’s Rolling Hills Country Club as it goes for a third consecutive state title. Cunningham has been a part of both previous state championship teams, while his three teammates have a chance to be part of a first.

Grandview junior Devyn Solano posted a 72 and Cherokee Trail teammates junior Ben Knapp and sophomore Mitch Nevin had matching 75s to make the cut.

Wolves’ junior Kyle Carr was part of a three-man playoff that was postponed until Sept. 18 due to darkness. He finished third behind Cherry Creek’s Will Matthews and Denver East’s Marc Hudson and will be the second alternate.

Aurora players from Aurora Central, Gateway, Hinkley and Rangeview were shut out at the 5A Metro West Regional at Indian Tree G.C. Sept. 17.

• The Aurora Central boys soccer team took its first loss of the season on Sept. 18, but the Trojans gave new 5A No. 1 Adams City all it wanted in a 4-3 defeat.

• The Cherokee Trail volleyball team suffered a four-set loss to Cherry Creek on Sept. 18 in a non-league matchup of Centennial League teams.

Hoping to assert themselves as a league contender this season, the Cougars were handed their first loss by Eaglecrest in the semifinals of the Eaglecrest Invitational, but rebounded to place third.

Cherry Creek staved off Cherokee Trail’s early run to win 25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19. The teams meet again on Oct. 16.

• The Smoky Hill football team provided another happy homecoming, as the Buffaloes delighted their large home crowd at Stutler Bowl with a 56-0 blasting of Aurora Central Sept. 15.

Joey Tuggle continued his big offensive season, racking up 191 total yards — 179 rushing, 12 receiving — plus two touchdowns for the Buffs, who scored 14 points in each quarter.

Sebastian Coombs, Frank Thomas and Trent Clay also rushed for touchdowns for Smoky Hill, which moved to 2-1.

Aurora Central dropped to 1-2 and netted just 54 yards.

• Smoky Hill’s Rachael Chacko and Grandview’s Erin Norton had another fine day of cross country racing, as they finished 4th and 6th, respectively, in the girls Division 1 A race Sept. 14 at the Liberty Bell Invitational.

In the boys Division 1 A race, Smoky Hill teammates Charlie Kleeman and Dan Kasberg finished 26th and 27th, respectively, posting the same time.

• Cherokee Trail is Aurora’s lone 3-0 football team after a 20-10 victory over Gateway on Sept. 14 at Legacy Stadium.

Quarterback Aric Johnson threw for a touchdown and ran for one and Cam Smith also got into the end zone for the Cougars.

A 43-yard David Hernandez field goal and 80-yard TD run by Miguel Gonzalez accounted for the scoring for Gateway (2-1).

• Regis Jesuit suffered another big loss to Mullen on the football field, falling 35-7 on Sept. 14 at De La Salle Stadium in a rematch of the 2010 Class 5A state championship game won by the Mustangs.

Off the field, 3,169 food and hygiene items combined were donated by fans of both teams as they schools teamed up to fight hunger.

• Cherokee Trail and Rangeview battled to a 2-2 tie in a non-league boys soccer tilt between previously unbeaten Aurora squads, with two overtime periods unable to break the deadlock.

Zach Goodenow scored twice in a minute span in the second half for the Cougars, who trailed 1-0 at halftime after the Raiders’ Troy Hudson scored. Cherokee Trail held the edge until Ruben Zuniga converted a free kick in the 68th minute. Devin Reimer made 14 saves, several of the spectacular variety, for Cherokee Trail.

ThunderRidge scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to top Grandview 34-20 on Sept. 13 at Legacy Stadium.

The Wolves battled back behind the legs of quarterback Reece Weber, but a crucial fumble at the 1-yard line

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

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