Three Aurora wrestlers came away with championships at the 16-team Smoky Hill Invitational on Jan. 25.
In his home gym, Smoky Hill senior Dexter Bess, ranked No. 3 in 5A at 220 pounds by On The Mat, won his weight bracket with a pin of Lakewood’s Dorean Gonzales for coach Jim Opperman‘s Buffs, who finished eighth overall.
“I felt pretty good today; I tried some new things I haven’t done in matches so I felt good about them,” Bess said. “I feel good, I’m ready to compete and I’m just ready for regionals and everything else after that.”
Eaglecrest managed a sixth-place team finish, boosted by the individual titles of Jake Dugan (132 pounds) and Dominique Evans (138 pounds).
Eleventh-place Rangeview’s best results were the fourth-place finishes of Dominic Wenger (113 pounds) and Max Gonzales (195 pounds).
• The Rangeview girls swim team avenged an EMAC dual meet loss to rival Gateway last season with a 122-69 victory on Jan. 28 in the same Rangeview pool where the teams will do battle with each other, plus Aurora Central and Hinkley, in the Aurora Public Schools Championship meet Feb. 1.
• The Regis Jesuit boys basketball team, ranked No. 5 in the most recent Associated Press Class 5A media poll, suffered a second straight Continental League loss with a 60-58 defeat at No. 3 Mountain Vista on Jan. 28.
The Raiders (13-3) rallied from 17 points down to tie the score in the final minute, only to see the Golden Eagles win on Jonathan Moore’s buzzer-beating shot. Bryan Staerkel scored 14 points and Devin Kadillak added 10 points in the loss for Regis Jesuit, which lost to Chaparral on Jan. 24.
• Jack Kilkenny scored two goals and Cale Woodley had the other as the Regis Jesuit ice hockey team secured a key 3-1 Foothills Conference victory against Resurrection Christian on Jan. 25.
Goalie Sam Harden made 24 saves in the Raiders’ ninth straight victory.
• Aurora Central’s Jonnathan Quijada took second in the 126 pound weight class to lead the Trojans to a fifth-place finish at the 29th annual Kennedy Commander Invitational wrestling tournament on Jan. 25. Quijada dropped a 7-4 decision to Chaparral’s Dawson Cranmer in the championship match, but helped coach Conrad Parra‘s team score 98.5 points to finish fifth in the 21-team field that also included Overland (10th) and Vista PEAK (tied for 17th).
• Austin Conway scored 17 points and De’Ron Davis added 11 points for the seventh-ranked Overland boys basketball team in its key 51-40 Centennial League home win over No. 10 Cherry Creek on Jan. 24 that allowed No. 4 Eaglecrest to take over sole possession of the top spot in the league standings with its win over improving Smoky Hill, which posted a big 52-45 upset of Cherry Creek a few days prior.
• Tim Keohane (Smoky Hill) tallied the game-winning goal in the third period to lift the Cherry Creek co-op ice hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Columbine on Jan. 24. Ryan Worley (Eaglecrest) had the team’s other goal, while goalie Quinton Reynolds (Overland) saved 30 of the 31 shots he faced.
• Michaela Onyenwere scored 16 points and Natalie Halbleib added 15 for the Grandview girls basketball team — ranked No. 4 in the 5A Associated Press media poll — in a 53-36 victory over Arapahoe on Jan. 24. The win sent the Wolves into a Jan. 29 contest at Cherry Creek with sole possession of first place in the Centennial League at stake.
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