The week past in Aurora prep sports, 12.2-12.3


The first meet of the post-Missy Franklin era at Regis Jesuit went swimmingly.

Swimming for the first time in four years without Franklin — the Olympic gold medalist who is now competing at the University of California-Berkeley — as part of the team, the Raiders won all but one event in cruising past Chaparral 218-96 in a Continental League home dual meet Dec. 3.

Emily Protz won the 200 and 500 yard freestyles, fellow sophomores Lindsay Painton and McKensi Austin also took events while freshmen Jennae Frederick, Samantha Smith and Isabella Schultze captured firsts as well in a strong showing by a young Regis Jesuit team.

Junior Taylor Wilson also won an event for the Raiders, who swept all three relays.

• Senior Jeremiah Paige poured in 23 points and the Rangeview boys basketball team raced past Cherokee Trail 67-52 in an all-Aurora non-league opening contest Dec. 3.

Junior Tarren Storey-Way pulled down 15 rebounds and blocked four shots for the Raiders, who won an overtime contest between the teams last season. Sophomore Ronnie Barfield’s 22 points paced the shorthanded Cougars.

• Freshman Michaela Onyenwere made a sparkling debut for the Grandview girls basketball team Dec. 3, racking up a game-high 24 points in the Wolves’ 78-37 non-league demolition of Denver East.

Senior Natalie Halbleib notched 14 points as well for Grandview, which got at least two points from 11 different players.

• The Regis Jesuit boys basketball team had little trouble with Columbine in its season opener Dec. 3, building a 16-3 lead after one period and crushing the Rebels 60-32.

Junior Bryan Staerkel finished with 16 points to pace the Raiders, while junior Kip Boryla and sophomore Jared Small chipped in 10 points apiece.

• Senior Connor Mooney knocked down three 3-pointers and ended up with 16 points for the Smoky Hill boys basketball team Dec. 3 as the Buffaloes shook off a slow start and got past George Washington 51-46.

• The Vista PEAK boys basketball team fell to 1-1 with a 60-58 loss to Lutheran on Dec. 3 that came on a buzzer beater. The Bison topped Manual by 10 points in their opener the previous night, led by senior Romello Washington’s 13 points and Austin Pivik’s double-double (1o points, 14 rebounds).

• Four Eaglecrest boys basketball players scored in double figures as the defending Class 5A state champions got past a scrappy Rock Canyon team Dec. 2 on the opening day of the winter prep sports season.

Senior Jaisean Jackson racked up 17 points for Eaglecrest in the  71-56 victory, while senior Treyvon Williams added 13 and junior Peter Anderson and freshman Colbey Ross had 12 each.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel