The week past in Aurora prep sports, 3.17-3.24

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Grandview baseball players celebrate after their 2-1 win over ThunderRidge in a non-league baseball game on March 20, 2015, at Coors Field in Denver. Ben Marshall and Tyler Smith drove in runs with doubles and seven Grandview pitchers tossed an inning apiece in the victory. (Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)
Grandview baseball players celebrate after their 2-1 win over ThunderRidge in a non-league baseball game on March 20, 2015, at Coors Field in Denver. Ben Marshall and Tyler Smith drove in runs with doubles and seven Grandview pitchers tossed an inning apiece in the victory. (Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Colorado ruled the 2015 U.S. Hockey National Championship tournament March 19-March 23 in Chesterfield, Missouri, as both state champion Cherry Creek and Regis Jesuit won national titles.

The Bruins, a co-op team of players from around the Cherry Creek School District plus others in Aurora, skated past a team from Dubuque, Iowa, for a 2-1 victory March 23 at the Hardee’s Iceplex to win the new Combined Division of the tournament.

Sean DeKramer (Cherokee Trail) and Nick Chavez scored the goals for Cherry Creek, while goaltender Brady Mielnicki earned his sixth win of the tournament in the nets.

The Regis Jesuit ice hockey team celebrates its Pure Division National Championship on March 23, 2015, in Chesterfield, Missouri. (Photo from RJHS Hockey Twitter account)
The Regis Jesuit ice hockey team celebrates its Pure Division National Championship on March 23, 2015, in Chesterfield, Missouri. (Photo from RJHS Hockey Twitter account)

Regis Jesuit, which had its undefeated season stopped in the semifinals of the Colorado state tournament, rebounded to finish 5-1 and win the Pure Division of the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Santa Margarita, California.

Jack Kilkenny, Connor Brennan and Cale Woodley scored goals for coach Dan Woodley‘s Raiders, who also won the national tournament in 2012.

“It was an absolutely fantastic day for Colorado high school hockey,” Dan Woodley said. “Having this level of success on such a big stage is a huge compliment to the players and the programs.”

Cherry Creek recap (https://bit.ly/HockeyCCNatlChamps) & Regis Jesuit recap (https://bit.ly/HockeyRJNatlChamps)

Bailey Cook and Megan Mueller scored goals and goalkeeper Maddie Lesjak saved a penalty kick as the Grandview girls soccer team blanked Cherry Creek 2-0 March 24. The Wolves beat the Bruins for the first time since 2011. Game recap (https://bit.ly/GSocGrandCreek).

Vista PEAK senior Jordyn Probst won the No. 3 singles championship at the inaugural Far East Invitational girls tennis tournament on March 21. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Vista PEAK senior Jordyn Probst won the No. 3 singles championship at the inaugural Far East Invitational girls tennis tournament on March 21. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Ben Marshall and Tyler Smith drove in runs with double and Eric Mingus played a spectacular defensive game at shortstop as Grandview topped ThunderRidge 2-1 in its season opening baseball game at Coors Field. Seven pitchers logged innings for the Wolves and the last six pitched scoreless frames, with the win going to Coley Hakes and the save to Keifer Glau.

• Co-host Cherokee Trail won championships at four positions to help the Cougars win the inaugural Far East Invitational girls tennis tournament March 20-21. No. 1 and No. 2 singles players Kiran Dass and Morgan Frushour won championships for Cherokee Trail, as did the No. 1 doubles team of Kayla Robbins and Kylee Wilhelm and the No. 3 doubles duo of Drishti Patel and Caitlyn Daniels as the Cougars scored 28 points to finish in front of Fort Morgan (23) and Smoky Hill (20) in the team chase. Co-host Vista PEAK had a champion in No. 3 singles player Jordyn Probst, while Smoky Hill’s position winner was the No. 4 doubles team of Sarah Altshuler and Cassidy Basham.

Gateway finished first in a soggy EMAC South girls golf opening tournament on March 19 at Aurora’s Fitzsimons Golf Course. Led by Sophia Spelic’s 114, the Olys finished with a three-golfer total of 364, four strokes better than Rangeview (368) and also in front of Hinkley (382), Aurora Central (394) and Adams City (414). Chasey Leitz also shot a 114 to lead the Raiders, while the Thunderbirds’ Lexi Thompson finished third with a 116.

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