The week past in Aurora prep sports, 4.12-4.18.17

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Vista PEAK junior Wendy De Raza (7) tries to settle a ball with a high kick during the first half of the Bison’s EMAC girls soccer contest against Rangeview on April 18, 2017, at Vista PEAK Prep. The Bison and Raiders played to a 2-2 tie as one of the highlights of the week past in Aurora prep sports (April 12-18, 2017). (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | A look back at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports between April 12-18, 2017:

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

Meet, pool and team records went down in abundance April 15 at the annual Smoky Hill Invitational boys swim meet.

The long-running event had some outstanding performances that forced a few changes to the recordboards above the diving well at the Smoky Hill pool.

Junior Tylen Phillips — an Eaglecrest student swimming for Smoky Hill — established Smoky Hill records in the 100 yard butterfly and 100 backstroke. He won the backstroke for half of the event wins for the third-place Buffaloes.  Phillips time of 51.55 seconds in the butterfly topped Jeff Parkinson’s standard of 51.64 and his 52.30 in the backstroke pushed him in front of Adam Kerstein’s 52.71 in the school record books.

Sophomore Alex Burkhardt captured the 500 freestyle title as well and also had a third-place result in the 200 freestyle.

Cherokee Trail finished ninth at last season’s Smoky Hill Invite, but a late surge boosted the Cougars into fourth. The meet featured record-setting swims by Denver South’s Keegan Bundy and Ponderosa’s Blake Wilton.

• The Mountain Vista boys lacrosse team came into Lou Kellogg Stadium April 18 and dealt Regis Jesuit an 8-5 defeat. Jake Taylor’s goal tied it up for the Raiders in the third period, but the Golden Eagles took a one-goal lead into the final period and expanded on it in the fourth. Regis Jesuit had a five-game winning streak snapped.

• The Rangeview girls tennis team struck a big blow in the EMAC title chase with a 6-1 dual match victory at Vista PEAK April 18. The Raiders swept some tight doubles matches and paired that with victories by No. 2 singles player Elena Dedi and Cheyanne Boe at No. 3 singles to win. No. 1 singles player Holly Edwards captured the only win for the Bison.

• A rematch of last season’s Class 5A state baseball championship game ended up fairly lopsided April 17, as Cherokee Trail suffered a 14-1 loss in five innings to Rocky Mountain at Coors Field. The Cougars — who topped the Lobos in last season’s 5A finale — collected just four hits, while giving up 13 in a game that was rescheduled due to inclement weather on its original date. Ethan Leisge drove in Gavin Bell with the lone run for Cherokee Trail.

• The Regis Jesuit baseball team scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 7-6 walk-off Continental League win over Chaparral April 17. Michael Baer ended the game with a two-run double to cap a day in which he and teammate Geno Macias each had two hits and three RBI.

• Senior Valerie Peyton has scored two goals this season for the Grandview girls soccer team and both have been game winners. Peyton’s latest deciding goal came April 15 in double overtime (on an assist from sophomore Shalom Prince) and netted the Wolves a 1-0 win over Arapahoe in a battle of top Centennial League teams.

• The Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse team rallied for an 11-10 win over visiting Menlo-Atherton April 13 at Lou Kellogg Stadium. The Raiders outscored their visitors from California 7-5 in the second half in the win. Junior Maya Fair and sophomore Sidney Weigand scored three goals apiece for Regis Jesuit, sophomore Maddie Ferguson contributed three assists and senior goalie Kate McDonald saved seven shots.

• The Hinkley boys swim team took second at the Hornet Invitational hosted by Pueblo East April 14-15, finishing as the runner-up behind run-away winner Cheyenne Mountain. Coach Beth Himes’ Thunderbirds were paced by a pair of winners in junior diver Isaiah Cheeks (who posted a winning score of 463.20 points) and junior David Griffith, who took the 100 yard freestyle in a time of 48.90 seconds.

• The Vista PEAK girls golf team had three of the top five finishers at the first EMAC Major tournament of the season April 12. Led by Kyree Conaway’s plus-13 85, the Bison won by 21 strokes over Northglenn.