Grandview’s Wolves are all that remains in the hunt in the Class 5A girls state soccer playoffs after a tough first round May 6.
Fourteenth-seeded Grandview’s 3-1 victory over No. 19 Regis Jesuit in an all-Aurora contest at Legacy Stadium marked the lone victory for the six city teams that qualified for the postseason.
Senior Brooke Tasker scored twice in the second half and senior Maddi Rodriguez assisted on both, plus scored a goal of her own, as the Wolves beat the Raiders for the second time on the season and advanced to a second round matchup at third-seeded Pine Creek.
Junior goalkeeper Maddie Lesjak saved eight shots in all and bounced back from a first-half goal allowed to Regis Jesuit’s Natalie Baltizar to pitch a shutout in the second half.
Regis Jesuit joined four other Aurora squads — No. 9 Smoky Hill, No. 14 Rangeview, No. 22 Cherokee Trail and No. 32 Hinkley — among the 16 teams ousted in the opening round.
The Buffaloes and Raiders both lost in tight fashion in home games, as 24th-seeded Dakota Ridge blanked Smoky Hill 2-0 at The Swamp and No. 18 Liberty tied Rangeview in the closing seconds of regulation and won 2-1 in double overtime at APS Stadium.
Cherokee Trail (8-2 at No. 11 Monarch) and Hinkley (10-0 at No. 1 Fossil Ridge) suffered sizeable defeats on the road.
• Sophomore Kathleen Roe scored six goals and freshman Emily Hammerstein added four as the Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse team opened the playoffs with a 15-9 victory over Dakota Ridge May 6.
Coach Billy Corbett’s Raiders — seeded No. 16 overall — scored nine goals to break open a close game against the 17th-seeded Eagles and move into a second round matchup with Centaurus.
• Vista PEAK senior Ayo Sanusi won the 100 and 200 meters and the long jump at the Colorado 7 track championships May 6 at Fort Morgan High School.
• Cherokee Trail’s Harley Korte cleared 15 feet, 3 inches to set the St. Vrain Invite pole vault record on May 2.
• The Grandview boys won the team title at the Cherry Creek/Grandview Invitational track meet May 3 at Stutler Bowl. JR Smith won the long and triple jump, Kossi Tchenawou won the 100 meters and contributed to a 4×100 relay team that ran the top time in Colorado (41.71 seconds). Regis Jesuit finished fourth and set a variety of school records along the way, while sophomore Austin Campbell won the high jump.
• Sophomore Morgan Sahm shot a 1-over-par 73 at Broken Tee G.C. on May 2 to finish first at the final Centennial League girls golf tournament and help the Wolves win as a team by a single stroke.
• Senior pitcher Tanner Thomas tossed a five-inning no-hitter in Grandview’s 11-0 Centennial League baseball win over visiting Arapahoe May 1. Thomas struck out seven and walked just one batter on a blustery day to help the Wolves post a key late victory.
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