AURORA | A look back at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports from April 4-April 10, 2023:
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MONDAY, APRIL 10: The Grandview girls soccer team ceded a goal in each half in a 2-0 road loss to Mountain Vista. …The Smoky Hill boys lacrosse team held a two-goal lead at halftime in a visit to Thomas Jefferson, but was held scoreless for the final two periods in a 9-6 loss. …Errors plagued the Aurora Central baseball team in a 10-3 loss to Thomas Jefferson. German Villalobos struck out seven in six innings.
SATURDAY, APRIL 8: Clifford Goldy tripled, homered and drove in seven runs as the Grandview baseball team held off Valor Christian 17-13. Chase Chapman also homered and Tony Crow and Wyatt Walters each drove in two runs. …John Rossi homered twice and the Eaglecrest baseball team scored seven times in its final three at-bats after three scoreless innings to rally past Northfield 7-4. …Noah Carrillo knocked in Jackson Van Luit in the first inning for what turned out to the only run of the Smoky Hill baseball team’s 1-0 win over Rangeview. The Buffaloes remembered Kevin Wolitzky, who their field is named after, during the contest, which saw Gavin McKown strike out 12 in a complete-game, one-hitter. …Maddyn Walker racked up five goals for the Cherokee Trail girls soccer team in an 11-0 win over FNE Warriors. …The Cherokee Trail girls lacrosse team got down by as many as seven goals in the first half, but piled up 14 goals in the second half and roared past Northfield 21-18 at Legacy Stadium. Lorelei Gearity scored seven goals, Kyla Bieker added six and Abigail Vanzant had five assists for the Cougars. …The Eaglecrest boys track team won the Horizon Hawk Invitational at the North Stadium as the only Aurora-area school in the field. The Raptors claimed the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relay events and also had a winner in the 400 meter dash in Peace Warah. The Eaglecrest girls placed third beyind wins in the 200 and 400 meters from Jaylynn Wilson plus the 4×400 meter relay. …At the Legend Track Clash, Aurora had three event winners on the boys side in the Cherokee Trail 4×100 meter relay team, plus Rangeview’s Kevin Frazier in the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches) and Grandview’s Rylen Lippelt (14 feet) in the pole vault. Grandview’s Anna Wehrenberg posted the lone win among Aurora girls when she took the 400 meter dash. Cherokee Trail led four scoring Aurora boys teams in sixth place, while the fifth-place Grandview girls topped local programs. … The Vista PEAK girls track team finished in fourth place among 21 scoring teams at the Northfield Nighthawk Invitational track meet at All-City Stadium with help from four event championships, including a sweep of the 100 and 300 hurdles by Kendall McCoy, plus a victory by Grace Dow in the 400 meters and the 4×400 meter relay. Hinkley’s Leilah Swanson topped the discus for the other girls win among Aurora programs. On the boys side, Overland placed fifth with help of the discus, shot put sweep by Jarrius Ward, while Vista PEAK got a win in the 4×200 meter relay. …Katherine Reynolds had the game-winning goal and Naomi Clark also scored as the Grandview girls soccer team edged Chatfield 2-1. … Amber Smith scored two goals in the opening minutes of the second half and the Overland girls soccer team topped visiting Aurora Central 10-3. …The Eaglecrest boys volleyball team outlasted visiting Poudre School District 18-25, 25-19, 25-23, 13-25, 15-8. …The Grandview boys volleyball team finished 3-1 at the Douglas County Tournament, while Overland finished 2-2 and Gateway 1-2. …The Rangeview boys volleyball tournament saw the host Raiders go 1-3, while Vista PEAK finished 2-2.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7: Tommy Munch delivered a base hit to give the Cherokee Trail baseball team a 7-6 walkoff win over ThunderRidge in the ninth inning. …Hazel Bonansinga and Jasmin Garcia Martinez tallied goals for the Rangeview girls soccer team in a 2-0 road win at Vista PEAK.
THURSDAY, APRIL 6: The Cherokee Trail boys volleyball team came through in the clutch three times on its way to a hard-fought 25-23, 26-24, 29-27 sweep at Eaglecrest. … German Villalobos pitched five innings and allowed two hits with eight strikeouts as the Aurora Central baseball team blanked Thornton 11-0. Andrew Aragon had four hits and scored four times and Aron Gardea drove in five runs for Aurora Central. …Jax Pfister pitched six scoreless innings and the Grandview baseball team held on for a 7-4 win over Castle View. Clifford Goldy knocked in three of the runs for the Wolves. …Celeste Anaya broke a tie with a goal 10 minutes in the second half and Jahayra Bernal and Maria Herrera also scored for the Gateway girls soccer team in a 3-1 win at Aurora Central. The Trojans’ goal came from Emily Garcia-Munoz. …The Regis Jesuit girls tennis team won every match save No. 3 singles in a 6-1 Continental League dual win over Legend. …The Vista PEAK girls tennis team swept singles and claimed all but No. 2 doubles to defeat George Washington 6-1 in a City League dual match.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5: Presten Legette scored the winning goal to lift the Eaglecrest boys lacrosse team to an 8-7 overtime win at Heritage. Legette was one of four Raptors with two goals apiece. …A six-goal effort from Maddie Jokerst helped propel the Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse team past the Poudre School District 16-7. …Cooper Conger scored five times to help the Smoky Hill boys lacrosse team roll to an 11-1 win over Prairie View. …The Vista PEAK girls soccer team topped Hinkley 2-1 in overtime. …Naomi Clark scored twice and Isa Dillehay, Symphony Schell and Lexi Yi also had goals as the Grandview girls soccer team topped Cherokee Trail 5-1. …A celebratory assembly took place at Grandview where the honorees included the school’s girls basketball team, the Class 6A state champions. Sophomore Sienna Betts received a banner in honor of her selection as Gatorade’s Colorado Player of the Year, coach Josh Ulitzky received a John Wooden Legacy award and players and coaches cut down pieces of one of the nets (full story, here and photo gallery, here).
TUESDAY, APRIL 4: The Regis Jesuit boys swim team dropped a 180.5-128.5 dual meet at Cherry Creek in a powerhouse matchup. Reid Magner earned the only event win for the Raiders in the 500 yard freestyle. …The Cherokee Trail boys volleyball team fell to Valor Christian 25-23, 25-15, 25-20. …The Overland boys volleyball team went up two sets over Cherry Creek, but the Bruins won three straight for a 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-20, 15-12 win.