AURORA | A look back at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports from April 7-April 13, 2022:
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13: A variety of morning and afternoon Signing Day ceremonies took place at schools around Aurora, including Cherokee Trail, Grandview and Smoky Hill (photo gallery, here). …The Cherokee Trail boys lacrosse team got back on the winning track in a big way with a 10-9 overtime victory over Arapahoe. …The Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse team lost for the first time this season, as the Raiders were topped 9-7 by Valor Christian in a rematch of a semifinal game from last season also won the Eagles. …Carlos Garcia had 12 kills and Malietoa Fifita added nine (with 12 blocks), but the Hinkley boys volleyball team lost to DSST: College View 25-23, 24-26, 24-26, 25-18, 15-8. …The Regis Jesuit boys volleyball team took the first set from Bear Creek, but dropped the next three to the Bears, who prevailed 23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 27-25. …Regis Groff rallied past the Gateway boys volleyball team 21-25, 25-13, 25-10, 25-23 …The Grandview girls lacrosse team fell to Fairview 19-4.
TUESDAY, APRIL 12: The Grandview baseball team earned a 4-1 win at rival Cherokee Trail behind a strong pitching effort from Aidan Biaggi. Devin Halvorson homered for the Wolves, who defeated the Cougars despite a three-hit day from Nick Barber. …The Grandview girls soccer team took a big step toward winning the Centennial League championship with a 2-1 win at Cherry Creek. Zoe Park’s goal in the second half proved to be the game-winner after Keakalina Barnes scored in the opening half. Jordan Nytes made three saves …Anna Lantz delivered a 3-2 overtime win for the Regis Jesuit girls soccer team over Mountain Vista….The Grandview boys lacrosse team kept rolling with a 14-9 win over Kent Denver, as the Wolves flipped the result with the Sun Devils after a one-goal loss in the season opener. …The Rangeview boys lacrosse team downed visiting Smoky Hill 16-6.
MONDAY, APRIL 8: Anthony Hernandez had a grand slam among two home runs and drove in seven runs as the Eaglecrest baseball team blanked Fruita Monument 13-0 …The Gateway boys volleyball team downed DSST:Byers 25-21, 20-25, 25-13, 25-22 iwth help from Erosh Rai, who racked up 19 kills. Manuel Landeros added 13 kills and six blocks and Frankie Beltran was credited with a whopping 17 aces. …The Vista PEAK boys volleyball team got eight kills from Reese Kloberdanz and nine blocks from Jaryd Peterson in a 25-10, 20-25, 25-10, 25-19 win over DSST: Conservatory Green. … The Regis Jesuit girls golf team finished seventh at the Continental League tournament at The Pinery C.C. with Audrey Whitmore and Ella Denslow tying for top team honors by shooting 92s.
SATURDAY, APRIL 9: The Grandview baseball team scored eight runs in the top of the seventh to rally past Valor Christian 9-4. Matt Klaess had four hits and Reese Chapman homered and drove in three runs. …The Cherokee Trail boys track team won the team championship at the Legend Track Clash, while the girls finished second to lead city teams in the field. The Cougars racked up 121.10 points to put plenty of distance between themselves in the boys standings as Nate Gaye claimed the long jump and triple jump, Reuben Holness took the 800 meters and Hunter Strand the 1,600, while they also won the 4×400 relay. Regis Jesuit had a pair of event winners in D’Andre Barnes (100 meters) and Luke Ford (high jump), while Grandview — which wasn’t close to being at full strength — got a 200 meter title from Conrad Casebolt. The Cherokee Trail girls finished just two points behind Centennial League rival Cherry Creek in the final standings. Symone Adams took the 200 meters, Natalie Rue topped the long jump, Kaeli Powe took the triple jump and the Cougars claimed the 4×100 and 4×200 relays. The big winner of the meet came from fifth-place Regis Jesuit, which got a trio of event victories from Fabiola Belibi, who won the 100 and 300 hurdles and the high jump. Sixth-place Grandview prevailed in the 800 sprint medley relay. …The Eaglecrest girls track team finished second at the Horizon Hawk Invitational by just a single point, while the boys were also second in the 22-team meet. The Raptors swept the top three spots in the 200 meters in Haley Esser, Jaylynn Wilson and Favour Akpokiere and won by a whopping six seconds in the 4×200 meter relay, while Blythe Cayko added a win in the discus. The Raptors finished second on the boys side without winning an event, though Braden Miller finished second in the shot put and Brandon Flores also took second in the pole vault. …Maya Nava Salazar scored her first goal of the season via a penalty kick that delivered a 1-0 double-overtime victory for the Rangeview girls soccer team over Northglenn. Hazel Bonansinger drew a foul inside the goal box to set up the penalty try. Jazlyn Yomona and the Rangeview defense recorded a third straight shutout. …The Overland baseball team got four hits from Nico Gonzales — who tripled and scored the tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning — but saw Adams City rally for two runs int he seventh inning for a 10-8 win. …The Overland and Smoky Hill track teams took part in the Mullen Invitational. Among the highlights were a tie for sixth place in the girls high jump from Smoky Hill’s Katelyn Klatt, who cleared 4 feet, 10 inches, while Overland’s Komari Owens placed sixth in the boys 100 meter dash. A split Eaglecrest boys squad won the 800 meter sprint medley relay.
FRIDAY, APRIL 8: The Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse team kept rolling with a 19-8 win over ThunderRidge that was sparked by six goals from Logan White and saw Mattie Cain dish out six assists to go with a goal. …The Grandview girls lacrosse team earned its first win over the season with a 12-9 defeat of Arapahoe that saw Jada Cousin and Ashley Weiss account for three goals apiece. …The Hinkley boys volleyball team downed visiting Vista PEAK 25-19, 25-17, 25-15 in a matchup of district squads. Carlos Garcia and Taani Sanft had six kills apiece for the Thunderbirds, while Tristan Rowley’s four service aces were a highlight for the Bison.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7: The Centennial League got in a rare girls golf tournament due to the weather and three Aurora players made the top 10 in the tournament played at Foothills G.C. Haylee Clark shot 82 and Kaleigh Babineaux carded an 83 for Cherokee Trail to take fourth and sixth, respectively, while Grandview’s Caroline Ryan was tied for ninth with an 85. …The Regis Jesuit girls tennis team edged Rock Canyon 4-3 in Continental League play as Madison Wei and Peyton Tinsley won at Nos. 1 and 3 singles to lead the way. …The Regis Jesuit boys volleyball team defeated defending state champion Douglas County for a second time, this time earning a 25-17, 25-16, 25-23 victory behind a 21-kill effort from Tristan Christofferson. …Naomi Clark scored her second game-winning goal of the season when she tallied with just over five minutes left to send the Grandview girls soccer team to a 1-0 win over Cherokee Trail. …The Regis Jesuit baseball team continued play in the USA Baseball High School National Invitational with a 3-2 win over Bishop Verot, California. Brian Fischer earned the complete game win. …The Eaglecrest girls soccer team won 10-0 over Overland as Annika Boex, Haley Esser and Praise Akpokiere all scored two goal apiece. Favour Akpokiere added three assists.