AURORA | A look back at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports from Aug. 22-Aug. 28, 2023:

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at Twitter/X: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports


MONDAY, AUG. 28: Angelo Evans, Andy Martinez Flores, Cris Mayo-Ramirez and Josef Wetz all found the back of the net as the Eaglecrest boys soccer team blanked Palmer Ridge 4-0. …The Cherokee Trail softball team rallied for a 10-9 home win over Chaparral as Sade Davis earned the victory in relief. Kennedy Brian doubled twice among three hits, while Jocelyn Steiner and Kylie Twilt each had two hits and two RBI. …Kendal Craven drove in six runs and joined Natalie Shellhorn, Jenna Patterson and Jillian Samaras with three hits apiece as the Regis Jesuit softball team swung the bats well in an 18-8 home win over Smoky Hill. Shellhorn drove in three runs and scored three times for the Raiders to back winner Alex Tavlarides, while Buffs starter Danika Wood tripled twice in two at-bats, Nikiah Light scored three times and Kiley Snyder had two RBI. …Gabrielle Scroggin had two RBI and Michaela Halton scored both runs in the Overland softball team’s 19-2 loss to Fairview. …The Regis Jesuit field hockey team remained unbeaten with a 2-0 road win at Grandview. Skylar Krebs made 12 saves to keep the Wolves in the game. …Connor Angelini shot a plus-13 83 at Wellshire G.C. to tie for ninth individually to help lead Vista PEAK Prep to a fourth place finish in the City League boys golf tournament.

SATURDAY, AUG. 26: The Regis Jesuit boys cross country team turned in a third-place finish at the Steve Lohman Invitational hosted by Cherry Creek High School as Braeden Focht (3rd) and Caleb Aex (6th) finished in the top 10. Cole Camp placed 11th to place Eaglecrest, which finished sixth as a team. The Regis Jesuit girls also finished third, led by the duo of Ashlyn Pallotta and Erika Danzer in fifth and seventh, respectively. The Cherokee Trail girls got a 12th-place finish from Jade McDaniel as they took eighth and Ellie Shaw’s 21st led Eaglecrest, which came in ninth. …McKay Larsen, the Aurora city champion, finished 13th to lead the Cherokee Trail boys cross country team to a sixth-place result at the Vista Nation 2-Mile Invitational. Larsen clocked a time of 10 minutes, 19 seconds. …The Rangeview boys and girls cross country teams both finished eighth in their respective races at the Washington Park Invitational. …The Vista PEAK Prep softball team defeated Aurora Central (18-1) and Rangeview (11-5) to win a mini tournament between Aurora Public Schools programs. Lauren Reed earned the pitching win against Aurora Central (and drove in two runs), while Nayely Duran and Amara Herrera scored three times apiece and Jaya Gray stole six bases. Rangeview split its games with a 17-10 win over Aurora Central led by three-hit performances from Kyli Jesus and Zariah Lopez.

FRIDAY, AUG. 25: The Grandview girls cross country team won the championship of the large school division at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede pre-state meet at the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs. Julia Pace (10th), Summer Abeyta (16th) and Ashlynn Mojica (18th) were the first three across the line for the Wolves, who topped Pueblo West by four points. The Grandview boys ran in the championship race and finished fourth with top performances from Colton White (9th) and Owen Zitek (20th). …The Smoky Hill softball team opened the Mustang Stampede tournament with a 19-8 loss to Columbine. Lucianna Martelle had two hits and two RBI, while Kadynce Schutt also knocked in a pair for the Buffs. …The Grandview softball team had a 9-5 lead over Valor Christian after four innings of play at Metro State, but had the rest of the game and the one it was supposed to play afterwards canceled due to inclement weather.

THURSDAY, AUG. 24: Keyed by a seven-run rally in the third inning, the Cherokee Trail softball team cruised to a 13-3 win over Castle View in a game played at Metro State. Emma Rice earned the win, backed by three hits and three RBI from Addi Krei, two RBI from Jocelyn Steiner and runs driven in by four others. …Alexis Salas scored two goals and assisted on a score by Jonathan Garcia Fonseca as the Rangeview boys soccer team defeated Douglas County 3-1. …The Hinkley girls volleyball team swept visiting Aurora Central 25-18, 25-15, 25-15 behind an eight-kill performance from Mykah Waddles along with seven from Mariah Addai-Opoku, while Mayte Vaca Rios had 12 assists and four service aces. … Maddie Kilmer registered nine kills, while Anika Davison added eight and the Rangeview girls volleyball team swept Palmer 25-18, 29-27, 25-23. Kilmer also had 18 assists and 16 digs. …Columbine defeated the Eaglecrest girls volleyball team 24-26, 25-13, 29-27, 23-25, 15-11 in a tightly-played non-league match. …Prairie View triumphed over the Vista PEAK Prep girls volleyball team 25-21, 25-13, 21-25, 20-25, 15-13 despite 18 kills from Ayden West and 10 from Mindy Allred. …The Aurora Central boys soccer team played ThunderRidge to a 1-1 tie. …The Regis Jesuit boys tennis team moved to 4-0 in dual matches on the season with a 6-1 victory over Highlands Ranch with the lone loss coming at No. 2 singles.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23: Emerson Deferme racked up 14 kills and had six service aces, while Ashley Harkness had 35 assists to pace the Grandview girls volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-14 season-opening win at Ponderosa. … Francisco Beltran, Adrian Jacquez, Brandon Linares and Fabrice Nyonkah all had goals and Linares picked up two assists as the Gateway boys soccer team doubled up Jefferson 4-2. … Adriano Brandes and Jacob Winnig scored for the Grandview boys soccer team in a 2-1 victory over Hinkley in a crosstown Aurora matchup. Devyn Mena had the goal for the Thunder. …The Grandview softball team slugged its way to a 17-4 season-opening win over Regis Jesuit as Peytann Weiland and Sasha Kennedy had three hits apiece. Kristin Gallego homered and drove in six runs, while Ashley Miller and Aubrey DeJong joined Weiland with two RBI apiece. Anna Najmulski drove in half of the runs for the Raiders. …The Cherokee Trail boys tennis team swept singles play and took three or four doubles matches in a 6-1 dual match win over Legend. …The Overland co-op gymnastics team opened its season with a home win over Heritage, which it outscored 171.050 to 164.050. Ainsley Renner topped the all-around with a score of 37.000, followed by teammates Kyla Burke (34.875) and Audrey Cox (33.650). Renner (who attends Grandview) earned the top score on all four events for the ‘Blazers.

TUESDAY, AUG. 22: The Overland girls volleyball team outlasted visiting Vista PEAK Prep 20-25, 25-23, 13-25, 26-24, 15-6 in an electric atmosphere on the Trailblazers’ home floor. Ayden West racked up 17 kills for the Bison. … The Cherokee Trail girls volleyball team swept past Denver East 25-14, 25-23, 25-19. …Megan Welly had seven kills and Jordana Ancheta had 20 digs and four service aces for the Smoky Hill girls volleyball team in a 25-22, 25-16, 25-22 win over Littleton. …The Cherokee Trail boys soccer team had a second big offense game in a 4-0 win over Chaparral. …Alexis Salas scored a goal in each half as the Rangeview boys soccer team topped Ponderosa 2-1. Allan Granados assisted on one goal for the Raiders, while Tristan Heinzerling made four saves. …Abdu Ahmad, Franklyn Kikomeko, Joseph Miranda Miranda and Eduard Nieto all scored goals as the Overland boys soccer team topped Westminster 4-3. … Adriano Brandes and Mehir Mathias had goals in the second half for the Grandview boys soccer team, while Jack De Simone had two goals for Regis Jesuit as the city programs played to a 2-2 tie. Nikhil Patel made eight saves for the Wolves. …Michaela Halton earned the victory for the Overland softball team, which defeated Lincoln 17-4. Halton also drove in four runs, while Pennie Siple had three hits and scored three runs. … The Cherokee Trail softball team dropped a 13-11 contest to Valor Christian despite four RBI from Kennedy Brian and a home run and two RBI from Kiki Pryor. …The Cherokee Trail boys golf team finished as the runner-up at the Centennial League tournament at Fox Hollow G.C. Brayden Forte shot a 4-under-par 68 to tie for second, while Christopher O’Donnell shot even-par 72 to tie for seventh. Grandview’s Michael Rosman tied for fifth with a 1-under 71, Eaglecrest’s Gregory White tied for seventh with a 72 and Smoky Hill’s Reece Nuwash carded a 74 to tie for 10th.

Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...

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