AURORA | A look back at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports from Sept. 5-Sept. 11, 2023:

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MONDAY, SEPT. 11: Jacob Winnig’s goal with 12 seconds left in the opening half held up as the Grandview boys soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over Valor Christian. …The Regis Jesuit field hockey team allowed its first goal of the season, but Sydney Cornell also scored as the Raiders and Denver East tied 1-1 after two halves and overtime. …Zaya Elliott allowed just two hits and a run with eight strikeouts over five innings as the Eaglecrest softball team won 13-1 at Denver East. Jac Smith and Jordan Stilley had three hits apiece and Stilley and Leila Kelliher drove in three runs apiece for the Raptors. …Addi Krei and Kylie Twilt had three hits apiece, Icela Ciocarlan drove in three runs and Kiki Pryor walked four times and scored times in the Cherokee Trail softball team’s 14-10 win over Grandview. Reliever Emma Rice finally shut the door on the Wolves, who tried to rally behind homers from Kristin Gallego and Brooklyn Heil plus two-run base hits by Ashley Miller and Madison Jaramillo. …Jose Castro Garcia scored a goal and Ivan Perez made 10 saves, but the William Smith boys soccer team fell to DSST Conservatory Green 4-1.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 9: The Grandview boys cross country team finished in fifth place in the loaded Liberty Bell Invitational Sweepstakes race at Heritage High School. Colton White crossed the finish line in 16th place to lead the Wolves, while Owen Zitek came in 29th. Regis Jesuit’s David Flaig had the next-highest result among Aurora competitors as he took 18th place. Regis Jesuit was the lone city team in the girls Sweepstakes race and Ashlyn Pallotta crossed the finish line first among locals in 25th. …The Regis Jesuit boys tennis team captured the championship of the Western Slope Invitational in Grand Junction. The Raiders accrued 162 points to finish in front of Ralston Valley (153) and Chaparral (147) atop the 16-team field. …The Eaglecrest softball team defeated D’Evelyn 3-2 to place third at the Dave Sanders Memorial tournament. Briahna Gallegos struck out nine in a complete game and Jac Smith, Chessa Reid and Izzy Ervin had RBI. …The Grandview softball team went 1-1 on the final day and 2-3 overall at the Dave Sanders Memorial tournament, capped by a 5-2 loss to Windsor. …Icela Ciocarlan hit a grand slam during a seven-run third inning for the Cherokee Trail softball team in an 8-3 home win over Chatfield. …Natalie Shellhorn had four hits, scored four times and drove in three runs and Jenna Patterson had six RBI as the Regis Jesuit softball team topped Rangeview 17-7. … Caleb Burgess, Gregory Hanson and Aiden Petty scored goals in the opening half for the Cherokee Trail boys soccer team, which topped Rangeview 3-1. Alexis Salas scored for the Raiders. …Daniel Kevil had the lone goal for the Regis Jesuit boys soccer team in a 1-1 tie with Boulder.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 8: The Grandview boys tennis team picked up 68 points to finish fifth in a tightly-packed leaderboard at the Greeley West Invitational.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7: Abdu Ahmad and Joseph Miranda Miranda each had a goal and an assist as the Overland boys soccer team topped previously unbeaten Rangeview 3-0 in a local matchup. Ubaldo Echevesta also scored. … Irvin Gutierrez tallied twice and Israel Martin added a goal as the Vista PEAK Prep boys soccer team edged Adams City 3-2. …Andreas Karpouzos’ goal in the second half gave the Smoky Hill boys soccer team a 1-0 win over Mountain Range. …The Regis Jesuit girls volleyball team topped parochial school rival Mullen 25-17, 25-23, 25-22 behind 11 kills from Sophia Capra and 10 from Peyton Kreutzer. … The Rangeview girls volleyball team took a two-set lead against visiting Prairie View, but the Thunderhawks rallied to win 21-25, 16-25, 25-21, 27-25, 15-8. Anika Davison had nine kills and Maddie Kilmer seven for the Raiders. …Kassie Cooley picked up eight kills and Avery Krause had 13 assists and four service aces for the Cherokee Trail girls volleyball team, which fell to Chaparral 18-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17. …Aniyah Baltazar hit an inside-the-park home run and drove in three runs for the Aurora Central softball team in a 19-1 home win over Gateway. Aniyah May contributed three RBI for the Trojans, while Janessa Hernandez drove in the Olys’ only run. …Conner Angelini of Vista PEAK Prep shot a 12-over-par 84 to finish in ninth individually at the City League boys golf tournament played at Murphy Creek G.C. …Ben Sander shot a 2-over 74 and Anthony Lore carded a 75 for top-10 individual finishes for the Regis Jesuit boys golf team, which tied for third at the Continental League tournament at South Suburban G.C.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6: A huge night offensively for the Gateway boys soccer team produced a 9-2 victory over Sheridan at APS Stadium. Nahoum Mesfun notched five goals, while Fabrice Nyonkah added three. … The Cherokee Trail boys soccer team suffered its first loss of the season with a 2-1 defeat to Valor Christian. Marcelo Ruiz had the Cougars’ goal. …The Cherokee Trail softball team got home runs from Addi Krei and Kennedy Brian, who combined to drive in all the runs for the Cougars in a 7-4 win over Ralston Valley. Emma Rice allowed three hits and struck out three in three innings for the win. …The Smoky Hill girls volleyball team defeated Mountain Range 25-15, 25-12, 25-22. … Pennie Siple drove in Michaela Halton to put the Overland softball team on the scoreboard first against Wheat Ridge, but the Trailblazers fell 12-1.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 5: Emerson Deferme and Brenna Kelly had 12 kills apiece, Rachel Briar notched 11, Savannah Adams had six blocks and Ashley Harkness dished out 37 assists as the Grandview girls volleyball team outlasted Legend 25-22, 13-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-11 …Elexys Erly had eight kills and 10 digs and Hannah Brinkman recorded seven kills and two aces to help the Eaglecrest girls volleyball team defeat Lakewood 25-17, 25-19, 26-24 at The Nest. …The Cherokee Trail girls volleyball team dropped a 25-18, 25-17, 25-10 match to Rock Canyon as Kassie Cooley and Willow Snow had four kills apiece to lead the way for the Cougars. …The Hinkley girls volleyball team swept past Thornton 25-21, 25-19, 25-15 with help from Mykah Waddles’ six kills and three blocks, while Mayte Vaca Rios had 17 assists and six digs….Ayden West had eight kills and four blocks and Mindy Allred had seven kills, but the Vista PEAK Prep girls volleyball team fell to The Academy 27-25, 25-22, 14-25, 25-17 …Cesar Romero scored two goals and five other players on the Aurora Central boys soccer team scored as the Trojans won a 7-3 contest at Smoky Hill. The Buffaloes got two goals from Alexander Lee. …Joseph Bennett and Jack De Simone tallied for the Regis Jesuit boys soccer team in a 2-0 win over Castle View. …Alex Kedzierski scored twice, Xabier Citte had an assist and Nikhil Patel made two saves as the Grandview boys soccer team topped D’Evelyn 2-1. …Kamaya Soniea-Harris had a five-inning no-hitter and struck out four in the Grandview softball team’s 12-0 win at Smoky Hill. Kristin Gallego homered twice among four hits and drove in five runs and Ashley Miller had three hits and scored four times. …Scarlette Heredia struck out 11 in a complete game effort for the Rangeview softball team in a 5-1 City League win over Denver East. Anna Salazar drove in two runs. …The Eaglecrest boys tennis team edged Overland 4-3 with singles wins by Imran Horton (No. 1) and Austin Moore (No. 2) along with No. 1 and No. 4 doubles. …The Smoky Hill field hockey team blanked Poudre School District 1-0 on a goal by Alyson Ambrosio. Julia Kaiser picked up an assist and Meghan Bird made seven saves to preserve the shutout.

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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