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Courtney Oakes

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Texas' Clark Smith, left, celebrates on the victory stand after winning the 500-yard freestyle during the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. The former star at Aurora's Regis Jesuit High School posted the second-fastest 500 freestyle time in school history and finished in front of Florida's Dan Wallace, right. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Texas’ Clark Smith, left, celebrates on the victory stand after winning the 500-yard freestyle during the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. The former star at Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School posted the second-fastest 500 freestyle time in school history and finished in front of Florida’s Dan Wallace, right. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Clark Smith and Hennessey Stuart hadn’t competed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships before, but the former Regis Jesuit High School and Denver Swim Academy club teammates made the most of their chance once they got there.

Smith, a sophomore at the University of Texas, was the big winner among locals in the March 26-28 meet at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa, as he won both an individual and team national championship.

Among six individual event titles for the Longhorns came Smith’s championship on the opening night of the meet, as he became the second-fastest 500 yard freestyle swimmer in school history with his time of 4 minutes, 9.72 seconds, which put him at the wall in front of Florida’s Dan Wallace (4:10.48). Smith, who came into the meet as the No. 5 seed with a top time of 4:13.32, had dropped a 4:11.17 in the prelims early in the day.

Smith earned NCAA gold the same as both of his parents, John — part of the Longhorns’ 400 medley relay champion in 1984 — and Tori (Trees), individual 1985 champion in the 200 backstroke. Both of Smith’s parents swam for longtime Texas head coach Eddie Reese.

Texas swimmers celebrate with the trophy after winning the team title at the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Iowa City, Iowa. Two former Aurora prep swim stars — Regis Jesuit grad Clark Smith and Grandview grad John Martens — contributed to the Longhorns’ 11 all-time national title. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Still coaching the team, Reese guided Texas to the program’s 11th all-time national champion and first since 2010. The Longhorns laid waste to the field with 528 points to finish well in front of defending champion Cal’s 399 points, which helped Reese to CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year honors.

Clark Smith also made the championship heat of the 200 breaststroke as the No. 4 seed, but was disqualified for a one-hand touch on the wall.

Grandview grad John Martens swam in three events for Texas at the NCAA meet, but did not advance out of prelims in any of them, with his best result a 23rd-place finish in the 400 individual medley. He came in before a pair of other former Colorado prep stars as Cherry Creek grad Jake Markham of Georgia finished 24th and Legacy alum Steve Schmuhl (Indiana) came in 27th.

Pomona grad Nolan Tesone (Louisville) had the top result among former Colorado prep swimmers when he qualified for the consolation finals in 15th and moved up a spot with a 14th-place finish.

Stuart — Smith’s former Regis Jesuit teammate — contributed to North Carolina State’s eighth-place team showing, best for the program in 39 years.

Stuart was the lone freshman to make the championship final of the 200 backstroke, taking the third-fastest time from prelims in the final. Stuart touched the wall in 1:40.39 to finish seventh in his first NCAA championship final.

Though he failed to make the championship or consolation finals in his other two individual events, Stuart improved in both. Coming in as the 55th seed in the 200 individual medley, he rocketed up to the 28th spot in prelims and he finished 22nd in the prelims of the 100 backstroke after coming in seeded No. 26.

Two swimmers from Aurora high schools also were part of a team championship the previous week at the NCAA D-I women’s championships, as Regis Jesuit grad Missy Franklin and Smoky Hill grad Caroline Piehl each were part of Cal’s winning squad.

— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

University of Texas sophomore Clark Smith, a Regis Jesuit High School graduate, is seeded in the top five of two events going into the March 26-28 NCAA men's swimming championships in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo from Texassports.com)

Three former Aurora prep swim stars will take aim at the NCAA Division I men’s championship meet starting Thursday.

University of Texas sophomore Clark Smith, a Regis Jesuit High School graduate, is seeded in the top five of two events going into the March 26-28 NCAA men’s swimming championships in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo from Texassports.com)

Regis Jesuit grads Clark Smith and Hennessey Stuart and Grandview grad John Martens — who won a slew of Class 5A individual and relay state championships in high school among them — are among the 270 participants (235 swimmers, 35 divers) set to compete in the March 26-28 meet at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

All three former Aurora standouts compete in the NCAA championships for the first time in their careers.

Smith, a sophomore, and Martens, a junior, have a chance to be part of a men’s championship, as their Texas team is considered one of the favorites to win the title. The Longhorns — who will try to win  an 11th national championship for coach Eddie Reese, who coached Smith’s parents John and Tori (Trees) at Texas as well — finished second behind Cal last season and the two teams expect fight it out for the crown again this season.

Stuart, a freshman on an up-and-coming North Carolina State team that won the ACC championship after a 25-year drought, has a chance for individual glory as the No. 2 overall seed in the 200 yard backstroke.

Swimmers from Aurora schools set a high bar last week at the NCAA women’s championships, as Regis Jesuit grad Missy Franklin and Smoky Hill grad Caroline Piehl each contributed to Cal’s national team championship.

Individually, Smith is seeded fourth in the 200 yard butterfly with a best time of 1:41.42 coming into the meet, while he’s also the No. 5 seed in the 500 yard freestyle (4:13.32) and sits 17th in the 200 freestyle (1:34.07).

Martens, meanwhile, is the No. 18 seed in both the 400 individual medley (3:42.82) and the 200 butterfly (1:43.05), plus was among 40 swimmers invited to compete in the 200 IM, where his time of 1:44.74 ranks 34th in a field of 71 entrants.

Stuart already owns the North Carolina State school record in the 200 backstroke and won the ACC championship in the event, while his time of 1:39.37 puts him second only to Cal sophomore Ryan Murphy, who checked in with a 1:38.34. Stuart is also seeded 26th in the 100 backstroke (46.42) and 55th in the 200 IM (1:46.32).

The prelims of the 500 freestyle and 200 IM are contested on Thursday in a session beginning at 10 a.m. MT, with the finals slated for 6 p.m.

The 400 IM and 200 freestyle prelims take place in the 10 a.m. MT session Friday, with finals at 6 p.m. MT, while the 200 backstroke is scheduled for the 10 a.m. MT session Saturday, with finals at 6 p.m. MT.

Other former Colorado prep swimmers in the meet include Jake Markham (Cherry Creek-Georgia), Nolan Tesone (Pomona-Louisville) and Stephen Schmuhl (Legacy-Indiana).

— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

The University of Wyoming athletic department provided an update on the status of former Eaglecrest High School star safety Xavier Lewis on Tuesday, saying that the 19-year-old is in Denver undergoing rehabilitation from the stroke he suffered in early December.

Lewis’ family is using the athletic department to release information about Lewis, a mechanical engineering major who completed his sophomore year with the Cowboys’ football team.

From an email from the family included in the press release: “Xavier wants to let you know that he is undergoing rehab. Things are going quite well. There unfortunately is not a timeline as to which Xavier will finish rehab, but he is definitely looking forward to returning as soon as possible.”

On Dec. 10, 2014, Lewis was rushed to the hospital by teammate Eric Nzeocha after signs appeared of a stroke according to a story by Mike Vorel of the Casper Star-Tribune.

The quick action gave Lewis the best chance of recovery and he had improved measurably just a few hours after the stroke happened. Eaglecrest football coach Mike Schmitt visited Lewis just hours after he had been airlifted from Laramie to Denver and said that Lewis had no major blockage or discernable damage to the brain during his stroke, which quite possibly came as the result of dehydration mixed with physical exertion.

Lewis, the 2012 Denver Post Gold Helmet Award winner, was “one of the faces of Eaglecrest” over the past few years in the words of many still around the school.

With the Raptors, Lewis racked up double-digit tackles in five games as a senior in 2012 and led Schmitt’s team with a total of 84 on the season — 75 solo — and was selected first team All-Centennial League. It was his third consecutive first team all-league accolade. Eaglecrest made the Class 5A state quarterfinals that season.

He finished the 2014 season as the No. 3 safety on the Wyoming depth chart. Lewis played in 11 games for the Cowboys and recorded five solo tackles and four assists and has 27 tackles for his career.

— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

Regis Jesuit tight end Conor Shea (46) and offensive lineman Tim Lynott (56) each made the All-Continental League North first team. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Regis Jesuit offensive guard Tim Lynott (56) is one of two Colorado prep football players selected to play for the West team in the fourth annual Semper Fi All-American Game on Jan. 4 in Carson, California. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Regis Jesuit star offensive guard Tim Lynott will strap on his pads one more time at the high school level before heading off to play college football next year.

The University of Colorado commitment is one of the players from the western portion of the country selected to the fourth annual Semper Fi All-American Bowl, scheduled to be played on Jan. 4 at The StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 between 7-10 p.m. MT.

Lynott is Aurora’s lone representative and one of two Colorado players in all selected, joining Valor Christian defensive back Eric Lee, picked at the “culmination of a nationwide All-American player selection tour that collectively celebrates academic excellence, proven physical fitness and quality of character; values that parallel those of the Marine Corps” according to a press release from the Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Lynott was a first team All-Colorado, All-Continental League North and All-City selection following a season in which he helped Regis Jesuit win a league championship and finish 10-2 overall after a Class 5A playoff loss to eventual state champion Cherry Creek.

After the playoff loss, Lynott said he would be lifting weights with Regis Jesuit defensive line coach and former Denver Bronco Harald Hasselbach to get ready to play in college.

The Semper Fi All-American West team is made up of the Colorado players, plus Arkansas, Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington, while the East team is made up of players from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Lynott was also nominated for the 2015 U.S Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 along with Lee and Pine Creek’s Avery Anderson, but none of the Colorado players were selected.

— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

Former Eaglecrest High School standouts Ruth Okoye, center, and Taylor Loyd, right, are contributors to a University of Denver volleyball team that has qualified for the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament for the first time in program history. Five former players from Aurora prep programs play for the Pioneers, while former Grandview standout Katelin Batten is an assistant coach. (File photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

For fans of Aurora prep volleyball, the opening rounds of the 2014 Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament will be a treat.

The courts at Colorado State University will be packed with former city prep stars on Friday and Saturday, when the Rams play host the University of Denver at 6:30 p.m. with the winner set to face either Colorado or Northern Colorado at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

Denver has been steadily collecting some of Aurora’s best players over the past few seasons and it is paying off, as the Pios went 27-6, won the Summit League Championship and qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time.

A whopping five members of Denver’s 14-player roster played in Aurora high school programs, with three from Eaglecrest — setter Bailey Karst, middle blocker Ruth Okoye and defensive specialist/libero Taylor Loyd — plus middle blocker Sarah Schmid, a former Regis Jesuit standout, and ex-Grandview star Erica Denney.

Both seniors — Karst (Ohio) and Denney (Penn State), who was part of Grandview’s undefeated 2007 Class 5A state championship team — arrived at Denver via transfer, while junior Schmid, sophomore Okoye and freshman Loyd signed with the Pioneers out of high school.

All five Aurora players have appeared in at least 51 sets for Denver, with Schmid having played 117 of the team’s 119 sets on the season, while Karst has logged 116, Okoye 115 and Denney 100. Karst averages a team-best 10.92 assists per set, while Okoye (265) is just ahead of Schmid (248) for third place on the team in total kills for the season.

The former Aurora players on the Denver roster have thrown a season-long block party, as the 6-foot-5 Denney (99), 6-1 Schmid (98) and 6-1 Okoye (92) are all just short of 100 for the season. Loyd, who played outside hitter in high school by necessity, has appeared in 51 matches.

Even the Denver coaching staff has Aurora ties, with former Grandview star libero Katelin Batten — who coincidentally played at Colorado State and graduated in 2010 — serves as one of two assistant coaches to head coach Jesse Mahoney. Batten was part of the Wolves’ back-to-back 5A state championship teams in 2004 and 2005.

On the Colorado State roster is former Grandview standout setter Grace Gordon, who played two seasons at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (2012-2013) following her high school career, during which she made the Aurora Sentinel’s All-City Volleyball Team three times. The 5-foot-7 Gordon has yet to appear in a match this season for the Rams, who are 29-2.

Neither Northern Colorado or Colorado has Aurora players on the roster.

Former Regis Jesuit standout middle blocker Janae Hall is also playing in the NCAA tournament, as her University of Kansas team plays the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in the opening round, while ex-Cherokee Trail star libero Branen Berta will suit up for Iowa State to play Western Kentucky Dec. 5.

— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

Grandview volleyball coach Patty Childress, right, who has led her program to five Class 5A state championships and 10 finals appearances in 12 seasons, is part of the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s 2015 Hall of Fame induction class. The five-member class — which also includes Regis Jesuit boys basketball coach Ken Shaw — is set to be inducted on March 28. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Two of Aurora’s most successful prep coaches will be part of the 2015 Hall of Fame induction class of the Colorado High School Coaches Association.

Grandview volleyball coach Patty Childress and Regis Jesuit boys basketball coach Ken Shaw are among five honorees slated to be inducted in the 52nd annual ceremony of the CHSCA, scheduled for March 28, 2015, at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast.

Regis Jesuit boys basketball coach Ken Shaw, right, is part of the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s 2015 Hall of Fame induction class. Shaw is in his 40th season as a prep head coach and has a 669-223 all-time record. (File photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

In November, Childress led her Wolves to a second consecutive Class 5A state volleyball championship with a sweep of Chatfield, which also netted the program’s fifth all-time state title. Under Childress, Grandview has made the 5A state championship match 10 times in the past 12 seasons and has a career record of 475-161 that includes previous stops coaching at Otis, Palisade, Ferndale and Colorado Mesa University. She served as president of the CHSCA in 2003 and has been a regular coaching at the CHSCA All-State Games in the summer.

On Tuesday, Shaw’s Regis Jesuit boys basketball team tips off at Overland as he begins his 40th season as a head coach. Shaw guided the Raiders to back-to-back-to-back 5A state hoops championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and he also won single state championships with Yuma and Sterling. Shaw — a former star Colorado prep player at Merino — has amassed a career coaching record of 669-223 (the third-most wins in state history) in stops at two Aurora schools, Regis Jesuit and Smoky Hill, in addition to Rocky Mountain, Yuma and Sterling. He’s been a member of the CHSCA for 41 years.

Former Merino High School volleyball coach Judy Beardsley, ex-Julesburg High School basketball and volleyball coach Dennis Tjaden and Kit Carson High School football/basketball/track coach Jim Trahern round out the 2015 Hall of Fame class.

Childress and Shaw are the first coaches from Aurora schools to be inducted in the CHSCA Hall of Fame since 2006, when Gateway’s Richard Anderson received the honor.

Other Hall of Fame members from Aurora include the late Bob Caviness (Hinkley, 1988), Guy Gibbs (Regis Jesuit, 1985), George Barrows (Aurora, 1971) and Bill Hinkley (Aurora, 1968).

The induction ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 28 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast, 3155 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora CO 80014, following a reception that begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $42 per person. Make reservations via a form at www.colohsca.org or email CHSCA executive director John Burke at jburke24@cox.net.

— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

Players and coaches of the Grandview volleyball team pose with the 2014 Class 5A state championship trophy they won with a three-set victory over Chatfield on Nov. 8, 2014, at the Denver Coliseum. The Wolves won their second straight state title and fifth overall in 10 trips to the championship match — all since 2003. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

With two Class 5A state championships already to its credit and a football team that could add another in the coming weeks, Grandview High School is rolling in the fall prep sports season.

The Wolves’ first 5A state championship came on Oct. 25 when Emily Supercynski and the softball team topped Fossil Ridge 6-2 to win the first softball crown in program history. The school added another of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s new-look state championship trophies Saturday night when the volleyball team swept Chatfield in front of a massive cheering section at the Denver Coliseum to complete a repeat bid and win the fifth overall state crown in program history.

Yet to be decided is the 5A state football crown, for which 11-0 Grandview is a major contender. Coach John Schultz’s Wolves won the Centennial League championship, finished the regular season undefeated — capping it with a victory over vaunted Valor Christian — and has marched into the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs without surrendering a single point thus far. Grandview’s first and only state football championship came in 2007.

Additionally this fall, Grandview senior Nathan Graham finished  an Aurora-best fourth in the 5A boys state cross country race.

With only one sport left to be crowned, no other Aurora school can match Grandview’s championship haul. Regis Jesuit is on the only other city school remaining alive in the football playoffs.

Only the co-op gymnastics team based at Overland High School has won a state title this fall among Aurora schools and even a few members of that team were from Grandview.

— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Eaglecrest High School is set to debut an Athletic and Activities Hall of Fame to remember its rich history.

EAGLECREST

The inaugural class, as selected from a pool of nominees by a panel of school administrators, representatives of Cherry Creek School District, the community and the media, is made up of J.J. Billingsley, Damian Brown, Ben Baum, Tara Mendozza (DeCrescentis) and Stacey Jennings.

Broadway actor Andy Kelso is also part of the inaugural induction class, but is unable to attend the ceremony as he is starring in the lead role in the Tony Award-winning production “Kinky Boots.”

Those eligible for the Athletic and Activities Hall of Fame must be graduated from Eaglecrest for at least five years.

Eaglecrest’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Dec. 11 at Blackstone Country Club following a dinner and cocktail hour. The next day, the Hall of Fame inductees will be honored during an assembly for Eaglecrest students at 8:53 a.m.

Tickets for the induction ceremony cost $25 apiece and will be available through the Eaglecrest Athletics Office. Contact Athletic Director Vince Orlando at 720-886-1083 or vorlando@cherrycreekschools.org for more details.

A brief bio of each of the inductees in the inaugural class:

J.J. Billingsley (Class of 2002): Billingsley was arguably the finest all-around athlete to pass through Eaglecrest, as he played at an elite level in football and track & field and also lettered twice in basketball. On the football field, Billingsley played defensive back, linebacker and running back for the Raptors under coach Gary Thompson and earned a scholarship to play at the University of Colorado. Billingsley totaled 1,177 total yards as a senior, including 736 rushing with seven touchdowns and 441 yards receiving and five more scores. Billingsley was the driving force behind Eaglecrest’s 2002 5A boys state track championship — the only one in school history — in which he won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and helped the 4×200-meter relay team to first place and the 4×100 team to fourth place. Billingsley currently works in the Cherry Creek School District.

Damian Brown (Class of 1995): Brown helped lead an Eaglecrest football team coached by Ron Peterson to win the first state championship in school history in 1993 — just three years after the doors opened — with a perfect 14-0 run to the Class 5A state title back when Colorado had six classifications. Brown, a running back, rushed for 262 yards and four touchdowns — including the tying and go-ahead scores in the fourth quarter — as the Raptors rallied past Hinkley 37-29 in an all-Aurora 5A championship game played in front of an estimated 6,000 fans at Stutler Bowl. Brown went on to play at Iowa State between 1995 and 1997 before concluding his career at Northern Colorado. He is currently the athletic director at Adams City High School.

Ben Baum (Class of 1993): Baum, a 7-footer, was the first bonafide basketball star from Eaglecrest. As a senior, he averaged 25.7 points and 17.5 rebounds per game to win Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year honors as the Raptors posted a 17-5 record under coach Stan Adams in 1992-93. Baum — who was also a drum major and first trombone in the marching band and student body president — scored 51 points in a playoff game, which would rank first all-time among big schools and second in all classifications according to Colorado High School Activities Association records, and garnered interest from a variety of Division I men’s basketball programs, eventually signing with Oklahoma State. He was part of the Cowboys team that made it to the NCAA Final Four in 1995 and eventually spent some time in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, while going on to play professionally for five seasons in Europe.

Tara Mendozza (DeCrescentis) (Class of 1996): Mendozza still owns the all-Colorado state meet record in the 800-meter run, having clocked a time of 2 minutes, 7.52 seconds, in 1996 to break her own state record. Mendozza — who just missed a 2:05.4 that would have qualified her for the United States Olympic Trials — won the 800- and 1,600-meter runs in both her junior and senior seasons and was part of a relay team that set a national record in the rarely-run mile medley relay. Mendozza, who lettered in cross country and track & field four times at Eaglecrest and was an all-State performer in track in 1995 and 1996, went on to an All-American career at the University of Illinois.

Stacey Jennings (Class of 2002): Jennings is the most decorated softball player in Eaglecrest’s proud tradition in the sport, as she pitched her way to at least the all-state and all-conference teams all four years in high school. The right-handed pitcher — who set the school’s career records for strikeouts at 492, innings pitched (390), wins (45), and ERA (0.50), totals that stood until broken by Raya Johnson — also helped lead Eaglecrest to the Class 5A semifinals in 1999 and 2001, helping giving the program momentum that led to winning the 5A state championship in 2005. Jennings also lettered four times in track & field at Eaglecrest. She went on to play NCAA softball at powerhouse University of Tennessee and Maryland.

Andy Kelso (Class of 1998): Kelso contributed to the drama department during his time at Eaglecrest, both as a spotlight operator and eventually an actor in a variety of productions, then went on to study musical theater and straight drama at the University of Northern Colorado. Kelso earned the chance to perform in several shows in the Denver Metro area, including “Big River,” “Footloose” and “The Drawer Boy” before moving to New York City in 2003. He made his Broadway debut in “Mamma Mia” and held the role of Fiyero in the national tour of the acclaimed “Wicked.” Kelso currently holds the lead role of Charlie Price in the 2013 Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots.”

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@aurorasentinel.com. Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

Congratulations to some local golfers who have recorded recent holes-in-one on Aurora golf courses. To report holes-in-one, have courses send faxes to 720-324-4965 or email sports@aurorasentinel.com:

AUGUST

Aug. 9: Charlie Nicholson, Aurora Hills G.C., No. 11, 155 yards, 6 iron. Witnesses: Dwight Salisbury, Duane Mellinger, John Weber.

Aug. 9: Jeff Niblo, Aurora Hills G.C., No. 17, 159 yards, 9 iron. Witnesses: Don Hunt, Kent Staton, Gary Leiker.

Aug. 12: Rick Shaffer, Aurora Hills G.C., No. 3, 166 yards, 6 iron. Witnesses: Brandon Shaffer, Mark Wolfgang, Randy Dalke.

Aug. 17: Chet Wilmes, Aurora Hills G.C., No. 3, 165 yards, 7 iron. Witnesses: Roger Gunderson, Eric Martin, Kip Hoffman.

Aug. 18: Bob Hartman, Aurora Hills G.C., No. 3, 157 yards, 8 iron. Witnesses: Ron Paolucci, Scott McKimmy, Chuck Dekruif.

Aug. 20: Rick Thorstad, Fitzsimons G.C., No. 5, 89 yards, gap wedge. Witnesses: Kevin Maynard, Ron Markovich.

Aug. 24: Grant Foster, Aurora Hills G.C., No. 7, 175 yards, 5 wood. Witnesses: Richard Perovich, Reid Foster, Quinn Foster.

Aug. 25: James Beatty, Springhill G.C., No. 18, 160 yards, 6 iron. Witnesses: Jim Perry, Mike Keffer, Bill Chambers.

Aug. 31: Mallory Dively, Springhill G.C., No. 6, 139 yards, pitching wedge. Witness: Ryland Glass.

SEPTEMBER

Sept 12: David Lehman, Meadow Hills G.C., No. 15, 192 yards, 3 wood. Witnesses: Brandt Demuth, Jack Rosenthal, Dominic Bazile, Tom Miller, Grace Castellanos

Sept. 16: Michael Menze, Aurora Hills G.C., No. 13, 183 yards, 5 wood. Witness: Ron Bakke.

Sept. 17: Bryant Kligerman, Fitzsimons G.C., No. 5, wedge. Witnesses: Ron Arnold, Sid Harriet, Bob Boyle.

OCTOBER

Oct. 13: John Sheehan, Saddle Rock G.C., No. 16, 153 yards, 7 iron. Witnesses: Bob Baker, Brian Grouer.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@aurorasentinel.com. Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

The third annual RJ Demps Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament — rescheduled from over the summer — is set for Saturday at Regis Jesuit High School.

For the third time, the Regis Jesuit basketball program will honor the memory of the late RJ Demps — a well-liked point guard who helped lead the Raiders to the first of their three straight Class 5A state championships in the 2008-09 season — with a 3-on-3 tournament.

The jersey of former Regis Jesuit boys basketball standout, the late R.J. Demps, hangs above the team room in the Regis Jesuit Boys Division gymnasium. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Check-in is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with play set to begin at 8 a.m. Applications must be emailed by Friday (Oct. 3) at the latest to Susan Shaw at ksksshaw@msn.com or call 720-253-8907.

Demps passed away in December of 2011 as the result of injuries suffered in a car accident as he was headed to the airport to return home for winter break from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

The tournament features 3-on-3 competition in several divisions for teams of up to five players: youth (under ninth grade), high school (competitive and recreation) and adult (competitive and recreational).

Proceeds from the $100 entry fee per team go towards a scholarship at Regis Jesuit in Demps’ honor.

— Sports Editor Courtney Oakes

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