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Courtney Oakes

Sports Editor for the Aurora Sentinel, grand stands


The Regis Jesuit boys golf program has been a certified juggernaut in recent years. Yet none of the many golfers who’ve moved along to the college level and contributed to an ongoing run of four straight Class 5A state championships had done what junior Hayden Smith did during tryouts Tuesday at Aurora’s Meadow Hills Golf […]

Chase Vaughn is a long way from Smoky Hill High School. The former Aurora prep standout with the Buffaloes in the mid-2000s has worked his way all the way up to a shot with the hometown Denver Broncos, who began training camp for the 2014 National Football League season on Thursday. Vaughn, a 6-foot-1, 242-pound […]

The final numbers prove Regis Jesuit High School’s fantastic 2013-14 athletic season ranked right up among the best in country. According to the CBS MaxPreps Cup national rankings released on July 22 (and listed below), the Aurora high school — which has a separate Boys Division and Girls Division — had the 12th-most successful athletic […]

Months later, Bud Thomas and the seniors on the Mercer men’s basketball team got to celebrate their greatest triumph again. The Regis Jesuit High School grad and his teammates pulled off the shocker of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on March 21, as the 14th-seeded Bears knocked off third-seeded Duke 78-71 at PNC Arena in […]

Hannah Sparks has the talent to jump far, but she’d rather jump higher. The recent graduate of Aurora’s Cherokee Trail High School passed on a number of scholarship offers to compete in track — where she was a talented long and triple jumper and relay runner — to pursue her love of basketball. According to […]

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: MAY May 19: Dottie Biggs, Fitzsimons G.C., No. 9, 95 yards. Witnesses: Lala Bomholt, Judy Peters. May 27: Alyssa Nance, Springhill G.C., No. 17, 120 yards. Witnesses: D.J. Fuller, […]

The annual R.J. Demps Memorial 3-on-3 basketball tournament has moved to Oct. 4. The 3-year-old tournament commemorating the life of late Regis Jesuit High School boys basketball player R.J. Demps had been scheduled for July 5, but Will Cobb — Demps’ former teammate and one of the tournament organizers — said the hope was shifting […]

Regis Jesuit High School grad Bud Thomas and his Mercer University teammates got their One Shining Moment with their upset of Duke in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and they looking for just a little bit more time in the spotlight because of it. Thomas was one of five senior starters for the Bears, a […]

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