AURORA | After sifting through a pool of around 50 legitimate candidates for its head football coaching job, Cherokee Trail announced the hiring of veteran coach Joe Johnson Tuesday. Cougars athletic director Steve Carpenter was pleased to welcome Johnson, who has spent 16 successful seasons as head coach at ThunderRidge High School. He will also serve as an upper level science teacher at Cherokee Trail.
AURORA | An injury kept Elijah Reed from playing his senior season with the Vista PEAK Prep football team, but it didn’t prevent him from continuing his playing career at the next level. Just a few days after he verbally committed, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Colorado-State Pueblo at a morning ceremony in the school’s auditorium Wednesday.
AURORA | After a tremendous run of stability in its coaching staff, the Cherokee Trail football team will have its third head coach in as many seasons when the 2017 season kicks off.
So. Much. Talent. Aurora’s state football championship drought is just shy of a decade (Grandview won the city’s last state crown in 2007), but the city consistently is chalk full of much of the best grid talent in Colorado as evidenced again in 2016. A total of 104 Aurora players earned all-league first or second team honors and found their way onto various spots on the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Football Team, which was selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of city coaches.
AURORA | Selections from city teams (Eaglecrest and Rangeview) and others (Arvada West, Castle View, Ralston Valley and Rocky Mountain) on the All-Mount Wilson League teams for the 2016 football season.
AURORA | City selections (Aurora Central and Regis Jesuit) and others (Bear Creek, Douglas County, Legacy and Westminster) on the All-Mount Antero League teams as selected by league coaches for the 2016 football season.
AURORA | City selections (Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill) and others (Arapahoe, Boulder, Doherty) on the All-Mount Massive League teams as selected by league coaches for the 2016 football season.
AURORA | City selections (Cherokee Trail and Hinkley) and others (Chaparral, Mountain Vista, Pomona and Rock Canyon) for the All-Mount Evans League teams for the 2016 football season as selected by league coaches.
AURORA | City selections (Gateway) and others (Adams City, Chatfield, Dakota Ridge, Golden and Heritage) on the All-Plains League teams as selected by league coaches for the 2016 football season.