AURORA | Images from the last day of the 2017 Aurora Spartans Youth Camp at Cherokee Trail High School. Nearly 500 youth football players in the Spartans organization between first and eighth grades got three days of instruction from high school players and coaches from Aurora schools Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Regis Jesuit and Smoky Hill. (Photos by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
John Schultz looked out over the sea of purple stretched in front of him and marveled. The longtime Grandview football coach has seen a lot of amazing things at Legacy Stadium over the years, but the nearly 500 youth football players from the Spartan Youth Club doing their stretches together July 27 made quite an impression.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE | While Cherry Creek School District students were on summer vacation, the venerable Stutler Bowl — located on the campus of Cherry Creek High School — got a significant facelift. See video for a look at what’s new inside one of the district’s main hubs of athletics.
Relax football fans, Eddie Yarbrough is sticking with football. After a brief dalliance with Wiffle Ball during his recent return to Aurora, the affable former Grandview star is headed back to NFL training camp with the Buffalo Bills.
Seeing how Rangeview players approach Hog Wars from the other side, Brandon Alconcel isn’t at all surprised by the program’s track record of success. The Raiders’ new head coach came to the annual strength and teamwork competition for prep offensive and defensive linemen — the “Hogs” — a handful of times in the past with Overland, but experienced it in a different way.
DENVER | Images from the practice of the Mile High Blaze women’s semipro tackle football team on June 24, 2017, at Barnum Park. The Blaze, a mix of players from Aurora and all around the metro area, were in preparation for a July 8 semifinal playoff game against the St. Louis Slam in the Women’s Football Alliance Division II playoffs.
AURORA | The city’s “Hogs” — aka prep offensive and defensive linemen – get their chance to shine July 12 at the annual Hog Wars strength and teamwork competition held by Rangeview High School. Under the direction of new Raiders head coach Brandon Alconcel, Hog Wars returns for a 13th season.
AURORA | Taylor Calvert spent last season working under one former Gateway head football coach in Justin Hoffman and now the Aurora coaching veteran has his own shot with the Olys. Gateway hired Calvert — an assistant under Hoffman at Rangeview last season — to be its new head coach Thursday and he is anxious to get started.
AURORA | Tanner Gentry wasn’t among the 253 players taken over three days of the National Football League draft, but the former Grandview star took a step towards his pro dream Saturday. Gentry, a talented wide receiver out of the University of Wyoming, reportedly signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Chicago Bears, shortly after the draft concluded in Philadelphia.
AURORA | With time running out quickly before the 2017 prep football season, Brandon Alconcel became the answer to Rangeview’s Hail Mary. Just a few weeks ago, former head coach Justin Hoffman had to resign to make a necessary move to South Carolina at the end of the school year, so the Raiders found themselves […]