AURORA | In the midst of a playoff-like contest Saturday afternoon, Grandview senior Leilah Vigil didn’t realize her team had fallen into a nine-point hole in the third quarter against visiting Cherry Creek. Coach Josh Ulitzky certainly knew the precarious position the Wolves were in down 40-31 to the Bruins four minutes into the second half of their Centennial League showdown and he was pleased to see how they responded.
Another fantastic year of prep sports took place around Aurora in 2017, which was highlighted by a sweep of the Class 5A boys and girls state basketball championships. Here are some of the finest moments from the first half of a year that saw a combined 18 state championships plus 28 runner-up finishes for Aurora prep teams and individuals:
The Regis Jesuit Boys Division gym was as rocking as its ever been Dec. 14. Some big games had been played there by the school’s boys basketball team — which won back-to-back-to-back Class 5A state championships just a few years ago — but this time the cheers were for something much bigger than just hoops. […]
PHOENIX | As it readies to turn cold in Colorado, the Grandview girls basketball team heads to Arizona for warmth and elite basketball competition. The Wolves begin four days of play at the annual Nike Tournament of Champions on Tuesday with a 3:30 p.m. contest against St. John’s College (DC) in the opening round of play in the Joe Smith Division.
AURORA | Monday night’s matchup with Grandview turned out much better than the last two for the Regis Jesuit girls basketball team.
FRUITA | The 2017 Major Mortgage Wildcat Classic girls basketball tournament scheduled to be played Dec. 7-9, 2017, at Fruita Monument High School.
CASTLE ROCK | Schedule and results for the 2017 Douglas County Holiday girls basketball tournament scheduled to be played Dec. 6-9, 2017, at Douglas County High School.
LITTLETON | Final results for the 2017 Dakota Ridge Christmas Classic girls basketball tournament played Dec. 6-9, 2017, at Dakota Ridge High School.
AURORA | For the first time since early in the 2015-16 season, the Smoky Hill girls basketball team is on a one-game winning streak. On Saturday — in just the second game of the new 2017-18 campaign — the Buffaloes downed Hinkley 49-26 on the road to snap a losing streak that stretched 43 games and nearly two full calendar years.