Girls Soccer


Jessica Hixon and Taylor Parker at the college signing on Tuesday Jan. 31, 2017 at Grandview.
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AURORA | Two key cogs of the Grandview girls soccer team’s back-to-back Class 5A state championship run finalized long-standing commitments Wednesday on National Signing Day. Defenders Taylor Parker and Jessica Hixson signed their National Letters of Intent with the University of Utah and the University of Denver, respectively, getting that out of the way with just a few weeks left before the start of their senior seasons.


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AURORA | The best soccer player at Hinkley High School — boy or girl — in longtime coach David Nickoloff’s estimation will have a chance to display her skills at the next level. Forward/midfielder Teaggan Ilela, who has posted eye-popping offensive numbers over three varsity seasons for the Thunderbirds, was honored for signing her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Division I Alabama State in a small ceremony in the school’s media center Wednesday.


Memebers of the Aurora Sentinel All-City girls soccer team from left, Hinkley's Teaggan Ilela, Grandview's Taylor Parker, Jessica Hixson, Nicole Lyubenko, and Vista PEAK's Kierra Cox on Tuesday July 05, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel.
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The Grandview girls soccer team is fond of three-letter acronyms — “GAS” (Get A Star) and “DOT.” (Defend Our Title) — and all the Wolves seem to do lately is “WIN.” Grandview finished off its second straight Class 5A state championship — the first for a 5A girls team since 1991 and 1992 — with a 2-1 win over Mountain Vista, pushing its jaw-dropping unbeaten streak to 35-0-1 dating back to March of 2015.