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:
AURORA | Graduated Grandview senior Taylor Parker was recognized for her play by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America July 6. For the 2016-17 season, NSCAA recognized 32 female and 18 make players as All-Americans and will formally honor them during the NSCAA All-American Luncheon in conjunction with the 2018 NSCAA Convention from Jan. 17-21, 2018 in Philadelphia.
Aurora’s state championship streak came to end in girls soccer when Grandview’s three-peat attempt fell short. The city’s run of producing top-notch talent on the pitch remained intact, however, as a whopping 40 players earned all-conference accolades across the Centennial, Continental and EMAC. The 2017 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Girls Soccer Team, as selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of Aurora coaches, is jam-packed with top talent spread out all over town.
Ask any coach about the game of soccer and they call it a cruel game. There’s nothing crueler about the sport than how a game ends when no team wins it in regulation play. The dreaded penalty kicks that are used to break the tie ended up bringing to an end one of the greatest runs in Class 5A girls soccer May 20.
AURORA | Final results for the 2017 Class 5A girls state soccer tournament, which began May 9 and ended May 24.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE | Revenge hasn’t been a component of the last two Class 5A state championship runs for the Grandview girls soccer team, but it’s a key feature of a possible third.
AURORA | On its way to winning the past two Class 5A state championships, the Grandview girls soccer team yielded a total of two goals in 10 postseason games. But this postseason is decidedly different, as the Wolves’ predicament Friday evening at Legacy Stadium demonstrated clearly. Grandview yielded two goals to 12th-seeded Fossil Ridge in […]
AURORA | Regis Jesuit was the trendsetter on a night in which all three Aurora teams left in the Class 5A girls state soccer playoffs won in overtime. The Raiders preceded Grandview and Cherokee Trail with sudden victories in 5A second round contests when freshman Ava Laden’s breakaway goal netted a 2-1 victory over visiting Rocky […]
ARVADA | The Cherokee Trail girls soccer team’s march through higher seeds in the Class 5A state soccer tournament continued Friday evening, as the 20th-seeded Cougars toppled fourth-seeded Ralston Valley at the North Area Athletic Complex. Senior Rebekah Burton came through with yet another clutch goal for Cherokee Trail, finding the back of the net early in overtime to give her team a 2-1 sudden victory win.