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The 2017 season was very odd in general for Aurora prep baseball in a lot of ways. After a recent stretch of occasional state championships, only three teams (Eaglecrest, Regis Jesuit and Grandview) made the 32-team Class 5A regional playoff field and none made it through to the eight-team 5A Championship Series. A city team had no impact on deciding the state champion for the first time since 2008.

The Cherry Creek team that won the 2017 Class 5A boys lacrosse state title may go down as one of the best teams Colorado has ever seen. Regis Jesuit — which fell to the Bruins in the 5A state championship game — wasn’t far behind, however. Coach Jim Soran’s Raiders remained in the state’s pantheon of elite teams with their fourth consecutive trip to the state title game, something no other Colorado program can currently boast. The 2017 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Boys Lacrosse Team, as selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of Aurora coaches, includes many of the whopping 42 players that earned all-conference honors across the Centennial and South Suburban leagues.

AURORA | For a debut, the A-Town All-Stars Girls Basketball Game made quite an impression. The inaugural assembly of 20 of the top girls basketball players from across Aurora during the recently completed season — presented by the Aurora Sentinel — entertained down to the final seconds March 18 at Cherokee Trail High School.

AURORA | After an outstanding debut in 2016, the A-Town All-Star Game is back to feature the best in Aurora boys prep basketball, including players from newly-crowned Class 5A state champion Eaglecrest. At least one player from all 11 of the city’s Class 5A/4A programs is included in the selection of 20 players that will take part in the game, which is scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m. — following the debut of the A-Town All-Star Girls Game — on Saturday, March 18 at Cherokee Trail High School.

AURORA | Overland senior Nick Holmes has been unexpectedly cleared to play with the Trailblazers boys basketball team. Holmes was diagnosed with a treatable form of bone cancer prior to the season, which meant he would have to sit out the year to avoid injury. But a second biopsy revealed he had a non-cancerous condition instead and so he was cleared medically. Watch his reaction and what he feels is ahead for him and his team for the rest of the season. (Video by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

After a star-studded debut following the outstanding 2015-16 boys basketball season, the A-Town All-Star Game game is set to return, this time featuring a girls All Stars game as well. This season’s all-star game is scheduled at Cherokee Trail High School for the afternoon of Saturday, March 18