Josh Richardson only took up wrestling because of a bet with a friend, but nobody would have wagered he would be wrestling for a state championship Feb. 18. But there was the Cherokee Trail senior on the floor at Pepsi Center about to take the mat for the 160-pound Class 5A state championship with his singlet on backwards.


As a senior with wrestling not in his future, Tyler Ross left everything he had on the wrestling mat Feb. 18 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Wrestling with a “torn up” knee that had to be encased in a huge pad, Ross made it through three grueling days of competition at the Class 5A state tournament to claim third place at 182 pounds.

Jeanette Vizguerra, left, a Mexican woman seeking to avoid deportation from the United States, cradles her 6-year-old daughter, Zuri, during a news conference in a church in which she and her children have taken refuge, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Denver. U.S. immigration authorities have denied the her request to remain in the country. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

First, Aurora, and all of Colorado, must stand firm against the Trump administration’s misguided demands to use civilian police as immigration agents. It’s dangerous and ineffective. And second, we must push Colorado’s congressional representatives into helping us fight for what’s right and what makes sense: comprehensive immigration reform


AURORA | A postseason matchup that took five rounds to make last season needed only one to come to fruition this season as Rangeview and Eaglecrest will again meet in the Class 5A boys state basketball tournament. The Raiders and Raptors met in the semifinals of last season’s state tournament, but the rematch comes in the second round this time as 32nd-seeded Rangeview earned another shot at top-seeded Eaglecrest with a 72-64 home victory over No. 33 Mountain Range Wednesday night.

From left, Halimo, Ibrahim, 18, Hallima Ali, 13, and Hafsa Ali, 16, laugh at videos on Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017 at DAVA.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

“We were just sitting there all huddled up together and this guy from Somalia (who) worked at the airport started speaking Somali and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you guys must be hungry,’” said Ali, a 17-year-old student at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy and Junior Staff at Downtown Aurora Visual Arts. “And he just went and came back, and then got us some fries and talked to my mom and stayed with my mom until we had to go to the airplane, and then come to Denver.”