Cherokee Trail


on Monday Sept. 19, 2016 at Grandview High School.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

So. Much. Talent. Aurora’s state football championship drought is just shy of a decade (Grandview won the city’s last state crown in 2007), but the city consistently is chalk full of much of the best grid talent in Colorado as evidenced again in 2016. A total of 104 Aurora players earned all-league first or second team honors and found their way onto various spots on the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Football Team, which was selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of city coaches.


Cherokee Trail High School softball Skylar Higens on Friday Aug. 05, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

Aurora had a treasure trove of talent during the 2016 softball season and it shone brightly in the biggest moments. City teams made up half of the final four teams in the Class 5A state softball tournament — Cherokee Trail and Eaglecrest — and both of those local programs were fueled by exceptional talent. Five members of the eventual 5A state champion Cougars lead the way on the first unit of the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Softball Team, which was selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of city coaches.


Rangeview High School Tyler Spelling on Thursday July 28, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

For the first time in at least the last 15 years, the state volleyball tournament had no Aurora teams involved. At least one or two city teams have appeared in the Class 5A state championship match 13 times in the past 15 years, yet not even a single team was able to make it to the Denver Coliseum this time around. It was a “weird” year for Aurora squads, but it wasn’t for a lack of talent, as plenty appears on the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Volleyball Team, which is selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of city coaches.


Eaglecrest High School boys soccer Davis Wheeler on Wednesday Aug. 03, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

Aurora’s 2016 boys soccer season was one of resurgence for several programs, though it didn’t necessarily translate into postseason success. Grandview carried the banner furthest for the city in the Class 5A postseason with a run to the quarterfinals, while five other city qualifiers (Aurora Central, Cherokee Trail, Gateway, Rangeview and Regis Jesuit) were stopped in either the first or the second round. Several Wolves appear on the first unit of the 2016 All-Aurora Boys Soccer Team, which was picked by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of Aurora coaches.