Cherokee Trail


One of the staples of the summer in Aurora is the arrival of the annual Colorado Fireworks softball tournament, which brings hundreds of the top prep fastpitch softball club teams (18-under and 16-under) from across the country and a gaggle of college coaches to Aurora for a week. The Fireworks tournament begins on June 25 and is spread out across a variety of venues around Aurora, with the main action taking place at the Aurora Sports Park, as it makes full use of the facilities’ three outstanding four-field complexes. Highline Park, Horseshoe Park and Olympic Park also will be utilized.


LITTLETON | Before they disperse in July to improve their individual fortunes, Overland boys basketball players work on team in June. That process has gone very well so far, as coach Danny Fisher’s Trailblazers finished off a 6-0 run through the annual C3 Challenge Thursday at Arapahoe High School with a 63-59 win over Chaparral. It was the second straight summer tournament victory in a row for Overland, which came into the three-day C3 Challenge after winning the Metro State tournament.


Hinkley’s continued resurgence again marked the biggest story in Aurora boys track in 2017. Stars Darrien Wells and Angel Heredia each won individual state championships for the second straight season — and threw in a relay title to boot — as the Thunderbirds headline the Aurora Sentinel’s 2017 All-Aurora Boys Track Team, which is based primarily on results from the Class 5A state track meet.
Cherokee Trail, Regis Jesuit, Grandview, Rangeview, Overland and Smoky Hill also earned at least some representation among the city’s top performers.


A whole pack of Wolves combined to produce the greatest track season in Grandview girls history in 2017. Eleven members of the Grandview team that scored 120 points over two days at the abbreviated Class 5A state meet — the most since George Washington’s 124 in 2000 — make up the lion’s share of the Aurora Sentinel’s 2017 All-Aurora Girls Track Team, which is determined primarily by state results.


AURORA | City teams and athletes won one team state championship and 11 individual titles during the final weeks of the 2017 spring prep sports season. Here’s an in-depth look at Cherokee Trail’s Jaiden Paris, Taylor Watson, Chian DeLoach and Sydnee Larkin, the Class 5A girls 4×100 meter relay state champions.


DENVER | A handful of some of Aurora’s top senior baseball players get to finish their prep careers in style by playing at Coors Field. Cherokee Trail’s Eric Cox and Nick Perez, Regis Jesuit’s Jimmy Hollinger and Caleb Sloan and Grandview’s Tyson Hays were selected to play on the Senior Team in the annual Colorado Rockies Futures game, a nine-inning affair scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday on the Colorado Rockies’ home field.