Cherokee Trail

AURORA | After a long time away from tournament play, at least by his own recent standards, Davis Bryant showed hardly any rust Thursday at Meadow Hills G.C. In the opening Centennial League tournament of the season, the Eaglecrest senior took a big first step towards winning another league title with a 3-under-par 67, which gave him a three-stroke victory over Grey Brewer of Cherry Creek, the team winner by a single stroke.

After helping Cherokee Trail and Grandview reach the pinnacle of Class 5A softball, Eaglecrest feels like it’s ready to take its turn at the top. In recent years, the Raptors have provided outstanding competition for the neighboring Cougars and Wolves, who each captured the first state championship in program history in the past three seasons.

News that the Class 5A boys state golf tournament would be in town at CommonGround Golf Course was well received around Aurora, which could be the hub of boys golf for the entire 2017 season. Between two-time defending state champion Regis Jesuit and Eaglecrest senior Davis Bryant, Aurora programs have the ability to sweep team and individual titles when the quick-moving season comes to a conclusion Oct. 2-3 with the 5A state tournament contested on home soil.

Seeing how Rangeview players approach Hog Wars from the other side, Brandon Alconcel isn’t at all surprised by the program’s track record of success. The Raiders’ new head coach came to the annual strength and teamwork competition for prep offensive and defensive linemen — the “Hogs” — a handful of times in the past with Overland, but experienced it in a different way.

AURORA | City prep swimmers had their thinking caps on as well as their swim caps in the 2016-17 season. The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) revealed its nationwide academic awards for the year Friday and two Aurora teams and 12 boys and girls individuals were honored among Colorado’s representation on the prestigious nationwide list.

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.

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.