AURORA | Team scores and individual results from the 2017 Smoky Hill Invitational girls swim meet held on Jan. 14, 2017, at Smoky Hill High School.
AURORA | The cream rose at Saturday’s Smoky Hill Invitational girls swim meet and two city programs finished right near the top. Neither host Smoky Hill nor Cherokee Trail could catch Heritage once the Eagles surged in front midway through the meet, however they finished second and third in a quality 15-team field.
AURORA | Grandview senior guard Kain Mack talks about his game-winning shot in the closing seconds of the Wolves’ 70-67 Centennial League boys basketball victory over Eaglecrest on Jan. 13, 2017, at Grandview High School. (Video by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
AURORA | It wasn’t a classic, and then it was. Grandview trailed Eaglecrest by 20 points in the second half of Friday night’s showdown of neighborhood rivals, but the game ended in typical Centennial League craziness.
Round by brutal round, Aurora boys basketball teams and the elite around the state continue to beat each other up. Night in and night out in the 2016-17 season so far — before and after the winter break — the group of teams that look like contenders for the Class 5A state championship appears different. […]
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.
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.
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.
From a soccer player to national cross country champion, the transformation is absolutely, positively complete for Brie Oakley. Winner of the lightning-shortened Aurora City Championship race, the 5A state championship (by nearly a minute and a half) and every other race she’s run this year, Oakley leads the way on the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Girls Cross County Team, which is based on results from the 5A state meet.
Another exceptional season for Aurora in boys golf resulted in a Class 5A state championship and a variety of outstanding individual showings. The Aurora Sentinel’s 2016 All-Aurora Boys Golf Team — which is based on results from the Class 5A state tournament — is made up of the four members of Regis Jesuit’s title-winning team, along with two outstanding individuals in Eaglecrest junior Davis Bryant, the 5A runner-up, and senior Bradley Scalia of Cherokee Trail.