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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.


From left, Smoky Hill sophomore, Amelia Johannes, Cherokee Trail sophomore Caitlin McConnell, senior, Jordan Herrera, Grandview sophomore, Kaitlyn Mercer, junior, Caroline Robbins and senior, Brie Oakley on Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016 at Grandview High School.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

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.


Regis Jesuit's Tyler Zhang, Cal McCoy, Drew Anderson, Justin Markel and Eaglecrest junior Davis Bryant on Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 at Regis Jesuit High School.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

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.