CASA GRANDE, ARIZONA | Grandview senior Brie Oakley won yet another cross country championship on Saturday, this one at the Nike Southwest Regional. The recently crowned Class 5A state champion topped a field of runners from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada at the Grand Sports Academy, finishing with a meet-record time of 16 minutes, 56 seconds.


In a tie ballgame, Regis Jesuit’s Jake Heimlicher made a season-changing play Nov. 18. Late in the third quarter of a Class 5A state football quarterfinal playoff contest against Eaglecrest, the extremely active junior defensive end read a screen pass from Raptors quarterback Jalen Mergerson, batted down the ball to keep it from crossing the line of scrimmage, scooped it up and scored the go-ahead touchdown. The fourth-seeded Raiders made the defensive score stand up and held off fifth-seeded Eaglecrest for a 34-24 victory on the frigid turf at Lou Kellogg Stadium, simultaneously grabbing a spot in the 5A semifinals for the first time since 2010 and ending the Raptors’ unbeaten season.