Shawn Palmer


Rangeview's Elijah Blake is on the Team West roster for the A-Town All-Stars Game on March 26 at Aurora Central High School. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Just two days after he signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Denver, Rangeview senior guard Elijah Blake found out he will miss his senior season. Raiders coach Shawn Palmer confirmed that Blake — the 2015-16 co-EMAC Player of the Year who helped lead his team to the semifinals of last season’s Class 5A state basketball tournament — got the results on Friday from an MRI he had done on Nov. 10 that showed an injury he suffered in early October was a torn anterior cruciate ligament.


Eaglecrest's Ikenna Ozor (25) of Team West hangs in the air as he tries to stop a layup attempt by Cherokee Trail's David Thornton (10) of Team East during the second half of the inaugural A-Town All-Stars Game on March 26, 2016, at Aurora Central High School. Twenty-four of Aurora's best boys basketball players from 11 high schools were assembled to play the all-star game, which was presented by the Aurora Sentinel. Team East posted a 133-117 win over Team West. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

The smiles told the story of the inaugural A-Town All-Stars Game March 26. Time after time down the court at Aurora Central High School in the fast-paced debut game of the city’s top boys basketball players — as presented by the Aurora Sentinel — grins were flashed as past teammates, recent foes and old friends challenged each other to the delight of a large crowd.