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After State Disappointment, Regis Jesuit Wins Nationals
3/25/2015

By Jason L. Young

CHESTERFIELD, MO. – The Regis Jesuit High School hockey team learned a valuable life lesson en route to what would have been its fourth state title in 10 years.

Nothing comes easy, no matter the credentials possessed. Sometimes nothing is all that comes.

Undefeated and ranked No. 1 entering the Colorado state playoffs, the Raiders endured a 5-1 drubbing by Monarch in the semifinals.

“It was devastating,” senior forward Connor Brennan said. “I remember just sitting in the locker room not touching any of my equipment for like 30 minutes, knowing this was my last shot at a state championship with the brothers on my team.”

Fortunately for Brennan and his teammates, they also experienced the second chances sometimes given, and they made the most of the opportunity. The Raiders got past Santa Margarita (California) with a 3-1 victory Monday to win the Toyota-USA Hockey High School Pure Division National Championship.

Despite losing in the semifinals of its state tournament, Regis advanced to the national tournament by virtue of all of its players attending the same school. The pure division bracket is comprised of teams that only draw from one student body.

The combined division allows the squads to pull in players from multiple schools. Cherry Creek of Colorado, about a 17-minute drive from Regis, won both the state and the combined division national championships. It can take players from throughout the school district to form its team.

Regis coach Dan Woodley appreciated the chance to share the national stage with their neighbors, especially on the heels of the disappointment of the state playoffs.

“It was absolutely critical because the lost opportunity and faltering just destroyed us,” he said. “Without having anything to come back on, we would have just buried that pain deep down.

“So this was a very cleansing experience for us. The fear of having that pain again might have been why our guys played so well.”

Brennan had 12 points to lead Regis, ranking second in the division field. His six goals tied for most with three other players, and his six assists were tied for fourth most.

He said it took a few days following the March 5 state tournament loss for his team to turn its focus on the national tournament. The Raiders stayed away from the ice for a three-day weekend before returning on a Monday to prepare for their chance to win a second national title in the tournament’s six-year history. They also won in 2012.

The nearly two-week layoff provided some perspective for the players.

“We just really came together,” Brennan said. “We faced adversity losing the semifinal game but really gelled back together even stronger than before, and I think that’s the reason we came away with the championship.”

Regis opened the national tournament with a 3-1 win over North Broward Prep (Florida) on Thursday in the first game of pool play. The Raiders followed with a 4-1 victory over Jesuit Prep (Texas) on Friday and a 2-1 loss to Santa Margarita on Saturday to finish second in their pool.

In the quarterfinals, Regis got past St. Louis-based Christian Brothers College 4-3 before earning a 5-1 win over St. Rita (Illinois) in the semifinals on Sunday.

The national title run helped ease the disappointment of not fulfilling expectations at the state level.

“It was awesome,” said junior center Jack Kilkenny, who finished with 11 points, including five goals. “It was great because we didn’t end up winning state, and seeing the devastation on the seniors’ faces, knowing that that was their last Colorado high school game, killed us.

“To come out where and get this win for them was a great feeling.”

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

Read the full article at USAHockey.com

Ice Hockey: Regis Jesuit earns shot at Pure Division national title at U.S. Hockey Nationals
3/23/2015

Raiders take on nemesis Santa Margarita, California, for national title

By COURTNEY OAKES

CHESTERFIELD, MISSOURI | The Regis Jesuit ice hockey team has a tradition of playing well at the annual U.S. Hockey National Championship tournament and this season is no exception.

The Raiders, who lost their one and only game of the Colorado high school season in the Frozen Four, posted a pair of victories on Sunday at Hardee’s Iceplex to earn a shot at the Pure Division national championship.

Regis Jesuit’s 5-1 win over St. Rita (Illinois) earned it a spot in the championship game, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday at the same venue. The Raiders will face Santa Margarita, California — which got past Edina JGA of Minnesota 4-2 — in the championship game.

It will be a rematch of the 2013 USA Hockey National Championship final in Coral Springs, Florida, in which Santa Margarita bested the Raiders 4-3 in overtime to deny them a second straight national championship and also a rematch from the teams’ pool play game on Saturday, won by Santa Margarita 2-1.

Without coach Dan Woodley on the bench — due to the Colorado High School Activities Association’s rule against contact between coaches and players on Sundays — Regis Jesuit built a 3-0 lead after two periods against St. Rita on goals by Connor Brennan, Jack Jordan and Kyle Nelson, then got a power play goal by John Kane and shorthanded score by Andre Dugas to seal the victory in the third period.

Junior goaltender Sam Gartner stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced in the goal for the Raiders.

In the Combined Division of the same tournament, Colorado state champion Cherry Creek also advanced to the national championship game. The Bruins play at 9 a.m. against Dubuque, Iowa.

Earlier Sunday, Brennan and Kane tallied two goals apiece as Regis Jesuit outlasted Christian Brothers College High School (Missouri) 4-3 in the quarterfinals. Jordan racked up three assists and Jack Kilkenny had two helpers for the Raiders, who got a 25-save performance in the nets from Bret Jahde.

Regis Jesuit’s opponent had three players ejected for game misconducts in the final five seconds and racked up 70 penalty minutes in all.

The Raiders finished second out of the Ducks (B) pool of the Pure Division with wins over feisty North Broward Prep, Florida (3-1) and Jesuit College Prep, Texas (4-1), before dropping their finale 2-1 to Santa Margarita.

The other three pools in the Pure Division included teams from Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys swimming & diving: Dick Rush Invite results from the VMAC
3/23/2015

By Neil Devlin

Here are Dick Rush (Colorado Coaches) Invitational results Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton:

Class 5A team scores — Cherry Creek 258, Regis Jesuit 235, Highlands Ranch 213, Fossil Ridge 203, Arapahoe 135, Grandview 120, Ponderosa 105, Heritage 98, Boulder 85, Smoky Hill 85, Pomona 73, Fairview 66, Lakewood 65, Chatfield 48, Greeley West 46, Bear Creek 35, Broomfield 30, Cherokee Trail 20, George Washington 19, Lewis-Palmer 17, Rampart 15, Denver East 14, District 51 Griffins 14, Northglenn 12, Columbine 7, Ralston Valley 2.

See all individual results at The Denver Post.

All-state hockey team for 2014-15 season
3/20/2015

By CHSAA

Air Academy's Travis Work (center) is this season's hockey player of the year. (Matt Minton)

The 2014-15 all-state hockey team is presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.

These teams were created following a vote of coaches. The player and coach of the year was a separate vote.

Player of the year: Travis Work, Air Academy

Coach of the year: Jeff Mielnicki, Cherry Creek

First Team
Blake Bride, Monarch, Junior, F
Brady Mielnicki, Cherry Creek, Senior, G
Tony Salazar, Ralston Valley, Junior, F
Sam Thrutchley, Air Academy, Senior, D
John Tower, Resurrection Christian, Senior, D
Travis Work, Air Academy, Senior, F

Second Team
Thomas Jahde, Regis Jesuit, Senior, D
Zach Lish, Resurrection Christian, Senior, F
Chris Nitchen, Cherry Creek, Senior, F
Joey Owston, Dakota Ridge, Senior, G
Zach Ross, Dakota Ridge, Junior, D
Jonathan Valtin, Air Academy, Senior, F

Honorable mention
Connor Brennan, Regis Jesuit, Senior; Nick Chavez, Cherry Creek, Senior; Garrett Devine, Resurrection Christian, Junior; Sam Gartner, Regis Jesuit, Junior; Bryan Hancock, Mountain Vista, Senior; Jeff Moffat, Ralston Valley, Senior; Evan Morris, Aspen, Senior; Dmitri Smith, Lewis-Palmer, Senior; Zach Williams, Dakota Ridge, Senior

See the full article at CHSAANOW.com

Photos: No. 2 Cherry Creek baseball knocks off No. 1 Regis Jesuit in extras
3/20/2015

By Jack Eberhard

AURORA — In a showdown of Class 5A baseball's top two teams, No. 2 Cherry Creek edged No. 1 Regis Jesuit 6-5 in eight innings on Monday.

Parker Jax went 3-for-5 for Cherry Creek, while Andrew Chavez was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Ethan Widoff scored three runs.

Cherry Creek trailed 5-4 heading to the top of the seventh, but tied it up, then won the game in extras.

Nick Ulmer picked up the win for the Bruins. He tossed a perfect inning, striking out two.

Regis starter Brent Schwarz went four innings, and allowed just one earned run. He struck out six.

See all photos at CHSAANOW.com.

Cherry Creek beats Regis Jesuit in early meeting of power teams
3/20/2015

By Neil H. Devlin

AURORA — One of the old sayings about baseball goes something like this: "Watch it long enough and eventually you'll see everything."

"I've never seen it," Regis Jesuit coach Matt Darr said, referring to his team's nine errors in a 6-5 loss in eight innings at home against Cherry Creek on Monday.

On a wind-swept afternoon in Class 5A nonleague that reached into the evening, the 2-hour, 59-minute marathon also came with a combined 13 errors, 12 hits, seven pitchers, 11 walks and three hit batsmen.

Early-season baseball can be rough, even for Regis Jesuit (2-1), last season's state runner-up and top-ranked in The Associated Press 5A media poll, and the Bruins (3-0), always a challenger and ranked No. 3.

"It couldn't have been a much uglier game, just unbelievable for two teams as good as they are with all of the mistakes," Bruins coach Marc Johnson said. "And yet, there were some good plays."

One was a walk by Bruins pinch-hitter Evan Montreal, which forced in the winning run. Others involved were Kansas signee Blake Goldsberry, who pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning for the save.

"We played hard and (the Raiders) are a good team, but we're just glad we won," Goldsberry said.

Regis Jesuit scored three times in the second on just one hit to take its only lead but had its final seven hitters go down in order.

The Bruins outhit the Raiders 7-5.t St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis, MO. 

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

Ice Hockey: Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit players set for Senior All-Star Game
3/16/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Three seniors from state ice hockey champion Cherry Creek and four from semifinalist Regis Jesuit are among players selected to compete in the final event of the hockey season, the 2014-15 Senior All-Star Game, set for Saturday at noon.

The top seniors from both the Foothills Conference — which had all four teams in the recent Frozen Four in Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit, runner-up Monarch and Dakota Ridge — and the Peak Conference will square off at noon at The Edge ice arena for conference bragging rights.

Jeff Mielnicki, who coached the Cherry Creek co-op team — a mix of players from across the Cherry Creek School District and others such as Rangeview in Aurora — will lead the Foothills Conference squad along with Dakota Ridge’s Alec Hines, with a roster that includes forward Nick Chavez (who scored the game-winner in triple overtime in the state championship game), defenseman James Shelton and goaltender Brady Mielnicki.

Also on the roster from a Regis Jesuit team that went undefeated until a semifinal loss to Monarch are forwards Connor Brennan, Grant Johnson and John Kane and defenseman Thomas Jahde.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

PHOTO GALLERY: Regis Jesuit vs. Denver East boys hoops, 5A Great 8
3/16/2015

Photos from Regis Jesuit vs. Denver East 5A boys hoops Great 8

By: Morgan Dzakowic   

KUSA – These are photos from the Regis Jesuit vs. Denver East boys basketball state tournament Great 8 match up on Saturday, March 7 at the Denver Coliseum. The No. 1 Raiders fell to the No. 6 and defending 5A state champ Angels by a final score of 53-48. Denver East advanced to the Final 4 with this win and plays No. 1 Overland at CU’s Coors Events Center on Friday, March 13 at 8:30 pm.

Click here to see extended highlights of this game.

Photos courtesy of Jack Eberhard.

See all photos at 9News.com.

Girls Basketball: Grandview’s Onyenwere, Regis Jesuit’s Lewis picked for Show All-Star girls game
3/11/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Though their teams’ seasons are over, two girls basketball players from Aurora programs will get one more chance to take the floor this season at The Show All-Star Game April 4.

Grandview sophomore Michaela Onyenwere and Regis Jesuit senior Jess Lewis — whose teams were both recently eliminated from the ongoing Class 5A girls state basketball tournament — were both among the 20 players selected for the annual all-star game sponsored by the Denver Nuggets.

The Blue and Gold teams were picked by a panel of Nuggets officials and sportswriters and sportscasters from around Colorado, including the Aurora Sentinel, and includes at least one player from the 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A classifications.

The Show girls game is scheduled to be played at 1:30 p.m. April 4 at the Pepsi Center as part of a tripleheader with The Show boys game at 3 p.m. and the Nuggets against the Los Angeles Clippers slated for 7 p.m.

Onyenwere was the Most Valuable Player of last season’s Show game as she scored 13 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, though her White Team — which also included graduated Grandview teammate Katie Cunningham — lost a 45-39 contest to the Blue Team.

“It was really fun last year and I’m honored to be named to it again,” said Onyenwere, one of only three players back from last year’s game, with Mesa Ridge’s Kylee Shook and Broomfield’s Callie Kaiser the others.

“I’m hoping it is as fun as last year,” added Onyenwere, part of the Blue Team this year.

The supremely athletic 5-foot-11 sophomore made her case as the best player in Colorado at any level this season, as she led the state in scoring at 23.7 points per game and also pulled down 11.5 rebounds per game, third-best among 5A players.

Onyenwere’s last game of the season was her best, as she poured in a career-high 43 points and was credited with 29 rebounds in a heartbreaking 86-83 Grandview loss to Lakewood in the Sweet 16. Coach Josh Ulitzky’s Wolves finished 20-5.

Lewis, who signed with West Point, earned her first selection to the Show and will suit up for the Gold Team.

A starter on Regis Jesuit’s 5A state championship teams in 2013 and 2014, Lewis was one of the few experienced players and one of just two seniors on coach Carl Mattei’s team, which finished 13-12 and lost to Grand Junction on the road by a point in the second round of the 5A playoffs.

Lewis led the Raiders with an average of 13.8 points per game, while she also led the team in assists (4.0) and steals (1.9) per game, while finished third with 4.4 rebounds per contest.

Regis Jesuit had three Show selections last season in Diani Akigbogun, Justine Hall and Anna Ptasinski, who all now play for Division I programs.

The Raiders have had a total of 17 selections to The Show in the past decade.

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

Ice Hockey: Monarch turns Regis Jesuit away in semifinals for third straight season
3/9/2015

Surging Coyotes rally past Raiders to earn state title shot

By COURTNEY OAKES

LOVELAND | The Regis Jesuit ice hockey team has mastered playing its way into the state ice hockey semifinals, as the Raiders have an ongoing streak of eight seasons in the Final Four.

Getting past Monarch once they get there, however, has been a puzzle the Raiders are still trying to solve recently.

Coach Dan Woodley’s Regis Jesuit team took the lead against the Coyotes in Thursday night’s state semifinal contest at Budweiser Events Center on Jack Jordan’s first-period goal, but wound up falling short of the state championship game for a third straight season at Monarch’s hands.

Blake Bride scored three straight goals and boosted the Coyotes to a 5-1 victory over the Raiders, who were seeking a fifth all-time trip to the finals and a chance to win a fourth state title.

Monarch (17-3-1) lost to Ralston Valley in each of the past two seasons, but takes on 18-4 Cherry Creek — a 3-2 winner over Dakota Ridge in a 6-overtime epic — this time. The state championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 7 on the same ice.

Meanwhile, Regis Jesuit — which downed Monarch 4-1 in the regular season — saw its undefeated season come to an end and finished the season 19-1-1.

The Raiders will have to wait until next season to make a run at a state championship to join the ones they won in 2008, 2009 and 2012.

Like its first round playoff win over Heritage (8-0) and second round victory against Resurrection Christian (3-0), Regis Jesuit came up with the first goal of the game in the semifinal when Jordan beat Monarch goaltender Hampus Akesson with assists going to Jack Kilkenny and Michael Baer.

The Raiders hadn’t allowed a goal in the postseason through six periods and stretched that to seven, as a goal for the Coyotes just a minute after Jordan’s was waved off because it was deemed to have come after the whistle had blown.

Late in the second period, Bride ended Regis Jesuit’s 120-plus minute stretch without yielding a goal when he scored unassisted with less than four minutes left in the second period, then tallied again with just 25 seconds left in the period.

Monarch came away with three goals in a penalty-filled third period that started with a pair of five-minute major penalties assessed to the Raiders.

The Coyotes couldn’t score on the power play, but Bride scored an even strength goal to build the lead, Adam Tybor tallied shorthanded and Andrew Pickner padded the lead again late.

Regis Jesuit goaltender Sam Garter, who had faced just 16 shots on goal in the previous two playoff games, saved 25 of the 30 shots directed his way.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Monarch defeats undefeated Regis Jesuit
3/9/2015

The Coyotes advance to play Cherry Creek in the state championship game

By: Jeremy Chavez   

KUSA – The Monarch Coyotes defeat the undefeated Regis Jesuit Raiders 5-1 and advanced to the state championship, where the Cherry Creek Bruins await.

In the first period, Regis Jesuit got on the board first with a goal from beside the net. Attempting to build on the momentum, the Raiders peppered the Coyotes goalie with shots.

The score remained 1-0 Raiders going into the second period until the Coyotes struck with a goal near the end of the period and that was just the beginning. Forward Blake Bride beat Regis goalie far side with 25 seconds left in the second period.

The Coyotes led 2-1 at the start of the third period. However, they extended their lead nine minutes in with a goal from the slot to go up 3-1.

Mid-way through the third period, aggressive play got the best of both teams as the Raiders sent two players to the box for five minute majors and the Coyotes sent two as well for two minute minors. The Coyotes soon after sent another to the box for a two minute tripping minor.

After an immense amount of penalties on either side no scoring occurred and score remained 3-1 Monarch.

Monarch capitalized later on a short-handed goal with 3:30 left in the third period.

Read the full article at 9News.com.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boulder @ Regis Jesuit boys bball, 5A Sweet 16
3/9/2015

Photos from Boulder @ Regis Jesuit varsity boys basketball in 5A Sweet 16

KUSA - These are photos from the Boulder vs. Regis Jesuit varsity boys basketball match up in the Class 5A basketball tournament Sweet 16. The No. 1-seeded Raiders took down the No. 5-seeded Panthers with a final score of 46-39.

Regis (23-2, 8-2 league) advances to the Great 8 and will play No. 6-seed and 5A defending state champ Denver East (16-10, 6-2 league) on Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 pm at the Denver Coliseum.

Photos courtesy of Jack Eberhard.

See all photos at 9News.com.

Ice Hockey: Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit hope to meet in Frozen Four
3/9/2015

Semifinal wins would pit Bruins vs. Raiders for state championship

By COURTNEY OAKES

Two ice hockey teams that learned valuable lessons about themselves when they played each other recently might have a chance to put the learning into practice in a big stakes rematch.

Regis Jesuit topped Cherry Creek 6-4 on Feb. 20 at Family Sports Center in what turned out to be the regular season finale for both teams because of weather, but the two teams including Aurora players now find themselves a win away from a showdown for the state championship.

The Raiders and Bruins both take the ice March 5 at the Budweiser Events Center in Boulder for semifinal matchups against Monarch and Dakota Ridge, respectively, with an eye on making the 2 p.m. state title game March 7.

Coach Jeff Mielnicki’s Bruins — a mix of players from Cherry Creek and several Aurora high schools in the district — might be the most improbable team left in the Frozen Four, if only for the path they had to take to get there.

The Bruins had to survive a challenge from Lewis-Palmer in the first round on Feb. 27 (a deceptive 4-1 victory with the tie-breaking goal from Sean DeKramer (Cherokee Trail) and two two empty-netters coming in the final 1 minute, 25 seconds, of regulation), then faced a Ralston Valley team that had beaten them 4-1 earlier and was intent on vying for a third consecutive state championship.

Behind first period goals from Max Tennant and Jack Venuto and a 41-save performance from goaltender Brady Mielnicki, Cherry Creek dethroned the Mustangs with a notable 2-1 victory Feb. 28 on Ralston Valley’s home ice at APEX Rec Center.

“The important thing our guys learned is you have to roll with the punches in these game; I think they understand in the playoffs there’s no tomorrow,” Mielnicki said.

“They’ve stayed focused and  we’re proud to be still alive after probably the toughest path we could have had to get here.”

Mielnicki cited the resolve built in his team stemming from the game against Regis Jesuit, in which the Bruins trailed by five goals, but scored three times in a span of 1:41 to get right back in it.

“I think both teams learned a lot from that game,” Mielnicki said. “That’s the most goals they’ve given up in a game, so I think they learned the same lesson that we did. Stay on task and if you don’t, it doesn’t really matter which team it is, the puck’s going to go into the net. Obviously, they are a well-coached team and cleaned that up and so did we.”

The Cherry Creek program — which was shuttered for roughly two decades before coming back in 2012 — is seeking its first trip to the state championship game since a loss to Arapahoe for the 1981 crown. The Bruins won three straight state titles from 1977-1979.

Indeed, coming off the Cherry Creek game, Regis Jesuit didn’t allow a single goal in its playoff wins over Heritage (8-0) and Resurrection Christian (3-0) and appears to be playing as well as ever.

Coach Dan Woodley’s team — still unbeaten at 19-0-1 — is in the semifinals for the eighth consecutive season, but hasn’t been to the state championship game since 2012. Standing in the Raiders’ way of a return is a Monarch team that knocked them out in the semifinals in each of the past two seasons.

“We have guys on this team from last year who have been beaten out and some who have been on the team two years and been beaten out in that round, so I assure you our intensity level will be very high,” said, whose team seeks its fourth all-time crown to add to wins in 2008, 2009 and 2012.

“We’ll be ready to perform…There’s only good teams left, so it will be an intense game.”

Regis Jesuit — which topped Monarch 4-1 during the regular season — has a chance to earn some retribution semifinal losses to the Coyotes in the past two seasons. The Raiders let a 1-0 lead early in the third period slip in a 2-1 loss to Monarch last season at Denver Coliseum and fell 5-2 in 2013 at Magness Arena.

Nobody on the Regis Jesuit team is looking forward to playing in the Frozen Four more than senior defenseman Thomas Jahde, who had to watch last season’s semifinal loss due to a suspension.

“The worst part was not being able to help the team in that moment,” Jahde said. “As a captain, I feel I need to be there to help the team and show the younger guys how to control themselves and play their best hockey. This is one of my best seasons in four years here, so I’m definitely looking forward to these last couple of games.”

Jahde was part of Regis Jesuit’s state championship win as a freshman in 2012, as he assisted on the winning goal in overtime of the semifinals against Chatfield to send the Raiders into the state title game, which they would win over Ralston Valley.

See the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Basketball: Four Aurora teams eye berths in Great 8 at Denver Coliseum
3/5/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Four city teams remain alive in the Sweet 16 round of the Class 5A boys state basketball tournament, scheduled for March 4, and all four will play on their home floors looking for a win to send them into the March 7 Great 8 at the Denver Coliseum. A look at each of the four games involving Aurora teams:

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@aurorasentinel.com. Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

6 p.m. — NO. 5 BOULDER AT NO. 1 REGIS JESUIT

Breakdown: Coach Ken Shaw’s Regis Jesuit team has yet another playoff contest with Boulder, which has become a regular postseason foe in recent years. The Raiders beat the Panthers in the second round in both the 2010 5A playoffs — on their way to winning the state championship — and in 2013, when they lost to Eaglecrest in the Great 8 …Top-seeded Regis Jesuit (22-2) comes into the matchup off a 66-50 second round win over Grandview in an all-Aurora playoff contest that was close into the fourth quarter before Regis Jesuit padded the lead late. Junior Geoff Kelly scored a game-high 25 points for the Raiders, who also got 16 from senior Taylor Kallsen and 14 from Kip Boryla to hold off the Wolves, who made it much of a contest than it was when Regis Jesuit won 88-41 in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 3.  For the season, Kallsen is the team’s leading scorer at 11.7 points per game, while Boryla (11.0 ppg) and senior Bryan Staerkel (10.4 ppg) also average double figures for a very balanced Raiders team …Fifth-seeded Boulder (19-6) — which is coached by former Regis Jesuit assistant Eric Eisenhard — knocked off another Aurora team, No. 4 Cherokee Trail, 59-50 in the second round. The Panthers’ top two scorers on the season, junior Landon Taliaferro (13.9 ppg) and senior Garrett Turner (13.0 ppg) combined to score 30 points in the win over the Cougars in a game in which Boulder got an early lead and held on by taking care of the basketball and hitting its free throws. The winner moves on to the Great 8 March 7 to play for the championship of the Jim Baggot Region against either No. 2 Rangeview or No. 6 Denver East for a spot in the 5A Final Four.

See the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Basketball: Top seeds Eaglecrest, Overland & Regis Jesuit head to Great 8
3/5/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Nearly half of the remaining eight teams in the Class 5A boys state basketball tournament hail from the city, as Aurora squads finished 3-1 in Wednesday night’s Sweet 16 round.

Top seeds Eaglecrest, Overland and Regis Jesuit all defending their home floors successfully and earned bids in the 5A Great 8, set for Saturday at the Denver Coliseum.

Times for the four quarterfinal matchups — Eaglecrest vs. Legend, Overland vs. Mountain Vista and Regis Jesuit vs. Denver East, plus Chaparral vs. ThunderRidge — will be set Thursday by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Games times are expected to be 1, 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m.

To reach the Great 8, the Raiders topped fifth-seeded Boulder 46-39, the Raptors got past fourth-seeded Fossil Ridge 56-49 and the Trailblazers steamrolled fourth-seeded Grand Junction 71-36.

Aurora’s fourth team playing in the Sweet 16, second-seeded Rangeview, nearly clawed all the way out of a significant hole, but ended up on the short end of an 84-75 loss to sixth-seeded Denver East, the defending 5A state champions.

See the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit, Ponderosa head boys lacrosse's preseason rankings
3/5/2015

By Ryan Casey

Regis Jesuit and Ponderosa, both defending champions, are on top of CHSAANow.com's preseason boys lacrosse rankings this season.

The Raiders are a unanimous pick in Class 5A, getting all 11 first-place votes. Cherry Creek, last season's runner-up is No. 2.

Mountain Vista begins the year at No. 3, Arapahoe is No. 4 and Kent Denver rounds out the top five teams.

Columbine is sixth and is followed by No. 7 Mullen, No. 8 Colorado Academy and No. 9 Rock Canyon. Wheat Ridge, last year's runner-up in 4A, is No. 10 after moving up to 5A this season.

In 4A's preseason poll, Ponderosa got seven of the 10 first-place votes. No. 2 Aspen and No. 3 Valor Christian both received at least one first-place vote.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association.

Complete rankings for both classes can be found at CHSAANOW.com.

Quarterfinal hockey roundup: Cherry Creek upsets defending champ Ralston Valley
3/5/2015

By Ryan Casey

Cherry Creek took down two-time defending champion Ralston Valley in the quarterfinals of hockey's state tournament on Saturday.

The Bruins (17-4-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Max Tennant and Jack Venuto in the first period. That would be all they needed, as the No. 5 seed held on for a 2-1 win over No. 1 Ralston Valley.

It is the biggest win for Cherry Creek since the program was revived following a 25-year hiatus in 2012-13.

Cherry Creek was also in the semifinals last year, where the Bruins lost to Ralston Valley 6-2.

Bruins goalie Brady Mielnicki had a huge game — including a big penalty kill late in the third period.

Ralston Valley (18-2-1) scored with eight seconds left in the game.

(2) Regis Jesuit 3, (6) Resurrection Christian 0

Regis Jesuit is back in hockey's semifinals for the eighth consecutive season following a 3-0 win over Resurrection Christian in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

The Raiders have advanced to the state semifinals every year since 2008, and won championships in 2008, 2009 and 2012.

Saturday, second-seeded Regis (19-0-1) took a 1-0 lead on Cade Alcock's goal 9:32 into the first period. It then added a power play markers from John Kane and Jack Jordan in the second to grab the three-goal lead.

Sam Gartner notched his fourth shutout this season, and second of the playoffs, for Regis.

Resurrection Christian, a No. 6 seed, ends its season 15-6-0.

Read the full article at CHSAANOW.com.

Girls Basketball: Aurora’s surviving trio of teams seeks 5A Sweet 16 spot
3/5/2015

Cherokee Trail, Grandview, Regis Jesuit try to move on
By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | A look at the three second round games of the 2015 Class 5A girls state basketball tournament involving Aurora teams scheduled for Feb. 27:

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or sports@aurorasentinel.com. Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

5:30 p.m. — NO. 6 REGIS JESUIT AT NO. 3 GRAND JUNCTION

Breakdown: Coach Carl Mattei’s Regis Jesuit team hasn’t had to travel for a second round game in the 5A state playoffs for quite awhile, but that’s the fate of the two-time defending champions this season. And the road game is all the way on the Western Slope, requiring the team to leave a day early to try to beat the weather. The current crop of Raiders is short on postseason experience, however they have tasted a playoff victory with a 46-40 win over 11th-seeded Pomona in the first round Feb. 24. Sophomore Ezekia Johnson led the way for Regis Jesuit with 16 points and nine rebounds, while junior TaeKenya Cleveland contributed 13 points and eight boards. Senior guard Jess Lewis started on the past two championship teams and was able to play more of a supporting role, but the West Point recruit (the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game) is the tone-setter for a young team with just two seniors on the roster. Lewis will be especially important defensively in the second round against third-seeded Grand Junction, which has a jet of a point guard in senior Sydni Brandon. Brandon has gaudy averages (11.6 points, 6.0 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 steals), while 6-foot junior Tori Catlett (13.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg) is another major force for the Tigers. Grand Junction won its last three games of the regular season, but last played 10 days before the playoff matchup with Regis Jesuit. The winner moves into the Sweet 16 to play the winner between No. 2 Cherry Creek and No. 7 Chaparral in Alice Barron Region play.

See full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Basketball: Five Aurora teams open Class 5A state tournament
3/5/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | A look at the five first round games of the 2015 Class 5A girls state basketball tournament involving Aurora teams scheduled for Feb. 24. The city’s only top-four seed, Grandview, has a first-round bye and swings into action for the second round on Feb. 27:

AURORA 5A GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL 1ST ROUND GAMES

6 p.m. — No. 11 POMONA at No. 6 REGIS JESUIT

Breakdown: Coach Carl Mattei’s Regis Jesuit team has been a very regular No. 1 seed in the state playoffs for quite awhile and has won the past two 5A state titles, but this year’s very young team enters the postseason as a No. 6 seed with a record just over .500 at 12-11. The Raiders split their last four games of the regular season, but ended on a win with a 59-48 victory at Ponderosa on Feb. 19. Senior guard Jess Lewis played a key role on each of the past two championship-winning Regis Jesuit teams and her play and leadership will be especially vital in this year’s postseason run. Lewis leads the team with an average of 14.1 points per game and also leads the Raiders in assists (4.0) and steals (1.9) per contest. Juniors TaeKenya Cleveland and Ezekia Johnson average 11.7 and 9.0 points, respectively, and both are capable of big scoring nights that can come in especially handy in the playoffs. Junior Julia Drexelius and freshman Emily Wrede offer danger on the perimeter for Regis Jesuit. The Raiders welcome in 11th-seeded Pomona, which brings an eight-game losing streak into the postseason and finished tied for last in the Jeffco League without a single senior on the roster. Sophomore Ashley Madden has been the Panthers’ most dangerous offensive player with an average of 18.7 points per game (including nine efforts of more than 20 points), while sophomore Julia Trujillo (11.2 ppg) and sophomore Abriana Ramirez (8.7 ppg) also contribute heavily in the scoring column. The winner treks off to No. 4 Grand Junction on Feb. 27 for the second round in the Alice Barron Region.

See the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

2015 Colorado ice hockey state playoffs bracket
3/5/2015

Ralston Valley and Mountain Vista received the top two seeds in the 2015 Colorado high school ice hockey tournament, which takes place Feb. 27 to March 7.

The final will take place at 2 p.m. March 7 at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.

See the full article in The Denver Post.

Spring Sports: Last prep sports season of school year opens Monday
2/24/2015

Practices allowed to begin in advance of March 5 opening day

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | With impeccable timing as usual, the spring prep sports season arrived Monday on the heels of a significant snowstorm with more to come.

Tryouts in the last of three prep sports seasons on the school calendar made up of nine sports — baseball, girls soccer, boys swimming, track & field, boys and girls lacrosse, girls tennis and girls golf — were given the green light by the Colorado High School Activities Association, though all but swimming would be out of their natural element indoors to begin practice.

Girls golf and girls tennis get the first OK to begin the regular season on Thursday, while the remaining sports are allowed to scrimmage for the first time on Feb. 28 and open the regular season on March 5.

Aurora’s defending Class 5A state champions from last fall are all from Regis Jesuit in boys lacrosse, boys swimming and girls golf.

The winter prep sports season is winding to a close with the Class 5A state swim meet a week ago and the Class 5A/4A state wrestling tournament this past weekend at the Pepsi Center, while boys and girls basketball and ice hockey playoffs begin this week.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Basketball: 2015 Class 5A state playoff bracket, pairings
2/24/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Seedings and pairings for the 2015 Class 5A boys state basketball tournament as released on Feb. 22. The top four seeds in each region receive byes in the first round and play at home in the second round. Higher seeds are home teams in each round. Aurora teams bold and uppercased:

2014 CLASS 5A BOYS STATE BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

RAY BALL REGION

Top four seeds: No. 1 EAGLECREST, No. 2 Legend, No. 3 George Washington, No. 4 Fossil Ridge

First round (Feb. 25)

No. 9 AURORA CENTRAL at No. 8 Heritage, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Legacy at No. 5 Arvada West

No. 10 HINKLEY at No. 7 Columbine, 7 p.m.

No. 11 Rocky Mountain at No. 6 Cherry Creek

Second round (Feb. 28)

AURORA CENTRAL/Heritage winner at NO. 1 EAGLECREST, 3 p.m.

Legacy/Arvada West winner at No. 4 Fossil Ridge

HINKLEY/Columbine winner at No. 2 Legend

Rocky Mountain/Cherry Creek winner at No. 3 George Washington

CHAUNCEY BILLUPS REGION

Top four seeds: No. 1 ThunderRidge, No. 2 Dakota Ridge, No. 3 Chaparral, No. 4 Rampart

First round (Feb. 25)

No. 9 Horizon at NO. 8 SMOKY HILL, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Lakewood at No. 5 Monarch

No. 10 Loveland at No. 7 Lincoln

No. 11 Pine Creek at No. 6 Mountain Rage

Second round (Feb. 28)

Horizon/SMOKY HILL winner at No. 1 ThunderRidge

Lakewood/Monarch winner at No. 4 Rampart

Loveland/Lincoln winner at No. 2 Dakota Ridge

Pine Creek/Mountain Range winner at No. 3 Chaparral

JIM BAGGOT REGION

Top four seeds: NO. 1. REGIS JESUIT, NO. 2 RANGEVIEW, No. 3 Rock Canyon, NO. 4 CHEROKEE TRAIL

First round (Feb. 25)

No. 9 Palmer at NO. 8 GRANDVIEW, 7 p.m.

No. 12 Liberty at No. 5 Boulder

No. 10 Highlands Ranch at No. 7 Chatfield

No. 11 Fairview at No. 6 Denver East

Second round (Feb. 28)

Palmer/GRANDVIEW winner at NO. 1 REGIS JESUIT, 6 p.m.

Liberty/Boulder winner at NO. 4 CHEROKEE TRAIL, 1 p.m.

Highlands Ranch/Chatfield winner at NO. 2 RANGEVIEW, 3 p.m.

Fairview/Denver East winner at No. 3 Rock Canyon

BILL WEIMAR REGION

Top four seeds: NO. 1 OVERLAND, No. 2 Mountain Vista, No. 3 Fort Collins, No. 4 Grand Junction

First round (Feb. 25)

No. 9 Fountain-Fort Carson at No. 8 Castle View

No. 12 Greeley West at No. 5 Northglenn

No. 10 Arapahoe at No. 7 Doherty

No. 11 Mullen at No. 6 Montbello

Second round (Feb. 28)

Fountain-Fort Carson/Castle View winner at NO. 1 OVERLAND (17-6), 2 p.m.

Greeley West/Northglenn winner at No. 4 Grand Junction

Arapahoe/Doherty winner at No. 2 Mountain Vista

Mullen/Montbello winner at No. 3 Fort Collins

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

State basketball brackets out in 5A, 4A girls and boys basketball
2/24/2015

By Ryan Casey

The brackets for the Class 5A and 4A boys and girls basketball state tournaments were released on Sunday.

Overland, Regis Jesuit, Eaglecrest and ThunderRidge each earned No. 1 seeds in the 5A boys tournament. Each of those teams, save for Eaglecrest, were ranked No. 1 in CHSAANow.com's poll at some point this season.

No. 2 seeds in 5A boys include Mountain Vista, Legend, Dakota Ridge and Rangeview.

The Continental League, viewed by many as the toughest in the state, ended up with six teams getting first-round byes, including No. 3 seeds Chaparral and Rock Canyon. The other No. 3s are Fort Collins and George Washington.

Also getting byes in the first round were No. 4 seeds Cherokee Trail, Rampart, Grand Junction and Fossil Ridge.

Defending champion Denver East drew a No. 6 seed, and opens at home against No. 11 Fairview.
ThunderRidge Grandview girls basketball

On the 5A girls side, Highlands Ranch, Broomfield, ThunderRidge and Monarch earned the No. 1 seeds.

The No. 2s are Cherry Creek, Rampart, Lakewood and Arapahoe.

Also receiving first round byes are No. 3 seeds Grand Junction, Ralston Valley, Grandview and Denver East; as well as No. 4 seeds Legacy, Westminster, Pine Creek and Fossil Ridge.

Two-time defending 5A champion Regis Jesuit is a No. 6 seed, and plays No. 11 Pomona in the first round.

In 4A girls, Canon City, Pueblo West, D'Evelyn and Holy Family were the No. 1 seeds. The No. 2s are Pueblo South, Palisade, Sand Creek and Valor Christian.

Defending champion Mesa Ridge is a No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 Silver Creek to open the tournament.

The 4A boys field is led by No. 1 seeds Longmont, Golden, Holy Family and Denver South.

Valor Christian, Air Academy, Sierra and Pueblo West are No. 2 seeds.

Pueblo East, the defending champion, missed the 4A field.

Read the full article at CHSAANOW.com.

Wrestling: Aurora 5A state placing match, consolation results
2/24/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Results for the placing matches and consolation third round and semifinal results involving Aurora wrestlers contested on Feb. 21, 2015, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Aurora wrestlers bold and uppercased:

2015 CLASS 5A STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Aurora third-place matches

152 pounds: Jozef McClure, Adams City, dec. LOGAN RONAN, REGIS JESUIT, 3-2

220 pounds: MAX GONZALES, RANGEVIEW, pinned Charles Dunkelman, Loveland, 2:27

285 pounds: JOSH VIGIL-HARRISON, GRANDVIEW, pinned Clayton Voytilla, Fruita, 2:44

Aurora fifth-place matches

145 pounds: AJ Curtis, Cherry Creek, dec. SETH BROWN, GRANDVIEW, 4-1

182 pounds: Cameron Gonzales, Pomona, pinned JUAN FRAIRE, AURORA CENTRAL, 2:38

Aurora consolation semifinal results

145 pounds: Josiah Rider, Grand Junction maj. dec. SETH BROWN, GRANDVIEW, 11-2

152 pounds: LOGAN RONAN, REGIS JESUIT, dec. Dawson Cranmer, Chaparral, 10-8 (OT)

182 pounds: Matt Hebel, Legacy, dec. JUAN FRAIRE, AURORA CENTRAL, 5-4

220 pounds: MAX GONZALES, RANGEVIEW, dec. Brandon Forney, Mountain Range, 5-4

285 pounds: JOSH VIGIL-HARRISON, GRANDVIEW, pinned Forrest Lalaguna, Centaurus, 2:51

Aurora consolation third round results

120 pounds: Cole Polluconi, Monarch, maj. dec. RAFAEL GARIBAY, HINKLEY, 10-2

145 pounds: Josiah Rider, Grand Junction, maj. dec. DONOVAN RONAN, REGIS JESUIT, 9-0

152 pounds: LOGAN RONAN, REGIS JESUIT, dec. Dakota Colonese, Pine Creek, 10-8 (OT); Jared Todd, Heritage, dec. JAKE DUGAN, EAGLECREST, 8-2

160 pounds: Josh Burns, Liberty, dec. SAM MAES, RANGEVIEW, 11-8

170 pounds: Luke Engler, Douglas County, dec. ZEKE SILVA, CHEROKEE TRAIL, 6-5

285 pounds: JOSH VIGIL-HARRISON, GRANDVIEW, dec. Drew Strong, Lakewood, 8-7

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Photos: No. 2 Regis Jesuit boys hoops flies by Ponderosa
2/24/2015

By Jack Eberhard

AURORA — No. 2 Regis Jesuit boys basketball needed a win after losing to No. 8 Mountain Vista, and they got it with a 98-43 victory over Ponderosa Friday night.

Senior Kip Boryla led the way for Regis Jesuit, dumping in 19 points and grabbing six boards. Junior Mark Reininger finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points and snatching 11 rebounds.

See all photos at CHSAANOW.com.

Wrestling: Aurora trio of Brown, Fraire and Gonzales stopped in semis at state wrestling tournament
2/24/2015

Despite semifinal defeats, all three will earn top 6 places; seven other Aurora wrestlers need one victory to earn way into placing round

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | For the first time in several years, at least one wrestler from an Aurora school won’t vie for a championship at the Class 5A state wrestling tournament.

But it still could be one of the most successful years for the city in terms of placers if things go well in the consolation rounds at noon Saturday, which kick off the final day of the three-day tournament at the Pepsi Center.

Grandview senior Seth Brown (145 pounds), Aurora Central senior Juan Fraire (182 pounds) and Rangeview sophomore Max Gonzales (220 pounds) all lost in semifinal matches on Friday night, but are assured a yet-to-be-determined spot in the top six of their respective weights.

Seven other city wrestlers — Regis Jesuit’s Donovan (145) and Logan Ronan (152), Cherokee Trail’s Zeke Silva (170), Eaglecrest’s Jake Dugan (152), Grandview’s Josh Vigil-Harrison (285), Hinkley’s Rafael Garibay (120) and Rangeview’s Sam Maes (160) — also remained alive through the second round of the consolation portion of the tournament, needing one more win to grab their own spot in the placing rounds.

Pomona’s Deyaun Trueblood, who won the 152-pound state championship last season while at Gateway, has a chance for another title this season as he is in the 170-pound title match.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

No shortage of Colorado ice hockey contenders this year
2/24/2015

Ralston Valley will look for third straight title, but the Mustangs have plenty of competition.

With the regular season down to its final weekend, the state's hockey picture is a bit murkier than a year ago.

Unlike last season, when Ralston Valley (Arvada) rampaged its way to a perfect 23-0 season and was a clear-cut favorite to win it all, no such team exists this season. Sure, the Mustangs are again talented and will make a firm push for their third straight title, but they are not the slam dunk they were last year at this time.

In fact, Regis Jesuit (Aurora) still maintains the top spot in the CHSAANow.com rankings, with the Raiders' lone glitch in their otherwise a perfect season being last week's 2-2 tie with Ralston Valley.

"I'd say it's a little more wide open this season," Regis Jesuit coach Dan Woodley said. "Last year, I could count five teams that had a legitimate chance to win the whole thing. This year, I'd say there's up to seven teams that I've seen that have a legitimate chance, maybe even eight or nine.

"If a good one-third of the (Foothills) League is capable of winning it all, it's going to make for a very interesting playoffs."

With a wide-open feel in mind, here's a quick look at the top eight contenders, in order of their spot in the rankings this week. CHSAA is scheduled to release the state bracket Sunday.

Regis Jesuit: The Raiders (16-0-1) feature everything a well-rounded hockey squad craves. An ultra-potent scoring attack, led top scorers Cale Woodley and Connor Brennan; hot goaltending from Sam Gartner, who seamlessly has replaced Sam Harden (now in the NA3HL); and recent success. Before Ralston Valley won the past two titles, the Raiders had won three of the past five.

Ralston Valley: After watching their unbeaten streak end at 41 games with a loss to Mountain Vista, the Mustangs (16-1-1) have roared back to go 8-0-1 down the stretch. Still the pick of many to win it all, the Mustangs have gotten a combined 62 points from Jeff Moffat and Tony Salazar.

Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch): The Golden Eagles (15-1-1) have been knocking on the doorstep the past few seasons. Is this the year they break it down and land in the championship game? Bryan Hancock leads a talented corps of scorers and goaltenders Tanner Munn and Mitchell Volmert have combined to go 13-0-1.

Monarch (Louisville): Before the playoffs begin, the Coyotes (14-2-1) will have a chance to earn a measure of revenge Saturday against a Ralston Valley squad that has beaten them in the past two championship games. The Coyotes remain stout despite senior Walker Harris' ascension to juniors. Blake Bride has overtaken the primary scoring role with 17 goals and 21 assists.

Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village): Last year's run to the semifinals was unforeseen after the Bruins struggled as a first-year squad in 2012-13. But they've proven last season was no fluke, as the Bruins (14-3) again have been salty with a scoring attack led by Tim Keohane and Nick Chavez. Creek's lone losses are to top-four teams.

Dakota Ridge (Littleton): This year's surprise story made its biggest statement with a shutout of Monarch last month, and the Eagles (16-3) have morphed from a dark-horse candidate to a mainstream contender to crack the final four. Zach Williams leads a balanced cast of scorers while Joey Owston has been the top netminder.

Air Academy (US Air Force Academy): There has been no shortage of firepower for the Kadets (15-3), who boast the state's top scorer in Travis Work (22 goals, 24 assists) and the Nos. 3 and 4 scorers in Sam Thrutchley and Jonathan Valtin. The knock on the Kadets is that they haven't seen as rugged of competition in the Peak League, but they'll soon get their chance to branch out.

Resurrection Christian (Loveland): The Cougars (14-5) have hovered slightly below the radar behind the highly-touted teams atop the Foothills League. But they boats a top defenseman in John Tower and two dynamic forwards in Garrett Devine and Zach Lish. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Cougars pull off an upset in the postseason.

Read the full article at MaxPreps.com.

Wrestling: Aurora Class 5A/4A state quarterfinal/1st round consolation results
2/24/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Championship quarterfinal and 1st round consolation match results for the 27 Aurora wrestlers in the Class 5A/4A state wrestling tournament in the afternoon session Feb. 20, 2015, at the Pepsi Center. Quarterfinal winners wrestle in semifinals at 7:15 p.m. followed by the second round of consolation matches. Aurora wrestlers bold and uppercased:

2015 CLASS 5A/4A STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Aurora quarterfinal matches (Feb. 20)

120 pounds: 5A — Travis Torres, sr., Pomona, maj. dec. RAFAEL GARIBAY, JR., HINKLEY, 9-0

132 pounds: 4A — Zac Hanenberg, fr., Canon City, maj. dec. MARCUS GUERRA, JR., VISTA PEAK, 12-2

138 pounds: 5A — Isaac Rider, sr., Grand Junction, dec. DOMINIQUE EVANS, SR., EAGLECREST, 1-0

145 pounds: 5A — Danny Murphy, sr., Rocky Mountain, maj. dec. DONOVAN RONAN, SR., REGIS JESUIT, 14-5; 5A — SETH BROWN, SR., GRANDVIEW, dec. vs. Camden Roach, jr., Chaparral, 4-2

152 pounds: 5A — Roman Ortiz, sr., Rocky Mountain, dec. LOGAN RONAN, SR., REGIS JESUIT, 5-2

170 pounds: 5A — Jimmy Weaver, soph., Coronado, dec. ZEKE SILVA, SOPH., CHEROKEE TRAIL, 3-0

182 pounds: 5A — JUAN FRAIRE, SR., AURORA CENTRAL, dec. Ty Taylor, sr., Fruita Monument, 6-5

220 pounds: 5A — MAX GONZALES, SOPH., RANGEVIEW, dec. Daniel Chavez, sr., Pomona, 8-4

285 pounds: 5A — Dane Drimmer, sr., Chaparral, pinned JOSH VIGIL-HARRISON, JR., GRANDVIEW, 0:49

Aurora first round consolation matches (Feb. 20)

106 pounds: 5A — Johnny Sanchez, soph., Brighton dec. BEN RHOTON, JR., HINKLEY, 4-0; 5A — Devan Cogil, jr., Legacy, dec. AXEL PACHECO, JR., AURORA CENTRAL, 7-5; 4A — Hunter Williams, fr., Thompson Valley, dec. DILAN ESPARZA, SOPH., VISTA PEAK, 6-4

126 pounds: 5A — XAVIER CARDENAS, JR., GRANDVIEW, dec. JONNATHAN QUIJADA, JR., AURORA CENTRAL, 4-2; 5A — Rylen Thalhammer, sr., Coronado, tech. fall JORDON WHITE, JR., GATEWAY, 17-1

132 pounds: 5A — CARL COMPOSANTO, SOPH., REGIS JESUIT, dec. David Kavanaugh, jr., Denver East, 9-4; 5A — Caden Feenstra, jr., Monarch, dec. ARMANDO SANTILLAN, SOPH., GRANDVIEW, 10-6

145 pounds: 5A — SERJ CHAVEZ, SOPH., HINKLEY, dec. John Woodruff, jr., Ponderosa, 9-3

152 pounds: 5A — MICHAEL THELEN, JR., CHEROKEE TRAIL, dec. Grady Brewster, sr., Liberty, 4-0; JAKE DUGAN, SR., EAGLECREST, dec. Adrian Kois, jr., Thornton, 8-5

160 pounds: 5A — SAM MAES, SR., RANGEVIEW, dec. Andrew Erickson, sr., Chatfield, 9-4; 5A — Vincent Casados, sr., Arvada West, over SETH BOGULSKI, JR., CHEROKEE TRAIL, DQ

182 pounds: 5A — ALDIN PURIS, SR., EAGLECREST, maj. dec. Zach Waters, sr., Liberty, 10-2

195 pounds: 5A — Zachary Swartout, soph., Loveland, pinned CARLOS ZERNA, SR., SMOKY HILL, 0:56; 5A — NICK ELGIN, JR., REGIS JESUIT, dec. Sly Montgomery, jr., Prairie View, 6-1

285 pounds: 5A — OREVA KOKA, SR., CHEROKEE TRAIL, dec. Jeramiah Ramos, sr., Arvada West, 5-2

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Ice Hockey: Despite late lapse, Regis Jesuit holds off Cherry Creek 6-4
2/24/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

CENTENNIAL | In a span of just over a minute of play, the Regis Jesuit ice hockey team’s performance Friday night went from domination to survival.

Riding high with a six-goal outburst in the first two periods against a talented Cherry Creek co-op team at Family Sports Center — a start that included a hat trick by senior forward Connor Brennan — coach Dan Woodley noticed his Raiders eased up on their intensity level going into the final period.

The gritty Bruins took advantage, as they racked up three goals in a minute span to open the third period to take a big chunk out of Regis Jesuit’s five-goal lead, but the Raiders righted the ship the rest of the way and held on for a 6-4 Foothills Conference victory in front of a packed house.

Woodley’s team remained unbeaten and pushed to 17-0-1 overall and 13-0-1 atop the league standings. Regis Jesuit finishes the regular season against rival and Peak Conference leader Mountain Vista (16-1-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday at South Suburban.

Brennan got the Raiders on the scoreboard first with a power play goal in the opening period, then scored back-to-back even strength goals in just over a minute in the second period to give his team a 5-0 lead. Jack Jordan and Jack Kilkenny also had goals in the fast start for Regis Jesuit.

Cherry Creek (14-4, 10-3) finally got on the scoreboard in the second period courtesy of Chris Nitchen, but Michael Baer got the goal back for Regis Jesuit in the final minute of the period.

The final period opened with a bang, as Nitchen, Ryan Heck and Tim Keohane all got shots past Raiders’ netminder Sam Gartner in a span of just 1:01. The Bruins were whistled for two penalties in the final 10 minutes, allowing Regis Jesuit to play much of the final stretch on the power play.

Coach Jeff Mielnicki’s district team returns to the Family Sports Center ice at 5:45 p.m. Saturday to close out the regular season against Kent Denver.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Wrestling: More than half of Aurora’s state contingent knows way around Pepsi Center mats
2/20/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

Juan Fraire has been to the state wrestling tournament before and knows the feeling of standing high on the medal podium.

The Aurora Central senior got there a year ago, but at the 2A level when he was at Sedgwick County/Fleming and took third place at 160 pounds.

This season is a whole new ballgame for Fraire, who has noticed one big difference moving up to 5A, the state’s largest classification.

“The kids are a lot bigger,” he said.

Still, that hasn’t slowed the 182-pounder down much, as Fraire has racked up a 32-5 record and earned his way into the Feb. 19-21 5A state tournament at Pepsi Center as a regional champion. He’ll be joined by teammates Axel Pacheco (106), a junior who is qualified for the first time, and 126-pounder Jonnathan Quijada (126), who finished 1-2 last season in his state debut.

More than half of the 27 Aurora wrestlers from 10 schools that survived regional qualifying Feb. 13-14 know the friendly confines of Pepsi Center after making the trip at least once.

Aurora’s lone returning state placer is Regis Jesuit senior Logan Ronan, who finished fourth at 145 pounds in his first state appearance and aims for higher this season at 152. He lost in the Region 1 championship match to top-ranked Payton Tawater of Arvada West, but in doing so ended up on the opposite side of the bracket, with a rematch possible in the state championship match.

Regis Jesuit’s contingent of four qualifiers all have state experience in Ronan, plus twin brother Donovan (145) and junior Nick Elgin (195) — who each make their way to the Pepsi Center for the third straight time — and sophomore Carl Composanto (132).

Led by Region 4 126-pound champion and state veteran Xavier Cardenas, Grandview — under the leadership of first-year head coach Ryan Budd, a three-time state placer in his days wrestling for the Wolves — also had four wrestlers earn state berths. Cardenas and junior heavyweight Josh Vigil-Harrison both made state in the previous two seasons as well.

Senior 145-pounder Seth Brown qualified last season, though he had pull out due to injury, so he will wrestle downtown for the first time along with sophomore Armando Santillan at 132 pounds.

All four of Cherokee Trail’s qualifiers — Michael Thelen (152), Seth Bogulski (160), Zeke Silva (170) and Oreva Koka (285) — are state newcomers.

Eaglecrest has a veteran trio in seniors Dominique Evans (138), Jake Dugan (152) — a three-time qualifier — and Aldin Puris (182), while 145-pounder Serj Chavez, one of Hinkley’s “Three Amigos” with Ben Rhoton (106) and Rafael Garibay (120) has been there before.

Chavez wrestled just part of his first round match at state last season before he had to be helped off with an injury that ended his tournament.

Rangeview Region 4 champion Max Gonzales (220) and teammate Sam Maes (160) both made state a year ago along with three other teammates, who all got stopped in regionals this time around. Gonzales won twice at state last season and came up one victory short of reaching the medal podium.

Maes missed much of the season due to injury, but managed a 20-3 record and reached the regional championship match before falling.

Gateway’s Jordon White (126) and Smoky Hill’s Carlos Zerna (195) represent their schools at state on the heels of great performances by former teammates last season.

Former Oly Deyaun Trueblood — now at Pomona — won the 152-pound state championship last season, while former Buff Dexter Bess made it to the 220-pound final before losing to Regis Jesuit’s Grant Neal in an all-Aurora title bout.

In 4A, the duo of Dilan Esparza (106) and Marcus Guerra (132) break ground for the Vista PEAK program and get their first taste of the state tournament.

The school’s largest contingent of qualifiers for the state tournament had been one in Junior Casillas for each of the past three years, but that’s been doubled this season for the 4A tournament.

Casillas set a bar for the program with his fifth-place finish at 120 pounds last year.

See the full article at the the Aurora Sentinel.

Photos: Subart's winner lifts Mountain Vista boys hoops over Regis Jesuit
2/20/2015

By CHSAA

HIGHLANDS RANCH — Brady Subart hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer to lift No. 8 Mountain Vista boys basketball over No. 2 Regis Jesuit on Tuesday.

His mid-range shot rattled around the rim before falling in for the 57-55 win. The senior finished with a game-high 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals on senior night.

"It was a great team win and just a lot of fun to be a part of," he said after the game.

He wasn't the only senior to step up on Tuesday.

6-foot-5 senior Nick Pepper scored 14 points, and senior Cory Smith nailed two clutch fourth-quarter 3-pointers off the bench.

"They were unbelievable," Mountain Vista coach Bob Wood said of Smith's back-to-back 3s. "They were guarding our two best scorers very well. And sometimes in close games someone has to do something out of the ordinary and Cory hitting those two shots was big. I am sure they were not expecting that."

Said Smith: "I knew if I hit those threes it would pick our team up because we were only down by 2."

Ray Beresford scored 11 points for Mountain Vista and sophomore Isaac Phillips added 7.

The Golden Eagles play top-ranked ThunderRidge on Friday night. The Grizzlies also lost on Tuesday, falling to No. 10 Chaparral 66-42.

"We have great senior leadership," Wood said. "Friday night at ThunderRidge will be a big rivalry game and I am sure it will be sold out."

Regis Jesuit was led by 12 points each from Kip Boryla and Geoffrey Kelly, who also had 12 rebounds. Nolan Ebel added 11 points.

"Our league is very good," Regis coach Ken Shaw said of the Continental, arguably the toughest league in the state this season which currently has five teams ranked. "On any given night if you are not ready to play somebody can get you.

"Take your hat off to Mountain Vista. They competed very hard, and they had the lead down the stretch and dictated some things and then made the last shot of the game. It was a huge win for them."

Read the full article and all photos at CHSAANOW.com.

SMU Signs Six For 2015
2/18/2015

DALLAS (SMU) - SMU women's soccer head coach Chris Petrucelli and the coaching staff announced the signing of six student-athletes for the 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday.

Catie Brown, Katie Carr, Hannah Fleet, Haley Thompson, Blair Thorpe and Kat Wood have all signed to play for the program in 2015.

"The group as a whole is talented," said Petrucelli. "There are a number of players that have the chance to step in and play right away. There are players that play a variety of positions and cover both the left and right side of the field. We had a number of things we were looking for in the class. We needed to get more athletic, we needed to find some players who can play off the left side, we needed to find players who can score and we needed some quality depth at a few positions. I feel like we've accomplished all of these things with this group of players. They are players that are serious about the game, want to get better and want to win. This is a group that will help our team a great deal in the fall."

With this class, the Mustangs bring in a goalkeeper (Brown), two defenders (Thompson, Wood), two midfielders (Carr, Thorpe) and one forward (Fleet).

Read full article at SMUMustangs.com.

Wrestling: Class 5A Region 1 results
2/17/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

ARVADA | Team scores and placing match results from the 2015 Class 5A Region 1 wrestling tournament held Feb. 13-14 at Legacy High School. Four wrestlers per weight class advance to the Feb. 19-21 5A state tournament at Pepsi Center. Aurora teams and wrestlers are bold and uppercase:

CLASS 5A REGION 1 WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Team scores: 1. Arvada West 280.5 points; 2. Coronado 198; 3. Legacy 153; 4. Northglenn 132; 5. Castle View 117.5; 6. EAGLECREST 90; 7. REGIS JESUIT 89.5; 8. Legend 85; 9. Lincoln 78; 10. HINKLEY 73; 11. Fort Collins 72; 12. Horizon 59; 13. Chatfield 44; 14. Bear Creek 43; 15. Boulder 36; 16. Overland 32

See full article and championship matches results at the Aurora Sentinel.

Bailey, Bailey, and Bayley Lead Fossil Ridge Girls to 2015 Colorado 5A State Swimming Title
2/17/2015

Braden Keith

On paper, the Colorado 5A girls’ state championship meet was expected to be a tight battle between Fossil Ridge and Regis Jesuit. In practice, however, Auburn commit Bailey Nero and her sophomore teammate Bailey Kovac combined to lead the Fort-Collins-based Fossil Ridge Sabercats to a dominant team victory that included winning two-of-three relays along with three-of-nine individual events.

The team-earned win included a new Colorado State Record for Nero in the 100 fly, where she swam a 53.22 to improve by a full second Kelly Naze’s 2010 record of 54.25.

Team scoring (top 8):

  1. Fossil Ridge – 347
  2. Regis Jesuit – 277
  3. Fairview – 226.5
  4. Cherry Creek – 170
  5. ThunderRidge – 153
  6. Arapahoe – 129
  7. Loveland – 92
  8. Mountain Vista – 87

Full team scores here.

Fossil Ridge set the tone early in this meet, winning the 200 medley relay with a 1:43.04 – more than two seconds better than runners-up ThunderRidge High School, while Regis Jesuit took only 4th.

The FR combination of Bayley Stewart (26.87), Bailey Kovac (28.06), Bailey Nero (24.17), and Lesley-Ann Knee (23.94) combined for the victory, and all but Nero are sophomores-or-younger.

With three homophonic swimmers on that relay, it was the middle-two stars – Kovac and Nero – who made the difference for this team.

ThunderRidge took 2nd in 1:45.49, including a 23.96 fly split from senior Annie Ochitwa.

In a meet that, for the first time in a few years, had a big senior presence, Notre Dame commit Ella Moynihan from Arapahoe High School took the day’s first individual event, the 200 free, in a 1:48.29. That’s a new lifetime best for her, and throughout this meet, the middle-distance specialist showed more of her speed than her endurance.

While she would take a double, also winning the 500 free in 4:54.92, that swim was four seconds from her best time, as compared to the 200 and her relay sprints that compared much more favorably against her historical charts.

Fairview’s Brittany Beecher, just a sophomore, took 2nd in both the 200 and the 500, and should pick up that torch from Moynihan next season.

While Fossil Ridge didn’t win that 200 free, they were the only team with two swimmers in the A-Final (Quinn Fawcett was 5th in 1:52.80 and Riley Hoffman was 6th in 1:53.15), and with a third swimmer in the B-Final, they scored a monstrous 31 points in that race. Regis Jesuit didn’t have a single finalist in that 200 free, meaning that they would be left to play catchup for the rest of the meet if they were to defend their team title.

Fossil Ridge would send another demoralizing wave through in the women’s 200 IM, with three swimmers in the A-Final, and another one in the B-Final for another whopping 54 points. This time, that included a victory from Nero in 1:59.20 as she beat out Texas commit Brooke Hanson, who was a 2:01.58 for 2nd place.

Kovac took 3rd in 2:03.11, and while Fossil Ridge did put their two best swimmers in the same event, the early scoring advantage seemed to be worth it. Bailey Kovac’s younger sister, freshman Cameron, was 11th in 2:10.46 in this race.

By this point of the meet, Fossil Ridge had already scored 125 points, and while things were a little quieter for them in the 50 free (freshman Zoe Bartel was their only scorer, taking 4th in 23.73), Regis Jesuit wasn’t able to do much damage in the sprint event to catch up.

The win went to Arizona commit Ochitwa from ThunderRidge in 22.86 after she cleared 23 seconds in both prelims (22.79) and finals.

Regis Jesuit took advantage of their biggest edge over Fossil Ridge in the girls’ 1-meter diving event, as junior McKenzie Austin repeated as the State Champion, and broke the 5A Record, with a score of 540.30. The powerful diving program had three scorers, to just one from Fossil Ridge, to make back 27 points, but that momentum was halted in the next race.

There, Bailey Nero took her second win of the day, swimming the 53.22 in the 100 fly for the win. That took a full second off of current Cal swimmer Kelly Naze’s 2010 State Record of 54.25, and also held off Regis Jesuit’s Amy Lenderink, who was 2nd in 55.28.

Regis Jesuit was able to make up some points for the third-straight event (16 this time), but the gains just weren’t coming in big enough pieces.

Annie Ochitwa, the one swimmer who might’ve challenged Nero in that 100 fly, instead saved her muster for the 100 free where she had a battle with another of the state’s top seniors: Brooke Hansen.

Both swimmers were pushed to new lifetime bests, but it was Ochitwa who got the edge in 49.60 with Hansen taking 2nd in 49.97.

Fossil Ridge and Regis Jesuit were both represented in that A-Final, and while Regis Jesuit had three swimmers in the top 8, they weren’t able to hold their prelims ranks. That meant a 6-7-8 position and another missed opportunity to do damage in the team scoring.

Neither team had a swimmer in the top 8 of the previously-discussed 500 free, though Regis Jesuit did win their first swimming event of the day, the 200 free relay, in the next race witha  1:34.72. Lindsay Painton (23.68), Jennae Frederick (23.94), Amy Lenderink (23.70), and Taylor Wilson (23.40) combined for a 1:54.72 – just missing the State Record. All four swimmers were under 24 seconds, which is a hallmark for what has emerged as the state’s best sprint group.

Fossil Ridge stemmed the tide with a second-place finish in 1:36.25, and most importantly was able to do so without using either of their stars (Nero or Kovac). ThunderRidge placed 3rd including a 22.56 anchor from double sprint champion Ochitwa.

An early DQ in the 200 medley relay kept Rock Canyon out of the overall top 10, but junior Abigail Kochevar emerged as one of the stars in this meet anyway. After placing 2nd in the 50 free, she won the girls’ 100 back in 54.17. That’s an eight-tenths of a second improvement on her old lifetime best which was done at the same meet last season. ThunderRidge’s Patricia Van Law was 2nd in 55.58 and Mountain Range’s Shelly Drozda was 3rd in 55.80.

There wasn’t much movement from the two teams battling for scoring supremacy here, with the top finisher among them being the freshman Stewart in 56.87.

While the score had narrowed by this point of the meet after Regis Jesuit clawed their way back into it in the middle portion, during finals, Fossil Ridge knew that all they needed was to be close going into the 100 breast and the title was as-good-as-theirs. That’s because they had two swimmers in the A-Final and one in the B-Final, while Regis had only a single B-final entrant of their own.

The Sabercats handled their business with another state title, this one from Kovac in 1:03.03, as well as another two-out-of-three finish as Jayden Glover placed 3rd in 1:06.68. A single-event, 43.5-point advantage was all they needed to put this meet out of reach.

Taking 2nd in that 100 breaststroke was Ralston Valley’s Mackenzie Atencio in 1:05.73.

With the pressure of the team title off, and the stars still with an event left to swim, Regis Jesuit and Fossil Ridge put on a spectacular show for the fans in the closing 400 free relay.

On the first leg, RJ’s Lindsay Painton split 51.16 to take the lead over freshman Zoe Batel (51.93), but then Fossil Ridge veteran Riley Hoffman (51.45) pushed things back to dead-even by out-splitting Regis Jesuit’s Isabella Schultze (51.45).

The race stayed dead-even after FR’s Kovac split 51.52 on the third leg and RJ’s Samantha Smith was a 51.36, meaning the battle would come down to the teams’ star seniors Bailey Nero and Taylor Wilson.

Nero, who’d already had a spectacular day of swimming, refused to let her perfect four-for-four go, and with a 50.36 anchor (to Wilson’s 50.71), she hammered home the win in 3:2.526. Regis Jesuit was just behind in 3:25.49, and Cherry Creek rounded out the top three in 3:25.49.

Read the full article at swimswam.com.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chaparral @ Regis Jesuit boys basketball
2/17/2015

Morgan Dzakowic

AURORA - These are photos from the Chaparral vs. Regis Jesuit varsity boys basketball game on Friday at Regis Jesuit High School. Regis pounded Chaparral with a final score of 100-63.

Regis improves to 20-1 overall and 7-1 in the Continental League, with its only loss from ThunderRidge. Chaparral now has a 15-6 overall record, and 5-3 in league.

Chaparral and Regis play again next on Tuesday, Feb. 17. The Wolverines have another tough game ahead at home against the vicious ThunderRidge squad that took down Regis. The Raiders travel to take on Mountain Vista.

Photos courtesy of Jack Eberhard.

See all photos at 9News.com.

Girls Swimming: Fossil Ridge swims away with 5A state title to deny Regis Jesuit a three-peat
2/17/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

FORT COLLINS | The latest round in the back-and-forth between the Regis Jesuit and Fossil Ridge girls swim teams went to the SaberCats Saturday.

The two teams have combined to win the past five Class 5A state championships and it was Fossil Ridge’s turn this time with an impressive performance in its own backyard at the Edora Pool & Ice Center. The Sabercats won five events and piled up 347 points to win the state crown for the first time since 2012, while the Raiders — seeking a three-peat — finished second with 277.

Regis Jesuit did manage to win a pair of state championships along the way for coach Nick Frasersmith — who was honored as 5A Swim Coach of the Year — in junior diver McKensi Austin and the 200 freestyle relay team of senior Taylor Wilson, juniors Amy Lenderink and Lindsay Painton and sophomore Jennae Frederick, while a total of 12 individuals scored in at least one event.

Austin cruised to her second straight state championship on the diving board, breaking a 10-year-old 5A state record in the process with her 540.35 points.

Grandview had two relay teams place in championship finals and piled up 79 points to tie for ninth place, while 17th-place Smoky Hill scored in all three relays and had sophomore Jordyn Richey finish sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Senior diver Indiya Williams scored 16 points for Eaglecrest — more than five other teams — with her third-place result.

Team scores: 1. Fossil Ridge 347 points; 2. REGIS JESUIT 277; 3. Fairview 226.5; 4. Cherry Creek 170; 5. ThunderRidge 153; 6. ARapahoe 129; 7. Loveland 92; 8. Mountain Vista 87; T9. GRANDVIEW 79; T9. Rampart 79; 11. Rock Canyon 77; 12. Heritage 75.5; 13. Lewis-Palmer 53; 14. Legend 48; 15. Mountain Range 41; 16. Monarch 40; T17. SMOKY HILL 36; T17. Chaparral 36; T17. Ralston Valley 36; 20. Fort Collins 34; 21. Pomona 30; T22. Greeley West 26; T22. Castle View 26; 24. Boulder 22; T25. Broomfield 17; T25. Chatfield 17; 27. EAGLECREST 16; 28. Rocky Mountain 14; 29. Pine Creek 10; T30. Legacy 3; T30. Horizon 3; 32. Lakewood 1

Full championship & consolation results, here.

Read the full story at the Aurora Sentinel.

Wrestling: Aurora teams spread out for regional tournaments Friday-Saturday
2/17/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The Pepsi Center is so close, several Aurora prep wrestlers can almost taste it. Many have before.

With the regular season and league championship tournaments now in the books, the only thing left for Aurora’s 11 teams are regional state-qualifying tournaments Feb. 13-14.

Finish in the top-four in any weight there and it means a ticket to the Feb. 19-21 state tournament at Pepsi Center. Finish out of the top four and it means the end of the season, so there’s a lot on the line. Many Aurora wrestlers know the high, as 17 returning state qualifiers will take aim at repeat berths.

Three Aurora teams won’t have to go far for their chance to make state, as Smoky Hill is the site of the Class 5A Region 3 tournament. Also in the 16-team regional field is Aurora Central — which has been performing very well under the radar lately — as well as Gateway, which is minus state champion Deyaun Trueblood, who transferred to Pomona.

“We’re seeing pretty much a whole new group of kids, so that works to our advantage,” said Aurora Central coach Conrad Parra, who hopes to get many more than the two state qualifiers he had last year, including Jonnathan Quijada, an 126-pounder hoping for a second straight trip downtown.

Aurora Central has another state qualifier back in senior 182-pounder Juan Fraire, but Fraire qualified — and placed — last season while at 2A Sedgwick County/Fleming.

The largest concentration of city teams is in the 5A Region 1 tournament at Legacy High School, where Eaglecrest, Hinkley, Overland and Regis Jesuit make up a fourth of the field vying for state berths. Four Regis Jesuit wrestlers — senior twins Donovan and Logan Ronan, junior Nick Elgin (who is returning from a hiatus due to injury) and sophomore Carl Composanto — made it to the Pepsi Center a year ago, as did Eaglecrest’s Jake Dugan, Dominique Evans and Aldin Puris and Hinkley’s Serj Chavez.

Overland will wrestle without senior 106-pounder Daniel Cuc-Capota, who was ranked in the top 10 in 5A by On The Mat for most of the season, but missed the last month of the season after suffering a concussion. Adrian Garcia (17-4) at 220 pounds has the top record going into regionals among a small group of Traiblazers.

Grandview and Rangeview travel to Colorado Springs for the 5A Region 4 tournament at Doherty High School with a lot of state-experienced wrestlers between them.

The Wolves feature Xavier Cardenas (126 pounds) and Josh Harrison-Vigil (285 pounds) who made it a year ago — plus 145-pounder Seth Brown, who qualified, but had to miss state due to injury — while none of the Raiders’ state contingent from last season, Dominic Wenger (113), Kipp Corby (138), Deron Solomon (145), Sam Maes (160) and Max Gonzales (220) graduated.

Maes has been injured for the second half of the season.

Cherokee Trail is bound for 5A Region 3 at Westminster with 120-pounder Danny Constant the lone returning state qualifier with many other Cougars seeking to make it for the first time.

Vista PEAK, Aurora’s lone 4A team, is part of the Region 3 group set to compete at Windsor. The Bison graduated the lone state qualifier and state placer in program history last season in Jesus Casillas, who placed fifth at 120 pounds.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Swimming: Familiar Aurora faces seek better or same results at Class 5A state swim meet
2/17/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

Not much has changed since last season, so the probability that the Class 5A girls state swim meet comes down to the wire again is high.

Regis Jesuit won its second straight 5A crown a year ago by winning the meet-closing 400 yard freestyle relay to hold off Fairview, and did so without a single point scored by a senior.

So coach Nick Frasersmith’s Raiders return intact and with 20 qualifiers for the Feb. 13-14 state meet — which returns to familiar venue at the Edora Pool & Ice Center in Fort Collins — but so do other contenders such as Fairview and Fossil Ridge. Prelims are scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 13, followed by diving prelims at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 and finals in both at 2 p.m.

“It’s going to be really tough, but the way it should be, a really really tight, exciting state meet with multiple schools in the mix,” Frasersmith said after Regis Jesuit outlasted Rock Canyon to win the Continental “A” League Championship Feb. 7 at Heritage.

Senior Taylor Wilson, juniors Amy Lenderink and Lindsay Painton and sophomore Samantha Smith figure to do a lot of the heavy point scoring for the Raiders, who are seeded No. 1 both the freestyle relay events.

Regis Jesuit used the 1-2 diving combination of junior McKensi Austin and senior Kellyn Toole as a major difference to win the league title and duo expect to provide the Raiders with a major advantage in the state meet as well.

Austin will aim for her second straight 5A crown and already topped the state’s best prior to winter break at the Coaches Invitational. Toole has placed 16th, 10th and 8th in three career trips to state and could come home with her highest place yet, while freshman Anne Marie Kenny gets her first taste of state competition.

The diving competition will be a big one for Aurora, with another returning state placer — Eaglecrest senior Indiya Williams — in the mix, as well as a variety of newcomers such as Gateway’s Jessica Mitchell, Hinkley’s Brooke Connelly, Grandview’s Isobel Griffin and Cherokee Trail’s Christie Yee, who qualified in her last chance at the Centennial “A” League Championships last week.

Grandview seems ready to make a major move in the team standings, keyed by the sister act of seniors Mackenzie and Morgan Ammon and juniors April and Mia Wood, who could combine on both the 200 freestyle relay (seeded No. 5) and 400 freestyle relay (seeded No. 6) in addition to individual events.

Mia Wood won the 200 yard individual medley at the Centennial “A” League Championships again, but is seeded to score in two distance freestyles at state, while sister April is seeded to score in the IM and Mackenzie Ammon is in the top 16 in the 200 freestyle going into the meet.

Sophomore Taylor Dirks is on the cusp with the 18-best time in the 500 freestyle.

Smoky Hill has seven individuals qualified to compete, including senior Julia Song and sophomore Jordyn Richey, both good possibilities to score in two events.

Buffs coach Scott Cohen is hoping to load up points in the relays, so he’s keeping junior Gaby Antunez and freshman Natalie Rotondo available to swim three relays if needed. Smoky Hill is seeded to score in all three, with the 200 freestyle team seeded No. 12 to lead the way.

Cherokee Trail has three individual qualifiers in Yee, state veteran Grace Grigereit and sophomore Elma Spahic, plus three relay teams. None of the Cougars are seeded to score, but the 400 freestyle team is in range at No. 22.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit and Ralston Valley hockey battle to a draw
2/17/2015

By Zach Fogg

CENTENNIAL — At this point, when Regis Jesuit takes the ice, they know they are getting their opposition’s best shot.

Such was the case again on Friday night, as the No. 1 Red Raiders (16-0-0 overall, 12-0-0 Foothills Conference) would need a goal with less than a minute to go to tie the No. 2 Ralston Valley Mustangs (15-1-1, 11-0-1) 2-2 after an explosive back-and-forth affair.

“I’m real proud of the way these guys are as a team,” Regis coach Dan Woodley said of his team. “It was nice to see them stay together and weather those storms as a team, and to see it pay off with the late goal at the end when we were really under the gun.”

The late goal from team captain Jack Jordan may have saved the point, but the team weathered the storms from the Mustangs due in large part to goaltender Sam Gartner, who once again showed that he has a flare for stepping up in big games by stopping 24 of 26 shots on net.

“Sam has great mental capacity that helps him get into his highest playing level,” Woodley said. “He’s played a lot of minutes for us in preparation of what’s awaiting us here at the end of the season.”

The first period began like many other top-notch schools taking on the Foothills Conference top dogs. Pace of play and precision passing fueled an early onslaught for the Mustangs, while Regis used their size to dictate physical play and create turnovers.

Ralston’s top line of leading scorers Jeff Moffat, Tony Salazar, and Stefan Fruhwirth led the way, providing their team’s sustained pressure midway through the period.

However, with just a few minutes left in the period it was Regis’s Grant Johnson and John Kane that managed the best scoring chance of the period, turning a speedy transition into a 2 on 1 break that Mustang goaltender Scott Albertoni, who made 13 saves of his own in the contest, barely managed to get a pad on.

The teams continued to trade blows in the second, but a careful pace had replaced the breakneck speed of the first period. The result was a series of shifts of sustained pressure by both schools, with no shortage of scoring chances. Every time the Raiders looked like they were finally bullying Ralston into submission, the Mustangs came back with a series of flurries that pushed Gartner to his limits.

Finally, with just 1:40 to go in the period, a routine shot from the point from Regis defenseman Spencer Chuck found the stick of Connor Brennan in front of the net, who tipped it just inside the right post for the first goal of the game.

Down 1-0 with a 17-8 shots on goal advantage entering the third, the wind had left the sails for Ralston in the third period. The Raiders’ physical play had taken its toll, and the stifling team defense that had frustrated the Raiders started to break down through the middle of the ice.

Then, with less than eight minutes to play in the game, a prolonged stint in the Regis zone put Gartner under fire, and Ian Snedden of the Mustangs fired in a loose rebound to tie the game 1-1.

“I think the whole thing is staying positive,” Ralston Valley coach Matt Schoepflin said. “We were playing a good hockey game and doing the right things. With this group it’s all about staying with the gameplan and in the third period we finally saw that pay off.”

From there, it was back to the pace of the first period, with both teams trading furious rushes up and down the ice.

Ralston then would tally again with a goal by Tony Salazar with two minutes to go in the game, representing the first breakthrough for the Mustang’s top line. But despite the tilted ice for his top unit, Schoepflin insisted that this thriller was a team effort through and through.

“I thought everyone contributed in their own way in this game,” Shoepflin said. “To make a run in this league, you need everyone to contribute and I’m proud of the way that this team stays together.”

Just as all seemed lost for the Raiders, Jordan fired home the blocker-side shot with 44 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime, where despite trading a few chances, the teams looked as evenly matched as they had all game.

When it was all over, both coaches were proud of their teams, but wary of the progress yet to be made.

“With our success,” Woodley explained, “we have to find a way to keep matching (our opponents’) speed, intensity and work ethic.”

So far, the Raiders have been up to the task, but Ralston Valley certainly made their case on Friday night.

“(Regis) is a very opportunistic team,” Shoepflin explained. “We have to adjust a few things before we play them again but I’m excited to see where we’ll be in the next few weeks.”

Read the full article at CHSAANOW.com.

No. 2 ThunderRidge boys basketball tops No. 1 Regis Jesuit
2/17/2015

By Zach Marburger

AURORA — The line ran all the way through the lobby, out the door, and around the side of Regis Jesuit High School as fans eagerly awaited a matchup between the No. 1-ranked Regis Jesuit Raiders and the No. 2-ranked ThunderRidge Grizzlies Tuesday night. Fans lucky enough to find places to stand were witness to an entertaining and ultimately dominating performance by the Grizzlies as they defeated the Raiders 59-36.

“It was a great atmosphere. One versus two, we’ve had a lot of games like that. We’ve been very fortunate in that way,” ThunderRidge head coach Joe Ortiz said after the game. “I felt a calmness the whole time, because our kids were so focused.”

If Ortiz felt calm, he might have been the only one. The intensity was on display right away, and after one quarter Regis held a narrow 13-12 lead. Then, ThunderRidge kicked things into high gear.

Swarming the ball at the point of attack and with 6-foot-10 center senior Zach Pirog firmly planted in the lane at all times, the Grizzlies were impossible to score on in the second quarter. Well, not quite impossible - the Raiders did manage to put up two points on 1-13 shooting.

“We’ve got really good on-ball defenders that work really hard,” said Ortiz. “We’ve had multiple games this year when our opponents have been in single digits for a quarter.”

Not all of those opponents have the talent Regis does however, which is why it was a slight shock that, by halftime, ThunderRidge had rode their suffocating defense to a 23-15 lead.

Still, the Raiders had climbed to the top of the rankings for a reason, and their energy ramped up after halftime. They came out running after every ThunderRidge miss, and when they could, put on a full-court press in an effort to combat the Grizzlies’ size advantage.

It wasn’t enough to climb out of their second quarter hole however. Pirog continued to dominate the boards and was able to find the open man when the Raiders’ defense collapsed in the paint. Senior Grizzly Noah Szilagyi in particular took advantage of some good looks, draining four three-pointers to finish with 14 points.

“Zach’s no surprise at all. It’s tough to miss him, being six-ten out there,” Szilagyi said of his fellow senior. “He always has a huge impact. Even if he doesn’t have the best individual game, teams have to respect his size and his touch around the basket and his IQ. That opens up a lot of other weapons for us.”

Pirog would finish with a team-high 16 points and a number of emphatic blocks at the rim.

With their lead all the way up to eleven by the start of the fourth, it quickly became apparent, as the clock wound down, that there was no slowing down ThunderRidge. By the time Pirog finished off a ferocious dunk through contact mid-way into the final frame, the visiting ThunderRidge crowd was already claiming the title of “New No. 1.”

But despite the dominating performance, the Grizzlies were careful to keep things in perspective postgame.

“I’m not going to lie, coming in, we definitely wanted to go out and beat the No. 1 team,” Szilagyi said. “But it’s one game. We have a lot to do in March, and we’ll probably have to see these guys again the way they play.”

There’s still some work left to do before the potential for a rematch. The Grizzlies will try keep things going against Ponderosa at home this Friday, while the Raiders will try and bounce back at home against Chaparral, also this Friday.

Read the full article at CHSAANOW.com.

PHOTO GALLERY: No. 1 Regis Jesuit vs. No. 3 Ralston Valley ice hockey
2/17/2015

Photos from Regis Jesuit vs. Ralston Valley varsity ice hockey 2/13.

By: Morgan Dzakowic

KUSA – These are photos from Regis Jesuit vs. Ralston Valley ice hockey at Family Sports Center on Friday, Feb. 13. The No. 1 Raiders and No. 2 Mustangs tied 2-2 and went to OT.

Check out 9NEWS extended highlights of this classic game.

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Girls Swimming: 2015 Continental “A” League Championship results
2/9/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

LITTLETON | Team scores and consolation and championship finals results for the 2015 Continental “A” League Championship girls swim meet contested on Feb. 7, 2015, at Heritage High School. Aurora team and individuals bold and uppercased:

2015 CONTINENTAL “A” LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GIRLS SWIM MEET

Team scores: 1. REGIS JESUIT 487 points; 2. Rock Canyon 469; 3. Heritage 417; 4. Chaparral 355; 5. Mountain Vista 320; 6. ThunderRidge 317; 7. Legend 292; 8. Castle View 249; 9. Ponderosa 121; 10. Highlands Ranch 102

See all individual results at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Photos: No. 1 Regis Jesuit hockey beats No. 9 Lewis-Palmer
2/9/2015

By Caden Colson

CENTENNIAL — A three-goal second period proved to be the difference as top-ranked Regis Jesuit hockey beat No. 9 Lewis-Palmer 6-2 on Friday.

Tied at 1 after one, Thomas Jahde broke the tie at 7:22 of the second, and Connor Brennan followed that with two goals to make it 4-1 before the third.

Kyle Nelson had two goals and an assist for the Raiders, who also got 18 saves from goalie Bret Jahde.

See all photos at CHSAANOW.com.

 

Girls Swimming: Championship season arrives for Aurora teams ahead of state meet
2/9/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Taper is in full effect and city girls swim teams get their final tune-ups for the Class 5A girls state swim meet at league championship meets Friday and Saturday.

The individuals and relay teams that are on the bubble and hope to earn their way into the Feb. 13-14 state meet at the Edora Pool & Ice Center in Fort Collins have their final chances in league meets at Adams City, Arapahoe and Heritage high schools.

The largest contingent of city teams takes part in the Centennial “A” League Championship, which open with prelims at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill will be in the water in the eight-team meet, which also has divining prelims and semifinals scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by finals in all events at 3 p.m.

Grandview has led Aurora teams at the Centennial League meet the past two seasons, as the Wolves finished third both times. Junior Mia Wood is the league’s defending champion in the 200 yard individual medley, while seniors Mackenzie Ammon and Sami Daniels seek to match or surpass their efforts last season in which they placed in two championship finals apiece.

Smoky Hill and Cherokee Trail finished fourth and fifth, respectively, last season, a repeat of their showing in 2013.

Sophomore Jordyn Richey posted a pair of fourth-place league finishes a year ago and could take aim at moving up in both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, while senior Julia Song was last season’s 50 freestyle runner-up.

Eaglecrest finished seventh last season, bolstered by the fifth-place performance of senior diver Indiya Williams.

Two-time defending 5A state champion Regis Jesuit swims in the Continental “A” League Championships at Heritage, which opens with prelims at 4:30 p.m. Friday and swim finals at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The league’s diving competition — in which junior McKensi Austin is the defending champ — is contested entirely at Littleton High School on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The Raiders won last season’s Continental League title with 505 points, 48 more than runner-up Rock Canyon.

Besides Austin, Regis Jesuit has two defending league-winning relays, the 200 freestyle unit of senior Taylor Wilson, juniors Amy Lenderink and Lindsay Painton and sophomore Isabella Schultze and the 400 freestyle team of Painton, Lenderink and fellow junior Emily Protz, plus sophomore Samantha Smith.

The four teams that just faced off in the Aurora Public Schools Championship meet Jan. 30-31 — Aurora Central, Gateway, Hinkley and Rangeview — meet up again for the EMAC Championships at Adams City High School. Prelims are slated for 4:15 p.m. Friday, with diving prelims and semifinals scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by all finals at 12:15 p.m.

APS champion Rangeview finished third as a team last season and would love to challenge Northglenn/Thornton for second place behind perennial league power Brighton, while Gateway finished in front of Hinkley last season, but the Thunderbirds nipped the Olys at the city meet.

The most intrigue could come in the diving competition, where Gateway’s Jessica Mitchell is the defending EMAC champion. Mitchell qualified for the 5A state meet at the APS Championships and seeks to repeat in the league competition, where she could face stiff competition from another freshly-qualified diver in Hinkley junior Brooke Connelly.

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Basketball: Regis Jesuit comes on late, but can’t catch Highlands Ranch
2/9/2015

Raiders' offense stalls until late as Falcons hold on to win
By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Roughly a year ago, the Regis Jesuit girls basketball team seemingly couldn’t miss a shot in a 31-point rout of Continental League rival Highlands Ranch.

In the rematch Friday night, it was quite the opposite.

Coach Carl Mattei’s Raiders — ranked No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Class 5A media poll — struggled mightily on offense for the first two-plus quarters and fell behind the third-ranked Falcons just enough for a late comeback to fall short in a 58-43 home defeat.

Regis Jesuit graduated all but one regular — senior guard Jess Lewis — from last season’s team that won a second straight 5A state championship and routed Highlands Ranch 69-38 on the Falcons’ home floor last season.

This season’s group has learned a lot of lessons this season with a young cast and another one came against Highlands Ranch (16-4 overall, 6-1 in the Continental League) which outscored the Raiders 34-16 in the middle two quarters to build a 19-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Symone Starks scored eight points in the second quarter alone for the Falcons, one more than Regis Jesuit’s entire team. The Raiders  (10-8, 4-2) managed just six field goals in the first half and finished 1-of-7 from the free throw line.

Regis Jesuit scored 20 points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get any closer than 10 points as the Falcons sealed things at the free throw line in a foul-filled contest.

Junior Julia Drexelius knocked down four 3-pointers on her way to a team-high 16 points for the Raiders, while freshman Noelle Cahill added eight points and junior TaeKenya Cleveland finished with six.

The Raiders pay a visit to top-ranked ThunderRidge in another important key league contest on Feb. 10.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Four from Regis Jesuit High School make it official on National Signing Day
2/9/2015

By Joe Nguyen

AURORA — Colorado-bound offensive lineman Tim Lynott headlined a group of four Regis Jesuit seniors who signed Division I football letters of intent during a ceremony Wednesday at the school.

The quartet — offensive linemen Lynott and Jack Maly (Penn), wide receiver Trevor Williams and defensive lineman Eddie Gonzalez (Northern Colorado) — were among 20 high school students who officially pledged to play their respective sports at the collegiate level. A fifth player, offensive lineman Chris Martin, signed with Division III Augsburg College in Minnesota.

Tracker: Full list of commitments on signing day

"It's awesome to just have it official," Maly said. "I've already made so many great relationships up there at the University of Pennsylvania and I'm just excited to get to go out and get a great education while getting the experience of a lifetime."

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Lynott is the second player in Mark Nolan's six seasons as head coach to sign with a school from one of the big five power conferences, joining 2014 graduate Terran Hasselbach at CU.

"Tim was that good as an eighth grader," Nolan said. "He had the feet, he had the strength, he had the size ... everything else from eighth grade until now has just been a formality."

WATCH: Regis Jesuit High School offensive linemen sign with D-1 schools

Lynott, who had a bevy of other offers from Division I schools, said, "I'm excited to get up there right now," he said.

Regis Jesuit's recruiting class excelled in the classroom, too, with an average grade-point average of 3.53. Among those in the upper echelon is Williams, who Nolan said has a 4.2 GPA and scored a 34 on his ACT.

"Regis Jesuit creates men. If you get with the program, and you work with them, you'll end up where you're supposed to be," Gonzales said.

For Nolan, the number of names from his team in this year's recruiting class may bump up to a dozen in the coming weeks.

"We have another seven guys who are looking at where they want to go and play some smaller college football," Nolan said.

Read the fulla rticle at The Denver Post.

Wrestling: City wrestlers settling into weights with regionals approaching
2/4/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

The time is now for prep wrestlers to find their final weights in their quest to make the Class 5A state tournament.

The 152-pound class suits Regis Jesuit’s Logan Ronan just fine, as he showed in a impressive performance at the Northglenn Norse Invitational Jan. 24.

Moving down from the 160-pound class where he opened the season, Ronan dominated previously undefeated Jared Todd 13-4 in the 152-pound title match. He now stands 23-1 with roughly two weeks ahead before regionals.

“This is where I’m going to state at; I wanted to face (Grand Junction’s Jacob) Trujillo, but looking ahead I probably would have faced him the semis rather than the finals. Going down to 52s, I’ll be with all of the guys I had to wrestle last year and I have some scores to settle with them, too.

Many Aurora wrestlers have moved up or down a class to gain an advantage in the final weeks.

Last season, a late move paid off big time for Gateway’s Deyaun Trueblood. Trueblood — who has since transferred to Pomona — wrestled at 160 pounds and lost to Trujillo, the eventual 5A state champion who is undefeated this season. He then dropped to 152 pounds and went on to win the state championship.

The move from 160s to 152s makes sense for Logan Ronan for a lot of reasons. First of all, he’s weighed in at 153 pounds for most of the season, so he’ll give up less weight wrestling at 152 pounds — where his twin brother Donovan opened the season.

Looking further down the line, Regis Jesuit is in the Region 1 tournament at Legacy High School, which also happens to have Arvada West. The Wildcats feature the 5A’s top-ranked 152-pounder in defending state champion Payton Tawater.

If Ronan and Tawater meet in the regional championship match, they would be placed on opposite sides of the bracket at the Feb. 19-21 5A state tournament. That would put them in line for a possible meeting in the state championship match at the Pepsi Center.

“Tawater’s in my region, so if I’m first or second, we’ll be on the opposite side at state and definitely meet in the finals,” Ronan said. “I’m not looking around any guys, just straight through them.”

Regis Jesuit coach Rick Schultz emphasized that Ronan didn’t drop from 160s to avoid facing Trujillo at Northglenn, but that the time was right to make the move.

“We met and we just decided to go now; it’s silly to give up that much weight at state,” Schultz said. “Why give somebody an advantage? Logan’s a fighter, he wants the best kid out there every time.

“It’s to his advantage if he gets to face (Tawater) twice. I don’t know how many guys can beat him twice. It’ll be fun.”

Donovan Ronan, who naturally weighs 147, also moved down a weight to 145s and appears to be in an advantageous spot.

At Northglenn, he  posted a strong 4-1 semifinal victory over Windsor’s Matteo Ambriz, “On the Mat’s” No. 1 wrestler in 4A, before suffering a 1-0 loss to Grand Junction’s Isaac Rider in the tournament final.

With roughly two weeks left in the regular season, many coaches and wrestlers have made changes with regionals and state in mind.

Hinkley’s Serj Chavez wrestled most of the season at 138 pounds, but will finish the season at 145 pounds and Grandview’s Josh Vigil-Harrison spent most of the year at 220 pounds, while he’s now at 285 as he’s been the past two years when he’s qualified for the state tournament.

Regional state-qualifying tournaments are scheduled for Feb. 13-14.

Read the full article in the Aurora Senitnel.

Ice Hockey: Raiders, Bruins reach big part of hockey season
2/4/2015

Contenders will see each other plenty in final weeks of season
By COURTNEY OAKES

With only a few weeks left in the regular season, Colorado’s ice hockey powerhouses are beginning to go toe-to-toe, with the win-loss records starting to show the effects.

Two-time defending state champion Ralston Valley suffered a loss to Mountain Vista that snapped their 38-game Colorado winning streak and the Mustangs subsequently turned around and knocked another team — Cherry Creek — from the unbeaten ranks Jan. 27.

The Bruins’ 4-1 loss at Arvada’s APEX Rec Center leaves Regis Jesuit as the lone undefeated team in Colorado, with the Raiders set to enter their most difficult portion of the schedule as well.

“We’re really looking forward to the next couple of weeks, the crowds are getting bigger and the excitement is getting stronger,” Cherry Creek coach Jeff Mielnicki said. “It looks like several of the top teams have a schedule that’s back-weighted like ours is, so it gives you a chance to see how you match up and points out those things you need to improve on.”

Cherry Creek (10-1 overall, 7-1 in the Foothills Conference) must put the defeat behind it quickly, given an upcoming back-to-back against improved Columbine and Mountain Vista on Jan. 30-31.

The Bruins — whose last loss came to Ralston Valley in last season’s state semifinals — learned a lot in the defeat, which came on the heels of a strong 5-3 victory over a stout Resurrection Christian team a few days earlier.

Senior co-captain Tim Keohane (Smoky Hill) felt like the Bruins will eventually benefit from the experience, though the defeat stung in the short term.

“It’s tough with this one, we were on such a high coming in, but they knocked us down to our boots,” Keohane said. “Now, we have to come back from it. … I feel like we’re definitely better in that we know what we need to work on when we play them again. I expect to play them again.”

Mielnicki got a chance to see how the multiple young players in his lineup responded to the adversity of playing on the road against a high quality team stinging a bit from a rare loss.

The Mustangs staved off Cherry Creek’s early flurry of pressure and took the lead in the first period, with the Bruins’ James Shelton tied it up with a rebound goal early in the second.

Ralston Valley goalie Dominic Gomez helped turn away another Cherry Creek surge seeking the go-ahead goal, while the Mustangs tallied twice in a three-minute span on the other end to take control.

“We have a lot of young players and this is one of the times when they played like young players,” Mielnicki said. “It was some small things, but you can only teach it. They have to experience it. I think we learned a lot about what we need to do to compete against the Ralstons. We did it against Resurrection, but every game is new. The road won’t be any easier.”

Indeed, the Bruins play eight more games, including six against teams with double-digit wins.

Cherry Creek plays Regis Jesuit on Feb. 20 in what should be another monumental Foothills Conference battle.

The Raiders could still be undefeated at that point, but coach Dan Woodley’s team has a pretty significant gauntlet of its own in the final three weeks of the season, beginning with a Jan. 30 contest against the Monarch team that knocked them out of last season’s Frozen Four.

Regis Jesuit coasted past Summit 6-0 on Jan. 23 and upstart Denver East 8-1 on Jan. 24 to remain unbeaten, with senior Connor Brennan racking up four goals between the two contests.

Jack Kilkenny scored twice as the Raiders overcame one of their biggest hurdles in Monarch — which beat them in last season’s semifinals — with a 4-1 road victory on Jan. 30, followed by a 7-1 win over Chatfield on Jan. 31.

The final three games of the season should have the Raiders as ready for the postseason as possible, starting with a Feb. 13 contest against Ralston Valley. That precedes the game against Cherry Creek, which comes a day before a showdown with Mountain Vista on Feb. 21.

The ice hockey regular season is extended a week longer than in previous years, with the playoffs set to open Feb. 27. The state semifinals are scheduled for March 5 at Loveland’s Budweiser Events Center, the same site as the March 7 state championship game.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Wrestling: Aurora wrestlers ranked by On The Mat, Week 8
2/2/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Aurora wrestlers by weight as ranked in Class 5A, 4A through Week 8 of the 2014-15 season by Tim Yount and On The Mat:

CLASS 5A

106 pounds: No. 10 Daniel Cuc-Capota, sr. (Overland); No. 11 Ben Rhoton, jr. (Hinkley); No. 20 Gio Federico, fr. (Grandview)

113 pounds: No. 21 Stephen Ramirez, sr. (Eaglecrest)

120 pounds: No. 19 Danny Constant, sr. (Cherokee Trail); No. 24 Rafael Garibay, jr. (Hinkley)

126 pounds: No. 5 Xavier Cardenas. jr. (Grandview); No. 14 Jonnathan Quijada, soph. (Aurora Central)

132 pounds: No. 9 Armando Santillan, soph. (Grandview); No. 15 Carl Composanto, soph. (Regis Jesuit); 4A — No. 12 Marcus Guerra, jr. (Vista PEAK)

138 pounds: No. 8 Dominique Evans, sr. (Eaglecrest); No. 9 Serj Chavez, soph. (Hinkley); No. 20 Tanner Patterson, jr. (Grandview); No. 21 Kipp Corby, jr. (Rangeview)

145 pounds: No. 4 Donovan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 7 Seth Brown, sr. (Grandview)

152 pounds: No. 3 Logan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 6 Michael Thelen, jr. (Cherokee Trail); No. 8 Jake Dugan, sr. (Eaglecrest); No. 21 Jose Millan, jr. (Aurora Central)

160 pounds:  No. 12 Seth Bogulski, jr. (Cherokee Trail); No. 13 Sam Maes, sr. (Rangeview)

170 pounds: No. 10 Zeke Silva, soph. (Cherokee Trail); No. 11 Tyler Ross, soph. (Grandview)

182 pounds: No. 7 Juan Fraire, sr. (Aurora Central); No. 8 Aldin Puris, sr. (Eaglecrest)

220 pounds: No. 5 Max Gonzales, soph. (Rangeview)

285 pounds: No. 5 Josh Vigil-Harrison, jr. (Grandview); No. 8 Oreva Koka, sr. (Cherokee Trail)

Read the full article at the Aurora Senitnel.

No. 1 Regis Jesuit hockey storms past No. 3 Monarch
2/2/2015

By Zach Fogg

SUPERIOR — Midway through the second period, and with momentum shifting towards Monarch, it was the state's second-leading scorer who stepped up.

Regis Jesuit standout Cale Woodley had a tip-in on a centering pass from teammate Jack Kilkenny on the power play which put the Raiders up by two goals. It ultimately helped decide a high-paced contest between two of hockey's best teams in the Foothills Conference.

The goal was Woodley’s 17th of the season and lifted him into a tie with Air Academy’s Jonathan Valtin for second in the league. It put Regis up 2-0 in a game that it would go on to win 4-1. But ultimately it was the goaltending of Sam Gartner that kept the top-ranked Raiders undefeated on Saturday night.

“He certainly had his eye on the puck tonight,” said Regis coach Dan Woodley of Gartner’s game. “There were a few chances early on that maybe he didn’t play as cleanly as he usually does but still found a way to make the save. So I knew early on that he had some good mojo.”

Gartner’s 26 saves paced Regis Jesuit (13-0-0 overall, 10-0 in conference play) over Monarch (9-2-1, 7-2-0) on a Friday night where the conference-leading Raiders were never quite able to impose their will.

As the first period began, it was easy to see that Monarch head coach Jimmy Dexter had his third-ranked team prepared for the game, as time and again Regis’ skilled forwards were stymied by good gap control on defense paired with a relentless back check by the Coyote forwards.

Confidence built as the turnovers piled up, culminating in a near miss by Monarch forward Brendan Van Haute’s near miss on a scramble in front of the Raiders’ net.

But ultimately, it would be Regis which put the only goal on the board in the first.

With two Coyotes in the box late in the period, Jack Kilkenny buried a backside rebound while sneaking down from the point during a scramble in front of Monarch goaltender Hunter Ingino.

Spurred on by its early success, Monarch again came out firing in the second. But after Van Haute had another near miss — a solid shot from the side of the net after winning a race to a loose puck near the Regis hash marks — and a wrister off the goalpost by the Coyotes' leading scorer Blake Bride, Regis again notched the only goal of the period on Woodley’s power play tip-in in the second.

“They were the better team tonight but I’m still proud of my guys,” Dexter said. “Despite all their talent we were still just a couple of bounces away from winning that game.”

Just over a minute into the third, the Coyotes would finally break, through, as the refs ruled a Gartner save on an Andrew Pickner shot to be behind the goal line. Regis wasted no time answering however, with Kilkenny picking up his second assist and third point of the contest.

The third tally seemed to dishearten the home team, who struggled to find a rhythm throughout a third period that got chippy in a hurry and degenerated into a series of unsuccessful power plays for both teams. But it was the early power plays that the Raiders credit for their victory.

“It was really clicking tonight,” Kilkenny said of the power play. “Fortunately I didn’t really have to do much (on the first goal) and was just sneaking down and found the puck on my stick so I buried it.”

For Regis, it was the first time the team had scored fewer than five in a game in their past six contests, but at 10-0 and in the driver seat in the conference, confidence level is sure to be sky high.

Meanwhile, Monarch’s loss marks their second in four days, but Dexter remains upbeat.

“These guys really stepped it up tonight,” Dexter said. “They don’t always come to play against lesser teams but I was so proud to see them bring it tonight the way they did.”

Read the full article at CHSAANow.com.

Wrestling: 2015 Northglenn Norse Invitational results
1/26/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

NORTHGLENN | Team scores and placing match results from the 2015 Northglenn Norse Invitational contested on Jan. 24, 2015, at Northglenn High School. Aurora teams and individuals bold and uppercased:

2015 NORTHGLENN NORSE INVITATIONAL

Team scores: 1. Grand Junction 228 points; 2. Greeley Central 206.5; 3. Windsor 168; 4. Northglenn 124; 5. Prairie View 112.5; 6. Castle View 105.5; 7. Thornton 89; 8. Arapahoe 83; 9. Yuma 81; T10. REGIS JESUIT 69; T10. Jefferson 69; 12. Legend 68.5; 13. Heritage 66; 14. Eagle Valley 65; 15. Northridge 61.5; 16. HINKLEY 61; 17. Pueblo Central 29; 18. Frederick 24; 19. GATEWAY 19; 20. Lyons 16

See individual results at Aurora Senitnel.

Rev. Leon Kelly helps out Regis Jesuit hoops team any way he can
1/26/2015

By Neil H. Devlin

AURORA — He has stood toe to toe for three decades with the inner city's nastiest gangbangers, its drug dealers and murderers. He's the executive director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives and maintains an office off the 16th Street Mall. And he has been involved with as many burials of young people as any area mortician.

So what is he doing handing out towels, getting water, keeping statistics and pumping up a parochial school basketball team in the suburbs?

If it has to do with young people, the Rev. Leon Kelly is there. In this case, the third-generation minister has a son, promising junior forward Geoff, on the Regis Jesuit High School team, and their family lives near the school in southeastern Aurora.

"It's the love of the game," the 61-year-old Kelly said. "Even when we were playing, we thought we'd play for as long as the game exists. But you come to realize the fact that we don't play hard anymore, so we have to play smarter. I dunked my last ball at 48 years old. The wisdom started to set in. It's just as good with an assist. It's the love of the game."

In four decades and with nearly 700 victories from Yuma to Aurora, Raiders coach Ken Shaw never has had such a unique volunteer.

"He's just a presence that encourages the kids, who'll occasionally pray with us before the game," Shaw said of Kelly. "He's just a great support guy for the whole program, just an encourager for what he does behind the bench."

Shaw said Kelly, who played AAU and semipro ball, began to volunteer with the team in the summer.

"And there he was at timeouts. There he is handing out water and towels. He's terrific, always positive, always upbeat ... just a guy who makes you smile."

Kelly played at Denver East before heading to the University of Colorado. He grew up in northeast Denver and recalls taking trips with his family up and down Monaco Parkway, where world champion heavyweight boxer Sonny Liston once lived, as well as experiencing the beginning of "white flight," when minorities began taking over certain areas of the metropolitan area and the caucasians headed to the suburbs.

Now, Kelly said, he sees "people from the 'hood heading to the suburbs" as well as those in the suburbs "heading into the 'hood," so his presence at a Catholic school off Arapahoe and Parker roads shouldn't be a shock.

"Every time I come here, I bring a piece of my culture," he said.

And it's appreciated. The demonstrative Kelly works the Regis Jesuit gymnasium like a politician does a fundraising banquet hall, slapping hands, hugging and sharing pleasantries with everyone from infants to grandparents.

"The Rev greets all of us before every game, embraces us with hugs after the game and is always encouraging us," said Raiders senior Kip Boryla. "He's the man who gives us towels and just does anything to help the program."

Kelly is most proud of his 6-foot-5, 185-pound son. Geoff Kelly has a 3.9 grade-point average.

"He's been one with his spirit and personality," Kelly said of his son. "He's that type to adapt."

With his recognizable father there for him regularly, Geoff Kelly, seen as a leader through example by his teammates, appreciates the dual acceptance.

"It's tough for him to make it to all of the games because of all of his work," Geoff Kelly said, "but he has always been involved. ... He enjoys it so much."

Plus, his father doesn't cross the line.

"Some parents try to do just too much, but he has a way of finding out how much is too much," Geoff said. "Everybody just loves him."

Said Boryla, in marveling at Kelly's balance: "I have a lot of respect for what he does."

At 14-0 and ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Class 5A media poll, the Raiders, are on their way to their best showing since they won three consecutive Colorado titles from 2009-11.

Kelly said he tells the Raiders about being a "light on the hill," and they seem to get it.

"I'm humble," he said. "Anything I could do to bring an element or sense of peace.

"I love the spirit of these players, how they've become a unit. Nobody's on an island. And we have just become a consolidated team."

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

No. 1 Regis Jesuit edges Denver East on late shot by Taylor Kallsen
1/21/2015

By Neil H. Devlin

AURORA — Yes, Taylor Kallsen has made a buzzer-beater to win a game. But it was nothing like this.

On Tuesday, with time running out and nowhere to go, Kallsen found his place. He got through Denver East's defense and drained a fall-away jump shot from the left baseline with 0.9 seconds to play to lift Regis Jesuit to a rousing 61-59 home victory in nonleague over the Class 5A defending state champions.

The Raiders were able to remain undefeated and atop The Associated Press Class 5A media poll at 14-0. Kall sen, who led the Raiders with 16 points, had made a half-courter to win an AAU game, but that was then and this is now ... and sweeter.

"Coach (Ken Shaw) said to set the play, but we were running out of time," he said, "I just stepped back and made the shot. And thanks to my teammates."

Kallsen's shot sent the large crowd home buzzing, including the Angels (6-7).

"This was our midterm," coach Rudy Carey said. "I'm proud of my kids and Kenny has a good team, but if we're only two points behind the No. 1 team ..."

Shaw admitted his Raiders, who trailed 18-2 on Saturday at Fossil Ridge before rallying to win, didn't play well, but "give (the Angels) some credit."

Regis Jesuit's lead, behind Kallsen, sharpshooter Tony Caseria (14), Bryan Staerkel, Geoff Kelly and Elijah Sanford, reached double figures in the first half, and it appeared the Raiders would run away.

However, the Angels, with Brian Carey (game-high 22), junior Jack Buckmelter (15) and Jordan Willis (14 along with several key rebounds), took over in the third quarter on a 21-7 binge. They led 50-43 but didn't protect. Missed free throws and a handful of turnovers kept it back-and-forth into the final seconds.

Ultimately, Regis Jesuit grabbed a 59-57 lead on a deep 3-pointer out front by Staerkel before Carey tied it.

Read the full article in The Denver Post.

Regis Jesuit closing in, but Ralston Valley remains No. 1 in hockey poll
1/20/2015

By Ryan Casey

Ralston Valley remains atop this week's CHSAANow.com hockey poll, though the Mustangs' grip is tenuous.

Ralston got four of the nine first-place votes and totalled 79 points — one ahead of No. 2 Regis Jesuit, which also got three first-place votes. Last week, the two teams were separated by two total points.

Elsewhere, No. 3 Cherry Creek and No. 4 Monarch stayed put. Both teams received one first-place vote.

Resurrection Christian moved into the top five for the first time this season, while Dakota Ridge (No. 6) also moved up one spot. Mountain Vista fell to No. 7 following its loss to Doherty.

Air Academy, Columbine and Lewis-Palmer round out the top ten. There are no new teams this week.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. Polls are released each Monday.

See complete rankings at CHSSANOW.com.

Photos: No. 1 Regis Jesuit boys basketball storms back to beat Fossil Ridge
1/20/2015

By Jack Eberhard

FORT COLLINS — Bryan Staerkel scored 18 points, Nolan Ebel added 16 and No. 1-ranked Regis Jesuit edged Fossil Ridge 61-57 in a Class 5A boys basketball game on Saturday.

Ryan Quaid had a monster game in the loss for Fossil Ridge, scoring 12 points and hauling in 16 rebounds. He led four SaberCats in double figures, including Jackson Everhart (13 points), Zacc Drovdal (11) and Andrew Semadeni (10).

Fossil Ridge led 21-8 after the first quarter and 32-21 at halftime before Regis Jesuit mounted a comeback.

See all photos at CHSSANOW.com.

Wrestling: Aurora wrestlers ranked by On The Mat, Week 6
1/20/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Aurora wrestlers by weight as ranked in Class 5A, 4A through Week 6 of the 2014-15 season by Tim Yount and On The Mat:

CLASS 5A

106 pounds: No. 9 Daniel Cuc-Capota, sr. (Overland); No. 10 Ben Rhoton, jr. (Hinkley)

120 pounds: No. 7 Danny Constant, sr. (Cherokee Trail); No. 25 Rafael Garibay, jr. (Hinkley); No. 29 Nick Sanchez-Jans (Rangeview)

126 pounds: No. 6 Xavier Cardenas. jr. (Grandview); No. 15 Jonnathan Quijada, soph. (Aurora Central)

132 pounds: No. 12 Armando Santillan, soph. (Grandview); 4A — No. 12 Marcus Guerra, jr. (Vista PEAK)

138 pounds: No. 13 Dominique Evans, sr. (Eaglecrest); No. 17 Carl Composanto, soph. (Regis Jesuit); No. 19 Serj Chavez, soph. (Hinkley); No. 21 Tanner Patterson, jr. (Grandview); No. 22 Kipp Corby, jr. (Rangeview)

145 pounds: No. 5 Seth Brown, sr. (Grandview);  No. 12 Deron Solomon, soph. (Rangeview)

152 pounds: No. 4 Donovan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 5 Jake Dugan, sr. (Eaglecrest); No. 9 Michael Thelen, jr. (Cherokee Trail)

160 pounds: No. 2 Logan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 12 Seth Bogulski, jr. (Cherokee Trail); No. 14 Sam Maes, sr. (Rangeview);

170 pounds: No. 9 Zeke Silva, soph. (Cherokee Trail); No. 10 Tyler Ross, soph. (Grandview)

182 pounds: No. 6 Juan Frairie, sr. (Aurora Central); No. 7 Aldin Puris, sr. (Eaglecrest)

195 pounds: No. 3 Nick Elgin, jr. (Regis Jesuit)

220 pounds: No. 3 Josh Vigil-Harrison, jr. (Grandview); No. 9 Max Gonzales, soph. (Rangeview)

285 pounds: No. 7 Oreva Koka, sr. (Cherokee Trail)

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Fossil Ridge falls short in upset bid of No. 1 Regis
1/20/2015

By: Kevin Lytle

Fossil Ridge High School’s Andrew Semadeni drives to the basket against Regis Jesuit High School’s Tony Caseria in Fort Collins on Saturday night.

The Fossil Ridge High School boys basketball team is good.

It’s just not great. Not yet, at least.

The SaberCats built a big lead on No. 1 Regis Jesuit on Saturday night, only for the Raiders to storm back for a 61-57 win.

“I’m just so proud of the kids,” said Fossil Ridge coach Matt Johannsen, who graduated nine players from last year’s state runner-up team. “Nobody gave us any kind of chance.”

Not only did Fossil Ridge have a chance, but also the SaberCats punched Regis (13-0) in the mouth right from the start.

Fossil Ridge (8-5) jumped out to an 18-2 lead and were up 32-21 at half on the top-ranked team in Class 5A in the Associated Press media poll.

Those first two quarters were Fossil Ridge’s flashes of greatness.

Then — just like in an early-January three-point loss to No. 8 Mountain Vista — the SaberCats stumbled through a poor third quarter.

Turnovers and stagnant offense allowed Regis Jesuit to outscore the hosts 23-8 in the quarter, taking a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

“We left the door open for them. They’re too good a team to leave the door open,” Johannsen said. “They’ll break the door down even without leaving it open.”

But, Fossil Ridge fought back. In the final minutes, they were down a point, but the lone chance to take the lead was missed on a Ryan Quaid jump shot.

Regis then hit its free throws down the stretch to stay perfect. Coming in, Regis’ closest game was a 17-point victory, but team with nine seniors stayed in control.

“You can’t duplicate that type of situation in practice,” said Regis coach Ken Shaw, who spent 16 seasons as the coach at Rocky Mountain High School. “To see your kids show composure and come back in a game like that will help us down the road.”

Bryan Staerkel had 18 for Regis, and Nolan Ebel had 16. Jackson Everhart led Fossil Ridge with 13. Quaid added 12 and Zacc Drovdal had 11.

Through nonconference play, Fossil Ridge is 8-5, with losses to the Nos. 1, 5 and 8 teams in Colorado and two out-of-state schools. The SaberCats are 2-0 in Front Range League, with a win over No. 10 Monarch.

“We’re headed in the right direction. Our confidence is growing,” Everhart said. “The nonconference schedule definitely helped us. We’re right there with all the top teams, and come tournament time we’ll be right there.”

Read the full article at the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

PHOTO GALLERY: Montbello vs. Regis Jesuit Boys Basketball
1/20/2015

By: Jeremy Chavez   

KUSA — Montbello and Regis Jesuit’s boys basketball teams faced off on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Both teams have impressive records heading into the game, the Regis Jesuit Raiders, undefeated, and the Montbello Warriors with only a single loss on the season.

In the end the Raiders powered through the game against the Warriors making it look easy. The Raiders beat the Warriors 80-47.

Photos courtesy of Jack Eberhard – jacksactionshots.com.

See all photos at 9NEWS.com.

Girls Basketball: Regis Jesuit heads off to New York City for Rose Classic Super Jam
1/20/2015

Raiders to visit Brooklyn for three-game tournament set

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Several months later and with less fanfare, the Regis Jesuit girls basketball team is actually heading to the Big Apple.

Following their victory in last season’s Class 5A state championship game, the Raiders infamously were denied the chance to play in the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament — which included an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to play on national television at Madison Square Garden — due to Colorado High School Activities Association bylaws that prohibit teams from playing together after the final date of the season.

This week, on its own dime, coach Carl Mattei’s Regis Jesuit team heads to New York to play in the Rose Classic Super Jam, which runs Friday through Monday at Nazareth High School in Brooklyn, New York. The tournament features a variety of New York teams, plus others from Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

Last season’s Raiders — which featured one of the finest collections of talent in Colorado girls basketball history, including a pair of Colorado Gatorade Players of the Year in Texas signee Diani Akigbogun and Purdue recruit Justine Hall — might have been better equipped to compete in the Rose Classic tournament, which features two teams ranked in MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25, but the Raiders head out as the No. 9 team in Colorado in the most recent Associated Press Class 5A media poll.

Mattei’s team (4-4), which features West Point signee Jess Lewis, budding junior TaeKenya Cleveland and a young cast, has a chance to move above .500 before the trip when it plays host to Castle View at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a Continental League contest. The Raiders topped Fairview 74-58 on Jan. 9.

Regis Jesuit — which finished 1-2 at its previous out of state tournament, the Paul IV tournament in Virginia — opens with a 6 p.m. MT contest on Friday against South Shore, followed by a 3:30 p.m. MT contest against Medgar Evers College Prep on Saturday. After an off day on Sunday, the Raiders finished up with a 9:30 a.m. MT contest against St. Rose (New Jersey) on Monday.

The Raiders don’t face either of the teams ranked in the current MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25, No. 6 Archbishop Molloy and No. 10 Long Island Lutheran.

Legend pays a 7 p.m. visit on Jan. 23 when Regis Jesuit resumes play in Colorado.

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

Commitments: Regis Jesuit’s Cotner, Grandview’s Mullens headed to play volleyball at Trinity University
1/20/2015

Eaglecrest also has plenty of recent college committments

By COURTNEY OAKES

Grandview senior outside hitter Sarah Mullens (7) and Regis Jesuit senior libero Alex Cotner both have committed to Division III Trinity University in Texas. Mullens helped Grandview win a second consecutive Class 5A state volleyball championship in the fall.

Trinity University is a small Division III program in San Antonio, Texas, but its volleyball program should have significant Aurora flavor next year.

Two volleyball players from city schools — Sarah Mullens of Class 5A state champion Grandview and Alex Cotner of semifinalist Regis Jesuit — each committed to Trinity over the weekend. The Tigers won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season title and finished 30-10 overall with a loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the DIII Round of 16.

Mullens returned from injury to give a boost to Grandview, which was in search of another complimentary offensive weapon to Oregon commitment Haley McLaren and Naval Academy recruit Katie Patrick.

The 5-foot-10 outside hitter missed 15 sets for coach Patty Childress’ 22-7 team, but finished third on the Wolves with 146 kills and also led the team with 50 service aces. Mullens’ saved her best match for last, as she tied Patrick for the team best with 13 kills, while adding 10 digs and 3 aces, in Grandview’s sweep of Chatfield in the 5A state championship match Nov. 8.

Cotner’s Regis Jesuit team finished 21-7 and lost to Mullens’ Grandview team in the 5A semifinals.

For the season, Cotner — a 5-foot-4 libero — racked up 535 digs (third best in 5A) and played outstandingly on serve receive.

Trinity had one Colorado player — Castle View grad Katie Gillis — on its roster last season.

Both Aurora players expect to be part of larger signing ceremonies at their respective schools in February.

Via Twitter, Eaglecrest announced the commitment of softball player Alexa Romero to Division I Syracuse University.

As a junior, Romero, a left-handed pitcher, appeared in all 18 games for the Raptors in the fall and finished with a 7-6 overall record and a 3.36 ERA. To help herself offensively, Romero also hit .358, homered three times and drove in 21 runs, second-best on the 5A state tournament-qualifying team.

Following winter break, Korena Perales — last season’s leading scorer for the Raptors — committed to Metro State.

In December, the boys soccer team announced that first team All-Centennial League selection Garrett Dickey has committed to Colby College, while Sterling Barnes has committed to Midland (Nebraska) University and the trio of Ryan Anderson, Jacob Edwards and Carlos Ramirez pledged to play at Northwest Kansas.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit hockey tops Dakota Ridge and stays perfect
1/20/2015

Jeremy Chavez

KUSA – It is a battle of the undefeated. Both the Regis Jesuit Raiders and the Dakota Ridge Eagles are undefeated thus far into the 5A ice hockey season. The Raiders hold a 5-0-0 and the Eagles hold a 6-0-0 record going into the game at Family Sports Ice Arena.

The Eagles jumped to an early lead, tallying a goal within the first two minutes of the game. However, as time ticked down, the Raiders knotted the game up after some crucial power plays to help swing the momentum.

In a penalty filled game, the Raiders go to the penalty kill frequently in the second period, yet succeed in holding off the Eagles. The kills sparked confidence in the Raiders and Regis Jesuit went to work scoring 2 back-to-back goals to lead 3-1 after the second period.

In the third, Regis Jesuit held onto their 3-1 before netting an insurance goal to put the Raiders up 4-1. The Eagles surged with a last minute effort netting a single goal before the clock ran out leaving the skilled Regis Jesuit Raiders victorious.

At the end of the three period, Regis Jesuit holds on to their undefeated season with a 4-2 win versus the Dakota Ridge Eagles.

Read the full article at 9NEWS.com.

Wrestling: Aurora wrestlers ranked by On The Mat, Week 5
1/20/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Aurora wrestlers by weight as ranked in Class 5A, 4A through Week 5 of the 2014-15 season by Tim Yount and On The Mat:

CLASS 5A

106 pounds: No. 8 Axel Pacheco, jr. (Aurora Central); No. 10 Daniel Cuc-Capota, sr. (Overland); No. 11 Ben Rhoton, jr. (Hinkley)

113 pounds: No. 9 Danny Constant, sr. (Cherokee Trail); No. 18 Dominic Wenger, sr. (Rangeview)

120 pounds: No. 20 Rafael Garibay, jr. (Hinkley); No. 23 Nick Sanchez-Jans (Rangeview)

126 pounds: No. 6 Xavier Cardenas. jr. (Grandview)

132 pounds: No. 10 Armando Santillan, soph. (Grandview); 4A — No. 11 Marcus Guerra, jr. (Vista PEAK)

138 pounds: No. 15 Carl Composanto, soph. (Regis Jesuit); No. 19 Tanner Patterson, jr. (Grandview); No. 21 Jonnathan Quijada, soph. (Aurora Central; No. 22 Kipp Corby, jr. (Rangeview)

145 pounds: No. 3 Seth Brown, sr. (Grandview); No. 8 Dominique Evans, sr. (Eaglecrest); No. 12 Serj Chavez, soph. (Hinkley); No. 14 Deron Solomon, soph. (Rangeview)

152 pounds: No. 5 Jake Dugan, sr. (Eaglecrest); No. 6 Donovan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 7 Michael Thelen, jr. (Cherokee Trail)

160 pounds: No. 4 Logan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 16 Seth Bogulski, jr. (Cherokee Trail); No. 17 Sam Maes, sr. (Rangeview);

170 pounds: No. 11 Zeke Silva, soph. (Cherokee Trail); No. 12 Tyler Ross, soph. (Grandview)

182 pounds: No. 6 Juan Frairie, sr. (Aurora Central); No. 7 Aldin Puris, sr. (Eaglecrest)

195 pounds: No. 3 Nick Elgin, jr. (Regis Jesuit)

220 pounds: No. 3 Josh Vigil-Harrison, jr. (Grandview); No. 9 Max Gonzales, soph. (Rangeview)

285 pounds: No. 8 Oreva Koka, sr. (Cherokee Trail)

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls basketball: Regis too much for short-handed Fairview
1/20/2015

Knights start Front Range League play next week
By Adam Dunivan

No, the "Fairview Funk" is not a 70's-inspired dance making a comeback. It could, however, accurately describe the state of the FHS girls basketball team so far in 2015.

The Knights have started the post-break portion of the season with two left feet. After falling in a tight contest to Legacy on Thursday night on the road, a short-benched Fairview team was no match for Regis Jesuit on Friday night, losing 74-58 at The Dungeon with a big second half coming from the visiting Raiders.

The defending Class 5A champions used their athleticism and length to thwart Fairview's attack, and the Knights had 14 turnovers between the third and fourth quarters in the lopsided loss.

For coach Rod Beauchamp, the past two nights have showed just how much work needs to be done with a youthful squad as Front Range League play begins next week.

"I think we're going to get better, but sometimes it's not even our youth that's making the mistakes," Beauchamp said. "We're realizing now that we've got a ways to go. Some of those early games, we played teams that might not have been that good, so we might have a false sense of how good we are right now, and we've got tons of work to do to get better."

After starting the season 6-1, the Knights have dropped four straight. This time, they fell behind right away in the first quarter as Regis moved the ball well to get open shots, and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game.

When Fairview did make a run, it would give up a bigger one. The Raiders scored the first nine points of the game and led 17-8 at the end of a quarter. Perimeter shots helped Fairview get to within 21-18 but then turned around and allowed an 11-3 run before the end of the half.

Regis gained as much as an 11-point lead with its first basket of the third quarter, and Fairview cut it back down to six points (36-30) behind Denali Pinto's two layups and a free throw.

For the next 3 minutes, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Fairview broke through full-court pressure but fell victim to lazy passes in the half-court, and Regis responded with transition and second-chance points to forge back ahead 45-32.

Several turnovers later, the Raiders had pushed their lead over 20 points.

"The turnovers were big, and we needed to limit possessions against that team," Beauchamp said. "We wanted to try and have more ball reversal on our side, have more passes before we took a shot, and I think four or five possessions it was one pass and a shot, then back on defense.

"They slowly just kind of picked us apart. A lot of lazy passes and not meeting the passes."

The Raiders hit seven 3-pointers and made an impressive 30 field goals for the contest. Emma Wrede came off the bench to hit four early 3-pointers, and she finished with a team-best 14 points.

Fairview had only eight players on the bench for the second straight night, with Logan Tidstrom out due to illness. Annika Lai paced the team with 16 points, while freshmen Ashley Panem and Pinto added 14 and 10, respectively.

Panem, the team's point guard, said the team needed to pass better and be more unselfish in order to get out of the rut that they are in.

"I think we need to pass it around more, and tonight we were kind of thinking of ourselves a little bit too much," Panem said. "Playing these hard teams will get us more focused, and I think we'll be able to adjust to pressure better as we go along."

Read the full article at the Daily Camera.

Ice Hockey: Regis Jesuit deals Dakota Ridge first loss, remains undefeated with 4-2 win
1/20/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

CENTENNIAL | Two undefeated teams skated into Family Sports Center Friday night and one — Regis Jesuit — came out unbeaten.

Cale Woodley and Carter Alcock scored less than a minute apart in the second period to break open a tie game and the Raiders held on for a 4-2 Foothills Conference victory over Dakota Ridge.

John Kane and Andre Dugas also scored and goaltender Sam Gartner made 21 saves as coach Dan Woodley’s Regis Jesuit team won its first game following winter break to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.

The Eagles (6-1, 1-1) drew first blood just 1 minute, 31 seconds, into the first period and killed off two 5-on-3 power play chances for the Raiders, who finally got the equalizer from Kane with the man advantage.

Late in the second period, after Gartner stood strong in the nets when Dakota Ridge had its own 5-on-3 chances, Connor Brennan rifled a puck to an open Cale Woodley, who scored from point blank range to put Regis Jesuit in front with just over two minutes left in the period.

Forty-eight seconds later, Alcock got a feed out high and beat Eagles’ goalie Joey Owston with a slap shot.

Dakota Ridge’s Andrew Endsley cut the gap to 3-2 in the third period, but Dugas restored the two-goal edge.

Regis Jesuit is back in action at 4:20 p.m. Saturday against Columbine at Family Sports Center.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Top-ranked Regis Jesuit routs Rangeview in Class 5A boys basketball
1/20/2015

By Neil H. Devlin

AURORA — It was rain- ing 3-pointers inside the Rangeview gymnasium Friday night. Regis Jesuit made 14 of them, although it seemed like 114. Regis took aim and drilled crosstown rival Rangeview 78-53 in a Class 5A nonleague game.

"We work on that all week, and our main goal is to shoot it well," Bryan Staerkel said.

Staerkel made three 3s in the third quarter, and his team had seven over eight minutes. Now 10-0 and No. 1 in The Associated Press poll, Regis Jesuit isn't surprised, Staerkel said, but there is work to be done.

Coach Ken Shaw said it's early, but a methodical victory came with his team's ability to minimize Rangeview's quickness and competing inside. Balanced scoring helped. Kip Boryla (15 points), Staerkel (14), Taylor Kallsen (11) and Nolan Ebel (10) were backed by Geoff Kelly (eight) and Elijah Sanford (six).

Regis Jesuit gradually pulled away and scored 31 points in the third quarter.

"Rangeview (6-4) has a nice team; (the Raiders) can get back into it quickly, and that was a good win for us," said Shaw, who dresses nine seniors, tops in his 40 years.

Coach Shawn Palmer's team, led by Elijah Reed's 12 points, didn't shoot the ball well early (4-of-14).

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

Sydney Gillespie signs with Colorado Christian University
1/5/2015

Colorado Christian University Golf picked up their first signee of the 2015 class this month, adding a local prep with championship experience to next year's squad.

Head Coach Kelly Smith announced the signing of Sydney Gillespie, a Regis Jesuit HS product who has helped her RJHS squad to a pair of CHSAA State Championships. The Highlands Ranch native also participated in the 2014 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships last summer.

"Sydney is a remarkable individual, and she is going to be a great addition to our program," explained Smith earlier this month. "She has had much success the past few years competing year-round in quality tournaments. There is no doubt Sydney will make an immediate impact for us on the golf course and in the classroom."

Read the full article at Colorado Christian University.

Colorado Christian University Golf picked up their first signee of the 2015 class this month, adding a local prep with championship experience to next year's squad.

Head Coach Kelly Smith announced the signing of Sydney Gillespie, a Regis Jesuit HS product who has helped her RJHS squad to a pair of CHSAA State Championships. The Highlands Ranch native also participated in the 2014 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships last summer.

"Sydney is a remarkable individual, and she is going to be a great addition to our program," explained Smith earlier this month. "She has had much success the past few years competing year-round in quality tournaments. There is no doubt Sydney will make an immediate impact for us on the golf course and in the classroom."

Read the full article at Colorado Christian University.

Wrestling: Aurora wrestlers ranked by On The Mat, Week 4
1/5/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Aurora wrestlers by weight as ranked in Class 5A, 4A through Week 4 of the 2014-15 season by Tim Yount and On The Mat:

CLASS 5A

Teams: No. 12 Grandview

106 pounds: No. 8 Axel Pacheco, jr. (Aurora Central); No. 12 Daniel Cue Capota, sr. (Overland); No. 13 Ben Rhoton, jr. (Hinkley)

113 pounds: No. 9 Danny Constant, sr. (Cherokee Trail); No. 16 Dominic Wenger, sr. (Rangeview)

120 pounds: No. 20 Rafael Garibay, jr. (Hinkley); No. 23 Nick Sanchez-Jans (Rangeview)

126 pounds: No. 6 Xavier Cardenas. jr. (Grandview)

132 pounds: No. 11 Armando Santillan, soph. (Grandview); 4A — No. 12 Marcus Guerra, jr. (Vista PEAK)

138 pounds: No. 12 Carl Composanto, soph. (Regis Jesuit); No. 17 Tanner Patterson, jr. (Grandview); No. 19. Jonnathan Quijada, soph. (Aurora Central; No. 21 Kipp Corby, jr. (Rangeview)

145 pounds: No. 3 Seth Brown, sr. (Grandview); No. 9 Dominique Evans, sr. (Eaglecrest); No. 13 Serj Chavez, soph. (Hinkley)

152 pounds: No. 6 Jake Dugan, sr. (Eaglecrest); No. 7 Donovan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 8 Michael Thelen, jr. (Cherokee Trail)

160 pounds: No. 4 Logan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 14 Sam Maes, sr. (Rangeview); No. 16 Seth Bogulski, jr. (Cherokee Trail)

170 pounds: No. 11 Tyler Ross, soph. (Grandview); No. 12 Zeke Silva, soph. (Cherokee Trail)

182 pounds: No. 6 Juan Frairie, sr. (Aurora Central); No. 7 Aldin Puris, sr. (Eaglecrest)

195 pounds: No. 3 Nick Elgin, jr. (Regis Jesuit)

220 pounds: No. 2 Josh Vigil-Harrison, jr. (Grandview); No. 9 Max Gonzales, soph. (Rangeview)

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit’s Tim Lynott set for Semper Fi All-American Bowl
12/29/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

Regis Jesuit star offensive guard Tim Lynott will strap on his pads one more time at the high school level before heading off to play college football next year.

The University of Colorado commitment is one of the players from the western portion of the country selected to the fourth annual Semper Fi All-American Bowl, scheduled to be played on Jan. 4 at The StubHub Center in Carson, California. The game will be aired live on Fox Sports 1 between 7-10 p.m. MT.

Lynott is Aurora’s lone representative and one of two Colorado players in all selected, joining Valor Christian defensive back Eric Lee, picked at the “culmination of a nationwide All-American player selection tour that collectively celebrates academic excellence, proven physical fitness and quality of character; values that parallel those of the Marine Corps” according to a press release from the Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Lynott was a first team All-Colorado, All-Continental League North and All-City selection following a season in which he helped Regis Jesuit win a league championship and finish 10-2 overall after a Class 5A playoff loss to eventual state champion Cherry Creek.

After the playoff loss, Lynott said he would be lifting weights with Regis Jesuit defensive line coach and former Denver Bronco Harald Hasselbach to get ready to play in college.

The Semper Fi All-American West team is made up of the Colorado players, plus Arkansas, Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington, while the East team is made up of players from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Lynott was also nominated for the 2015 U.S Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3 along with Lee and Pine Creek’s Avery Anderson, but none of the Colorado players were selected.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Swimming: Regis Jesuit exhausted, but has enough to win Coaches Invite for the first time
12/29/2014

Two relay wins, Austin's diving title lifts Raiders in another tight battle with Fairview; Grandview posts quality sixth-place team finish, while Smoky Hill comes in 12th among 28 5A teams

By COURTNEY OAKES

THORNTON | Taylor Wilson had a red-eye flight to a warm climate coming up shortly, but she lingered for awhile Saturday at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center to savor her Regis Jesuit team’s performance at the Coaches Invitational.

Oh and the senior captain was pretty exhausted, too.

With winter break waiting at the end of the big annual multi-classification meet, the Raiders fought through their weariness, won three events and captured the meet championship for the first time in program history with 241.5 points, highlighting a strong day for Aurora’s four scoring teams. It was enough to energize Wilson at the end of a long finals week in which coach Nick Frasersmith never let up on training.

“We’ve never won Coaches before; I’m not necessarily surprised, I mean I knew we had it in us, but it’s like exciting surprising,” said Wilson, who posted top-six finishes in both of her individual events and swam on the championship-winning 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays.

“It makes us excited for state knowing that we’re this fast, untapered and not wearing the skins the other girls were wearing,” she added. “This was a really good meet.”

Wilson teamed with juniors Amy Lenderink and Lindsay Painton swam on the 200 and 400 relay teams — with Isabella Schultze and Samantha Smith, respectively — and junior McKensi Austin won the diving competition decisively as Regis Jesuit was seven points better than Fairview, the same team it edged for the Class 5A state championship in the same pool roughly 10 months earlier.

Frasersmith came away pleased with how his team performed in a meet it struggles at traditionally in the midst of heavy training. Last season, Regis Jesuit finished third and Fairview won the title.

“Honestly, I’m surprised we swam so well, but that’s a good thing,” Frasersmith said. “We didn’t do anything different and we haven’t changed our approach or how we do things, so it helps us be confident. We can’t be cocky with Fairview not having that relay at the end, so anything could happen come state.”

Indeed the Knights’ 400 freestyle relay team didn’t swim in prelims, so they could not advance to the finals, which left them without the ability to catch Regis Jesuit in the final event.

Other than that, the meet unfolded eerily like the 5A state meet had in February.

“It actually felt a lot like state since it was here like year, so it was very surreal at times,” Wilson said.

Just like at state, the Raiders’ major point scorers performed well.

Besides her work on two winning relays, Painton finished third in one of her off events — the 50 freestyle — and also finished fifth in the 100 yard butterfly to give her team a major boost.

“Let’s just say I’m really excited to go to bed, but it was a great meet,” Painton said with a smile. “I can’t really feel my legs, but this is the first time we’ve ever won Coaches, so it’s something that’s fun and something to proud of. …The team just had really good energy and you could tell it was all love and gratitude for each other in here, so you get a lot of power from that.”

Juniors Lenderink and Emily Protz and sophomores Smith and Jennae Frederick finished in the top 16 in both of their individual events.

The Raiders benefited from big points in the diving competition, as Austin won the meet for the second straight season and senior Kellyn Toole finished 10th. Austin, the defending 5A state champion, had to come from behind to win last season’s meet, but led from start to finish this year and won by more than 50 points.

“It was the first big meet of the season, so I just went out there and did the best I could and tried to get as many points for the team as I could,” Austin said.

Grandview piled up 112 points to finish sixth and had another pleasant result out of the water when senior Morgan Ammon was named co-winner of the annual Hoyt Brawner Award, as the state’s top senior swimmer/scholar along with Arapahoe’s Ella Moynihan.

Junior Mia Wood finished sixth in both distance freestyle events and twin sister April also posted a sixth-place result in the 200 individual medley, while Ammon and twin sister Mackenzie each scored once individually.

The two sets of sisters teamed up on the Wolves’ fourth-place 200 freestyle relay, while senior Sami Daniels joined the Woods and Mackenzie Ammon on the 400 freestyle relay that took fifth.

Smoky Hill’s Julia Song, a finalist for the Hoyt Brawner Award herself, became a rare Coaches Invitational finalist for the Buffs and scored individually in two events and anchored two placing relays.

“This past week, I’ve been really sick with the flu and Thursday’s dual meet was really rough,”  Song said. “I’m glad I went almost best times today.”

Eaglecrest senior diver Indiya Williams surprised herself with a fifth-place finish that netted 14 teams points, more than six other teams in attendance.

“I honestly didn’t think I would make it past the first cut, so placing in the finals was unbelievable,” said Williams, who scored 455.85 points.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Doherty boys' hoops commit too many mistakes against No. 1 Regis Jesuit
12/24/2014

By Scott Kaniewski

At times, Doherty looked like a team that could hang with the state's best.

At other times - too many of them - the Spartans looked like they'd checked out for the holidays.

Regis Jesuit, the Associated Press' top-ranked Class 5A boys' basketball team, held off any charge Doherty made and beat the Spartans 78-57 at Doherty on Monday.

As one of the only games in the state, the Spartans (4-5) were hoping to put on a good showing against the state power. In spurts, they definitely did. In other spurts, they committed costly turnovers, failed to get rebounds and put up ill-advised shots.

Like any good team, Regis (7-0) took advantage of those errors.

With time winding down in the third quarter, Tynan Velasquez scored as he was fouled on a scoop layup to cut the gap to 47-39. But he missed the free throw.

Then Dalven Brushier fouled Nolan Ebel on a 3-pointer that Ebel made. The Raiders' senior completed the four-point play.

On the Spartans' next two possessions, they turned the ball over (two of 18 giveaways), while Regis scored on both of its possessions, including an Ebel buzzer-beating layup drive that began on Regis' side of the court with 2.4 seconds left.

In the span of 1:18, that eight-point deficit turned into a 16-point, insurmountable gap.

"I just felt like the mistakes we've been making, you just can't make those mistakes with a quality team like Regis," first-year Doherty coach Jarris Krapcha said.

The Spartans never got closer than 10 points in the fourth quarter, the last time on Brevin Brimble's fifth of six 3s.

"We didn't really take care of the ball," said Brimble, who led the Spartans with 18 points. "We knew they were No. 1 in the state ... We just had to come out and play our hardest. That's what we did, minus the turnovers."

Velasquez, who averages 12.6 points, finished with five on 2-of-9 shooting. Leading scorer Brushier finished with six points and fouled out.

Doherty big man Emin Cecunjanin finished with 14 points and his presence in the paint at both ends helped Doherty prevent Regis from running away earlier.

"We looked like a championship-caliber team in spurts," Cecunjanin said. "But we'd start turning the ball over or something like that, and Regis would capitalize on our mistakes.

Regis grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, seven in the second half. The Raiders scored on five of those second-half second chances.

The game didn't get out of hand until late, when Doherty started to foul to stop the clock.

Brimble's final 3 cut the lead to 68-57. But in the last 2:14, the Raiders outscored Doherty 10-0.

"We definitely got a lot better out of this," Cecunjanin said. "It was really good playing a team like Regis ... to see where we're at and how good we really can be."

Read the full article at gazette.com.

Photos: Regis Jesuit girls swimming wins Coaches Invitational
12/24/2014

By Ray Chen

THORNTON — Regis Jesuit's girls swimming team claimed the annual Coaches Invite at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center on Saturday.

The Raiders finished with 241.5 points, ahead of second-place Fairview (234.5) and third-place Fossil ridge (217). Arapahoe (144.5) and Valor Christian (127) rounded out the top-5 of the meet.

Individually, Fossil Ridge's Bailey Nero won the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.62) and the 100 butterfly (55.61). Rock Canyon's Abigail Kochevar was also a multi-event winner, claiming the 50 free (23.47) and 100 back (55.86).

Valor Christian's Brooke Stenstrom won the 100 freestyle (51.65) and was second to Kochevar in the 50 free (23.49).

Visit CHSAANow.com to view photos.

Girls Swimming: 2014 Coaches Invitational results
12/22/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

THORNTON | Team scores and individual results from the 2014 Coaches Invitational girls swim meet held on Dec. 20, 2014, at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center. Aurora teams and individuals bold and uppercased:

2014 COACHES INVITATIONAL GIRLS SWIM MEET RESULTS

Class 5A team scores: 1. REGIS JESUIT 241.5 points; 2. Fairview 234.5; 3. Fossil Ridge 217; 4. Arapahoe 144.5; 5. Cherry Creek 124; 6. GRANDVIEW 112; 7. Heritage 104; 8. Rampart 68; 9. Mountain Range 60.5; 10. Monarch 51; 11. Ralston Valley 50; 12. SMOKY HILL 49; 13. Legend 42; 14. Lakewood 37.5; T15. Rocky Mountain 33; T15. Chaparral 33; 17. ThunderRidge 21; 18. Pomona 20; 19. Boulder 19; T20. Chatfield 16; T20. George Washington 16; 22. EAGLECREST 14; 23. Northglenn 13; 24. Castle View 9; 25. Horizon 6; 26. Legacy 4; T27. Greeley West 2; T27. Fort Collins 2'

See all individual results at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit joins this week's 5A wrestling rankings
12/16/2014

By Ryan Casey

Regis Jesuit joined On The Mat's wrestling rankings the week. The Raiders are No. 10 in Class 5A.

Other newcomers include No. 10 Greeley Central in 4A, and No. 9 Fleming/Sedgwick County and No. 10 Baca County in 2A.

All four No. 1 teams stayed put. Those are Paonia (2A), Brush (3A), Thompson Valley (4A) and Arvada West (5A).

Complete team rankings for all classes at CHSAANow.com.

Photos: No. 3 Regis Jesuit hockey handles Kent Denver
12/16/2014

By Tim Visser

CENTENNIAL — No.3-ranked Regis Jesuit hockey got four goals and an assist from Cale Woodley, Cade Alcock had seven points and the Raiders handled Kent Denver 13-0 on Friday night.

Alcock finished with two goals and five assists in the game. Jack Davidson and Michael Baer each scored two goals, as well, for Regis.

See photos at CHSAANow.com

Regis Jesuit girls get past ice-cold Denver East
12/12/2014

By Neil H. Devlin

Was it as rough as it looked? Final score: Regis Jesuit 43, Denver East 28.

"Yes, it was," Raiders senior point guard Jess Lewis said. "I'd say it was. We had a big week last week, five games in six days, and we're just trying to get our legs back."

The Raiders, two-time defending Class 5A state champions, went against some high-end competition last week in Virginia. Ranked No. 5 in The Associated Press 5A media poll, the Raiders improved to 3-3.

And now, Lewis said, "we're coming back and playing against people coming after us."

Indeed, host Denver East (2-2) kept coming after the Raiders but kept firing blanks as if on a movie set. After three quarters, the Angels shot a woeful 3-of-43 and went without field goals in the first and third quarters. They misfired on their first 18 attempts.

"It was tough," Regis Jesuit coach Carl Mattei said. "But we kept plugging along."

Having lost two in a row coming in, Regis Jesuit, according to Mattei, avoided its own dubious stretch — in its 13th season, the Raiders have never had a three-game losing streak.

Lewis, bound for West Point, saw to it with a team-high 14 points. TaeKenya Cleveland followed with 13, and Ezekia Johnson contributed 10. JonNae Richardson led East with 13.

"The brand of basketball we have to play to win is nothing like it was at Regis Jesuit for 12 years," Mattei said. "But we can still win if we play as a team."

See the full article at The Denver Post.

Regis Jesuit now No. 1 in 5A boys basketball rankings
12/9/2014

By Ryan Casey

After last week's big win, it was assumed that Regis Jesuit boys basketball would take over the top spot in Class 5A. Monday, the Raiders officially moved up.

Regis Jesuit received 15 of the 16 first-place votes in CHSAANow.com's poll this week, and had 159 overall points. This came on the heels of a 3-0 week to open the season, which included a win over preseason No. 1 Overland.

But Regis was far from the only mover. ThunderRidge also started its season 3-0, and has jumped from preseason No. 5 to No. 2 this week. The 5A poll also added four new teams: No. 7 Aurora Central, No. 8 Dakota Ridge, No. 9 Cherry Creek and No. 10 Rock Canyon.

Things changed in 4A, too. Longmont stayed put as the No. 1 team, but there are three new teams -- led by No. 2 Golden, which had an impressive opening week, including wins over Vista PEAK and then-No. 6 D'Evelyn. Also joining are No. 6 Pueblo Central and No. 8 Air Academy.

In 3A, there's another new No. 1 team. Colorado Springs Christian assumes the top spot there after Colorado Academy lost to Fossil Ridge's JV team last week.

New to the 3A poll are Alamosa (No. 8) and Manitou Springs (No. 9).

The No. 1 teams stayed put in both 2A (Sanford) and 1A (McClave).

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. Polls are released each Monday.

See complete rankings at CHSAANow.com.

Wrestling: 2014 Arapahoe Warrior Invitational results
12/9/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

LITTLETON | Team scores and individual results from the 2014 Arapahoe Warrior Invitational wrestling tournament held on Dec. 6, 2014, at Arapahoe High School. Aurora teams and individuals bold and uppercased:

2014 ARAPAHOE WARRIOR INVITATIONAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Team scores: 1. Coronado 188 points; 2. Fruita Monument 181.5; 3. Douglas County 164.5; 4. Cherry Creek 138.5; 5. Northglenn 114.5; 6. EAGLECREST 107.5; 7. Lakewood 100; 8. REGIS JESUIT 94; 9. Arapahoe 90; 10. AURORA CENTRAL 85.5; 11. Legend 83.5; 12. Mullen 81.5; 13. Fossil Ridge 65; 14. Highlands Ranch 64.5; 15. Columbine 26; 16. Englewood 8; 17. Chatfield 7

Aurora championship matches

106 pounds: Josh Finesilver (Cherry Creek) pinned AXEL PACHECO (AURORA CENTRAL), 0:00

113 pounds: STEPHEN RAMIREZ (EAGLECREST) dec. Tristan Curtis (Cherry Creek), 13-10

152 pounds: DONOVAN RONAN (REGIS JESUIT) def. JAKE DUGAN (EAGLECREST), 4-0

160 pounds: LOGAN RONAN (REGIS JESUIT) dec. Robert Gambrell (Douglas County), 7-2

182 pounds: Ty Taylor (Fruita Monument) dec. JUAN FRAIRE (AURORA CENTRAL), 7-3

195 pounds: Jacob Seeley (Fruita Monument) pinned NICK ELGIN (REGIS JESUIT), 0:59

Aurora third-place matches

120 pounds: Jacob Brettmann (Douglas County) dec. QUINCY MORENO (AURORA CENTRAL), 7-2

138 pounds: Keegan Lecher (Fossil Ridge) maj. dec. CARL COMPOSANTO (REGIS JESUIT), 16-6

145 pounds: DOMINIQUE EVANS (EAGLECREST) won by forfeit over Pedro Reyes (Highlands Ranch)

182 pounds: ALDIN PURIS (EAGLECREST) dec. Evan Kay (Coronado), 2-1

See a full list of results at the Aurora Sentinel.

Wild Colorado girls basketball season just getting started
12/9/2014

Top-ranked Regis Jesuit has already lost, underscoring a possible statewide changing of the guard.
By Paul Willis

If the opening week of the season is any indication, it could be a wild one in girls basketball.

Top-ranked Regis Jesuit (Aurora) not only dropped in-state game, but did so to a Monarch (Louisville) squad that began the season just outside the top 10 of the CHSAANow.com poll. Holy Family (Broomfield), which has won six of the past seven 3A titles, has started 1-1 in its ascension to 4A.

So far, the message is that it might not be an easy thing to repeat as champs. Mesa Ridge (Colorado Springs) in 4A, Lutheran (Parker) (2A; moved to 3A) and Norwood (1A) are hoping to disprove that notion. With the season just getting underway, here's a look at 10 key questions on the girls side.

1. Can Regis Jesuit, winners of two straight 5A crowns and nationally ranked last season, remain a top-flight contender?

The Raiders graduated a bevy of Division I athletes, but that's usually the case. Talent remains, including the perimeter-savvy Jess Lewis, but Regis needs to mesh into a unit. Seven of last season's 10 varsity players are gone, as are eight of their 10 JV players.

"With only five of 20 coming back, you have to get the chemistry with the new kids," Raiders coach Carl Mattei said. "If we don't all put it together, we're not going to be that good of a team because we don't have the depth anymore."

2. If it's not going to be Regis Jesuit in 5A, then who is the heir apparent to the crown?

Grandview (Aurora) and talented sophomore Michaela Onyenwere could be right there, as could last season's runner-up Fossil Ridge (Fort Collins). Each squad graduated marquee players but has some firepower remaining in the arsenal. Highlands Ranch, with junior center Blaire Braxton, is always in the mix under veteran coach Caryn Jarocki, and don't count out Monarch after the Coyotes handled Regis 58-45 on the Raiders' home floor. But the biggest contender could be a 5A newcomer, which we'll discuss in the next question.

3. How will perennial powers Broomfield and Holy Family do now that each has jumped up one classification?

Broomfield went 27-1 in 4A last season, with the lone loss a narrow decision to Mesa Ridge in the championship game. Voters are so impressed with the Eagles, who return Colorado State-bound Callie Kaiser, that they anointed them a preseason No. 2 in 5A even though it's their first season there.

As for Holy Family, all-everything junior guard Katie Chavez is back in the fold, but the Tigers didn't get as much love in the polls at No. 7 in their first season in 4A. The Tigers were humbled by 5A No. 10 ThunderRidge (Highlands Ranch) in their second game, but still will compete.

4. Mesa Ridge went 28-0 last season. Does Broomfield's ascension to 5A clear the way for the Grizzlies to march to another title?

Despite the return of 6-foot-4 double-double machine Kylee Shook, voters aren't convinced. Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch) was labeled a preseason No. 1, while Pueblo West and Sand Creek (Colorado Springs) grabbed the Nos. 2 and 3 spots, respectively, before Mesa Ridge checked in at No. 4. Why is that? Probably because Mesa Ridge lost its Nos. 2 through 6 leading scorers from last season. Shook shook off the snub with a triple-double (12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks) in the Grizzlies opener against Douglas County (Castle Rock) and sophomore Britanie Olsen added 14 points.

5. Why were Valor Christian, Pueblo South and Sand Creek ranked ahead of Mesa Ridge?

Two of the three have new head coaches, so that is a difficult question. But on the court, Valor returns its top two scorers from last season's 23-4 squad in Kendall Bradbury and Caroline Bryan. Jessika Caldwell has replaced Sherryl Klosterman as the Eagles' coach.

Pueblo South won it all two seasons ago and coach Shannan Lane still has a stacked squad. Sand Creek no longer has Jamie Carey on the bench as Frank Haist has taken over as coach, but the Scorpions return key juniors Liah Davis and Oliana Squires. Also keep an eye on No. 5 Pueblo West, which boasts scoring machine Haley Simental, and the Cyclones will take on Mesa Ridge in a key early-season battle Friday night.

6. With the 3A title vacant now that Holy Family is in 4A, who are the top contenders?

Lutheran would like nothing more than to capture successive titles in two separate classifications, and the Lions return their top four scorers from last season's 24-1 2A title team. They begin the season at No. 3, trailing Sterling and 2013 runner-up Pagosa Springs.

Sterling returns all but one player from last season's 22.5 squad, including top scorers Jenna Knudson and Kylie Chavez. Pagosa Springs, which ran the table last season before losing to Holy Family in the title game, returns top scorer Payton Shahan. The lengthy list of potential contenders includes Manitou Springs, Eaton and St. Mary's (Colorado Springs).

7. With the 2A title vacant now that Lutheran is in 3A, is there a favorite?

Absolutely. All signs point to Yuma, which finished second in the state last season despite a roster composed of 11 sophomores and one junior. All those sophomores, naturally, give the Indians a junior-heavy roster, including leading scorer Logan Hixon. The Indians went 25-2 last season, with losses to Akron and Lutheran.

8. Which other teams qualify as contenders in 2A?

Akron won the previous two titles before Lutheran took over, and the Rams always seem to be in the mix. Hoehne, Caliche (Iliff) and Peyton also have the look of ultra-solid squads. Hoehne and Peyton were in the state tournament last season, and Caliche absorbed a narrow 38-34 loss to Norwood in the 1A title game before moving up. The Buffaloes return Shayln Johnson (16.7 points a game) from a 24-2 squad. Hoehne's Cydney Kreutzer boasted the same scoring average as a junior, and Peyton returns second-leading scorer Victoria Goodman.

9. What are Norwood's chances of repeating in 1A?

The Mavericks return leading scorer Jordan Williams (16.9), but will be without No. 2 scorer Lucia Vlkova, who was a one-year exchange student from Slovakia. Nonetheless, the Mavericks are ranked No. 3 after a 25-1 season. Briggsdale earned the top spot, a Falcons squad that went 19-6 last season and returns talented junior Darian Hale. Idalia checks in at No. 2 after returning its eight top scorers from a 21-3 squad.

10. Who are some of the other players across the state that could ascend to an all-state, or possibly and All-Colorado level?

Lakewood guard Mackenzie Forrest averaged 19.4 points a game last season and will have the Tigers competing again. Kent Denver (Englewood) standout Maya Love averaged 19.7 points as a sophomore and is on the rise. Also check out Courtney Smith (Legacy (Broomfield)), Cassidy Budge (Rampart (Colorado Springs)), Jonnae Richardson (Denver East), Jordan Baer (Akron) and Chandler Babi (Bennett), all top-10 scorers among returning players. Of note, Byers' Taylor Dodge started the season with a 35-point performance in a 65-64 loss to Faith Christian (Arvada).

See the full article at MaxPreps.

Wrestling: Aurora wrestlers ranked by On The Mat, preseason
12/9/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Aurora wrestlers by weight as ranked in Class 5A, 4A prior to the start of the 2014-15 season by Tim Yount and On The Mat:

CLASS 5A

106 pounds: No. 7 Ben Rhoton, jr. (Hinkley); No. 9 Axel Pacheco, jr. (Aurora Central); No. 10 Daniel Cue Capota, sr. (Overland)

113 pounds: No. 9 Danny Constant, sr. (Cherokee Trail); No. 15 A.J. Federico (Grandview)

120 pounds: No. 15 Rafael Garibay, jr. (Hinkley)

126 pounds: No. 7 Xavier Cardenas. jr. (Grandview); No. 17 Dominic Wenger, soph. (Rangeview)

132 pounds: No. 7 Carl Camposanto, soph. (Regis Jesuit); No. 13 Jonnathan Quijada, jr. (Aurora Central); No. 15 Armando Santillian, soph. (Grandview)

138 pounds: No. 9 Dominique Evans, sr. (Eaglecrest); 12. Kipp Corby, jr. (Rangeview)

145 pounds: No. 5 Seth Brown, sr. (Grandview); No. 7 Serj Chavez, soph. (Hinkley); No. 10 Jake Dugan, sr. (Eaglecrest)

152 pounds: No. 7 Donovan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 8 Michael Thelen, jr. (Cherokee Trail)

160 pounds: No. 2 Logan Ronan, sr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 6 Sam Maes, sr. (Rangeview)

182 pounds: No. 10 Aldin Puris, sr. (Eaglecrest)

195 pounds: No. 3 Nick Elgin, jr. (Regis Jesuit); No. 4 Max Gonzales, soph. (Rangeview)

220 pounds: No. 4 Josh Vigil-Harrison, jr. (Grandview); No. 11 Anthony Malone, jr. (Eaglecrest)

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit upsets No. 1 Overland in boys basketball opener
12/4/2014

By Neil H. Devlin

AURORA — In his 40th season as a head coach, Ken Shaw undoubtedly has seen it all. So when his Regis Jesuit Raiders fended off host and everybody's Class 5A No. 1, Overland, on Tuesday night, the coach wasn't overly shocked about the outcome or how his team did it.

"It was a great win, but not a great game," Shaw said after Regis Jesuit came across town to beat the Trailblazers 61-45 in nonleague play. "They're difficult to play, and they're hard to look good against."

In an opener on the second day of the winter season, the turnovers, miscues, bad shots and questionable play were relevant, but Regis Jesuit started to kick into gear late in the second quarter and took command after halftime.

Ultimately, the Raiders stuck to their longtime thing — team ball.

"We knew we had to play as a team," said Raiders senior Kip Boryla, who had 15 points. "(The Trailblazers) have a lot of talent, and we had a good game plan."

Basically, Regis Jesuit decided to double down on junior star De'Ron Davis, and it worked — Davis did manage a game-high 22 points and five blocked shots, but he fouled out with 3:50 to play.

The rest of the Trailblazers had shooting issues, both from the floor and free-throw line (14-of-25), and scored only nine points 16 minutes into the second half. In all, Regis Jesuit outcored Overland 33-16 in the second half.

No, it wasn't pretty, as Shaw said, but it was quite effective.

"First game, but we competed hard," Shaw said. "We tried to space at the end and use our quickness. And we got into the flow."

The Raiders also beat the Trailblazers down the floor and down low when the game was in the balance.

Taylor Kallsen matched Boryla with 15 points. Geoff Kelly and Elijah Sanford also were pivotal for Regis Jesuit.

Of course, Trailblazers coach Danny Fisher didn't see this one coming, nor did a healthy Trailblazers faithful.

"Game 1," he said afterward. "(Regis Jesuit) executed so well ... and when you get behind against them, you're in a little bit of trouble."

In addition, he said, "I think we said all the right things coming in as No. 1, but it's a lot for these guys to deal with."

But not for the Raiders, who were excited about their start.

Said Boryla, "It's a great feeling. We worked hard for this in the offseason."

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

Regis Jesuit boys basketball wins top-two showdown with Overland
12/3/2014

By Zach Marburger

AURORA — Preseason rankings might be only a rough sketch of where the season is headed, but that doesn’t mean everybody isn’t paying attention.

Based on the packed crowd at Overland High School Tuesday night, people were mindful of a least the potential for a great matchup. Fans got that and more, but it was Raiders fans who went home happy, as the CHSAANow.com’s preseason Class 5A No. 2-ranked Raiders defeated preseason No. 1 Overland 61-45.

“You’re going to look at those, but preseason rankings in my opinion don’t mean a lot,” said Regis senior Kip Boryla after the game. “But they’re a great team, we know that. We’re going to love this win and continue this throughout the season.”

Facing an Overland team loaded with talent, including two players – guard Austin Conway and center/forward De’Ron Davis – that garnered second team all-state honors last season, the Raiders were able to keep their cool long enough to pull away from the Trailblazers in the second half despite a shaky start.

“It was a great win. Not a great game, but a great win first game out,” said Regis head coach Ken Shaw. “We competed hard. They’re hard to look good against.”

Both teams started out slowly, but the Raiders carried a 13-10 lead into the second quarter when the Trailblazers started to pick up the pace on both ends of the court. Overland’s active defense forced a few key turnovers, and Davis started to take over, nailing a three and repeatedly bullying his way into the post.

But just when it looked like the Trailblazers would carry momentum into halftime, senior Regis guard Taylor Kallsen came up big. The Raiders leading scorer from last season stole in inlet pass and scored to cut the Overland lead to five, then two possessions later nailed a three to tie things at 23.

“Taylor’s a veteran guy. He’s a calming influence, both with ball-handling and shooting. We expect a lot out of him,” said Shaw. “I’d tell you it was a below-average game from him in terms of what he’s capable of, but again, Overland’s a hard to play against. They do a lot of things to get you out of your comfort zone.”

Overland still carried a 29-28 lead into halftime, but Regis came out of the break looking much more comfortable against the aggressively trapping Trailblazers. The Raiders consistently found the open man out of the double team and built a 43-36 edge heading into the fourth.

“First half was so chopped up for us. It seemed like we’d play well for a few minutes, and then we had a span where we turned it over three times,” said Shaw. “In the second half I thought the consistency was much better.”

“Our main thought for the game was composure and confidence,” added Kallsen. “Against an athletic team like Overland, they’re a great team. You just have to stay calm and composed in that situation.”

It helped that Regis was able to get Davis in foul trouble for much of the second half. The 6-foot-nine junior had to sit for a large stretch of the third before fouling out for good with 3:50 left in the fourth. Davis finished with 22 points.

“He’s an outstanding player. You’ve got to double down on him,” said Boryla, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. “That was our game-plan going in and we executed. We managed to take some charges and get him in foul trouble and that was a big part of the game for us.”

The Raiders will try and keep things going Thursday at home against Columbine, while the Trailblazers heads to the Free Tax USA.com Shoot-Out before taking on Chaparral next month.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Grandview’s Patty Childress, Regis Jesuit’s Ken Shaw make CHSCA Hall of Fame
12/3/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

Two of Aurora’s most successful prep coaches will be part of the 2015 Hall of Fame induction class of the Colorado High School Coaches Association.

Grandview volleyball coach Patty Childress and Regis Jesuit boys basketball coach Ken Shaw are among five honorees slated to be inducted in the 52nd annual ceremony of the CHSCA, scheduled for March 28, 2015, at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast.

In November, Childress led her Wolves to a second consecutive Class 5A state volleyball championship with a sweep of Chatfield, which also netted the program’s fifth all-time state title. Under Childress, Grandview has made the 5A state championship match 10 times in the past 12 seasons and has a career record of 475-161 that includes previous stops coaching at Otis, Palisade, Ferndale and Colorado Mesa University. She served as president of the CHSCA in 2003 and has been a regular coaching at the CHSCA All-State Games in the summer.

On Tuesday, Shaw’s Regis Jesuit boys basketball team tips off at Overland as he begins his 40th season as a head coach. Shaw guided the Raiders to back-to-back-to-back 5A state hoops championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and he also won single state championships with Yuma and Sterling. Shaw — a former star Colorado prep player at Merino — has amassed a career coaching record of 669-223 (the third-most wins in state history) in stops at two Aurora schools, Regis Jesuit and Smoky Hill, in addition to Rocky Mountain, Yuma and Sterling. He’s been a member of the CHSCA for 41 years.

Former Merino High School volleyball coach Judy Beardsley, ex-Julesburg High School basketball and volleyball coach Dennis Tjaden and Kit Carson High School football/basketball/track coach Jim Trahern round out the 2015 Hall of Fame class.

Childress and Shaw are the first coaches from Aurora schools to be inducted in the CHSCA Hall of Fame since 2006, when Gateway’s Richard Anderson received the honor.

Other Hall of Fame members from Aurora include the late Bob Caviness (Hinkley, 1988), Guy Gibbs (Regis Jesuit, 1985), George Barrows (Aurora, 1971) and Bill Hinkley (Aurora, 1968).

The induction ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 28 at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast, 3155 S. Vaughn Way, Aurora CO 80014, following a reception that begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $42 per person. Make reservations via a form at www.colohsca.org or email CHSCA executive director John Burke at jburke24@cox.net.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Top-ranked Regis Jesuit girls basketball survives scare from D'Evelyn in opener
12/3/2014

By Dennis Pleuss

DENVER — Right out the gate Regis Jesuit, two-time defending Class 5A girls basketball state champions, got a significant test.

The D’Evelyn Jaguars, ranked No. 6 in the 4A girls basketball CHSAANow.com preseason rankings, gave the 5A preseason No. 1 Raiders all they wanted on opening night of the 2014-15 hoops season at D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School. D’Evelyn never led, but closed to within four points at 60-56 with 2:34 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“We were right there,” said D’Evelyn coach Chris Olson who admitted that he asked himself if he was “crazy” to schedule Regis for his team’s opener. “We were just so tired. We just ran out of gas in the end there.”

Regis held on to win 67-59 thanks to a key jumper by senior Jessica Lewis with just more than two minutes to play. Junior Julia Drexelious and Lewis combined to make 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.

“Jess (Lewis) is definitely our captain,” Regis junior TaeKenya Cleveland said. “She is the one who stays calm. If she isn’t calm nobody is. When everything goes crazy and chaotic we get the ball to her.”

Without Cleveland the Raiders would have been in serious trouble Monday night. The junior poured in a game-high 30 points. Lewis and junior Ezekia Johnson pitched in 12 points each in the first in-state victory in more than a year that wasn’t a double-digit win for Regis.

“I was a little surprised,” Cleveland said of the close road game. “We got the ‘W’ and that is what counts.”

It was tall task in the opener for D’Evelyn considering the Raiders have a 42-1 record against in-state teams during their back-to-back championship runs over the past two seasons. However, the three-time defending 4A Jeffco League champion Jaguars have had their own recent success finishing as the 4A state runner-up in 2012 and 2013.

“I think what you saw tonight is these girls aren’t going to let anything go quietly,” D’Evelyn coach Chris Olson said. “They are going to fight for all that tradition and success that we’ve had here.”

Regis led by as many as 15 points in the first half, but a 24-point third quarter by D’Evelyn closed the gap. The Jaguars hit five 3-pointers in the quarter. Junior Lexi Reed poured in 10 points in the quarter after being shutout from the scoring column in the first half.

“Coach (Olson) told us at halftime to show him what we were going to be about this season,” said Reed, who was an all-state 4A cross country selection this fall after a third-place finish at state. “We came out on fire.”

Reed and fellow junior Aubrey Sotolongo each finished with a team-high 14 points. Senior Morgan Ducklow contributed 13 points in her return after a long battle with an ankle injury that kept her off the court for the majority of last season.

“More than anything we are just happy for her (Ducklow),” Olson said of Ducklow’s homecoming. “She has just had such a struggle for more than a year. I’ve said she is the best shooter we’ve ever had in the program.”

The Jaguars will attempt to build on what Olson said was his “best loss” of his coaching tenure at D’Evelyn when the Jaguars head to the Mountain Vista/Rock Canyon Tournament that begins Thursday.

Regis has a quick turnaround, hosting Monarch at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec. 2). The Raiders hope to have head coach Carl Mattei on the bench in their home opener. According to Regis assistant coach Kenny VanRyn, Mattei missed Monday’s game after coming down with a touch of the flu and was at home resting.

“TK (Cleveland) stepped up and made some big shots,” VanRyn said. “We outlasted them in the end.”

Read the full article at CHSAANow.com.

Winter Sports: New season officially opens Monday
12/1/2014

Basketball, girls swimming, wrestling & ice hockey get underway

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The 2014-15 winter prep sports season is officially open on Monday, as the Colorado High School Activities Association allows regular season play a couple of weeks after practices began.

Boys and girls basketball, girls swimming, wrestling and ice hockey get the go-ahead to begin, with a pair of 7 p.m. girls hoops games — Gateway at Rampart and Regis Jesuit at D’Evelyn — getting things going for Aurora teams.

Two Aurora teams claimed Class 5A state championships last winter, both from Regis Jesuit.

Coach Carl Mattei’s powerhouse Regis Jesuit girls basketball team — featuring six seniors signed with Division I programs — won a second consecutive title with a 60-34 dismantling of Fossil Ridge in March at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, while the Regis Jesuit girls swim team also repeated, though the Raiders had to win the last event of the state meet to hold off Fairview.

Among the other winter sports, the Overland boys basketball team advanced to the 5A Final Four before losing to eventual state champion Denver East, while both the Regis Jesuit and Cherry Creek co-op teams reached the ice hockey semifinals before going down to defeat.

On the wrestling mat, both Gateway’s Deyaun Trueblood and Regis Jesuit’s Grant Neal won 5A state championships, but Neal graduated and Trueblood transferred to Pomona ahead of his junior year.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Football: All-Continental League North teams
12/1/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

2014 ALL-CONTINENTAL LEAGUE NORTH FOOTBALL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM — OFFENSE
Aurora selections: Alec Barnes (RB), jr., Matt Houghtaling (QB), sr., Tim Lynott (OL), sr., Jack Maly (OL), sr., Andres Robles (OL), sr. and Conor Shea (TE), sr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Jake Basinger (WR), sr. and Arturo Chavez (P), jr., Fruita Monument; Brandon Ike (WR), sr., Nick Schmalz (RB), sr. and Jackson Wilhelm (OL), sr., Mountain Vista; Tanner Cuda (PK), sr. and Ryan Hommel (QB), sr., Rock Canyon; Dan England (OL), sr., Zeke Johnson (RB), sr., Cole Ogrodnick (WR), sr. and Matt Stanley (FB), sr., ThunderRidge

FIRST TEAM — DEFENSE

Aurora selections: Donovan Doyle (DB), sr., Eddie Gonzales (DL), sr., Chase Konkel (DL), sr., Mike Lies (DL), sr., Austin Lionette (LB), sr. and Drew Schlegel (LB), jr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Ben Morgan (DB), sr., Highlands Ranch; Christian Brady (DB), sr., Luke Nelson (LB), sr., Kyle Pless (DB), sr. and Preston Troxel (DL), sr., Mountain Vista; Payten Gilmore (LB), jr., Vinny Guillia (DB), sr. and DJ Webb (return specialist), Rock Canyon; James Duckworth (DL), jr. and Clay Johnson (LB), sr., ThunderRidge

League champion: Regis Jesuit; Co-Coaches of the Year: Ric Cash, Mountain Vista & Mark Nolan, Regis Jesuit

SECOND TEAM — OFFENSE

Aurora selections: Emmanuel DeJesus (WR), sr., Chris Martin (OL), sr. and Jack Stoll (FB), jr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Gage Haggerman (OL), sr., Fruita Monument; Kobe Eller (RB), soph., Highlands Ranch; Mitch Anderson (PK), jr., Tristen Dean (WR), jr., Matt Morris (OL), sr. and Tug Watts (P), jr., Mountain Vista; Gage Brady (WR) jr., Trevor Howard (RB), jr., Justin Hunter (OL), sr., Jack Lamb (WR), jr., Dalton Lawrence (OL), jr. and DJ Webb (RB), sr., Rock Canyon; Jonah Holden (OL), sr., ThunderRidge

SECOND TEAM — DEFENSE

Aurora selections: Connor Sinks (DL), sr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Chase Haggerman (DB), sr., Fruita Monument; Erik Larson (DL), sr., Highlands Ranch; Kiel Brennan (DB and return specialist), sr., Jacob Hart (DL), sr., Matt Yockey (DL), sr., Mountain Vista; Justin Hunter (DL), sr., Rock Canyon; Alex Bezugly (LB), jr., Trevor O’Hearn (DB), sr., ThunderRidge

See the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Volleyball: All-Continental League teams
12/1/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

Regis Jesuit senior Santaisha Sturges led Class 5A in kills and earned selection to the All-Continental League first team for the 2014 volleyball season. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)Regis Jesuit senior Santaisha Sturges led Class 5A in kills and earned selection to the All-Continental League first team for the 2014 volleyball season. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

2014 ALL-CONTINENTAL LEAGUE VOLLEYBALL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Aurora selections: Alex Cotner (Lib), sr., Jillian Desmond (MH), sr. and Santaisha Sturges (OH), sr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Madison Laufenberg (OH), sr., Castle View; Teryn Mills (Lib), sr. and Natalie Passeck (OH), sr., Chaparral; Ally Clancy (S), sr., Mattison DeGarmo (OH), sr. and Katie Wilson (MH), sr. Douglas County; Hannah Braun (at-large), sr., Jasmine Evans (OH), jr., Melissa Evans (RS), soph. and Shayli Siegfried (Lib), sr., Highlands Ranch; Lexy Cosmann (DS), sr., Kasie Gilfert (MH), jr. and Laura Willems (RS), jr., Legend; Katie Ireland (S), sr., Mountain Vista; Becca Page (S), sr., Allison Smith (OH), jr. and Camille Smith (MH), jr., Ponderosa; Lexi Spadi (DS), sr., ThunderRidge

Coach of the Year: Rob Graham, Ponderosa; Sportsmanship Team(s) of Year: REGIS JESUIT, Chaparral, Highlands Ranch, Ponderosa, Rock Canyon

SECOND TEAM

Aurora selections: Taylor Smith (OH), jr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Rylie Pattison (at-large), soph., Mackenzie Pettit (MH), sr. and Sam Wheatley (Lib), sr., Castle View; Grace Ditzenberger (MH), sr. and Jordan Rosen (S), sr., Chaparral; Tyler Urban (RS), sr., Douglas County; Courtney Hulla (OH), sr., Heritage; Kelly Brunstein (MH), sr., Highlands Ranch; Makenna Belinski (Lib), sr., Sophie Brennan (S), sr. and Rylee Busick (OH), jr., Legend; Megan McGuire (Lib), sr. and Morgan McKean (OH), sr., Mountain Vista; Marisa Gibbons (MH), jr., Ellise Lech (OH), sr. and Izzy Schneyer (DS), jr., Ponderosa; Keeley Davis (OH), fr., Harley Freeseman (RS), soph., Hunter Hammond (DS), jr. and Ellie Rich (S), sr., Rock Canyon; Nikelle Bronson (at-large), sr., ThunderRidge

See the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Soccer: All-Continental League teams
11/19/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

2014 ALL-CONTINENTAL LEAGUE BOYS SOCCER TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Aurora selections: Alex Carlson, jr. and Jax Hindmarch, jr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Tyler Burfeind, sr. and Jason Messer, sr., Castle View; Jake Almeida, fr., Chaparral; Nathan Gasser, jr. and Cameron Thompson, sr., Douglas County; Chase Breslaw, sr., Ricardo Cominelli, sr. and Dalton Lundberg, sr., Heritage; Jeff Ingel, jr. and Tyler Londono, jr., Highlands Ranch; Donovan Belliveau, sr., Keun Chang, sr. and Austin Hayes, sr., Legend; Jake Hutto, sr., Brent Lackey, jr., Nolan Patsy, sr. and Louie Sawaged, sr., Mountain Vista; Thomas Green, jr., Lars Peterson, sr. and Ty Robins, sr., Ponderosa; Andrew Greiner, sr., Gabe Krzywdzinski, sr., Oliver Larsson, sr., Brian Olcott, sr. and Cody Ross, sr., Rock Canyon; Ethan Anderson, fr., Kyle Henry, jr. and Erick Meza, sr., ThunderRidge

League champion: Rock Canyon; Player of the Year: Brian Olcott, Rock Canyon; Coaches of the Year: Jordan Ivey (Legend) and Matt Sassali (Rock Canyon); Sportsmanship Team of the Year: Chaparral

League order of finish: 1. Rock Canyon; 2. Mountain Vista; 3. Legend; 4. Ponderosa; 5. Heritage; 6. ThunderRidge; 7. Douglas County; 8. REGIS JESUIT; 9. Castle View; 10. Highlands Ranch; 11. Chaparral

SECOND TEAM

Aurora selections: Joey Bonnel, sr. and Ryan Finn, soph., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Ian Nouss, sr. and Kevin Santana, sr., Castle View; Reece Sharp, sr., Chaparral; Mike Kirby, sr. and Connor Wartchow, sr., Douglas County; Mattia Cominelli, jr. and Nick Ferrari, sr., Heritage; Henry Kottensette, jr., Highlands Ranch; Eric Peter, soph., Caleb Vik, jr. and Brian Waite, jr., Legend; Cray Cordero, fr. and Chase Pacheho, soph., Mountain Vista; David Patterson, sr., Riley Wambach, jr. and Jack Warburton, sr., Ponderosa; Alex Bochner, sr., Lukas Larsson, sr. and Will Steffe, sr., Rock Canyon; Ryan Henry, sr. and Chris Hood, fr., ThunderRidge

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

2014 All-Continental League North football teams
11/19/2014

By Joe Nguyen

The 2014 All-Continental League North football teams were unveiled Monday. Here’s the full list:

First Team
QB: Ryan Hommel, Sr., Rock Canyon; Matt Houghtaling, Sr., Regis Jesuit.

RB: Alec Barnes, Jr., Regis Jesuit; Zeke Johnson, So., ThunderRidge; Nick Schmalz, Sr., Mountain Vista.

FB: Matt Stanley, Sr., ThunderRidge.

WR: Jake Basinger, Sr., Fruita Monument; Brandon Ike, Sr., Mountain Vista; Cole Ogrodnick, Sr., ThunderRidge.

TE: Conor Shea, Sr., Regis Jesuit.

OL: Dan England, Sr., ThunderRidge; Tim Lynott, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Jack Maly, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Andres Robles, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Jackson Wilhelm, Sr., Mountain Vista.

DL: James Duckworth, Jr., ThunderRidge; Eddie Gonzales, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Chase Konkel, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Mike Lies, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Preston Troxel, Sr., Mountain Vista.

LB: Payten Gilmore, Jr., Rock Canyon; Clay Johnson, Sr., ThunderRidge; Austin Lionette, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Luke Nelson, Sr., Mountain Vista; Drew Schlegel, Jr., Regis Jesuit.

DB: Christian Brady, Sr., Mountain Vista; Donovan Doyle, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Vinny Guillia, Sr., Rock Canyon; Ben Morgan, Sr., Highlands Ranch; Kyle Pless, Sr., Mountain Vista.

Return specialist: D.J. Webb, Sr., Rock Canyon.

P: Arturo Chavez, Sr., Fruita Monument.

K: Tanner Cuda, Sr., Rock Canyon.

Second Team
QB: Arturo Chavez, Jr., Fruita Monument.

RB: Kobe Eller, So., Highlands Ranch; Trevor Howard, Jr., Rock Canyon; D.J. Webb, Sr., Rock Canyon.

FB: Jack Stoll, Jr., Regis Jesuit.

WR: Gage Brady, Jr., Rock Canyon; Tristen Dean, So., Mountain Vista; Emmanuel DeJesus, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Jack Lamb, Jr., Rock Canyon.

OL: Gage Haggerman, Sr., Fruita Monument; Jonah Holden, Sr., ThunderRidge; Justin Hunter, Sr., Rock Canyon; Dalton Lawrence, Jr., Rock Canyon; Chris Martin, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Matt Morris, Sr., Mountain Vista.

DL: Jacob Hart, Sr., Mountain Vista; Justin Hunter, Sr., Rock Canyon; Erik Larson, Sr., Highlands Ranch; Connor Sinks, Sr., Regis Jesuit; Matt Yockey, Sr., Mountain Vista.

LB: Alex Bezugly, Jr., ThunderRidge.

DB: Kiel Brennan, Sr., Mountain Vista; Chase Haggerman, Sr., Fruita Monument; Trevor O’Hearn, Jr., ThunderRidge.

Return specialist: Kiel Brennan, Sr., Mountain Vista.

K: Mitch Anderson, Jr., Mountain Vista.

P: Tug Watts, Jr., Mountain Vista.

Co-coaches of the year: Ric Cash, Mountain Vista; Mark Nolan, Regis Jesuit.

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

Volleyball: Several Aurora senior volleyball stars net final match at CCGS All-State Games
11/19/2014

Players from 5A state champion Grandview, Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest and Regis Jesuit picked for annual senior all-state match

By COURTNEY OAKES

ARVADA | Seven of Aurora’s best senior volleyball players — who all played in the Nov. 7-8 Class 5A state tournament — got to play one final prep match Sunday.

Stars from 5A state champion Grandview, plus state qualifiers Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest and Regis Jesuit were selected to play in the annual Colorado Coaches of Girls’ Sports (CCGS) 5A All-State Match played at Arvada West High School.

From the state champion Wolves, outside hitter Haley McLaren played on the 5A Blue Team, opposite Grandview teammate Katie Patrick, a middle blocker who suited up for the Red Team. The Blue Team prevailed with wins in two of three tightly-played sets to 25 points.

The 6-foot-3 McLaren, who finished second in all of 5A with 486 kills (and a 42.2 kill percentage), signed her national athletic letter of intent with the University of Oregon on Wednesday, the same day Patrick — among 5A’s leaders in blocks and kills among middles — signed with the Naval Academy.

Joining Patrick on the Red Team was the duo of middle blocker Jillian Desmond and outside hitter Santaisha Sturges, who helped lead Regis Jesuit to the 5A semifinals before a three-set loss to Grandview. Sturges, who led 5A in kills with 17 more than McLaren (503 overall), just signed with Metro State, while Desmond was also one of the strongest middles statistically in blocks and kills in 2014.

Eaglecrest star setter and University of Illinois signee Jordyn Poulter — whose team went into the state tournament with the No. 1 seed, but lost a tiebreaker to upstart eventual finalist Chatfield with a semifinal spot at stake — played on the Red Team, opposite Raptors teammate and standout middle blocker Kalee Maricle.

Setter Sidney Wicks, who helped Cherokee Trail make state for a third straight season, suited up for the Blue Team.

The Blue Team was coached by Mary Millman, who coached in Aurora at Gateway High School in 2013 before moving over to Mountain Vista.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cherry Creek vs. Regis Jesuit, 5A state quarterfinals
11/19/2014

Morgan Dzakowic

KUSA – These photos are from the quarterfinals in the 2014 Class 5A football state tournament between No. 1-seeded Cherry Creek and No. 2-seeded Regis Jesuit on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo. Cherry Creek defeated Regis Jesuit with a final score of 49-21.

Cherry Creek advanced to the 5A semifinals, and will play No. 1-seeded Ralston Valley on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 for a chance to play in the state championship match.

Photos taken by Jack Eberhard.

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Cherry Creek advances to 5A state semifinals
11/19/2014

By: Morgan Dzakowic   

AURORA – No. 1-seeded Cherry Creek came face-to-face with No. 2-seeded Regis Jesuit in the 2014 Class 5A state football quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Regis Jesuit High School.

In the first quarter, Regis scored the first touchdown to lead the Bruins 7-0.  But Cherry Creek would promptly tie the score up 7-7.  And then things got a little messy.  Regis fumbled three kickoff returns, leading to Creek recoveries, that led to Creek touchdowns.  Cherry Creek led 14-7, then 21-7, and even 28-7. Creek also nailed a double pass for a 32-yard touchdown.

In the second quarter, Regis got its second touchdown with only nineteen seconds left to play in the half, bringing the halftime score to a Cherry Creek 28-14 lead over Regis.

Creek running back DJ Luke had three touchdowns for the night.  At one point in the fourth quarter, Regis was down 49-14 to Creek, but was able to score one more touchdown for the evening.

Cherry Creek defeated Regis with a final score of 49-21.  The Bruins will advance to the 5A state semifinals, and face the undefeated Ralston Valley at NAAC next week.

Sure Ralston Valley hasn’t lost a single game yet, but Creek AD Jason Wilkins tweeted out, “Creek has not lost on the road in over two years.”

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Football: Capsule look at Cherry Creek vs. Regis Jesuit
11/19/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

CLASS 5A STATE FOOTBALL QUARTERFINAL MATCHUP

NO. 1 CHERRY CREEK (8-3) VS. NO. 2 REGIS JESUIT (10-1)

7 p.m., Nov. 14 at Lou Kellogg Stadium

BREAKDOWN: Regis Jesuit and Cherry Creek meet for the second time this season, with the Bruins taking the victory 27-14 on Aug. 29 on the same field at Lou Kellogg Stadium where they will play again. The teams hadn’t faced each other for more than a decade before this season. …Regis Jesuit, the second seed in Quadrant 4, steamrolled No. 6 Heritage 44-0 in the second round and have allowed just one touchdown in two playoff games. …Cherry Creek, the top seed in Quadrant 4, handled No. 4 Bear Creek 56-27 in the second round and have piled up a 5A-high 105 points in two postseason contests. ….CHERRY CREEK: Since suffering a 24-6 loss to Grandview on Oct. 10, coach Dave Logan’s Bruins have reeled off four impressive victories, including one over defending 5A state champion Valor Christian. …Cherry Creek’s ground game is the key to its success offensively and the tandem of senior RBs Milo Hall and DJ Luke rolled in the Bruins’ victory over Bear Creek, combined for 219 yards and five touchdowns in the rout. The elusive Hall, who ran for 119 yards and two TDs in the first meeting against Regis Jesuit, has 1,658 yards and 22 touchdowns on the season, while Luke — whose 100-yard effort was his first of the season — along has 533 yards and 13 TDs. …Junior QB Joe Caplis had his highest yardage game of the season against Bear Creek with 205 yards and a score. He had just 24 yards passing against the Raiders in the first meeting while splitting time. …Senior WR Joseph Parker — a former Regis Jesuit player — leads the Bruins in receiving with 595 yards and four TDs. …Defensively, Cherry Creek is led by senior DB Mike Maureen with 92 tackles, while sophomore DL Jonathan Van Diest has been a quarterback-seeking force with 11 sacks. When the ball is in the air, senior DB Nick Long — 6 interceptions — is often around it. …If the game comes down to a field goal attempt, senior K Henry Lyon has made 6 of his 8 attempts on the season, with a long of 48 yards. …REGIS JESUIT: Coach Mark Nolan’s team is one of four teams in 5A currently riding double-digit win streak, as the Raiders have posted 10 straight victories since their opening week loss to Cherry Creek. …Junior RB Alec Barnes continued to run strong behind his massive offensive line and averaged better than 10 yards per carry in the second round and amassed 184 yards and four touchdowns. Barnes’ 10th 100-plus yard game in 12 contest boosted his season totals to 1,588 and he’s scored at least one touchdown in every game for a total of 21. Senior RB Chris Ramos also ran for a touchdown and seven other Raiders contributed to a 305-yard rushing attack. …Senior QB Matt Houghtaling had an efficient night in the victory over Heritage, as he completed 13 of his 18 passes for 117 yards and touchdown to senior TE Conor Shea, while he also rushed for 67 yards on just four carries. Houghtaling has 225 yards and 5 TD passes in two postseason games and 1,127 yards and 16 TDs on the season …Shea — who hauled in his team-high fifth receiving touchdown — racked up 43 yards receiving to lead a group of nine Regis Jesuit players with at least one catch. Junior WR Jared Marien is the team-leader in receptions with 19 for 254 yards and a pair of scores, while senior WR Emmanuel Dejesus has 208 yards and three touchdowns, the same number as senior TE Jack Stoll to go with 154 yards receiving. …Regis Jesuit’s defense has dominated Monarch and Heritage in the postseason, surrendering just a single touchdown. …The Raiders’ pass rush overwhelmed the Eagles, as they racked up 12 quarterback sacks, including 3.5 apiece from senior DL Connor Sinks and senior DL Eddie Gonzales. Senior DL Chase Konkel had just one sack against Heritage, but leads the team by a wide margin with 12. …Junior LB Drew Schlegel leads Regis Jesuit with 86 tackles, with Sinks next with 67 stops, senior LB Austin Lionette at 66 and senior S Donovan Doyle at 65. …WINNER GETS: The Cherry Creek/Regis Jesuit winner advances to the 5A semifinals, where it will face off against the winner of Quadrant 3 — either No. 1 Ralston Valley and No. 2 Fairview — for the right to go to the Nov. 29 5A state championship game.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Signings: Regis Jesuit holds first joint boys, girls NLI ceremony
11/13/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | On the stage at its gleaming new Performing Arts Center, Regis Jesuit High School broke ground on a new athletic tradition Wednesday afternoon.

For the first time, the Boys Division and Girls Division held a joint National Athletic Letter of Intent signing ceremony, where four boys and four girls confirmed their verbal commitments by signing on the dotted line.

While other athletes such as Overland’s Wyoming-bound basketball standout Austin Conway and Colorado Mesa University-bound lacrosse player Amanda Geary of Cherokee Trail signed their NLIs at home, early morning ceremonies took place at Eaglecrest, Grandview and Smoky Hill and Regis Jesuit in the afternoon.

The Regis Jesuit class that signed together included five Division I-bound swimmers in girls team captain Taylor Wilson (Villanova), along with star diver Kyle Goodwin (Missouri) and boys tri-captains Quinlan Stuart (North Carolina State), Will Pieseski (Miami Ohio) and Garrett Suter (Seattle University).

Joining them on stage were Metro State-bound volleyball player Santaisha Sturges, West Point signee and basketball standout Jess Lewis and Colorado Christian University golf recruit Sydney Gillespie.

At Eaglecrest, star volleyball player Jordyn Poulter finally signed her NLI with the University of Illinois, the school she committed two during the summer of 2012, in between her freshman and sophomore years.

Raptors’ standout point guard Elijah Ross signed with the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, while three other female athletes — softball player Jordyn Wiatrak (Northern Colorado), diver Indiya Williams (Idaho) and lacrosse player Alyse Mims (Adams State) also took part.

A few days after helping the Grandview volleyball team win a second consecutive 5A state championship, Haley McLaren (Oregon) and Katie Patrick (Naval Academy) signed their NLIs, along with another member of a title-winning team, Seton Hall-bound softball shortstop Emily Supercynski.

Swimming standout James Boone signed with Purdue and lacrosse players Caelynne Blackwell and Nicole Donnelly each signed with the University of Indianapolis.

Half of Smoky Hill’s four-athlete signing ceremony was made of the Yount twins, Blake and Brynell. Blake Yount, a two-time all-state cross country runner and track standout, confirmed his recent commitment to the University of Oklahoma, while sister Brynell is set to play soccer and run track at Northern Iowa.

Swimming star Alex Kohlman signed with Emory University, while pitcher J.R. McDermott’s future playing days will be at Colorado Mesa University.

Conway — who just wrapped up his senior season in football and will begin basketball practice for the new season shortly — gave his long-awaited signature to the Wyoming basketball program and will celebrate on Sunday.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Swimming: Regis Jesuit boys, girls state champions set to sign National Letters of Intent
11/12/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The Regis Jesuit boys and girls swim teams swept the Class 5A state championships last season and several key members of those teams will sign national athletic letters of intent Wednesday.

A number of NLI ceremonies are set for around Aurora, but Regis Jesuit’s joint gathering in its new Performing Arts Center will be quite swimming-centric.

Wednesday also marks the opening day of practice for the winter prep sports season. Before the Raiders get into the pool to begin preparations for a run at a third consecutive 5A girls state title, senior captain Taylor Wilson will sign with Villanova University.

Wilson swam the anchor leg of the clinching 400 yard freestyle relay for the Raiders at last season’s state meet, anchored the winning 200 freestyle relay and finished an Aurora-best fourth in the 50 freestyle.

Four members of the Regis Jesuit boys team that will aim to win a 20th state championship in 21 seasons in the spring also will sign.

Senior Kyle Goodwin, who will attempt to win a fourth consecutive 5A state diving championship, has committed to the University of Missouri, while three of the Raiders’ captains — seniors Quinlan Stuart, Will Pieseski and Garrett Suter — are also set to sign.

Stuart, last season’s 5A state champion in the 100 yard breaststroke, happily heads to North Carolina State, where his older brother Hennessey — a captain on last season’s Regis Jesuit state championship team — is a freshman.

Pieseski, who swam on a pair of championship-winning relays last season, is headed to Miami of Ohio, while Suter — whose older brother Zach is currently at Seton Hall — will sign with Seattle University.

Among other Aurora swimmers/divers signing on Wednesday — Smoky Hill’s Alex Kohlman (Emory University) and Eaglecrest diver Indiya Williams (University of Idaho)

At Regis Jesuit’s joint signing ceremony, three other female athletes will sign: volleyball player Santaisha Sturges with Metro State, golfer Sydney Gillespie with Colorado Christian University and basketball player Jess Lewis with West Point.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Football: Grandview, Regis Jesuit move into 5A quarterfinals with routs
11/12/2014

Wolves, Raiders have no trouble with second round foes
By COURTNEY OAKES

LITTLETON | Regis Jesuit was upset in the second round of last season’s 5A state football playoffs, but the Raiders turned that 180 degrees Friday night.

Leading from start to finish, Regis Jesuit — the No. 2 seed in Quadrant 4 — thrashed sixth-seeded Heritage 44-0 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium to earn its way into the 5A quarterfinals.

Junior running back Alec Barnes rushed for three touchdowns, Chris Ramos also got into the end zone and Daniel Naes connected on a 40-yard field goal as the Raiders won their 10th consecutive game.

The victory earned Regis Jesuit a rematch with a Cherry Creek team that dealt it its only loss of he season in Week 1. The Bruins, the top seeded in Quadrant 4, routed No. 4 Bear Creek 56-21. By virtue of winning on the road, the Raiders will be the home team.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Jess Lewis, West Point commit, is destined for greatness
11/7/2014

By: Jeremy Chavez  

KUSA – Jess Lewis of Regis Jesuit High School committed to West Point for girls basketball. According to Jess’s mother, Patty Lewis, Jess had committed to the university in early September and received the Superintendent’s Appointment in October and will sign her letter of intent next Wednesday at Regis.

The Army military academy is the perfect place for Jess according to her mother. The family had traveled to visit the school last March with an open mind, not fully understanding all that West Point had to offer. After visiting and asking many questions, they knew it would be a great fit.

“The coaching staff, academics and everything felt like it would be perfect for her,” Mrs. Lewis said, “Jess isn’t sure she has been challenged yet and [West Point] seems like one place that can challenge her.”

Leadership, academic, athletic and life challenges would all be presented to Jess at the university; however, these are things that Jess embodies already and looks to hone when attending and playing basketball for West Point. “In going through the recruiting process, I wanted more than just a school with good academics and athletics,” Jess said, “I looked around and saw people who wanted to be a part of something so much bigger than themselves [at West Point], and I wanted to be a part of that too. I am so excited to be a part of tradition, of history.”

Jess is a major part of back-to-back girls’ basketball state championship winning teams for Regis Jesuit in 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Jess is also a stellar student. Receiving college offers from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Dartmouth as well as West Point, Jess has worked hard in the classroom as well as the basketball court.

The young basketball player is determined. “She’s looking to major in becoming a neurosurgeon,” Mrs. Lewis said, “She has great work ethic and surrounds herself with people like her.”

Jess has a love for the game of basketball. She needs the game.

“While some people play because they hope to get to college or for fun, I play because I can’t live without it. Basketball has taught me about sacrifice, hard work, resilience, leadership, everything that I consider most important. While I may not be playing basketball forever, the things I have learned will be instilled in me for the rest of my life,” Jess said.

The 5’ 9” senior is thankful for the opportunity and to all those that helped her get to where she is today and the amazing feats she has accomplished in these early stages of her life.

“I am blessed to get this opportunity and I plan to take full advantage.”

Watch Jess and the Regis Jesuit Raiders as they look for another state championship this winter for girl’s basketball.

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Regis Jesuit's Matt Schmidt commits to Texas for baseball
11/6/2014

By Ryan Casey

Regis Jesuit senior Matt Schmidt has committed to Texas to play baseball, he announced Tuesday evening on Twitter.

Schmidt, a corner infielder, hit .382 with two home runs, 17 RBIs and seven doubles as a junior last season. He helped the Raiders reach the Class 5A championship game, where they eventually fell to Rocky Mountain.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder will join a Texas program that has historically been among the best in the nation. The Longhorns have won six national championships, second only to Southern California (12) along with Louisiana State (six).

Last season, Texas was one win away from reaching the College World Series finals. It was the program's eighth trip to the College World Series since 2000.

Schmidt becomes the 19th known local Division I baseball commit from the Class of 2015.

Read the full story at CHSAANow.com

Volleyball: Four Aurora teams earn passage to 5A state tournament
11/3/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The home court advantage served city volleyball teams well in Class 5A regionals, as all four Aurora playing in their own gyms Saturday earned spots in the 5A state tournament.

Top-seeded Eaglecrest, No. 2 Grandview — the defending state champion — and No. 7 Cherokee Trail all won twice without dropping a set, while third-seeded Regis Jesuit had to go the distance to join them in the 12-team 5A field Nov. 7-8 at the Denver Coliseum.

Seedings for the four three-team state pools is due out Monday.

The top seven seeds going into regionals all advanced, but Regis Jesuit received the biggest challenge. Coach Laura Dunston’s Raiders won their opener against 34th-seeded Boulder and then faced 22nd-seeded Coronado — which also needed four sets to top the Panthers — for the right to go to state.

Regis Jesuit (19-6) had a chance to close out the Cougars after a 28-26 win in the third game, but Coronado won a tight fourth game to force the fifth and deciding game. The Raiders ran out to an early lead and prevailed for a 25-22, 22-25, 28-26, 22-25, 15-9 victory, the 12th straight for Dunston’s team.

Senior Santaisha Sturges piled up 24 kills, while senior Jillian Desmond added 17 and junior Taylor Smith 10, while four Regis Jesuit players recorded double-digit digs led by Smith with 20 and Alex Cotner with 18. Jenna Heinemeyer and Kassandra Sturges combined for 59 assists as the Raiders earned their first trip to state since 2011.

Eaglecrest (18-5) handled No. 36 Liberty in its opener, then took down 24th-seeded ThunderRidge by a 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 count in the Region 1 championship match.

Senior Kalee Maricle paced the Raptors with 15 kills, while sophomore Rachael Perrine added 12 and senior Jordyn Poulter put away 10 balls in addition to her 35 assists. Poulter averaged 10 assists per set on the day for coach Tanya Bond’s team, which took its customary position in the state tournament.

Grandview (18-7) rode an efficient 21 kills by senior Haley McLaren to a rout of No. 35 Monarch in the Region 2 opener, then blew past No. 23 Bear Creek 25-8, 25-13, 25-19 to return to the state tournament.

Cherokee Trail earned its third straight trip to the Denver Coliseum with solid wins over No. 30 Brighton and No. 18 Rock Canyon.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

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Cross Country: Regis Jesuit’s Koch, Grandview’s Dailey lead the way for Aurora girls at 5A state meet
10/27/2014

Senior, freshman top city runners in uncommonly warm state race

By COURTNEY OAKES

COLORADO SPRINGS | One high school cross country career came to end on a high note and another got off to a strong start for Aurora’s top two runners in Saturday’s Class 5A girls state cross country race.

Regis Jesuit senior Lindsey Koch ran her fourth state race and finished with her best-ever result of 23rd, one place and less than two seconds in front of Grandview freshman Peyton Dailey, who finished 24th in her state debut in unseasonably warm conditions Saturday at the Norris Penrose Events Center.

Koch — who felt good about being healthy this season and won the Aurora City Championship meet early in the season — had finished 62nd (2011), 123rd (2012) and 69th (2013) in her three previous trips to the state meet, but blew that way with her 23rd-place result. She crossed the finish line in 20 minutes, 30.6 seconds, more than 30 seconds faster than last season.

Next came Dailey, who ran with a lot of familiar faces and finished in 20:32.2.

“I’ve raced with Lindsey Koch a lot, Devon Peterson (Cherry Creek) and the Smoky Hill girls, of course; I just wanted to see them and know I could be with them the whole way,” said Dailey, who finished one place in front of Koch at the Region 2 race on Oct. 16.

“It was really warm out there, so it was definitely more of a mental workout than it was a physical workout, but I’m feeling great,” she added.

While Peterson was well ahead in sixth place, Dailey finished just behind Koch and 11 places in front of another familiar face, Smoky Hill senior Brynell Yount, the third Aurora runner across the finish line in a time of 21:00.3 that landed her 35th. Yount couldn’t quite match her career-best finish of 22nd set last season, while she was also 128th as a sophomore in 2012.

Cherokee Trail rode the momentum from its second-place finish in the Region 2 race by leading Aurora teams with a 10th-place finish with a score of 267.

Sophomore Jordan Herrera rocketed from 128th place as a freshman last season to 40th this season to lead the Cougars, who also got a boost from junior Amy McConnell, who placed 49th in just her second race back from a lengthy injury. McConnell — who bettered her 60th place finish from 2013 — and senior Lynsie Roper in 52nd provided a solid base for the Cougars’ finish.

Coach Brian Manley’s Smoky Hill team finished just behind Cherokee Trail in 11th, though the Buffaloes were 73 points behind the team they beat at the Aurora City Championships.

Smoky Hill ran without up-and-coming sophomore Emmah Johannes — who led them both in the Region 1 and Centennial League Championships races — who missed the meet with an injury.

Yount, senior Jamie Jezier in 42nd place and Lesley Fatica in 81st spurred the Buffaloes’ finish, which was two slots higher than in 2013.

Following Dailey and fellow freshman Caroline Robbins — who took 44th in her state debut — Grandview’s next-best finishers were junior Kayla Vallin in 99th and junior Melanie Jenkins in 102, which put the Wolves in 13th-place in the 25-team field. Grandview finished eighth last season, but graduated all-state runner Erin Norton.

Regis Jesuit finished a city-best seventh last season, but came in fourth among Aurora teams this year in 21st place. Julia Vitella finished in 18th as a freshman in 2013 and followed that up with a 65th place result as a sophomore. With no other runner finishing inside the top 120, the Raiders’ team score rose to 462.

Eaglecrest’s two individuals — junior Janine Taurchini and freshman Jess McQuaid — finished 108th and 131st, respectively. Taurchini kept the 5A state meet in the family, following in the footsteps of sister Alicia, a four-time state qualifier who finished 77th as a senior in 2013.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Cross Country: Cherokee Trail, Grandview, Regis Jesuit and Smoky Hill boys and girls head to state
10/25/2014

Four Aurora programs qualify for 5A boys and girls races at Norris Penrose Events Center; Eaglecrest's Janine Taurchini, Jess McQuaid earn way into girls race

By COURTNEY OAKES

The Class 5A state cross country meet will teem with city runners Oct. 25.

Four Aurora schools — Cherokee Trail, Grandview, Regis Jesuit and Smoky Hill — qualified both their boys and girls teams for the state races at the Norris Penrose Events Center with strong performances in regional races Oct. 16.

Only Eaglecrest sophomore Janine Taurchini — sister of four-time state qualifier Alicia Taurchini — and freshman Jess McQuaid captured individual state bids from Aurora’s other schools.

The Buffaloes geared up for state with a sweep of the boys and girls championships at the Region 1 meet in Thornton, led by senior Blake Yount’s second-place finish.

Smoky Hill’s state boys contingent also includes Cody Miller, Spencer Bradshaw, Amir Kassahun, Michael Andress, Ricardo Quijada and Simon Geday.

Leading the way for Smoky Hill girls was sophomore Emmah Johannes in third place, with seniors Brynell Yount and Jamie Jezier not far behind in fifth and sixth. Leslie Fatica — who didn’t compete in regionals — plus Julie Eoff, Carlie Andrie, and Kaycie Schubert also head to state.

Taurchini and McQuaid finished 10th and 11th, respectively, to earn their way into state.

Boys and girls teams from Cherokee Trail, Grandview and Regis Jesuit punched their tickets out of the 5A Region 2 races.

In the boys race, Aurora finishers grabbed the top four spots as Grandview’s Nathan Graham, Regis Jesuit’s John O’Hagan and Cherokee Trail’s Duncan Barnhill and Kyle Jones separated from the field early and maintained those spots all the way to the end.

The Wolves, Raiders and Cougars finished 3-4-5 behind Cherry Creek and Heritage, with Cherokee Trail besting Grand Junction by a mere seven points for the fifth and final team qualifying position.

Joining Graham at state for Grandview will be Mick Norton, Pravan Kalaga, Cory Smith, Mitchell Norton, Ben Ehrhard and Brian Gagnon; besides O’Hagan, Regis Jesuit also takes Mitchell Bickmire, Parker Churchill, Chandler Cochran, Robert Iriye, Austin Layne and Geoffrey Lord; Cherokee Trail’s frontrunners Barnhill and Jones are joined by Brandon Bullock, Jackson Cowley, Hunter Glasgo, Justin Krasauskas and Nate Thomas.

Cherokee Trail’s girls posted the best regional result in program history with their second-place finish behind runaway winner Cherry Creek. Led by three top-15 finishers — Jordan Herrera (5th), Jessica Brookie (12th) and Lynsi Roper (15th) — the Cougars finished 12 points ahead of Grandview. Hannah Laurie, Amy McConnell, Kennedey McCurdy and Brea Wheeler also head to state for the Cougars.

Regis Jesuit’s Lindsey Koch posted a fourth-place regional finish and leads a state-bound team that includes, Julia Vitella, Sydney Lindquist, Lily Brucker, Devon Johnson, Catie Vitella and Katie Schilmoeller.

Third-place regional finisher Peyton Dailey and ninth-place Caroline Robbins, plus Melanie Jenkins, Kayla Vallin, Nicole Mundy, Sylvana Ross and Rachel Shaw represent Grandview at state.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit's Goodwin, three-time diving champ, commits to Missouri
10/23/2014

By Ryan Casey

Regis Jesuit senior Kyle Goodwin, who has won three consecutive Class 5A individual diving championships as part of the Raiders' swim and dive team, has committed to Missouri.

"It was a tough decision, but we think he made a good choice," Goodwin's mother, Lisa, wrote in an email on Wednesday night.

Last spring, Goodwin's mark of 559.25 points in the 1-meter event was the fifth-highest in state history. It set him up with a chance to be the first boy to win four diving titles in state history.

That followed championships as a sophomore (525.05 points) and a freshman (533.25).

Former St. Mary's Academy diver Alexa Beckwith, herself a four-time diving champion, is a freshman at Missouri this fall.

Missouri finished 16th as team at the NCAA championships last season.

Read the full article at CHSAANOW.com.

Field Hockey: Regis Jesuit faces familiar foe to open state playoffs
10/20/2014

Fifth-seeded Raiders take on fourth-seeded Denver East, seek to stop four-game postseason losing streak

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The Regis Jesuit field hockey team continues to improve, but is still missing a victory in the state field hockey postseason.

The Raiders have gone down in the opening round of the eight-team playoffs for four straight seasons, but have a chance to break that streak in 2014.

Coach Spencer Wagner’s Regis Jesuit team is seeded No. 5 in the state tournament, which brings with it a matchup against No. 4 Denver East at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Denver’s All-City Stadium. The winner advances to face top-seeded Colorado Academy, which blanked No. 8 Golden 4-0 in their opener Oct. 17.

Wagner’s team finished the regular season 7-7-1, with the tie coming with a 0-0 deadlock on Oct. 16 against the same Denver East team it is set to face to open the playoffs. The Raiders posted their first-ever victory against the Angels on Sept. 11 with a 1-0 victory at Laber Field on Abby Wist’s goal.

Offensively, senior Katie Lechner leads the Raiders with five goals, while Lindsey Reich and Kathleen Roe have scored four apiece. In the goal, standout junior Claire Stemper has posted five shutouts and allowed just 1.3 goals per game.

Denver East (7-2-5) is unbeaten since losing to Regis Jesuit, going 6-0-4 in that span.

Notes: The Raiders lost to Colorado Academy (4-0) in the 2011 postseason, to Colorado Academy (3-0) again in 2012 and to Palmer Ridge (4-0) in 2013.

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

Football: Regis Jesuit overwhelms Mountain Vista to take Continental North lead
10/20/2014

Raiders' defense dominates, sets tone for big win over Golden Eagles

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The Regis Jesuit football team needed a test before the Class 5A state playoffs arrive and they passed it with flying colors Friday night.

The Raiders — ranked No. 6 in the most recent Associated Press 5A poll — dealt No. 7 Mountain Vista its first loss of the season and took over sole possession of the top spot in the Continental North Division with a decisive 35-7 victory at Lou Kellogg Stadium.

Senior quarterback Matt Houghtaling threw touchdown passes to Jack Stoll, Emmanuel Dejesus and Jack Wiegand and senior running back Alec Barnes ran for 136 yards and scored twice as Regis Jesuit improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the North Division.

Sparked by the play of Eddie Gonzales, Chase Konkel and Ace Escobedo along the line, the Raiders’ defense shackled the fast-pace offensive attack of the Golden Eagles, who were kept from scoring in double figures for the first time all season and scored their only touchdown with the outcome decided.

Regis Jesuit closes out the regular season with a game against Fruita Monument on Oct. 25 at Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit returns to 5A volleyball poll at No. 10
10/15/2014

By Ryan Casey

Regis Jesuit has returned to this week's CHSAANow.com Class 5A volleyball rankings.

The Raiders went 3-0 last week and are now 11-6 this season. They returned to the poll at No. 10. Regis Jesuit was last ranked on Sept. 1.

Elsewhere in 5A, Grandview moved from No. 8 to No. 5.

Each of the five No. 1 teams stayed the same this week. Those are Rampart (5A), Lewis-Palmer (4A), Eaton (3A), Resurrection Christian (2A) and Fleming (1A).

The 4A poll added Air Academy (No. 10), 3A added Faith Christian (No. 10), Cedaredge (No. 10) joined 2A and Norwood (also No. 10) was new to 1A.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. Polls are released each Monday.

Complete rankings for all classes are available at CHSAANOW.com.

Cross Country: Regis Jesuit girls fifth, boys eighth at Continental League Championships
10/15/2014

Koch continues strong season with 4th-place finish in girls race at Sedalia Open Space; O'Hagan's 6th-place result paces Raiders' boys

By COURTNEY OAKES

SEDALIA | Rounding into form ahead of regional qualifying, the Regis Jesuit girls finished in fifth place at the competitive Continental League Championship meet Thursday at Sedalia Open Space.

Senior Lindsey Koch finished fourth and sophomore Julie Vitella came in eighth to place the Raiders, who finished with a team total of 129 points which put them in the upper half of the 11-team field topped by winner Mountain Vista (46), Rock Canyon (84), ThunderRidge (98) and Castle View (114).

Koch — who won the Aurora City Championship race earlier this season — crossed the finish line in 19 minute, 45.40 seconds, and continued her season filled with top-10 finishes with her fourth-place result. Koch improved her finish at the league meet in all four of her seasons, as she placed 63rd as a freshman in 2011, 58th as a sophomore in 2012 and 23rd as a junior in 2013.

Vitella, who finished 2nd at last year’s Continental League Championships, needed 20:19.90 to complete the course, putting her comfortably in the top 10.

Sydney Lindquist (35th), Katie Schilmoeller (38th) and Catie Vitella (44th) gave the Raiders the pack finish they needed to take fifth as a team.

The Regis Jesuit boys had just one finisher in the top 30 and finished in eighth place out of 11 teams with 176 points.

Senior John O’Hagan paced the Raiders with his sixth-place finish, which came in 17:02.20, and bettered his previous best finish at the league meet of 12th in 2013. He was 32nd as a freshman in 2011 and 34th as a sophomore in 2012.

Parker Churchill and Mitchell Bickmire, 31st and 35th, respectively, came next for Regis Jesuit.

The next meet for the Regis Jesuit boys and girls is the Class 5A Region 2 gathering on Oct. 16 at D’Evelyn High School that also includes four other city teams: Cherokee Trail, Gateway, Grandview and Overland.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Tennis: Luca Abbott, Max Koszowski rally to take No. 4 doubles state title
10/13/2014

With trio of top-three relays, Raiders finish fifth in 5A state tournament

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | All Luca Abbott and Max Koszowski needed Saturday was a little emotion.

Finding themselves down a set against some familiar foes after just 20 minutes in the Class 5A No. 4 doubles state championship, the Regis Jesuit duo cranked up the energy and got their game back fist pump by fist pump.

Feeding on crowd support at Gates Tennis Center, Abbott and Koszowski pulled themselves all the way back from the brink for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Tristan Faust and Dylan Harris, posting their third hard-fought victory over the Fossil Ridge duo this season to lead Raiders placing doubles teams.

With junior Steven Bummer and senior Truett Davis finishing second in No. 3 doubles and seniors Alec Jotte and Joey Robertson claiming third place, coach Laura Jones’ Raiders picked up 29 points to finish fifth as a team. The top-eight finish should net regional hosting duties for next season.

Regis Jesuit also received the team sportsmanship award.

Bummer and Davis won the first set in a tiebreaker against Cherry Creek’s Erin Norwood and Ryan James, but lost the next two sets to finished second at No. 3 doubles for the second consecutive season.

Jotte and Robertson bounced back from a tight loss to Cherry Creek in the semifinals with a playback win on Friday, earning them the chance to face Fairview’s Devin Harper and Graham Blanco in the third-place match. Slugging it out with the Knights, the Raiders prevailed 6-1, 1-6, 7-5.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Tennis: Trio of Regis Jesuit doubles teams move on to 5A state semifinals
10/10/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Moved away from the Gates Tennis Center to make sure matches got in before inclement weather, Regis Jesuit’s doubles teams took the City Park courts by storm Thursday.

On a day that saw the first two rounds of the Class 5A boys state tennis tournament completed crisply at both venues, the Raiders saw three of their four doubles teams advance to the semifinal round scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday — weather permitting — at Gates Tennis Center.

The No. 2 team of Alec Jotte and Joey Robertson, the No. 3 duo of Truett Davis and Steven Bummer and the No. 4 tandem of Luca Abbott and Max Koszowski each posted a pair of wins at City Park to move within one victory of getting a shot at a state championship on Saturday.

Regis Jesuit’s fourth doubles team — the No. 1 team of Tommy Koszowski and Patrick Seby — is also still alive, though the Raiders need Fossil Ridge’s Max Weiner and Nick Hoime to win in the semifinals to earn a playback.

The Raiders’ two singles qualifiers, Trace Collins at No. 2 and Erich Nuss at No. 3, each lost in the first round with Collins set up for a potential playback with one more win by Boulder’s Jackson Hawk.

Cherokee Trail’s one singles player and three doubles teams came away winless from the opening day of the tournament and only the No. 1 doubles team of Vik Sheverda and Tanner Ford have the chance for a payback if the team they lost to in the first round can advance to the finals.

Grandview’s lone qualifier, the No. 2 doubles team of Chris Burris and Matthew Yan, can also get a playback if Jotte and Robertson win their way into the championship match.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit rejoins field hockey rankings
10/7/2014

By Ryan Casey

Regis Jesuit is back in CHSAANow.com's field hockey rankings following its big win over Cherry Creek last week.

The Raiders beat the Bruins 2-1 on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Colorado Academy remained atop the ranking at 11-0-0. The Mustangs have won 35 consecutive games, and are unbeaten over their last 46 games (44-0-2).

The ranking, voted upon by coaches, is the official poll of the Association. Rankings are released each Monday.

A complete ranking is available at CHSSANOW.com.

Boys Tennis: Regis Jesuit wins Region 7 title, sends nearly entire team to state
10/3/2014

Raiders top Fossil RIdge 4-3 in finals to win tight regional team chase

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | The Class 5A Region 7 boys tennis tournament turned out to be decidedly topheavy, as host Regis Jesuit and Fossil Ridge secured each of the 14 available positions in the state tournament.

The Raiders and SaberCats qualified for all three singles and four doubles championship matches when the tournament wrapped up Thursday at Colorado Athletic Club-Monaco and managed to keep the other five teams — which included Smoky Hill from Aurora — out of state.

Coach Laura Jones’ Regis Jesuit team won four of the seven head-t0-head finals matchups, which earned the Raiders 72 points and the regional championship by four points over the SaberCats. Rocky Mountain came in third place with 37 points.

Regis Jesuit’s full team save for No. 1 singles player Chanon Penvari — who lost to Fossil Ridge’s Lucas Smith in the championship match and to Rocky Mountain’s Isaac Smith in a playback — qualified for the Oct. 9-11 5A state tournament at Gates Tennis Center in Denver.

Sophomore Erich Nuss won the regional championship at No. 3 singles for Regis Jesuit, while the No. 2 doubles team of Alec Jotte and Joey Robertson, the No. 3 duo of Truett Davis and Steven Bummer and the No. 4 duo of Luca Abbott and Max Koszowski also took regional crowns.

The No. 1 doubles team of Tommy Koszowski and Patrick Seby also advanced to state despite a straight set loss in the finals, while No. 2 singles player Trace Collins rebounded from a finals loss to top Smoky Hill’s Alex Elkin — who won the third-place match — in a playback for state.

Elkin accounted for all nine of the team points for the Buffaloes.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Golf: Regis Jesuit’s title streak over as Raiders tie for second place
10/1/2014

Coronado cruises by 21 strokes to prevent fifth straight title

By COURTNEY OAKES

COLORADO SPRINGS | The Regis Jesuit boys golf team walked away from the Class 5A state tournament with yet another trophy, but it wasn’t the one the Raiders really wanted.

Coach Craig Rogers’ Raiders and the rest of the field had virtually no chance to stay with the outstanding play of a Coronado team playing in its own back yard, but seniors Kevin Shafer and Jack Lazzeri and juniors Andrew McCormick and Bennett Rogers grinded their way into a share of second place.

Finally adjusting to a challenging Colorado Springs Country Club course with fast greens that played havoc with many a putt, Regis Jesuit played seven strokes better than in Monday’s weather-affected opening round to finish with a team score of plus-41 467, but saw its four-year championship winning streak come to a close.

Though the Raiders believed Bennett Rogers’ clutch par putt on No. 9 had put them into second place alone, it turned out they finished with the same total as Lakewood, which shot 15 strokes better in the second round to tie Regis Jesuit at 467, 21 strokes behind Coronado.

Instead of a playoff between the two teams, both received runner-up trophies.

For Regis Jesuit, it was the sixth straight season it finished in the top two at the 5A state tournament, matching the runner-up finish in 2009 that preceded its four straight victories.

Shafer and Lazzeri both played significantly better in the second round for the Raiders, as Shafer carded a 3-over 74 — the lowest round of any Aurora player in the field — to shave four strokes off his opening round total and Lazzeri improved by six strokes with a 75.

Thought Bennett Rogers finished in a tie for 70th overall, his 81 proved to be the score Regis Jesuit needed to grab a share of second place.

Just five strokes behind the Raiders came Aurora’s other team qualifier — Cherokee Trail — which finished seventh in its team debut at state.

Senior Mitchell Nevin made a huge jump to bolster the Cougars, following up an opening round 88 with a 4-over 75 in the second round, the same as sophomore Bradley Scalia.

Ji Woo Jang and Zach Goldsmith ran into significantly more difficulty on the second day than the first for Cherokee Trail, which finished two shots out of a tie for fourth with Boulder, Highlands Ranch and Ralston Valley.

Eaglecrest freshman Davis Bryant fell short of his goal of a top 20 finish in his state debut, but he ended his second round strong for a 77. His two-day total of 156 tied him for 30th with a group that included Lazzeri and Scalia.

Smoky Hill’s Paul Cleveland shot 79 and 82 to finish in a tie for 48th at 161.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Golf: Aurora golfers have catching up to do after first round of 5A state tournament
9/30/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

COLORADO SPRINGS | The best part of a two-day golf tournament is the chance for redemption the second round offers in case the first round doesn’t go as planned.

For virtually all of the 10 Aurora golfers who finished Monday’s first round of the Class 5A boys state golf tournament — which was delayed twice by inclement weather at Colorado Springs Country Club — Tuesday’s second chance is quite welcome.

Regis Jesuit has ground to make up in its bid to win a fifth straight 5A state championship, as coach Craig Rogers’ team finds itself 11 shots off the pace set by Coronado, which is playing in its own back yard. The Raiders posted a team score of plus-24 237, the same mark cobbled together by the three best scores of Aurora’s other team qualifier, Cherokee Trail.

The final round of the tournament is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Among 10 players who shot 7-over-par 78 in the opening round were four from Aurora — all making their state debuts — including Regis Jesuit’s Kevin Shafer and Andrew McCormick and Cherokee Trail’s Ji Woo Jang and Zach Goldsmith.

Goldsmith posted two birdies on his back nine, but a double bogey on a pair 3 sandwiched between two bogeys kept him from moving up the leaderboard. McCormick also had a chance for a higher finish when he was just 1-over through nine holes only to see a triple bogey on the par-5 Hole No. 11 inflate his score.

Regis Jesuit’s third score came from senior Jack Lazzeri, who finished with a 10-over 81 that included two struggles on his back nine, including a nine on a par-4 Hole No. 13. He was just 5-over until that point.

Cherokee Trail’s third score was also an 81, carded by sophomore Bradley Scalia. Scalia, who was even after the first round of last season’s state tournament and finished tied for 17th, had nine bogeys in his round, which countered the momentum he gained with back-to-back birdies on Holes No. 7-8.

Eaglecrest freshman Davis Bryant and Smoky Hill junior Paul Cleveland played close to each other during the Centennial League season and they ended up with the same score in the first round at state, as both finished with a plus-8 79.

Bryant briefly had a share of the leaderboard when he recorded two birdies in his first five holes to get to 2-under, but played his back nine at 7-over.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Golf: Class 5A first round scores
9/30/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

COLORADO SPRINGS | Team and individual scores from the weather-delayed first round of the Class 5A boys state golf tournament played on Sept. 29, 2014, at Colorado Springs Country Club. Aurora players and teams uppercased and bold:

2014 CLASS 5A BOYS STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT

Team scores (par 213): 1. Coronado 226; 2. Highlands Ranch 230; 3. Boulder 236; T4. CHEROKEE TRAIL (Ji Woo Jang, Zach Goldsmith, Bradley Scalia, Mitchell Nevin) 237; T4. REGIS JESUIT (Andrew McCormick, Kevin Shafer, Jack Lazzeri, Bennett Rogers) 237; T6. Ralston Valley 241; T6. Lakewood 241; T8. Doherty 242; T8. Cherry Creek 242; 10. ThunderRidge 243; T11. Loveland 249; T11. Mountain Vista 249; T13. Columbine 253; T13. Rock Canyon 253

See the full article and individual scores at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Regis Jesuit rolls past Rock Canyon
9/26/2014

By Neil H. Devlin

PARKER — This is not the same Regis Jesuit team that opened flatly against Cherry Creek.

"No, it's not," said Raiders coach Mark Nolan.

Thursday, the Raiders flattened Rock Canyon 48-14 at Sports Authority Stadium, their fourth victory in a row. In opening the new Continental North League, Regis Jesuit, No. 6 in The Associated Press Class 5A media poll, progressed further.

"We're getting better in all areas," Nolan said.

It began behind quarterback Matt Houghtaling. The senior zipped a pass on the opening snap for 37 yards and the Raiders took off — they scored twice early, sat on the Jaguars regularly and made it just a matter of time before they had them under the 40-point mercy rule.

Regis Jesuit is 4-1 overall, 1-0 in league, and eager to keep it going.

"These past four weeks have been a lot of work," Houghtaling said. "We've just been trying to get better each game."

Said Nolan: "It's cliché-ish — one game at a time, just trying to get a little better, but it's true."

It's working for the Raiders, who rolled to 488 total yards, 331 rushing. Most of it came in the opening half, when they built a 34-7 lead and ran freely for 224 yards.

Houghtaling threw for two touchdowns (to Cameron Matt and Kyle Johnson) and ran for another. Jared Marien, Gabe Holt-Jones, Eddie Gonzales and Michael Pavlakovich added rushing scores.

For Rock Canyon, the third-year 5A Jaguars are 1-4, 0-1 and have stalled after winning their opener.

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

Boys Golf: Class 5A regional results
9/19/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Team and individual results from the four Class 5A boys golf regional tournaments played Sept. 15-16 at various sites around the metro area. The top two team finishers and 13 individuals not on a team advanced to the Sept. 29-30 5A state tournament at the Colorado Springs Country Club.

See full list of results at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Golf: Regis Jesuit grinds way to 5A Central Regional title, Eaglecrest frosh makes state
9/17/2014

Raiders pick up struggling No. 1, advance to state with Eaglecrest's Bryant

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | The club swingers may change from year to year, but the resilience of the Regis Jesuit boys golf team seems to always remain.

The Raiders trailed upstart Columbine for much of the first half of the Class 5A Central Regional tournament Tuesday at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, but gutted through the final stretch to emerge with a two-stroke victory and an automatic berth in the Sept. 29-30 state tournament at Colorado Springs Country Club.

Senior Kevin Shafer and junior Bennett Rogers each carded 3-over-par 75s and junior Andrew McCormick turned in a 78 to give coach Craig Rogers’ Regis Jesuit a team total of 228, a mere two-stroke margin ahead of Columbine and Broomfield. Senior Jack Lazzeri, the Raiders’ lone holdover from the team that won a fourth-straight 5A state championship last season, is also headed back to the state tournament despite a tough day at regionals.

“Other than the very last hole for a couple of guys, they stayed very level when the pressure was on,” Craig Rogers said. “I was really proud of them for hanging in there on a tough course. This is a stressful place for a young man to play a round of golf.”

Other than a bit of nerves, Eaglecrest freshman Davis Bryant was likely the least stressed player on the course, where his father, Matt, is the course pro. Davis Bryant shot a 3-over 75 to become the school’s first boys state qualifier since Keith Brady made three straight appearances from 2004-2006. Rangeview and Aurora Central also represented Aurora in the regional, but neither had a state qualifier.

Lazzeri played as the No. 4 golfer on last season’s state team that included Division I-bound seniors Spencer Painton, Jake Kelley and Chris Korte, but entered this season as Regis Jesuit’s clear No. 1 and the only one with any real varsity experience.

He played well at the beginning and end of his regional round, but the middle was bewildering. Thankfully, Lazzeri was able to relax as his coaches kept him apprised of how Shafer, McCormick and Rogers were playing.

“I am so thankful, I’m buying them each dinner tonight,” Lazzeri said with a smile. “I’m really thankful to have them as teammates. Not a lot of teams are strong enough that their No. 1 can have a day like that and the 2-3-4 can pick them up. …I started off really good and then midway through round, I don’t know what was happening. Missing state would kill me, so I was trying to keep it out of my head. I was really happy when the the coaches told me my teammates were playing well.”

Bennett Rogers played as well as any of the Raiders and nearly as well as anybody in the field until a rough finishing hole.

With a birdie on Hole No. 15, the junior might have been able to even grab a share of medalist honors — which were secured by Heritage’s Reese Leiker with a 1-under-par 71 — but was plagued by a bad bounce into the reeds alongside the cart path and a couple of frustrating missed putts.

“I played 17 very good holes of golf,” Rogers said. “That last one was a hiccup, but overall I was happy with the way I played. Shooting 75 is nothing to be upset about. That last hole, I’ll use that as motivation for state. …We were grinding the whole day. We obviously don’t have the dominating players we had last year, so each of us had to play to our best capabilities.”

Shafer tried to avoid getting too much information during his round to keep his head clear. He felt pretty strong about his 75, though he “left some out there.”

“We can’t have Lazzeri lead us every time, so it was great that he could have a day off and we still came through,” Shafer said. “Knowing we can flip scores is good.”

McCormick grinded his way to a 78 in his first regional tournament and was grateful to put it behind him and look forward to a state course he feels sets up well for his game.

“It was alright; I struggled putting today,” McCormick said. “I feel confident we’re going to pull it together better for state.”

Though three of his four players will compete in the state tournament for the first time, Craig Rogers still feels pretty good about his team’s chances at winning a fifth consecutive 5A state title for the program.

He’s wary of teams such as Coronado — which is very familiar with the state course — Southern Regional champ Boulder, fellow Continental League power Highlands Ranch and others, but believes he likely has the deepest foursome in the field.

“They are all capable of playing very good golf; depth is again a very good asset for us,” Rogers said. “Our fourth guy isn’t just tagging along to state. Our fourth guy can be the best guy in the group on any day.”

Bryant — who played in the same group as Lazzeri — used his knowledge of the course and the advice of his father on his way to a solid 75.

“Knowing the course and knowing a lot of the greens and fairways and where to hit the ball helped a lot,” Bryant said. “I was very comfortable. Still a little nervous because it was a big tournament, but it felt good.”

Bryant said he hit 12 fairways, 15 greens and had 15 two-putts, following the formula for success his father laid out of him. He can now turn his focus to reaching his goal of a top-20 finish in his state tournament debut.

Columbine and Broomfield waged an epic three-hole playoff to determine the other team qualifier, with Columbine finally prevailing to secure a four-player team at state.

Rangeview was paced by junior Raymond Simanjuntak, who carded a 20-over 92, while senior Mitchell Claypool checked in at 96 and senior Evan Kennedy shot 97.

None of Aurora Central’s four golfers broke 100 on the challenging course, with R’Ron Fisher’s 130 leading the way.

Read the full article at that Aurora Sentinel.

Football: Regis Jesuit weathers elements to knock off Cherokee Trail
9/12/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | In a battle of elite football teams, defense and special teams often make the difference.

That was especially the case in miserable conditions Thursday night at Legacy Stadium, when cold and driving rain made things especially unpredictable.

Regis Jesuit (2-1) — ranked No. 7 in the most recent Associated Press Class 5A poll — got a special teams touchdown from Justice Taylor, a defensive score from Connor Sinks and rushing touchdowns from Alec Barnes and Trevor Williams in a 27-7 non-league win over No. 2 Cherokee Trail.

Senior Izaiah Lottie broke a 54-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but that was it for the Cougars (2-1), who averaged 40 points in their first two games.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Golf: Regis Jesuit seals Continental League championship
9/12/2014

Raiders headed to Green Valley Ranch in next step toward 5th straight state title

By COURTNEY OAKES

PARKER | The Regis Jesuit boys golf team sealed the Continental League championship Monday at Pradera.

Even without No. 1 Jack Lazzeri competing, coach Craig Rogers’ Raiders posted a team score of 311 at The Club at Pradera in the last of six league tournaments to top Rock Canyon by six strokes in that competition and finish the season 18 strokes in front of Highlands Ranch for the team championship.

Senior Kevin Shafer tied for third individually with a 4-over-par 76 and senior teammate John Kane was just a stroke behind him in a tie for fourth at 77 for Regis Jesuit, which won its fourth straight Continental League tournament after finishing second behind Highlands Ranch in the first two. The Falcons trailed by four strokes coming into the Pradera tournament, but turned in their lowest finish (6th) in any of the league meets.

Juniors Andrew McCormick and Bennett Rogers each carded 79s for the Raiders, who also placed first in the previous three league meets at Wellshire G.C. (Aug. 20), Lone Tree G.C. (Aug. 26) and Plum Creek G.C. (Sept. 2).

Regis Jesuit grabbed the No. 1 seed from the Continental League in the process, which places them in the Class 5A Central Regional set for Sept. 15 at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club. The Raiders will attempt to qualify a team for the Sept. 29-30 state tournament, where they will attempt to win a fifth consecutive 5A state title.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Football Roundup: 5A: (8) Regis Jesuit 48, Mullen 40
9/8/2014

Regis Jesuit, for the second week in a row, found itself locked in a battle late in the fourth quarter. This time, the result went the Raiders' way.

A week after losing 27-14 to No. 2 Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit had to put away rival Mullen, a team that refused to go away. The game featured seven ties or lead changes.

Mullen led 21-20 at halftime and 34-27 late in the third quarter, but Regis Jesuit tied it at 34 with less than a minute to play in the third.

Alex Barnes then scored on a 14-yard run to give Regis the lead at 41-34 with 10 minutes remaining in the game, and the Raiders added another score six minutes later.

But Mullen wasn't done. Jovan Tafoya hit Ryan Manning on a 40-yard pass for a touchdown with two minutes to play, and the Mustangs drove down for one final chance in the final minute but couldn't convert on fourth-and-12 from inside the 20.

Read the full Football Roundup at CHSAANow.com.

Cross Country: Aurora City Championship results
9/5/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Boys and girls team and individual results from the 2014 Aurora City Championship meet held on Sept. 4, 2014, at the Aurora Sports Park:

2014 AURORA CITY CHAMPIONSHIP CROSS COUNTRY MEET

Boys team scores: 1. Smoky Hill (Blake Yount, Cody Miller, Spencer Bradshaw, Michael Andress, Simon Geday, Amir Kassahun, Michael Anthony) 31 points; 2. Grandview (Nathan Graham, Mick Norton, Cory Smith, Pravan Kalaga, Ben Ehrhard, Nick Franson) 52; 3. Cherokee Trail (Kyle Jones, Duncan Barnhill, Nate Thomas, Brandon Bullock, Michael Lynch, Mason Willie, Jackson Cowley) 79; 4. Regis Jesuit (John O’Hagan, Austin Layne, Parker Churchill, Robert Iriye, Geoffrey Lord, Drew Quirk, Donovan Brucker) 88; 5. Eaglecrest (George Rykovich, Evan Keely, Mason Brown, Andrew Mills, Nick Johnson, Devan Payne) 140; 6. Hinkley 174 (Oscar Briones-Ruiz, Jason Padilla, Roverto Santamaria, Sean Carey, Josue Barrancas, Dylan Van, Jose Rivera); 7. Overland (Yosef Robele, Julian Lang, Michael Reno, Alex Martin, James Artis, Bright Asamoah, Sean Kelly) 201; 8. Rangeview (Ramadan Mohammed, Karl Marquez, Dave Nuttall, Trevor Gregory, Jaxon Setser, Jacob Kipfinger, Dominic Wenger) 202; 9. Gateway (Jordan Roberts, Jordon White, Luis Roche, Abi Hernandez, Charles Reigies, Adam Schrot, Jarrett Reigies) 260; 10. Aurora Central (Jose Millan, Andy Rodriguez, Daniel Gonzalez Beltran, Jordan Henderson, Savion Harris, Danny Nguyen) 283

First team all-city (places 1-7): 1. Blake Yount (Smoky Hill), 16 minutes, 11 seconds; 2. Nathan Graham (Grandview), 16:36; 3. Cody Miller (Smoky Hill), 16:54; 4. Kyle Jones (Cherokee Trail), 17:11; 5. Duncan Barnhill (Cherokee Trail), 17:19; 6. John O’Hagan (Regis Jesuit), 17:26; 7. Mick Norton (Grandview), 17:27; Second team all-city (places 8-14): 8. Spencer Bradshaw (Smoky Hill), 17:42; 9. Michael Andress (Smoky Hill), 17:55; 10. Simon Geday (Smoky Hill), 18:01; 11. Cory Smith (Grandview), 18:02; 12. Austin Layne (Regis Jesuit), 18:02; 13. Oscar Briones-Ruiz (Hinkley), 18:06; 14. Pravan Kalaga (Grandview), 18:16

Girls team scores: 1. Smoky Hill (Brynell Yount, Jamie Jezier, Emmah Johannes, Lesley Fatica, Carlie Andrie, Julie Eoff, Lana Yeager) 41 points; 2. Cherokee Trail (Jordan Herrera, Brea Wheeler, Jessica Brookie, Savanah Nesvold, Amy McConnell, Lynsie Roper, Hannah Laurie) 60; 3. Regis Jesuit (Lindsey Koch, Julia Vitella, Katie Schilmoeller, Sydney Lundquist, Lily Brucker, Catie Vitella, Katie Buchman) 62; 4. Grandview (Peyton Dailey, Caroline Robbins, Nicole Mundy, Sylvana Ross, Rachel Shaw, Kayla Vallin, Marisa Welsh) 65; 5. Eaglecrest (Janine Taurchini, Jess McQuaid, Cassidy Henderson, Tara Vigil, Jordanne Stubbs-Vergara, Rebecca McMillian, Emily Hunter) 150; 6. Hinkley (Merhawet Taeme, Nathalie Gomez, Maria Acevedo, Monica Carreta, Kim Quinonez, Enbbeba Taeme, Esmerelda Cabrera) 162; 7. Rangeview (Morgan Bloyer, Megan Shanahan, Sydney Comet, Yalitza Topete, Katie Stockinger, Arielle Maes, Shynell Moore) 185; 8. Aurora Central (Maria Millian Toledo, Dulce Gonzalez Beltran, Marlene Mendozas Pachecho, Aiden Martinez, Elizabeth Niyoyankunze) 259

First team all-city (places 1-7): 1. Lindsey Koch (Regis Jesuit), 19 minutes, 34 seconds; 2. Julia Vitella (Regis Jesuit), 20:02; 3. Peyton Dailey (Grandview), 20:05; 4. Brynell Yount (Smoky Hill), 20:28; 5. Jamie Jezier (Smoky Hill), 20:30; 6. Caroline Robbins (Grandview), 20:36; 7. Jordan Herrera (Cherokee Trail), 20:40; Second team all-city (places 8-14): 8. Emmah Johannes (Smoky Hill), 20:46; 9. Lesley Fatica (Smoky Hill), 20:04; 10. Brea Wheeler (Cherokee Trail), 21:12; 11. Nicole Mundy (Grandview), 21:15; 12. Jessica Brookie (Cherokee Trail), 21:16; 13. Janine Taurchini (Eaglecrest), 21:22; 14. Savanah Nesvold (Cherokee Trail), 21:22

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Photos: Lindsey Heller's 51 assists help Valor Christian volleyball beat Regis Jesuit
9/4/2014

By Ray Chen

HIGHLANDS RANCH — Valor Christian's Lindsey Heller finished with an eye-popping 51 assists as her team beat Regis Jesuit in volleyball on Wednesday.

In a battle of 10th-ranked teams, Class 4A Valor Christian beat 5A Regis Jesuit in five sets, with Valor winning 23-25, 28-26, 23-25, 26-24, 15-10.

Kelsey Montgomery and Cassidy Wurth each had 14 kills for Valor. Kyleigh McDaniel added 11, while Megan Moritz had 10. Savannah Cressman finished with 27 digs.

Santaisha Sturges had 26 kills, 24 digs and seven blocks for Regis. Taylor Smith had 19 kills, 17 digs and four assists.

See full article and all pictures at CHSAANow.com.

 

Chaparral, Regis Jesuit among newcomers to volleyball rankings
9/1/2014

By Ryan Casey

Chaparral and Regis Jesuit both joined this week's CHSAANow.com volleyball ranking in Class 5A.

Both teams were unranked in the preseason. Chaparral joined the poll at No. 5 after going 4-1 over the first two weeks of the season. Regis Jesuit, meanwhile, is No. 10 after going 3-2.

Rampart remained atop the 5A ranking. In fact, the only No. 1 team to change this week was in 3A, where Eaton takes over for Manitou Springs. Lewis Palmer (4A), Resurrection Christian (2A) and Fleming (1A) all held firm in their respective top spots.

Mullen (No. 9) was the lone newcomer in 4A, while Gunnison (No. 10) joined 3A. The 2A poll added Swink (No. 6) and Hoehne (No. 9). Cheraw joined 1A at No. 10.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. During the regular season, polls will be released each Monday.

See the full article and complete rankings for all classes at CHSAANow.com.

Field Hockey: Regis Jesuit looks to take next step after four playoff trips
9/1/2014

Grandview starts on fast track to postseason, Smoky Hill building

By SIERRA RIASATI

AURORA | The Regis Jesuit field hockey team recorded double-digit wins last year as it had its best season since the program started five years ago.

Spencer Wagner’s Raiders finished 10-6 last season, losing in the first round of the playoffs to Palmer Ridge.

Wagner hopes the Raiders can claw past the first round of playoffs in the 2014 season, but it won’t be easy with the number of young players on the team and many of last season’s stalwarts graduated.

“We did lose 10 seniors, however we had a team of 19 by the end of last season, so I think those younger players are now ready to step up,” Wagner said. “I think the experience of playing together last year will help keep our team at the level we ended last year and hopefully allow us to exceed it. I really feel like we’re picking up exactly where we left off at the end of last season thanks to a lot of dedicated work by the players in the offseason.”

The strong influx of young players and incoming freshmen will help build the Regis Jesuit field hockey program and Wagner thinks it will lead to more strong years to come.

Another positive for the Raiders is the addition of assistant coach Raina Cazier. Cazier is a Regis Jesuit alumna and plans to strengthen the team’s defense in front of junior goalie Claire Stemper, a team captain who was voted first team all-state last year.

Wagner expects the strengths of the Raiders all-state goalie and quick transition offense to catch other teams off guard and lead to success.

“Across the board, this is the most knowledgeable team we’ve fielded, even though it’s one of the youngest,” Wagner said. “Every player is confident and willing to step up and be a leader.”

The Raiders started the 2014 season 1-1, playing two top opponents in St. Mary’s Academy and Kent Denver.

Regis Jesuit was the sole Aurora team to make the playoffs in 2013, but Grandview and Smoky Hill are looking to change that statistic in the upcoming season.

Chris Strater’s Grandview team finished 2-10-13 in 2013 and have already won more games this year than they did last year with a 3-0 start.

The Wolves — who blanked Mountain Vista, St. Mary’s Academy and Fossil Ridge — could ride the momentum into the eight-team postseason for the first time in a long time.

Smoky Hill brought in a new head coach, Natalie Foerster, to replace Jenny Perizzolo after a disappointing 1-11-3 2013 season.

Foerster is a former four-year Smoky Hill field hockey player and a first time head coach. Foerster named her older sister, Kaitlynne Wetmore, as an assistant varsity coach. Wetmore also played field hockey in high school and has two years of experience under her belt as a head coach with the school’s lacrosse team.

Foerster’s former fellow Buffalo teammate, Kylie Clay, was appointed the junior varsity coach due to her knowledge about the game and great stick skills.

“Together the three of us are really trying to start to rebuild the program, Foerster said. “I think together the three of us will bring the heart, determination and dedication back to Smoky Hill.”

Foerster and Clay are hoping to teach the girls the same techniques former Buffaloes coach Brad Bryant taught them. Bryant guided the Buffaloes to four straight semifinals appearances and taught the team they could do anything they put their mind to.

“We want them to play with heart. …that is the biggest thing,” Foerster added. “We can teach them all the stick skills in the world, but if they do not learn to play with heart and determination they won’t get far. This year we have gone back to the basics and I think it has really started to pay off already.  We are able to see tremendous progress and parents have been commenting on how well they are doing and how much they are improving.”

The Smoky Hill coaching staff is trying to get the energy and confidence level up in a team that graduated very few seniors. They want the girls to be excited to play even after starting off the 2014 season 0-3.

Seniors Jessica Saffold, who led the Buffaloes with six goals last season, earned honorable mention all-conference honors last season.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Football: Cherry Creek runs past Regis Jesuit in opening showdown
8/30/2014

Bruins make key plays at right times, hold off Raiders' late surge for road win

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Cherry Creek and Regis Jesuit could meet again on the football field in a few months come playoff time, but until that happens, the Raiders are left to think about what could have been after Friday night.

In front of jam-packed stands at Lou Kellogg Stadium, the two Class 5A stalwarts worked through some early sloppiness to produce a game that was within a touchdown with less than five minutes remaining until the Bruins sealed a 27-14 victory with a final drive.

The lack of almost any offensive production in the first half and a handful of missed tackles ultimately spelled the doom for Regis Jesuit, which scored all 14 of its points in the fourth quarter to get within seven points in the late stages.

Stymied for most of the game, the Raiders got a 51-yard touchdown hookup from quarterback Matt Houghtaling to leaping wide receiver Trevor Williams and running back Alec Barnes rushed for a 7 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter as Regis Jesuit seized momentum, but a key 3rd down pickup and subsequent score by the Bruins was enough to close out the game.

Facing a 3rd-and-15 at its own 21-yard line, Cherry Creek called a double reverse to senior wide receiver Joe Parker, who broke through a number of tackles in the backfield and raced 51 yards for a crucial first down with just over two minutes remaining. DJ Luke bulled his way into the end zone from 11 yards out for his second touchdown of the night to seal the result for the Bruins.

Senior Milo Hall, who missed a portion of the game early due to injury, rushed for touchdowns of 15 and 51 for Cherry Creek.

Next up for Regis Jesuit (0-1) is a 7 p.m. game on Sept. 5 at parochial school rival Mullen (1-0), a 40-6 victor over Gateway Friday.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Cherry Creek passes significant road test, tops Regis Jesuit
8/30/2014

(2) Cherry Creek 27, (7) Regis Jesuit 14

By Neil H. Devlin

AURORA — To the untrained eye, Friday night's showdown in the southeastern metropolitan area between Cherry Creek and Regis Jesuit was difficult to watch at times, what with all of the punts, turnovers, miscues, penalties and assorted mental mistakes.

But Cherry Creek coach Dave Logan expected no less from his Bruins, who took a hard-earned, 27-14 nonleague decision on the road in The Denver Post game of the week.

In front of a pretty packed Lou Kellogg Stadium, Cherry Creek, ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press Class 5A media poll, made fewer mistakes, played better defense and ground out a quality victory in the early going of 2014 against talented and seventh-ranked Regis Jesuit.

"I thought we played hard," Logan said. "You know, the first game is always difficult and it was against a very good team. We had way, way too many errors, but I liked our effort and that we battled against a very talented team."

Cherry Creek's defense was sound for the most part, save for missing an interception or knockdown of a pass that the Raiders turned into a touchdown, and that the unit gave up another late score to make it sweat. But it allowed only 77 yards in the first half in taking command, the Bruins' fronts gained experience (Logan said they'll go as far as their lines will take them) and the rushing tandem of Milo Hall and D.J. Luke, expected to be dominant, was.

Each scored two touchdowns, helped the Bruins gobble up clock and kept the Raiders chasing.

"We've both worked hard, went to a couple of camps and hit the weight room," Hall said. "We're just Smash and Dash, I guess."

Matt Houghtaling's 51-yard scoring toss to Trevor Williams and Alec Barnes' 8-yard touchdown run weren't enough for the Raiders, who were flat offensively.

But the Bruins had something to do with it and "we'll get out of here with a win and get better," Logan said.

Read the full article in The Denver Post.

CU Buffs recruit Tim Lynott of Regis Jesuit ready for big senior year
8/25/2014

By Neil H. Devlin

AURORA — Football is said to be life for those deeply ingrained in the sport. It is for offensive lineman Tim Lynott, but he holds a more balanced perspective.

The game, the Regis Jesuit senior said, is his "second life."

He certainly loves football and has played it well enough to earn a scholarship offer from the University of Colorado, but he's a grounded young man. Father Tim, mother Gerri and sisters Cat and Chandler make for a well-rounded family in Parker that lends support and encouragement to one of the state's top players.

Who says a young man can't have priorities?

"I've loved it since I was a kid playing flag football in the fourth grade," said Lynott, who is now 6-foot-4, 295 pounds. "There's a lot of hitting. I just love the game in general and on TV, college and the NFL. ... I grew up watching it and playing it, and I want to play further past college. That's my goal. It's so important. My second life."

Veteran Regis line coach Bob McPhee said his prized player "has the potential to be the best I've ever coached. He has got great physical tools, also the tremendous work ethic. He wants to be good.

"You're always concerned with those early-offer guys. ... Will they continue to work hard? He's working as hard as he ever worked."

Lynott started the past two years — he had an injured finger as a freshman — and quickly climbed the recruiting ladder. In recent decades, Colorado has been known for producing outstanding linemen, and Lynott fits the bill with the size, strength and agility to play guard or tackle.

"The recruiters like that he finishes blocks and has a mean streak," McPhee said.

They also enjoy the fact Lynott isn't all about Lynott. Regis Jesuit head coach Mark Nolan said his pillar "is very humble and kept his feet on the ground through the whole recruiting circus. He was really uncomfortable with it. He just wants to lift and hang out. ... He's really quiet."

Concerning his college decision to go to CU, his first and second lives meshed there, too.

"It just felt right. It was the right atmosphere, and I love the coaches," Lynott said. "It's nice to stay close. It's only 45 minutes away. My parents can come to all the home games with some family. And I won't miss important dates like birthdays for my sister or parents. It's the best of both worlds."

And joining the group that possibly could reverse the fortunes of a struggling Buffaloes program turned personal for Lynott.

"I feel like the program is headed in the right direction," he said. "For sure, they've been getting all the best in-state talent and out-of-state, too. They're doing their best to keep guys in state."

Bur first things first: The Raiders, 9-2 a year ago and Class 5A Continental League champions, still smart from a second-round exit from the playoffs. They hope to get deeper in the playoffs this season with the help of their line play. They return four of their five starting offensive linemen and three of their four on defense.

"We're counting on them," said quarterback Matt Houghtaling.

Lynott simply wants to enjoy a successful year in both of his lives.

"Stress-free," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

Boys Golf: Regis Jesuit turns tables on Highlands Ranch in second Continental League meet
8/25/2014

Raiders finish on top of Falcons this time with two-stroke margin

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | It was the Regis Jesuit boys golf team’s turn to take a tight victory in Continental League tournament play.

The Raiders fell a single stroke short of Highlands Ranch in the first league tournament of the season at South Suburban Golf Course, but gained a measure of revenge with a two-stroke victory over the Falcons on Wednesday at Wellshire Golf Course.

Sparked by a 1-over-par 73 by senior ace Jack Lazzeri, coach Craig Rogers’ Regis Jesuit team posted a four-golfer total of 300 to hold off Highlands Ranch (302) and Mountain Vista (304).

Junior Andrew McCormick finished just a stroke back of Lazzeri with a 74, while fellow junior Bennett Rogers carded a 76 and senior Kevin Shafer added a 77 to round out the Raiders’ four scoring golfers.

Senior John Kane recorded an 81 in the other result for Regis Jesuit’s top five.

Lazzeri finished in fourth place individually, one strike behind the trio of Heritage’s Reese Leiker, Highlands Ranch’s Charlie Schneider and Rock Canyon’s Ryan Zetwick, who each carded 72s.

The next Continental League tournament is scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 26 at Lone Tree Golf Course.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Softball: Regis Jesuit evens record at 1-1 with patient win at Rangeview
8/22/2014

Seventeen walks fuel Regis Jesuit offensive attack in 10-run victory

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The first victory of the 2014 season wasn’t exactly a walk in the park for the Regis Jesuit softball team, but plenty of walking was involved.

Trailing Rangeview 5-1 through three innings of Wednesday’s non-league contest, coach Charlie Williams’ team figured out its best offense involved keeping the bats on their shoulders.

By the time it was over, Regis Jesuit had drawn a whopping 17 walks that combined with just six hits to produce 16 runs for a 16-6 road victory in six innings over Rangeview. Alex Suellentrop had two hits and scored three times, Taylor Bush drove in a pair of runs and freshman pitcher Erin Pendleton racked up 14 strikeouts to help Williams’ team bounce back from an 8-6 loss to Arapahoe two days earlier to even its record at 1-1.

Rangeview dropped its season-opener despite the midseason offensive form of junior shortstop Angela Cordova, who crushed a pair of home runs and drove in three runs.

Cordova’s two-run line drive over the left field fence off Pendleton pushed Rangeview in front 2-1 after one inning and Melanie Flynn’s two-run single — which plated Cordova after an intentional walk — gave Bob Bushman’s club a four-run lead.

The floodgates opened, very slowly, in the top of the fourth inning for Regis Jesuit against Rangeview starter Natalie Provancal, who couldn’t find the strike zone after walking just two batters in the first three innings. Regis Jesuit drew six walks in the inning, including one by leadoff hitter Giana DeVito to force in a run, while Suellentrop drove in a run with a single and Bush capped a five-run rally with an RBI groundout.

Regis Jesuit built on its new-found 6-5 lead with six runs in the fifth inning, a rally fueled by seven walks and a hit batter, while two more walks and a hit by pitch made up part of a four-run sixth inning. Junior catcher Frances Butsch doubled and scored on freshman Erin Templeton’s two-out single to give Regis Jesuit the 10-run cushion it needed to end the game early by the mercy rule.

On the other side, Pendleton — who pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief in Regis Jesuit’s opener — settled in during her first varsity start as she struck out the side in both the second and third innings, then racked up two more in each of the final three innings. She surrendered a long solo blast over the center field fence to Cordova in the fifth inning, but Flynn with her second hit of the day was the only other Rangeview player to advance as far as second base.

Cordova — a Texas Tech commitment — homered in Rangeview’s opening game for the second straight season as she also clubbed a three-run shot in her 2013 debut against Denver East, while leadoff hitter Leslie French singled twice and scored a pair of runs for Bushman’s club.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Golf: Regis Jesuit comes in fourth at Cherry Creek Bruin Invitational
8/14/2014

McCormick-led Raiders crack top five of big early season tournament

By COURTNEY OAKES

COMMERCE CITY | Regis Jesuit easily led the way among five Aurora boys golf teams in the massive Cherry Creek Bruin Invitational Tuesday at Buffalo Run Golf Course.

Junior Andrew McCormick fired a 73 to tie for fifth place overall and help spur the Raiders to a fourth-place result in the 32-team field, as they finished five strokes behind co-winners Boulder and Monarch and two behind the top team from host Cherry Creek.

Backing McCormick was fellow junior Bennett Rogers, who shot 76 for Regis Jesuit, while senior John Kane checked in with a 78. All three players made their varsity debuts just a few days earlier at the Continental League opener on Aug. 7 at South Suburban Golf Course. Harry Woodward added an 81 for the Raiders, who played without No. 1 Jack Lazzeri.

With roughly half of its normal varsity group, Cherokee Trail tied for 15th as a team behind a 75 from Zach Goldsmith and Mitchell Nevin’s 77, while Paul Cleveland-led Smoky Hill came in 23rd. Cleveland shot a 77, while fellow 2013 5A state tournament qualifier Kyle Colen turned in an 82 for the Buffaloes.

Freshman Davis Bryant again paced Eaglecrest by shooting 78 as the Raptors came in 26th, while Overland tied for 31st.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Golf: Highlands Ranch nips Regis Jesuit by a stroke in Continental League opener
8/11/2014

Raiders come up just short of Falcons as several players make varsity debuts

By COURTNEY OAKES

CENTENNIAL | In what could be a glimpse of a tight season to come, Thursday’s Continental League boys golf opener couldn’t have been much closer.

At the conclusion of the tournament at South Suburban Golf Course played in the aftermath of a hard-hitting storm, the top three teams in the 11-team field were each separated by a single stroke.

With four new faces in its top five, four-time defending Class 5A state champion Regis Jesuit finished a stroke behind Highlands Ranch and one in front of Mountain Vista. The Falcons’ four scoring golfers managed a total of 15-over-par 303, while the Raiders’ scoring group of seniors Jack Lazzeri, Kevin Shafer and John Kane and junior Andrew McCormick came in with a 304 and the Golden Eagles scored 305.

Coach Craig Rogers’ Regis Jesuit team dropped last season’s league opener by double-digit strokes to Heritage, but still went on to win the Continental League championship handily and also cruised to a 23-stroke victory at the 5A state tournament.

But this season’s lineup is significantly different for the Raiders, with only Lazzeri back from last season’s state group. Though he admitted he doesn’t like the greens at South Suburban, Lazzeri managed to shoot a 3-over 75 that tied him for third place individually, five strokes behind medalist Kyle Pearson of Highlands Ranch and two behind runner-up Austin Hardiman of Mountain Vista.

In his varsity tournament debut, Shafer — younger brother of former Regis Jesuit boys standout Clark Shafer and four-year girls varsity golfer Sara Shafer — also shot a 75. Kane and McCormick, also playing their first varsity tournaments, each finished with 77s.

Junior Bennett Rogers also shot 81 for Regis Jesuit.

The Continental League slate resumes at 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at Castle Pines Country Club.

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Boys Golf: Regis Jesuit takes aim at fifth straight state golf title
8/11/2014

Big shoes, tradition to uphold for new group of Raiders; Aurora boys golf talent primarily on the young side in 2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

One for the thumb.

That’s the quest for coach Craig Rogers’ Regis Jesuit boys golf program, which enters the 2014 campaign — the first of the 2014-15 prep athletic seasons to open — with a chance to claim a fifth straight Class 5A state championship.

With three members of last season’s juggernaut that won the title by 23 strokes set to start Division I careers and only senior Jack Lazzeri back, climbing to the top this season should pose more of a challenge for the Raiders.

But depth — as it always seems — is in Regis Jesuit’s favor, even as it has the huge task of replacing University of Kansas-bound Spencer Painton and University of Denver recruits Jake Kelley and Chris Korte, all key parts of the past two state winners.

“They aren’t as heralded in the junior tournament circuit certainly, but I think we have a lot of strong team guys,” Rogers said of his new group.

“I think they are motivated to carry the torch; they have the pressure of winning four in a row and they don’t want to be the ones to spoil all of that. They know they have big shoes to fill, but the main thing is, we can have the fewest strokes at the state tournament, but if we are jerks, we’ve missed the whole point of being part of a team.

“Hopefully that’s the kind of ethic these guys will show and have fun doing it.”

The shoes seem to be more than “big” by numbers alone. Last season’s 23-stroke victory skews things a bit, but Regis Jesuit has won the past four 5A crowns by an average of nearly 11 strokes, had two golfers claim individual state titles — Painton in 2013 and Gus Lundquist in 2011 — and recorded six top-three individual finishes.

The new group of Raiders might not be as spectacular, but they’ve shown Rogers a selflessness that bodes well for team success.

Lazzeri — admittedly nervous about joining the group of experienced players on the Regis Jesuit varsity last season — quietly carded solid rounds of 78 and 75 at state that put him 26th overall.

Rogers is counting on an improved Lazzeri to also provide leadership to help a group bolstered by juniors Andrew McCormick and Bennett Rogers, seniors John Kane and Carter Alcock — both ice hockey players — and several young players who made their presence known in tryouts Aug. 4-5.

Highlands Ranch, Boulder and Cherry Creek have Rogers’ attention as title challengers, but he’s always wary, especially of teams in his own Continental League, which has won 12 of the past 13 5A state titles.

“Somebody always comes out of nowhere,” Rogers said.

Cherry Creek should again be the standard in the Centennial League in 2014, but some city squads could make things interesting.

Coming off a third-place league finish last season, Cherokee Trail could make a run at the No. 2 spot with the return of its only 5A state qualifier — promising sophomore Bradley Scalia — plus four other players with one or more seasons of varsity experience to their credit.

Scalia shot an even-par 72 in the first round of state at Murphy Creek Golf Course and carded a 6-over 78 in the closing round to tie for 17th overall, easily securing the best finish for a Cherokee Trail golfer in program history.

Senior Mitchell Nevin is one season removed from a trip to state, seniors Alex Anderson and Zach Goldsmith boast plenty of varsity experience and junior Ji Woo Jang posted Cherokee Trail’s best score on several occasions last season, giving the Cougars a group that knows how to play well.

Coach Randy Smith’s Grandview team needs its considerable youth to grow up quickly if the Wolves want to keep their now accustomed place in the top half of the league.

Three seniors graduated, including longtime fixtures and state qualifiers Devyn Solano and Kyle Carr, along with Chaad Tam, leaving sophomore Danny Taggart as the lone returning regular. Senior Nate Lewis and junior Mason Jowsey appear able to hold their own at the varsity level.

Smoky Hill has a pair of returning state qualifiers in junior Paul Cleveland and sophomore Kyle Colen. Cleveland recorded the Centennial League’s first hole-in-one in at least 12 years last season and finished just outside the league’s top 10, while Colen earned valuable state experience.

Eaglecrest has a new arrival in talented freshman Davis Bryant, a standout on the junior golf circuit who just finished tied for 11th at the CJGA Junior Series Championship tournament at Parker’s Black Bear Golf Course.

Coach Merlin Johnson’s Rangeview team remains a solid entry in the EMAC, while juniors Luke Hemphill and Joseph Miller lead the way on a small Gateway squad for coach Brian Dossey.

Notes: The Class 5A state tournament is scheduled for Sept. 29-30 at Colorado Springs Country Club. Last season’s tournament was played at Aurora’s Murphy Creek Golf Course, which stepped in to hold the tournament after the original site — CommonGround G.C. on the Aurora-Denver border — was unplayable due to massive flooding last September. …For the second straight season, the four regional state qualifying tournament fields will be decided by the final regular season standings of each league. Two league champions will be in the group playing at each of the four 5A regionals and were shuffled this year. The Centennial League is the host for the Southern Region on Sept. 15 at Wellshire Golf Course, with the Southern League’s No. 1 team also on hand, while Denver hosts the Central Region on Sept. 15 at Green Valley Ranch C.C. that will also include the Continental League champion. The Jefferson County runs the Western Region tournament Sept. 15 with Front Range League No. 1 scheduled to play, while the EMAC is the Northern Region host, but a date and course have not been firmed up yet.

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Junior Hayden Smith records hole-in-one during Regis Jesuit boys golf tryouts
8/11/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

The Regis Jesuit boys golf program has been a certified juggernaut in recent years.

Yet none of the many golfers who’ve moved along to the college level and contributed to an ongoing run of four straight Class 5A state championships had done what junior Hayden Smith did during tryouts Tuesday at Aurora’s Meadow Hills Golf Course.

Playing in the second-to-last of Regis Jesuit’s many groups, Smith used a 6-iron off the tee on the par 3 Hole No. 2, dropped his shot onto the raised green and watched the ball roll into the cup for a hole-in-one. Smith and his three playing partners rushed to the green to find the ball in the hole.

Longtime Regis Jesuit assistant coach Ted Schilling, who arrived on the scene just after the ace along with Steve Cavnar, said it was the first hole-in-one during Raiders’ tryouts in his eight seasons and veteran head coach Craig Rogers later confirmed it was the first one ever at tryouts in his long tenure.

Regis Jesuit had a hotly-contested tryout going to make the top five that will play in the first Continental League tournament on Thursday at South Suburban Golf Course.

Senior John Kane fired a 69 in the first round of tryouts and a slew of others shot in the 70s for the Raiders.

Last season, Smoky Hill’s Paul Cleveland recorded an ace at Saddle Rock Golf Course for the first hole-in-one in Centennial League regular season play in at least 12 years.

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For Regis Jesuit boys golf, character builds champions
8/11/2014

By Zach Marburger

Regis Jesuit's boys golf team comes into the 2014 season in a familiar and comfortable position — as defending state champions, a title they've captured for four consecutive seasons.

That type of consistency is considered rare in high school sports, where student-athletes come and go so quickly.

The turnover presents a unique challenge this year for head coach Craig Rogers, who had an excellent returning squad in 2013 to lean on. Now, four golfers from last year's state championship squad are playing golf at Division I colleges, which means the Raiders will be forced to reload if they want to repeat.

"It'll be fun, because it's very wide open. Going into last year, we really had three guys who were exceptional golfers. There wasn't a lot of mystery who our best players would be," Rogers said.  "This year there's a lot of good young players who have the opportunity to step up."

If past accomplishments are any indication, the Raiders possess the perfect road map for remaining on top. According to Rogers, the key to sustaining success is developing his players as young men first, and as golfers second.

"The mission of our team is the same as in school — to become better people and develop character. I've already been in conversation with (our captains) about how they really want to focus on making sure we have a bond as a team," Rogers said. "The older guys look after the younger guys and they take care of each other and develop as gentlemen."

Despite graduating a number of excellent players, including last year's individual champion Spencer Painton, Regis Jesuit will hardly be devoid of experience going into the season.

Senior Jack Lazzeri, one of the team's three captains, returns after placing in a tie for 26th in last fall's state meet. And Rogers, who has a long history of defending championships to point to as proof, knows where character and consistency comes from — it's passed down from one class to the next.

"What we've done really, really, well is just get kids who are enthusiastic, good character kids, who kind of fall in love with the game," Rogers said. "They see the older kids that are having a lot of success, how they carry themselves, and how they work at it. And they kind of see themselves being that guy someday.

"If we do a really good job with character first, golf will follow."

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Girls Golf: Kupcho-led Colorado team finishes 14th at Girls’ Junior Americas Cup
8/11/2014

Regis Jesuit's Weinstein, Murray contribute to state result in Washington

By COURTNEY OAKES

WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON | Made up of half Regis Jesuit High School players in junior-to-be Mary Weinstein and sophomore-to-be Jaclyn Murray, Team Colorado finished 14th at the 2014 Girls’ Junior Americas Cup Tournament that wrapped up Thursday.

Throwing out the highest score, the Colorado group — which also included Class 4A state champion Jennifer Kupcho of Jefferson Academy and Cheyenne Mountain star Kylee Sullivan — finished with a three-round total of 58-over-par 706, putting it just one shot behind Southern Nevada and five strokes ahead of Utah in the 37th annual event played at Walla Walla Country Club.

Kupcho continued an outstanding summer of golf by finishing in a tie for eighth overall in the field of players from a variety of Western states, plus Mexico and British Columbia. The senior-to-be fired a 1-under-par 71 in the final round to finish at 3-over 219 for the tournament.

Weinstein — a key member of the Regis Jesuit team that won the 5A state team championship in the spring — fired rounds of 5-over-par 77 to open and close the tournament, sandwiched around a 9-over 81 on Wednesday, to finish in a tie for 37th at plus-19. Murray, meanwhile, finished tied for 68th with a total of 43-over 259 on rounds of 87, 84 and 88.

Sullivan shot a pair of 85s and ended up 60th in the final standings at 252.

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Girls Golf: Murray, Weinstein represent Colorado at Girls’ Junior Americas Cup
8/1/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON | Half of the team that helped Regis Jesuit win the Class 5A girls state golf tournament in the spring makes up half of a team from Colorado with bigger goals.

Junior-to-be Mary Weinstein and sophomore-to-be Jaclyn Murray — part of the Raiders’ 5A title win in May at Raccoon Creek G.C. — seek success for the state, as they team with Jennifer Kupcho and Kylee Sullivan on Colorado’s team at the 2014 Girls’ Junior Americas Cup tournament Tuesday through Thursday at the Walla Walla Country Club.

The Colorado contingent takes on an elite field of other teams from a variety of states — several from California, plus Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming — along with international visitors from British Columbia and Mexico in the 37th annual tournament, which is back in the state where it began in 1978.

Each team is made up of four players who each play 54 holes, with three scores contributing to the team score. The highest score is thrown out.

All four Colorado team members are coming off successful high school seasons in the spring, as Weinstein and Murray were part of the 5A state champion — as well as the 2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Golf Team — Sullivan keyed Cheyenne Mountain to the 4A state title and Kupcho of Jefferson Academy won the 4A individual title by a whopping 14 strokes.

Kupcho — a Wake Forest recruit — is the only one of the foursome with Junior Americas Cup experience. She played in the tournament last year when Colorado finished third behind Mexico and Southern California and also in 2012.

Players from Aurora programs have history in the tournament recently. Regis Jesuit graduate Kathleen Kershisnik was selected to the Colorado team in both 2009 — when Overland grad Somin Lee was also on a team that finished 11th — and in 2010, when Colorado placed 10th.

The Girls’ Junior Americas Cup rotates states and is next scheduled to be played in Colorado in 2018.

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Golf: Regis Jesuit grad Spencer Painton ties for 29th at Optimist International Junior Golf Championships
8/1/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA | Spencer Painton more than held his own against a talented group of golfers fromaround the world at the 2014 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships.

The recent Regis Jesuit High School graduate and future University of Kansas Jayhawk golfer rebounded from a tough first round at the PGA National Resort & Spa with three straight qualify rounds, including a 1-over-par 73 in Tuesday’s final round that lifted him into a tie for 29th in the overall standings.

A day after shooting a 1-under-par 71 that helped him become one of the top 54 players to advance to the final round, Painton turned in a 1-over 73 on the same Fazio Course. A double bogey on Hole No. 8 sent him into the back nine at 2-over, but a pair of birdies — including one on the par 5 Hole No. 17 that he bogeyed the previous day — put him in the clubhouse at 1-over for the day.

Painton — the Class 5A individual boys state golf champion and member of a team that won its fourth consecutive team title — finished his four rounds with an 11-over-par total of 299, easily the best score among the four Colorado players who made the cut.

Four shots behind Painton came Westminster’s Li Chen, who shot 303 to tie for 42nd, while Grant Rogers of Boulder and Ross Macdonald of Castle Rock each came in at 304 to finish in a three-way tie for 45th.

V. Rattanaphiboonk of Petchaburi, Thailand, took control of the tournament with an opening round 64 and hardly slowed the rest of the way as he finished at 12-under, six shots in front of Rodrigo Rivas of Santiago, Chile.

A pair of players from Regis Jesuit qualified for the girls 15-18 Optimist tournament, but only Sydney Gillespie played. Jaclyn Murray, who won the Optimist qualifying tournament, gave up her spot so she could play for Colorado in the 37th Girls’ Junior Amateur Cup July 29-31 in Walla Walla, Washington.

Gillespie finished at a plus-28 244 in three rounds and missed the cut to advance.

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Golf: Painton shoots 1-under-par in 3rd round of Optimist International Junior Golf Championships to advance
7/29/2014

Former Regis Jesuit star shoots 71 to stay alive at elite tournament in Florida

By COURTNEY OAKES

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA | It’s hard for many golf courses to keep Spencer Painton down.

In his second crack at the Fazio Course at the PGA National Resort & Spa, the Regis Jesuit High School graduate and University of Kansas signee shot 11 strokes better and made the cut as part of 54 players left from a worldwide field of 16-18 boys at the 2014 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships.
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Painton — the individual Class 5A boys state golf champion — fired a 1-under-par 71 Monday with a round that included just a single bogey, two birdies on par 3 holes and 15 pars. It was a stark contrast to his first round on the course, which saw him make bogey or worse on nine holes, par six and birdie two.

The third round performance helped lift Painton — who shot a 73 on the Palmer Course Sunday — into a tie for 38th overall, tied with Castle Rock’s Ross Macdonald for best score among the four Coloradans in the boys 16-18 division at plus-10 226. All four Colorado players made the cut, as Boulder’s Grant Rogers and Westminster’s Li Chen each finished at plus-12 228 to sneak in under the cutoff.

The final round is scheduled for Tuesday on the same Fazio Course, with Painton drawing an 8:20 a.m. ET tee time along with Pedro Gil of Mexico and Yu Chuan Hsiang of Indio, California. V. Rattanaphiboonk of Petchaburi, Thailand, is the runaway tournament leader at 14-under 202 through three rounds.

Sydney Gillespie, a senior-to-be at Regis Jesuit, missed the cut by seven strokes in the girls 15-18 classification.

Gillespie carded a plus-9 81 in Monday’s third round to finish at plus-28 244 for the tournament. She also shot an 81 in her previous round and an 82 to open on Saturday.

Only one of five Colorado girls qualifiers made the cut — which sat at plus-21 — as Lakewood’s Gillian Vance rode an even-par 72 in her third round into a tie for eighth overall at plus-13.

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Regis Jesuit finishes 12th in national athletic department ranking
7/24/2014

By Ryan Casey

AURORA — Regis Jesuit was the lone Colorado school to finish in the top 25 of the CBS MaxPreps Cup rankings, which honor the top all-around athletic departments across the nation.

The Raiders finished 12th with 739 overall points for the 2013-14 school year. Bentonville (Arkansas) topped the national rankings. Montana was the only other state from the Rocky Mountain region with a school in the top 25, as Bozeman finished No. 18.

The MaxPreps Cup rankings are determined on a points system which factors in state championship, runner-up finishes, playoff classification size, state size and type of sport. MaxPreps' Computer Rankings and Xcellent 25 Rankings are also used, as are Dyestat's national track and cross country rankings, and On The Mat's wrestling rankings.

Regis Jesuit won six state championships in 2013-14 — all in Class 5A: boys golf, boys lacrosse, boys swimming, girls basketball, girls golf and girls swimming.

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Big season lands Regis Jesuit 12th in country in CBS MaxPreps Cup rankings
7/24/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

The final numbers prove Regis Jesuit High School’s fantastic 2013-14 athletic season ranked right up among the best in country.

According to the CBS MaxPreps Cup national rankings released on July 22 (and listed below), the Aurora high school — which has a separate Boys Division and Girls Division — had the 12th-most successful athletic program in the country according to a formula that awards points based on championship or runner-up finishes in state and association level. The size of playoff classification, size of state and type of sport (major vs. minor) also was factored into the formula.

Regis Jesuit captured a total of six Class 5A team championships in 2013-14 including 5A titles in boys and girls swimming, boys and girls golf, girls basketball and boys lacrosse. The school’s baseball team finished as the runner-up to Rocky Mountain. The results netted the school 739 points, putting Regis Jesuit just ahead of Westminster (Atlanta) with a 13th-place total of 732 and just behind Rock Bridge (Columbia, Missouri), which came in 11th with 743.

No other Colorado high school appeared in this season’s MaxPreps top 25. Cherry Creek won top honors for Colorado in 2012-13 and finished 23rd in the national rankings.

Bentonville, Ark., was the clear No. 1 program in 2013-14 with a total of eight state championships.

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Golf: Regis Jesuit grad Chris Korte stopped in match play of final U.S. Amateur Pub Links
7/24/2014

University of Denver signee makes top 64 as tourney ends after 89 years

By COURTNEY OAKES

NEWTON, KANSAS | Chris Korte is even better since the end of a successful prep golf career at Regis Jesuit High School.

Korte, one of the members of the Regis Jesuit boys golf team that captured a fourth straight Class 5A state championship last October, was one of just three Colorado players to qualify for the prestigious 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links Tournament and he was the only one to qualify for the match play portion of the tournament, which is coming to an end after the weekend conclusion of its 89th edition.

The University of Denver signee earned his way into the top 64 spots to advance to match play in the tournament, which was played for the final time on the 7,365-yard, par 71 Sand Creek Station Golf Course. Korte’s tournament came to end on Wednesday as Brandon Kida of Layton, Utah, defeated him 3 and 2, meaning Kida had won three more holes than Korte with just two remaining in the match play format, which brings the match to an end.

Korte trailed by as many as five holes against Kida after 10 rounds, but birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 13 to pull back within two. The golfers halved hole No. 14, Kida won No. 15 with a birdie and the match ended when the players halved No. 16.

In two rounds of stroke play July 14-15, Korte shot rounds of 72 both times to put himself easily into the match play portion. In stroke play, Korte had a par-filled first round, then recorded six birdies in his second round, including five on the back nine.

Meanwhile, the other two Coloradans in the field of golfers from 43 states and 13 countries between the ages of 15 and 57 — Cole Nygren of Longmont and Colorado Springs’ Cameron Harrell — failed to advance out of stroke play.

Nygren, who won the qualifying tournament on June 17 at Longmont’s Twin Peaks Golf Course by a stroke over Korte and Harrell, finished at plus-10 for his two rounds, while Harrell came in at plus-5.

Korte’s Regis Jesuit teammate — Kansas signee Spencer Painton, the 5A individual state champion — finished five strokes out of a qualifying spot in Longmont. Painton will play in next week’s Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., however.

The U.S. Amateur Pub Links tournament was played at Aurora’s Murphy Creek Golf Course in 2008.

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Spring All-City 2014: Runner-up Regis Jesuit heavy on All-City Baseball Team
7/24/2014

Many Raiders' bats, arms among Aurora’s diamond best

By COURTNEY OAKES

Members of the 2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Baseball team pose June 17 at Regis Jesuit High School. Back row, from left, Regis Jesuit’s Justin Thaxton, Jack Brett and Brent Schwarz. Middle row, from left, Overland’s Dario Villagomez and Joe Slocum and Grandview’s Tanner Thomas, front. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

One of the most talented baseball teams to come through Aurora came up just short of winning the Class 5A state championship, but impressed from first pitch to last.

A significant number of players from the Regis Jesuit team that lost to Rocky Mountain by a run in the 5A state championship game found their way onto the 2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Baseball Team, as selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with voting of city coaches. Grandview — which also lost to the Lobos in the postseason — Overland and Cherokee Trail also have representation among the city’s diamond best.

When he took over as head coach, Matt Darr could hardly believe the talent he had at his disposal with Regis Jesuit. A slew of players had already signed with Division I programs and others committed, which gave the Raiders the look on paper of a state contender. Aside from an opening loss to Arapahoe, Regis Jesuit looked that part the entire season.

For his fourth varsity season, Max George moved from second base to shortstop with the graduation of Brody Weiss and flourished. With a blend of power and speed, George hit a team-best .458 and also topped the Raiders in runs scored (31) and stolen bases (10), while his 33 hits matched teammate Justin Thaxton for a team high as well. His base hits included nine doubles, two triples and three home runs and he knocked in 24 runs.

George couldn’t have had a much better season, as he was named Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year and Continental League Player of the Year and heard his name called by the hometown Colorado Rockies in the sixth round of the June Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He passed on his scholarship to Oregon State when he was able to work out a contract with the Rockies for roughly $620,000 — significantly higher than the usual amount offered to players drafted in that spot — and was assigned to Single-A Grand Junction.

Thaxton had an even better season statistically than George in a few categories. The Pacific-bound infielder — who also saw time in the outfield and pitched when needed — finished second in 5A with nine home runs on the season, including three in a single postseason game, and also tied George for the team lead with nine doubles. Thaxton finished with a robust .452 batting average and also tied George for base hits with 33, while his team-leading total of 32 RBI tied him for fourth in all of 5A and he also scored 30 times to boot.

Senior catcher Jack Brett considered himself very lucky to work with so many quality pitchers and the effectiveness of the staff and the rest of the defense helped limit the traffic on the bases in a major way. According to MaxPreps’ statistics, Brett — who committed to Willamette University in Oregon after the season — wasn’t charged with an error in 164 total chances.

That pitching staff was outstanding, even though senior left-hander David Peterson sat on the shelf after suffering a fractured fibula prior to the season. Junior right-hander Brent Schwarz — who verbally committed to Rice — stepped into the lead role on the mound and posted a 7-2 record with a 2.54 ERA in 49 2/3 innings. He pitched to contact with a strong defense behind him, but also did it himself on occasion, including a school record 15 strikeout performance against Westminster in the playoffs.

Peterson missed two months of action, but returned to form in the 24 1/3 innings he logged. The left-hander pitched primarily in relief and posted a 3-0 record with a save and a 1.15 ERA. In his last start of the season, Peterson logged seven innings in a complete game win over Mountain Vista that kept Regis Jesuit alive in the 5A Championship Series. The Oregeon signee and eventual 28th round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox still managed to strike out 40 batters despite his lengthy absence.

In the batting order, Brett provided another left-handed threat and finished third on the team among regulars with a .419 batting average, finished third with 31 total hits and second in both home runs (5) and RBI (30).

While Regis Jesuit had definite star power, there’s no doubt senior Zach Woodruff and sophomore Quin Cotton made key contributions in the outfield.

The versatile Woodruff filled several roles for the Raiders and was especially important as a spark at the bottom of the batting order. He pounded out 23 hits and recorded a .404 batting average from the No. 9 spot and also drove in 16 runs.

Cotton used his blend of power and speed to assert himself in key moments and several of his 19 RBI came in key moments, including a late two-run homer to lift Regis Jesuit over ThunderRidge in a key Continental League contest. Playing in either of the corner outfield spots, Cotton robbed a number of players of hits with his ability to get to track down balls.

Though Overland finished just 6-13 overall, it was competitive just about every time out. The Trailblazers lost four Centennial League games by two runs and also dropping an extra inning non-league contest with Rangeview by a run.

Overland had some significant horses to build around in senior pitcher Dario Villagomez and senior infielder Joe Slocum, who each attempted to set the tone for some of the team’s promising young players.

Villagomez keyed the Trailblazers’ pitching staff for the fourth straight season and the Garden City C.C. (Kansas)-bound lefty ranked seventh in all of 5A with his 1.53 ERA.

In 45 2/3 innings, Villagomez racked up 65 total strikeouts and blew past the Overland school record for career whiffs by 20. He posted a 3-1 record with two complete games, including a three-hit shutout of Grandview with 13 Ks.

Slocum joined Villagomez on the All-Centennial League first team for the second straight season with a big offensive season that saw him lead Centennial League and Aurora hitters with a .523 batting average. Crediting hard work with a SwingAway hitting trainer at his house and the ability to concentrate on every at-bat the same way no matter how much or little success he’d had beforehand, Slocum pounded out 34 base hits — including eight doubles — and finished one shy of the team lead with 19 RBI.

Defensively, Slocum wasn’t totally pleased with his play at shortstop, but is looking forward to working on his game at Otero J.C.

Grandview, which graduated plenty from a team that reached the 5A Final Four in 2013, had a difficult start to the season as new players adjusted to new roles and returned from a tournament in Las Vegas after spring break with a 3-6 record.

Senior right-handed pitcher Tanner Thomas caught fire when the team got back into Centennial League play and the bats also started to awaken, as coach Dean Adams‘ Wolves finished the season 8-4 to become the only other Aurora team besides Regis Jesuit to qualify for the 5A district playoffs.

Thomas, who signed with the University of Utah during the season, gave the Wolves 49 2/3 innings of strong work on the mound. He threw a five-inning no-hitter against Arapahoe in a game with howling winds and finished with a 4-0 record and 2.25 ERA. His 57 strikeouts — against just 18 walks — ranked in the top 10 in 5A.

In his final three prep starts, Thomas was absolutely brilliant, as he allowed just a single run in 19 innings with 24 strikeouts.

Junior infielder Eric Mingus and junior outfielder Keifer Glau each garnered All-Centennial League first team honors as linchpins for the Wolves. Mingus, who took over at shortstop for graduated Jake Thurston, hit a team-best .500 and led the team with 28 hits — including nine for extra bases — and 25 runs scored in addition to 16 RBI.

Glau — a standout football player as well — had an outstanding season with a .429 batting average, finished second on the team in both hits (24) and runs scored (20) along with 17 RBI and a handful of stolen bases.

Cherokee Trail finished an atypical 6-13, but still had plenty of key pieces.

Senior Alex Achtermann — who will join friend fellow pitcher Villagomez at Garden City — made the All-Centennial League first team in a utility role for his variety of contributions to the Cougars. As Cherokee Trail’s top pitcher, the left-hander tossed a team-high 39 2/3 innings and had a 2-4 record with a 3.53 ERA, while he also hit .448 in his 29 at-bats.

Junior Nick Leisge also made the all-league first team as well, as he hit safely in 17 of the Cougars’ 19 games and racked up a sparkling .448 batting average.

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Spring All-City 2014: State champion Regis Jesuit lends deep talent to All-City boys lax team
7/1/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

None of the players on the Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse team wanted the magical 2014 season to come to an end.

Ultimately, the campaign had to come to a close, but the Raiders at least ended it with the Class 5A state championship trophy they’d been singularly focused on.

Several members of the Regis Jesuit team that lost just one game and handled Cherry Creek 14-7 in the 5A state title game on May 17 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High make up the 2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Lacrosse Team, as selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with voting by city coaches.

Coach Jim Soran’s Regis Jesuit dominated in just about every phase of the game during its 18-1 season, especially on offense, where it was the most prolific attack in 5A with 243 goals scored (12.8 per game).

Junior midfielder Chet Dunstan led the South Suburban League with 53 goals and junior attackman Matt Soran added 45, while junior attackman Ben Bechter (39 goals) and senior midfielder Aaron Horvat (22 goals, league-leading 43 assists) also packed offensive punch. Junior midfielder Chase Konkel’s size and ability to create shots helped him net 19 goals to boot.

Like many of his teammates, Dunstan felt Regis Jesuit’s lone loss of the season — a 10-5 defeat to Cherry Creek late in the regular season — primed the team for its run through the playoffs.

“Right off the bat, they scored a couple of goals and we were down. We thought we would come back, but they kept scoring and scoring and we didn’t know what to do,” Dunstan said. “I’m glad we actually lost that game, because it made us realize we had to play harder to go to state and win.”

Dunstan, who was verbally committed to the Air Force Academy, racked up 15 goals in the Raiders’ four playoff games.

Matt Soran didn’t get to finish last season due to injury, but thankfully came through his junior year unscathed. The attackman’s two highest-scoring games came in the postseason when he tallied five goals in the quarterfinals against Mullen and in the championship game against Cherry Creek.

“We trusted that we knew were everybody on the field was going to be; we all trusted each other and were brothers,” Soran said. “I never wanted the season to end…we know we’re going to have a big target on us next season, so I’m looking forward to maintaining that and keeping it going.”

Soran is playing around the country this summer and looking at possible schools to play at on the East Coast.

Mercer-bound senior Will Deines  picked up the strong tradition of outstanding Regis Jesuit defenders and helped coordinate a physical unit that stood strong  in front of athletic junior goaltender Brett  Quartuccio. The group helped Regis Jesuit allow a 5A-low 5.158 goals per game.

Deines — the latest of the Raiders’ tone-setting senior defensemen — enjoyed every minute of his time watching the team grow.

“It was easy to lead this team and they all just full developed themselves,” Deines said. “You could see a big jump from last year in maturity and overall I couldn’t see us not winning state…I wish I had another year at Regis honestly to win another one; it’s just addicting.”

Sophomore Alec Barnes’ work on faceoffs was vital in giving Regis Jesuit possession to continue its momentum or to end that of opponents and also recorded a number of key goals on the break as well.

Bechter, Deines, Dunstan, Konkel and Quartuccio were selected for the annual Froelicher-Toll All-State Game.

Cherokee Trail had a defensive stalwart in the back in senior Jordan Calhoun, who signed with Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Calhoun, a first team All-Centennial League selection, and all-league second teamer Mason Bode as a long stick midfielder played a big role as the Cougars (8-7) allowed the third-fewest goals among conference teams. Bode averaged 8.1 groundballs per game, best among long stick middies in Aurora.

Calhoun felt playing in the Centennial League against outstanding teams like Cherry Creek and Arapahoe helped make him a better player.

“That’s the best part of our league, going against some of the best teams around; Creek is always challenging for state, so it’s good to get that look,” Calhoun said. “They had a ton of strong attackmen and they were very fast. It’s a great look and they do challenge you and make you work hard as a defense.”

Grandview downed Cherokee Trail to win the inaugural Predators Cup and managed to finish third in the Centennial League with a 4-3 mark. Senior midfielder Jackson Crawford and senior defender Alex Trujillo each played at a first-team all-conference level.

Overland sophomore D’Angelo Rivas played his way onto the All-Centennial League first team with a huge season. The attackman finished second in total points in the Centennial League with 81, including 41 goals and league-best 40 assists.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Football: Regis Jesuit standout lineman Tim Lynott verbally commits to Colorado
7/1/2014

Highly-recruited lineman to follow former teammate Hasselbach to Boulder

By COURTNEY OAKES

BOULDER | The pipeline of football talent from Aurora prep programs to the University of Colorado got stronger Saturday.

Four-star offensive lineman Tim Lynott — a senior-to-be at Regis Jesuit High School — announced his verbal commitment to coach Mike MacIntyre’s Buffaloes, ending a lengthy recruiting process that saw him receive double-digit Division I scholarship offers.

The physical 6-foot-4, 295-pounder — who had narrowed down his list to five schools, all in the Pac-12 Conference — announced his decision via Twitter with the message: “I’m proud to say that I’ve decided to stay home and play football for the University of Colorado! #GoBuffs” along with his picture with a Colorado No. 56 jersey on.

Lynott became the third high-profile football player from an Aurora school to commit to Colorado, joining Class of 2014 signees Terran Hasselbach — a defensive end and good friend who played with Lynott at Regis Jesuit when the Raiders went 9-2 last season — and Cherokee Trail safety Evan White.

Lynott also had reported offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, Kansas State, Miami, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah State, Washington State and Wyoming.

Another Regis Jesuit product, wide receiver Robert Orban, is currently on Colorado’s roster.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Regis Jesuit offensive lineman Tim Lynott verbally commits to CU Buffs
7/1/2014

The Denver Post staff

Colorado added to its 2015 recruiting class Saturday when Regis Jesuit offensive lineman Tim Lynott committed to the Buffaloes, Rivals.com reported.

Lynott, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound guard, had scholarship offers from a number of major programs, including Oregon, UCLA, Arkansas and Kansas State. He is ranked as a four-star prospect by several recruiting services.

Lynott is Colorado's fifth verbal commitment for the 2015 class.

A commitment is non-binding until a player signs a national letter of intent.

Lynott announced he is verbally committing to play football at the University of Colorado Saturday via Twitter. "I'm proud to say I've decided to stay home and play football for the University of Colorado! #GoBuffs," he tweeted.

Lynott is rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout. He is the fifth verbal commitment for CU's 2015 class.

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

 

Spring All-City 2014: Wolves, Cougars heavy on 2014 All-City Boys Track Team
6/24/2014

Cherokee Trail, Grandview great at state though title got away

By COURTNEY OAKES

Both Grandview and Cherokee Trail can count the many ways that the Class 5A boys state track championship got away from them, but the Cougars and Wolves excelled at the season-ending meet.

Athletes from those two powerhouses that finished second and third, respectively, behind Fountain-Fountain Fort Carson at the May 15-17 meet at Jefferson County Stadium make up a large share of the 2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Track Team, which is based primarily on state results.

A dropped baton in the prelims of the 4×400 meter relay ultimately spelled doom to Cherokee Trail’s hopes of winning a second consecutive 5A crown, as the Cougars watched helplessly as Fountain-Fort Carson and Grandview battled in the final race with the title at stake.

Senior Brandon Singleton did his best to put Cherokee Trail in position to win. The Oklahoma State-bound speedster — running “angry” after getting edged at the finish line of the 4×200 meter relay a day earlier — claimed state titles in both the 200 and 400 meters and finished off the Cougars’ second place result in the 4×100 on the final day.

Seniors Mar’Keith Bailey and Evan White and sophomore Quincey Voss ran the first three legs of the 4×200, which ended when Fountain-Fort Carson’s anchor runner edge Singleton at the finish line before both runners’ momentum took them to the ground.

Junior Ivan Johnson led off the 4×100 relay for Cherokee Trail.

Individually, senior Harley Korte and junior Kyree Herron performed well for the Cougars, as Korte cleared 14 feet, 6 inches, to take fourth in the pole vault and a leap of 45 feet, 6 inches, landed Herron — who also ran on the 4×100 relay — third in the triple jump.

Grandview got big performances from senior JR Smith and junior Triston Sisneros, who combined to place in three events.

Sisneros led Aurora hurdlers in both the 110 (3rd) and 300 (2nd) events and ran with Nick Ferguson, Isaiah Lang and Beau Martinez on the Wolves’ sixth-place 4×400 relay, while Smith earned a podium spot in all three jumping events, topped by his runner-up result in the long jump.

Smoky Hill’s Blake Yount battled to the wire for a state championship in the 800 meters, but lost on a lean to Denver East star Cerake Geberkidane. Yount still finished the season with his name in the state recordbooks with the time of 1 minute, 51.63 seconds he ran at the Centennial League Championships.

Yount didn’t medal in the 1,600, but was the lone Aurora athletes to make state in the event, while seniors Ryan Parker and Jemal Ali, junior Cody Miller and sophomore Philipp Coen made up Aurora’s only qualifying team in the 4×800 meter relay. The Buffaloes finished 17th.

Aurora sprinters grabbed a total of seven medals in the 100 and 200 finals and Regis Jesuit senior John Schmidt was in the thick of both. He finished second behind Singleton in the 200 and led city runners with his third-place showing in the 100. Sophomore Austin Campbell placed second in the high jump.

Eaglecrest senior Deyon Sizer led Aurora throwers in the shot put (3rd) and was the city’s lone athlete to qualify in the discus, though he scratched all three of his state tries.

The 3,200 meter run was the only event in which no Aurora athlete qualified for the state meet, so the All-City slot goes to Miller of Smoky Hill, who ran the best time of any city athlete this season in the event with his 9:55.52 at the Centennial League Championships.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Swimming: Three Regis Jesuit relay teams earn NISCA All-American honors
6/24/2014

Trio of state championship-winning groups recognized among nation's best

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The three relay teams that played a big role in helping the Regis Jesuit girls swim team win the Class 5A state championship in the winter season landed on the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches All-American list for the 2013-14 season.

With the victory of the 400 yard freestyle relay team of junior Taylor Wilson, sophomores Lindsay Painton and Emily Protz and freshman Samantha Smith, coach Nick Frasersmith’s Raiders managed to hold off Fairview by a scant 6.5 points to win its second straight 5A state title and first without graduated star Missy Franklin.

That 400 freestyle relay team clocked a time of 3 minutes, 27.74 seconds, which put it 31st among the 100 teams from across the country that made it onto the NISCA All-American list, and netted the group the 5A crown in the event by 0.42 of a second.

Painton also combined with fellow sophomore Amy Lenderink, junior Sydney Cutler and freshman Jennae Frederick on the 200 medley relay that finished in 1:45.93, the 65th-best time in the country, and won a 5A state title as well.

Lenderink, Smith and Wilson earned their second All-American results as part of the 200 freestyle relay team along with freshman Isabella Schulze, the 89th-swiftest team on the All-American list with a championship-winning time of 1:36.96.

Sophomore diver McKensi Austin — Regis Jesuit’s lone individual state champion — landed on the NISCA All-American diving list released a week earlier.

The Regis Jesuit boys swim team had three relay teams and six individuals earn NISCA All-American honors.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Dave Sanders Award winner: Carl Mattei, Regis Jesuit girls basketball
6/23/2014

By Neil H. Devlin

He's Canadian. And whether it's a few seconds, minutes or hours into a conversation, irrepressible Regis Jesuit girls basketball coach Carl Mattei will let you know about it as sure as the Stanley Cup is presented each spring.

"Oh, he's one to tell you he's Canadian," recently graduated guard Anna Ptasinski said. "And he's into ice hockey. Whenever the (Vancouver) Canucks lost, we had a little harder practice the next day.

"He always talks about Vancouver, says he misses it and loved it, but can't imagine leaving here. It's just an excuse for his craziness. It's a great craziness that everyone loves."

The Denver Post 2014 Dave Sanders Colorado Coach Award winner's Raiders program, which he began 11 years ago, has wrested control of Class 5A by winning the past two titles.

The Raiders are 219-41 with the 48-year-old Mattei running the program, with state three titles, two runner-up finishes and final four showings in nine of 10 varsity seasons.

Plus, in finishing 26-2 in 2013-14 and undefeated in Colorado, Regis Jesuit ended No. 3 nationally by both USA Today and MaxPreps, the highest-ever season-ending ranking for a team from this state. The amazing season sparked talk of the Raiders being the state's best on record.

Just don't expect him to tell you about it.

"We're Canadians; look at Joe Sakic and how selfless he was when playing," said Mattei, who earned his dual citizenship two years ago. "People who work hard are respectful. Canadians and hockey players are very respectful individuals."

"Soft spot" to help girlsThe son of a Romanian father and a mother from York, England, may not have had much in terms of possessions while growing up in Vancouver, but he learned more than ending his sentences with "eh?" and pronouncing out as "oat." His real accent is caring about young women.

"I've always had a soft spot for them. I really wanted to help girls out," said Mattei, who has spent his entire career coaching girls. "I've connected with them, they care, they work hard, they give you their soul. As a young coach, if they know you like them, they will run through the wall for you. They appreciate it."

They should. Mattei has sent 29 players to Division I colleges on scholarship.

"Definitely," said the Raiders' Kelsi Lidge, who will play at Drexel. "He's a fun coach and knows when to push us and have a laugh at practice. He has always tried to do what was best for us."

Mattei competed in volleyball, soccer, basketball and track at a Canadian secondary school before moving on to Trinity Western University in British Columbia, then the University of Colorado for a master's degree. His first job was at his collegiate alma mater before his trek to the U.S.

"In sports, you die to come to the States," he said. "To be a player or coach here is almost hitting the pinnacle. You've hit the highest level."

In 1989, Mattei became the head coach for the Colorado Christian University women's team. He later was an assistant at CU, then headed Cherry Hills Christian and Douglas County before landing at Regis Jesuit. He also started the Mile Hi Magic club team and may have as many female hoops connections as anyone in Colorado.

"He was my first hire as (Raiders girls athletic director) 11 years ago," John Koslosky said. "I can't think of a guy who has put in as much time and effort, sacrificed his family and his own life, really, to get scholarships for kids — and not just his own kids."

Respect for Sanders

Recently retired Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis, a friend of Sanders who was near him on the day of the massacre, has been amazed at the growth of the school and program.

"I'll tell you, Regis has changed so much from when we were growing up in north Denver," DeAngelis said. "Now, it's out there (in southeastern Aurora), and they've just done a great job. The whole program, academically and athletically, has done some really good things."

While Mattei didn't know Sanders personally, he knew of him firsthand — Mattei's wife, Kim, graduated from Columbine in 1983 and had Sanders as her typing teacher.

"I never coached against him, but I know he had respected programs," Mattei said. "Kim spoke very highly of him: a great guy with a sense of humor.

"It's incredible to see what he did in terms of protecting kids. He actually laid his life on the line, the greatest gift. He knew it wasn't about Dave Sanders; it's about kids. I hope I would have the same courage to do what he did, showing true love for children."

Mattei has shown nothing but class. He refuses to take the bait when others point to Regis Jesuit's more open enrollment.

"Ignorance," he said. "And we don't have a feeder school."

He scored 48 points in his final game as a schoolboy but has never had one of his Raiders average more than 15.3 in a season.

"I wasn't much of a passer, but now I teach passing," he said. "This is about team ball."

Coming from humble beginnings has only shaped his character into adulthood. He has no prejudices, makes no prejudgments. After all, he's Canadian.

"We all came from something," he said. "Let it go."

Read the full article and more about the Dave Sanders Award at The Denver Post.

 

Boys Basketball: Smoky Hill, Regis Jesuit, Eaglecrest open 2-0 at Centennial vs. Continental Challenge
6/20/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

LITTLETON | The Continental League won the first day, but the war is far from over in the Centennial vs. Continental League Challenge boys basketball tournament.

Continental League teams went a combined 11-5 against Centennial League squads — including Regis Jesuit’s 2-0 showing — Thursday on the opening day of the inaugural tournament pitting the two powerhouse conferences against each other, but two days of play remain at Heritage High School.

Only two Centennial League teams emerged unbeaten as coach Keenon Clement’s Smoky Hill squad and an Eaglecrest team minus head coach John Olander won both of their games to start.

The Buffaloes worked in a variety of new faces around returners Dalontae Kelly, Octavian Walker and D’mitri Newson and played with the same tough, scrappy energy they had last year on their way to victories over Chaparral and Rock Canyon.

Eaglecrest, meanwhile, gained a measure of revenge for an overtime Great 8 loss to Mountain Vista by blasting the Golden Eagles 77-54. The Raptors got a big shot in the arm from the play of senior guard Peter Anderson, who scored regularly on transition baskets and a few deep 3-pointers.

Anderson also played well, as did seniors Blend Avdili and Elijah Ross — who got back just in time from a visit to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, where he received his first scholarship offer — in the Raptors’ second game against Legend. Eaglecrest rallied from a deficit as large as 17 points in the first half and roared back for a 60-53 victory.

Cherokee Trail split its two games — with one the losses coming to Regis Jesuit — while an Overland team without stars De’Ron Davis and Austin Conway and others dropped both its contests, as did Grandview under new coach Michael Rogers.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Boys Swimming: Aurora swimmers net 14 NISCA All-American awards for 2014 season
6/20/2014

Regis Jesuit, Grandview, Smoky Hill all net at least one national honor

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The city’s boys swim strength in the 2014 season was reflected in the All-American honors doled out this week by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA).

A total of 14 performances from Aurora swimmers landed on NISCA’s annual list that came out Wednesday, with swimmers from Regis Jesuit, Grandview and Smoky Hill high schools receiving honors.

All three relay teams for Class 5A state champion Regis Jesuit received All-American status, including the 400 yard freestyle team of seniors Hennessey Stuart, Mitchell Bruckman, Chris Dawson and Austin Phillips, which ranked No. 3 in the country with the Colorado state record time of 3 minutes, 0.43 seconds they posted at the conclusion of the state meet May 17 at Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center.

The 200 medley unit of Hennessey Stuart and juniors Quinlan Stuart, Chris Morales and Will Pieseski and the 200 freestyle team of Dawson, Morales, Phillips and Pieseski also swam their way onto the All-American list.

Individually, Hennessey Stuart — the 5A Swimmer of the Year — finished second in the country with the time of 46.80 seconds he recorded in the 100 backstroke, a time that ranked only behind the 46.65 clocked by Michael Thomas of Hatboro Horsham in Pennsylvania. Stuart also earned All-American status in the 200 individual medley, which he also won at the state meet, and in the 100 freestyle with his opening split of 44.0 seconds on the 400 free relay.

The Iowa-bound Dawson earned All-American status in both the 200 and 500 freestyles, Quinlan Stuart made it in the 100 breaststroke — which he won at the state meet — as well as the 200 IM, an event that saw Bruckman become the third Regis Jesuit swimmer to achieve the All-American distinction. Phillips, a University of Utah recruit, earned his individual All-American nod in the 200 freestyle.

Junior diver Kyle Goodwin — who won his third consecutive 5A state championship — ended up on the NISCA diving All-American list released a week earlier.

Grandview had a fantastic season in the relay events with the core group of West Virginia-bound senior Triston Mosby, juniors James Boone and Alex Turner and sophomore Robin Kuebler. The Wolves’ foursome posted a time of 3:07.95 in the 400 freestyle that got them All-American distinction.

Arizona State signee Juhan Hong of Smoky Hill landed on the All-American list for his time of 4:29.55 in the 500 freestyle.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

47 Coloradans named 2013-14 NISCA All-America boys swimmers
6/20/2014

There were 47 Colorado boys swimmers who earned a spot on the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-American boys swimmers list, which was released on Wednesday.

Swimmers who recorded a top-100 time in the country in their respective events earned a spot on the list.
2013-14 NISCA All-America Swimmers.

To see the full list of swimmers, visit The Denver Post.

 

Oregon State Beavers recruit Max George signs with Colorado Rockies
6/17/2014

By Connor Letourneau

Oregon State baseball signee Max George will bypass college to join the Colorado Rockies farm system.

RockiesRoster.com, a database tracking every player in the Rockies organization, announced Monday that George has signed with Colorado. He will open his professional career with the Grand Junction Rockies, the Rookie affiliate.

George was the Beavers' highest-drafted recruit in the 2014 MLB Draft, going in the sixth round -- No. 173 overall -- to the Rockies. The assigned slot value of that selection is $259,200.

George is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound shortstop out of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo. After leading Regis Jesuit to the 5A championship game this past season, he was named the Gatorade Colorado Baseball Player of the Year. George hit .478 with three home runs, nine doubles and 24 RBIs as a senior.

Had he landed at OSU, George likely would've had a shot at starting next season. The Beavers have lost infield stalwarts Kavin Keyes and Andy Peterson.

George becomes the third Beavers signee to go professional. College of Southern Nevada outfielder Grant Heyman signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, and was assigned to the Hillsboro Hops, their Class A Short-Season affiliate. Trace Loehr, who went 19 picks after George to the Oakland A's, is with the rookie league AZL Athletics.

Six drafted OSU recruits -- right-hander Gage Hinsz (11th round), third baseman Joe Gilette (23rd), catcher Kainoa Harrison (25th), center fielder Elliot Cary (32nd), right-hander Drew Rasmussen (39th) and shortstop Mike Gretler (39th) -- have yet to sign with big-league clubs. They have until July 18 to weigh a professional contract against a Beavers career.

Note: Left fielder Michael Conforto, who became the Beavers' highest-drafted player ever when he went 10th overall earlier this month, is reportedly close to signing with the New York Mets. He would be the second OSU junior to turn pro, following left-hander Jace Fry (Chicago White Sox).

Read the full story at oregonlive.com.

Rox go above slot to sign sixth-rounder George
6/13/2014

By Cody Ulm

COLORADO -- The Rockies were able to persuade local shortstop and sixth-round Draft pick Max George to forego college and sign a bonus Thursday, MLB.com has learned. And all it took was a little extra cash.

George had already signed his letter of intent with Oregon State, but the Rockies' offer of $620,000, well above his slot value of $259,200, proved to be too much to turn down.

The Rockies were able to accomplish this after saving money on left-hander Kyle Freeland, their eighth overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft. Despite his slot value of $3,190,800, the Denver native signed for $2.3 million following some health concerns stemming from his high school medical reports.

Ryan Castellani, the No. 48 overall pick in the Draft, is also close to signing for his slot value of $1,158,000, according to a Major League source. The right-hander registered 55 strikeouts in 50 innings during his senior year at Brophy Prep in Arizona.

George hit .458 with three home runs and 24 RBIs while leading Aurora's Regis Jesuit High School to the final round of the Class 5A Championship Series. The Raiders lost there, but that didn't stop George from being named Colorado's Gatorade Player of the Year.

This past year was George's first full season playing shortstop. For most of his career, George has been a second baseman, a position he played next to Brody Weiss, son of Rockies manager Walt Weiss, at Regis Jesuit two seasons ago. Weiss also coached George for one season at Regis Jesuit before being hired by the Rockies.

Read the full article at mlb.com.

Spring All-City 2014: Dominating Regis Jesuit pool stars lead All-City Boys Swim Team
6/13/2014

Grandview’s Boone joins dominating Raiders as city bests

By COURTNEY OAKES

Every time it looks like Regis Jesuit has the best boys swim team its ever had, the Raiders one-up themselves.

That was certainly the case again in 2014, when Regis Jesuit followed up a 2013 campaign for the ages with an even better one in winning its 19th Class 5A state championship in 20 years.

Eight members of a Raiders team that won the Class 5A state championship by a whopping 220 points at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center make up nearly the entire 2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team, which is based on state meet results.

Grandview junior sprinter James Boone overcame illness at the state meet to grab the last spot on the loaded all-city squad.

One of the common denominators of last season’s and this season’s Regis Jesuit juggernauts was senior Hennessey Stuart, who was chosen 5A Swimmer of the Year and also captured the Hoyt Brawner Award as the top swimmer/student at an earlier meet.

The North Carolina State-bound Stuart won state titles in two individual events (the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard backstroke) and swam the opening leg on the all-senior 400 freestyle relay team to help lift the Raiders, who won six event titles to give Nick Frasersmith a victory in his first season as head coach taking over for dynastic architect Mike Doherty.

“Last year’s team was unbelievable, I did not expect this year’s team to step up like it did, but it raised the bar even higher,” Stuart said. “I can say now that this is the best team that’s set foot on this pool deck and I’m blessed and honored to be a part of it. ..Everything that’s happened for Regis is for a reason, it didn’t just fall in our laps. We’ve worked our butts off to get where we are at the end of the year. It just gets passed on and the freshmen see the expectations when they come in and hold each other accountable.

“We all just don’t show up and go fast…it’s all about team, tradition and training.”

The highlight of the meet came with the 400 freestyle relay, made up of the all-senior group of Stuart, Mitchell Bruckman, Christopher Dawson and Austin Phillips. The foursome touched the wall in 3 minutes, 0.84 seconds to set a Colorado state record, knocking off the seemingly-unbeatable 2013 mark of 3:00.97 set by the Regis Jesuit team of Hennessey Stuart and three Division I swimmers in Clark Smith (Texas), Zach Suter (Seton Hall) and Erik Biernat (Xavier).

Stuart came up a little short of setting an individual state record on the opening leg, but got the Raiders off to the kind of start they would need to finish it and his teammates all did their part to make it happen.

“Before we got on the blocks, everybody was cheering so loud that I think it pushed us faster than we’ve ever went,” Phillips said. “I knew it was going to be close, so I had to do everything I could being that last leg to make sure we could get it.”

Phillips, a University of Utah signee, also led city swimmers in the 200 freestyle (2nd) and 100 freestyle (5th).

Besides their parts on the record-setting relay team, the Iowa-bound Dawson (2nd in 500 freestyle) and Bruckman (3rd in 100 butterfly) paced Aurora individuals in one event each.

Both said they will never forget the final relay.

“That’s definitely a memory I’ll have forever; before the race all of us were huddled up before we walked out and it was cool with all four seniors, we talked to each other and said ‘this is our last race of high school, let’s put everything we have into it,” Dawson said. “We didn’t know if we could get that record since it was pretty incredible at that time, so it was something that was amazing to us, too. That’s not something that happens every day, so it was a perfect way to end the season.”

Added Bruckman: “Last year when they made that state record, it was like no way could that be broken again. But we seniors had an optimistic mindset and we made it count…the season was spectacular.”

Next year’s key group of seniors — including co-captains Quinlan Stuart, Christopher Morales and Will Pieseski — is ready to keep up the tradition.

Though he wasn’t happy with his times, Quinlan Stuart got to swim with his brother and Morales and Pieseski on the state-championship winning 200 medley relay, while he later won his first individual state title in the city-dominated 100 breaststroke.

“I’m happy I won the 100 breast, but I didn’t do what I wanted to time-wise,” said Stuart, who was more pleased with his fifth-place finish in the 200 IM won by his brother.

Stuart acknowledges it will be “weird” without Hennessey on the team next year, but he expects the Raiders to continue to maintain the tradition of success.

“It was nice to see we weren’t relying on a certain class for our success and we’re getting a good freshman class coming in, so we should stay strong,” he said.

Pieseski, who scored individually in the sprint freestyles, is also ready to step to the forefront as a senior as so many Regis Jesuit swimmers before him have.

“I think you see the guys that come before you and you think ‘wow, they are so big and so fast and so strong,’ then you get there and you realize, ‘hey, I’m one of those same guys now,’” he said.

Morales swam on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays and relished the Raiders’ annual post-championship celebration of diving into the pool together.

“It was definitely an awesome feeling jumping in to the pool with all my friends afterwards; that was probably the best moment of my life right there,” Morales said.

Another junior, diver Kyle Goodwin, set himself up for a historic run of four straight 5A state championship in diving after winning his third handily. Goodwin’s total of 559.25 points put him 71.60 ahead of the runner-up finisher.

“It was actually more than I wanted; I did well overall and I hit a lot of my tougher dives, so it worked out real well in the end,” said Goodwin, who was recently named a 1-meter All-American by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association for the third straight season.

“Winning four (state championships) was something I was aiming for and now that it’s a lot closer, it’s more tangible,” he added.

Boone said he battled mononucleosis during state, one of the reasons he ended up competing in the two shortest freestyle.

Even without his full energy level, Boone finished a city-best eighth in the 50 freestyle and came in fifth in the 100, one spot behind Phillips. Boone also swam on both the Wolves’ 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams that placed fifth and fourth, respectively.

“I was a little impaired during state, but for that I did pretty well,” said Boone, who finished 11th in the 500 freestyle and 14th in the 200 free in 2013.

Despite the graduation of West Virginia-bound standout Triston Mosby, Boone also expects another outstanding season for Grandview next year with fellow junior Alex Turner and sophomore Robin Kuebler set to return and some young swimmers ready to step forward.

“Losing Triston is a shame, but hopefully we can pick it up without him and place even better next year,” he said.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Spring All-City 2014: Not a perfect season for players on All-City Girls Golf Team, but state results outstanding
6/13/2014

Trio of Gillespie, Murray and Weinstein of 5A state champion Regis Jesuit leads way among Aurora's best fivesome of 2014 season; Grandview's Sahm tasted lead at state for first time, while Rangeview's Kim finished career with best finish

By COURTNEY OAKES

Aurora’s best girls golfers agreed that putting was not their forte this past season.

They did plenty of other things right, however, as the five members of the 2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Golf Team — which is based on results from the Class 5A state tournament May 20-21 at Raccoon Creek G.C. — combined to produce a state team championship and a top-10 individual finish among them.

Junior Sydney Gillespie, sophomore Mary Weinstein and freshman Jaclyn Murray of a Regis Jesuit team that won the first 5A state golf crown in program history makes up the majority of the top fivesome from city schools, while Grandview sophomore Morgan Sahm — the tournament’s co-leader after one round — and Rangeview senior Julia Kim, who posted her best career finish in three trips to state, round out the group.

Gillespie played on the Regis Jesuit team that won the 4A state championship in 2012 and her performance on the second day of the state tournament was a big factor in the Raiders’ 5A victory as well. She battled through a tough opening day when she shot a 13-over-par 85 to post a 4-over 76 in the second round, which helped coach George Miller’s team hold off Continental League rival Rock Canyon in the team standings.

“I think I learned a lot throughout the year and gained a lot of experience through playing well and not playing well,” said Gillespie, who tied for 10th individually. “I learned a lot on the first day of state and then coming back after that, so that’s the big thing I took away from this year…I knew we had a lot of talent and knew we could win, so I’m really proud of Mary and Jaclyn and Erika (sophomore Sailer) to go out and play their best.”

Gillespie plans to play a number of qualifying tournaments over the summer and hopes to give plenty of attention to her mental approach to the game and her ability to score with her short game. She’s also continuing to consider possibilities of playing golf in college.

Weinstein’s played so much golf in recent weeks that her recollection of state is blurry, but she does remember the one putt she made on the final hole. After her tee shot on No. 18, the tournament went into an hour-long delay due to lightning and a fast-moving hail storm. When it resumed, Weinstein dropped her second shot on the green and drained a short birdie putt that prompted her to leap in the air in celebration.

The putt likely sealed the state championship for the Raiders, who finished three strokes clear of Rock Canyon, which had a player still on the course after Weinstein finished.

“Putting…it needs work; I’ve been messing around with my putting; I changed it before regionals and again before state and I even got a new putter, so I’m still fixing it,” said Weinstein, who posted rounds of 79 and 82 to tie for 10th at state. “On the first day of state I was making putts, but not on the second day. But I made my last one!”

Consistency eluded Weinstein this season, although she managed to win two Continental League tournaments along the way.

“This year was some good days, some bad,” said Weinstein, who is eager to see what the team can do again next season with all four state players expected back.

Murray joined an already successful program as a freshman, but fit in quickly right away. Boosted by the support of a Regis Jesuit team she said felt like family from the start, Murray played well in Continental League play and had a steady performance in her state debut. She ground her way to rounds of 81 and 82, which brought her 18th in the final standings.

An even-keel approach, which can be difficult for young players, was the key to her season Murray felt.

“It’s not always easy, but I always try to maintain that level-headedness,” Murray said. “When I can’t do that, bad things happen. But I find that when I’m mentally strong, I play great, so that’s always my main goal.”

Sahm finished in a tie for seventh individually, the highest finish among city players, but had bigger goals on her mind after the first round.

After an opening round loaded with pars and just three bogeys, Sahm was surprised to see her plus-3 score at the top of the leaderboard when the day finished along with Columbine’s Jaylee Tait. The score landed her a spot in the final group for the second round, which had a significant gallery that was decidedly pro-Tait, who was playing on her home course.

The extra distraction of the crowd and the tough putting circumstances experienced by the entire field led to a score of 10-over 82 for Sahm in the second round, which dropped her down the leaderboard, though she still finished two spots higher than she did as a freshman in 2013.

“I totally thought I could win it, but I just played the worst round I played all year,” Sahm recalled of her second round. “It didn’t go the way I wanted it to for sure…There were a lot of people following the other girls, so that made it tough. I definitely hope to be in that position again.”

Sahm — who said she “couldn’t make a putt to save my life” — is prepared for a summer of out-of-state tournaments and has already qualified for the Callaway Junior Worlds in San Diego. She’s also excited to see how her teammates from Grandview — senior-to-be Caroline O’Donnell and junior-to-be Emily Jung — will improve after their state performance as well.

“This was the first time we had a team at state for Grandview, so we were really excited about that,” Sahm said. “Next year, we hope to be a lot better and hopefully win it. I know we can with all the hard work and practice we’re going to put in.”

Kim capped the finest season by a girls golfer in Rangeview history by qualifying for the state tournament for a third straight season.

Prior to that, Kim set the school record with her round of 1-over-par 73 on April 22 at Buffalo Run G.C. in the second East Metro Athletic Conference major tournament of the season. The performance helped her rally to win the EMAC individual championship by two strokes and lifted coach Rob Schurich’s Raiders into second place as a team.

Kim tied for 35th overall in the 84-golfer field for her best career state finish, climbing 19 spots on the leaderboard from 2013 with rounds of 87 each day.

The University of Illionis-Chicago-bound Kim is also one of five winners of the City of Aurora’s annual Paul McMullen Junior Golf Scholarships.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Diving: Regis Jesuit state champs Austin, Goodwin named NISCA 1-meter All-Americans
6/13/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

Some prestigious season-ending accolades came to Regis Jesuit divers McKensi Austin and Kyle Goodwin this week.

Both divers, who won the Class 5A boys and girls state championships in their respective seasons, received All-American status when the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association put out its list of national 1-meter diver All-Americans for 2013-14.

In February, Austin nailed her three dives in the finals at the 5A girls state meet to rack up a total of 494.45 points, which set a pool record at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center, where she won the Coaches Invitational two months earlier.

Austin’s performance turned out to be one of the keys in helping the Regis Jesuit girls team win the state title by just 6.5 points.

Castle View’s Kaitlin Costello, the 5A runner-up to Austin, and the 4A top-2 duo of St. Mary’s Academy’s Alexa Beckwith and Mullen’s Katie Russ also earned All-American status from Colorado.

Goodwin’s victory at the boys state meet in May typified the dominating nature of the Raiders’ performance, as he scored 559.25 points, 71.60 ahead of the runner-up. Regis Jesuit won the state championship by 220 points.

The state championship was the third straight 5A crown for Goodwin, who has a chance to become the only four-time 5A boys state champion.

Goodwin has achieved NISCA All-American status in all three seasons.

Arapahoe freshman Anthony Belitz and Mullen senior David Hoffer joined Goodwin in Colorado’s group of boys All-Americans.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Baseball: Regis Jesuit’s Peterson picked by Boston on third day of MLB First-Year Player Draft
6/10/2014

Raiders' left-hander goes in 28th round to Red Sox; Oregon strong possibility

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The wait lasted longer than expected, but Regis Jesuit’s David Peterson had his named called in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Peterson, a southpaw who rebounded from injury to help the Raiders made it to the championship game of the Class 5A Baseball Championship Series, went to the Boston Red Sox Saturday in the 28th round — No. 854 overall — on the third day of the draft.

On Friday, shortstop Max George, Peterson’s Regis Jesuit teammate, went to the Colorado Rockies in the sixth round with the No. 173 overall selection.

“I want to thank the @RedSox for drafting me. It is such an honor to be picked by one of the best organizations there is,” Peterson sent out via Twitter shortly after his selection.

A fractured fibula that sidelined Peterson for much of his senior season made a big difference in the eyes of major league clubs, as  he went well after he was originally projected. MLB.com had Peterson ranked as the No. 115 overall prospect — high school or college — in part because of his 6-foot-6 frame and fastball that can reach upwards of 93 mph with significant movement.

Peterson returned from injury in time to log 24 1/3 innings, in which he compiled a 3-0 record with a save, a 1.15 ERA and 40 strikeouts against 12 walks. The body of work turned out to be inconclusive for a number of clubs and now Peterson is almost certain to head off to the University of Oregon — where he signed prior to his senior season — and be eligible to re-enter the draft in a minimum of three seasons.

The same scenario worked out well for another Aurora pitcher a few seasons ago in Kevin Gausman, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gausman  decided to play at Louisiana State instead and parlayed his time there into becoming the No. 4 overall picked in the 2012 draft, which netted him a $4.32 million contract.

Spending time in college baseball also benefited one of the two Colorado left-handed starting pitchers taken in front of Peterson, Kyle Freeland, the No. 8 overall selection taken by Colorado. Freeland got drafted in the lower rounds after graduating from Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School, but spent three seasons at the University of Evansville and jumped all the way into the first round.

Left-handed pitchers with Colorado ties were popular in the draft, as Freeland and Evergreen High School’s Brock Burke (No. 96 to the Tampa Bay Rays) and Brennan Henry (No. 513 to the Kansas City Royals) went off the board before Peterson and Legacy High School’s Lucas Gilbreath (No. 1,073 to the Rockies) went after him.

Eaglecrest coach Tory Humphrey can validate the credentials of both Freeland and Burke. He coached Freeland for three seasons at Thomas Jefferson and Burke struck out 19 of his Raptors in a dominating complete-game victory for Evergreen when the teams met April 29 at Coors Field.

“He’s a pro prospect, that’s for sure,” Humphrey said of Burke, after the fifth time he watched him pitch. “This kid is legit. You can tell when your hitters are taking pitches that are low and come up. That ball was moving.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel

 

Hennessey Stuart, Regis Jesuit: Male student-athlete of the year
6/10/2014

By Joe Nguyen

As the lead leg on Regis Jesuit's 400-yard freestyle relay team, Hennessey Stuart entered the race with his sights set on breaking the Colorado 100-yard individual state record set by Clark Smith, his teammate a year earlier.

Stuart glided through the water, leaving the competition in his wake. A valiant effort, but he fell short of his goal. Swimming the third-fastest time in state history, Stuart missed the record just by 0.06 seconds. However, he did help Regis set a relay record and easily win the race, one of his four gold medals that day in the state meet.

"To finish off with two individual state championships and two relay state championships was unbelievable. It's almost perfect," he said.

For the Denver Post's male student-athlete of the year, it was a nearly perfect ending to a remarkable career that included three individual state titles, four relay state titles, two state records and four team titles.

And he had a 3.8 grade-point average.

"From the very beginning, (my parents) emphasized, 'You are going to be a student-athlete,' " Stuart said.

The son of two educators, Stuart's parents placed education as a top priority for him and his younger brother, Quinlan.

"It was no question about what came first. It was academics in school over any other extracurricular activity," said his father, William Stuart.

Finding that balance between athletics and education was a valuable lesson for Hennessey Stuart, said his mother, Kendra Stuart Barringer.

"They do go hand in hand, because you feel good about yourself doing one and it carries into the other," she said.

In addition to excelling in the classroom, Stuart also worked on service projects, including volunteering at the Tennyson Center for Children and the Rocky Mountain MS Center.

"Getting a glimpse of what other lives are like for other people was very humbling," he said. "I hope I helped them as much as they helped me."

This fall, he is going to North Carolina State on a swimming scholarship, having chosen the school over Michigan, Minnesota, USC and Virginia. He would like to major in chemical or civil engineering.

"I'm going to train as well, but again, it's going to be first priority to get all the classes I need and excel in the classes as well, because I'm not going to swim the rest of my life," Stuart said.

He hopes to help the Wolfpack contend for an NCAA title and possibly make a run himself for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. But he knows there's a big world outside the pool.

"It's not all about just going fast in the pool. It's about building relationships," Stuart said. "I would not have gotten this award without my teammates, because they're the ones who pushed me in the pool to help me achieve all I wanted to achieve."

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

 

Five Colorado baseball players selected in first seven rounds of MLB draft
6/6/2014

By Joe Nguyen

Five products of Colorado high school baseball were selected in the first seven rounds of the Major League Baseball draft this week.

Evansville left-handed pitcher Kyle Freeland, who graduated from Thomas Jefferson in 2011, was the highest pick, selected eighth overall in the first round by the Rockies on Thursday.

Colorado also selected recently graduated Regis Jesuit shortstop Max George in the sixth round with the 173rd overall pick.

The 5-foot-9 George led the Class 5A state runner-up Raiders with a .458 batting average and had nine doubles, three home runs and 24 RBIs.

The 2014 Gatorade Colorado baseball player of the year was coached by Rockies manager Walt Weiss as a sophomore at Regis Jesuit.

Brock Burke was selected in the third round, 96th overall, by the Tampa Bay Rays, making the Evergreen pitcher the highest local pick straight out of high school. The 6-4 Burke was 5-1 for the Cougars and had a 1.05 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched.

Two picks later, UNLV pitcher John Richy, a 2011 graduate of Golden, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Richy had a breakout season for the Rebels, compiling an 11-4 record with a 3.20 ERA and 113 strikeouts this year.

Right-handed pitcher Nick Green, a 2013 graduate of Fountain-Fort Carson, was selected by the Texas Rangers in the seventh round with the 216th overall pick. The 6-1 Green was 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA for Indian Hills Community College.

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

 

Baseball: Regis Jesuit’s Max George taken by Colorado Rockies in MLB Draft
6/6/2014

Rockies pluck from Regis Jesuit middle infield for second straight season

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Regis Jesuit’s Max George became the first player from a city school taken in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when the Colorado Rockies scooped up the slick-fielding infielder in Friday’s sixth round.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound George shifted to shortstop this season from second base and went on to win the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year award after he hit .458 to lead a potent offensive lineup for coach Matt Darr’s Raiders and tie for the team lead with 33 hits. He also scored 31 runs and drove in 24 for Regis Jesuit, which had a 21-5 record and lost to Rocky Mountain 6-5 in the Class 5A state championship game.

“So blessed to be drafted by the Colorado Rockies; huge thanks to my family, friends, coaches and teammates,” George tweeted after his selection.

George, who signed with Oregon State prior to the season, was the second Colorado prep player selected on the day following Evergreen left-handed pitcher Brock Burke, who was chosen No. 96 overall in the third round by the Tampa Bay Rays.

“Some people are comparing him to (Boston Red Sox star) Dustin Pedroia,” Cherry Creek coach Marc Johnson said in a statement announcing George as the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

“He can play, boy,” Johnson continued. “He makes a tremendous impact. He’s a hard-nosed player, and he makes things happen. He can flat-out hit. If I were to build around one player, it would be Max George.”

The Rockies reached into their own backyard yet again for talent, preceding George with the selection of former Thomas Jefferson High School standout left-handed pitcher Kyle Freeland with the No. 8 overall pick in Thursday’s opening round.

Colorado took Regis Jesuit’s Brody Weiss — son of manager Walt Weiss and George’s former infield partner — with the No. 649 pick of the 2013 MLB draft and also took former Regis Jesuit outfielder Cole Norton with the 1,159th overall selection.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Colorado products continue to be selected on MLB Draft’s second day
6/6/2014

By Ryan Casey

In a span of two picks, two more Colorado products were selected in the 2014 MLB Draft on Friday. As the day rolled on, the local draftees added up.

Evergreen’s Brock Burke became the first local high school senior to be selected this year when he was taken by Tampa Bay Rays in the third round, No. 96 overall. Then, two picks later, 2011 Golden graduate John Richy went to the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 98 overall out of UNLV.

And in the seventh round, 2013 Fountain-Fort Carson graduate Nick Green was picked by the Texas Rangers out of Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. He was the No. 216 overall pick.

Through two days, Colorado now has five total selections in this draft. Thursday, 2011 Thomas Jefferson grad Kyle Freeland went to the Rockies in the first round at No. 8 overall.

Burke, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound left-handed pitcher who graduated this spring, was 5-1 with a 1.05 ERA for the Class 4A Cougars. He struck out 79 in 40 innings pitched, against 29 walks.

“It’s really awesome thinking I’m the top prospect in Colorado,” Burke told 9News on Friday. “For the Rays to think that highly of me is awesome.”

Burke, an Oregon recruit, allowed just six earned runs and 11 hits in his eight outings — which included a no-hitter against Westminster on March 19 in which he struck out 15.

Burke is only the second Evergreen alum to be taken in the draft, according to baseball-reference.com. Kevin Kouzmanoff went in the sixth round in 2003 out of UNLV, and has since played for the Padres, A’s, Rockies and Rangers.

Richy just completed his junior season at UNLV. A 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-handed pitcher, he was 11-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 121 innings over 16 starts. He struck out 113 against 24 walks.

At Golden, Richy lettered in golf, as well. He is the sixth player from Golden to be drafted.

George, the state’s Gatorade player of the year, is the 12th Regis Jesuit product to be drafted, and sixth since 2011.

A 5-foot-9, 180-pound shortstop, George hit .458 with three home runs and 24 RBIs this season. He is an Oregon State recruit.

Green, a right-handed pitcher, just completed his freshman season at Indian Hills CC, and was 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 36 1/3 innings. That includes a no-hitter against Marshalltown (Iowa) CC on May 4.

Green is listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, and was taken by the Yankees in the 35th round of last season’s draft but opted not to sign. He is Fountain-Fort Carson’s second draftee after Chase Headley, now of the Padres. Headley was a second-round pick out of Tennessee in 2005.

The draft’s first, second and compensation rounds were Thursday. Rounds 3-10 are Friday, with rounds 11-40 on Saturday.

Read the full article at CHSSANOW.com.

 

Regis Jesuit star baseball player Max George to weigh pros vs. college
6/5/2014

By Neil H. Devlin

PARKER — "What Can Brown Do For You?" It used to be more than a UPS slogan for Max George.

The recently graduated senior from Regis Jesuit High School has fond memories of a UPS delivery man who was among his first fans.

"Absolutely," George said. "I was 4 or 5 years old and in the backyard with my mom and dad and grandpa and hitting a whiffle ball over the fence. I remember the UPS guy stopping by and watching and how amazed he was with how I just loved baseball.

"And, it's kind of exciting to see where I am now."

Where George is now is in the running to be the first in-state schoolboy to be selected in this year's Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, which begins Thursday. Also in the running for that honor are Regis Jesuit's David Peterson, a left-handed pitcher; Rocky Mountain's Carl Stajduhar, a first baseman and right-handed pitcher; and Mountain Vista's Nick Leonard, a right-handed pitcher.

"Oh, I don't know. I'm hearing bits and pieces that he may be in the top five rounds," Regis Jesuit coach Matt Darr said. "But, again, who knows?

"I think his stock has improved a lot since the start of the year."

George, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound middle infielder, capped an impressive prep career last month, his first full season playing shortstop. A natural second baseman, he played a year ago opposite shortstop Brody Weiss, son of Rockies manager Walt Weiss. George opened scouts' eyes this spring with the transition he made to short.

"I think there were questions defensively," Darr said. "He handled shortstop real well. His athleticism is more on display at shortstop than second base, and I think it helped a lot."

George rolled to a .458 average with three home runs and 24 RBIs while helping the Raiders sweep through the Continental League before losing in the final round of the Class 5A Championship Series. He had a team-high 31 runs scored and 14 extra-base hits, along with 20 walks, a .763 slugging percentage and a 1.356 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging). He struck out only four times in 104 plate appearances and was Colorado's Gatorade player of the year.

"He has been a terrific player in all phases," Cherry Creek coach Marc Johnson said.

George, whom Darr calls a "five-tool player," has signed a letter-of-intent with NCAA power Oregon State, which, conveniently, is in need of a second baseman next season. George, 18, considers the pro-college option "a nice problem" to have.

"Right now, I'm leaning more toward the college option, but both are great," he said. "For me, I look at it as a win-win situation."

Whether he turns pro this summer might depend on the size of the signing bonus a team offers.

"My family and I have discussed a round number type of thing," he said. "For me, it's more where I go, and am I ready or not? Will I get more mature at college and get the college experience by living on your own? I could also be competing for a national championship at Oregon State."

Read the full story at The Denver Post.

 

Baseball: Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft opens Thursday
6/4/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | In recent years, the annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft has had at least some local flavor and this year is not likely to be an exception.

The 2014 MLB Draft opens at 5 p.m. MT Thursday and continues through Saturday, with at least one player from an Aurora high school expected to be selected in the early rounds.

Recent Regis Jesuit High School graduate David Peterson, a left-handed pitcher who rebounded from injury to help the Raiders made it to the championship game of the Class 5A Baseball Championship Series, is ranked as the No. 115 prospect — high school or college — by MLB.com. Peterson fractured his fibula in two places prior to his senior season, which limited the University of Oregon signee to just 24 1/3 innings, in which he compiled a 3-0 record with a save, a 1.15 ERA and 40 strikeouts against 12 walks.

Peterson’s injury cast a bit of uncertainty on his draft status, but he has the uncommon size for a pitcher at 6-foot-6 and can touch 93 mph with his fastball, traits teams like. MLB.com notes “the team that feels he eventually will be a big league starter is the one that will take a chance on a player they didn’t get to see a lot of during the 2014 season.”

Standout infielder Max George, one of Peterson’s teammates and the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year, could also be taken in the upper half of the draft. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder, who led Raiders’ regulars with a .458 batting average and 31 runs scored, is an Oregon State signee.

Last year, four players from Aurora schools went in the draft: Grandview graduate Alex Allbritton to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (No. 637 overall) and a trio of Regis Jesuit products in Brody Weiss (No. 649 overall to the Colorado Rockies), Andrew Schmidt (No. 1,154 overall to the New York Yankees) and Cole Norton (No. 1,159 overall to the Rockies).

In 2012, former Grandview ace Kevin Gausman went No. 4 overall to the Baltimore Orioles and the San Francisco Giants took Regis Jesuit grad Ty Blach in the fifth round, while ex-Grandview star Greg Bird went in the fifth round to the New York Yankees in 2011.

The hometown Rockies hold the No. 8 pick in the 2014 first round.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Regis Jesuit girls win golf state
5/29/2014

By Denver Catholic Register

The Regis Jesuit High School Girls Division golf team earned the 5A team title May 20 at the state tournament at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton. The Raiders led all teams with a winning score of 485, followed by Littleton’s Rock Canyon High School at 488, and Arapahoe High School with 493. It was the program’s third state championship in the past five seasons under the leadership of coach George Miller. Sophomore Mary Weinstein and junior Sydney Gillespie tied for 10th in the individual standings, both posting a score of 161 over the two-day competition.

Read the full article at the Denver Catholic Register.

Max George, Regis Jesuit SS, earns Gatorade Colorado baseball honors
5/29/2014

By Joe Nguyen

After leading Regis Jesuit to a 20-4 record and an appearance in the 5A title game, shortstop Max George was named the Gatorade Colorado Baseball Player of the Year on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior hit .478 with three home runs, nine doubles and 24 RBIs this season for the Raiders.

George is a two-time Denver Post All-Colorado selection, a third-team Perfect Game senior preseason All-America selection, and is signed to play baseball at Oregon State in the fall.

“He’s a complete player,” Regis Jesuit coach Matt Darr said in April. “You always rank guys in baseball in five tools, and he has the ability to dominate a game in any one of those tools in any given time.”

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

 

 

Baseball: Reagan Todd’s walk-off grand slam earns Regis Jesuit shot at 5A state title
5/29/2014

Senior first baseman's blast sets up rematch with Rocky Mountain for crown

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Reagan Todd took it personally when Mountain Vista walked the two hitters in front of him in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game Friday.

The Golden Eagles most likely just played the percentages by filling the bases, but Regis Jesuit’s senior first baseman blew up all the strategy with an electric grand slam off Mountain Vista ace Nick Leonard to deliver a 5-1 walk-off for the Raiders at All-City Field.

Todd also had an RBI single in the first inning and drove in all five runs for coach Matt Darr’s Raiders (21-4), who got a sparkling 7-inning effort from senior left-handed pitcher David Peterson to advance to Saturday’s 5A state championship game against Rocky Mountain at 10 a.m. on the same field.

“I knew they were going to walk Max (George) like they did the at-bat before and then they walked Thaxton, so I took it a little personal,” said Todd, whose last home run came in the Raiders’ season-opener on March 13 against Arapahoe.

“The center fielder turned his back toward the plate and when it went out, it was the best feeling I’ve ever had in my entire life. I knew we needed to go into tomorrow and I needed to help the team get there… I haven’t had a walk-off hit in a long time, but it was the right time.”

The Lobos eliminated Cherry Creek with an 8-6 victory Friday and remain unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament, needing just one win to secure the state championship. A Regis Jesuit victory, however, would pit the teams against each other again at 12:30 p.m. in a winner-take-all contest.

Rocky Mountain (20-5) won the first meeting with Regis Jesuit on May 16 when it outlasted junior right-hander Brent Schwarz, who is expected to throw for the Raiders in the first game on Saturday.

The formula to win in the postseason typically includes scoring first and Regis Jesuit did that against Mountain Vista, reaching Leonard for a run in the opening frame when Todd rifled a single to right center field to bring home George.

That was all the scoring the Raiders would get for the next five innings, however. Aidan Cameron was stranded at third base in the second inning and Regis Jesuit couldn’t cash in with pinch runner Thomas Jahde on third base and George on second in the fifth.

Meanwhile, Peterson was on his game in what turned out to be his longest outing in seven appearances since returning from a fractured fibula that kept him out for most of the regular season.

Following up a 12-strikeout performance in the Raiders’ win over Fairview on May 17, Peterson reached double figures in whiffs again with 10 against the Golden Eagles. The lone run that came against him was the result of a bases-l0aded walk to designated Dalton Lewis in the fourth inning that forced in a run.

Peterson kept Mountain Vista scoreless the rest of way, helped by his defense in key spots. Prior to the Raiders’ winning rally, a spectacular diving catch in right field by sophomore Quin Cotton on a drive by Golden Eagles’ catcher Brady Subart. Subart tipped his cap in Cotton’s direction afterwards.

Two Mountain Vista runners did reach after that — prompting a visit from Darr, who had Schwarz warming up in the bullpen just in case — but Peterson fanned Mark Mumper to bring his team to the plate.

“There wasn’t a plan to go into the eighth inning; I knew our offense would crack the system at some point,” Peterson said. “Lenny’s a great pitcher. It was a great game, but I’m glad our offense prevailed…My goal was to go seven innings and get the win.”

Regis Jesuit’s two-out rally in the seventh began with a Brooks Urich drive to right field that he legged into a triple. Mountain Vista chose to intentionally walk George for the second straight time and also put on Thaxton to bring up Todd, who drove a first-pitch fastball over the wall.

“When you haven two starting pitchers like that, momentum goes quick; I felt like we have it early, they took it back and nobody really had it for awhile,” Darr said. “When we won that game in the seventh, it happened just like that. Two outs, Brooks hits a triple and before you know it, the game’s over.

“That’s the way you have to beat a kid like that, you’re not going to piece a lot together.”

Darr wants his team to try to take the first game against Rocky Mountain on Saturday and then all bets are off. He confidently sends Schwartz — 7-1 with a 1.92 ERA — to the mound against the Lobos, who got just one earned run off him in six innings in the first meeting.

“I told them ‘let’s go win a ballgame, then the pressure moves completely on them,’” Darr said.

Todd wasn’t shy about his confidence in his team to win twice and bring home the program’s first state championship since 2011.

“We’ve got the pitching and we’ve got the depth; we’re ready.”

Added Peterson: “It’s going to be something to see tomorrow.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 
Rocky Mountain, Regis Jesuit set for Saturday showdown in 5A baseball
5/29/2014

Lobos, Raiders close to title
By Neil H. Devlin

"I think at the end of the day, you have the two best programs year in, year out," Regis Jesuit baseball coach Matt Darr said after Friday's rounds of the Class 5A Championship Series at All-City Field.

Nothing against any other team, Darr said, but he was talking about his Raiders and Rocky Mountain, who will meet Saturday to decide the state title. Rocky Mountain remained unbeaten in the double-elimination format and needs one win while Regis Jesuit needs to defeat the Lobos twice.

Both won games Friday in entertaining fashion. Regis Jesuit's Reagan Todd ended a sparkling pitchers' duel by ripping a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to outlast Continental League rival Mountain Vista 5-1.

Rocky Mountain built an early lead, lost it, then rallied past Cherry Creek 8-6.

Todd homered to right-center field to cap a stellar, tight game. It made a winner of Regis Jesuit left-hander David Peterson, who had 10 strikeouts and allowed only four hits and an unearned run while making his first start since appearing only as a reliever after being injured to open the season. Mountain Vista ace right-hander Nick Leonard took the loss. Truth is, Todd said, he missed on a Leonard fastball during his previous at-bat and wasn't going to do it again after intentional walks to Max George and Justin Thaxton loaded the bases.

"I didn't know it was out," said Todd, who also had an RBI single in the first inning. "But when I saw their outfielders running back, I was hoping."

The Raiders (21-4), who also received a vital, diving catch from right fielder Quin Cotton to open the seventh inning, beat Mountain Vista 2-0 in the regular season. "It took a homer at the end to beat us," coach Ron Quintana said.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN 8, CHERRY CREEK 6 • The Lobos (20-5) jumped out with four runs in the first inning, bolstered by a two-run homer from Garrett Hammer.

Rocky Mountain weathered assorted moves by the Bruins, used a solo homer from Carl Stajduhar to tie it 5-5 in the fifth inning, then were handed two deciding runs on a two-out infield error.

"That's Rocky baseball, that's the Lobo way," coach Scott Bullock said. "We've been down before and we're going to keep playing."

Said Stajduhar: "All we tried to do was do our best."

Cherry Creek, which finished 19-6 and won the Centennial title despite losing virtually its full contingent of regulars and pitchers, overachieved, said veteran coach Marc Johnson, "but our mistakes hurt us."

In addition to the key error, the Bruins also had a combined seven hits batsmen and walks, and had a runner overrun third base.

Saturday's first game will start at 10 a.m. If necessary, the second game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Read the full artilce at The Denver Post.

Regis Jesuit state champs wrap up season at Froehlicher-Toll All-State Game
5/29/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

With the Class 5A state championship still fresh in their minds, the Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse team puts the icing on the 2014 season with seven players and a coach deservedly selected for Thursday’s Class 5A Froehlicher-Toll All-State Game.

The Raiders — who knocked off Cherry Creek 14-7 last Saturday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High to finish the season 18-1 — have players set to suit up for both the Black and Gold teams for the 5A all-state game, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at All-City Stadium, where Regis Jesuit beat Arapahoe in the semifinals.

Senior defender Will Deines, juniors Ben Bechter (attack), Chase Konkel (midfield), Brett Quartuccio (goalie) and sophomore face-off specialist Alec Barnes represent the Raiders on the Black Team, while juniors Matt Soran (attack) and Chet Dunstan (midfield) will oppose them on the Gold Team. One of the Gold Team’s three coaches is Regis Jesuit’s Jim Soran.

Following the 5A game, a presentation of awards is scheduled for 7 p.m. Among those recognized will be 13 All-Americans, 6 Academic All-Americans, the Doc Stabler, Zach Hills and Colin Cassidy awards, the Ken Ranta Sportsmanship award, as well as the Coaches of the Year and Man of the Year.

The 4A all-state game at 7:30 p.m. wraps up the event.

See full rosters at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

We are the champions…
5/22/2014

Aurora's hefty haul of team and individual championships in 2014 from track & field, boys swimming, boys lacrosse and girls golf

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | City athletes and teams won a combined three state championships and nine individual event titles between the Class 5A state track meet at Jefferson County Stadium, the Class 5A boys state swim meet at the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center, the Class 5A boys state lacrosse game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the Class 5A girls state golf tournament at Raccoon Creek G.C. Here’s a quick look at each state champion and how they won:

TEAM

Regis Jesuit: Class 5A boys swimming — The Raiders’ water dynasty continued with one of the largest victories the team has had during a run that now includes 19 state championships in the past 20 seasons. Under the guidance of new coach Nick Frasersmith, who took over for retired guru Mike Doherty, Regis Jesuit piled up 410 points on May 17 to more than double that of runner-up Cherry Creek (190). The Raiders won six of the 12 event championships for the second year in a row.

Regis Jesuit: Class 5A boys lacrosse — Coach Jim Soran’s Raiders avenged their only loss of the season to Cherry Creek with a 14-7 victory over the Bruins on May 17. Juniors Matt Soran (5) and Chet Dunstan (4) combined for nine goals to spark the offense and junior goalie Brett Quartuccio stopped 19 of the 26 shots he faced for Regis Jesuit, which finished 18-1 and collected the program’s first state title since 2011.

Regis Jesuit: Class 5A girls golf — In a gritty two-day performance on a challenging course, coach George Miller’s Raiders won the program’s third overall state title and first since moving up to 5A. Sophomore Mary Weinstein came out of a weather delay with a birdie putt on Hole No. 18 to cap a strong finish from Regis Jesuit, which rallied from a six-stroke deficit to top Continental League rival Rock Canyon by three strokes.

TRACK & FIELD

Cherokee Trail’s Brandon Singleton: 5A boys 200 and 400 meters — Though a dropped baton in the 4×400-meter relay essentially cost the Cougars a shot at repeating as 5A state champions, Singleton did all he could to make it happen. The Oklahoma State-bound speedster, who was edged by just 0.02 of a second as the anchor leg in the 4×200-meter relay, first won the 400 in 47.74 seconds May 17 and followed that with a victory in the 200 in 21.49 seconds.
Class 5A state track championships, 5.16.14

Eaglecrest’s Tashay Brown, Tori Coombe, Omotumininu Olatipo, Alicia Taurchini: 5A girls 800 meter sprint medley relay — Brown, Olatipo and Taurchini were part of the 2013 sprint medley relay that finished first in prelims, but got edged for the title in the final. That didn’t happen this season, as the Raptors — with Coombe in place of graduated Ashley Windom — blazed across the finish line in 1 minute, 44.19 seconds, a full 1.5 seconds in front of Denver East, which denied them last season’s crown.

BOYS SWIMMING

Regis Jesuit’s Hennessey Stuart: 5A boys 200 yard individual medley, 100 yard backstroke — The North Carolina State-bound Stuart dazzled in his final state meet, as he won two individual and two relay titles in the Raiders’ dominating victory. Stuart broke his own Colorado and 5A state meet record with a time of 47.24 seconds in the 100 backstroke, while his Automatic All-American time of 1:47.77 won the 200 IM fairly comfortably.

Regis Jesuit’s Kyle Goodwin: 5A boys diving — Goodwin’s dominance of 5A continued with his third consecutive state championship victory. The junior star’s attempts attracted the full attention of the gathered crowd at VMAC and he dazzled, finishing with a score of 559.25 points that won the event by nearly 70 points.

Regis Jesuit’s Quinlan Stuart: 5A boys 100 yard breaststroke — Stuart prevailed to win his first state championship in a field where Aurora swimmers took up six of the eight spots in the finals. The junior touched the wall in 57.20 seconds to collect his first individual state title.

Regis Jesuit’s Hennessey Stuart, Quinlan Stuart, Christopher Morales, Will Pieseski: 5A boys 200 yard medley relay — The foursome set a tone for the meet for the Raiders with their performance, a nearly three-second victory in the opening event that earned them Automatic All-American status.

Regis Jesuit’s Hennessey Stuart, Mitchell Bruckman, Christopher Dawson, Austin Phillips: 5A boys 400 yard freestyle relay — A spectacular meet was capped by a dazzling relay performance as the Raiders set the Colorado and 5A state meet record in the event for a second straight season, touching the wall in a blazing 3:00.84.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Regis Jesuit boys take two state titles in one day
5/22/2014

By Julie Filby   

Two teams from Regis Jesuit High School Boys Division emerged victorious in 5A state championships May 17 as the Raider swimmers and divers, as well as the lacrosse squad, capped off dominant seasons with state trophies.

The Regis Jesuit swim and dive team earned their fourth consecutive state title, and 21st overall since 1992, with a score of 410 points at Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Thornton. The team was led this year by former assistant, now head coach, Nick Frasersmith, who took over for Mike Doherty, who stepped down after 32 seasons and 20 state championships. RJHS senior Hennessey Stuart was named Colorado High School Activities Association Swimmer of the Year. Kyle Goodwin, junior, claimed his third consecutive state championship in diving.

The No. 2 seeded Regis Jesuit lacrosse team (18-1) defeated the No. 1 seed, Cherry Creek Bruins (15-4), with a score of 14-7 at Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High to take the state title. It was the team’s second state championship since 2011, under the leadership of head coach Jim Soran. Juniors Matt Soran and Chet Dunstan led the offense with five and four goals, respectively. Junior goalkeeper Brett Quartuccio made 19 saves on 26 shots for the Raiders.

Girls Golf: Regis Jesuit battles way through final round to win 5A state championship
5/22/2014

Raiders rally from hole to top Rock Canyon for third state title

By COURTNEY OAKES

LITTLETON | The only putt Mary Weinstein made was the one her Regis Jesuit team needed Tuesday.

Shortly after an hour-long delay due to severe weather, the sophomore drained a short putt to birdie Hole No. 18 and celebrated with a fist pump and two hops in the air.

Weinstein put the finishing touches on a gritty day for the Raiders, who overcame a lot of adversity at times — including a deficit of as many as six strokes — to win Regis Jesuit’s first Class 5A girls state golf championship and the third in program history.

Coach George Miller’s Regis Jesuit team of Weinstein, junior Sydney Gillespie, sophomore Erika Sailer and freshman Jaclyn Murray rallied past Continental League rival Rock Canyon to finish three shots clear of the Jaguars, who had the individual medalist in Michelle Romano.

“This rain delay I was able to calm down because I wasn’t doing the best; I feel like it was for the best,” Weinstein said. “The last putt was the only putt I made today, so I was pretty happy I made it.”

Miller’s team won a state championship for the third time in the past five seasons, adding to the 4A crowns the Raiders captured in 2010 and 2012, when Gillespie was a freshman.

Regis Jesuit’s best individual places came from Weinstein and Gillespie, who finished in a four-way tie for 10th.

Gillespie shot an uncharacteristic 13-over-par in her first round on a course she knows very well, though a 15-foot put for par on Hole No. 18 to end the round gave her a mental lift.

“I just felt in me that there was something left to be done,” Gillespie said. “I was just thinking let’s go shoot 66, or try to, and we’ll just add them up at the end of the day.”

She bogeyed three of the first seven holes in her second round, however, but she was money for her team over the final 11 holes. From No. 8 to No. 17, Gillespie made nine pars and recorded her only birdie of the two days on No. 15 before finishing with a double bogey on 18.

Weinstein also struggled early and put shots into water on consecutive holes on the front nine, only to finish strong with three pars in a four-hole stretch before her closing birdie.

Murray felt the frustration the entire field did with putting, but made the most of her first state tournament with a gritty effort of her own. She shot one strong higher than in her first round, but cut her double bogeys from three to one and finished just 4-over on her back nine.

“I feel so good, I can’t describe it; it’s such an amazing feeling,” Murray said. “It was really hard, but knowing the team and the support system you have with this team, there’s no way you can’t pull through. It was just a great experience to have. I enjoyed it so much.”

Sailer’s score wasn’t needed in the team score, but she also had some resilient spots in her final round. She made par on five holes in a six-hole stretch between the front nine and back nine.

“I’m really proud of my teammates, I know every single one of us grinded out our best and did whatever we could,” Sailer said. “This is just super exciting.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Girls Golf: Class 5A 1st round state scores, 5.19.14
5/20/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

LITTLETON | Team scores and individual results after the first round of the 2014 Class 5A girls state golf tournament played on May 19, 2014, at Raccoon Creek Golf Course. Aurora players and teams bold and uppercased:
GOLF

2014 CLASS 5A GIRLS STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT (FIRST ROUND)

May 18 at Raccoon Creek G.C.

Team scores (par 216): T1. REGIS JESUIT 245; T1. Legacy 245; T1. Rock Canyon 245; 4. Denver East 250; 5. Cherry Creek 251; 6. Arapahoe 255; 7. Skyline 256; 8. Legend 259; 9. Ralston Valley 260; 10. Heritage 261; 11. Highlands Ranch 264; 12. GRANDVIEW 265; 13. Fossil Ridge 273; T14. Fairview 281; T14. Monarch 281; 16. Boulder 290

Top 10 individual results (par 72): T1. MORGAN SAHM (GRANDVIEW) 75; T1. Jaylee Tait (Columbine) 75; 3. Sarah Hunt (Denver East) 76; 4. Sydney Merchant (Dakota Ridge) 77; T5. Adara Pauluhn (Skyline) 78; T5. Ashley Kirschner (Ralston Valley) 78; T5. Calli Ringsby (Cherry Creek) 78; T5. Hannah Wood (Arapahoe) 78; T10. MARY WEINSTEIN (REGIS JESUIT) 79; T10. Erin Sargent (Skyline) 79; T10. Samantha Barker (Highlands Ranch) 79; T10. Zarena Brown (Pomona) 79

See all individual results at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Baseball: Fairview two-and-done at state after loss to Regis
5/20/2014

George's sixth-inning grand slam ends Knights' season

By Paul Willis

DENVER — After a regular season for the ages, the Fairview baseball team's run at state was far more abbreviated than anyone in a Knights ball cap anticipated.

Fairview was eliminated Saturday morning with a 7-3 loss to Regis Jesuit at All City Field, a hasty exit from the double-elimination state bracket after entering the tournament 20-1.

A sixth-inning grand slam by Oregon State-bound Max George broke a 3-3 tie and sealed Fairview's fate.

"We were not planning on going 0-2," Knights shortstop Cameron Frazier said. "But the teams that are in this tournament are pretty good, and anyone can beat anyone else. You just have to give respect to the teams that beat us, but yeah, it's disappointing."

Fairview (20-3) had a solid game plan which included being heavily aggressive on the base paths. The running game helped set up each of the Knights runs. But small ball was rendered null after George's blast.

"We knew how we needed to beat them and we knew we could do it," Fairview coach Rick Harig said. "It just came down to them outperforming us."

Another budding Division-I player, future Oregon Ducks pitcher David Peterson, made his most prolonged start of the season after enduring a leg injury in Regis' basketball season. The left-hander struck out 12 in his six innings, but Fairview had battled him to a 3-3 game at that point.

Fairview got its biggest boost in the sixth, when Tim Ryan's RBI single tied it 3-3 and had the Knights (20-3) in high spirits. But in an ugly flashback to the tournament opener against ThunderRidge the previous day, things quickly went downhill after the Fairview starting pitcher left the game.

Ryan Kokora battled through five innings and was replaced by Johnny Feauto in the sixth. Four batters in, George had emphatically untied things. In the two tournament games, the Fairview bullpen allowed 12 runs in two innings.

In fairness to Feauto, who pitched only six innings during the regular season, George's ball was the only one hit hard. Regis loaded the bases on a walk and two bunts.

"Johnny was working his butt off trying to get him out, and you have to give credit to George," Harig said. "He's a D-I player and he came through in the clutch and got it done."

Fairview built an early 2-0 lead on Peterson. Frazier doubled to lead off the game, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch. Feauto added an RBI single in the fourth.

Regis rallied to take a 3-2 lead, the go-ahead run coming home on Reagan Todd's RBI double in the fifth. Then, for the second time in as many games, Ryan came up with a clutch hit against a Division-I pitcher to tie things up.

But the Knights couldn't add on, despite loading the bases against reliever Zach Woodruff in the seventh.

Frazier said it was a "similar" feel to the Fairview football team's state run, which ended with a lopsided loss to Valor Christian in the title game after a splendid run.

"Lot of wins, league championship and all that," Frazier said. "But we definitely missed out on our main goal."

After the sting of state is erased, the Knights will have a bevy of accomplishments to reflect on.

"But at the same time there's a lot of unfinished business," Harig said. "Guys who are passionate about baseball are not happy about the end. Whether or not they're coming back or going to college, they have something to prove."

Read the full article at coloradohometownweekly.com.

 

Boys Swimming: Aurora swimmers rise in prelims, make 5A state finals in bunches
5/20/2014

Led by Hennessey Stuart, Regis Jesuit set up for big finals session; Cherokee Trail, Grandview & Smoky Hill also to be very active

By COURTNEY OAKES

THORNTON | Aurora firmly cemented itself as breaststroke capital of Colorado in Friday’s prelims of the Class 5A boys state swim meets.

Of the eight open slots in Saturday’s 2 p.m. finals session at Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center, six of the championship finalists in the 100 yard breaststroke will represent Aurora schools, making a state championship in the event a virtual formality.

Aurora swimmers also make up half of the championship final of the 200 yard freestyle and between Regis Jesuit, Cherokee Trail, Grandview and Smoky Hill, will have a combined 45 swims in championship or consolation finals.

Seeking its 19th 5A state championship in the past 20 seasons, Regis Jesuit made a strong showing in the prelims, as 12 of its 18 individual swimmers qualified for at least one championship or consolation final and the 200 yard medley and 400 yard freestyle relays each clocked the best times.

Senior Hennessey Stuart broke his own Colorado record in the 100 yard backstroke with his time of 46.91 seconds and also finished three seconds clear of the nearest competitor in the 200 individual medley.

Regis Jesuit junior Quinlan Stuart led the Aurora charge in the 100 breaststroke with the top time, while teammates Theodore Koerner and Nicholas Birney joined him. Other city swimmers in the finals include Cherokee Trail senior Josh Bedford, Grandview senior Triston Mosby and Smoky Hill sophomore Aidan Mercer.

Seniors Chris Dawson and Austin Phillips and junior Mitchell Bruckman qualified for a pair of championship finals for coach Nick Frasersmith’s Raiders, while Mosby and junior James Boone made a pair each for Grandview, a feat matched by Smoky Hill’s Juhan Hong.

All three Regis Jesuit relays finished in the top three in prelims, while Smoky Hill will have a team in the consolation finals of all three events as well. Grandview’s 200 and 400 yard freestyle relay teams each swam the fifth-fastest times in the prelims, the same position as Cherokee Trail’s 200 medley relay team.

The prelims and semifinals of the diving competition are slated to begin at 9 am., with Regis Jesuit expected to get another boost from the duo of junior Kyle Goodwin — who will look to win a third straight 5A state championship — and senior Matt Mauser.

Read the full article and see entire list of Prelim results at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit wins fourth-straight 5A boys swim title, 20th overall
5/20/2014

By Tracy Renck

THORNTON — The dominance of the Regis Jesuit High School boys swim and dive team continues.

The Raiders won their 20th state championship, capturing the Class 5A state title in convincing fashion Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

Regis scored 410 points, easily defeating runner-up Cherry Creek which had a 190-point total.

“This is just awesome,” said Regis senior Hennessey Stuart, who was named Colorado High School Activities Association Swimmer of the Year. “It is great to continue this legacy.”

All of Regis’ state crowns have come since 1992 and the last four have been in a row.

Hennessey led the charge for the Raiders winning the 200-yard individual medley, and the 100 backstroke — setting an all-classification record in Friday’s prelims at 46.91 seconds.

Stuart capped his career in grand fashion swimming the first leg on the Raiders’ victorious 400 freestyle relay team which set a Colorado state record at 3:00.84. Mitchell Bruckman, Christopher Dawson and Austin Phillips also were on the relay.

“I would not have wanted to break that (400 freestyle relay) record with anybody else,” said the 6-foot-1, 160-pound Stuart, who is going to swim at North Carolina State University. “We are all seniors and all captains.”

Hennessey’s younger brother, Quinlan Stuart also joined the victory parade by winning his first individual state title in the 100 breaststroke.

“Winning a state title like my brother is an honor,” said Quinlan, a junior. “I’m really happy and I just can’t explain what I’m feeling. This is a blessing and an honor to be a part of a program like this. We work our butts off all season to come here (state) and perform our best, and that’s what we did.”

Regis junior Kyle Goodwin once again finished atop the podium in diving, claiming his third consecutive state championship.

“This feels good and it just feels more rewarding each time,” said Goodwin, who won with a score of 394.25.

The Raiders 200 medley relay of the Stuart brothers, Chris Morales and Will Pieseki, also won state as well.

The swimmer who stole the spotlight from Team Regis — as least for a few moments – was Highlands Ranch’s Nathan Mueller.

The senior won his first two career state titles with wins in the 200 and 500 freestyles.

“This will probably sink in (Sunday),” said Mueller, who is signed to swim at the University of Wisconsin.  “This was one of my goals before I went off to college, so it’s cool to get that crossed off my list.”

Douglas County’s JP Beach (50 freestyle), Fort Collins’ Maxwell Holter (100 butterfly), Fairview’s Miles McKenzie (100 freestyle) and Cherry Creek’s 200 freestyle relay were the other state winners. MacKenzie won his event for the second year in a row.

“I was terrified of these guys,” MacKenzie, a senior, said. “I knew if I was going to win I needed to do something spectacular and I just put my head down. I was relaxed and I just swam my race.”

Read the full article at chsaanow.com.

Track & Field: Class 5A/4A results (Day One), 5.15.14
5/16/2014

LAKEWOOD | Individual placing results from the finals contested on the opening day of the Class 5A/4A state track meet at Jefferson County Stadium. Aurora athletes bold and uppercased:

Boys 5A team scores (through six events): 1. Fossil Ridge 24 points; 2. Chaparral 18; 3. Highlands Ranch 16; T4. GRANDVIEW 15; T4. Fountain-Fort Carson 15; 6. Cherry Creek 14; T7. Mountain Vista 13; T7. Pine Creek 13; 9. CHEROKEE TRAIL 12; 10. REGIS JESUIT 11; T11. Denver East 10; T11. Rocky Mountain 10; T11. Monarch 10; T11. Liberty 10; 15. Fort Collins 9; T16. Doherty 7; T16. Mountain Range 7; T18. Lakewood 6.5; T18. Pomona 6.5; T20. Columbine 6; T20. Boulder 6; T22. SMOKY HILL 5; T22. Chatfield 5; T22. Douglas County 5; T22. ThunderRidge 5; T26. Rampart 4; T26. Rock Canyon 4; 28. Poudre 3

Girls 5A team scores (through five events): 1. Fort Collins 38 points; T2. Cherry Creek 15; T2. Arvada West 15; 4. Fairview 14; 5. Monarch 13; 6. Loveland 12; 7. ThunderRidge 11; 8. Castle View 10.5; T9. Denver East 10; T9. Fountain-Fort Carson 10; 11. George Washington 8; T12. CHEROKEE TRAIL 7; T12. Brighton 7; T12. Fossil Ridge 7; T15. Lakewood 6; T15. Horizon 6; T15. Highlands Ranch 6; T18. Rocky Mountain 5; T18. Rampart 5; T20. Rock Canyon 4; T20. Pine Creek 4; T20. Arapahoe 4; 23. SMOKY HILL 3.5; T24. Pomona 3; T24. Mountain Vista 3; 26. Boulder 2; 27. Legend 1

For a full list of individual results, please visit the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Regis, Air Academy among state swimming favorites in Colorado
5/16/2014

Individual titles could span several different schools in both 5A and 4A.

By Paul Willis

It is generally expected that Regis Jesuit (Aurora) will run away with the Class 5A boys swimming title this weekend. But that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of intrigue — particularly on the individual front — in the two-day event (Friday and Saturday, Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center).

A peek at the top times from the regular season reveals that the individual podium could be represented by athletes from several different schools. Swimmers such as Douglas County/Castle View's J.P. Beach, Cherry Creek's (Greenwood Village, Colo.) Jake Markham and Loveland's Ryan Ball all will make their push.

And the team race, after Regis Jesuit, figures to be compelling. Highlands Ranch, which edged Regis in the Continental League Championships last week, is one of those that will vie for a lofty finish.

"Winning the Continental League was amazing for the boys. I'm so proud of all of them, and for the first time in several years, we have a diver (Connor May) joining us on the state team," Falcons coach Christina Kwon said. "Although we only have 11 swimmers and one diver going to state, the boys are fired up and ready to have some great performances."

The Falcons are aiming to improve on last season's seventh-place finish, and will be amidst a mix of teams including Fairview (Boulder), Boulder, Lewis-Palmer (Monument) and Cherry Creek with the firepower for a commendable finish.

Highlands Ranch's ace in the hole is senior Nathan Mueller, who has posted the top time in the 200 freestyle this season at 1:41.66.

"I believe that Nathan is prepared to win the 200 free," Kown said. "He is extremely competitive and hates to lose, so the team is looking forward to his swim — especially after finishing second and third in the 500 and 200 free the last two years.

"He does have some competition for the title. They are all familiar with each other, so it should be a great race to watch."

Among many additional standouts to watch are Regis Jesuit's Stuart Hennessey, Pomona's (Arvada) Keegan Foulke, Fort Collins' Maxwell Holter and Cherokee Trail's (Aurora) Josh Bedford.

Relay teams from Regis, Grandview, Fairview and Boulder also have torn up the scene this season. Regis also will benefit from the diving prowess of Kyle Goodwin and Matthew Mauser.

On the individual front, it will be tough to find a more captivating story than Beach.

The senior, who swims for the co-op Douglas County/Castle View team, is the top seed in the 50 and 100 free. This comes one year after passing out in the locker room days before state and needing roughly 30 stitches, an unfortunate incident that prevented him from competing.

"It was because of over-training mostly," Beach told the Castle Rock News-Press. "I got the stomach flu and I didn't know it. I was in the bathroom before practice and I got really dehydrated. I didn't know what was going on. I passed out, got up and I needed to go to my coach and say, `Hey, I'm not feeling well.' I blacked out and from then on I didn't remember."

At the 4A state meet (Friday and Saturday at Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins), all eyes will be on Air Academy (US Air Force Academy). The Kadets have posted the fastest time in all three relays, including a meet-record 3:09.32 in the 400 free relay last week at the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference Championships.

Not only did the time, turned in by Hunter Doerr, Tommy Baker, Caleb Hicks and Jack Dangremond, beat 5A Lewis-Palmer. It was the fastest in the state this year regardless of classification and approached a 4A state record (3:08.86). The Kadets' relay success could translate to big things in the team race this weekend.

"I think the relays tend to be a pretty good indicator, for sure," Air Academy coach Scott Newell said. "And it's been a really fun year for relays. The guys get really excited about it and I hope it continues this weekend. But I do know that other teams are kind of licking their chops."

The Kadets will receive competition from D'Evelyn (Denver), diving-deft Thompson Valley (Loveland), Discovery Canyon (Colorado Springs) and a deep Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado Springs) squad, among others.

In addition to the 400 relay athletes mentioned, Air Academy's Michael Loyd and Brennan Mays are among those who could be individual factors. Mays, who will swim at Colorado Mines, is the top seed in the 500 free and also is coming off a strong club season in which he won three events at a sectionals meet.

"It's been an interesting season for him," Newell said. "He's a senior and he wants to go out and perform really well."

Individuals to watch include Estes Park's UNLV-bound Forrest Beesley, D'Evelyn super junior Daniel Graber, Thompson Valley's John Thorne (the defending state champ in the backstroke) and Silver Creek's (Longmont) Tyler Lis. Also peaking at the end of the season are Lars Knutson of Montrose and David Keller of Discovery Canyon.

On the diving front, keep tabs on freshmen standouts Vitalii Shestakov of Pueblo East and David Hoffer of Mullen (Denver). They'll try to outlast a trio of Thompson Valley divers who posted top-six scores this seasson.

Read the full article at MaxPreps.com.

 

Dunston keys Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse’s 5A semifinal win
5/16/2014

By Ryan Casey

DENVER — Chet Dunston had a big goal for every situation in the Class 5A boys lacrosse semifinals on Wednesday.

Dunston, a Raiders junior, scored a team-high five times in No. 2 Regis Jesuit’s 10-7 win over No. 6 Arapahoe at All-City Stadium. The first opened the scoring 1:02 into play. The second opened scoring in the second quarter, and made it 3-1 after Arapahoe had cut it to 2-1 near the end of the first.

In the third quarter, Dunston had a momentum-stealing finish on a breakaway which gave his team a 7-5 lead.

In the fourth, he had two big answer goals: one coming three minutes after Arapahoe cut it to 8-6, and another coming two-and-a-half minutes after the Warriors had made it 9-7.

Asked why he was so timely on Wednesday, Dunston paused, thought for a moment, then said, “I don’t know. Mostly the momentum picked up and you kind of just wanted to go.”

Said Raiders coach Jim Soran: “He had a big game. I’ll tell you what, I think other coaches underestimate him. He is such a competitor and he is such a good lacrosse player.”

Truett Davis added two goals for the Raiders, who also got two assists from Aaron Horvat. Ben Bechter had one goal and one assist, as well.

Arapahoe got two goals each from Will Danuser and Austin Shindoll. Zach Runberg had one goal and two assists.

Regis Jesuit advances to the title game for the first time since it won the championship in 2011. It will get a rematch with top-seeded Cherry Creek in the final. The two teams played April 29, a 10-7 Bruins win.

That day, “They took it to us,” Soran said. “So we’re going to try and redeem ourselves.”

Dunston was even more blunt.

“We played awful,” he said. “It’s a brand new game, get to start off on a new note, so it’ll be great. … It’s going to be a game. They’re always a great team. It’s going to be good.”

The two programs also met in the 2010 final, won by Creek.

Read the full article at chsaanow.com.

 

Myres powers Centaurus past Regis Jesuit
5/16/2014

Kim and Brown add three goals apiece as top-seeded Warriors roll
By Paul Willis

Knowing Sarah Brown is the Centaurus girls lacrosse team's marquee player, visiting Regis Jesuit made a concentrated effort to limit her looks Friday, May 9.

The No. 16 Raiders succeeded in that quest, particularly early, but that didn't mean they limited the top-seeded Warriors as a whole.

With Brown receiving extra attention in the second-round matchup, Sarah Myres and others had a field day at Warrior Stadium in a 17-5 Centaurus win. Myres scored a team-best five goals to propel the Warriors to the quarterfinals (4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 at home against Colorado Academy).

"We have a play for Sarah when she's getting face-guarded, so we can get her some shots and give her some good feeds," Myres said. "But also, we can take advantage and be able to drive more and have more opportunities."

Andrea Kim (three goals) was among the others who took advantage, along with Ellie Meyer and Katherine Burns (two apiece).

As for University of Colorado-bound Brown, she was kept out of the net until 3.3 seconds remained in the first half, but still finished with three goals.

"I kind of wonder why they even face-guard me," Brown said. "It's not like I'm the only one who can score. Obviously, I only had (three) goals and we had 17. That's what's great about our team. . . . I'm always thinking, 'Why are you face-guarding?' You should face-guard the whole team if you really want to stop scoring."

The Warriors (15-1) played the first half without captain Olivia Holmes, who was completing an A.P. exam. But even with Brown receiving the abundance of attention and Holmes missing, youthful Regis Jesuit (7-10) couldn't keep pace.

Centaurus led 9-2 at the half in its first ever game with the added stigma as the top overall seed.

"I don't think they were nervous or jittery, but I do think there was a lot of anticipation," Warriors coach Genny Horning said of her players. "Getting onto the field, getting into your muscle memory and getting into your groove really helps us out."

It was a rematch of last season's semifinals, when Myres scored the winner in a 16-15 decision that sent the Warriors to the state championship game. Regis graduated an abundance of players from that team, "but I still don't think they like us," Myres said.

"They're a great team and they're super athletic and really good," Myres said. "Obviously we knew they'd be good competition, so it was very important to get off to that good start and show them that we're supposed to be here."

Kathleen Roe led Regis with two goals and one assist, but it didn't prevent Centaurus from instituting the running clock about 10 minutes into the second half. Warriors sophomore Tessa Hannigan did the honors with a goal that made it 13-3.

Yet another scorer not named Brown.

"We have a lot of threats on offense, and that's kind of been how we've played all year," Horning said. "When Sarah Brown does get face-guarded like that, everybody's stepping up. It's really nice to give them that opportunity and see them do it for themselves."

 

Boys Swimming: Regis Jesuit in position, but on guard in chase for another 5A swim crown
5/16/2014

Projections could have four Aurora teams in top 10 as 5A meet shifts to VMAC

By COURTNEY OAKES

Though he’s in a new role as head coach, Nick Frasersmith’s been in enough wild Class 5A boys state swim meets with Regis Jesuit.

The former assistant took over for coach Mike Doherty — who stepped down after 32 seasons — and is in charge as the Raiders seek their 19th state championship in the past 20 seasons.

With 20 individuals and three relay teams seeded in the top six, Regis Jesuit is projected to finish 65 points ahead of Fairview by the time the May 16-17 state meet concludes at Thornton’s Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center. Frasersmith expects it to play out much differently.

“Each state meet takes on a life of its own and you can’t get complacent with these things, because anything can happen,” said Frasersmith, who guided the Regis Jesuit girls to a 5A state title in February.

“We’re seeded a little bit ahead of Fairview, but I know as well as anybody else there can be big swins either way…It’s going to be a very exciting meet.”

Among Regis Jesuit individual title hopefuls are junior Kyle Goodwin — who is seeking to win a third consecutive 5A state diving crown  — along with senior Hennessey Stuart, the No. 1 seed in the 100 backstroke. The Raiders also have the top-seeded 200 yard medley relay.

According to pre-meet projections, Grandview, Smoky Hill and Cherokee Trail — all coming off an outstanding Centennial “A” League meet — could finish in the top 10 in the team standings.

Smoky Hill senior Juhan Hong is seeded No. 2 in both the 200 and 500 freestyles, while Cherokee Trail senior Josh Bedford goes into state with the top spot in the 100 breaststroke. Junior Alex Kohlman looks to score big points in the sprint freestyles for the Buffaloes, while senior TJ Konde is set up to supply the Cougars with a big boost in the standings in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

Grandview’s 200 freestyle relay team —including individual standouts James Boone and Triston Mosby — is also seeded first.

EMAC champion Hinkley has a pair of swimmers seeded on the cusp of scoring in senior Steve Banuelos-Loya (17th in the 50 freestyle) and senior Tim Martin (18th in the 100 breaststroke), while Overland’s lone individual qualifier — diver Scott Stellick — has hopes of placing in the top eight.

See the full list of qualifiers at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Boys Swimming: Regis Jesuit places 2nd at Continental “A” League meet
5/15/2014

Raiders net eight more state qualifiers in runner-up finish to Highlands Ranch

By COURTNEY OAKES

LITTLETON | The Regis Jesuit boys swim team finished second at the Continental “A” League Championships and further stocked its numbers for the upcoming Class 5A state swim meet.

Competing without the majority of its standouts, coach Nick Frasersmith’s Raiders still racked up 615 points and had eight new swimmers record times that got them into the May 16-17 5A state meet at the Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center by the time the league meet wrapped up Saturday at Heritage High School.

Junior diver Kyle Goodwin and junior Ethan Stanley won individual Continental “A” League titles for Regis Jesuit, the 2013 league champions, which finished behind Highlands Ranch (695 points) and in front of Heritage (458) among six teams competing.
Regis Jesuit

The Continental League diving competition took place at Littleton High School, where Goodwin — the two-time defending 5A state champion — won handily.

Goodwin posted a score of 530.90 points to break his own pool record of 527.25 set the previous season. It was also the highest score for a Colorado diver in any classification so far this season.

Senior teammate Matt Mauser racked up 466.75 points to finish second in diving, while freshman Nick Mordini placed eighth in an event that yielded 63 points for the Raiders.

Stanley, meanwhile, turned in a time of 59.62 seconds in the final of the 100 breaststroke to win the event by nearly two seconds.

Junior Ben Fortuin qualified for the state meet in the 100 backstroke with his time of 56.02 seconds in the prelims, but bettered it in the final with a 55.62 to place second.

Shawn Byrne posted top-four finishes in both the 50 and 100 freestyles and also earned his trip to the state meet, as did Tristan Thomas (200 IM, 100 backstroke), Cameron Weese (200 IM), Alexander Strepman (50 freestyle), Andy Hoffman (100 butterfly), Alex Baldwin (500 freestyle) and Eric Gardiner (100 breaststroke).

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Boys Swimming: Continental “A” League results
5/12/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

LITTLETON | Team scores and individual results from the 2014 Continental “A” League Championship boys swim meet held on May 10, 2014, at Heritage High School. Aurora team and individuals bold and uppercased:

2014 CONTINENTAL “A” LEAGUE BOYS SWIM MEET

Team scores: 1. Highlands Ranch 695 points; 2. REGIS JESUIT 615; 3. Heritage 458; 4. Castle View 379; 5. Ponderosa W/M 349; 6. Littleton 231

See the full list of results at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Baseball: Regis Jesuit, Grandview hold city’s diamond hopes
5/12/2014

Talented Raiders determined to avoid repeat of last season's disappointment, return to 5A baseball championship series; Wolves find stride late in season

By COURTNEY OAKES

Dugouts around the Aurora will be mostly silent during the baseball postseason, as only two city squads qualified for district play.

Regis Jesuit and Grandview finished in the top 32 in Class 5A wild card points — the group that battles it out for eight berths in the 5A championship series — and will be in action May 10.

Coach Matt Darr’s 16-3 Raiders received the No. 2 overall seed when the eight four-team district tournament pairings came out May 7. The seeding allowed Regis Jesuit to play at home, where it will welcome No. 15 Ralston Valley (14-5), No. 18 Castle View (9-10) and No. 31 Westminster (11-8).

The talented senior core of the Raiders is determined that this season won’t end in districts on their home field like it did in 2013, when Chatfield came in and stunned the Raiders. The group is thinking more along the lines of what happened when they were freshmen in 2011 as Regis Jesuitwon the state championship.

“We have that bad taste in our mouths from last season, so we plan to go out into districts and capitalize this time,” senior shortstop Max George said.

“We’re on a little bit of a roll and we have that confidence right now…We’re ready.”

Regis Jesuit certainly appeared ready in its finale against Mountain Vista, as junior starter Brent Schwarz and senior David Peterson — looking the best he has since returning from surgery — combined on a crisp five-hit shutout and George and the defense made a variety of spectacular plays to hold down the talented Golden Eagles.

It only took two runs —on George’s RBI triple and Justin Thaxton’s groundout — but it was enough for Darr’s team to win the way its been playing.

“We’ve found a lot of different ways to win games this season and that’s going to serve us well in the playoffs,” Darr said. “We’re in a good place right now.”

Grandview (10-9) comes into the postseason in a different place than usual, as coach Dean Adams’ team is seeded No. 23 as opposed to its regular position in the top 10.

Due to massive graduation, the Wolves have a different look from last season, when they made it all the way to the 5A semifinals before losing to Rocky Mountain, but have been putting it together at season’s end.

Adams’ group dropped a 6-5 decision to Mullen in its regular season finale May 2, but before that had won seven of its previous eight games to get over .500 and move up to third in the Centennial League standings.

Much of the winning streak coincided with an overall improvement from the pitching staff, which has cut down on walks and made the opposition work.

Senior ace Tanner Thomas had led the way and goes into the postseason with a streak of 12 scoreless innings in his last two starts, which includes five innings in a no-hitter thrown against Arapahoe.

“If I was outside the Centennial League, which I have been before, and saw that we were playing a Centennial League team, I didn’t like it,” Adams said.

“I know this much, we’ll fight, we’ll go play hard and let the chips fall where they may.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Mountain Vista joining list of Colorado boys lacrosse contenders
5/12/2014

Wheat Ridge looks dominant in 4A; Centaurus the favorite on the girls circuit.

By Paul Willis

At first glance, traditional powers jump off the Class 5A boys lacrosse bracket heading into Saturday's quarterfinals. Stalwarts such as Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village), Regis Jesuit (Aurora), Kent Denver (Englewood) and defending champion Arapahoe (Centennial) are immediately apparent.

But a closer look reveals something of a surprise. Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch), which has never advanced past the quarterfinals, is the No. 3 seed and is rolling.

Heck, the Golden Eagles have only been to the quarters one other time. But they are 14-2, have lost only one in-state game and are just as legitimate a contender as the longstanding powerhouses.

One of the primary reasons for their ascension is first-year coach Jake Herman. After spending six seasons as the defensive coordinator at Regis Jesuit, he has taken over the reins at Mountain Vista and made an immediate impact.

"What I would say put us where we're at is our training year-round," Herman said. "We spend so much time working on our skills in the box. And I would say the synergy between me guiding the defense and Jamie Munro running the offense has been something that has put us over the edge."

The Golden Eagles won their first-round matchup against Heritage (Littleton) 11-4 on Wednesday night and next face No. 6 Arapahoe (11-5). If the bracket holds to form, Herman and Mountain Vista will take on his former Regis Jesuit squad in the semifinals.

Regis Jesuit is responsible for Mountain Vista's lone in-state loss, a 13-8 decision on March 15. Herman believes the complex emotions of playing against his former team – both from his own standpoint and those of players on both sides – were exhausted in that initial meeting. So, if the teams meet in the semis, it will be solely about lacrosse.

"I think they're the best team in the state of Colorado, so if we play them, it's a tough road for us going forward for sure," Herman said.

Mountain Vista is stocked with college-level players up and down the roster. Junior Bryan Hancock is headed to Hobart College. Shane McKenna will play at Christopher Newport University. Freshman Colin Munro already has given a verbal to North Carolina.

Leading goal-scorer Alec Womack (50 goals) plans to attend either Colorado or Colorado State and play club lacrosse. Junior Christian Barker (34 goals, 34 assists) is uncommitted. A collection of players like that is the way a team begins to work its way into the list of traditional powers.

"It's been awesome," Herman said. "Before I came to Vista, they were always in the playoffs, but as a 10, 11 or 12 seed. So for us to get the 3 seed this year, it's a tribute to the kids' hard work. And having me in the school (as a teacher) has made a big difference in the accountability of the players."

The only upset in the opening round was No. 10 Mullen (Denver)'s 8-6 win over No. 7 Columbine (Littleton). The Mustangs (8-8) will look to keep it going against Regis Jesuit (15-1).

The Class 4A boys bracket completely held to form in the first round, as all eight top seeds advanced without much challenge. Each won by at least eight goals.

Top-seeded Wheat Ridge rolled Denver South 19-1. The Farmers, who next face Cheyenne Mountain (Colorado Springs), have gotten 46 goals and 35 assists from John Roach and 41 and 29 from Dima Makarov.

Another intriguing 4A squad is No. 5 Aspen (14-2), which boasts the state's top two goal-scorers in juniors Tyler Tick (67) and Ryan Fitzgerald (60). The Skiers face No. 4 Battle Mountain (Edwards) in the quarters.

On the girls side, Centaurus (Lafayette) has inherited a new role this season – that of favorite. The Warriors earned the No. 1 seed, part of a steady rise in the program. The Warriors appeared in two straight semifinals before reaching the championship game last season (they were beaten by Cherry Creek).

After a stellar regular season, Centaurus (14-1) has the unfamiliar designation of overall favorite.

"It's an interesting spot to be," Warriors coach Genny Horning said. "I shared with the girls my belief that, through our play, we have earned this No. 1 seeding. But we're starting all over now."

Horning has relayed to her group, which includes Colorado-bound Sarah Brown (49 goals, 31 assists), that a top seeding doesn't guarantee a spot in the title game, particularly with up to eight capable contenders.

Among those is No. 2 Chatfield (Littleton) (15-0), which has gotten a spellbinding 88 goals from Kendra Lanuza, 59 from Shelby Piper and 56 from Rachael Walker. And don't rule out No. 3 Air Academy (US Air Force Academy), No. 4 Arapahoe (which played Centaurus to a one-goal game) and perennial-power Cherry Creek looming at No. 5.

Centaurus will take on Regis Jesuit in the round-of-16 and looking to start with a clean state despite the lofty seeding.

"It's validation of a successful season, but we're really keeping it in perspective," Horning said.

Read the full article at MaxPreps.com.

 

Photos: Big second half lifts Regis Jesuit over Dakota Ridge in girls lacrosse
5/7/2014

By Tim Visser

AURORA — Regis Jesuit held a slim 6-5 lead over Dakota Ridge at the half. But the Raiders exploded for nine second-half goals en route to a 15-9 win over the Eagles in the first round of the girls lacrosse playoffs.

Regis Jesuit’s Kathleen Roe had six goals and an assist, and Emily Hammerstein had four and an assist. Sofia Evangelista made seven saves for the Raiders.

See all photos at chssanow.com.

 

Girls Golf: Regis Jesuit wins 5A Central Region, topped by medalist Gillespie
5/6/2014

Junior shoots best career round for Raiders with 1-under-par 71; Regis Jesuit foursome joined by Rangeview's Kim in qualifying for 5A state tournament

By COURTNEY OAKES

ENGLEWOOD | The Regis Jesuit girls golf team is still looking for its best overall tournament of the season.

The Raiders were pretty good on Monday at the Class 5A Central Region tournament at Broken Tee G.C., placing all four players in the top 10 individually and winning the team championship by six strokes over powerhouse Cherry Creek.

Junior Sydney Gillespie shot her best career round with Regis Jesuit with a 1-under-par 71 to win the individual regional title — and stood as low as 5-under through 10 holes — to finish two strikes ahead of Cherry Creek’s Calli Ringsby for medalist honors in a field for 54 golfers from 15 schools.

Sophomore Mary Weinstein carded a 5-over 77 to take fifth individually and freshman Jaclyn Murray tied for sixth at 80 to give coach George Miller’s Raiders enough of a cushion over the Bruins. Regis Jesuit’s No. 4 player, sophomore Erika Sailer, shot an 86 for good measure that put her 10th individually.

Gillespie is headed to her third straight state tournament for the the Raiders and it happens to be on the course she grew up playing, Raccoon Creek G.C. in Littleton, May 19-20.

Joining the Regis Jesuit players at state is Rangeview senior Julia Kim — the EMAC individual champion — who easily secured her third straight state berth with a 13-over 85.

Kim’s round started well as she was even through five holes, which included an eagle on par 3 hole No. 4. She finished plus-4 at the turn and the cushion helped her on a tough back nine that saw her take a triple-bogey eight on the par 5 15th hole.

Senior Danae Bushman, a state qualifier as a sophomore, finished 35th with a 110 for Rangeview, which placed 10th.

Gateway finished 13th as a team with Cheyanne Avery’s 121 leading the way, while Katie Jeddeloh shot a 115 as the lone entrant from Smoky Hill.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Girls Lacrosse: Regis Jesuit, Grandview draw first round contests in state playoffs
5/6/2014

Raiders play at home, Wolves on road for right to advance in postseason

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Both of the city’s qualifiers for the girls state lacrosse playoffs will be in action in Tuesday’s first round.

Regis Jesuit — a state semifinalist last season — and Grandview, which last appeared in the postseason in 2011, made up a portion of the 20-team postseason field revealed Monday by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

The top 12 seeds received first-round byes, while eight teams — including both Aurora qualifiers — battle to join them in the second round.

A year after making the deepest run in program history, coach Billy Corbett’s Regis Jesuit team returns to the postseason despite the graduation of a massive class of talented players.

The Raiders lost their last two games of the regular season and finished with just a 6-9 overall record, but had the fourth-strongest strength of schedule in the state. They will welcome No. 17 Dakota Ridge (8-7) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with the winner advancing to face No. 1 Centaurus (14-1) — which edged Regis Jesuit 16-15 in last season’s semifinals — in the second round.

Grandview, meanwhile, finished the season strong and secured the best record in program history at 9-6 with a victory over Valor Christian on May 2.

Coach Kevin Mortimer’s Wolves won four of their final five games — which included their first-ever victory over Mullen — and ended up with the No. 19 seed overall, which sends them on the road to face No. 14 Heritage (7-8) in the first round. Grandview ranked 25th among 49 teams in the state in strength of schedule.

Third-seeded Air Academy (13-2) awaits the Grandview/Heritage winner in the second round.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Girls Tennis: Regis Jesuit’s Chirico, doubles team of Christopher & Quinn earn way to 5A state tourney
5/6/2014

Raiders go through playbacks to make May 8-10 state tournament

By COURTNEY OAKES

GRAND JUNCTION | The Regis Jesuit girls tennis team made another long trek to Grand Junction for regionals and three players returned with state berths.

Junior No. 1 singles player Haley Chirico and the No. 2 doubles team of junior Lexi Christopher and sophomore Clare Quinn each won playback matches Friday at Colorado Mesa University to earn a place in the May 8-10 Class 5A state tournament at Gates Tennis Center.

Coach Kollman Gearheart’s Raiders finished with a total of four regional placers and captured 24 points, good enough for sixth in the eight-team field. Cherokee Trail also competed in the tournament, but finished without a team score.

Chirico — who finished third in 4A as a freshman and took the same place last season in Regis Jesuit’s debut in 5A — lost to eventual regional champion Kristen Kirby of Mountain Range in Thursday’s semifinals, but rebounded to shut out Fruita Monument’s Bronte Hayward in the third-place match.

Since she hadn’t faced Grand Junction’s Carolena Campos — who lost in straight sets to Kirby in the final — Chirico moved into a winner-take-all playback against Campos, who she outlasted 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to earn her third state berth.

Christopher and Quinn also lost in a very tight semifinal — as Littleton’s Madeline Hicks and Rachel Pearson edged them 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 — but managed to rally from a set deficit for a 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Fort Collins’ Emily Hay-Arthur and Erin Morrison in the third-place match.

That win pitted them against Grand Junction’s Mariah Prinster and Jessie Smith, who lost a three-set championship match, and the Raiders rolled 6-1, 6-2.

The No. 3 doubles team of junior Catherine Nemechek and freshman Catherine Stevenson and the No. 4 doubles pairing of junior Emily Wellens and sophomore Mackenzy Pedrie both won their third-place matches, but did not get a playback for state.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Baseball: Regis Jesuit finishes undefeated run through Continental League
5/1/2014

Two first-inning runs stand up as Raiders top Mountain Vista 2-0

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | League championship aside, the Regis Jesuit baseball team played the perfect game to go into the postseason Wednesday.

Sure the Raiders ended up with the Continental League crown following their 2-0 victory over visiting Mountain Vista, but it was the impressive way that coach Matt Darr’s team won it that was heartening for the weeks to come.

Regis Jesuit jumped out with two runs in the first inning, saw junior starter Brent Schwarz and senior David Peterson combine on a five-hit shutout and played stellar defense to finish the regular season 16-3 overall and a sparkling 11-0 in the conference.

The Raiders — ranked No. 2 in the most recent Class 5A Associated Press media poll — hope to keep all phases humming next week in 5A district play, which tripped them up last season. Closing out the season with a 13-game winning streak, Regis Jesuit put itself in line for one of the highest seeds in the postseason.

The crisp victory over fifth-ranked Mountain Vista (16-3, 9-2) was such a team win that Darr wore the pink felt “crown” given out at the end of games instead of one of the players.

The winning recipe began with a quick 1-2-3 top of the first inning by Schwarz, who picked up his sixth win of the season. Following that up, Regis Jesuit put up two runs against Golden Eagles standout Nick Leonard just three batters into the game.

Sophomore leadoff man Quin Cotton — hero of the team’s 7-5 win over ThunderRidge on April 25 — launched a drive that snuck over the head of the right fielder for a double, then came home on senior shortstop Max George’s one-out triple. George scored on designated hitter Justin Thaxton’s groundout to shortstop.

From then on, it was a battle of pitching and defense.

Schwarz sailed through the first four innings before escaping a first-and-third with one out jam in the fifth. George, who had already made some nifty plays at shortstop, scooped up Brian Froechtenight’s groundball, stepped on second base and fired to first for an inning-ending double play. Schwarz allowed four hits in five scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

Leonard also settled in on the other side, getting help from a brilliant double play started by shortstop Jack Strunc in the fourth inning and coaxing routine outs to end Regis Jesuit rallies with two runners on in the third and sixth innings.

Raiders’ second baseman Anthony Donovan executed a 4-3 double play to finish off the sixth inning, the first of two frames for Peterson, who stranded two runners in the top of the seventh with a game-ending strikeout of Froechtenight.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Girls Golf: Regis Jesuit finishes as Continental League champion as final tournament canceled
4/30/2014

Raiders take league title by 39 strokes after high winds scrub final tournament

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Regis Jesuit had a commanding lead in the chase for the Continental League girls golf championship, so Tuesday’s cancellation of the scheduled final tournament at Red Hawk Ridge G.C. had no bearing on the final result.

Through four tournaments, the Raiders led Rock Canyon by 39 strokes and that’s the way it will end, as league officials were forced to scrub the last tournament due to high winds.

According to Douglas County coach Dan Singleton, the league doesn’t have time to reschedule the final meet, so the total scores from meets at The Club at Ravenna, The Pinery, Highlands Ranch G.C. and Glenmoor C.C. make up the final standings.

Regis Jesuit finished first in three of the four tournaments — coming in a stroke behind Rock Canyon at Glenmoor — and posted a total of 1,320 strokes to come in well in front of the Jaguars’ total of 1,359.

Coach George Miller’s Raiders also had two of the top three finishers in the individual standings in junior Sydney Gillespie and sophomore Mary Weinstein, who came in No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, behind Highland Ranch standout Samantha Baker.

Gillespie recovered from an 85 in the opening tournament at Ravenna to card rounds of 77 at The Pinery (tying her with Highlands Ranch’s Jenni Chun for first), 74 at Highlands Ranch G.C. and 76 at Glenmoor, while Weinstein finished as the medalist for two of the four tournaments. She shot an even-par 72 at Highlands Ranch G.C. to finish first and also carded a 2-over 74 to win the Ravenna tournament as well, also coming in at 89 at The Pinery and 80 at Glenmoor.

Freshman Jaclyn Murray also finished in the top 10 in individual scoring average for the Raiders.

In the new postseason format this season — which divides teams among four 5A regionals based on final league finish — Regis Jesuit’s first place result puts it in the Central Regional, slated for May 5 at Broken Tee G.C.

Joining the Raiders among city teams in the Central Region are East Metro Athletic Conference runner-up Rangeview and EMAC No. 6 Gateway.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Eight Coloradans selected to USA Basketball’s women’s U17 trial roster
4/30/2014

By Joe Nguyen

Eight Colorado girls basketball players were selected to the 2014 USA Basketball women’s U17 national team trials roster, the organization announced Tuesday.

Broomfield’s Brenna Chase, Regis Jesuit’s Taekenya Cleveland, Sand Creek’s Liah Davis and Oliana Squires, Rampart’s Kaleah Hires, Grandview’s Michaela Onyenwere, Mesa Ridge’s Kylee Shook and Palmer’s Abigail Torres-Drozd were chosen from Colorado. In all, 162 players were chosen from across the country.

Onyenwere was selected to The Denver Post’s All-Colorado team as a freshman last season. Shook was an All-4A first team selection.

They will participate in skills and trials sessions from May 22-26 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The team will be announced at 8 a.m. May 26, and will play in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, which takes place June 28 to July 6.

If a Colorado player is selected to the team, they will be the first from the state to represent the US on its U17 squad.

Read the full article and see all Colorado selections at The Denver Post.

 

Regis Jesut new No. 1 atop 5A baseball poll
4/29/2014

By Ryan Casey

For the second consecutive week, there’s a new team atop CHSAANow.com’s Class 5A baseball ranking. This time, Regis Jesuit has ascended to the top.

The Raiders, now 14-3, went 3-0 last week — including a 7-5 win over then-No. 6 ThunderRidge. They are now 9-0 in the always tough Continental League, and are riding an 11-game winning streak.

Fairview actually received the same amount of first-place votes (six) that Regis Jesuit did, but remained at No. 2 with 125 overall points to the Raiders’ 137. The Knights are now 16-1 — 13-0 against in-state teams.

Columbine stayed at No. 3 after going 2-1 last week. Included was a 12-6 win over Chatfield, which at the time was ranked No. 1. But the Rebels also dropped a game to Arvada West, which had an amazing week with wins over the Nos. 1, 3 and 8 teams.

Arvada West jumped into the rankings at No. 6, just behind No. 5 Chatfield and No. 4 Mountain Vista.

ThunderRidge dropped to No. 7, Rocky Mountain is No. 8 and Chaparral is No. 9. Cherry Creek rejoined the poll at No. 10.

There are also new teams atop the 3A and 2A polls. In 3A, Eaton received nine of the 10 first-place votes to overtake Holy Family, which dropped to No. 2. In 2A, Resurrection Christian got five of the seven first-place votes and took over for Swink, which also fell to No. 2.

Windsor retained its spot atop the 4A ranking, and Stratton held firm atop 1A.

The 4A poll added Pueblo East at No. 9, and also saw Lewis-Palmer move from No. 5 to No. 3, and Evergreen go from No. 7 to No. 4.

3A added Bayfield (No. 8), while 2A added Limon (No. 9) and Lyons (No. 10).

With the regular season ending Tuesday, these rankings will serve as the final poll of the regular season.

Read the full article and see all rankings at CHSAANOW.com.

 

Baseball: Regis Jesuit-ThunderRidge photo gallery, 4.25.14
4/28/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Images from the Continental League baseball game played between Regis Jesuit and ThunderRidge on April 25, 2014, at Regis Jesuit High School. Regis Jesuit scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning and won 7-5. (Photos by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel):

See all photos at The Denver Post.

 

Quin Cotton leads Regis Jesuit to win over Class 5A champs
4/28/2014

By Neil H. Devlin

AURORA — All the mighty Quin Cotton, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound sophomore outfielder, wanted was a hit. Or to reach base on an error. Or a passed ball or wild pitch on a third strike. Anything that would have brought in the go-ahead run from third base in the sixth inning.

Actually, he did a lot better. Cotton blasted his first varsity home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday that lifted Regis Jesuit to a vital 7-5 home victory over defending Class 5A state champion ThunderRidge.

Cotton's homer followed the second triple in a row by No. 9 hitter Zach Woodruff and broke a 5-5 tie.

Large? You bet. With Mountain Vista having lost earlier Friday, Cotton helped the No. 3 team in The Associated Press 5A poll take command of the Continental League at 9-0 (14-3 overall).

"Zach really came through by getting that triple. I was trying to get the next man up, kind of our philosophy," said Cotton, who also had a run-scoring single in a four-run fourth.

Raiders coach Matt Darr said "a home run out of the leadoff spot isn't what I expected, but he's come through all year."

It was a good one. The No. 7 Grizzlies (10-6, 5-4), losers of four of their past five by a combined seven runs, didn't disagree, including after loading the bases in the seventh.

"It was nice to get some hits and come back against a quality team," coach Joe White said. "But we need to win."

Regis Jesuit belted seven extra-base hits among its 11 and starting pitcher Brent Schwarz cruised into the sixth in a no-decision.

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

 

 

Baseball: Cotton hits tie-breaking homer in 6th as Regis Jesuit tops ThunderRidge, 7-5
4/28/2014

Raiders gave up four-run lead against Grizzlies, but still prevail with late heroics

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Quin Cotton donned the Regis Jesuit’s pink felt crown for a good reason on this occasion.

For the second time this season, the sophomore outfielder earned the symbolic prize bestowed on a player after each Raiders game for anything from a big play to something silly.

The first time Cotton got the award it was for making the first and last outs of an inning in a game against Douglas County, but he got it again for his two-run tie-breaking home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that helped lift Regis Jesuit to a dramatic 7-5 Continental League victory over ThunderRidge.

“I was just trying to get the run in, do my job and get the next man up; I was looking to maybe put it in the right field gap, but I got a pitch that was up and just went for it,” Cotton said of his first home run of the season. “I didn’t know what to do, I was just coming around second (base). …thrilled.

“That could have come from anybody, because our lineup is fantastic. Today, it just happened to be me.”

Senior David Peterson induced a ground ball out with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh to earn the victory for the Raiders, who improved to 14-3 and moved to 9-0 in the league standings, good enough for sole possession of first place after Mountain Vista’s 5-4 loss to Douglas County.

Right fielder Zach Woodruff tripled twice, drove in a pair of runs and scored on Cotton’s home run to spark Regis Jesuit from the bottom of the order, while Justin Thaxton and Matt Schmidt also knocked in runs and Cotton added another RBI with a single.

The Raiders had a 5-1 cushion after a four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth inning, but ThunderRidge (10-6, 5-4) began to hit the ball against junior star Brent Schwarz on the third time through the lineup.

The Grizzlies bunched together singles from Geoff Light, Aaron Germani and Josh Brown to load the bases with none out, forcing Darr to call on Peterson in relief.

ThunderRidge star Brody Westmoreland fell behind Peterson 1-2, but evened the count and drilled a two-run double to right field to make it a two-run game and Mark Hopper also knocked in two with another double one batter later.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Rugby: Aurora Saracens-Regis Jesuit photo gallery, 4.22.14
4/25/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Images from the rugby contest between the Aurora Saracens and Regis Jesuit played on April 22, 2014, at the Aurora Sports Park. The Saracens, a mix of athletes from several Aurora high schools, rolled to a 36-5 victory over the Raiders to secure the No. 2 seed in the upcoming rugby playoffs. (Photos by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel):

See all photos at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Week ahead in Aurora prep sports, 4.24-4.30
4/24/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

A look at some of the key games, tournaments and happenings in Aurora prep sports between April 24-April 30, 2014:

  • The Smoky Hill boys swim team plays host to Arapahoe in a big Centennial League dual meet at 4:30 p.m. April 24, as the Buffaloes will honor a strong group of seniors and attempt to end a lengthy losing streak against the traditionally powerful Warriors.
  • The Regis Jesuit baseball team has two big home games remaining, starting with a 4:15 p.m. contest on April 25 against ThunderRidge, the defending Class 5A state champion. The Raiders’ hopes of winning the Continental League championships hinge on the results of the contest with the Grizzlies, as well as the 4:15 p.m. matchup with Mountain Vista — the only other unbeaten team in the league — on April 30. Regis Jesuit beat both teams in league play last season.
  • A big weekend in track & field includes the Robert F. Caviness Invitational and Liberty Bell Invitational on April 26, with nearly every Aurora team split between the two meets. The Caviness Invitational shifted back a week from its usual date on the calendar, but the 58-year-old meet is set for a 9 a.m. start at Aurora Public School Stadium, with a field that includes all five Aurora Public Schools teams — Aurora Central, Gateway, Hinkley, Rangeview and Vista PEAK. The massive two-day Liberty Bell begins at 4:30 p.m. on April 25 at Littleton Public Schools Stadium and features Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland, Regis Jesuit and Smoky Hill. Final begin at 10 a.m. April 26.
  • The Smoky Hill girls soccer team plays Cherry Creek at 6 p.m. on April 29, with a victory potentially wrapping up the Centennial League championship for the Buffaloes. Unbeaten in league play, Smoky Hill had a 10-game winning streak going into a 4:30 p.m. home contest against Grandview on April 24 at The Swamp.
  • Eaglecrest gets its turn at Coors Field with a reschedule meeting with Evergreen at 11 a.m. April 29, as the Raptors look to continue a hot late streak in non-league play on the Colorado Rockies’ home field. The Raptors won in walk-off fashion against Brighton at Coors Field last year.
  • Class 5A girls tennis regionals begin as early as April 29, with Regis Jesuit playing host to 5A Region 3 at Ken Caryl Ranch. The fields of each of the eight state-qualifying regional tournaments is determined by league standings as the conclusion of the regular season.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Colorado AP prep baseball media poll for April 22, 2014
4/23/2014

By Neil Devlin

Regis batter Zach Woodruff put down a bunt to advance base runners in the sixth inning. The Regis Jesuit baseball team defeated Rock Canyon 10-1 Friday afternoon, April 11, 2014.

Here is The Associated Press Colorado prep baseball poll for the week of April 22, with first-place votes in parentheses, record, total points and last week’s ranking, as voted upon by a statewide panel of sports writers, including The Denver Post, and broadcasters.

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

 

Winter All-City 2013-14: Regis Jesuit heavy on All-City girls hoops team
4/22/2014

Trio of Raiders from arguably state's best-ever girls team lead city's starting five

By COURTNEY OAKES

A remarkable Regis Jesuit girls basketball team that won’t soon be forgotten is fittingly well-represented on the 2013-14 Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Basketball Team.

A trio of players from a 26-2 Raiders team that won a second straight Class 5A state championship and finished ranked higher nationally than any team in the history of Colorado — No. 4 in USA Today’s Super 25 and No. 3 in MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25 — make up the majority of the starting five as selected by the Sentinel with polling of city coaches.

Joining Regis Jesuit seniors Diani Akigbogun, Justine Hall and Kelsi Lidge on the All-City first team is dynamic freshman Michaela Onyenwere and senior Katie Cunningham of semifinalist Grandview.

Hall and Akigbogun — who were both selected to The Show all-star game — get widely compared against each other as far as the team and Colorado’s top talent. The difference is marginal at best, but Hall earned the majority of the nods from city coaches and is the Sentinel’s Player of the Year.

The Purdue signee won Gatorade’s Colorado Player of the Year award, was selected an Honorable Mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association — as was Akigbogun — and made the all-tournament teams at a variety of tournaments played against elite out of state competition.
Regis Jesuit's Diani Akigbogun

With the ability to shoot from 3-point range, hit from mid-range and finish in transition, the 5-foot-10 Hall averaged a team-best 15.8 points per game — including nine games of 20 or more points — and also contributed a team-high 3.2 steals per contest.

Akigbogun, last season’s Sentinel Player of the Year and also a Gatorade POY recipient, put even more work into her game as she prepared for her future at the University of Texas.

The 6-footer’s body control in the paint improved, which led to less fouls and kept her on the court more often, where she averaged 14.1 points per game and 7.2 rebounds. The Continental League Player of the Year took particular pride in her improvement at the free throw line, where she bumped her average to 69 percent from 54 percent a year ago.

Lidge might get overshadowed in terms of statistics, but Regis Jesuit needed her vital all-around contributions on both of its championship runs.

The 5-11 Drexel signee was the glue of the talented unit, contributing across the board night in and night out. Lidge could score when needed and finished in double figures in seven games — including a season-high 17 points in a win over Princeton (Ohio) at the Classic in the Country — but was the Regis Jesuit player most likely to take a charge or come up with a key rebound when it was needed.
Regis Jesuit Girls Basketball

Lidge — who was selected to the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports 5A All-State Game — averaged 5.7 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.3 assists per game, ranking in the top three on her team in all of those categories.

Few Aurora freshmen have ever had the impact on Onyenwere, whose arrival helped Grandview (24-3) get back to the 5A semifinals for the second straight season despite massive graduation. The Wolves also finished 14-0 in the Centennial League for the first time in program history and won the league crown for the third straight season.

The spotlight landed on the athletic 5-11 inside player immediately after she scored 24 points in her varsity debut against Denver East and it only grew larger as the season progressed. Onyenwere — who is also an exceptional track athlete — ran the floor expertly, rebounded over taller players without fouling and showed a variety of effective post moves made more impressive by the fact that’s she’s only really played basketball for three years.
Grandview's Michaela Onyenwere

By the time her season was over, Onyenwere finished with the highest scoring average in Grandview history — 18.6 points per game — and also pulled down 9.7 rebounds per game.

Selected All-Colorado and All-Centennial League first team, Onyenwere capped her season by earning the Most Valuable Player award of The Show after a 13-point, 13-rebound performance.

Onyenwere’s teammate with coach Josh Ulitzky’s Wolves as well as the Show, Cunningham, rounds out the All-City first team.

The 5-10 Cunningham played point guard in her previous three seasons with Grandview, but played a different role as a senior when she was relied on in a variety of categories.

At 8.3 points per game, Cunningham finished third on the team in scoring average behind Onyenwere and sharpshooter Natalie Halbleib (13.3 ppg), but led the team in all other statistical categories aside from blocked shots.
Grandview's Katie Cunningham

Also chosen for the CCGS All-State Game and selected first team All-Centennial League, Cunningham averaged 7.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.4 steals per game.

Cunningham also leaves as the player with the career record for wins at Grandview. The four-year varsity player set the mark with her 76th victory on Jan. 29 when the Wolves won at Cherry Creek and she tacked on 10 more after that came to leave with 86 careers wins.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

 

Max George of Regis Jesuit ranks among country's best shortstops
4/22/2014

By Joe Nguyen

AURORA — From an early age, it seemed Max George was destined to play baseball.

"My first word was 'ball,' so it's been in my system for a while," George said.

Now 18, the Oregon State-bound shortstop has been on a tear, hitting .514 with a .578 on-base percentage, 12 RBIs and four stolen bases to help Regis Jesuit — ranked No. 2 in the Colorado Associated Press media poll — build an 8-3 record.

"A lot of people knock his size, but when you're around him every day, it becomes irrelevant because he just flat-out plays," Regis Jesuit coach Matt Darr said of the 5-foot-10, 170-pound infielder.

George has received numerous awards. Twice a Denver Post All-Colorado selection, he was named a third-team Perfect Game senior preseason All-America selection in March.

"He's a complete player," Darr said. "You always rank guys in baseball in five tools, and he has the ability to dominate a game in any one of those tools in any given time."

With the graduation of star shortstop Brody Weiss in 2013, George made the transition from second base this season.

"You have the ability to make more plays," George said. "I played shortstop this past fall and past summer, so I'm comfortable with the switch."

He has caught the attention of Major League Baseball scouts who have been watching the Raiders play. Darr said he's a firm believer that his star player will make it to the big-league level someday.

"My goal is to be a ballplayer in the major leagues," George said. "I'm just playing it by ear, and hopefully my goal comes true."

But before he moves on to the next stage of his career, he wants to finish high school with another state title — a perfect way to bookend his prep career after winning state as a freshman.

"I'm happy he's graduating," ThunderRidge coach Joe White said with a laugh. "I've been around for a long time, and he's been one of the better hitters I've seen."

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

 

Baseball: Peterson returns from injury ahead of schedule for rolling Regis Jesuit
4/22/2014

Senior tosses his first inning of season, relishes return to mound

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Strikeouts are nothing new to David Peterson, but few have likely been as satisfying as the one he got Thursday.

Six weeks and a day after undergoing surgery for a fractured fibula — which put his entire senior season in jeopardy — the Regis Jesuit ace left-handed pitcher took the mound and whiffed Ponderosa’s Kian Kagan to open the fifth inning of the Raiders’ 8-1 Continental League victory.

The University of Oregon signee did his best to be a supportive teammate in the first month and a half of the season, but he was thrilled to contribute on the field and it spilled out after his first varsity strikeout since last May.

“It was nice; I struck the first guy out and I had to turn around because I had a pretty big smile on my face,” Peterson said after completing a scoreless inning in the eighth straight victory for Regis Jesuit (11-3 overall, 6-0 in Continental League).

“It was nothing but joy; it was great to look back and see all my teammates behind me again,” he added.

Regis Jesuit coach Matt Darr took advantage of the chance to get Peterson on the field earlier than expected.

“Getting David back is a huge shot in the arm emotionally,” Darr said. “We were hoping next week we’d try to get him into a game, but he felt great today and we were thinking if there was a good opportunity — a no-pressure situation — we wanted to get him an inning.”

Thanks to a six-run first inning outburst by the offense and four scoreless innings from junior right-handed starter Brent Schwarz, one of the pitchers who have carried the load with Peterson out, such a no-pressure occasion presented itself.

With an 8-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning, Darr gave Peterson the ball and he proceeded to strike out Kagan, coax a flyball to left field from Eric Tokuyma and finish the frame with another strikeout of Bryan King.

Peterson — who is 15-6 in his Regis Jesuit career and went 4-2 with a 1.60 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings as a junior — never doubted he would play this season, even after the March 5 surgery he had to repair a fibula fractured in two places.

“I always planned on getting back. I looked at the calendar and six weeks from surgery was yesterday. I got cleared the seventh and just starting making my way back, but I never really thought I’d be out for the entire season.”

Darr, who is in his first season with the team, is thrilled to have Peterson available and plans to use him as a reliever primarily, but will start him again if the arm strength builds back up.

“We’ve been playing well without him, but I think everybody was just excited today for him as a kid,” Darr said. “There was a time when I think we all thought he might not be back, so it was cool to see everybody’s reaction when he came out.

“There were a lot of hugs and you could see the relief that he’s going to be able to play his senior season.”

Schwarz was among the teammates inspired by Peterson’s return to the team.

“We’re not surprised, but I don’t know if we expected David back this early,” Schwarz said. “He’s just so confident and such a bulldog out there. We’re excited to have him back.”

Peterson’s return comes at a time when his team is one of two unbeaten teams in the Continental League with five games remaining. The Raiders face defending 5A state champion ThunderRidge and current co-league leader Mountain Vista in that span.

But with Peterson on the shelf, the Regis Jesuit pitching staff more than rose to the occasion.

Schwarz picked up his fifth win of the season against no defeats with his four scoreless innings against Ponderosa, lowering his ERA from an already stellar 2.85 mark coming into the game.

Senior starters Zach Heath (2-0, 2.25 ERA) and lefty Reagan Todd (2-2, 4.27 ERA) and senior relievers Zach Woodruff (1-0, 0.95 ERA) and Justin Thaxton (1.56 ERA) more than picked up the slack on the mound.

Schwarz felt good about his performance and the rest of the staff, which he said is made easier by Regis Jesuit’s strong roster.

“With the defense we have and lineup we have hitting, we’re always going to put up runs, so there’s not really a worry there,” he said. “I’m just trying to stay calm and within myself, so I just need to keep throwing strikes and I know they’ll pick me up. I just need to give us a chance to win and we’ll pull it out.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Week past in Aurora prep sports, 4.8-4.15
4/17/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

The Smoky Hill Invitational boys swim meet was fast April 12, as the 22nd edition of the annual meet had six meet standards set in 12 events.

Half of those marks went to swimmers from host Smoky Hill, as senior Juhan Hong replaced former Heritage star Mark Dylla’s meet marks in the 200 and 500 freestyles and junior Alex Kohlman dispatched of a 13-year-old record in the 100 freestyle as the Buffaloes finished third behind winner Fossil Ridge and runner-up Discovery Canyon.

Smoky Hill’s other win came from the 200 freestyle team of Kohlman, senior Derek Liu, sophomore Ethan Evans — who posted a pair of top three finishes individually — and Hong, who swam the anchor leg and held off Fossil Ridge immediately after swimming the 500 freestyle final.

Cherokee Trail finished fourth for the second straight season, but finished just 28 points behind Smoky Hill with seniors Josh Bedford and TJ Konde leading the way.

Bedford won both of his individual events — the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke — while Konde claimed the 100 backstroke.

  • Sophomore Sam Howshar scored with less than two minutes left in overtime to lift Smoky Hill to a 1-0 victory over Cherokee Trail in a Centennial League clash on April 15 at Legacy Stadium. The Buffaloes won their sixth straight game and kept a share of the league lead. In the first game of a doubleheader, Grandview’s Brooke Tasker and Eaglecrest’s Alexis Miller scored goals as the Wolves and Raptors played to a 1-1 stalemate after two overtimes.
  • Sophomore Morgan Sahm shot a 3-over-par 75 to help Grandview finish third as a team in the Centennial League girls golf tournament held on April 15 at Aurora’s Saddle Rock G.C. Sahm finished third individually, five strokes behind two co-medalists from Arapahoe and Cherry Creek, and aided the Wolves to a second straight third-place team result. Sahm and fellow sophomore Emily Jung placed in the top five in the previous tournament on April 10 at Aurora Hills G.C. as Grandview also took third.
  • The Smoky Hill baseball team scored three runs in the first inning against Ralston Valley in an afternoon matinee at Coors Field April 15, but managed just three baserunners in the subsequent six innings of an 8-3 defeat. Senior Devin Huschka drove in two runs with a single and senior Hank Hyde knocked in the other with a sacrifice fly for Smoky Hill, which saw the Mustangs score five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 deadlock.
  • The Regis Jesuit boys won the title at the annual Rod Card/Regis Jesuit Invitational track meet on April 12, topping four city teams in the field. Senior John Schmidt won the 100 and 200 meter dashes, senior Jordan Hatfield cleared 14 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault and senior A.J. Shaw topped the shot put for the Raiders. Gateway’s Devundrick Walker (1,600 meters) and Rangeview’s Ramadan Muhammad (800 meters) also took firsts among city athletes.
  • The Grandview girls won the team title at the Pomona Invitational track meet at Jeffco Stadium April 11-12 and the Wolves finished second to Fountain-Fort Carson in the combined standings as well. Cherokee Trail’s Brandon Singleton won the boys 200 and 400 meter dashes, while Smoky Hill twins Brynell and Blake Yount each won the 800 meter runs among a slew of winners from Aurora.
  • The Regis Jesuit boys swim team downed Cherry Creek 110.5-74.5 in a hotly-contest dual meet on April 8 at Regis Jesuit. Senior Hennessey Stuart won twice individually to help spur the Raiders, who took firsts in seven events compared to five for the Bruins. Senior Chris Dawson and juniors Kyle Goodwin and Will Pieseski also won individually for Regis Jesuit, which captured two of the three relay events as well.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Girls Basketball: Grandview’s Onyenwere wins MVP, but White Team falls to Blue in Show
4/14/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Michaela Onyenwere stood out plenty during her outstanding freshman basketball season at Grandview.

Her play stood out as well during Saturday’s Show all-star game at Pepsi Center, as she garnered the Most Valuable Player award on a day where 20 of the top high school girls across all classifications showed definite rust.

Onyenwere was credited with 13 points and 13 rebounds and received the game’s top honor, though her White Team — which also featured Grandview teammate Katie Cunningham — dropped a 45-39 decision to a Blue Team featuring the Regis Jesuit trio of Justine Hall, Diani Akigbogun and Anna Ptasinski.

While the White ended up on the losing end on the scoreboard, it dominated on the boards, led by Onyenwere and Cunningham, who scored just one point, but was credited with 10 rebounds.

For the Blue Team, Hall — a Purdue signee playing in her second straight Show game — racked up eight points to lead the way for the trio from Regis Jesuit, which won its second straight Class 5A girls state basketball championship a month earlier.

The Lafayette-bound Ptasinski’s lone basket of the game was fittingly a 3-pointer, which came with just over a minute left and sealed the victory for the Blue.

Akigbogun, the MVP of last season’s game, finished scoreless, but pulled down four rebounds as she battled foul trouble.

The University of Texas signee picked up two fouls after getting her fourth — which would have fouled her out in a normal high school game — but she was allowed to play the final minute-plus in the spirit of the game.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

 

Winter All-City 2013-14: State champion Regis Jesuit leads way on All-City girls swim team
4/14/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

No Missy, no problem for the Regis Jesuit girls swim team.

The Raiders certainly missed Missy Franklin — their former star and mega-watt personality — in a lot of ways during the 2013-14 season, but in the end they continued the tradition of winning state championships Franklin helped get started.

Without a single senior in the water at the Class 5A girls state swim meet at Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center in February, Regis Jesuit went to the wire with Fairview, but clinched the program’s second straight 5A state title and third in the past five seasons by winning the meet-ending 400 yard freestyle relay. Nine members of coach Nick Frasersmith’s Raiders make up the bulk of the 2013-14 Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Swim Team, which is based on state results.

A pair of Grandview swimmers take care of the distance freestyle spots on the All-City Team, as senior Madison Dirks and sophomore Mia Wood represent the Wolves.

Regis Jesuit came away with the four event championships in all, the lone individually coming from sophomore McKensi Austin, who became the first diver in program history to win a state title. Austin, who won the Coaches Invitational and the Continental “A” League crown as well, scored 494.50 points to finish with a comfortable 31.05-point victory.

While depth helped Regis Jesuit prevail, junior Taylor Wilson and sophomores Amy Lenderink and Lindsay Painton did a lot of heavy lifting. All three swimmers placed in a pair of individual events and contributed to two relay victories.

Wilson was in the water for the final leg of the clinching 400 freestyle relay, touching the wall 0.41 of a second in front of her Fairview counterpart to win in an Automatic All-American time of 3:28.21 for a team that also included Painton, sophomore Emily Protz and freshman Samantha Smith. Wilson — who also anchored the 200 freestyle relay — was Aurora’s top sprint freestyler as well, as she tied for fourth in the 50 free.

Painton finished top six in both the 100 freestyle (3rd) and 100 backstroke (6th) and grabbed the All-City positions in both events for the second straight season. The younger sister of Regis Jesuit Boys Division 5A state golf champion Spencer Painton also swam on the 400 free relay team, as well as the 200 medley relay, which included Lenderink, junior Sydney Cutler and freshman Jennae Frederick.

Lenderink finished sixth in the 100 butterfly and swam the stroke on the 200 medley relay team, while she also contributed a leg to the 200 freestyle relay team with Wilson and freshmen Smith and Isabella Schultze.

Austin, Wilson, Lenderink and Painton appear on the All-City team for the second consecutive season.

Besides their relay contributions, Cutler and Frederick each finished as the top Aurora swimmer in an individual event as well. Frederick posted a 10th-place result in the 200 individual medley, while Cutler touched the wall 15th in the 100 breaststroke.

Grandview’s outstanding season didn’t show up quite as expected in terms of team standing at the 5A state meet, as the Wolves finished in a tie for 14th, but a senior-heavy core had an outstanding final season.

Leading the way was Pennsylvania-bound Madison Dirks, who placed twice individually, including a city-best 14th in the 200 freestyle, earning her second straight spot on the All-City team in the event. Dirks finished third in the 200 as a junior.

Due to injury, Wood didn’t even have the chance to swim at state a year ago — unlike her twin sister, April — but finished her sophomore season very strong. Wood won the Centennial “A” League championship in the 200 IM, then went on to be the lone city swimmer to qualify for the championship or consolation finals at state in the 500 freestyle. She finished 12th.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

No. 2-ranked Regis Jesuit crushes Chaparral 13-0 in baseball
4/14/2014

By Neil H. Devlin

AURORA — Max George got in some extra work after Wednesday afternoon's game. The Regis Jesuit senior, a popular choice as the state's top position player in 2014, was asked to take some swings in the cage under the watchful eyes of a scout from the Baltimore Orioles.

What could have been better? It was a gorgeous spring day in Colorado, Regis Jesuit waxed visiting Chaparral 13-0 in a Continental League game and a major-league team came for a peek at George, a shortstop who has moved over from second base.

"It's always nice getting out here while the weather's nice," said George, an All-Colorado selection by The Denver Post in 2012 and 2013.

Nicer still when the Raiders (7-3, 2-0), ranked No. 2 in the Colorado AP Class 5A media poll, are able to jump on opponents early and have a pitcher who throws strikes.

"It's a good formula for success," first-year Raiders coach Matt Darr said.

It happened almost immediately. Regis Jesuit knocked out Chaparral starter Brad Brown after he was wild and went through the order once. The Raiders sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning while scoring eight runs on just three hits. They were aided by four walks and a hit batsman.

"It's tough to come back when you get down like that," Darr said.

The parade continued. George was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Justin Thaxton homered, and had two hits and two RBIs. He also scored twice. In all, the Raiders pounded out 11 hits.

On the mound, Brent Schwarz allowed just two hits, and only one Wolverine reached second base. Schwarz struck out just two hitters, but walked none.

George, headed to Oregon State, said he feels "like we have a special team."

Chaparral (5-4, 1-1) played its third game in three days — the Wolverines beat league member Legend 6-4 on Monday and earned a 7-6 nonleague victory at Dakota Ridge on Tuesday — and has two others scheduled, at Highlands Ranch in league Friday and at Arapahoe in nonleague Saturday. "We're all right," coach Tony Persichina said.

Read the full article at The Denver Post

 

 

Regis Jesuit takes over atop 5A boys lacrosse ranking
4/8/2014

By Ryan Casey

Regis Jesuit walked away with a win over Arapahoe in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown on Saturday. Monday, the Raiders are the unanimous pick to lead CHSAANow.com’s Class 5A boys lacrosse poll.

Regis beat then-No. 1 Arapahoe 16-8. They received all 12 first-place votes this week.

Cherry Creek moved up one spot to No. 2, Kent Denver jumped two places to No. 3 and Arapahoe fell to fourth. Mountain Vista rounds out the top five.

Chaparral (No. 8) and Columbine (No. 10) joined the 5A ranking this week.

Wheat Ridge extended its stay at No. 1 in 4A.

Behind the Farmers, Ponderosa moved up four spots to No. 2. Likewise, Steamboat Springs went from No. 7 to No. 3. Aspen is fourth and Thompson Valley rounds out the top five.

Air Academy is the lone newcomer this week at No. 10.

Complete rankings for both classes are at CHSAANow.com.

 

Late goals spark No. 2 Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse over No. 1 Arapahoe
4/7/2014

By Brock Laue

AURORA — In a heavyweight bout between two elite boys lacrosse programs, No. 2 Regis Jesuit delivered a knockout punch with back-to-back goals to end the third quarter and give the Raiders a 12-8 lead over No. 1 Arapahoe. Regis sealed the victory with smothering defense to beat the two-time defending Class 5A state champion Warriors 16-8 on Saturday afternoon at Lou Kellogg Stadium in front of Regis’ home fans.

In a rematch of a semifinal playoff game last year — a contest Arapahoe won 13-5 — Regis wanted revenge against one of their great rivals.

“It’s always good to beat Arapahoe. They knocked us off in the playoffs last year and we never forgave them for it,” Regis coach Jim Soran said with a laugh.

Saturday’s game was marked by runs and momentum shifts. Regis started hot with a goal by Chase Konkel one minute and seven seconds into the contest. He added a second goal at the 4:45 mark of the first quarter to give the Raiders a 3-1 lead.

Arapahoe held on early thanks to two first quarter goals by Will Danuser and another from Austin Shindoll in the second quarter which cut the deficit to 5-4 with 8:37 remaining in the first half.

But four different Raiders scored — Konkel, Matt Soran, Aaron Horvat and Chet Dunstan — as Regis rolled to a commanding 9-4 halftime lead, an unfamiliar position for Arapahoe the past few years.

The Warriors, who saw very few scoring opportunities early, found some holes in the Regis defense in the third and exposed them with four consecutive goals, two by University of Delaware commit Zach Runberg, a midfielder, to make it 10-8.

In the end, Regis had too much firepower and closed with six straight goals and an impressive victory.

“We scored, they scored, we just kept burying it on and they just couldn’t hang with us,” Konkel said after the game. “Everyone on offense played really well.”

Regis held possession most of the game and utilized their speed and athleticism to attack aggressively.

Konkel, a junior midfielder with size, led all scorers with five goals. Dunstan, Soran and Ben Bechter were all outstanding offensively for Regis.

“Scoring-wise, it’s been balanced, which has been nice,” coach Soran said about one of his team’s strengths this season. “The goalie play has been exceptional. (Bret Quartuccio) has been one of the best I’ve seen and our faceoff guy, Alec Barnes, has been very consistent.”

“I would say we have the best offense in the state,” Konkel added. “Our defense is amazing, our goalie is really good, and we’ve got Ben (Bechter) also, and he’s just really good.”

The Raiders are now 9-0 this season, 6-0 in Colorado, with three strong wins over California opponents in the Golden State last week.

“The competition was great,” Soran said about the road trip. “Last year, Saint Ignatius was No. 1 in the West by the rankings for US Lacrosse, so we wanted to go play them. We had a good game there. I don’t think they’re as strong as they were last year, but they’re extremely well-coached and they’re always good. Bellarmine Prep is also a top-notch team. They’ll compete with St. Ignatius for their league championship this year, so we got a lot of good competition.

“I think we grew on the trip and it was a bonding thing for the team,” Soran concluded.

Arapahoe dropped to 6-1, but lost a group of 20 seniors off last year’s state title team and will look to regroup after a tough road loss. The Warriors could be scary later in the year.

Regis’ powerful, more experienced squad headlined Saturday’s game though. The Raiders’ first-rate offense, defense and overall talent was fully displayed Saturday afternoon, but Soran says there is much to improve upon.

“Early, we gave up some cheap goals and we had too many unforced turnovers,” Soran said. “We would like to get a little more aggressive on our ground balls. We weren’t really playing our ‘A’ game, so when you can win one like that, you feel like you still have some more work to do.”

Read the full article at CHSAANOW.

 

All-state girls basketball teams for 2013-14 season
4/4/2014

By CHSAA

The 2013-14 all-state girls basketball teams are presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.

These teams were created following a lengthy process which included nominations from leagues and coaches, and then a vote of coaches.

The players who received the most votes in their classification were selected as the player of the year in their class.

Those players of the year: Regis Jesuit’s Diani Akigbogun (5A), Mesa Ridge’s Gabby Purnell (4A), Holy Family’s Katie Chavez (3A), Akron’s Jordan Baer (2A) and South Baca’s Allyson Grahn (1A).

See the full list of teams at CHSAANow.com.

 

Regis Jesuit Runner Commits To Biola University
4/4/2014

Hannah Feehan commits to run cross country and track at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif.

LA MIRADA, CA (04/03/2014)(readMedia)-- Biola inked another standout distance runner for women's track & field and cross country following the commitment of Hannah Feehan from Regis Jesuit High School.

Feehan will enter the university in the fall and plans to join Biola's noteworthy communication disorders undergraduate program.

She is coming off four varsity seasons of high school cross country and track & field, and she earned recognition as Colorado Academic All-State in both of her sports.

"Hannah is going to be an outstanding addition to our teams, as she is a very well-grounded student-athlete who really fits the model we have tried to develop here," said Head Coach Jonathan Zimmerman. "She will major in communication disorders, which is just one of the many exemplary academic majors offered here. I am glad she will be well served in the classroom, the community and on the track."

Regis Jesuit is a premier high school in Colorado that was recently ranked as the No. 1 high school sports program in Colorado by "Mile High Sports Magazine."

Last season, Feehan led her cross country team to a second place regional finish and berth in the state meet.

Feehan becomes the second member of the track program to commit to the university level during this commitment season. She will have a chance to make an immediate impact on Biola's Golden State Athletic Conference championship-winning women's cross country program when she enters the university.

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Baseball: Regis pays back Gilbreath, Legacy in big way
4/4/2014

Third-ranked Raiders pound out 14 runs on 14 hits against Legacy

By Jon E. Yunt

DENVER — It must be something in a baseball player's DNA ... that ability to recall on a moment's notice the familiarity of an opponent.

Last season, Legacy and then-junior pitcher Lucas Gilbreath beat then top-five Regis Jesuit 4-3 in their season opener.

It must have been stuck in the craw of the Raiders, who exacted some revenge on the Lightning on Wednesday at Mike Campbell Field on the Regis campus. The Raiders scored seven runs in both the third and fifth inning to beat Gilbreath and the Lightning 14-4 in a mercy-rule five inning game.

"They definitely came out prepared," Gilbreath said, "I could tell."

Fresh off a spring break trip to Florida, where they played five games in four days, the Lightning struggled to get the bats going early against Regis starter Brett Schwarz.

Gilbreath was matching Schwarz's zeros, and appeared as though he would get out of the third unscathed. But with two outs, the Raiders — on their second time through the lineup — started to hit the ball and catch a few breaks.

Gilbreath had Oregon State-bound slugger Max George in a 1-2 hole and the slugging shortstop's bounding ball back up the middle glanced off Gilbreath and Devin Payne was unable to field it cleanly, thus allowing the first run to score. It would be the first of four straight hits, culminated by catcher Jack Brett's three-run home run over the right field fence, off Gilbreath.

Gilbreath would finish out the inning and was lifted in favor of Jackson Epslin in the fourth.

"They hit the ball well," said Gilbreath, whose summer and fall ball accolades are were well known in the Raiders dugout. "That's not the first time that has happened and I'm sure it won't be the last. Just got to live and learn."

The Lightning (2-5) answered right back in the top of the fourth. After a leadoff walk by Payne and a single by Matthew Rody, Nick Nash plated the first Legacy run with a single.

Tyler Rope then singled to load the bases for second baseman Michael Miyasaki. The senior second baseman ripped a ball over right fielder Zach Woodruff's head and plated all three runs. Miyasaki was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.

"Gily wasn't as sharp as he has been and offensively we just couldn't get things started," Lightning coach Ty Giordano said. "Once they had their big inning, we started having better at-bats, but unfortunately we hit it where they were and those guys basically hit it where we weren't.

"They had a lot of seeing-eye singles, I mean balls were hit hard, it's not like they were bleeders or anything."

The Lightning will close out the non-league portion of their schedule on Friday at Standley Lake before opening up Front Range League play next week at home against highly-touted Rocky Mountain.

"Sometimes that happens, that's just the way this game is, but the big thing for us is that we need to try and realize that we are a good club and we have to come to work tomorrow," Giordano said. "Even though it's a short season, only 19 games, but it is still a long season. We've just got to keep working and get better."

Regis designated hitter Justin Thaxton went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Brett went 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs. Eight of the nine hitters in the Raiders lineup had at least one of the 14 hits.

Read the full article at Broomfield Enterprise.

 

Baseball: Key dates, info for 2014 season
4/4/2014

By COURTNEY OAKES

2014 AURORA BASEBALL SEASON

Key dates: March 7 — First contest; May 6 — Regular season completed; May 10 — Class 5A/4A district tournaments; May 16-17 — Class 5A Baseball Championship Series (double elimination) First Weekend; May 23-24 — Class 5A Baseball Championship Series (double elimination) Final Weekend

Aurora coaches: Aurora Central — Christopher Stone; Cherokee Trail — Allan Dyer; Eaglecrest — Tory Humphrey; Gateway — Brian Dossey; Grandview — Dean Adams; Hinkley — Bryan Koralewski; Overland — Mike Prichard; Rangeview — Mike Hamilton; Regis Jesuit — Matt Darr; Smoky Hill — Scott Henry; Vista PEAK — Tyler Hettich

Returning all-league 1st & 2nd team selections: Alex Achtermann, RHP/INF, sr., Cherokee Trail (2013 All-Centennial League second team); Colton Bennett, INF, sr., Rangeview (2013 All-EMAC second team); Max George, INF, sr., Regis Jesuit (2013 All-Continental League first team); Devin Huschka, C, sr., Smoky Hill (2013 All-Centennial League second team); Hank Hyde, INF/RHP, sr., Smoky Hill (2013 All-Centennial League first team); Dillon Joye, INF/RHP, sr., Rangeview (2013 All-EMAC second team); Brandon Lopez, INF/DH/RHP, sr., Gateway (2013 All-EMAC second team); Jacob Lorenzini, INF, jr., Eaglecrest (2013 All-Centennial League second team); Eric Mingus, INF, jr., Grandview (2013 All-Centennial League second team); David Peterson, LHP, sr., Regis Jesuit (2013 All-Continental League first team) (injured, may not play this season); Joe Slocum, INF/RHP, sr., Overland (2013 All-Centennial League first team); Reagan Todd, INF/LHP, sr., Regis Jesuit (2013 All-Continental League first team); Dario Villagomez, LHP/OF, sr., Overland (2013 All-Centennial League first team)

Other Aurora players to watch: Jack Brett, INF, sr., Regis Jesuit; Edgar Castaneda, RHP/INF, soph., Gateway; Jeffrey Cordova, C, sr., Rangeview; Michael Dziurgot, RHP/INF, sr., Ch. Trail; Jaden Fouse, LHP/OF, sr., Eaglecrest; Brendan Hays, RHP/OF, sr., Grandview; Zach Heath, RHP, sr., Regis Jesuit; Brandon Hernandez, C, soph., Eaglecrest; Evan Kercher, RHP/INF, sr., Rangeview; JR McDermott, RHP/OF, jr., Smoky Hill;  Joseph Sanchez, C, sr., Overland; Brent Schwarz, RHP, jr., Regis Jesuit; Andy Schwulst, C, sr., Ch. Trail; Morgan Smith, RHP/INF, jr., Grandview; Justin Thaxton, RHP/INF, sr., Regis Jesuit; Tanner Thomas, RHP, sr., Grandview; Colten Thomsen, RHP/INF, jr., Vista PEAK; Paul White, C/INF, sr., Vista PEAK

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Baseball: Regis Jesuit splits four games at USA National High School Invitational
4/3/2014

Raiders return to Colorado at .500 after 2-2 showing in North Carolina

By COURTNEY OAKES

CARY, N.C. | With only two games of play in Colorado as preparation, the Regis Jesuit baseball team performed well with a 2-2 showing the USA National High School Invitational.

Coach Matt Darr’s Raiders won their first two game of play to advance to the semifinals of the prestigious tournament at the National Training Center, then lost their last two.

Regis Jesuit (3-3) returns to play in Colorado on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. home game against Legacy.

The Raiders downed Parkview (Ga.) 6-1 on March 26 to open the National High School Invitational and dealt Mountain Pointe (Ariz.) an 8-4 defeat on March 27 to come within a victory of the championship game, only to go down by a 6-2 count to eventual winner The First Academy (Fla.).

In its finale on March 28 in the consolation bracket, Regis Jesuit saw Huntsville (Ala.) score five runs in the sixth inning to rally for a 6-1 victory.

Senior shortstop Max George — an Oregon State signee — had a strong tournament at the plate for the Raiders, recording at least two hits in three of the games and finishing 9-for-15 (.600) with 3 RBI, while leadoff hitter Quin Cotton went 6-for-14 and 4 RBI.

Errors hurt Regis Jesuit in the final two games, as just five of the 12 runs it yielded in the losses were earned.

Even without senior ace David Peterson, who is recovering from surgery on a fractured fibula, the Raiders pitched well with four different starters taking the hill.

Senior Zach Heath threw a complete game five-hitter in the opener and junior Brent Schwarz picked up the win against Mountain Pointe with 5 solid innings. Seniors Reagan Todd and Justin Thaxton also had solid outings in the final two games outside of the miscues, including three made in the loss to the The First Academy.

Regis Jesuit’s Continental League rival, ThunderRidge, also went 2-2 in the tournament.

Read the full story at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

 

Ice Hockey: Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit each go 1-2 at USA High School Nationals
4/2/2014

Bruins, Raiders stopped in pool play at tournament in Omaha, Neb.

By COURTNEY OAKES

OMAHA, Neb. | The virtual mirror seasons of the Cherry Creek and Regis Jesuit ice hockey teams ended in the same result at the USA High School National Tournament.

The Cherry Creek team — which included players from several district high schools, including Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview, Overland and Smoky Hill — and Regis Jesuit posted 1-2 overall records at the annual tournament, which featured 32 teams from across the country. Neither team advanced out of pool play at the tournament, which ended with a team from Bethel Park, Pa., winning the championship on Sunday.

Both local teams, who qualified for the national tournament in the fall, both finished the winter season 17-4-1 and both lost in the state semifinals.

Coach Dan Woodley’s Regis Jesuit team won the tournament championship in 2012 and finished as the runner-up last season, but didn’t advance out of Pool B, which included a Providence Catholic (Ill.) team that lost to Bethel Park for the championship.

The Raiders lost to Peters Township (Pa.) 4-3 in overtime in their opener on March 26, then bounced back with a gritty 5-3 win over Orange Lutheran (Calif.) the next day. Providence Catholic outshot Regis Jesuit 35-18 in the final pool play game on its way to a 5-1 victory.

Jack O’Neil and Grant Johnson each tied for the team-high with two goals apiece for Regis Jesuit, while Logan Baca, Andre Dugas, John Kane, Jack Kilkenny and Roman West scored one each.

Jack Jordan dished our four assists for the Raiders, while Kilkenny had two helpers and goaltender Sam Gartner played all 153 minutes for Regis Jesuit, saving 66 of the 78 shots he faced.

Coach Jeff Mielnicki’s Cherry Creek team finished second in Pool A behind Bethel Park, which hammered the Bruins 9-2 in their opening game on March 26.

Cherry Creek lost to J. Serra (Calif.) 4-3 in overtime on March 27 before capping the trip with a 5-1 victory over Medina (Ohio).

Ryan Worley (Eaglecrest), Matthew Reddy and Michael King tallied two goals apiece for the Bruins, with Nick Chavez, Michael Dubus, Noah Ingwers and Dalton Walker also lighting the lamp.

Joel Walker and Owen Berman dished out two assists each among 12 Cherry Creek players with at least one helper.

Three different goalies played for the Bruins, with Brady Mielnicki posting the victory with 17 saves against Medina. Quinton Reynolds (Overland) turned aside 30 of the 34 shots he saw in the overtime loss, while Aaron Jatana made 35 shots in the onslaught against Bethel Park.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

Girls Basketball: Regis Jesuit’s Neffie Lockley switches commitment from Howard to Kennesaw State