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Jack Stoll of Regis Jesuit commits to Nebraska football
6/26/2015

By Morgan Dzakowic

Regis Jesuit tight end Jack Stoll announced his commitment to Nebraska football on Wednesday via Twitter.

Stoll, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound 3-star recruit, caught 19 passes for 176 yards and four touchdowns last season.

The senior picked Nebraska over offers from other schools, including Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, Idaho State, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas and Wyoming.

Read the full article at the Denver Post.

 

Regis Jesuit's Jack Stoll announces Nebraska commitment
6/26/2015

2016 Tight End Jack Stoll chooses the Big Ten Conference.

By Julia Lopez

KUSA – Regis Jesuit tight end Jack Stoll didn’t want any distractions during his senior season with the Raiders.  Stoll wants to focus on school and football.  That’s why he announced his college commitment in June, months before the 2015 season.  On Wednesday, the 6-foot-5, 225 pound tight end tweeted out, “Excited and proud to announce that I have committed to the University of Nebraska!”

Stoll told 9News that he knew Nebraska was the right place for him. “I absolutely love the coaches and the players.  It’s a great college town and the fans are extremely loyal,” Stoll said.

He said his top three choices were Nebraska, Texas and Colorado.  The Cornhuskers edged the rest because of how often their offense utilizes its tight ends. “Nebraska uses tight ends in progression 90 percent of the time and they line up two tight ends 60 percent of the time.  I want to be a part of that type of offense,” said Stoll.

Jack also told 9News that he knows he wants to get better and the Cornhuskers have the right formula.  Stoll said Nebraska’s Tight Ends Coach Tavita Thompson is a guy he wants to play for. “After watching film with Coach Thompson, I want to learn the right technique.  He’s the guy I want to learn from,” explained Stoll.

Before he gets too excited about playing at the next level, Stoll knows there’s business to take care of this upcoming season. “Our team goal is to win a state championship.  We don’t have many returning starters, but we have the talent,” Stoll explained.  As for his personal goal this season?  “I just want to be the best receiver and blocker in the state,” Stoll said with confidence.

Stoll had 11 offers from across the nation including Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, Idaho State, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, UNLV, Virginia and Wyoming.

Read the full story at 9News.com.

Baseball: 2015 All-Continental League teams
6/26/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The following is a look at the players from the Aurora team (Regis Jesuit) and others who were voted all-conference first and second teams in the Continental League for their play during the 2015 baseball season:

2015 ALL-CONTINENTAL BASEBALL TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Aurora selections: Quin Cotton (OF), jr. and Brent Schwarz (P), sr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Aaron Hammann (P), jr., Chaparral; Ryan Connolly (P), sr., Jared Montoya (SS), sr. and Taylor Williams (P), sr., Douglas County; Casey Opitz (C), soph., Heritage; Aaron Dammel (2B), jr. and Nick Shumpert (SS), sr., Highlands Ranch; Greg Pickett (RF/P), sr. and Peyton Remy (P), sr., Legend; Will Dixon, sr., Brandon Formby, sr. and Marc Mumper, sr., Mountain Vista; Bryan King (P), sr., Ponderosa; Bryce Dietz (P), sr., Chris Givin (SS/P), sr. and Josh White (2B), sr., Rock Canyon; Jake Eissler (P), jr. and Aaron Germani (OF), sr., ThunderRidge

Player of the Year: Nick Shumpert, Highlands Ranch; Pitcher of the Year: Bryce Dietz, Rock Canyon; Coach of the Year: Tyler Munro, Rock Canyon; Sportsmanship Team: Ponderosa

SECOND TEAM

Aurora selections: Trevor Doerr (C), sr. and Connor Sinks (P), sr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Zach Broussley (1B/3B), sr., Castle View; AJ Anderson, jr. and Addison Kaasch, sr., Chaparral; Sean Kelsen (CF), jr., JP Rubino (OF), sr. and Anthony Warneke (2B), sr., Douglas County; Ron Egloff (P), fr., Bill Moreland (SS), jr. and Tom Skufca (P), sr., Heritage; Quinton Bonnell (P/OF), sr., Highlands Ranch; Dakota Marley (P), sr., Nick Mathey (CF), sr. and Jordan Stephens (SS), sr., Legend; Cooper Shearon, jr. and Brady Subart (C), sr., Mountain Vista; Alan Jeanjaquet (P), sr., Ponderosa; Daryl Myers (INF), jr., Rock Canyon; Aaron Gjersee (P), sr. and Tyce O’Neill (P), sr., ThunderRidge

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Basketball: Continental slips past Centennial in second annual Challenge tournament
6/26/2015

Regis Jesuit goes 6-0, Rangeview finishes 5-1 to lead Aurora teams in second annual summer hoops battle of two of state's top leagues

By COURTNEY OAKES

LITTLETON | The Continental League earned bragging rights for the second straight season in the Continental vs. Centennial Challenge boys basketball tournament, but only by the slightest of margins.

With both leagues playing with a substitute team for this tournament only — Rangeview of the EMAC on the Centennial side and Jeffco’s Lakewood on the Continental side — the Continental prevailed by just one game after the three-day summer tournament hosted by Heritage High School.

Led by Aurora’s Regis Jesuit at 6-0, the same mark posted by Class 5A runner-up ThunderRidge, the Continental League finished with a 25-23 overall record, while the Centennial League came in at 24-24.

“There’s really quality basketball here and this is just good reps for some young guys who could earn a roster spot at the varsity level,” said coach Danny Fisher of defending Class 5A state champion Overland, which finished 3-3.

“I just think it’s really good for reps. Sometimes we’re going to have a good group, sometimes we’re not going to have a good group, that’s just the nature of the summer,” he added.

The Trailblazers, who had star center De’Ron Davis for the first and last day of the tournament, suffered 63-29 loss to ThunderRidge June 18 in a rematch of last season’s 5A state championship game.

Overland played the fully-loaded Grizzlies without three regulars in that game, however, as Davis, Alijah Halliburton and Padiet Wang did not suit up.

Senior guard Jervae Robinson, who played with the Trailblazers for two years before moving away last year, returned and showed an improved all-around game that Fisher believes will help Overland make up for the graduation of some key players.

Robinson played his way onto the Continental vs. Centennial Challenge all-tournament team, a group that included six players from Aurora schools in selections made by coaches and tournament officials.

Connor Hobbs and Geoff Kelly, who will have big roles for a Regis Jesuit team that needs to replace nine graduated seniors made the all-tournament team, as did Ronnie Barfield of Cherokee Trail (which finished 3-3), Xai’Vion Jackson of 4-2 Eaglecrest and Matt Johnson of 5-1 Rangeview.

Grandview finished 2-4 to round out the Aurora teams in the field.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Spring Sports All-City 2015: Big finish to season for All-City Boys Swim Team
6/22/2015

Four-time state diving champion Kyle Goodwin and several Regis Jesuit teammates, double-dipping Grandview relay foursome and Smoky Hill's Kohlman make up top group of city pool performers

By COURTNEY OAKES

Regis Jesuit saw its stranglehold on the Class 5A boys state swimming championship slip in 2015, while Aurora’s swimming strength was more spread out.

Seeking a 20th state championship in 21 seasons, the Raiders found surging Fossil Ridge to have too much firepower to keep up with at this year’s state meet, May 14-16 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Still, coach Nick Frasersmith’s  Regis Jesuit team outswam its pre-meet projection of fifth place and managed to finish second. Six swimmers and a diver from the Raiders appear on the 2015 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team, which is based on state results. Joining the Raiders are a Grandview foursome that posted a pair of third-place relay finishes, plus Smoky Hill senior Alex Kohlman.

Diver Kyle Goodwin had the highlight of the state meet for Regis Jesuit, as he won his fourth career state title and did so in state record fashion. Thriving with a new scoring system that rewarded aesthetics and generally boosted scores, Goodwin broke the existing Regis Jesuit record set by Sean Moore, set a Continental “A” League mark and scored 611.85 points at the state meet to establish a standard for all of Colorado.

Goodwin came into high school with a lofty goal of winning four state titles and achieved it, seemingly in the blink of an eye.

“Four years went by so quickly; I wasn’t expecting it to go that fast, but I’m ready for the next chapter,” said Goodwin, who will head off to begin training at his college home, Missouri, in early July.

“It will be different going to the college level, but I’m excited,” he added. “I was looking for a team with spirit like Regis and I think I found that at Missouri.”

Goodwin’s diving title proved to be the only one the Raiders would collect, though senior sprinter Will Pieseski came close to winning another with a his runner-up finish in the 50 yard freestyle.

The Miami University (Ohio) signee followed that up by moving up six slots from his pre-meet seeding to jump over Kohlman and finish fourth in the 100 freestyle.

“I’m super, super happy with how my events went; I don’t know if it could have turned out much better,” said Pieseski, who also swam the anchor legs of the Raiders’ 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

“For the team we had and the guys we lost last year, I’m just so proud of what we accomplished this season,” he added.

Senior Quinlan Stuart fell short in his bid to repeat as 100 breaststroke state champ, as he swam a time of 56.09 seconds to take second.

Stuart — who has signed with North Carolina State, where older brother and former Regis Jesuit star Hennessey is — rose from a No. 8 seed to take third in the 200 individual medley. As one of the team captains, he was proud of the Raiders’ effort — and quite pleased they finished in front of Cherry Creek, which beat them twice during the season — but not satisfied individually.

“I was not happy at all; I worked really hard through the season and it just didn’t happen,” Stuart said. “That’s fine, I’ll go into NC State (where he’ll help fill a void in the breaststroke) with a good training base I built up. Losing is a part of competition, but you just have to take it.”

Senior Chris Morales contributed to the Raiders’ city-best second place 200 medley relay team that also included Stuart and freshmen standouts Ty Coen and Elijah Warren, while he also swam on the 200 freestyle relay team and scored in a pair of individual events as well.

Unlike the 2014 season, when Regis Jesuit won the championship by 220 points, Morales enjoyed the close feeling of this year’s state meet, where the result of every race were pivotal.

“You’re up, cheering for your boys and you want them to push it to another level,” Morales said. “We went in fifth and came out in second place, which is a huge jump. You couldn’t ask for much more.”

The onus of getting the championship back next season falls to a group that includes a number of impact freshmen this season, including Coen, Warren and TJ Miller.

Coen swam with many of his future teammates in club swimming and it helped him feel very comfortable in his first season with the program. He posted fourth-place finishes to lead Aurora swimmers in both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.

Miller was disappointed not to make it back in the 200 freestyle with a strong prelim performance, but he was thrilled to qualify for the consolation finals in the 500 freestyle. Seeded 37th coming into the meet, Miller rocketed up to a 16th-place finish that gave his team some unexpected points in the event.

Grandview’s relay team of seniors James Boone and Alex Turner, junior Robin Kuebler and sophomore Danny Schweitzberger had a fantastic meet, as the foursome bested Regis Jesuit for the first time in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

The Wolves’ group set the Centennial “A” League meet record in the 200 freestyle the previous week and very nearly won the event at state, but finished third in the close race that saw four teams finish within 0.15 seconds of each other. It was a place drop from their seeding, but they later jumped up two slots with third-place in the 400 free relay.

Boone is off to swim at Purdue and Turner closed out his competitive swimming career, but Kuebler and Schweitzberger should return next season.

Kohlman fully blossomed as a senior, when he said he finally felt like he belonged among the state’s elite swimmers. Kohlman received the Hoyt Brawner Award as 5A’s top swimmer/scholar/citizen at the Coaches Invite and won two league championships a week before state.

At the state meet, the Emory University signee finished a city-best fourth in the 200 freestyle while he finished just behind Pieseski in the 100.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Continental vs. Centennial Challenge opens Wednesday
6/16/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

With a few differences, the second version of the Continental vs. Centennial Challenge boys basketball tournament opens Wednesday.

The three-day round-robin tournament hosted by Heritage High School in Littleton features a total of 16 teams from the Centennial League — including Aurora schools Cherokee Trail, Eaglecrest, Grandview and Overland — and the Continental League, including Aurora’s Regis Jesuit.

Another city team joined the mix this season when Rangeview of the EMAC was added into the Centennial League side to replace Smoky Hill, which pulled out as it is in search of a new head coach this offseason. Lakewood joins the Continental League group in place of Highlands Ranch, which also is transitioning to a new coaching staff this offseason.

The Continental League earned bragging rights at last season’s inaugural Continental vs. Centennial Challenge as all eight of its teams finished with at least a .500 record and ThunderRidge — which later made it to the Class 5A state championship game during the regular season — came through a perfect 6-0 to lead the way, while four other teams — including Regis Jesuit, which had Aurora’s best mark — posted 5-1 marks.

Eaglecrest finished with the best record among Aurora’s Centennial League teams at 4-2, starting off 4-0 before dropping its last two contests.

Summer teams are often missing several key players and coaches, but can still give a glimpse of some of the new talent on rosters. Some of the key role players on Overland’s 5A state championship team played in last season’s tournament.

A rematch of the 5A state title game between Overland and ThunderRidge is set to take place at 2 p.m. June 18 in the Main Gym.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Huskers-Horns meet up ... in recruiting
6/16/2015

By Brian Christopherson

Nebraska and Texas have found each other again, this time on the recruiting trail, with coaches from both programs knocking on the door of tight end Jack Stoll.

It's going to be one of those two schools for the recruit from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. He's planning to announce which one on Friday.

It seems Stoll felt this most recent visit gave him a better chance to connect with current players on the team.

“It about getting to know the program and that had to do a lot with the people in it. During the spring, guys all worried about playing in the game,” Stoll told BigRedReport.com. “I thought it would be good to get to Lincoln when there was a lot less pressure on them. I had a lot more time to talk to them.”

He especially picked the brain of cornerback Eric Lee, wanting to get the perspective of another Colorado kid who ended up at Nebraska.

As for Texas, Stoll said he loved Austin and the direction he thinks that program is headed under Charlie Strong. He told HuskerOnline.com: "I just think that they have a great thing going on down there. I know they will definitely be on the rise and that they'll have a winning season easily this year. I believe that they will be on the top of the Big 12 sometime soon."

Predict as you might. The answer on this one comes soon.

Read the full article at Husker Extra.

TE Jack Stoll recaps Nebraska visit
6/15/2015

Josh Harvey

Jack Stoll is back in Colorado, fresh off a Nebraska visit. He will decide between the Huskers and Texas Longhorns on Friday.

With an announcement date looming, Regis Jesuit high school (CO) tight end is back in Colorado, after spending a good portion of the weekend at Nebraska.

“I really loved it,” said Stoll, who is considering Nebraska and Texas in his final two. “Getting time to talk with Coach (Mike) Riley and to get to know Coach (Tavita) Thompson. I got to meet some of the players and they were all great guys. I really got to see what Nebraska was all about.”

It was the second visit to Lincoln for Stoll, who visited during the Huskers spring game in April.

“(The visit was) about getting to know the program and that had to do a lot with the people in it. During the spring, guys all worried about playing in the game,” said Stoll. “I thought it would be good to get to Lincoln when there was a lot less pressure on them. I had a lot more time to talk to them.”

One of those guys was 2015 four-star defensive back Eric Lee, who enrolled early at Nebraska. Lee is also from Colorado.

“He was one of the guys who came up to me and I thought, ‘I will get to know him, he’s from Colorado.’ I would say that he’s a Nebraska player from Colorado, so getting the perspective was good,” said Stoll.

Stoll’s announcement date is Friday. While he and his family are still trying to make a final decision, he admits one school is standing out.

“We will see if that happens on Friday night,” said Stoll.

Stoll currently is 6-foot-5 and 225-pounds. Besides Nebraska and Texas, schools like Colorado, Nevada, Wyoming, UNLV, Colorado State and Air Force put a scholarship on the table.

Read the full article at Big Red Report.

Colorado High Schoolers Drafted By MLB Teams Face Big Temptation
6/15/2015

By Mark Haas

DENVER (CBS4) – Marc Mumper was watching the MLB draft on an iPad when the Rockies drafted him with the 1,091st pick in the 37th round.

“All of the sudden I saw my name come up and it was pretty surreal,” Mumper said. “Something you have dreamed about since you were a little kid and then it happens. Pretty unbelievable.”

The Mountain Vista High School graduate was monitoring the picks with his summer league teammate Matt Schmidt, who was drafted 16 picks later by the New York Yankees.

“I was speechless at first,” the Regis Jesuit High School graduate recalled. “I looked at Marc and we hugged, it was cool.”

Mumper and Schmidt were two of the nine Colorado high school graduates drafted this year. Nine teenagers who now face a choice — turn pro or go to college.

“Right now I am leading towards school,” Schmidt said. “In the next week or so (the Yankees) will call and discuss a deal, but right now I am going to Texas.”

As 37th round picks, Schmidt and Mumper won’t be offered much of a signing bonus — maybe $1,000 — which is why Schmidt will play for the Longhorns and Mumper plans to turn down the Rockies and head to Grand Canyon University.

“It is definitely tough,” Mumper said. “I am an 18-year-old kid and I have an opportunity to play professional baseball. There is a thought, that I want to go play, but in the long run I think college the best scenario for me.”

Long time Cherry Creek High School coach Marc Johnson agrees that college is the best choice for most high school draft picks, but says there are teenagers who just can’t say no to going pro.

“Generally speaking the decision is based on where they are drafted, what their academic background is, what their financial background is, and how their parents feel about it,” Johnson said.

Schmidt’s dad, Bill, is the vice president of scouting for the Rockies, and his advice for Matt was to go to college first. Mumper got the same advice from his dad Dave.

“Unless his draft status went way up, he was going to go to school and get bigger, stronger, faster and compete at that level,” Dave Mumper said about Marc’s decision.

Unlike the NBA and NFL where you only get one shot at the draft, baseball prospects can be drafted multiple times — out of high school, in junior college or after their junior year at a 4-year school.

For late round high school picks like Schmidt and Mumper, it’s almost a no brainer to go to school.

In the past five years, the Rockies have signed just 15 players drafted in the 30th round or later. Only one was a high school graduate and only five are still with the franchise.

“It is hard,” Johnson said about the decision to turn down a pro team. “They all have the dream of making it to the big leagues, but truth be told, only about 5 percent make it to the big leagues after signing so you have to look at reality and things as well.”

Part of the reality, though, is that a lot can change — good or bad — during 3 or 4 years of college.

“You might not get this opportunity again,” Dave Mumper said. “This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity because there are no guarantees at the next level and certainly no guarantees with the professional draft. So to have your name called once is pretty exciting, and now (Marc) has to work really hard and see what happens in 3 or 4 years.”

And while Marc Mumper knows there is the possibility he won’t get drafted again, he says he likes the MLB draft system.

“It really gives kids a chance,” Mumper said. “You could have a kid in the 25th round who wants to go play and gets an opportunity to go play, or a kid in the fifth round offered a lot of money and then he is like, ‘No, I want to go to school.’ So I like it.”

Read the full article at CBSDenver. com.

Soccer: Regis Jesuit siblings both choose Boston College
6/15/2015

Soccer standouts Joe and Emily Langenderfer find the perfect pitch for both of them at same East Coast school for similar reasons

BY COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | While there’s something of a family debate about who followed who, Joe and Emily Langenderfer will be playing soccer at Boston College.

A year apart at Regis Jesuit — Joe graduated in May and Emily begins her senior year in the fall — the sibling soccer standouts both decided that the venerable Division I school on the East Coast was the place for them, athletically and academically.

Emily verbally committed to Boston College last March as a sophomore and Joe in December as a senior, but Joe got the honor of signing his national athletic letter of intent first, which he did in February.

“Girls commit earlier, but it was on my list first,” Joe said. “Since seventh or eighth grade, B.C. has been in the top three on my list, so getting to not only go to school but play soccer at one of the top three schools on my list is awesome.

“She (Emily) basically almost replicated my list of schools, which is awesome … hopefully our younger brother (14-year-old John) will look deep into going there.”

Both chose Boston College to study and play over places such as Wake Forest and Notre Dame for very similar reasons.

Joe plans to major in finance and loves the networking possibilities of Boston College’s business school, while he enjoys the aesthetics of the picturesque campus and the historic city of Boston.

Emily has a similar take, while really enjoying the relatively small size of the student body.

“I liked the Jesuit feeling; I’ve gone to a Catholic school my entire life, so that was a factor,” said Emily, an all-state academic performer as a junior. “I don’t like the vibe of a large school, especially in the classroom, so being at a smaller school will be really helpful. I loved the coaches, the players and the campus.”

Joe signed at Regis Jesuit’s massive signing ceremony in February, which included more than 20 athletes in several sports — including offensive lineman Tim Lynott (Colorado), pitcher Brent Schwarz (Rice) and 12 boys lacrosse players — headed to play at a variety of Division I schools.

The signing came about three months after he had verbally committed to Boston College during a showcase tournament in Florida. It made his decision to skip playing for Regis Jesuit his senior season to play Academy soccer pay off.

The Academy soccer system has pulled many of Colorado’s top prep boys players away from playing for their schools in recent years, while allowing them greater exposure to college coaches.

Joe got the reluctant go-ahead from Regis Jesuit coach Rick Wolf to play Academy soccer and he made the most of it as two of his former teammates had. Kurtis Young and Ryley Llorente, both 2014 Regis Jesuit grads, played high school soccer for two years and exclusively Academy ball for their last two seasons, earning scholarships to Portland and New York University, respectively.

“It was a pretty easy decision, Mr. Wolf and I talked about it and decided that if the opportunity came up, I would take it,” said Joe, a first team All-Continental League performer as a defender in his junior season at Regis Jesuit.

“I know he doesn’t like the Academy system, but it really does have a wider capability for college coaches to watch you play,” he added. “That’s where I got scouted, so it’s the best decision I could have possibly made. I missed a year of high school soccer, but in the long run, it wasn’t too big of a deal.”

Emily Langenderfer had her own conflict between club and high school soccer, but she only had to miss her freshman year.

As a central midfielder, Emily earned All-Continental League second team honors twice for coach Will Cropper’s Regis Jesuit team. In the 2015 season, she notched three goals and added a team-high six assists.

The youngest Langenderfer, 14-year-old John, arrives at Regis Jesuit to begin his freshman year in the fall and plans to play for the school team. Joe and Emily both believe John is ahead of where Joe was as a freshman in terms of skill and should take off once he comes into his own.

All of the family’s success in soccer stems much from Joe’s decision to play soccer over the other sports he played as a youth, such as baseball, basketball and flag football.

“My dad let me choose between playing football and soccer and he told me I said I wanted to travel more, so he looked into both and soccer was it, flat out,” Joe said.

“Traveling is a huge part of playing soccer at a high level.”

Emily traveled with the family to watch Joe play and eventually developed her own interest in the sport, which was a vast departure from her previous activities.

“Joe set the path; I was into ballet and tap and jazz,” she said. “Those two are completely different things, obviously.”

Once both got seriously interested in soccer, they worked their way up from the lower levels of their club teams, benefiting from quality coaching.

Both have been working with Elite Speed Sports Performance in Centennial and the physical gains enhanced their knowledge of how to play the game. And being able to play with each other doesn’t hurt.

“We go out and pass the ball around and try to make each other better,” Joe said. “That’s one of the pros of having siblings that play soccer at a high level.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Baseball: Regis Jesuit’s Schwarz, Schmidt and former Eaglecrest pitcher Braxton Lorenzini go in MLB Draft
6/11/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

It took until the third day of the 2015 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, but three players from Aurora high school finally were selected.

The San Diego Padres used their 33rd round draft pick on former Eaglecrest pitcher Braxton Lorenzini, a right-hander now at West Hills College in Coalinga, California, as the first of three locals to have their name called Wednesday.

Unlike last year, when the hometown Colorado Rockies took former Regis Jesuit star infielder Max George in the sixth round, it took 986 players going off the board before San Diego used the No. 987th overall pick on the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Lorenzini, who posted a 1-7 record with a 4.30 ERA last season for West Hills College.

Most encouragingly, Lorenzini averaged nearly a strikeout per inning with 55 whiffs in 58 2/3 innings pitched.

Lorenzini had a medical redshirt year in 2014 at NAIA Central Christian College after graduating from coach Tory Humphrey’s Eaglecrest program.

Two recent Regis Jesuit graduates and Division I recruits, infielder Matt Schmidt and pitcher Brent Schwarz, went a few rounds after Lorenzini.

Schmidt, a University of Texas signee who is the son of Colorado Rockies vice president of scouting Bill Schmidt, went to the New York Yankees in the 37th round with the No. 1,113th overall pick. The Yankees took Schmidt’s older brother, Andrew, in the 38th round of the 2013 draft.

Schwarz, who has signed with Rice University, got the call 44 picks later when the hometown Rockies took him 1,157th or second in the 39th round.

Colorado is managed by former Regis Jesuit coach Walt Weiss and continues to draft players from the school. The Rockies took two Regis Jesuit players in 2013 in Weiss’ son Brody and Cole Norton, then went with George last season.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Lacrosse: 2015 All-South Suburban League teams
6/10/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The following is a look at the players from the Aurora teams (Gateway, Rangeview and Regis Jesuit) and others who were voted all-conference first and second teams and honorable mention in the South Suburban League for their play during the 2015 boys lacrosse season:

2015 ALL-SOUTH SUBURBAN BOYS LACROSSE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Aurora selections: Ben Bechter (attack), sr., Zach Bodeau (face off), jr., Chet Dunstan (midfield), sr., Chase Konkel (midfield), sr., Adam Kratt (defense), sr., Brett Quartuccio (goalie), sr., Conor Shea (defense), sr., Joey Soran (long stick), soph. and Matt Soran (attack), sr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Tyler Kelly (midfield), sr., Ben Maffei (SSDM), sr. and Winston Palmeri (attack), jr., Colorado Academy; Sam Biermann (midfield), sr., Connor Lewis (defense), sr. and Henry Parker (attack), jr., Denver East; Keaton Komatz (midfield), jr., Heritage; Jack Ammons (defense) sr.; Zander Ellis (attack), sr., Jaden Franklin (midfield), sr., Alex Lippitt (defense), sr. and Joe Rassenfoss (midfield), sr., Kent Denver

Player of Year: Joe Rassenfoss, sr., Kent Denver; Coach of Year: Matt Siracusa, George Washington; Sportsmanship Award: Gateway

SECOND TEAM

Aurora selections: Ben Davis (midfield), jr., Gateway; Mathew Lane (defense), jr., Bryce Lang (attack), sr., Jeremiah Macintyre (face off), jr. and Levi McKenzie (goalie), jr., Rangeview; Cole Boland (midfield), jr., Ryan Brown (SSDM), jr., Truett Davis (attack), sr., Joe Jarman (long stick), jr., Simon Quan (midfield), sr., Mac Tezak (defense), soph. and Mike Wegner (defense), sr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Brooks Brown (midfield), fr., Mac Mease (attack), jr. and Alex Sachar (defense), sr., Colorado Academy; Max Bragden (defense), jr., Kyle Nalen (long stick), soph. and Daniel Shelanski (face off), soph., Denver East; Mayya Bonner (midfield), soph., George Washington; Landon Baird (midfield), jr., Gunnar Carlile (attack), fr. and Max Lemioux (defense), sr., Heritage; Chazz Highum (attack), sr., Nick Johnson (goalie), sr. and Gunnar Sveen (defense), sr., Kent Denver

HONORABLE MENTION

Aurora selections: Josh Hanible (midfield), jr., Gateway; Thein Chau (midfield), sr., Justin Jenkins (midfield), sr., Dominick Knight (defense), soph., Jordan Livingston (defense/long stick), soph., Rakish Oliver (midfield), sr., Javier Perez (defense), jr., Dandre Phillips (SSDM), jr., Marshall Proxmire (attack), fr., Cameron Rivera (SSDM), sr., Liam Sandt (long stick), jr., Jessie Tizon (attack), soph. and Sam Voparil (midfield), sr., Rangeview; Quentin Birch (midfield), soph., Andrew Brune (midfield), sr., Joey Chott (attack), jr., Bobby Reifsnider (midfield), sr. and Mackenzie Tynan (SSDM), sr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Andrew Oulette (attack), jr., Matt Spiessbach (attack), sr. and BC Wells (goalie), sr., Denver East; Sebastian McCrimmon (long stick), jr., George Washington; August Bernsten (defense), fr., Tristan Kelln (midfield), fr. and Neil Prinster (face off), sr., Heritage

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Golf: Team goes big in 2015
6/5/2015

The Regis Jesuit trio of senior Sydney Gillespie, junior Mary Weinstein and sophomore Jaclyn Murray preserved their schools’ streak of winning at least one boys or girls state championship.

BY COURTNEY OAKES

Aurora’s best girls golfers felt they had some unfinished business at the end of the 2015 season, but it didn’t put much of a damper on an outstanding year.

An extremely rare cancellation of the second round of the Class 5A state tournament — which fell victim to drenching rain May 19 at The Olde Course in Loveland — made the season-ending results based on just one round to the chagrin of all.

Still, the five players who make up the 2015 Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Golf Team — which is based on performance at the state tournament — were the tops around the city all season long.

The Regis Jesuit trio of senior Sydney Gillespie, junior Mary Weinstein and sophomore Jaclyn Murray preserved their schools’ streak of winning at least one boys or girls state championship. The other two first-teamers, Grandview junior Morgan Sahm and senior Caroline O’Donnell, helped lead the Wolves to a program-best fourth-place team finish.

Gillespie, who won the individual Continental League title as well as the Northern League crown, finished second individually after shooting a 2-under-par 70 in the opening round. She didn’t get a chance to catch friend Gillian Vance of Dakota Ridge — who shot 4-under — when the second round was scrubbed.

“I did everything I could do on the first day to put myself in position,” Gillespie said. “It was still great to win the championship. We had a lot of support from the school because they want the championship as much as we do.”

Gillespie, a Colorado Christian University signee, won three state championship in four years.

Aside from winning the state championship, Sahm had a season nearly on par with Gillespie’s.

She won the individual Centennial League title and finished as the Southern Regional winner as well with a 1-under-par 70, achieving both at CommonGround G.C.

At state, Sahm shot a plus-1 73 to finish tied for third, which gave her three top-nine individual state finishes in three seasons.

“I’m actually really happy with the way I performed this season,” she said. “I think I had only one really awful tournament. Obviously every round you can drop a couple of strokes, but overall I’m happy.”

Weinstein and Murray each played crucial roles again in winning the state championship for coach George Miller’s team, as they both finished in the top 10. Each also won a league tournament.

With a 3-over-par 75, Weinstein finished tied for seventh at state.

“It wasn’t completely horrible, but I had a lot of opportunities to hit better shots,” Weinstein said. “I had Coach Miller walk with me, which I normally don’t do, and I stayed calm…It was nice to get back-to-back wins for Regis.”

Murray’s typically strong iron game deserted her at state, which made her work harder than usual for her ninth-place state total of 76.

“It was a little disappointing that it happened at state, but I’ve got it fixed,” she said. “It’s nice that even when we don’t have our A games, we can still come through.”

O’Donnell’s nerves played much less of a role in her second trip to state and she showed it with a 10-stroke improvement.

Still, she believed there was room to be even better.

“I felt like I didn’t play my best on the first day and I had a lot of mistakes,” O’Donnell said of her 83. “I was ready to correct them and do better, so it was kind of sad we didn’t get to play again.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Bo Weiss is the son of Major League manager Walt Weiss, but doesn't flaunt it
6/4/2015

Regis Jesuit junior pitcher stays modest, and works through a physical limitation en route to success.

By Paul Willis

In many ways, Bo Weiss is a lot like the rest of his baseball-rich family. In others, he certainly is not.

The third of four sons of former big-league shortstop and current Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss, Bo is a pitcher, which is one thing that distinguishes him from the rest of the Weiss clan.

The Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) athlete, who just completed his junior season, also has overcome a physical disability to become a budding Division I player, an ailment most onlookers seldom realize he possesses when watching him on the mound.

And from his demeanor on the field and in the dugout, few would guess that the future North Carolina Tar Heel comes from an MLB family either.

"Bo's a humble guy," Regis Jesuit centerfielder Quin Cotton said. "You'd never know his dad was in the majors. If I wasn't so close to him and his family, I probably would have never found out. He definitely keep his head down, definitely works hard and he doesn't use his dad as a crutch or anything like that."

Bo gave a verbal commitment to play for the Tar Heels starting in 2016-17, a nonbinding commitment he made before he was a key member of the Regis Jesuit rotation. His fastball blossomed from about 89 mph late last summer to 92 as he begins his summer season with Slammers Black.

Hardly shabby for a player who was born with a club foot and had multiple surgeries throughout his youth to bring it as close to normal as possible. While it might prevent him from being a position player at a high level, none of that matters for a senior-to-be who throws 92.

"I don't see how anyone could notice from a pitching standpoint," Regis Jesuit coach Matt Darr said. "Maybe if you ran him out in the outfield or watched him run bases, you might notice something small. But on the mound it doesn't affect him at all. He's athletic on the mound and does a good job fielding his position when teams bunt."

For Bo, having a right foot that is a little bit different has been a reality and he doesn't spend an abundance of time thinking about it. If it affects anything baseball-wise, it's non-game activity.

"There are still some deficiencies there, but I've been able to overcome most of it," Bo said. "I don't have much mobility, it's kind of stiff and it's almost two sizes smaller than my left foot. Running is kind of painful if I go for long distances, and I can't really condition by doing sprint work, or go run a mile after a start. I ride the bike instead."

As far as growing up in a major-league family, that too has been a reality, and Weiss really knows no different. Teammates and coaches say the only way one might believe he is from a major-league family is because of his talent level.

In addition to his father, who previously coached at Regis Jesuit prior to taking over the Rockies, older brother Brody Weiss also is accomplished in the sport. The shortstop initially signed with Cal and has since transferred to Riverside City College in Southern California. Bo, though, isn't the type to show up to practice chirping about his pedigree.

"Bo is a very down-to-Earth kid," Darr said. "I think if anything, he would want to defer or kind of deflect any of that about being a big-league guy. He goes out of his way to be just one of the guys. Kind of a quiet kid, and I don't think that you would know from a personality or an attitude or an action standpoint that he comes from that background."

Younger brother Brock, 12, also is following the baseball path and is batting left-handed in youth leagues (all the brothers are righties; dad was a switch hitter). Oldest brother Blake, 27, played baseball in his youth then switched to track before going off to college at Northern Colorado.

Walt's career ended after the 2000 season, so Bo doesn't have much recollection of watching his father in the majors. He won a World Series title with the 1989 Oakland Athletics and also played for the Braves, Marlins and Rockies.

"He was done when I was 3, so I don't remember much," Bo said. "We have some VHS tapes and my brother and I will watch them every once in awhile. Not too often, but it's fun to watch."

Bo went to many Rockies games in his father's initial season at the helm in 2013, but has since been limited by an intense summer schedule.

He went 2-2 with a 6.58 ERA this season amidst a rugged Class 5A schedule. The stat that bodes well is that he struck out 37 batters in just under 28 innings, utilizing the fastball as his out pitch. Darr said Bo possesses the key intangible of rising up in key situations, and the coach is excited to see what the righthander can do for the Raiders next season.

"The goal is to be the No. 1 guy on the mound," Bo said. "We'll see if it happens, but that will be the mindset going into the season."

Just don't count on him crowing about it if he gets it.

Read the full article at MaxPreps.com.

Baseball: McDermott, seniors get walk-off win over underclassmen in Colorado Rockies Futures game
6/4/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | JR McDermott walked away from his previous three games at Coors Field with losses, but he got to experience victory in his last trip.

The Smoky Hill senior ace pitcher — who made a big splash when he pitched the Buffs to an upset win over 2014 Class 5A state champion Rocky Mountain in the district playoffs — threw a scoreless inning and helped the Black Team to 10-9 walk-off win over the Purple Team in 9 innings Thursday in the 2015 Colorado Rockies High School Futures All-Star Game.

Rocky Mountain’s Chad Bell delivered a sacrifice fly off Regis Jesuit sophomore Caleb Sloan in the ninth inning to bring home the winning run for the Black Team to bring to an end the wood bat contest that combined to see 19 pitchers take the mound and 36 different players hit at least once.

“We lost our first three here, so I’m glad to finish up with a win here,” said McDermott, whose Smoky Hill team lost to Ralston Valley the past two seasons on the Colorado Rockies’ home field and also to Boulder in 2013.

“It felt good to be back on the mound,” he added. “I took two weeks off after the end of the season, so it was good to get out there.”

McDermott, Grandview infielder Eric Mingus and the Regis Jesuit duo of pitcher Brent Schwarz and infielder Matt Schmidt were all part of the Black Team, which was made up exclusively of top senior players from around Colorado as selected by a panel of Colorado Rockies scouts and state coaches.

The Purple Team, made up exclusively of top underclassmen, included the Regis Jesuit foursome of junior outfielder Quin Cotton, junior infielder Travis Marr and pitchers Bo Weiss, a junior, and sophomore Caleb Sloan, plus the Cherokee Trail left-handed pitching duo of junior Jerome Bohannon and sophomore Conner Nantkes.

The seventh pitcher used by the Black Team, McDermott recorded a scoreless top of the seventh inning to keep his team in front 9-6. The Colorado Mesa-bound right-hander — who posted a 6-1 record with a 2.10 ERA in the regular season — worked around an infield single and a hit batter to get out of the inning with a strikeout of Fairview’s Mitchell Tyce.

“I don’t really get intimidated by anybody, I just try to go out and compete,” McDermott said. “When it’s game time, I just go ready to play.”

Schwarz — a Rice University signee — came on next in the eighth and got the first two outs quickly, but a double to D’Evelyn’s Cameron Brown and a triple to Cherry Creek’s Nate Sweeney, sandwiched around a walk of his Regis Jesuit teammate, Cotton, helped the Purple forge a 9-9 tie going into the final frame.

The Purple Team came up scoreless in the top half of the inning, then turned to Nantkes, who came in following Bohannon, who had a squeaky clean eighth inning on less than a handful of pitches.

Nantkes surrendered a first-pitch double to Cherry Creek’s Parker Jax, then was taken out in favor of Sloan, who walked two hitters intentionally to load the bases with one out before Bell’s long drive to left field was more than enough to bring Cherry Creek’s Aeneas Roberson in with the winning run.

While Mingus and Schmidt each started and went 0-for-2 and Marr went 0-for-1 as a reserve, Cotton played the full nine innings and finished with two hits in four official at-bats and scored twice. One of the hits was an infield double, as the speedy junior hustled into second base on a pop-up that Black Team infielders lost in the sun and let drop between the mound and first base.

“Sometimes you have to get lucky,” said Cotton, who would come around to score on a triple by Columbine’s Tommy Gillman. “I hustled it out and it worked out in my favor.”

Cotton was also selected to play in last season’s Futures Game — along with teammates Schmidt and Schwarz, plus Mingus and McDermott — but the game was postponed due to weather and never rescheduled.

Last season, Cotton would have played with Schmidt and Schwarz on the Futures Team, but this season he got to play against them.

“It was nice to be out here, especially since this game got rained out last year,” Cotton said. “It was a lot of fun to play against Brent and Matt and we had a lot of fun over here. I’m sure they had a lot of fun over there, too.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Lacrosse: 2015 All-Continental League teams
6/3/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The following is a look at the players from the Aurora team (Regis Jesuit) and others who were voted all-conference first and second teams and honorable mention in the Centennial League for their play during the 2015 girls lacrosse season:

2015 ALL-CONTINENTAL LEAGUE GIRLS LACROSSE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
Aurora selections: Nina Kelley (defense), sr. and Kathleen Roe (midfield), jr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Amanda Benglen (midfield), Jesse Clark (goalie), Molly Cadman (midfield), Courtney Courkamp (defense) and Lexi Davis (attack), Chaparral; Kyleigh Peoples (midfield), Douglas County; Allie Coy (attack) and Kellen Toomey (goalie), Heritage-Littleton; Sara Artzer (defense), Kirsten Greenlaw (attack), Millie Micho (midfield) and Sara Stewart (midfield), ThunderRidge; Sophia Miemi (attack) and Halee Thibeault (defense), Valor Christian

Player of the Year: Kathleen Roe, Regis Jesuit. Coach of the Year: Marye Kellerman, Valor Christian. Sportsmanship Team: Rangeview.

SECOND TEAM

Aurora selections: Miriam Escanuela (goalie), soph. and Asia Khat (attack), jr., Rangeview; Noa Crowley (defense), sr., Mathison Davis (attack), jr., Kate McDonald (goalie), soph., Mackenzie Reifsnider (midfield), soph. and Katie Schilmoeller (midfield), jr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Bridget Larkin (attack), Chaparral; Paige Applegate (defense) and Brenna Knoll (midfield), Douglas County; Natasha Liggett (defense) and Rachel Tilton (midfield), Heritage-Littleton; Holly Billett (attack), Meghan Gordon (midfield), Bailey McCue (midfield) and Shelby Squire (defense), ThunderRidge

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

In-state recruit Jack Stoll nearing decision with CU in final three
6/3/2015

By Kyle Ringo

Three-star tight end recruit Jack Stoll of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora has narrowed his list of possible college destinations to Nebraska, Texas and Colorado and has decided to announce his decision on June 19.

Stoll told Rivals.com he will make his decision after visiting Nebraska and Colorado one more time each. He recently completed his second visit to Texas.

The 6-foor-5, 225-pound prospect is one of the top-rated in-state recruits in the 2016 cycle in Colorado and plays a position where CU needs to add depth, if not an impact player. CU does not have a commitment yet for its 2016 class, but coach Mike MacIntyre said earlier this year he plans to take it slow in building the class because it is expected to number only 12-15 players.

Read the full article in the Daily Camera.

Girls Soccer: 2015 All-Continental League teams
6/2/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The following is a look at the players from the Aurora team (Regis Jesuit) and others who were voted all-conference first and second teams in the Continental League for their play during the 2015 girls soccer season:

2015 ALL-CONTINENTAL LEAGUE GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

FIRST TEAM

Aurora selections: Karli Eheart (forward), soph. and Emily Griffith (goalkeeper), jr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Kim Bourelle (defender), sr., Julie Mackin (forward), jr. and Kaylee Mangus (defender), jr., Castle View; Malak Rafik (midfield), soph. and Ally Schlegel (forward), fr., Chaparral; Marissa Casas (defender), jr. and Rachel Muller (forward), jr., Douglas County; Alyssa Biever (forward), sr., and Lauren Pohs (defender), soph., Heritage; Kayla Shepard (midfield), jr., Highlands Ranch; Ashton Barkey (midfield), jr. and Maddie Roberts (forward), sr., Legend; Amy Alexander (midfield), sr., Megan Massey (forward), sr., Morgan McDougal (midfield), sr., Mallory Pugh (forward), jr. and Giselle Sawaged (defender), jr., Mountain Vista; Maddie Caltado (defender), jr., Ahna Mason (defender), jr. and Meg Vassallo (defender), sr., Ponderosa; Macy Hargrove (defender), soph., Alex Vidger (midfield), sr. and Katherine Wood (midfield), sr., Rock Canyon; Mealii Enos (defender), jr., Kayla Hill (midfield), sr., Shae Holmes (forward), fr., Sabrina Macias (goalkeeper), sr. and Aspen Robinson (forward), sr., ThunderRidge

League Champion: Mountain Vista; Player of the Year: Meghan Massey, Mountain Vista; Coach of the Year: Chris Smith, ThunderRidge; Sportsmanship:  Douglas County/Highlands Ranch
Regis Jesuit senior defender Haley Thompson was selected to the All-Continental League second team for the 2015 girls soccer season. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)Regis Jesuit senior defender Haley Thompson was selected to the All-Continental League second team for the 2015 girls soccer season. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

SECOND TEAM

Aurora selections: Abby Kassal (forward), fr., Emily Langenderfer (midfield), jr. and Haley Thompson (defender), sr., Regis Jesuit

Other selections: Lindsay Iannone (midfield), soph. and Julie Plonsky (midfield), sr., Castle View; Cassie Hiatt (defender), fr., and Heather Miyazawa (defender), jr., Chaparral; Tori Bredehoeft (goalkeeper), sr. and Elli Zimmer (midfielder), fr., Douglas County; Jordan Allen (forward), jr., Heritage; Cat Carroll (goalkeeper), sr. and Megan Zebrowski (defender), sr., Highlands Ranch; Anna Kennedy (midfield), sr. and Becca Kholos (defender), jr., Legend; Peyton Joseph (defender), jr. and Haley Schueppert (midfield), soph., Mountain Vista; Kennedy Grandpre (midfield), jr. and Myah Thornhill (forward), soph., Ponderosa; Emily Sattem (defender), jr. and Paige Von Bank (forward), sr., Rock Canyon; Kylee Duren (midfield), jr. and Sanela Hodzic (midfield), jr., ThunderRidge

Read full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Lacrosse: Four Regis Jesuit players receive All-American honors, others garner postseason awards
5/25/2015

Raiders' Shea wins Doc Stabler, Smoky Hill's Davis is Man of Year

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | The most prestigious awards for the 2015 boys lacrosse season were handed out Thursday night during the annual Froelicher-Toll All-State Games and a number of players and coaches from Aurora schools were recognized.

A total of 14 players — from 72 schools in Class 4A and 5A with boys lacrosse programs — were selected as All-Americans from Colorado and four of those hailed from Regis Jesuit, which finished as the 5A state runner-up after a 13-10 loss to Cherry Creek on May 15 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High School.

Attackmen Ben Bechter and Matt Soran, who will attend Hobart College and Drexel University, respectively, along with Air Force Academy-bound defender Adam Kratt and University of Delaware-signed goalie Brett Quartuccio were part of the All-American group. The All-American group also included three players from the Cherry Creek team that beat the Raiders in the final, plus one each from semifinalists Kent Denver and Mountain Vista, plus Castle View, Monarch, Ponderosa and 4A state champion Aspen.

Another key member of Regis Jesuit’s glittering senior class — attackman Truett Davis — is one of seven Academic All-Americans from Colorado. Davis has signed to play at Colorado College.

Regis Jesuit senior defender Conor Shea received one of a number of individual awards, as he was tabbed the recipient of the Doc Stabler Award, annually given to a player that demonstrates excellence in the classroom, leadership on his team and in the community and excellent on the field of play.

Additionally, Smoky Hill coach Preston Davis was chosen Man of the Year for the 2015 season.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Swimming: Regis Jesuit’s Goodwin wins fourth state diving title with performance for the record books
5/22/2015

State record score of 611.85 points is icing on top of career dynasty; Bellamy runner-up and part of five Aurora divers in top 16 at state

By COURTNEY OAKES

COLORADO SPRINGS | On a diving board in a place so familiar to him, Kyle Goodwin completed the massive goal he’d laid out for himself four years earlier.

In a fitting twist, the Class 5A boys state swim meet just happened to be contested in Colorado Springs at the Cadets Natatorium on the campus of the Air Force Academy, a place the Regis Jesuit senior star has trekked to twice a week for many years to train.

Diving as hungrily as Raiders dive coach Taylor Roberts had ever seen him, the University of Missouri signee set the Colorado state record of 611.85 points to top the 10-year-old mark of 608.20 of Arapahoe’s Aaron Feight.

“It feels like I’m on top of the world,” said a beaming Goodwin, who became the first male diver in Colorado prep history to win four state championships.

“I really wanted it and I knew I had to dive my best,” he added. “It feels like a lot of hard work has paid off.”

Roberts got emotional when talking about his star diver, who told him four years ago as a freshman that he planned on winning four state championships.

As a diver at Smoky Hill in his prep days, Roberts won a state championship in 2002 and set a 5A state meet record at that time. He knew the tall task Goodwin had if he wanted to do what he’d planned.

After watching Goodwin nail a final dive Roberts said made him more nervous than Goodwin, the coach couldn’t help but think back to where it all started.

“When he was a freshman, we sat down at one of the first practices and I asked him what his goal was for that season and moving forward and the first thing he said was ‘Win state all four years,’” Roberts recalled.

“I was working with a freshman and I was thinking ‘You’re good, but let’s taper those goals down a little.’ But holy cow, it’s been a crazy four years and I couldn’t be more proud of Kyle. As much as he’s a great diver, he’s a great kid and always represents himself well.”

With a winning score of 533.25 as a freshman, 525.05 as a sophomore and 559.25 last season, Goodwin wanted to go out with a bang this season. He knew he had stiff competition from Smoky Hill junior Devin Bellamy and Arapahoe’s Alan LeBlang along with some up-and-coming youngsters.

Goodwin racked up 443.95 points alone in prelims to take a 36-point edge into finals over Bellamy — who finished just eight points behind him at the Coaches Invitational earlier in the season — and rocked all three of his dives in finals to surpass Feight in the Colorado recordbooks.

“I always thought it was ridiculously high; just looking at it, it made me wonder how he (Feight) did it,” Goodwin said of the previous mark. “It feels great to get it.”

Roberts said Feight’s mark looked “untouchable” at the time it was set, but Goodwin’s consistency, plus a more generous scoring system that rewards aesthetics made it possible for him to set the mark.

“The difference in my generation versus now is that back then you had to do a whole lot right to get a good score,” Roberts said.

“Officials now are in the mindset of rewarding dives that get up well off the board and are aesthetically pleasing. Kyle’s aesthetics are unprecedented. I haven’t seen anybody really at the high school next to (Olympians) David Boudia, Thomas Finchem and guys on that next level. To have that in high school is amazing.”

Regis Jesuit head coach Nick Frasersmith keeps a close eye on swimming results during meets, but made sure to watch the diving competition anytime Goodwin was involved to see what heights he would reach.

“I love it when it comes to diving because it’s so much fun to watch Kyle,” Frasersmith said. “For him to come in and break a record that a lot of people thought was never going to be broken is great. Hopefully that record will stand for awhile.”

Goodwin’s state meet also caught the eye of Smoky Hill dive coach Erik Seaver, who was selected as the 5A Dive Coach of the Year.

“I told this to Kyle, but that’s the finest performance I’ve ever seen from him; he didn’t miss a thing,” Seaver said. “He’s a beautiful diver and he deserves what he got.”

Bellamy — who is on the same club team as Goodwin and trains at the Air Force pool every Thursday — also had a fantastic meet.

“It was probably the best meet I’ve had in a very long time,” said Bellamy, an Eaglecrest student who dives with the Smoky Hill team.

“I definitely surprised myself,” he added. “I’m going to try to improve my score and hope to get first next year.”

Cherokee Trail had a pair of placers with Eric Lammon in 6th and Tristan Nation in 11th, while Smoky Hill freshman Tim Domashevich took 15th.

Note: Beginning with Roberts’ state championship for Smoky Hill in 2002, divers from Aurora schools have now won nine of the past 5A diving titles. Roberts’ teammate Karo Isajan won in 2003, Regis Jesuit’s Sean More finished first in 2006 and 2007 — and then went on to win an NCAA championship at Ohio State — Smoky Hill’s Doogie Cohen took the 2008 title and Goodwin won in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Gillian Vance wins Colorado 5A girls golf title; Regis Jesuit top team
5/21/2015

First round results final as rain cancels play at The Olde Course in Loveland

By Nick Kosmider

Gillian Vance isn't sure she's ever received such a welcomed phone call before sunrise.

"I was getting ready to leave the hotel and go to the course early this morning when my coach called me and said, 'Hi, you're the new 5A state champion," Vance, a senior golfer at Dakota Ridge said Tuesday. "It was shocking."

Vance's coach, Levi Bartholomew, had already been out to The Olde Course in Loveland by 6 a.m., pulling up to see standing water on the practice green after heavy rains fell overnight. Soon after, he was told the second round of the girls state golf championships had been canceled, leaving Vance, the leader after Monday's first round, as the new state champion.

Vance shot a 4-under-par 68 on Monday, putting her two shots ahead of Regis Jesuit's Sydney Gillespie. Regis Jesuit won the team title at 5-over 221, 13 shots ahead of Rock Canyon.

Vance's competitive nature, Bartholomew said, left her wanting to capture the championship by firing another low round Tuesday. Still, there's no doubt she earned the title that comes three days before her high school graduation.

"She was great off the tee and her wedge play was fantastic," Bartholomew said. "She really dialed it up on the backside to shoot a 33 on the back nine."

Vance, who will golf for the University of Colorado next year, credits work she'd done away from the course for helping her earn her first state championship. Two years ago, she was a CrossFit enthusiast and recently transferred her time to Orange Theory Fitness, which focuses on improving cardio threshold and strengthening core muscles.

"It's perfect for golf," Vance said. "It's helped me a lot. ... I'll be doing that a lot this summer — and a lot of yoga."

Maintenance crew members equipped with squeegees began working at 4:30 a.m. at The Olde Course Tuesday, feverishly attempting to remove water from the saturated greens. Despite their efforts, the decision was made to call off the second round.

Vance knew when she left the course Monday that there was a chance rain — long the foil of golfers everywhere — could help give her the title. Still, she woke up Tuesday, before that joyous phone call, ready to play.

"I'm still speechless," she said. "It's an awesome note to end on."

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

With rain looming, Vance and Gillespie star on first day of 5A girls golf
5/20/2015

By Zach Marburger

LOVELAND — Not even looming rainclouds that put a chill in the air — and cast doubt on whether play would be continued Tuesday — could put a damper on Gillian Vance’s smile after 18 holes Monday.

The Dakota Ridge senior shot a four-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after day one of the Class 5A girls golf state championships at Olde Golf Course in Loveland.

Although the weather mostly cooperated Monday, rain is expected for the rest of the week, and if the course is rendered unplayable, Monday’s results will become final.

“We’ll make a determination (Monday) morning after conferring with course officials. Our hope is to be able to finish the tournament,” said Harry Waterman, CHSAA assistant commissioner who was acting as the site director at the course on Monday. “If not, the results of Day 1 will determine the outcome of the championships.”

The inhospitable climate Monday had no adverse affect on Vance, who took advantage of greens softened by rain to dial in her approach shots, especially on the back-nine, where she pulled away from the pack with a three-under 33.

“When it’s colder it’s usually not going to go as far, and when it’s wet, which it’s been, it’s usually not going to roll as far. So I just wanted to be aggressive because I knew the greens would be pretty receptive,” Vance said of her approach Monday. “I just decided to go for it. I was really able to get it close to the pin.”

Even when she wasn’t knocking down flagsticks with her wedges, Vance was able to sink enough putts to maintain her distance from the pack. Her final birdie, which cemented her place atop the leader board, came on a long putt from off the green at the par-four 15th.

With the uncertainty surrounding play Tuesday, Dakota Ridge head coach Levi Bartholomew said he was glad to see Vance attack the golf course early.

“With the unknowns of the weather coming up (Tuesday) the discussion (Monday) was we needed to be aggressive because it could be the only day of the tournament,” said Bartholomew. “We played today with the idea that today was the second day and she really went after it.”

According to Vance, it helped that she was playing with friend and rival Sydney Gillespie from Regis Jesuit.

“We’ve know each other since we were 10, so it’s really fun playing with her. It’s also kind of sad since this is our last year,” said Vance. “It was really great to see her do so well and it was really comfortable with her out there.”

The two friends were the only two players under par after Monday. Ashlyn Kirschner of Ralston Valley, Morgan Sahm of Grandview, and Alexis Chan of Rock Canyon are all tied for third place with a first-round score of one-over.

Gillespie – who had to leave quickly after her round in order attend her graduation – shook off a bogey on her opening hole to post a two-under 70 and help the defending champion Regis Jesuit Raiders to a dominate position  atop of the team leader boards after the first round.

“I’ve got to get going for graduation but I definitely will be keeping my teammates in my prayers,” said Gillespie. “They know that they have a lot of support and I know they’ll finish out strong.”

Her teammates Mary Weinstein and Jaclyn Murray combined with Gillespie for a first-round team score of five-over.
“They’ve all had a lot of tournament experience. They’ve played a ton, they’re all great players, but they’re getting really good at hanging in there and scoring well on a day where you could have scored badly,” said Regis coach George Miller. “I have three players on this team that could win this thing. I’m a very lucky guy.”

Rock Canyon and Legacy round out the team leader board with scores of 18-over and 22-over, respectively.
Second round play is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning. If play does resume, it will be as an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Vance, for one, hopes the weather holds for one final day of high school golf – even if it would put her first-round lead in jeopardy.

“I would really love to play (Tuesday) even if it’s bad weather, because it would be the same for everybody,” said Vance. “I really hope we can. It’s our last state.”

Read the full article at CHSAANOW.com.

Girls Golf: Regis Jesuit puts itself in good position with 5A state second round in doubt
5/20/2015

Raiders, Grandview's Morgan Sahm hope second round gets played
By COURTNEY OAKES

LOVELAND | With weather threatening to scrub the second round of the Class 5A girls state golf tournament, Regis Jesuit is in the clubhouse in good shape after Monday’s opening round.

But don’t expect the Raiders to doing a rain dance. They want to play Tuesday’s second round at The Olde Course, which was expected to be hit a lot of rain overnight and during the day.

The Colorado High School Activities Association has planned a meeting at 6:30 a.m. to determine if the course will be playable for the second round. If so, the tournament would move to an 8 a.m. shotgun start in place of the traditional tournament, which was originally scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Should the second round be canceled or not completed, results from the opening round would stand as final.

Regis Jesuit coach George Miller would feel pretty good about the results if the first round is all that counts, as his Raiders own a 13-stroke lead over Continental League rival Rock Canyon in the team standings with a score of plus-5 221. The other Aurora team in the field, Grandview, sat in a tie for fourth among 16 schools that had enough qualifiers to register a team score.

“We’re not sitting around hoping it rains,” Miller said. “We had a fun day and we’re planning on playing tomorrow. I know all of them are hoping we play.”

Senior Sydney Gillespie — who had to bolt out after the first round to attend Regis Jesuit’s graduation and expected to return late Monday night — would definitely like a chance to play a second round, as she fired a 2-under-par 70 to sit just two strokes behind Dakota Ridge’s Gillian Vance for the individual lead.

Despite a bogey on her first hole, Gillespie made birdie on Holes No. 7 and No. 8 and finished the front nine at 2-under, then played even on the back side. She and Vance were in the same group and played neck-and-neck until Vance made three birdies in the first six holes of the back nine to get a little separation.

“Sydney was her usual self, playing amazingly solid golf,” Miller said. “She has her eyes set on first place, so she really hopes we play.”

Regis Jesuit junior Mary Weinstein had a pair of birdies on the back nine and finished with a 3-over 75, tying her for seventh overall, while sophomore Jaclyn Murray played the back side even after a 4-over front nine to come in with a ninth-place 76.

Neither were happy with their performances either, even though they played well enough to ease Miller’s concern that another team would have an incredible day and end up winning if the second round was canceled. His worry was unfounded.

“They are all really great at hanging in there and not letting things bother them,” said Miller, who also had Ali Timlin shoot 95 in her state debut.

“It doesn’t seem to really matter what happens, they pull out good scores,” he added.

Grandview’s Morgan Sahm also has a shot at the individual title if the second round is played.

The junior standout had perhaps the individual highlight of the opening round with an eagle on the par-5, 495-yard Hole No. 13. The two strokes she shaved off her score with the eagle helped Sahm get to even and she finished with a plus-1 73 that has her tied for third individually.

Sahm — the individual Centennial League medalist and regional winner as well — had a share of the state lead after one round last season and finished seventh after a ninth-place showing as a freshman.

Senior Caroline O’Donnell finished at plus-11 and junior Emily Jung provided the Wolves’ third necessary score with a plus-15. Both played at the state tournament last season and had remarkably better opening rounds this time, as both managed to shoot 10 strokes better than they did last season at Raccoon Creek G.C.

Freshman Caitlin O’Donnell turned in an 89 in her first round of state.

As an individual qualifier, Cherokee Trail junior Sydney Yu shot a plus-18 90.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Baseball: Grandview walks tightrope of elimination, tops Regis Jesuit to reach 5A Final Four
5/18/2015

BY COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Dean Adams didn’t know exactly how his Grandview baseball team managed to win twice May 17, but the retiring coach sure enjoyed the ride that will continue into next week.

The Wolves faced dire circumstances in both of their Class 5A Championship Series games at All-City Field, but managed to win both to make the Final Four of the double-elimination tournament.

Grandview eliminated Regis Jesuit with a 9-4 victory in an all-Aurora elimination game, which put Adams’ team into the final group of four that will decide the 5A state title May 22-23 if weather permits. Chatfield, which started its season 1-8, emerged from the first weekend of play at 3-0, while Grandview, its next opponent — Mountain Vista — and Rock Canyon all went 2-1.

“Wow, we just came out and competed like crazy,” said Adams, who was glad his ailing father could be in the stands to watch his team advance.

“I’m just real proud of them,” he added. “We met this morning to hit and I said ‘Hey, let’s come back and make sure we get to sit in this clubhouse one more time,’ and now we will be.”

The Wolves (15-9) play Mountain Vista at noon May 22 at All-City Field if weather holds. The winner of that game advances to a 10 a.m. May 23 game against Chatfield or Rock Canyon. Should Chatfield beat Rock Canyon, the Grandview/Mountain Vista winner would need to beat the Chargers twice to win the title.

Grandview played with its back against the wall May 17 after it suffered a 4-1 loss to Centennial League rival Cherry Creek in its opener. Monarch first tried to eliminate the Wolves, taking several leads, but Grandview managed to reel them in time and time again.

Trailing 6-5 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Wolves scored the tying run on a walk and got a 7-6 walk-off victory when Monarch’s Blake Rohm hit Tyler Smith with a pitch to force home the winning run.

“We came out a little flat in the first game, but all of a sudden we picked it up and played good baseball,” Adams said.

Against Regis Jesuit — which came in off an agonizing 11-10 loss to Mountain Vista the previous day in which the Golden Eagles scored 10 times in the last two innings to win — the Wolves trailed 1-0 after five innings with Bo Weiss throwing a strong game for the Raiders.

Grandview’s bats came alive in the top of the sixth inning, as the Wolves finally knocked out Weiss, who struck out 10 hitters in 5 1/3 innings. Grandview got into Regis Jesuit’s taxed bullpen for an eight-run rally — which included Morgan Smith’s three-run home run — to break the game open.

“I’ve never had two games like that, it was definitely crazy,” Smith said. “Coach Adams said as soon as we got into the playoffs that he believed we were going to make a run, and that’s what we’re doing. We’re living until next week and hope to get it done.”

Coach Matt Darr’s Regis Jesuit team, which lost in the 5A state championship game on the same field last season, scratched across three runs in the final two innings, but couldn’t come all the way back.

A more improbable member of the Championship Series after graduation turned over most of the roster, the Raiders finished the season 12-12.

“Each year, there’s such a slight difference between having success and not,” Darr said. “There are a lot of good things that come out of this year. We struggled early with lack of experience, but that won’t be an excuse next year. A lot of these guys have played in some very tense moments, so that serves you well down the road.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Fossil Ridge Knocks Off Regis Jesuit For Colorado Boys 5A Swimming and Diving State Championship Title
5/18/2015

COLORADO SPRINGS – Three months after winning the girls’ 5A title, the Fossil Ridge High School boys made it a sweep of the Colorado state swimming and diving titles, knocking off four-time defending champion Regis Jesuit on Saturday night at the Air Force Academy’s Cadet Natatorium in Colorado Springs.

Fossil Ridge scored 297 points to take down Regis Jesuit, who finished second for just the second time since 1992 with 274 points. Cherry Creek took third with 209 points, ahead of Boulder (177 points) and Fairview (149 points).

Boulder kicked off the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, as the foursome of Chris Nicholson, Mick Bartholomew, PJ Stapleton and Christian Feiler held off Regis’ Ty Coen, Quinlan Stuart, Elijah Warren and Christopher Morales for the school’s first state title, 1:33.19 to 1:33.50. Highlands Ranch took third, with Frank Ruppel, Peyton Scherschel, Gabriele Sasia and Darren Woon touching in 1:34.46.

Cherry Creek senior Samuel Coffman even-split the 200 free, 49.50/49.69, and pulled away from the field en route to the state title in 1:39.19. Arapahoe’s Griffin Eiber held onto his second place seed with a 1:41.09, while Fossil Ridge’s Walter Dauksher got to the wall third in 1:41.41.

In the 200 IM final, Pomona’s Keegan Foulke pulled away on the breaststroke leg and never looked back, touching the wall first in 1:50.13. Fairview sophomore Michael Zarian hit the wall second in 1:51.90, while Regis’ Quinlan Stuart tracked down third in 1:53.08.

Christian Feiler became Boulder’s first individual state swimming champion after dominating the 50 free with a 20.67, more than four tenths in front of Regis’ William Pieseski (21.09). Ponderosa’s Max Grogan gave his team a third place finish with a 21.27.

Regis senior Kyle Goodwin became only the third diver in Colorado high school history to sweep the 1-meter diving title four years in a row, breaking the 10-year-old state record set by Arapahoe’s Aaron Feight in the process with 611.85 points. Smoky Hill’s Devin Bellamy solidified second with 583.55 points, while Arapahoe’s Aaron LeBlang recorded 562.85 points to finish third.

Highlands Ranch’s Gabriele Sasia picked up his first individual state title in the 100 fly final, cruising to the only sub-50 swim of the final at 49.16. Boulder’s Chris Nicholson swam a personal best and school record time of 50.52 to finish second, while Fossil Ridge’s Mason Fine grabbed third in 51.16.

Cherry Creek’s Samuel Coffman earned his second state title of the day in the 100 free final, edging Boulder’s Christian Feiler for the win, 45.24 to 45.68. Arapahoe’s Griffin Eiber garnered another top three finish with a 46.26 for third.

Fairview’s Michael Zarian swam away with his first individual state title in the 500 free, pulling away from Lakewood’s Aaron Sett on the final 50 for the win, 4:36.98 to 4:38.62. Fossil Ridge’s Walter Dauksher finished in the top three for a second time, taking third in 4:42.81.

In arguably the most exciting finish of the entire meet, five teams hit the wall within .15 of each other in the 200 free relay final. After leading at the final exchange, Fossil Ridge’s Mason Fine, Matt Willis, Danny Kovac and Walter Dauksher barely held on for the win, out-touching Cherry Creek’s JJ Strain, John Cremer, Hunter Fuqua and Samuel Coffman by just one one-hundredth, 1:25.52 to 1:25.53. Arapahoe had posted the third-best time at 1:25.62 but was disqualified, leaving Grandview’s Robin Kuebler, Daniel Schweitzberger, Alex Turner and James Boone in third at 1:25.66, just .01 in front of Regis (1:25.67).

Fossil Ridge freshman Danny Kovac had a quick turnaround from the 200 free relay to the 100 back, but it didn’t seem to affect him too much as he raced to his first individual state title in 50.53, just ahead of Highlands Ranch’s Gabriele Sasia (50.67) and Boulder’s Chris Nicholson (50.84), who each picked up another top three finish.

Greeley West’s Brody Lewis caught and passed defending state champion Quinlan Stuart of Regis down the stretch of the 100 breast final, as Lewis stopped the clock at 56.60 to knock off Stuart (56.90). Rampart’s Andrew Weiss clocked a 56.97 to take third.

Cherry Creek raced to a win in the final 400 free relay as JJ Strain, John Cremer, Hunter Fuqua and Samuel Coffman overtook Fossil Ridge’s Matt Willis, Carson Clear, Danny Kovac and Walter Dauksher for the win, 3:07.21 to 3:07.42. Grandview’s Robin Kuebler, Daniel Schweitzberger, Alex Turner and James Boone wrapped up third in 3:08.37.

Read the full article at Swimming World Magazine.

Track & Field: Class 5A/4A state meet results, Day 3
5/18/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

LAKEWOOD | Final team scores and individual Class 5A/4A finals results involving Aurora athletes on the final day of the state track meet on May 16, 2015, at Jefferson County Stadium. Aurora athletes bold and uppercased:

2015 CLASS 5A/4A STATE TRACK MEET
May 16 at Jefferson County Stadium

5A boys team scores: 1. Fountain-Fort Carson 94 points; 2. Cherry Creek 44.5; 3. Lakewood 39; T4. SMOKY HILL 35; T4. Pomona 35; T4. Castle View 35; 7. CHEROKEE TRAIL 34; 8. GRANDVIEW 33.5; 9. Monarch 31; T10. Chaparral 27; T10. Poudre 27; 12. Mountain Range 25; 13. Rocky Mountain 23; 14. Highlands Ranch 22; T15. OVERLAND 21; T15. REGIS JESUIT 21; 17. Bear Creek 20.5; 18. Pine Creek 20; 19. Arapahoe 19.5; T20. GATEWAY 18; T20. Ralston Valley 18; T22. Rampart 15; T22. Broomfield 15; 24. Palmer 12.5; T25. Denver East 11; T25. Heritage 11; T25. Prairie View 11; T28. EAGLECREST 10; T28. ThunderRidge 10; T28. Mountain Vista 10; T31. Legacy 9; T31. Liberty 9; 33. Fruita Monument 8; T34. Arvada West 6; T34. Fairview 6; T34. Dakota Ridge 6; 37. Fort Collins 5; T38. HINKLEY 4; T38. Grand Junction 4; T38. Brighton 4; T38. Loveland 4; 42. Fossil Ridge 3.5; 43. Horizon 3; T44. Boulder 2; T44. Chatfield 2; T46. Westminster 1; T46. Rock Canyon 1

5A girls team scores: 1. CHEROKEE TRAIL 99.5 points; 2. Fort Collins 86; 3. Rampart 47; 4. Pine Creek 46; 5. Monarch 44; 6. Cherry Creek 38; 7. Castle View 37; 8. ThunderRidge 36.5; 9. Mountain Range 34; 10. GRANDVIEW 33; 11. Mountain Vista 30; 12. Denver East 26; 13. Poudre 25; 14. Ralston Valley 23; 15. Rock Canyon 22; 16. Fossil Ridge 20.5; T17. Chaparral 19; T17. Rocky Mountain 19; 19. Fountain-Fort Carson 17; 20. Arapahoe 16; 21. Palmer 15; 22. SMOKY HILL 14; 23. Horizon 13; 24. Grand Junction 12; T25. REGIS JESUIT 11; T25. Legend 11; 27. Montbello 9.5; 28. George Washington 9; 29. Fairview 8.5; 30. Pomona 7; T31. Brighton 6; T31. Fruita Monument 6; T33. Boulder 5; T33. Highlands Ranch 5; T33. Legacy 5; T33. Broomfield 5; 37. Dakota Ridge 4; 38. Doherty 3; 39. Loveland 2; 40. Coronado 1.5; 41. Lakewood 1

See the Aurora Sentinel for individual results.

Boys Swimming: Class 5A state meet team scores, results
5/18/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

COLORADO SPRINGS | Final team scores and consolation and championship results from the Class 5A boys state swim meet at the Cadets Natatorium at the United States Air Force Academy on May 16, 2015. Aurora athletes and teams bold and uppercased:

2015 CLASS 5A BOYS STATE SWIM MEET

Team scores: 1. Fossil Ridge 297 points; 2. REGIS JESUIT 274; 3. Cherry Creek 209; 4. Boulder 177; 5. Fairview 149; 6. Highlands Ranch 125; 7. Arapahoe 118; 8. Chatfield 108; 9. Lewis-Palmer 108; 10. GRANDVIEW 107; 11. Ponderosa 97; 12. SMOKY HILL 85; 13. Coronado 71; 14. Pomona 62; 15. Heritage 58; 16. Rampart 47; 17. Lakewood 39; 18. Bear Creek 38; T19. CHEROKEE TRAIL 33; T19. Greeley West 33; 21. Broomfield 13; 22. Palisade/GJ/Fruita 10; 23. Fort Collins 8; 24. Fountain-Fort Carson 7; 25. George Washington 6; T26. Loveland 5; T26. Legacy 5; 28. Denver East 4; 29. Rocky Mountain 3

See all results at the Aurora Sentinel.

Track & Field: Class 5A/4A Day 2 state results
5/18/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

LAKEWOOD | Team scores and championship finals results for the second day of the Class 5A/4A state track & field meet contested on May 15, 2015, at Jefferson County Stadium. Aurora teams and individuals bold and uppercased:

CLASS 5A/4A STATE TRACK MEET (MAY 15)

5A boys team scores: 1. Fountain-Fort Carson 36 points; 2. Pomona 30; 3. Castle View 24; 4. Cherry Creek 21; 5. Highlands Ranch 19; T6. CHEROKEE TRAIL 18; T6. REGIS JESUIT 18; T6. Lakewood 18; T9. Pine Creek 16; T9. Chaparral 16; 11. SMOKY HILL 15; 12. GRANDVIEW 11.5; 13. Monarch 11; T16. Rocky Mountain 10; T16. Mountain Range 10; T16. ThunderRidge 10; 19. Liberty 9; 20. Arapahoe 8; 21. OVERLAND 7; T22. EAGLECREST 6; T22. Arvada West 6; 24. Palmer 5.5; T25. Heritage 4; T25. Grand Junction 4; T25. Prairie View 4; T28. Boulder 2; T28. Legacy 2; T28. Loveland 2; T28. Mountain Vista 2; 32. Rock Canyon 1

5A girls team scores: 1. CHEROKEE TRAIL 52.5 points; 2. Fort Collins 38; 3. Rampart 34; 4. Monarch 33; T5. Mountain Vista 23; T5. Cherry Creek 23; 7. Pine Creek 20; 8. Castle View 17; 9. Poudre 15; T10. Rocky Mountain 11; T10. Denver East 11; T10. Ralston Valley 11; T13. ThunderRidge 10; T13. Fountain-Fort Carson 10; 15. Montbello 8.5; T16. Arapahoe 8; T16. Mountain Range 8; T18. GRANDVIEW 7; T18. Fossil Ridge 7; 20. Fairview 6.5; T21. REGIS JESUIT 6; T21. Palmer 6; T21. Horizon 6; Grand Junction 6; T25. Highlands Ranch 5; T25. Pomona 5; T27. SMOKY HILL 4; T27. Brighton 4; T27. Dakota Ridge 4; T30. Boulder 3; T30. Doherty 3; T30. Rock Canyon 3; 33. Broomfield 2; 34. Coronado 1.5; T35. Lakewood 1; T35. Fruita Monument 1

See all results at the Aurora Sentinel.

Cherry Creek victorious in 5A state championship against Regis Jesuit
5/18/2015

KUSA — The Cherry Creek Bruins are the the 2014-15 5A Boys Lacrosse State Champions after a 13-10 win against the Regis Jesuit Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Friday night.

The Bruins fought hard against the Raiders who were no push over in the championship game. Putting the ball in the net right at the start the Bruins went up 4-0 after the first quarter, shutting out the Raiders. After two quarters, the  Bruins remained ahead with a 7-2 lead.

The halftime break appeared helpful for the Raiders to regroup, pulling within two goals after a three goal run. The 7-5 score eventually because a 13-10 lead for the Bruins and with some great time management took home the trophy.

Cherry Creek finished their impressive season with an overall record of 19-1, losing to an out-of-state school and remaining undefeated in-state. The Bruins are now tied for the most state championship wins in lacrosse with five, along with the Kent Denver Sundevils.

Photos courtesy of Jack Eberhard of Jacksactionshots.com.

Read the full article at 9News.com.

Denver East Rugby takes down Regis Jesuit
5/18/2015

KUSA — The Denver East Angels took down the Regis Jesuit Raiders on May 9th in the 2014-15 Division I Rugby State Championship with a score of 10-5. In a thrilling match, the Angels won the game after an impressive defense on a goal line stand.

Head Coach, Bill Baer, said, “We admire how Regis Jesuit played. They are an excellent team and all the boys from Regis Jesuit and East gave 100 percent.” Both teams have respected programs in the sport.

The Angels rugby team has been a club sport for 27 years and have a roster of about 65 boys and a full volunteer coaching staff. Head Coach, Bill Baer, said, “We have a very diverse team and are fortunate to receive the support of a very active and wonderful parent group.” Baer also said, “This team is special because of their willingness to embrace hard work. Plus they have come together to form a real bond.”

“I want to thank the entire coaching staff for a great season,” said Baer, “And it was fun to work with a committed group of players.”

Follow the Denver East Rugby team next season as they look for another state championship.

Read the full article at 9News.com.

Regis Jesuit advances to Class 5A Championship Series
5/14/2015

Regis Jesuit has gotten sound pitching throughout 2015

By Neil H. Devlin

Regis Jesuit had a simple MO heading into the season. If the Raiders swung the bats successfully, they probably were among the serious competitors.

Oh, they had their ups and downs throughout the regular season, losing some close ones and not really generating much offense.

However, they scored a combined 22 runs on Wednesday to seal a berth in this weekend's Class 5A Championship Series in a two-game sweep of districts at a uniquely located Denver East field.

With City Park across the street, the Angels' distinctive clock tower overhead and a shot of downtown Denver in the distance along with rush-hour traffic, Regis Jesuit first beat Grand Junction 11-1, then advanced to double-elimination rounds with a hard-fought 11-6 decision of Prairie View.

The Raiders will take an 11-10 record into the weekend as well as the following attitude — if they hit, they can contend.

"We're swinging the bats way better than we have all year and I've said all along that if we just get a little hitting, we're a team to contend with," Raiders coach Matt Darr said. "I'll take our chances with our arms."

Regis Jesuit has gotten sound pitching throughout 2015. Its depth was tested in the second game. when junior right-hander Bo Weiss, son of Rockies manager Walt, set down the first six Thunderhawks. However, he was touched for three runs in each of the next two innings and eventually gave way to Travis Marr, who threw the final three inings and sealed it.

More important, the Raiders employed their bats. They pounded out 15 hits. On the day, junior outfielder Quin Cotton was 7-of-8, including 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBIs in the final. He also nearly made a great diving catch in the left-center field gap.

"Not a bad day," Darr said. "He's a player."

Said Cotton: "We got our bats going and we had both pitching and hitting going today. We're feeling good going into the (double-elimination series)."

The Raiders' seven, eight and nine hitters, Matt Schmidt, Ryan Vottiero and Thomas Jahde, carried the load — they were a combined 7-of-11 with six runs scored and five RBIs.

"But I keep going back to the pitching," Darr said of being in a short series. "When you have more arms, you have an advantage."

Prairie View, which ended 11-10, showed much better than a No. 30 seed and certainly gave the Raiders all they wanted. They left the bases loaded twice and stranded 10 runners.

"They kept coming back and it was impressive," Darr said.

The Thunderhawks, who opened the day by downing host Denver East 9-1, got four RBIs by senior Joseph Lubick, but it wasn't enough against Regis.

Prairie View coach Tim Cardenas has patiently been building a program that is starting to gain some attention.

"We're not afraid to play anybody, any where and any time," he said.

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

Girls Tennis: No playbacks for Aurora doubles teams at Class 5A state tournament
5/13/2015

City finishes without top-four placer for second straight season
By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | It turned out to be one day and done for all four of the Aurora doubles teams that made it to the Class 5A girls state tennis tournament.

Three of those doubles teams — the Grandview No. 3 tandem of Olivia Brohl and Ila Farhang and No. 4 duo of Amanda Olsen-Dufour and Taylee Hardin, plus Regis Jesuit’s No. 4 doubles team of Mackenzy Pedrie and Anna Kaminsky — all held out hope Tuesday after teams they lost to on the opening day of play at Gates Tennis Center had reached the semifinals.

Wins by those teams would have brought the Aurora teams back into the consolation bracket where they could have played their way for a shot at third place at their respective positions, but none of them came through. The eliminations meant Aurora has gone two seasons without a state placer at the state tennis tournament.

Pedrie and Kaminsky, who posted the only first round win of the city bunch Monday, saw the Rock Canyon team of Kendall Smith and Alexa Weist lose in the semifinals — in three sets to Ralston Valley’s Riley Knipp and Priya Keller — and then also lose in the consolation bracket to finish out of the top four.

The Fossil Ridge duo of Lydia Supe and Katie Hinz teased Olsen-Dufour and Hardin — who they outlasted in three sets the previous day — by winning the first set of their semifinal against Cherry Creek’s Hannah Peterson and Allison Murphy, but the Bruins won the last two sets to beat the SaberCats and end the Wolves’ playback hopes.

Supe and Hinz did win in the consolation bracket and will play for third place Wednesday.

Brohl and Farhan needed Mountain Vista’s Tara Minatta and Hannah Smith to upset Cherry Creek’s Julia Mannino and Sarah Grace Walker in the semifinals to receive a playback, but the Bruins rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

The Regis Jesuit No. 2 doubles team of Catherine Nemechek and Clare Quinn had no playback chance as the team they lost to from Denver East lost in the second round on Monday.

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Tennis: Regis Jesuit’s No. 4 doubles team wins opener, drops second match at 5A state tournament
5/13/2015

Raiders' Kaminsky, Pedrie await possible playback chance
By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Mackenzy Pedrie and Anna Kaminsky do a great job pumping each other up when they are on the tennis court together.

The Regis Jesuit No. 4 doubles team might need to send some of that encouragement to Rock Canyon’s Kendall Smith and Alexa Weist, who hold the Raiders’ fate in the Class 5A girls state tennis tournament in their hands Tuesday.

Pedrie and Kaminsky posted the only first-round victory of the four doubles teams qualified for the three-day tournament at Gates Tennis Center, them dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to Smith and Weist. If the Jaguars win the semifinals at 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Raiders would come back into the consolation bracket and could play for third.

Regis Jesuit’s other state qualifying team — the No. 2 doubles tandem of senior Catherine Nemechek and junior Clare Quinn — won’t have a playback chance.

The Raiders needed Denver East’s Katie Mead and Alyssa Schroeder, who dealt them a 6-4, 6-3 defeat in the opening round, to advance to the state championship match, but the Angels lost to Fairview’s Carolyn Roberts and Elle Savage in the next round.

Nemechek earned a third-place medal at No. 2 doubles as a sophomore in 2013.

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Lacrosse: Top-seeded Cherry Creek holds off peaking No. 16 Regis Jesuit to make state quarterfinals
5/11/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

GREENWOOD VILLAGE | The Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse team played like it had nothing to lose and everything to gain Saturday and they nearly gained a whole lot.

The 16th-seeded Raiders put everything they had into their second round state playoff contest against top-seeded Cherry Creek at Stutler Bowl and came up just short in 13-11 decision that sent the Bruins on to the quarterfinals.

Coach Billy Corbett’s team, which got three goals from junior Kathleen Roe and two apiece from Mathison Davis, Brooke Dibiase and Mackenzie Reifsnider, finished the season 7-10 overall.

Cherry Creek, meanwhile, advance to play eighth-seeded Rampart in the May 13 quarterfinals.

The other quarterfinal matchups pit No. 12 ThunderRidge against No. 4 Denver East, No. 6 Kent Denver vs. No. 3 Colorado Academy and No. 2 Mullen against the winner of Monday’s contest between No. 10 Palmer Ridge and No. 7 Centaurus.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls soccer: Broomfield wades way to win over Regis Jesuit
5/11/2015

Stark produces two goals, Zinis one in water-logged triumph

By Paul Willis

BROOMFIELD — Imagine jumping into a swimming pool in full soccer uniform. Follow that by taking a shower while still wearing it.

That provides a hint of the rain-sopped conditions that saturated the Broomfield turf Friday night, but the host Eagles seemed mostly undeterred. The No. 4 seed in the Class 5A playoff bracket, the Eagles produced a very Broomfield-like result in a 3-0 second-round win against No. 11 Regis Jesuit.

"As you saw, the ball was stopping while we were playing it," said Eagles junior Makena Bambei, who registered her team-best 12th assist on Zoe Zinis' early goal. "It came down to who wanted it more, and we really wanted to do this for our seniors."

Zinis scored on a set piece in the fifth minute, created by a corner kick from Bambei, and Michaela Stark broke through for a pair of goals in the second half. The tallies gave Stark an Eagles-high 14 for the season.

While standing water surrounded many areas near the field, the turf looked decent at the outset. But the rain never let up and even increased its ferocity at times.

"You had two teams that really wanted to play soccer and I thought the conditions made that very challenging tonight," Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. "Having to deal with a slick field forced both teams to maybe be a little more direct, but I thought our girls handled it well."

Davidson lauded his team's ability to maintain possession and to break down the Raiders (7-6-4) after a strong burst out of the gates by the Raiders.

Zinis' goal off of Bambei's corner quickly reversed any Regis momentum.

"We worked on that play a lot," Bambei said. "We had some troubles playing it out of the air because they have some really good defenders out of the air. We decided to play it on the ground and it just worked really well."

Stark scored both her goals from roughly the same spot, one eight minutes into the second half, the other with eight minutes remaining. From the right flank, she beat Raiders keeper Emily Griffith to the far post each time.

The first one was more of a well-placed, arcing shot while the second was a rocket. Broomfield had several other near-misses that would have made things much more lopsided.

"We took our chances, but we just didn't finish as well as we could have," Davidson said. "Michaela I thought did a great job of staying with it, after being a little frustrated early after she had created some great chances and just hadn't gotten on the winning end of them.

"She stayed with it. She's a classic striker."

Now it's on to Pine Creek (15-2), which extended its winning streak to 13 games Friday. The Pine Creek Eagles got a goal in double-overtime from Jayne Lydiatt to shed No. 12 Rocky Mountain 1-0.

Read the full article at Colorado Hometown Weekly.

Girls Lacrosse: Regis Jesuit repeats win over Grandview to open state playoffs
5/11/2015

Raiders win battle for Aurora with Grandview, now face Bruins
By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Katie Schilmoeller spent a frustrating week on the sidelines, as she could only watch her Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse teammates play and practice as she recovered from a concussion.

The junior captain returned to the lineup Wednesday when the Raiders took on Grandview in an all-Aurora first round contest at Lou Kellogg Stadium and she contributed immediately.

Schilmoeller was one of four Regis Jesuit players to record hat tricks as coach Billy Corbett’s team completed a season sweep of the Wolves and moved into the second round of the state playoffs. Next up for the Raiders is a contest against top-seeded Cherry Creek at 8 p.m. Friday at Legacy Stadium.

“It was awful, I hated being on the sidelines,” Schilmoeller said of her absence. “In practices I just had to keep their heads up and all I could do was go through plays with them. …It felt amazing to be out there and I’m excited for Friday when we play Creek.”

The Raiders (8-8) didn’t play the Bruins (13-2) this season, but have split the past two meetings with them. Cherry Creek on a 16-3 decision last season, while Regis Jesuit triumphed 13-10 in 2013.

Corbett doesn’t see any reason why this season’s team — though young in a lot of places — couldn’t pull off the upset this time around.

“It’s David vs. Goliath, but everyone is beatable,” Corbett said. “East beat them (in the regular season finale) and it’s a whole new season now. You get some more girls with good days and you don’t know what happens. The girls aren’t afraid.”

Regis Jesuit was encouraged by its performance against Grandview, especially being at full strength with Schilmoeller’s return to the lineup. She joined Mackenzie Reifsnider and Claire Stemper in the three-goal column for Regis Jesuit, while junior Kathleen Roe led the way with four scores.

The Raiders pushed out to a 5-1 lead early and responded after Emily Abele’s goal brought Grandview within 5-3. They got the lead back to five at halftime and never let it dip below that margin in the second half with some strong play from goalie Kate Hamilton.

Morgan Matthews scored three goals and Taylor Ansel and Madison Marshall added two goals apiece for Grandview (8-7), which to the Raiders by virtually the same score — 18-11 — in the second game of the regular season.

“I was encouraged that we got another chance to play them, but hoping the outcome would be different,” Wolves coach Kevin Mortimer said. “We knew what we did wrong the first time and we did it wrong against the second time, so it’s a bitter pill to swallow.”

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Boys Lacrosse: Regis Jesuit rolls past Denver East to reach 5A state quarterfinals
5/8/2015

Ten-goal second period spurs Raiders to big playoff win
By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | The defending Class 5A boys lacrosse state champions began the postseason in fine form in Wednesday’s first round.

Senior Matt Soran racked up five goals and senior Ben Bechter notched a hat trick and two assists to help push the Raiders to a fourth straight lopsided win following a loss to undefeated Cherry Creek. Coach Jim Soran’s team takes on seventh-seeded Monarch — which downed No. 11 Monarch 15-14 in overtime — at 3 p.m. at Legacy Stadium in the quarterfinals.

The string of four straight quarterfinal games — which used to be played at Regis Jesuit, but is moved to Legacy Stadium this season — begins with No. 8 Rock Canyon vs. No. 1 Cherry Creek at 9 a.m., followed by No. 12 Castle View against No. 4 Kent Denver (which knocked out Grandview) at 11 a.m. and No. 11 Arapahoe against No. 3 Mountain Vista at 1 p.m.

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

Liberty head football coach Filleman takes job in Colorado
5/7/2015

BY DARRELL JACKSON

As the only head coach in school history and after leading the Liberty Lions to their first state title game this past season, Danny Filleman has resigned as head football coach of the Lions.

The decision was not a complete shock to those at the school.

“It was not shocking at all,” said Liberty Athletic Director Aaron Coughanour. “(Filleman) had communicated with us about his desires and he has been successful in his time here. Schools have been calling him for a few years. We are extremely excited for (Filleman) and thankful for his work here.”

Filleman has accepted the head coaching job at Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit.

“Coach Filleman was chosen as a result of his strong resume,” said Regis Jesuit Athletic Director Kelly Doherty. “He fits what we are looking for when hiring a coach. He is a man of faith, a family man, highly qualified and just an overall great person.”

Filleman will take over for Mark Nolan who left Regis Jesuit to return to Arizona and coach Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.

“We began our process a couple weeks ago and we knew we were on a tight time line, so we didn’t have much time,” Doherty said. “We first met (Filleman) in person about a week ago, but we certainly did our best to learn as much as we could prior to that.”

Doherty said Filleman was offered the job April 29 and accepted the next day.

“There are a lot of things to love about him.” Doherty said. “He is a great father and family man and is a great teacher and coach and he is a man of faith, what else would we need.”

Filleman built Liberty’s program into a power since beginning play in 2008. He never had a losing record at Liberty, winning at least 10 games four times and had a 66-19 record. Liberty went 6-6 in its first season in 2008, and won eight games or more each of the past six seasons. Last year, Liberty set a school record for most wins with 12 before losing the Division II state title game to rival Centennial.

Liberty defensive coordinator Mark Smith will take over the head coaching duties of Liberty on an interim basis. Smith was the head coach at Phoenix Moon Valley from 2007-11, leading the Rockets to a 20-24 record and one playoff appearance.

Smith via e-mail said he didn’t wish to comment on the situation as the team is focusing on the kids and staff and trying to move forward with spring practice.

“(Smith) is an excellent coach with extensive head coaching experience,” Coughanour said. “He has done an excellent job as our defensive coordinator and he is familiar with our school, players and community.”

Regis Jesuit is considered one of the top programs in the Denver, Colo. area. Nolan led the team to at least nine wins each of the past two years and six straight playoff appearances, including losing the Colorado 5A state title game in 2010.

Coughanour said the job is officially posted and the district is accepting applications for the job and they hope to start interviewing to find the best fit for the job soon.

Read the full article at Peoria Times.

Girls Soccer: Eheart’s first-minute goal enough for Regis Jesuit to move into 5A second round
5/7/2015

Raiders preserve early lead, move into matchup with Broomfield
By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | In the blink of an eye Tuesday evening, the Regis Jesuit girls soccer team had all it needed to move on in the Class 5A girls soccer state playoffs.

Sophomore forward Karli Eheart put the Raiders on the scoreboard in the first minute of their postseason opener against visiting No. 20 Mountain Range and it would stand up the rest of the way in a 1-0 victory for coach Will Cropper’s team at Lou Kellogg Stadium.

Senior Natalie Baltizar had the assist on Eheart’s goal — her team-leading 15th of the season — and junior Emily Griffith stopped all six shots that came her way as Regis Jesuit move into the second round where No. 4 Broomfield awaits. The Eagles blanked No. 29 Grand Junction 4-0.

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Golf: Regis Jesuit overcomes early stumbles for sizable win at 5A Northern Regional
5/6/2015

Raiders right ship quickly, earn automatic spot in 5A state tourney
By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | George Miller’s level of concern began to register on the meter a bit in the early going of Monday’s Class 5A Northern Regional girls golf tournament, but he soon remember what kind of team he had.

The Regis Jesuit coach had nothing to worry about after a few shaky opening holes for his team, as the Raiders eventually ran away from the field on their way to a second straight regional title.

Three-fourths of the Regis Jesuit team that won the 5A state championship last season — senior Sydney Gillespie, sophomore Jaclyn Murray and junior Mary Weinstein — all posted top-five finishes and No. 4 Ali Timlin wasn’t far behind in seventh place as the Raiders secured an automatic berth in the 5A state tournament May 18-19 at The Olde Course in Loveland.

Miller’s team finished with a team score of plus-18 228 — same as it posted in winning the Central Regional in 2014 — for a 29-stroke cushion over Monarch.

Gillespie finished two strokes clear of Dakota Ridge star Gillian Vance to win her second straight individual regional championship with a round that didn’t start out ideally. Through just two holes, the Colorado Christian University signee found herself at 3-over-par, but she steadied herself with birdies on No. 4 and No. 7 to finish the front nine at just 1-over.

Contrary to the rest of her teammates, Murray started out strong as she followed an opening bogey with six straight pars. A double bogey on the par 3 Hole No. 10 added two strokes to her score and she frustratingly couldn’t get a birdie putt to drop the rest of the way as she finished third overall.

A triple bogey on No. 1 helped push Weinstein’s score higher than she wanted, but she made par on 11 holes to finish with a 79. Weinstein played in a group with five players instead of four, which definitely threw off the pace of play.

Timlin, getting her first shot at regionals, birdied her first hole, but soon saw her score balloon with a double bogey followed by a triple. Admittedly up and down all season, Timlin had more good than bad managed to finish seventh overall with an 86.

The Raiders’ win gave Aurora two regional champions, as Grandview topped the Central Regional field at nearby CommonGround G.C.

The cut to make state landed at 103, but no player from the city’s other team teams in the field — Gateway, which played host to the meet on the behalf of the EMAC, and Aurora Central — managed to advance.

The Olys were paced by Hannah Espinoza’s 125, while Aurora Central’s top score came from Luisa Armas with a 143. Diamond Evans started the tournament for the Trojans, but was forced to abandon her round when the aftereffects of a recent surgery proved too much for her to continue.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Morning Joe: 5.3.15 - Rugby Colorado Semifinal Playoffs: Colorado Springs v Regis
5/4/2015

Warm and overcast on one of the finest rugby pitches in the state at Aurora Sports Park yesterday for the first of the semifinal pairings that would determine the premier division finalists next week for championship in the Kettle at Infinity. Regis Jesuit were duly diligent in unseating longtime (last five years!) state champs, Colorado Springs Grizzlies. The Jesuit center combination of Drew Schlagel and Cade Alcock grounded a foursome of trys against a brace for the Grizzlies in 38-15 victory to claim a berth in the elite division title match next Saturday. Regis fullback, Isaac Vargas, slotted 13 points on 6-from-6 sticksplitting precision to ensure the win.

The Jesuit got aboard in short order after a lineout, won and spun at Grizzlies 22 meter line, was communicated to inside center Schlagel and he exploded through a pair of would-be stoppers to space and onward for the first touch down of the day; conversion by Vargas and 7-nil Regis in the 6th minute.

Colorado Springs, in possession, responded immediately with short pick-and-goes from the breakdown and tight, first-channel industry to their opponent’s goaline where front row Paddy Donavan scooped pill, punched across and dotted from inclose; with flyhalf Cal Robeson’s additional two, 7-for the House now in the crackerjack contest at minute number 10.

Fierce the fight at breakdown with each side experiencing success at that phase, but Regis maintaining their hold on the pill a bit better and Schlagel once more with the mighty break outside and the scoot into Grizzlies business district where he came to ground; Regis swift in support at that breakdown and second row Steven Jackson with the snatch-and-step from five meters out, strained across for the try completed by Vargas and 14-7 to Jesuit in the 27th minute of action; those the tallies at referee Erik Geib’s halftime whistle and lads to lockers for hydration and instruction just now.

Regis better at securing breakdown ball and Schlagel’s powerful running kept Colorado Springs rear-legged at times.
More for the Jesuit early in the second stanza as Vargas knocked through a penalty struck from inside the interior left hashmark, 27 meters out and 17-7 after 32 minutes.

Regis poached a Grizzlies lineout toss and were subsequently awarded a scrumput just beyond Springs 10 meter line. That set piece won and spun to Schlagel who stepped inside the stop and raced untouched for his second try of the match; conversion by Vargas and 24-7 the tallies approaching the 40-minute mark.

Schlagel dotted again for his hat trick and a further Vargas conversion at the 50th minute, and Regis solidifying its claim now with the scoreline at 31-7.

Another grounding in injury time for the Jesuit by outside center, Cade Alcock, and with Vargas perfect on the day in conversion, 38-7 the sig-figs now. Grizzlies would get a last blast from inside center, Josh Odom, and 38-12 the record at referee Geib’s terminating tweet.
Scoring
            Grizzlies – Try: Donavan, Odom; Con: Robeson;
            Jesuit – Try: Schlagel (3) Jackson, Alcock; Con: Vargas (5); Pen: Vargas;
Match Official(s): Erik Geib (Referee); Jim Bramley, Mark Huff (Referee Assistants)

Read the full article at thisiscoloradorugby.com.

Regis, East to Colorado Final
5/4/2015

ALEX GOFF

Regis Jesuit and East HS both won their semifinal games in Rugby Colorado’s HS playoffs.

Regis Jesuit defeated Colorado Springs 38-12 in the rematch of a game that was 13-12 last time they met. And East defeated PAC 28-15.

“We just played our game,” said Regis Jesuit Coach Brian Normile. “Our flyhalf kept us in our pattern both in defense and attack, and we knew when we played Colorado Springs last time that there was more to our game.”

That flyhalf would be Ryan Maxfield, who helped the offense explode. No. 8 Drew Schlegel was the chief beneficiary of that offensive surge, as he scored three tries.

Meanwhile East found PAC to be a tougher opponent than the last time they faced off.

“PAC played well,” said East Coach Bill Baer. “They came out with effective kicking from their flyhallf and a solid defense.”

In fact, PAC led 12-7 at halftime.

“In the first half we did not handle the ball well and had many knock-ons,” said Baer.

In the second half, East picked up their game. No 8 Charles Zablocki challenge PAC with his strong running and flyhalf  Adam Leonard was another threat with the ball in hand. Outside center Jack Martin-Linsley was another offensive threat and his goalkicking was accurate, too, as he converted all four East tries in the comeback.

“Our fitness was helpful in the second half,” said Baer.

So that sets up Regis Jesuit v East next week.

Meanwhile, in the DII semis, Fort Collins beat Highlands Ranch 38-24, and the Legend HS Titans beat Grand Junction 29-19. The final will be for the right to move up to DI next season.

Read the full article at goffrugbyreport.com.

Girls Lacrosse: Regis Jesuit hangs with Centaurus, but can’t pull out of early 2nd half hole
5/4/2015

Warriors' seven-goal spurt enough to keep Raiders at bay

By COURTNEY OAKES

AURORA | Centaurus has turned into something of a nemesis for the Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse team, which hoped to get a much-needed win against the Warriors in Friday night’s regular season finale.

The Raiders played right with Centaurus for the majority of the time at Lou Kellogg Stadium, but a 7-goal burst by the Warriors spanning late in the first half to the first five minutes of the second half proved too much for Regis Jesuit to overcome in a 14-11 loss.

Mathison Davis and Kathleen Roe scored three goals apiece and Brooke Dibiase and McKenzie Reifsnider each had two for coach Billy Corbett’s Raiders, which played much closer than they did in a 17-5 loss to the Warriors last season, but still have lost the last four times the teams have played, including in the 2013 state semifinals.

Regis Jesuit — which played without junior captain Katie Schilmoeller, who is recovering from concussion symptoms — dropped to 7-8 overall, but expects to be included in the playoff field, which is announced Monday.

Corbett believes Schilmoeller will be cleared to play in the postseason.

Roe put the Raiders on the scoreboard first in the opening minutes and also gave them a 5-4 lead with 6 minutes, 58 seconds remaining in the first half, but that would be Regis Jesuit’s last goal for nearly 14 minutes of game time as Centaurus took command.

Andrea Kim scored twice in the final 1:49 to send the Warriors into halftime with a 6-5 advantage, while they used dazzling ball movement to score the first five goals of the second half as well.

Sarah Myres racked up three of her game-high five goals in the opening 5:32 of the second half to grow Centaurus’ lead to 11-6.

Reifsnider scored back-to-back goals to give Regis Jesuit hope, but another three-goal burst from the Warriors pushed the lead back to seven goals.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Dan Filleman hired as Regis Jesuit football coach
5/4/2015

Regis Jesuit selects top Arizona preps coach Dan Filleman to take over the Raiders football program.

By Morgan Dzakowic

Regis Jesuit has hired Dan Filleman as the new head coach of the football team.

Filleman, who confirmed the news with The Denver Post on Friday, is one of Arizona's top prep football coaches. He has coached at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz., since 2008 — Liberty's inaugural year of varsity football. He is one of the founding fathers of a powerhouse football program in the second-highest high school classification in the state. Even though the Lions lost last year's Division II state championship game to rival Centennial, Filleman finished his tenure at the school with a 66-19 mark.

He replaces Mark Nolan, who resigned from Regis Jesuit in March to coach the Notre Dame Prep football program in Scottsdale, Ariz.  Filleman has coached high school football for 16 years, and played college football and hockey at Northern Arizona University.

"He is going to shock the football scene up there," former Liberty quarterback Keegan Whipkey (class of 2010) said of Filleman.  "His offense is almost impossible to stop.  You can only hope to slow it down."

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

Regis Jesuit blows past Kent Denver
5/4/2015

William Ferguson

DENVER-The Regis Jesuit Raiders got a road victory over the Kent Denver Sun Devils on Wednesday afternoon with the final score of 12-4.

The game started off slow but the Raiders were on fire during the second quarter with getting eight of their twelve goals to end the half with the 9-2 lead. The Sun Devils try to gain momentum back with a couple of goals of there own but the Raiders were too much as they played solid defense and getting goals in on offense.

Regis Jesuit end their regular season with 13-2 record going into the playoffs. Kent Denver will play undefeated Cherry Creek Bruins for their last game of the season at the Stutler Bowl on Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 pm.

Read the full article at 9News.com.

Regis Jesuit high jumper Austin Campbell has a year-plus to catch Colorado's all-time top leapers
5/4/2015

Campbell has given up playing football and basketball to focus on track and field

By Mike Chambers

AURORA — Austin Campbell is the state's top high jumper, having cleared 6 feet, 11 inches last month in Fort Collins. The Regis Jesuit junior, who finished second at last year's Class 5A state meet, has his sights on breaking Jeff Martinez's 1987 state-meet record of 7-2 and, before he graduates, making a push for Matt Hemingway's 1991 Colorado prep record of 7-4.

But individual accomplishments don't define who Campbell is as a person. He wants to continue building friendships as the Raiders' unassuming track and field star.

"Having the camaraderie with teammates is great, and not being cocky and stuff about how high you can jump," Campbell said. "I just like being a good person all around. At meets and stuff, you see guys walk around and ask, 'What's your PR this year and this and that?' I just sit back and don't like to say too much, and just listen to music and support my teammates."

Campbell has given up playing football and basketball to focus on track and field, and also to allow time to participate in the Regis Christian Life Community, Diversity Club and various food bank organizations. He's soaring to new heights in every area.

"He's the best high jumper I've ever had," said Regis coach Ryan Taylor, 37, who is in 14th year as a coach. "Even though he's easygoing and carefree at practice, he's very caring toward his teammates, always willing to help out with anything. He's a great leader. He's pretty humble and probably gets a little embarrassed when I talk to him about how great he is, and that he's pretty special."

The 6-foot-2 Campbell has qualified for the youth nationals — a 6-6 jump was needed — and believes he can reach 7-0 or higher this season.

"Hopefully, I'll be able to get at least 7-2 this year and next year 7-4, and maybe higher than that. That's the goal — the state record," he said. "It's pretty crazy if you look at how I've improved. I was jumping 6-4 as a freshman and last year it was 6-8, and now 6-11. I gotta get that one more inch for 7 feet."

Taylor, once a small-school long jump state champion for St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs, believes Campbell can do it.

"We definitely see 7 feet in him," Taylor said. "He looks like he's got that, if conditions are right and he's feeling pretty good.

"He's got aspirations to continue to jump in college, so we want to prepare him to be competitive as he goes into college. Being a junior this year and having one more season with us, we want to start looking at the 7-2s, 7-3s, maybe even 7-4s."

Read the full article at The Denver Post.

Boys Swimming: Cherry Creek swims past Regis Jesuit for second time this season
5/4/2015

Raiders win seven events, but Bruins' depth carries them through

By COURTNEY OAKES

GREENWOOD VILLAGE | It took four years, but the seniors on the Regis Jesuit boys swim team now know the feeling of losing a dual meet.

The defending Class 5A state champion Raiders came up on the short end of a 171-144 decision to Cherry Creek, which posted its second win of the season in two meetings of the teams and further upped the ante for the season-ending 5A state meet May 15-16 at the Air Force Academy.

The Bruins also topped coach Nick Frasersmith’s Regis Jesuit team at the annual Dick Rush Coaches Invitational and took the dual meet rematch by winning five events and using depth to outlast the Raiders.

“This is the first dual meet loss in whole high school career, so it’s upsetting; it really hurts a lot, but you have to give credit to Creek, they executed and rightfully beat us,” said senior captain Quinlan Stuart, who posted two of the Raiders’ seven event victories.

“We know what we needed to do now for state,” he added. “Hats off to Creek, they swam great. We swam well, too, but they swam great.”

Regis Jesuit picked a lot of points at the top end, as Stuart finished first in both the 200 yard individual medley and 100 yard breaststroke (the event in which he is the defending 5A state champion), freshman Ty Coen claimed both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, senior Will Pieseski touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle and senior Kyle Goodwin took top honors on the diving board for Regis Jesuit.

The Raiders opened the meet with a victory in the 200 yard medley relay with the team of Stuart, fellow senior Chris Morales and freshmen Coen and Elijah Warren, but the Bruins grabbed the top four places in the following 200 yard freestyle to take a lead they would not surrender.

A 12-point meet after diving, Regis Jesuit just couldn’t pull back enough points in the final seven events to get past Cherry Creek.

“This and Coaches Invite are a couple of blows we’d rather not take, but it’s going to be a good state meet, I think,” Pieseski said. “This was eye-opening. It shows us this is going to be our big competition.”

While Regis Jesuit’s seniors rose to the occasion, so too, did a whole slew of talented freshmen.

Coen and Warren swam on the winning 200 medley relay to open the meet and finished 1-2 in the 100 butterfly, with Coen posting a time of 53.30 seconds for the victory. He later won the 100 backstroke in 54.08 seconds, while Warren finished as the runner-up to Stuart in the 200 IM.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

PHOTOS: Regis Jesuit boys swim team supports breast cancer
5/4/2015

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PHOTO VAULT: PRETTY IN PINK – REGIS JESUIT BOYS PAINT NAILS TO SUPPORT TEAM MOM
5/4/2015

When she was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer, swim mom Bonnie Suter’s two sons, Zach and Garrett, were a junior and a freshman at Regis Jesuit High School. Now Garrett is a senior and one of the captains of the boys’ team. Over the past several weeks, Bonnie has been struggling and has had to be isolated for much of the time to keep from catching anything that could lead to an infection.

To lift her spirits, the team came up with the idea of painting the boys’ nails “Optimistic Pink” to support Bonnie in her fight against her cancer. On Friday and Monday, six team moms and one sister went to the Regis pool to paint the nails of 54 boys, moms, dads and the head coach, Nick Frasersmith.

The pink-nailed boys of Regis Jesuit will compete in their last dual meet of the season against Cherry Creek on Tuesday, with Bonnie Suter in the stands cheering them on.

All photos courtesy of Wendy Pieseski

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Winter All-City 2014-15: New faces abound on All-City Girls Basketball Team
4/20/2015

Onyenwere's huge season stands outs as new talent emerges

By COURTNEY OAKES

The face of Aurora girls basketball continues to change in the wake of some significant graduating classes the past few seasons.

The 2014-15 season served as a prime chance for many new faces to prove themselves at the varsity level, many of whom landed themselves spots on the Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Basketball Team, which is selected by the Sentinel in conduction with balloting of Aurora’s 11 coaches.

Grandview sophomore Michaela Onyenwere grabbed unanimous honors as the Sentinel’s Player of the Year, while she’s joined on the All-City first team by the Regis Jesuit duo of Jess Lewis and TaeKenya Cleveland, Gateway’s Carmen Ramey and Cherokee Trail’s Anastacia Johnson.

The uber-athletic Onyenwere maintained her youthful enthusiasm for playing basketball, while continuing to develop parts of her game that make her unlike any other player Aurora has seen in quite some time.

The 5-foot-11 inch phenom did just about everything on the court this season save for dunk, which some observers encouraged her to try during the course of games, believing she was capable of actually doing it.

Playing away from the basket and improving her shooting range, Onyenwere’s scoring average soared from 18.6 points per game last season — which was already the best in school history — to 23.7 this season, tops in Class 5A and second-most in the state for any classification. She also improved in rebounding (9.7 rpg to 11.5 rpg), steals (2.3 spg to 3.9 spg) and added a full blocked shot per game from last season to 1.9 per contest.

Though Grandview bowed out of the Class 5A state playoffs in the third round, it didn’t go down without Onyenwere putting up her greatest career performance, as she scored 43 points and was credited with 29 rebounds in a tight loss to Lakewood. She was selected for The Show girls all-star game sponsored by the Denver Nuggets — of which she was the Most Valuable Player last season — and starred again with 16 points.

As a point guard, Lewis helped Regis Jesuit win back-to-back 5A state championships in 2012-13 and 2013-14, then found herself surrounded by a vastly different and much less experienced cast in her senior season.

The West Point signee did her best to guide the Raiders through an up-and-down season and had them on the verge of making it to the 5A quarterfinals, but she couldn’t get off a potential game-winning shot attempt in Regis Jesuit’s one-point second round loss at Grand Junction.

Though admittedly not a scorer, Lewis had some big offensive games, as she poured in 29 points against Legend and 28 against Mountain Vista, while she finished tops on her team with an average of 13.8 points per game. Lewis — an All-Continental League first team pick — also grabbed 4.4 rebounds per game, plus averages of 4.0 assist and 1.9 steals.

Joining Lewis on the All-City first team is Cleveland, who moved into a much larger role with the graduation that sent six players to Division I college programs and turned over the Raiders’ entire roster.

The athletic 5-11 wing player scored 30 points in the season opener against D’Evelyn and tallied 20 or more points in three straight games on Regis Jesuit’s tough trip to play teams in New York City.

A few single-digit performances kept down Cleveland’s scoring average, as the all-league second team selection finished at 11.9 points per contest. She also recorded four double-doubles and averaged 6.5 rebounds and nearly two steals and a blocked shot each time out.

Ramey was honored as the EMAC Player of the Year in a season that saw her blossom into a well-rounded player, which helped Gateway win eight of its nine league contest and finish runner-up behind Westminster.

A club teammate of Onyenwere’s with the Colorado Hawks, Ramey had an outstanding season as she led the Olys in every statistical category save for assists per game, in which twin sister Ashley edged her by .02. Carmen Ramey finished with an average of 13.8 points per game, along with 6.3 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.7 blocked shots per game.

Johnson was one of three juniors that Cherokee Trail coach Todd Dixon built his team around (Jaleesa Avery and Kenzie McLelland were the others) and the athletic guard provided many key ingredients for the Cougars, who won 12 games and made it to the second round of the 5A state playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Broomfield.

Johnson picked up a lot of the slack for the graduation of standout guard Hannah Sparks, as she was a leader by example and added plenty in every positive statistical category on her way to first team All-Centennial League honors. Scoring nearly double figures every night, Johnson also averaged 4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals per contest.

The second team is made up of Johnson’s Cherokee Trail teammates Avery (15.7 ppg) and McLelland (an All-Centennial League first team pick), along with Grandview sophomore Kennede Brown — who made a huge step forward between her freshman and sophomore seasons and played her way on to the All-Centennial League first team — plus Hinkley senior Nyece Smith and Aurora Central junior Jenna Henderson.

Though playing in the EMAC, Henderson finished with the second-highest scoring average among Aurora players at 19.4 points per game, which included a 40-point game and 10 others of 20 or more, while Smith — who played in both the EMAC All-Star Game and the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports Senior All-State Game — scored in double figures in every game and averaged 18.8 points per game, plus 5.1 rebounds.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Adams helps No. 1 Cherry Creek boys lacrosse beat No. 2 Regis Jesuit
4/20/2015

By Brock Laue

AURORA — Ben Adams found himself in a familiar venue on Saturday.

The senior was protecting goal at Lou Kellogg Stadium, the home of Regis Jesuit lacrosse. But, instead of donning the red and white of the Raiders, he was blocking his old friends’ shots as a Cherry Creek Bruin.

The goalie, who transferred from Regis for his final high school season for personal reasons, snuffed out his former teammates’ offensive attack, securing an 8-4 victory for Class 5A's No. 1-ranked Cherry Creek (11-0) over No. 2 Regis (9-2). The Raiders beat Creek in the 5A state finals, 14-7, in 2014.

“Ben is a great kid and has had a really good season for us,” Bruin coach Bryan Perry said of the importance of his new goalie, a backup for the Raiders a year ago. “Obviously he played for Regis and was going against his old 'mates and that’s always special. He likes those guys quite a bit, but you always want to win that game, of course. He did a great job.”

“Hat's off to them,” Adams said of going against his former team. “They played a heck of a game.”

While Adams was humble in victory, he was the backbone and the leader of an emotionally charged group that was both aggressive and efficient.

“Our defense really stepped it up today,” the senior raved. “They’ve been playing great all year, but this was definitely our best game so far.

“Coach (Payton) Sanders keeps us together and knows what we need to do on defense.”

The Bruins — who jumped on Regis only 18 seconds in as sophomore attacker Asher Nolting found the net — gave up two goals in the first quarter, but held a 3-2 advantage as Nate Miller scored and Nolting scored again.

Then, Creek took full command as they choked the life out of Regis’ typically high-powered offense, one that returned the top three scorers (Chet Dunstan, Matt Soran, Ben Bechter) from last year’s 5A championship team.

But the Bruins’ defense was so dominant Saturday that Regis didn’t score from the time there were 31 seconds remaining in the first until there were only 8:21 left in the fourth, a depleting drought of over 28 minutes.

Of course, Creek wouldn’t have been able to seal a road victory over a team the caliber of Regis without a complete effort.

“We really hustled hard and shared the ball well in transition and that was a good thing,” Perry said. “We got some really good looks at the goal. Guys were seeing some things that were there.”

Nolting, Michael Morean, and Max Tennant led the undefeated Bruins with two goals apiece.

Dunstan, an Air Force recruit, had a hat trick with three of Regis’ four goals in defeat.

The rivalry between the two has blossomed into a full-fledged war every time they face off in recent years. Both teams have a healthy amount of respect for the other, but that doesn’t mean the games aren’t impassioned.

While a win over a powerhouse program is always sweet, Creek did beat the Raiders 10-7 in April of last year, as well, before falling to them in the finals. They know not to put too much stock into one game.

“We just want to stay tight through the ups and downs and obviously this is a big up,” Adams said. “We need to just get back to practice on Monday and keep working our tails off.”

“There are certainly some things we need to do better,” Perry added of his team.

Nonetheless, both player and coach are pleased with where Cherry Creek is at and where they could be headed.

And, the Bruins may have found something of a stalwart at the back end of their defense.

“Creek has welcomed me as a brother and it’s just great,” Adams said with a grin. “I love it.”

Read the full article at CHSAANOW.com.

Winter All-City 2014-15: Class 5A runner-up Regis Jesuit fuels All-City Girls Swim Team
4/10/2015

Grandview's Wood twins and Smoky Hill's Richey join eight Raiders as top performers from Aurora schools in their respective events

By COURTNEY OAKES

To use an expression favored by Smoky Hill coach Scott Cohen, Aurora girls swimmers from all around brought plenty of fast in the 2014-15 season.

In the wake of the Class 5A state meet Feb. 13-14 at the Edora Pool & Ice Center in Fort Collins, eight Regis Jesuit swimmers, two from Grandview and one from Smoky Hill earned their way onto the 2014-15 Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Swim Team, which is based on state results.

Coach Nick Frasersmith’s Raiders turned in another outstanding performance in their quest to win a third straight 5A state title, but Fossil Ridge was even better on that day. The SaberCats won five events and topped Regis Jesuit by 60.

The Raiders’ lone non-relay state championship came from junior diver McKensi Austin, who won her second straight 5A diving title. Helped by a boost from a more generous scoring system for both the girls and boys that made its advent this season, Austin set a 5A state meet record with her 540.305 points, which gave her a winning margin of more than 50 points.

Regis Jesuit senior Taylor Wilson led the city in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles, though she had teammates in both championship finals.

The Villanova signee placed sixth in the 100 freestyle final, followed by junior Lindsay Painton just 0.3 of a second behind in seventh and sophomore Samantha Smith in eighth.

Wilson graduates with five event state championships, all as part of relay teams, as she helped the Raiders win the 200 freestyle relay for three straight seasons — including this one along with Painton, junior Amy Lenderink and sophomore Jennae Frederick — and take the 400 freestyle in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Besides their legs of the winning 200 freestyle relay, Painton topped city performers in the 200 freestyle with her seventh place, while Lenderink grabbed a second place in the 100 butterfly.

Smith made two championship finals, with her seventh-place in the 100 backstroke leading swimmers from city schools.

Regis Jesuit’s fourth-place 200 medley relay team included Smith, Frederick, Lenderink and senior Sydney Cutler, who made the All-City team in three of her four varsity seasons as part of Regis Jesuit’s medley relay.

Grandview had a fantastic season, as junior twins April and Mia Wood had a lot do with the Wolves’ ninth-place team showing at state.

Mia Wood won her second consecutive Centennial “A” League championship in the 200 yard individual medley, but did not swim the event at state. Instead, she moved up from fifth after prelims to fourth in the championship heat of the 500 freestyle.

April Wood represented the family in the 200 IM, placing eighth, while the twins swam on the Wolves’ 200 and 400 freestyle relays that made championship finals.

Richey had a very strong season for Smoky Hill, as she teamed up with senior standout Julia Song to give the Buffaloes major point production.

Donning the stuffed buffalo cap before her state race, Richey bettered her eighth-place prelims time of 1:07.87 in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:07.44, good enough for sixth.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Girls Basketball: Lewis, Gold Team stave off comeback by Onyenwere, Blue to win Show all-star game
4/6/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Michaela Onyenwere won the Most Valuable Player award at The Show all-star game last season in her debut and she made a case to win it again Saturday if her Blue Team had completed a significant comeback.

The Grandview sophomore poured in a game-high 16 points, including seven in the final two minutes, but the Blue Team came up on the short end of a 67-64 contest to the Gold Team — which included Regis Jesuit senior Jess Lewis — at Pepsi Center.

Fossil Ridge’s Brooke Pemberton scored 11 points for the Gold Team and was selected as the MVP of the game featuring 20 0f the top girls prep basketball players from around the state as selected by Denver Nuggets officials and a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters.

Lewis, who kept Regis Jesuit’s long tradition of representation in the 15-year-0ld Show event going, scored her only points of the game on a 3-pointer with just over three minutes left that helped the Gold Team prevail. She played significant minutes with guard Sydni Brandon from the Grand Junction team that beat her Raiders in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

Onyenwere, who was credited with eight rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals, nearly brought the Blue Team all the way back from a 10-point deficit in the closing minutes. She was fouled on a defensive rebound in a two-point game with 25.8 seconds left and missed one of her two free throw attempts as the Blue Team could only get within one.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Basketball: Aurora players set for The Show all-star boys, girls games Saturday at Pepsi Center
4/6/2015

By COURTNEY OAKES

DENVER | Four Aurora boys basketball players and two girls players get to let loose on the Pepsi Center court Saturday during The Show all-star games.

In the first two games of a prep-pro hoops tripleheader, 20 of the top prep girls players from across the state will take the floor at 1:30 p.m., followed by 20 of the top prep boys at 3 p.m. The Denver Nuggets play the Los Angeles Clippers later at 7 p.m.

Among the group of girls selected by Nuggets officials and a panel of sportswriters and sportcasters from around the state are Grandview sophomore Michaela Onyenwere — the Most Valuable Player of last season’s Show — and Regis Jesuit senior Jess Lewis.

Senior guard Austin Conway of Class 5A state champion Overland is set to play for the Gold Team, while a trio of players from Eaglecrest’s semifinal squad — seniors Blend Avdili and Elijah Ross and sophomore Colbey Ross — will go against Conway as part of the Blue Team.

Overland junior center De’Ron Davis also earned selection to The Show for a third straight season, but is unable to play as he is in Arkansas with his club team, the Colorado Hawks.

The MVP for both prep games will be honored at halftime of the Nuggets game.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

Regis Jesuit football coach takes job in Arizona
3/27/2015

By Ryan Casey

Regis Jesuit's Mark Nolan has been named the new football coach at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to the school's Twitter account and The Arizona Republic.

9News also reported sources "close to" Nolan had confirmed the coach stepped down from Regis.

Nolan went 49-30 in his six years as the Raiders' coach, including an appearance in the Class 5A state title game in 2010.

He came to Regis in 2009 from The University of Colorado, where he was the Buffs' assistant director of football operations and recruiting coordinator.

Nolan's has coaching roots in Arizona. Most recently, he was the defensive coordinator at Brophy Prep, a high school in the Phoenix area, from 2003-06.

He also was an assistant at Gilbert (Ariz.) from 1997-2002.

Regis Jesuit went 10-2 last season and advanced to the 5A quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Cherry Creek.

See the full artilce at CHSAANOW.com.

Diving gives Regis Jesuit's Kyle Goodwin platform for greatness
3/27/2015

By Joe Nguyen

History beckons for Kyle Goodwin.

The Regis Jesuit senior is looking to flip and twist his way into uncharted territory for Colorado high school boy divers as he tries for his fourth individual state title.

A tall task for sure, but Goodwin said he's trying to not let the pressure get to him.

"I've spent the last three years training as best I can," Goodwin said, "and just knowing whatever happens, I'll be happy."

The 5-foot-8 Goodwin is a key component in Regis Jesuit's attempt to add another chapter to its storied boys swim and dive team, which has won the last four state team titles and 21 of the past 23, at the Class 5A state meet in May.

A nationally ranked diver coming out of middle school, Goodwin admitted that the thought of winning four straight titles was something he could do. His coaches agreed.

"We had a pretty good idea coming into high school he was going to be a contender right away," Regis Jesuit coach Nick Frasersmith said. "He definitely proved that to be true."

Goodwin garnered national attention at a young age. Then a 5-inch growth spurt in middle school stunted his ability to dive.

"My coach worked with me to get me back to square one and then work my way back up," Goodwin said. "It was frustrating, but honestly, I think it was better for me."

The reinforcement of his fundamentals has helped create a solid foundation.

"His mechanics were just spot on," Regis Jesuit diving coach Taylor Roberts said, recalling Goodwin as a freshman. "It was one of the pieces that really has to be a focus when you're starting out with a young kid — the mechanics are correct so they can progress through the mechanics when you're picking up your dive."

Goodwin commutes to the Air Force Academy a few times a week to work on his platform dives — sometimes after finishing practice at Regis Jesuit. That hard work, along with a 3.7 grade-point average, earned him a scholarship to the University of Missouri.

"He's one of the best divers I've ever seen," Roberts said. "His aesthetics, his form, his line, it's something for him that's a little more innate. But his aesthetics really aren't matched in Colorado history."

Roberts said he thinks Goodwin will develop into a fantastic platform diver, given his entries into the water. It's showing on the national level. He finished sixth in the 3-meter platform at the 2014 USA Diving Junior National Championships and reached the final in the synchronized boys 3-meter springboard.

Goodwin hopes to make it to the U.S. Olympic Trials, but there's still unfinished business here.

"Obviously, he has a much longer career after his high school," Roberts said, "but the argument has to be made that he's one of the greatest (in Colorado), if not the greatest of all time."

Read the full article at denverpost.com.

Rampart, Regis Jesuit join girls lacrosse poll
3/27/2015

By Ryan Casey

Rampart, off to a 3-1 start this season, has joined CHSAANow.com's girls lacrosse poll at No. 5 this week.

The Rams made the biggest leap of the week, and are joined by Regis Jesuit (No. 10) as a newcomer.

Colorado Academy retained the No. 1 spot in the poll, receiving eight of the nine first-place votes. Cherry Creek moved up to No. 2, and Denver East vaulted from sixth to third.

With many programs heading out of state for spring break, or simply taking time off, the next rankings will release on April 6.

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

Complete rankings can be found at CHSSANOW.com.

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.

See all photos at 9News.com.

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.

See all photos at 9News.com.

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

See the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

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.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel

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.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel

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.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

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."

Read the full article at CHSAANow.com.

 

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.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

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.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

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.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

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.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

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.

Read the full article at CHSSANOW.com.

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.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

 

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.

Read the full article in the Aurora Sentinel.

 

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.

Read the full article at the Aurora Sentinel.

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.

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