AURORA -- It was a season for the ages. The Aurora High girls basketball team captured its first league championship since 1927 and reached the district semifinals.
On the biggest Senior Night in years, the Greenmen shined by earning their first league title since 1927 and winning their first-ever Suburban League American Conference title after a 38-27 victory over Tallmadge.
The last league championship came in the Portage County League in 1927.
"This was a great season," said head coach Erika Greenberg. "The girls set goals at the beginning of the season and worked extremely hard to reach them.
"Our main goal was to win the conference. The girls were so excited we were able to achieve that. This was especially meaningful because it has been so long since the last girls' championship."
Aurora, which finished 18-7 overall, shared the title with Revere. Both compiled 10-2 conference records.
Tallmadge and Medina Highland were two other solid clubs in the deep and balanced American Conference.
Aurora responded in the postseason, reaching the Euclid Division I district semifinals after registering a huge sectional final win (65-57) over third-seeded Maple Heights (15-8). But in the district semis, AHS was beaten by top-seeded and state-ranked (No. 7 in division I) Solon 69-29.
"Solon has a great team and we couldn't simulate their pressure [defense] in practice; we just haven't seen pressure like that the entire season," said Greenberg.
It was Aurora's first district semi appearance since 2013-14 when the locals won 45-35 over Youngstown Boardman in a sectional final before losing in the Akron Ellet district to Twinsburg 72-29, the eventual state runner up.
Greenberg obviously believes senior leadership played a big role in the success. "This group of seniors will really be missed next year," she said. They include guard-forward Syarra Sellers and guards April Davis, Korie Hobb and Sarah Marchese.
"We had a great group of seniors, who provided outstanding leadership in a historic season for us," noted Greenberg.
"I think we had amazing leadership from our senior class. They really set the tone with hard work and being extremely dedicated to their team and teammates. This group went from winning five games in their freshman season to winning 18 games this season."
Syarra Sellers earned first-team Women's Tri-County Basketball Coaches Association, first-team all-Suburban League and district honorable mention. She averaged 10.0 points a contest, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Averaging 6 points with strong defense and passing, Davis could shoot 3-pointers, and she made second-team All-Suburban League and was WTCBCA honorable mention. She added 3 steals, 3 rebounds and 2 assists a game.
The speedy Hobbs earned WTCBCA honorable mention and league honors. She averaged 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and one per game.
Despite the loss of a superb senior class, the cupboard will not be bare for Aurora.
A trio of athletes with starting experience return in sophomore forward-guard Shayla Sellers (5-11), sophomore guard-forward Haley Ross (5-7), and freshman forward-center Katie Houlahan (5-9).
Shayla Sellers had a strong winter with 9.5 points a game, plus 6 boards, 2.5 assists and 4 thefts. She made first-team All-Suburban League, district honorable mention and and WTCBCA second team.
Ross showed her versatility by helping out in the paint, hitting for 5 points, 4 rebounds, one assistand one steal a game. Houlahan helped out on the glass and with interior defense.
Juniors included guard-forward Morgan Riedel, forward Olivia Ryncarz and guard Tylor Kee-Bay. Sophomore guard Julia Mazanec showed positive signs, along with guards Dylynn Lasky (freshman) and Riley Blunt and Paige Nelson (sophomores).