5 can't-miss prep events coming up this weekend around the Pikes Peak region

Photo - The Cheyenne Mountain Indians (4) host the Battle Mountain Huskies (10) in a Varsity Ice Hockey game held at Honnen Ice Arena Friday December 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Kearney.
The Cheyenne Mountain Indians (4) host the Battle Mountain Huskies (10) in a Varsity Ice Hockey game held at Honnen Ice Arena Friday December 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Kearney.


Liberty at Rampart boys' basketball, 7 p.m.

It's a heavyweight bout between two of the best 5A teams in Colorado Springs. The Rams host the Lancers in a conference matchup. Rampart had a strong showing in the holiday classic the school hosted at the World Arena. The Rams dispatched Fruita Monument and Colorado Springs Christian and took Pueblo West down to the wire before losing. The Rams lost Tuesday to Fountain Fort-Carson, suffering their first back-to-back losses of the season. It'll be a tough bounce-back game for them as Liberty is coming off back-to-back wins after ripping off a seven-game win streak earlier. The streak was snapped by Doherty, which stands 10-2 atop the 5A Colorado Springs Metro league. The contest will feature Rampart's big three taking on Liberty's terrific trio. Xavier Johnson, Josh Kavalec and Dawson Carper combine for 53.3 of the Rams' 67.7 points per game. The Lancers are led by Sean and Kyle Bohuslavsky and Moz Doria who account for 44.2 of the team's 63.7 points.

Vista Ridge at Discovery Canyon wrestling, 6:30 p.m.

The latest Chsaanow.com top 10 rankings puts the Thunder in the eight spot in Class 4A. The Thunder is coming off a big win over Woodland Park 58-18. Eight wrestlers won by pin Friday. The Thunder has two wrestlers who are members of the Colorado national team in freshman Jett Strickenberger and junior Patrick Allis.

FRIDAY, Jan. 12

Manitou Springs at St. Mary's girls' basketball, 5:30 p.m.

The Class 3A Tri Peaks league is stacked for girls' basketball and Friday's contest between undefeated rivals (entering Wednesday) St. Mary's and Manitou Springs looks appealing. The Pirates average 60.9 points, second in Class 3A. The Mustangs enter the game 4-4 needing a win to keep pace with contenders in a crowded Tri-Peaks, including defending champion Lamar and runner-up Colorado Springs Christian. The Pirates hold an 8-6 advantage over the Mustangs in the rivalry since 2004. Sophomore Josephine Howery leads St. Mary's in scoring with 15.5 points per game, followed by senior Makenna Bodette who averages 11.4. The Mustangs' leading scorers are senior Maren Mildestvedt with 13 and junior Caileen Sienknecht with 10.9.

Follow @DavidLukeRamsey for updates from the game.

Doherty vs. Cheyenne Mountain hockey at CC Honnen Ice Arena, 5:30 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain vs. Pine Creek hockey, Saturday, CC Honnen Ice Arena, 4 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain enters the weekend on a seven-game losing streak but gets an opportunity to end that against winless Doherty Friday at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Indians again take the ice at Honnen, this time as the "visitors." Pine Creek hosts Cheyenne Mountain at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles are 4-4 and need a conference win over the Indians to keep pace in the Peak Ice Hockey league, which is being dominated by schools from out of town.

TUESDAY, Jan. 16

Lewis-Palmer vs. Discover Canyon girls swimming at Liberty, 4 p.m. 

Lewis-Palmer is ranked No. 6 in Class 5A girls swimming according to PrepSwimCo.com. The Rangers take on the Thunder at Liberty. Junior Meredith Rees is having a banner year with team-best finishes in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100 free, the 100 butterfly, the 100 backstroke, 200 free and the 200 individual medley. She holds the best finish in 5A for the 100 freestyle at :51.15. For the Thunder, sophomore Ava Giesbrecht has team-best finishes in three events, the 100 butterfly, the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle.