5 prep events to watch this weekend in Colorado Springs area highlighted by Liberty and Vista Ridge boys' basketball

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Photo - The Liberty Lancers defeated the Cheyenne Mountain Indians 87-66 in boys' basketball on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Liberty High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

The Liberty Lancers defeated the Cheyenne Mountain Indians 87-66 in boys' basketball on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Liberty High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

Here are five area high school events to keep an eye on this weekend:

Boys' basketball: The Classical Academy (3-2) at Palmer Ridge (5-2) 7 p.m., Friday

The Titans have kept it close in nearly all of their games. Only one game (a tournament win against Rye) was decided by more than 10 points. Led by senior Jared Belcher, the Titans average 60.6 per game, nearly 15 more points than the Bears who average 46.6 points. Belcher is scoring 17.8 points. Senior Jonny Stephens is averaging eight rebounds for the Titans. On the other side, the Bears are playing great defense, limiting opponents to 34 points a game. Palmer Ridge is on a five-game win streak.

Boys' basketball: Liberty (5-2) at Vista Ridge (4-2) 2 p.m., Saturday

Liberty is riding a 5-game win streak led by senior Moz Doria and junior Sean Bohuslavsky, who average a combined 36.8 points per game. the Lancers are averaging 65.3 points, ranking them inside the top 15 in 5A basketball. The Lancers also have two players who rank inside the top 10 for made 3-pointers. Bohuslavsky is 5th with 16 and senior Jacob Burns is ranked ninth with 15. Liberty has made 45 3-pointers on year, which ranks sixth in the state. The Wolves are led by junior Tristan Pratt who averages 12.4 points, senior Raymon Harper (11 points) and junior Julius Dowell (10.7 points).

Hockey: Rampart (2-2) at Cheyenne Mountain (2-3) 4:30 p.m., Saturday

The Indians will try and snap a two-game skid Friday night against Battle Mountain out of Edwards before facing Rampart who lost Wednesday against Liberty. The Indians have scored 10 goals and allowed 28 through five games. Rampart has allowed 16 goals and scored 14 through four contests.

Hockey: Coronado (0-3) at Woodland Park (0-4) 5 p.m., Saturday

The Cougars took on Pine Creek in a late game Thursday night. Coronado is coming off a bizarre 4-3 overtime loss Dec. 8 to Rampart. The latter came back thanks in part to two Coronado five-minute major penalties in the third period. The Panthers are in the midst of the school’s inaugural season. Coronado has been outscored five to 19 in its first three games whereas Woodland Park has been outscored three to 35 through four games.  

Girls basketball: Salida (3-3) at St. Mary’s (5-0) 5: 30 p.m., Saturday

The Pirates are averaging 65.4 points a contest. That’s the second-highest tally in 3A girls' basketball trailing only Colorado Springs Christian. The Pirates are tied with CSCS and La Junta for most made 3-pointers in 3A at 30, but St. Mary’s has the highest 3-point percentage of the three schools. Led by sophomore Josephine Howery with 17.4 points per game and senior Makenna Bodette at 13.2, the Pirates are blowing teams out to the tune of 85-35, 73-34, 49-32, 60-41 and 60-31. The contest will be the second game of a back-to-back for the Spartans who take on Florence at home Friday.