Friday's prep roundup: Cheyenne Mountain opens hockey season with big win in front of big crowd

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HOCKEY

Cheyenne Mountain 4, Air Academy 0

At Broadmoor World Arena: Chayse Heffler, Drew Connaughton, Trevor Taylor and Willie Ressler all scored goals, and Jaden Weed stopped every shot that came his way as Cheyenne Mountain blanked rival Air Academy in the season opener for both teams.

"It was a fun way to start," seventh-year Indians coach Erik Austin said. "We get to play on the big ice and get a big crowd, the biggest crowd we'll see all year. The guys played well and worked hard, and our goalie made the saves he needed to make to keep the shutout."

Goals by Heffler and Connaughton gave the Indians a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. After a scoreless second period, Taylor and Ressler doubled the advantage with goals in the third period.

Heritage 8, Pine Creek 0

At South Suburban Ice Rink: Matt More scored three times to highlight a five-goal Heritage outburst in the third period as the Eagles shut out Pine Creek.

Pine Creek goalie Jacob Benton kept his team close through two periods, stopping 23 of 26 shots as the Eagles trailed only 3-0.

GIRLS' SWIMMING AND DIVING

Liberty 107, Discovery Canyon 79

At Liberty: The depth of Liberty made a big difference in a dual victory in which Lancers swimmers took first in only four of the day's 12 events.

Liberty swept the three relay events, and Grace McCrary added a victory in the 50 free.

Discovery Canyon got two event wins apiece from Shriya Vijay (100 free and 100 backstroke), Noel Clayton (100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley) and Ava Giesbrecht (200 freestyle and 500 freestyle).

Fountain-Fort Carson 106, Palmer 62

At Fountain-Fort Carson: Devon Engle scored individual victories in the 200-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke, and Fountain-Fort Carson swept the relays en route to a convincing dual win over Palmer. The Terrors got two wins apiece from Sequoia Gilliam (200 individual medley and 100 butterfly) and Annabel Lewis (50 and 100 freestyle).

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Vista Ridge 53, Denver South 50

At Fort Collins: Tristan Pratt scored 15 points and Julius Dowell added 14 as Vista Ridge built a big lead, then held off Denver South late to give the Wolves their first win of the season.

Vista Ridge (1-1) scored 17 points in both the first and second quarters in holding a 34-22 lead at halftime, but the Wolves struggled offensively in the second half, managing only 19 points over the final 16 minutes.

Falcon 76, Sierra 69

At Falcon: Thanks to a 19-10 edge in the third quarter, Falcon opened up a double-digit lead on Sierra and held off the Stallions to break a five-game losing streak in the series for only the second win in the last 14 meetings. Prior to Friday, Falcon hadn't beaten Sierra since Jan. 21, 2011.

The Falcons held a 31-29 lead at halftime but expanded the advantage to 50-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

Lewis-Palmer 54, Mead 51

At Golden: Joel Scott led three scorers in double figures, and Lewis-Palmer rallied from 15 down to hold off Mead at the D'Evelyn/Golden Preview Classic.

Ethan Forrester added 11 points, while Carter Kreischer chipped in 10 for the Rangers (2-0), who trailed 22-7 at the end of the first quarter but trimmed the deficit to 27-23 by halftime. The game was tied at 37 heading into the fourth quarter.

Rampart 66, Liberty 63

At Highlands Ranch: Rampart rallied from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Liberty in nonleague action at the Mountain Vista-Rock Canyon Tournament to turn away a 27-point effort by Lancers senior Moz Doria. Sean Bohuslavsky scored 14 points and Kyle Bohuslavsky added 10 for the Lancers, who outscored the Rams 25-13 in the third quarter to take a 52-46 lead after trailing by seven early.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Mesa Ridge 51, George Washington 40

At Palmer: For the second straight game, Chloe Welch put on a show as the senior barely missed a triple-double again with 22 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists to lead Mesa Ridge (2-0) past George Washington. Welch had 27 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists Thursday in the Grizzlies' win over Pueblo South.

Angelina Jackson added 20 points for Mesa Ridge, which led 30-22 at halftime but blew it open with a 21-10 third-quarter advantage.

Fountain-Fort Carson 60, Columbine 55

At Littleton: Samiyah Worrell poured in 18 points, and Taryn Lindsey added 10 as Fountain-Fort Carson bounced back from a two-point loss Thursday to Eaglecrest for the Trojans' first win.

The Trojans rallied late, outscoring the Rebels 19-11 in the fourth quarter.

St. Mary's 85, Prospect Ridge Academy 35

At Broomfield: Josephine Howery and Makenna Bodette scored 22 points each, and Seneca Hackley added 17 to lead St. Mary's to a season-opening rout of Prospect Ridge Academy. The Pirates led by 16 at halftime, then put the game away with a 31-7 run in the third quarter.

Longtime local official passes away

Ray Lutz, a Colorado Springs official who made the calls at more than 2,400 varsity contests spanning a 40-year career, died Friday.

Services are pending.

Lutz was inducted into the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2004 and also received the Col. F. Don Miller Award from the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame that same year.

According to the Colorado Springs Football Officials Association's website, Lutz was one of nine crew chiefs this season.