Friday's prep roundup: Cheyenne Mountain swimmers start strong



Pikes Peak Athletic Conference Championships

At Cheyenne Mountain: The host Indians took the top spot in seven out of the 11 swimming events in Friday's preliminaries, putting Cheyenne Mountain in a comfortable position as they head into Saturday's finals.

The Indians' 200-yard medley relay team of Alexis Duncan, Lehman Harper, Cat Wright and Clare Sanderson set a preliminary time of 1 minute, 52.97 seconds, and Air Academy's team of Marie Cloonan, Paris Binard, Aleks Olessiak and Naomi Shaw placed second at 1:54.08. Olesiak also set a PPAC record in the 100 breaststroke when she finished in 1:05.56 to overtake Katie Roach, who set the record in 2013 at 1:06.02.

Lewis-Palmer's Meredith Rees placed first in two events after finishing the 100 backstroke in 58.68 seconds and the 200 IM in 2:12.68 over Cheyenne Mountain's Cat Wright (2:13.49).

Finals start at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Colorado Springs Metro League Championships

At Fountain-Fort Carson: Rampart swimmers touched the wall first in seven of 11 races in Friday's preliminaries, including Catriona Clarke's two first-place finishes. Clarke finished the quickest in the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, in which she set a pool record with a time of 1:00.57. The previous pool record was 1:02.08. It wasn't Clarke's fastest time in that race, though. She also holds the CSML record which she set a year ago in 57.81 seconds.

Rampart's Edenna Chen broke her own CSML record in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:04.28, beating her previous mark of 1:07.52 that she set a year ago.

Liberty's Gabi Roehr set a pool record in the 50 freestyle after finishing in 25.44 seconds. The previous best time was 25.54 set in January by St. Mary's swimmer Caitlin Cairns. Roehr set a second pool record after she finished in 55.79 in the 100 freestyle Friday.

Coronado's 200 medley relay team took the top spot with a time of 2:00.64, nearly six seconds faster than second-place Doherty.


Colorado Springs Christian School 88, Trinidad 36

At CSCS: Justin Engesser needed just one assist on Friday to become the 12th player in Colorado high school basketball history to reach 500 career assists, as the Pikes Peak region 3A and below No. 1 Lions (15-2, 9-0 3A Tri-Peaks) routed Trinidad (4-13, 1-8).

Engesser's 500th assist came on the third basket of the game when he passed it to Zach Wismer for the layup. Engesser scored 22 of his own for CSCS and teammate Noah Hopkins scored a game-high 24. Wismer finished with 18.

Discovery Canyon 61, Sand Creek 43

At Discovery Canyon: The game was tied at 24 entering the half, but the Thunder (9-10, 5-5 5A/4A PPAC) outscored the Scorpions (15-4, 7-3) 37-19 in the second half for a big conference win for Discovery Canyon. Josh Umiamaka led the Thunder with 17 points and Britt Logan added 10.

Vista Ridge 68, Cheyenne Mountain 29

At Cheyenne Mountain: Vista Ridge (14-5, 9-1 5A/4A PPAC) led 31-14 at the half and held the Indians (7-12, 3-7) to just 15 more points the rest of the way. The Indians were held scoreless in the first quarter as the Wolves jumped out to a 10-0 lead early.

Tristan Pratt led the Wolves with 22 points and Hunter Maldonado added 20.

Lewis-Palmer 75, Falcon 59

At Falcon: Lewis-Palmer won for the 11th consecutive time as the Pikes Peak region 4A No. 3 Rangers (15-4, 8-2 5A/4A PPAC) moved within one game of league leader Vista Ridge. The Falcons (8-11, 3-6) lost for the second time this week after losing to Palmer Ridge on Wednesday.

Sierra 63, Mitchell 37

At Mitchell: The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Stallions (16-3, 12-0) remained perfect in the 4A CSML and separated themselves by four games from second place Mesa Ridge with the win over Mitchell (7-11, 5-6).

Palmer Ridge 54, Air Academy 32

At Air Academy: The Bears (11-8, 5-5 4A PPAC) kept the Kadets (1-18, 0-10) winless in league play with the win at Air Academy on Friday.

Rampart 73, Fountain-Fort Carson 57

At Rampart: Jackson Ehrlin scored 22, Dawson Carper had 14 and Keion Cross finished with 12 as Pikes Peak region 5A No. 3 Rampart (14-5, 6-2 5A CSML) defeated the Trojans (7-13, 3-6).


Rampart 64, Fountain-Fort Carson 60

At FFC: Samiyah Worrell scored a game-high 29 points, but it wasn't enough as the Trojans (4-14, 1-6 5A CSML) lost a close one to Rampart (7-11, 4-4).

Bailee Hart led the Rams with 18, Bailey Torres added 17 and Shannon Danda finished with 10.

Colorado Springs Christian School 52, Trinidad 16

At CSCS: The Pikes Peak region 3A and below No. 2 Lions (15-2, 9-1 3A Tri-Peaks) won their third consecutive game with a route of Trinidad (10-6, 4-4).

Megan Engesser led the Lions with 13 points and Rachel Ingram added 11.

St. Mary's 81, James Irwin 16

At St. Mary's: The Pikes Peak region 3A and below No. 1 ranked Pirates (14-0, 8-0 3A Tri-Peaks) stayed perfect on the season after an easy win over James Irwin (6-6, 3-4). It was the third time this season that the Pirates scored at least 80 points.

Cheyenne Mountain 65, Vista Ridge 61

At Vista Ridge: Ashlynn Smith scored 24 and Alex Taylor added 15 as the Indians (9-10, 5-5 5A/4A PPAC) beat the Wolves (4-14, 2-8).

Air Academy 61, Palmer Ridge 52

At Air Academy: The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Kadets (17-2, 10-0 5A/4A PPAC) continued to roll through league play and notched their 16th consecutive win after defeating the Bears (10-9, 4-6) on Friday.

Brooke Sulski and Zoe Sims each scored 14 for the Kadets and Katelin Gallegos added 10.

Discovery Canyon 44, Sand Creek 33

At Discovery Canyon: After Air Academy stopped Discovery Canyon's six-game win streak last week, the Thunder (12-7, 8-2 5A/4A PPAC) got back on track with their third consecutive win after beating Sand Creek (8-11, 3-7) on Friday.


Doherty 4, Columbine 3

At Sertich: The Spartans (3-11, 2-7 Peak Conference) led 2-0 at the end of the first period and hung on for the one-point win over the Rebels (2-11-1, 1-7-1). Tanner Chapman, Anthony Hervias, Scott Sellers and Cullen Moehring all scored goals for Doherty. Hervias also assisted on two other goals.

Rampart 8, Mullen 2

At Air Force Academy: The Rams (4-10, 3-8 Highlands Conference) scored five times in the first period and added three more in the second for good measure to defeat Mullen (1-14, 1-11).

Gavin Johnston scored twice for the Rams and assisted on two other goals.

Battle Mountain 5, Pine Creek 0

At Eagle Ice Rink: The Huskies (9-1-3, 6-1-2 Peak Conference) scored once in each of the first two periods and then netted three in the final period to down the Eagles (2-12-1, 0-10-1).