Friday's prep roundup: Coronado, Mesa Ridge each qualify four into NCCT quarters


Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.


Old Chicago Northern Colorado Christmas Tournament

At Loveland: Coronado and Mesa Ridge each sent four wrestlers into the quarterfinals following first-day action at the Budweiser Events Center, where more than 60 teams and 700 wrestlers from four states are competing for titles.

Jimmy Weaver, who lost in the championship match at 182 pounds in last year's event, leads Coronado's foursome. Stephen Dabelko (113), Angel Flores (120) and Nicholas Cote (170) also remained undefeated during Friday's early-round matches.

Reigning state champion Deric Cruz (195) of Mesa Ridge cruised on Friday, as did teammates Elijah Valdez (145), Dominic Fini (220) and Michael True (285).

Also, Discovery Canyon and Cheyenne Mountain qualified three each into the quarterfinals.

Warrior Classic

At Grand Junction: Defending state champions Peter Isais (160 pounds) and Garrett Niel (182) both recorded two first-minute pins as part of undefeated days as both Pine Creek athletes advanced to the semifinals.


Woodland Park 52, Littleton 47

At Woodland Park: Skye Ciccarelli and Josh Bodin each scored 12 points, and Woodland Park (4-2) led by 16 points at halftime and held off Littleton as the Panthers won their third straight, the program's longest winning streak in more than a decade.

Woodland Park went 1-45 in the first two seasons under coach John Paul Geniesse, which included a handful of close losses.

Now, the Panthers are turning the tables.

"I'm happy for the kids; they've battled, and it's been a long road," Geniesse said. "I like where we're headed. The kids haven't experienced this, so we're making sure to keep this in perspective, to win graciously and continue to look forward."

Manitou Springs 54, Kent Denver 48

At Manitou Springs: Lucas Rodholm led all scorers with 26 points as Manitou Springs (7-0) led throughout and dealt Kent Denver (5-1) its first loss.

Cole Sienknecht and Jared Keul added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Mustangs.

Mead 76, Discovery Canyon 40

At Pueblo East: Seth Clawson was the only double-digit scorer for Discovery Canyon (3-4), which went cold in the second half in action from the Pueblo East Coaches Classic.

The Thunder were outscored 46-18 over the game's final two quarters.

Discovery Canyon will meet Pueblo Centennial at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Fountain-Fort Carson 74, Castle View 45

At Littleton: Fountain-Fort Carson (1-2) picked up its first win, routing Castle View in action from the Columbine Tournament.

The Trojans meet tournament host Columbine at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Liberty 71, Douglas County 55

At Castle Rock: Mozamil Doria led three scorers in double figures with 18 points as Liberty (4-4) broke a two-game losing streak.

Jacob Burns added 15 points, while Sean Bohuslavsky chipped in with 13 for the Lancers, who outscored the Huskies in all four quarters.

CSCS 78, Vanguard 55

At The Vanguard School: Two-time defending 3A state champion CSCS (5-0, 1-0 Tri-Peaks) cooled off Vanguard (4-1, 0-1).


Pine Creek 48, Regis Jesuit 30

At Pine Creek: Courtney Stanton and Gabi O'Connor scored 17 and 14 points, respectively, helping Pine Creek (5-1) to its fifth straight victory.

Spencer Lindsey added eight points and 11 rebounds for Pine Creek, which outscored the Raiders in all four quarters.

Ralston Valley 77, Rampart 33

At Arvada: Rampart (3-3) trailed by double digits early and never recovered in a nonleague loss to Ralston Valley (5-1).

The Rams were down 25-12 after one quarter and 39-16 at halftime.

Liberty 53, Douglas County 40

At Liberty: Jordan Valentine scored a team-high 19 points, and Liberty (4-3) got off to a fast start and won its third straight game.

Jayda Lyon added 18 points for the Lancers, who led 17-6 after the first quarter.

Palmer Ridge 37, TCA 35

At TCA: Eden Bonser led all scorers with 12 points as Palmer Ridge (5-3) edged TCA (5-2).

Raegan Bervig had 10 points to lead the Titans, who held a slim 12-11 lead at halftime.

Sam Rippley added 10 for the Bears.

Pagosa Springs 47, Manitou Springs 42

At Parker: Despite 26 points from Shelby Megyeri, Manitou Springs (1-3) fell to Pagosa Springs in opening-night action from the Lutheran Tournament.

The Mustangs will meet tournament host Lutheran at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Peyton 47, Ellicott 43

At Ellicott: Peyton (6-0, 2-0 2A Black Forest League) dealt Ellicott (3-1, 0-1) its first loss and already is approaching last season’s win total.

The Panthers went 7-13 in 2015-16.

Discovery Canyon 52, Ponderosa 26

At Discovery Canyon: Discovery Canyon (4-5) poured it on early, storming out to a 23-4 lead and stretching the advantage to 30 points by halftime in a nonleague romp.


Cheyenne Mountain Invitational

At Cheyenne Mountain: Cat Wright of Cheyenne Mountain recorded top times in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, highlighting a solid first day of qualifying at the annual Cheyenne Mountain Invitational.

Wright, a two-event state finalist earlier this year, also swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

Indians swimmers also came out with top qualifying times in the 200 individual medley (Harper Lehman), 500 free (Claire Sanderson), 100 breaststroke (Sophia Bricker) and 400 freestyle relay.

Coronado's Mia Shaeffer had Friday's best time in the 100 butterfly.

The event resumes with diving preliminaries at 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Finals are scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m. Saturday.


Heritage 4, Cheyenne Mountain 1

At Honnen: Three Heritage goals in a span of 2:25 late in the third period broke open a tie game and sent Cheyenne Mountain (4-1, 1-1 Peak Conference) to its first loss of the season.

Chayse Heffler scored off an assist from Shawn Herlihy at 7:54 of the third period to even the game at 1-1.

Heritage outshot the Indians 37-18.

Cherry Creek 6, Lewis-Palmer 2

At Centennial: Cherry Creek scored four unanswered goals to take control and keep Lewis-Palmer (0-5, 0-5 Foothills Conference) winless.

Garrett Jansky's goal from Parker Bock tied the game at 1 at 14:12 of the first period, but the Bruins responded with two goals to make it a 3-1 game heading into the first intermission.

Sam Riesling also scored for Lewis-Palmer, which was outshot 21-12.

Fort Collins 6, Air Academy 0

At Sertich: Air Academy (2-2, 0-1 Pinnacle Conference) managed only nine shots on goal and squandered six power-play opportunities in a shutout loss to Fort Collins (6-0, 4-0).