Pine Creek 11, Rampart 3
At D20 Stadium: Brittney White scored three goals, Julia Anarumo added two, and Pine Creek (10-2, 5-0 Southern League) built an 11-3 halftime lead over Rampart (5-5, 2-2) before deteriorating field conditions following persistent snow and freezing rain led to both teams electing to end the game at that point.
The contest started with snow lightly falling, but that scene changed drastically as the first half played out.
"Conditions weren't ideal, and it gradually got worse," Pine Creek coach Roger Wallace said. "(Rampart coach) Justin (Chidester) and I both felt in the interest of keeping the kids safe, it was best to end the game. I don't think the outcome of the game would have changed."
Incidentally, these same schools played in similar conditions on Nov. 17 when the football programs met in a 4A quarterfinal playoff game at District 20 Stadium, the field becoming a winter wonderland after a burst of snow following halftime.
Cheyenne Mountain 15,
Air Academy 11
At Cheyenne Mountain: Rylie Maready scored five times and Nicole Beaulieu had four, helping Cheyenne Mountain hold off Air Academy to stay undefeated in Southern League play heading into a first-place showdown with Pine Creek on Wednesday.
Mallory Hybl added three goals for the Indians (8-2, 4-0), who held a slim 7-6 lead at halftime.
Goalkeepers Lexi Carlson and Sydney Pinell each played one half and registered three saves apiece.
TRACK AND FIELD
La Junta Tiger Relays
At La Junta: Charles Broomfield took first in the shot put and placed second in the discus, helping Coronado to the boys' team title with 109 points. Liberty placed second, 17.5 points behind.
One day earlier, the Cougars won the girls' team title behind triple jump and long jump victories from Jaelyn Hershberger.
Also on Friday, Conor Strizich won the 1,600 meters for Coronado.
Liberty's Andrew Doctor won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles races, with his teammate Bryce Kizewski claiming victory in the 800.
Pine Creek 10, Chatfield 9
At Trailblazer Stadium: Pine Creek rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits, highlighted by a burst of three unanswered goals early in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good and snap a three-game losing streak.
The Eagles (3-7) trailed 8-6 with 2:40 left in the third quarter, then reduced the deficit to one with 5.5 seconds left in the quarter before two more goals in a three-minute span in the fourth quarter gave Pine Creek a 10-8 lead with 4:02 left.
Earlier, Pine Creek tied the game at 5 on a goal with 1.3 seconds in the second quarter, capping a two-goal rally heading into halftime.
Rampart 10, Mesa Ridge 0
At Mesa Ridge: Jade Kinsey, Arianna Colella and Ashleigh Decker scored two goals apiece as Rampart routed Mesa Ridge in a nonleague contest that was called with eight minutes left in the second half due to the 10-goal mercy rule.
Rampart (9-2) stretched its winning streak to six, while Mesa Ridge (1-10-1) lost its fourth in a row.
Pueblo Central 4, Sierra 0
At Sierra: Abby Gridley scored three goals to lead Pueblo Central (4-6) to a shutout win over Sierra (0-12).
KEVIN CARMODY, THE GAZETTE