Friday's prep roundup: Pine Creek rolls to lacrosse win

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Photo - Willie Roberts is taking over as the Cheyenne Mountain football coach. Photo by COURTESY OF WILLIE ROBERTS
Willie Roberts is taking over as the Cheyenne Mountain football coach. Photo by COURTESY OF WILLIE ROBERTS

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Pine Creek 18, Rampart 1

At Pine Creek: The Eagles (7-4, 2-2 5A Southern league) scored 11 goals in the first half and added seven in the second to defeat the Rams (2-8, 2-2) and end a three-game losing streak.

The Eagles, tied at No. 3 with Cheyenne Mountain in the Pikes Peak region rankings, had seven players score on Friday. Madeline Bourgois led the way with five goals, Kate Hatchell and Brittney White scored four apiece, Julia Anarumo had two and Riley Hatchell, Peneal Schwab and Kelly Henderson each scored once.

Devin Morgan had one save in the net for Pine Creek.

Palmer Ridge 18, Palmer 1

At Palmer: Pikes Peak region No. 2 Palmer Ridge (8-4, 3-1 5A Southern league) won its fourth consecutive game after nearly shutting out Palmer (1-9, 1-4). The Bears have outscored their last four opponents 64-17.

Sam Rippley and Abby O'Hara each scored five goals for the Bears, with Rippley adding two assists.

Liz Phillips had four goals and four assists.

BOYS' LACROSSE

Lewis-Palmer 13, Palmer 2

At Garry Berry Stadium: The Pikes Peak region No. 1 Rangers (10-1, 6-0 5A Jeffco) stayed perfect in league play with the win over Palmer (1-8, 0-5).

Stats for the game were not reported.

GIRLS' SOCCER

Lamar 2, Ellicott 0

At Ellicott: Lamar improved to 4-5-1 with the win. Ellicott fell to 0-11. Stats were not reported.

BOYS' SWIMMING

Pine Creek 121, Fountain-Fort Carson 65

At Pine Creek: Jordan White and Nicholas Sherman each won twice to help lead the Eagles (3-1-1, 3-0-1 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) to 12 wins out of the nine events against the Trojans (1-4-2, 1-4) on Friday.

White touched first in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200 individual medley, while Sherman won the 100 breaststroke and the 500 freestyle. White was also a part of Pine Creek's winning 200 medley relay team, and Sherman helped lead the 400 freestyle relay team to victory.

Brenan Bloyd did his part to help the Trojans with wins in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Tristan Riffe won the diving competition for the Trojans.

FOOTBALL

Cheyenne Mountain begins search for new football coach after parting ways with Willie Roberts

After four seasons under the direction of Willie Roberts, the Indians have decided to go in a different direction. Roberts was hired as head coach in 2013 after serving as an Indians assistant coach for 12 seasons.

The decision was made in the first week of April, according to Cheyenne Mountain athletic director Kris Roberts.

"I just think we're looking to reenergize the program and get players bought in," Roberts said. "I think that was the biggest driving factor. I just didn't feel like the energy was there and I was concerned."

In 2014, the Indians were forced to forfeit their final two games due to a lack of players. Cheyenne Mountain had just a dozen players on the roster when they decided to end the season. Roberts said he did not want to face a similar situation and felt that a change was necessary.

He's hoping a new coach will give the program new life.

"That's the hope. We'll see," he said. "At the end of the day, the kids have to buy in and our hope is that a change in leadership will bring some energy and some good, new and different energy and that that will be the end result."

The Indians had a record of 10-30 with Willie Roberts as head coach. After winning just four games in his first three seasons, Roberts led the Indians to a 6-4 record in 2016. The Indians last made the playoffs in 2012.

Kris Roberts said it was a difficult to decision to let Willie go.

"Absolutely," Roberts said. "Willie worked his butt off for our program for years both as an assistant and a head coach, so yeah, very difficult. He's really poured his heart and soul into the program for 17 years."

Roberts said he hopes to fill the position as soon as possible, but he doesn't have an exact timetable as to when they expect to hire or if Cheyenne Mountain will look at current staff to fill the position.

"As this point it's wide open," he said. "We're just looking and trying to find the best candidates to take the reins of our program."