Friday's prep roundup: Several area teams advance in state spirit

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

STATE SPIRIT CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Denver: Palmer Ridge and Lewis-Palmer cheer squads advanced to Saturday's 4A finals after competing in the preliminaries on Friday at the Denver Coliseum.

Palmer Ridge finished third in the prelims with a score of 78.7 and Lewis-Palmer finished sixth to advance with 74.9 points. Wheat Ridge led the field with 79.9 points.

Vista Ridge and Falcon advanced in the 4A/5A coed division. Vista Ridge finished the prelims in third with 79.3 points and Falcon finished seventh with 74.4 points.

St. Mary's led the 2A3A coed division with 77.8 points. James Irwin was in third place in 3A cheer with 71.7 points, 1.4 behind leader Coal Ridge.

Pine Creek finished seventh in 5A cheer.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Mesa Ridge 52, Monarch 47

At Dakota Ridge: Mesa Ridge (4-1) advanced to the Dakota Ridge Invitational championship game after defeating Monarch (4-2) Friday.

Chloe Welch led the Grizzlies with 22 points, Ashley Bowen added 11 and Britanie Olson finished with 10.

The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Grizzlies face 5A No. 3 Doherty for the tournament championship on Saturday.

Mesa Ridge defeated Denver East on Wednesday in an earlier round.

Doherty 50, Dakota Ridge 42

At Dakota Ridge: The Spartans (3-0) defeated tournament host Dakota Ridge (1-4) to advance to the championship on Saturday where they will face Mesa Ridge.

Pine Creek 52, Thomas Jefferson 32

At Centaurus: Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Pine Creek (3-1) won its third consecutive game after starting the season with a loss.

Gabi O'Connor and Courtney Stanton each scored 14 points for the Eagles. Jade Odom had 13.

The Eagles will play Centaurus for the tournament championship Saturday.

Montrose 32, Discovery Canyon 29

At Steamboat Springs: One day after defeating tournament host Steamboat, Discovery Canyon (3-3) was ousted by Montrose (4-1), which will play for the tournament championship Saturday.

St. Mary's 80, Gunnison 22

At Buena Vista: Pikes Peak region 3A and Below No. 2 St. Mary's improved to 3-0 after the win over Gunnison at the Buena Vista Invitational. The Pirates have outscored opponents 205-72 through three games.

Falcon 58, Roaring Fork 21

At Weld Central: The Falcons (3-1) held Roaring Fork (2-2) to single digits in all four quarters and advanced to the championship game where they will face Hinkley on Saturday.

Jade Adams led the Falcons with 14 points against Roaring Fork. Hanna Diaz added 11 and Kiana Harkema also finished in double digits with 10.

Littleton 58, Coronado 28

At Douglas County: The Cougars fell to 3-3 after losing to Littleton (3-1) at the Douglas County Holiday Tournament.

Denver East 55, Vista Ridge 24

At Dakota Ridge: Vista Ridge was held to single digits in each quarter as the Wolves fell to 0-3 with the loss. Denver East improved to 1-1.

Widefield 53, Pueblo County 39

At Pueblo County: The Gladiators improved to 3-0 with the win over Pueblo County (1-5).

Colorado Springs School 56, Edison 43

At CSS: Tournament host CSS outscored Edison 20-9 in the first quarter and the Kodiaks advanced to Saturday's championship game and will face Cripple Creek-Victor.

Natalie Richardi and Ali Graham each had 15 points for the Kodiaks, and Hannah Taylor added 14.

Air Academy 45, Pueblo West 42

At Pueblo County: Katelin Gallegos scored a game-high 18 points and led the Kadets with three assists and seven rebounds as Air Academy improved to 3-2. Pueblo West fell to 2-1. 

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Mesa Ridge 95, Pueblo Central 48

At Pueblo South: The Grizzlies (2-3) scored a season-high 95 points in the win over Central (1-6) and bounced back after losing to tournament host Pueblo South a day before.

Sand Creek 65, Pueblo South 55

At Pueblo South: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 3 Sand Creek (4-0) defeated tournament host Pueblo South (3-2) to stay perfect.

Doherty 67, Chaparral 61

At ThunderRidge: Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Doherty (3-0) was down 58-55 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Spartans held Chaparral (2-2) to three points in the fourth while scoring 12 to advance to the tournament championship on Saturday.

Falcon 69, Mitchell 53

At Ponderosa: Noah Martinez led the Falcons with 22 points and eight assists, and Jalen Hernandez added 14 as the Falcons defeated Mitchell in the Ponderosa Invitational. Morisse Daniels led the team with 10 rebounds.

Stats for Mitchell were not reported when this edition went to print.

Palmer Ridge 50, Garden City 42

At Garden City, Kan.: The Bears improved to 5-1 with the win. Garden City fell to 0-5.

Woodland Park 96, Sheridan 71

At Sheridan: Four games into the season the Panthers (2-2) have already won more games this year than the past two years combined.

Sheridan fell to 0-4.

The last time the Panthers won more than two games in a season was in 2012-13.

HOCKEY

Air Academy 6, Rampart 4

At Honnen: The Rams (0-3) led 3-0 at one point and 4-2 after two periods, but the Kadets (2-1) scored four times in the third to take this one and keep the Rams winless.

Zach Tiefel scored back-to-back goals in the third for the Kadets, sandwiched by goals from Anthony Ciolli and Justin Chiacchia.

Dalton Giesbrecht and Ethan Kalbfleisch had the other two goals for Air Academy.

Garret Cunfer, Logan Matheny, James Adams and Gavin Johnston all had goals for the Rams, and Tyler Montoya had two assists.

Battle Mountain 3, Pine Creek 2 OT

At Sertich: Battle Mountain (3-0-1, 2-0 Peak League) scored first with a goal by Robby Gruber in the second period, and the Huskies led 2-0 in the third.

The Eagles (0-2-1, 0-2-1) battled back, though, as Cameron Sykes and Alex Brooks each scored less than a minute apart to force the game into overtime.

The Huskies scored 1:43 into the overtime period to win.

Mountain Vista 2, Lewis-Palmer 0

At Monument Ice Rinks: Mountain Vista scored both goals in the third period to defeat Pikes Peak region No. 1 Lewis-Palmer (0-4).

WRESTLING

Pine Creek 45, Lewis-Palmer 34

At Lewis-Palmer: Only one match between the Eagles and the Rangers was won in a major decision when Lewis Palmer's Giovanni Benedetto defeated Pine Creek's Zachery Vannaman at 160 pounds.

The remaining matches were won by pins and Pine Creek earned two wins by forfeit.

Doherty 57, Palmer Ridge 14

At Palmer Ridge: The Spartans had eight pins in their 10 wins over the Bears. The Spartans finished 2-0 on the day after defeating both Palmer Ridge and Montrose.

Cañon City 40, Pueblo East 36

At Pueblo East: Cañon City's Bailey McBride pinned Marcus Lucero of Pueblo East in the 160-pound match in 41 seconds, the quickest win of the day.

Eleven matches were won by pin, with the Tigers winning six of those matches.