Friday's prep roundup: Thunder's Kuntzelman, Kadets' Campbell both advance to state in girls' tennis





Region 1

At Flying Horse: Air Academy's Cori Campbell and Discovery Canyon's Mattie Kuntzelman had faced each other two previous times in their young high school careers, with each winning a match.

On Friday at Flying Horse, Kuntzelman lost the first set, but came back to win the second two and the Region 1 title to help the Thunder claim the team title with 65 points. Kuntzelman and Campbell - both sophomores - advanced to state as the top two finishers in No. 1 singles.

Pine Creek placed second with 58 points, Air Academy was third with 37 and Rampart was fourth with 34.

The Thunder advanced to state in four positions including Kuntzelman, No. 2 singles player Sydney Smith, Hunter Jones and Lizzie McCurdy in No. 1 doubles and Layne Frost and Sachi Rohilla in No. 2 doubles.

Air Academy's state qualifiers include Campbell, Lyla Hollis and Ally Reeder in No. 1 doubles, Grace Ensor and Mackie Tate Tygart in No. 3 doubles and Micah Lundwall and Shelby Wuertz in No. 4 doubles.

Pine Creek's Angel Wang qualified in No. 2 singles and Amy Wang qualified in No. 3 singles. Pine Creek also qualified its Nos. 2, 3 and 4 doubles teams. Rampart's Gracie Qiu was the Rams' lone qualifier at No. 3 singles.

Region 6

At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain players won six of the seven finals matches and claimed the team title with 80 points. Lewis-Palmer was second with 54, Coronado finished third (53), Widefield was fourth (6) and Falcon placed fifth (3). Mesa Ridge and Mitchell finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

Morgan Hall defeated Lewis-Palmer's Emma Gaydos for the No. 1 singles title and Cory Patton Lossner defeated Lewis-Palmer's Joee Crocker in No. 2 singles. Lewis-Palmer's Austynn Crocker was the only player not from Cheyenne Mountain to win a final match, defeating the Indians' Claire Dibble in three sets at No. 3 singles.


Palmer Ridge 7, Cheyenne Mountain 6

At Palmer Ridge: For the second night in a row, the Bears (16-6, 9-5 5A/4A PPAC) got the best of the Indians (15-4, 9-5) this time in the regular season finale. Both teams finished 9-5 in the league behind 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference champion Air Academy.

The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Indians were down two heading into the seventh inning and managed to score, but only one run.

Cheyenne Mountain ended the regular season with four consecutive losses but still sit at No. 8 in the RPI rankings, which are used to determine playoff seeding. Palmer Ridge is ranked No. 16.

Air Academy 7, Lewis-Palmer 1

At Lewis-Palmer: One day after beating Lewis-Palmer (11-8, 8-6 5A/4A PPAC) to earn the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference crown, the Kadets (15-4, 11-3) did it again to end the regular season on a six-game winning streak.

Air Academy outhit Lewis-Palmer 9-1 on Friday. Graham Doran and Josh Dudden each had two RBIs for the Kadets and Mitchell Shaw and Bryce White each drove in one.

Micah Bregard pitched a complete game and struck out 12 in the process while giving up just one run and a hit.

The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Kadets are ranked sixth in the 4A RPI standings, while the Rangers are 26th.

Doherty 6, Liberty 5

At Liberty: Both the Spartans (6-13, 4-8 5A CSML) and the Lancers (4-13, 4-8) had nine hits, but it was Doherty's final hit that proved to be the most important as the Spartans won on a walk-off after the Lancers scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie it.

The Spartans' walk-off came in the seventh.

Calhan 17, Simla 7, 5 innings

At Calhan: The Bulldogs (10-6, 5-5 2A District 8) outhit the Cubs (2-10, 1-9) 16-6 as Calhan swept the season series.

Leo Prosser and Matthew Matamales had drove in three runs for the Bulldogs and Charles Sparks, Eddie Glaser and Terryn Price all had two RBIs. Jacon Bolduc struck out six in 3 2/3 innings and Prosser struck out two in 1 1/3 innings for Calhan.

Calhan is 16th in the 2A RPI. Simla is 36th.


Ralston Valley 4, Lewis-Palmer 0

At NAAC Stadium: The defending 4A state champion Rangers (13-2) will head to the playoffs after the loss to Ralston Valley (11-4) in the regular season finale stopped a 10-game win streak.

The Mustangs scored two goals in each half as the Rangers were shut out for the second time this season. The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Rangers are ranked second in RPI behind last year's 4A runner up Valor Christian.

Valor Christian 3, The Classical Academy 1

At Valor Christian: The Titans (13-1) suffered their first loss this year in the regular season finale. Valor Christian, last year's 4A state runner up, ended the Titans perfect season after scoring twice in the first half and adding another in the second.

The Titans' lone goal came in the second half. Before Friday, the Titans had scored at least 10 goals in each of their five previous games.

The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Titans are ranked No. 4 in the RPI. Valor Christian is No 1.

Pine Creek 2, Chatfield 0

At Chatfield: Haley Murdock and Natasha Wehner each scored in the second half as the Eagles (11-4) beat the Chargers (9-6) in the regular season finale. Wehner also had the assist on Murdock's goal.

The Eagles, the No. 1 5A team in the Pikes Peak region and the top seed in the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League, are ranked 14th in the 5A RPI. The top 32 teams earn playoff berths.

Peak to Peak 2, St. Mary's 1

At Grace Center: The 3A Region 1 league champion Pirates (11-4) scored once in the first half, but couldn't answer the Pumas' two first-half goals. Claire O'Connor scored the Pirates lone goal.

St. Mary's, tied for third in the Pikes Peak region 3A and below rankings, are 12th in 3A RPI. Peak to Peak (12-2- 1) is seventh.

SkyView Academy 2, Colorado Springs Christian 1, OT

At SkyView Academy: The Lions (12-3) and the Hawks (10-4-1) were tied at one apiece at the end of regulation, but it was the Hawks who got the last goal and the win in overtime to end the regular season.

CSCS is tied for third in the 3A and below Pikes Peak region rankings, and No. 8 in the 3A RPI. SkyView is No. 9.


Lewis-Palmer 10, Lakewood 7

At Lakewood: The Rangers lost their first game of the season in March, and then never lost again. Lewis-Palmer (14-1, 8-0 5A Jeffco) won 13 consecutive games in the regular season and the Rangers, who claimed the 5A Jeffco league title, sit at No. 8 in the 5A RPI.

Playoff seeding for boys' lacrosse will be announced Sunday.