Monday's prep roundup: Air Academy hockey breaks out, beats Chatfield for first win

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Air Academy 6, Chatfield 2

At Sertich: Three games. No goals.

No problem for Air Academy.

Dalton Giesbrecht scored four times, Katy Cooley made big saves in the clutch, and the Kadets broke out of an early-season slump in a big way by turning the tables on Chatfield.

“I knew as soon as we got one, we’d be OK,” second-year Air Academy coach Andrew Marshall said. “I’m hoping this is the start of good things to come.”

Nine days before, the Chargers dealt the Kadets a 6-0 loss, part of a 21-0 deficit incurred during the season’s first three games.

“After losing 11-0 to Kent Denver (on Friday), they were tired of it,” Marshall said. “We came out and played a fantastic game. I knew it was there. Dalton has been one of our go-to guys. He’s had quality opportunities but hadn’t cashed in before tonight. I know the talent, mindset and work ethic is there. We’ve just been struggling to put it together.”

Air Academy fell behind 1-0 early but tied it later in the first period and led 4-2 heading into the second intermission.

Kent Denver 10, Liberty 3

At Sertich: In most games, a 48-save effort would warrant a first-star and certain victory.

But for Liberty goalie Ian Ward, the saves on a plethora of pucks were simply a side note in a seven-goal loss to Kent Denver.

George Kandel scored six goals and had the hat trick in the first period for the Sun Devils, who outshot the Lancers 58-31.

Jonah Dixon, Seth Fulton and Connor McIlhany scored goals for Liberty.


Discovery Canyon 108, Doherty 78

At Liberty: Ava Giesbrecht (200-yard and 500-yard freestyle) and Noel Clayton (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke) took claimed victories for Discovery Canyon to highlight Monday’s dual win against Doherty.

Doherty took the 200 freestyle relay as team members Sam Shute (50 free) and Emily Schauer (100 free) also had individual wins for the Spartans.


Castle View 67, Palmer 57

At Castle Rock: Darien Meyers scored a team-high 16 points and Ty Mack had 10, but Palmer (2-5) couldn’t hold a 10-point lead in the third quarter in a nonleague setback.

“Fouls and a cold shooting spell in the middle of the fourth quarter turned the tide,” Palmer coach Jimmy Grantz said.

Castle View outscored Palmer 24-10 over the game’s final eight minutes.

Isaiah Robinson added nine points for the Terrors, who took a 47-43 lead into the fourth quarter.


Pueblo South 79, Sand Creek 59

At Pueblo South: Sand Creek couldn’t shut down the tandem of Drea Nelson and Maya Austin, who scored 27 and 16 points, respectively, to lead Pueblo South past the Scorpions for the Colts’ fifth straight win in the series.

Nikki Derrell led Sand Creek with 18 points on six 3-pointers. Connor Proctor added 15 for the Scorpions.

South (3-3), which led 44-33 at halftime, pulled away with a 13-3 run to start the second half.

Evergreen 60, Palmer 21

At Palmer: Sanee Cates led Palmer with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists, but the Terrors couldn’t keep up with the defending 4A state champions in a pivotal second-quarter run for their fifth loss in eight games to start the season.

“We didn’t get after them,” longtime Terrors coach Dave Shackelford said. “We did some good things early and did a better job of eliminating turnovers, but we need more involvement and a set lineup. We’re going in different directions.”

Evergreen, which led 12-7 after one quarter, broke the game open with a 17-3 advantage in the second quarter.

Castle View 54, Falcon 31

At Falcon: Madison Hema and Medina Adrovic each scored 11 points to keep Castle View (5-0) undefeated, using a 10-point swing in the second quarter to break open a close game against Falcon (3-2).

The Sabercats led 36-21 at halftime, not long after carrying a five-point advantage into the second quarter

Ena Keco led Falcon with 17 points.