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Tuesday's prep roundup: Canon City still perfect after rally over Pueblo Central

Tuesday's prep roundup: Canon City still perfect after rally over Pueblo Central

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Highlights from Tuesday’s high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region. BASEBALL Canon City 7, Pueblo Central 4 At Canon City: Canon City (4-0) scored five runs in the bottom of the third to rally from a 3-0 deficit, going on to beat Pueblo Central (3-5) to stay perfect on the season. The Tigers pounded out 12 hits, led by Zac Hanenberg and Jarett Koch who each had three. Harvey Wall homered, while Kadin Porter and Branson Simms each drove in two runs. Hanenberg tripled and scored twice. Brandon Farnsworth went six innings for the Tigers, giving up three earned runs, four total. He allowed eight hits and struck out six. Air Academy 4, Lake Oswego 3 At Arizona: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Air Academy (4-1) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to beat Lake Oswego (1-5) of Oregon at the Coach Bob Invitational Tournament. The Kadets scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead. The Lakers tied the game in the top of the seventh before the Kadets answered with the walk-off. The win came a day after the Kadets suffered their first loss. Matt Grimm drove in three runs for the Lakers. The Kadets did not report stats before this edition went to press. Woodland Park 16, St. Viator 7 At Greenway, Ariz.: Woodland Park (3-2) had its biggest output of the season, scoring 17 runs against Illinois' Saint Viator (3-3) at the Greenway Festival in Arizona. The Panthers scored seven runs in the first before the Lions cut the gap to 7-4 heading to the bottom of the third. The Panthers added another three runs then, and after the Lions countered with two more, put the game out of reach with six in the fifth. No stats were reported by Woodland Park. Boulder Creek 10, Pine Creek 0, 6 innings At Anthem, Ariz.: Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Pine Creek (1-2) was blanked in six innings when Boulder Creek (8-8) of Anthem, Ariz., pushed its 10th run of the game across in the sixth inning, invoking the 10-run rule at the Coach Bob tournament. The Eagles were held to three hits. Boulder Creek 5, Palmer 1 At Anthem, Ariz.: Arizona’s Boulder Creek (8-8) held Palmer (2-4) to one run on four hits at the Coach Bob tournament in Arizona. Jordan Chappell gave up all five runs – three earned – in 5 1/3 innings of work. He struck out nine of the 23 batters he faced. He gave up seven hits and three walks. Mason Collier had two of Palmer’s hits.

The Classical Academy tabs assistant Justin Rich to take over football program

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

When David Bervig stepped down in February as football coach at The Classical Academy, he pointed to one assistant as the one he’d like to see as his successor. He wasn’t the only one. Other assistants, players and players’ parents went to TCA athletic director Gary Geiger with the same suggestion: Justin Rich. Last week, Rich was tabbed to take over a Titans program that went 40-17 in Bervig’s five seasons, which included four trips to the postseason. It wasn’t his football knowledge that first endeared Rich to his fellow coaches and players. That came out later through his coaching. It was something else that first made his mark. “He came in with a lot of experience and he didn’t lord that over anybody,” Bervig said. “He came in with extreme humility.” Over the past two years, that translated into a lot of fans. “When the kids come up to you and say this is the guy we really want, I’m thinking OK, I’m all about the kids,” Geiger said. “Parents, kids and coaches -- a very experienced coaching staff -- were all very pro Justin Rich. It didn’t make it that difficult.” Rich was the TCA linebackers coach in 2015 before moving to the offensive coordinator’s position last season. Before that he was an assistant with the offensive line at CSU-Pueblo in 2014, the season the Thunderwolves won the Division II national championship. Related: Lewis-Palmer championship volleyball coach Susan Odenbaugh steps down He was also the head coach at Palmer for two seasons, where the Terrors went 1-9 in both 2012 and 2013 before he resigned. “The Friday night Palmer experience felt like I did a lot of good things at Palmer, but it never really translated on the field,” Rich said. He’s hoping to take some of that experience and put it toward TCA. Being around the program has also helped him get acclimated. “It’s a remarkable place,” said Rich, who was named the 2A Tri-Peaks League assistant coach of the year last season. “Great kids, attentive, easy to coach. So much fun to be around.” Rich and Geiger are hoping Bervig stays on in an assistant capacity. The culture Bervig, defensive coordinator Chadd Miller and others have helped build before Rich joined is one the Colorado native and CSU-Fort Collins grad is hoping to carry on. “It’s hard to beat a team that is willing to outwork anybody else and takes pride in outworking somebody else,” Rich said. “And it’s hard to beat a team that has camaraderie and brotherhood like TCA. That’s kind of the secret there.” Bervig was one of the people most pleased with the hire. “I couldn’t be happier that’s who they selected,” he said. “Everything we’ve accomplished the last five years Justin’s going to take to the next level.”
Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week, Bre Hayden, Doherty girls' tennis

Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week, Bre Hayden, Doherty girls' tennis

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Bre Hayden was playing a Nintendo Wii several years ago, and had a thought. She was so good at Wii tennis on the video game, that maybe she should give it a shot in real life. Turns out, she's even better at the real thing. Hayden, the Doherty No. 1 singles player, showed those skills when she won the Far East Invite title at Vista Peak last week. "Bre played the most amazing tennis at that tournament that I've ever seen her play," Doherty coach Cheri Rogers said. "She was patient and waited for good shots, and I hope that's a confidence booster for her." Related: Wind plays role in Rampart's girls' tennis win over Lewis-Palmer Hayden, a senior, didn't enter the real world of tennis until her freshman year of high school. She played doubles the first two years, and then before her junior year made the big leap to singles play, as the No. 1 player on the team. "After Kylie (Simons, Doherty's No. 1 in 2015) left, I knew I had to be the one to step up," Hayden said. "It was quite an awakening for me, because I didn't realize the skill level that a lot of these girls had. It was a little rough making the transition from only playing two years of doubles to making the jump to playing singles, especially at the No. 1 spot." Hayden had plenty of help in her growth. In addition to her coaches and taking tennis lessons for the past three years, her grandfather, Bob Hayden, has been the biggest reason why she's become a solid player. "It took lots and lots of hours of practice, and playing with my grandpa as well," Bre said. "He taught me so much about tennis - I used to never be able to beat him, but now I can. He would watch videos and then we would go out and play and he'd teach me, and he got me to where I am today." Where she is today is leading a talented group of Spartans by example. Not only did Hayden win the No. 1 singles title at the Far East Invite, Doherty also took the team title with a total of 21 points, edging Cherokee Trail and Steamboat Springs. Rogers, who has been the coach at Doherty for 22 years, says she's never coached someone who started playing tennis at the beginning of high school who has risen so rapidly. "I've never seen that, ever," Rogers said. "Bre had a good season last year, even though she may not say it was. She believes she should be able to beat everybody, even though she doesn't have the same experience they have. "I have all the confidence in the world in Bre, and I believe she can be as good as she wants to be. She's wonderful with her teammates, and is very supportive of everyone. She was voted one of our two team captains." Hayden, who also excels in school with one of the top GPAs in her class of roughly 500 students, has relished the role of team leader. "It's great being a part of a team win and contributing to it, and I'm really optimistic about our players' potential," she said. "We have a lot of young people on our team who I can see going far in their tennis careers."
This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings

This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings BASEBALL Team Record Last Week 5A 1. Pine Creek 0-1 No. 1 2. Coronado 4-0 No. 2 3. Fountain-Fort Carson 2-3 No. 3 4A 1. Air Academy 3-0 No. 1 2. Cheyenne Mountain 5-0 No. 2 3. Palmer Ridge 4-1 No. 3 3A and below 1. Manitou Springs 3-1 No. 1 2. St. Mary's 2-2 No. 2 3. Peyton 6-0 No. 3 Breakdown: Pine Creek and Palmer are representing Colorado Springs at this week's Coach Bob Invitational in suburban Phoenix. Coronado has the week off until heading out west to meet Grand Junction Central (6-1) on Saturday, while Fountain-Fort Carson is home to a long-distance opponent in Durango on Friday. . Air Academy takes its traditional trip to the Coach Bob Invitational and could meet up with city rival Pine Creek later this week. Cheyenne Mountain is off to a 5-0 start, and after shelving its annual trip to Las Vegas, took the week off heading into a league game at Vista Ridge on April 4. Palmer Ridge, a previous Coach Bob participant, will meet top 4A squads Pueblo South (5-1) and Canon City (3-0), both on the road on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. . Manitou Springs had two run-rule victories this weekend following a one-run loss at La Junta on March 20. St. Mary's meets in-state foe Littleton on Thursday in, of all places, Phoenix. GIRLS' SOCCER Team Record Last Week 5A 1. Pine Creek 3-0 No. 1 2. Rampart 3-2 No. 2 3. Liberty 2-3 NA 4A 1. TCA 4-0 No. 2 2. Lewis-Palmer 4-1 No. 1 3. Sand Creek 4-0 NA 3A and below 1. CSCS 4-0 No. 1 2. Manitou Springs 4-1 No. 2 3. Florence 3-0 NA Breakdown: Pine Creek stayed undefeated thanks to a 2-1 win over Ralston Valley on Thursday, while Liberty jumped into the rankings after victories over Lakewood and Palmer Ridge. The entire league is off this week. . TCA beat Lewis-Palmer for the second straight season, knocking off the Rangers 3-0 on March 21. Sand Creek, which has outscored its opponents 32-3, debuts at No. 3. Only Falcon and Canon City have games scheduled this week featuring Pikes Peak-area squads. . Manitou Springs had its season-opening, three-game winning streak snapped March 21 in a 2-0 loss at Jefferson Academy but bounced back two nights later to hammer Buena Vista, 8-0. Next up for the Mustangs is a road game at CSCS on April 4. Florence has outscored its opponents 14-1. Not ranked, but worth noting, is the Saturday season opener for Fountain Valley against Ellicott. The Danes were a 3A round of 16 team a season ago. BOYS' LACROSSE Team Record Last Week 1. Cheyenne Mountain 4-0 No. 1 2. Lewis-Palmer 4-1 No. 2 3. Pine Creek 3-3 No. 3 Breakdown: Cheyenne Mountain heads to the East Coast for a spring break tournament in Virginia. Meanwhile, Lewis-Palmer continued its hot start with an 8-6 road win at Valor Christian, pushing the Rangers' winning streak to four. Pine Creek saw its three-game winning streak stopped by Columbine on March 21. The Eagles meet District 20 rival Air Academy on April 6. GIRLS' LACROSSE Team Record Last Week 1. Pine Creek 4-1 No. 1 2. Air Academy 4-1 No. 2 3. Cheyenne Mountain 3-2 No. 3 Breakdown: Pine Creek couldn't stop Dakota Ridge in its last game March 21, falling 13-8 after being outscored 9-2 in the second half. Air Academy has ripped off three straight victories, the latest a 20-4 win against Palmer on March 22. The Kadets will look to extend that streak against another local power, Palmer Ridge, on April 5. Cheyenne Mountain dealt Centaurus its first loss in four games in a 6-5 decision March 21. * Records through Sunday.
Stay-cation: Handful of area baseball teams stay put rather than travel over spring break

Stay-cation: Handful of Colorado Springs-area baseball teams stay put rather than travel over spring break

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

John Sanchez couldn't help but feel a bit out of place at practice Friday. "Instead of packing, we were hitting," the seventh-year Widefield coach said. "This is the first birthday I've spent in Colorado Springs in nine years." That's because Sanchez pulled the plug on his team's annual spring break trip to Arizona, where balmy weather, top-notch facilities and four guaranteed games got the upper hand over thoughts of dressing in layers in the always fickle Colorado early spring days. Related: This week's Gazette Preps schedule But since the Ratings Percentage Index took the place of wild-card points, team are limited on points they can earn for playing out-of-state opponents - a standard .500 is factored in for opponents' opponents' winning percentage, as stated by the Colorado High School Activities Association baseball bulletin. The thought of not getting full credit turned Sanchez's stomach enough, along with financial burdens and traveling in potentially hazardous weather conditions. He wasn't alone, with Cheyenne Mountain, Lewis-Palmer and Palmer Ridge among those who also decided to play in-state opponents this week. "With the RPI system the way it is, we figured we'd stay in state and play good competition and get more RPI points for it," second-year Lewis-Palmer coach Brett Lester said. "With that out-of-state number capped at .500, we thought we could do a little better this year. We'll re-evaluate things at the end of the season." Another factor that can yield fewer points is the failure of out-of-state teams to enter statistics into MaxPreps, the Cameron Park, Calif.-based website that gathers and publishes information from varsity sports nationwide. In Colorado, it's a CHSAA mandate but not so in other states, such as Arizona. "It's the responsibility of a coach to make sure his opponents are putting game scores into MaxPreps," said Bert Borgmann, CHSAA assistant commissioner. "You can't tell those schools what to do, so that's why I put it right back on coaches since they're the ones who made the schedules and made contacts." This week, Air Academy, Palmer and Pine Creek will take part again in the Coach Bob National Invitational in suburban Phoenix, while Discovery Canyon and Woodland Park will represent the Pikes Peak region at the Greenway Festival in Phoenix. While Pine Creek went undefeated in four games last year in Arizona en route to a No. 1 RPI ranking in 5A by the end of the regular season, Air Academy struggled, going 1-3. The Kadets then went 12-2 in Pikes Peak Athletic Conference play to win the league title for the first time in four seasons. However, Air Academy didn't come close to hosting the district playoffs, traveling to Canon City as the No. 24 seed but winning twice to reach the 4A state tournament. "It hurt us last year from an RPI standpoint," Kadets coach Doug Goldberg said. "If we wouldn't have won our league, it was touch and go if we would have even made the playoffs. The RPI has work to do, and I know fewer teams are going to Arizona because of RPI. I still like what a trip like this can do for team chemistry." For Cheyenne Mountain coach Mark Swope, he fondly remembers the end of last year's annual trip from Las Vegas. Team bonding took on a whole new meaning after a snowstorm affected travel throughout the West. "A blizzard hit, and we couldn't fly back to Denver because DIA was closed," said Swope, who had been a part of Cheyenne Mountain baseball teams traveling for spring break every year since 2001. "We were stuck out there, and everyone had to fly to different states and some families rented cars to get back. It was suggested that we stick around this year and play teams that will give us more of a weight than 50 percent."
Prep roundup: Sand Creek, with home track and field meet canceled, takes on Incline instead

Prep roundup: Sand Creek, with home track and field meet canceled, takes on Incline instead

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Sand Creek, with meet off, takes on Incline instead Sand Creek's track and field team has some unexpected free time this week, in addition to spring break. That's because its annual invitational, scheduled for Friday at Vista Ridge, was canceled due to lack of interest. Undaunted, first-year coach Monte Gutowski has plans to keep things positive during the down time after competition last weekend at the Terror Invite at Garry Berry Stadium. "We're going to do the (Manitou) Incline as a team," Gutowski said. "We're going to do something different after being business as usual last week. We'll meet throughout the week, but the Incline is something we haven't done, and I'm all for team bonding and changing things up a bit." Sand Creek has partnered with its District 49 rival for years to hold the Scorpion Invitational, but by this time next year, it'll be a true home event, thanks to summer improvements to turf the field and redo the entire track. "We're the only school in the district not to have a turf field, and our track has been in rough shape for a while," Gutowski said. "This has been on the table for some time. That change will be great." St. Mary's looks forward to heading south following weather-stricken home event All things considered, the fact that the annual baseball tournament hosted by St. Mary's over the weekend lost only three of the 18 scheduled games due to Friday's onslaught of winter weather was a feat in itself. Just be sure to give the folks at Runyon Field in Pueblo a big pat on the back. "Hat's off the guys down there," Pirates coach Bill Percy said while en route to spring break in Arizona. "I got a hold of them late Friday, and by Saturday morning, they were ready. They had 12 hours to not only prep the field, but hire people to be there and all the logistics to make it happen. They made their facility available for us and helped make the tournament a success." Snow won't be a problem for Percy's bunch this week as the Pirates hope to improve in Arizona, but without wins and losses as an indicator. St. Mary's will meet Littleton on Thursday at Desert Vista High School in its only game. "I realized long ago that we can play in tournaments anywhere," Percy said. "To me, the time teaching and practicing is invaluable. We're able to get a lot done in great weather and beautiful facilities. The kids like it because there's no pressure from school, and the time flies by. If we can mix in a game or two, great, but we can make a lot of progress, and typically these are some of the best practices we have." Canon City sprinter triples up in Pueblo For Aaron McCoy, a senior at Canon City, it was as easy as 100, 200 and 300 on Saturday at the Pack Challenge at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl in Pueblo. McCoy took first in the 100-meter dash (11.00 seconds) and also claimed the 200 in 22.20. He combined that with a triumph in the 300 hurdles in a scorching time of 39.58, just .19 seconds off the fastest mark in the state this season. Speaking of fastest times in hurdles, Rampart's Xavier Bishop-Falu had a run to remember Saturday at the Broomfield Shootout. The senior clocked a time of 14.54 in the 110, the quickest of any male athlete in Colorado this season.
This week's Gazette Preps schedule

This week's Gazette Preps schedule

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

MONDAY, MAR 27 BASEBALL Air Academy at Phoenix, TBD Mesa Ridge at Windsor, 3 p.m. Pine Creek at Phoenix, TBD Widefield at Westminster, 11 a.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Cheyenne Mountain at Woodson, 7 p.m. TUESDAY, MAR 28 BASEBALL Air Academy at Phoenix, TBD Pine Creek at Phoenix, TBD Pueblo Central at Cañon City, 3:30 p.m. Mesa Ridge at Denver North, 6 p.m. Palmer Ridge at Pueblo South, 4 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Cañon City at Pueblo East, 4:30 p.m. Pueblo South at Falcon, 6 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Cañon City at Pueblo West, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MAR 29 BASEBALL Air Academy at Phoenix, TBD Pine Creek at Phoenix, TBD Swink at Peyton, 4 p.m. Golden at Widefield, 11 a.m. THURSDAY, MAR 30 BASEBALL Air Academy at Phoenix, TBD Pine Creek at Phoenix, TBD Littleton at St. Mary's 9 a.m. Palmer Ridge at Cañon City, 4 p.m. Durango at FFC, 2 p.m. Widefield at Pueblo South, 4 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Falcon at Pueblo West, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Cañon City at Pueblo County, 4 p.m. FRIDAY, MAR 31 BASEBALL Sierra Grande at Cripple Creek-Victor, TBD TRACK AND FIELD Lewis-Palmer at La Junta, 1 p.m. CSCS at Sand Creek, TBD SATURDAY, APR 1 BASEBALL Pueblo South at Falcon, 10 a.m. Arapahoe at Vista Ridge, 1 p.m. Salida at CSCS, 11 a.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Ellicott at Fountain Valley, 10 a.m. Arapahoe at Vista Ridge, 1 p.m. Salida at CSCS, 11 a.m. Coronado at Grand Junction, 10 a.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Palmer at Grand Junction Central, 11 a.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Cañon City at Pueblo West 10 a.m. TRACK AND FIELD Air Academy at Lyons, 9 a.m. TCA at Lyons, 9 a.m. Pine Creek at Fort Collins, 8:30 a.m. Vista Ridge at Longmont, TBD
Widefield coach Fred Marjerrison returns to track after officiating NCAA wrestling finals

Widefield coach Fred Marjerrison returns to track after officiating NCAA wrestling finals

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Fred Marjerrison wears many hats at Widefield High School. For the past 19 years, the 1994 Widefield graduate has served many capacities at his alma mater, most notably as physical education teacher and longtime track and field coach. He also coached the football team from 2010-12. But it's another profession, one as a college wrestling official, that kept Marjerrison away from his squad's first two track and field meets of the season. Last weekend, he was on the mat raising arms in victory at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, one of only 20 selected to the prestigious event. Related: Lewis-Palmer championship volleyball coach Susan Odenbaugh steps down "As my wrestling officiating career progressed, I was at the right place at the right time, and I got opportunities," Marjerrison said Saturday at the Terror Invitational at Garry Berry Stadium. "I've been blessed to do it, but I try to keep it low key. It's really a hobby, but a passion of mine. Everything that I do, I try to do the best I can. I'm just fortunate enough to be asked to do it." Marjerrison, who has worked three NCAA Division I championships and 10 more at the Division II level, got to coach his teams firsthand Saturday. He saw the girls' team finish fourth, thanks to first-place efforts in the 400-meter relay, along with Brooke Moore's win in the 200. The boys' team placed seventh, helped by wins in the discus by Nathaniel Miller and in the 400 relay. And his athletes were glad he was back. "When he's gone, it can be a lot different," Moore said. "People can act differently, and it's kind of stressful. You start missing him. When he's here, things are where they're supposed to be." While Marjerrison relishes the opportunity, he knows his place but has no regrets. "I have a commitment to these young men and women here (at Widefield) and a commitment to my family and to my work," Marjerrison said. "Sometimes, there are little things in life you have a passion for. Fortunately, I have a passion for a lot of things, and I've been blessed with abilities to do things and share with other people."
Injuries open new doors for shot put champions at Terror Invite track and field meet

Injuries open new doors for shot put champions at Terror Invite track and field meet

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Shin splints got the best of sprinter Shaelynn Williams. A season-ending shoulder injury sidelined football player Bryce Laughlin. The juniors from Mesa Ridge and Palmer, respectively, seem to have found their new niches in the shot put after each had winning efforts Saturday at the Terror Invitational at Garry Berry Stadium. Williams reset by 7 inches her school record from a week ago, heaving the shot 37 feet, 11 inches. "At my third meet from last year, I was probably throwing (the shot) about 28 feet," Williams said. "If anyone would have said I'd be throwing nearly 38 feet a year later, I would have said they were crazy. In the past year, I've gotten healthier, and I've practiced more." As a freshman, Williams dabbled in many short-distance events, taking part in the 100 and 400 and three different relays. Then came a turning point. She needed time off due to injury, perhaps from overdoing it. "My shins were so bad that I had to stop running for a bit," Williams said. "I thought in my head that I could try throwing. I was in so many events, I didn't know if I'd be good at any of them. Maybe if started throwing and could find that one thing, I could stick to it and be good at it." At last year's Terror Invite, Laughlin managed a throw of 38-10½ in the shot, while his discus effort Saturday - he finished second - measured exactly 29 feet farther than not quite a year ago. On Saturday, Laughlin didn't have his best throw, but his effort in the shot at 43-7 was good enough for the event title. "He came close to making state as a sophomore in his first year in track," Palmer coach Gerald Freeman said. "He has natural talent. He's just a great presence and pleasant kid to be around. He works hard and is a great young man." One day after a spring snowstorm shut down most school districts after blanketing the area with a mixture of snow and slush, the sun and warmth returned just in time to keep the annual event on schedule. Cherry Creek won the boys' and girls' titles. The Classical Academy had five event wins and finished second in the girls' race, while Fountain-Fort Carson, on the strength of four event victories, came in second out of 25 boys' teams. Now that Williams and Laughlin have proven themselves in the shot put, expectations will rise. Both seem ready for the challenge. "I'm not satisfied with 37-11," Williams said. "I think I can go over 40. That's what I want to do. That's not a crazy thought anymore." Freeman added: "I think Bryce can be top three in the state, I really do. He may be relatively new to the sport, but he works very hard, and he's very disciplined."
Brevin Brimble, CJ Jennings enjoy being part of basketball all-star 'Show'

Brevin Brimble, CJ Jennings enjoy being part of basketball all-star 'Show'

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

DENVER - Brevin Brimble's final quarter of high school basketball looked an awful lot like an homage to his touted career at Doherty. Brimble made his presence felt at The Show, Colorado's all-star basketball game, splashing three consecutive deep balls in a matter of moments in the boys' top-20 game. He finished with 14 of his 19 in the fourth quarter and his all-star teammate, CJ Jennings of Sierra, added seven points as they both helped lead Team White to a 129-99 victory over Team Blue on Saturday at Metro State University. Related: Lewis-Palmer championship volleyball coach Susan Odenbaugh steps down Colorado Springs Christian's Justin Engesser, who also played in the 1A-3A boys' game along with Manitou Springs' Lucas Rodholm, had two points for the guys in blue. "Just playing against all the top players in the state for one last game is a fun way to end my high school career," Brimble said. "It was fun, I liked it." The game itself had all the usual all-star antics. Like a pickup game of H-O-R-S-E - where theatrics outweighed competition - defense was all but extinct and 40-foot Hail Mary heaves and acrobatic dunks were the norm. Brimble and Jennings both started as Team White jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first 1:23 of the game and never looked back. Brimble provided much of the excitement near the end. A good few feet back of the perimeter, the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League MVP swished 3 after 3 after 3 in the waning minutes. He also nailed a 16-foot jumper to beat the third-quarter buzzer and drove to the basket for a three-point play early in the fourth. "That game, you want to prove a lot going against the top-20 players in the state," said Brimble, who led the Spartans into the second round of the state playoffs with 20.4 points per game. "It was a showcase." The flow of the game wasn't a favorite for everyone, though. "It's definitely an honor to play in a game with the top 20 players in the state but my dad's philosophy and my philosophy is really to play hard every second," Engesser said. "For guys not to even play defense, it's kind of hard. You saw me shove the guy under the basket on an alley-oop because I'm still playing defense." Jennings' best moment, meanwhile, came during the halftime dunk contest when he rocked the arena with a thunderous reverse slam. He said the experience was fun but he missed Sand Creek's D'shawn Schwartz and Vista Ridge's Hunter Maldonado, who were also selected for the top-20 game but were unable to attend. Maldonado, recovering from getting his wisdom teeth pulled, will play at the University of Wyoming next season, while Schwartz, who was on vacation in California, will play at the University of Colorado-Boulder. "It was fun but it would have been better with them to have that camaraderie," Jennings said. "But it's just fun playing with so much talent on the floor." CSCS' Megan Engesser played in the girls' 1A-3A game earlier in the evening.
Saturday's prep roundup: Widefield blanks Gateway in baseball

Saturday's prep roundup: Widefield blanks Gateway in baseball

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BASEBALL Widefield 10, Gateway 0, 5 innings At Widefield: The Gladiators (1-6) scored seven times in the fourth inning and earned their first win this season in a rout of Gateway (1-6). Neither team scored after two innings, but the Gladiators held a 1-0 lead in the third before scoring seven in the fourth and another two in the fifth to end it. Deon Clair struck out five opposing batters and earned the win for Widefield. Brandon Parrott, Reece Lieby and Isaiah Grimma each had an RBI for Widefield. The Gladiators had eight hits and gave up just one to the Olympians, who had four errors. Evangelical Christian Academy 13, Arrupe Jesuit 4, 5 innings At Grace Center: Benjamin DeRuiter, Samuel Perkett and Tyler Schwinck each drove in two runs for the Eagles (4-3), who scored 10 runs in the first inning in the win over the Generals (1-7) at the St. Mary's tournament. Zachary Perry, Cade Hammarquist, and Cameron Rawlings each had an RBI for the Eagles. Colorado Springs Christian School 15, Olathe 14 At Grace Center: The Lions (1-5) won their first game Saturday despite four errors against Olathe (1-6). CSCS scored five runs in the first inning to take an early lead and scored 10 in the last three. Daniel Burton led the Lions with three RBIs and Justin Johnston and Matt Johnson each had two. The Lions played Bayfield in their second game on Saturday and fell 10-0. Bayfield 11, Sand Creek 0 At Grace Center: The Wolverines (3-2) had 13 hits and the Scorpions (1-6) could manage just one in a loss at the St. Mary's tournament. The Scorpions had four hits and four errors and surrendered 13 hits to Bayfield. Loveland 8,   Fountain-Fort Carson 7 At Loveland: The Pikes Peak region 5A No. 3 Trojans fell to 2-3 after a close game at Loveland (2-2-1). Pagosa Springs 12, Sierra 0, 5 innings At Sierra: The Pirates (5-2) scored nine runs in the first inning and the Stallions (2-5) could never recover. Maksymilian Oynx took the loss for Sierra after giving up nine runs and was pulled in the first. Rico Vallejos pitched the remainder of the game and gave up three runs and eight hits. GIRLS' TENNIS Far East Invitational At Aurora: The Doherty Spartans scored 21 points en route to winning the Far East Invitational that was co-hosted by Cherokee Trail and Vista PEAK in Aurora. Cherokee Trail placed second with 18 points, Steamboat Springs was third with 17, followed by Vista PEAK (6), Smoky Hill (5) and Prairie View (2). Bre Hayden won the No. 1 singles match and Jordan Degani won in No. 3 singles for Doherty. The Spartans also won the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles matches. KATIE O'KEEFE, THE GAZETTE
Lewis-Palmer championship volleyball coach Susan Odenbaugh steps down

Lewis-Palmer championship volleyball coach Susan Odenbaugh steps down

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Since 2008, no team other than Lewis-Palmer or Cheyenne Mountain has won a state volleyball championship in Class 4A. This week, Lewis-Palmer lost its coach who partook in that historic run. On Wednesday, Susan Odenbaugh told her players she was stepping down after 15 seasons and four championships. After contemplating the decision the past several seasons, the time finally seemed right. Related: Rosters for The Show include number of local players "I always wanted to be a teacher first and a coach second," she said. "And it feels like more and more kids have wanted more help after school and I haven't been able to provide that for them because I've had to go to practice." The Rangers went 29-0 in the fall, routing their way to their third title in the past four seasons. Odenbaugh was with the program for 28 seasons and has been on staff for all six of the program's state titles. After posting a record of 347-89 and six titles, there were plenty of good times to look at, but several stuck out - the program's first title in 1993 and her first title as head coach in 2002. And of course the two seasons the program went unbeaten and garnered national recognition. But then there was a season the Rangers didn't win the title that she pointed to. It was a semifinals win in 2009 against Mullen. "That year is very special to us in that it was like winning the state championship for us," Odenbaugh said Saturday. "A lot of the players from that team have come back to help me coach. Ellie Rank, one of my assistants this year is back. That was a special group of girls, too, and a special season." Nick Baker has been around Odenbaugh for years, first as a coach at L-P, now as athletic director. "It's easy to say it's a big loss to the school, and no one is going to deny that it's a huge loss," Baker said. "But at the same time, you look at the positive impacts she's had even for thousands by now, through teaching and coaching, and it's hard to call that a loss even though she's stepping down." Odenbaugh will continue as a part-time teacher at Lewis-Palmer and will transition into a position that helps further develop other coaches and helps guide student-athletes. Without hesitation, Cheyenne Mountain coach David Barkley could name the game that sticks out the most for him between the two teams - a Lewis-Palmer five-set victory in 2013 in which the Indians had several match points yet watched as the Rangers rallied to win 16-14. But a match that Barkley thought may have been even more impressive, did not directly involve his Indians - that match against Mullen. As the reigning champions, Barkley's Indians were heavily scouted by Mullen. The Indians had beaten Mullen for the 2008 title, but the Mustangs brought back plenty of talent in 2009 and expected to see Cheyenne Mountain in the finals. "Mullen on paper was the favorite," Barkley said. "But Odie's team came to play. Mullen never made it to the finals. She found a way to compete and Mullen just blew up on the court." Efforts like that throughout her career are why Barkley will miss Odenbaugh. "There's nobody I wanted to coach against more than Odie," Barkley said. "She competes and that's why her kids compete, one of the reasons. That's what you want. We had some classic matches against each other." While she's going out a winner, she's not leaving the cupboard bare, not by a long shot, with plenty of returning talent. "The program is in a really healthy spot right now," she said. "We had three seniors on our roster last year, they're going to be really hard to replace. But we've got a really talented core of sophomores and freshmen. I want my successor to be successful. I don't want that person to have to rebuild the program." Though it's been less than a week since making the announcement, Odenbaugh already feels the effects. "It hits me every day," she said. "I know I'm going to miss it. But even more, I'm going to miss the special relationships you forge with your athletes."
This week's high school sports schedule for March 20-25

This week's high school sports schedule for March 20-25

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

The high school sports schedule around the Pikes Peak region for the week of March 20-25. MONDAY, MAR 20 BASEBALL Manitou Springs at La Junta, 3 p.m.; Crowley County at Calhan, Pueblo South at Doherty, both 4 p.m.; GIRLS' GOLF TCA vs. Grandview at Heritage Eagle Bend, 12:15 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Air Academy at Windsor, 7 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Rampart at St. Mary's, 4:15 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Liberty at Lakewood, 6 p.m. Vista Ridge at Rampart, 7 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Palmer Ridge at Mullen, 3:30 p.m.; Vanguard at Rampart, 4 p.m. TUESDAY, MAR 21 BASEBALL Sand Creek at Air Academy, Palmer at Mesa Ridge, TCA at Rampart, Pueblo Central at Woodland Park, Discovery Canyon at Cheyenne Mountain, Falcon at Lewis-Palmer, Vista Ridge at Palmer Ridge, all 4 p.m.; Liberty at Eaglecrest, Mitchell at Harrison, 4:15 p.m.; Peyton at Simla, 4:30 p.m.; GIRLS' GOLF Palmer vs. Fountain-Fort Carson at Cheyenne Shadows, 3:30 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Palmer at St. Mary's, 6 p.m. Valor Christian at Lewis-Palmer, 7 p.m. Columbine at Pine Creek, 7 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Pine Creek vs. Dakota Ridge at Trailblazer Stadium, 5:30 p.m.; Cheyenne Mountain at Centaurus, Palmer Ridge at Mullen, both 6 p.m.; GIRLS' SOCCER James Irwin at Ellicott, Mitchell at Conifer, Bear Creek at Mesa Ridge,, Frederick at Widefield, Vista Ridge at Vista Peak, all 4 p.m.; Discovery Canyon at Sierra, 4:15 p.m.; St. Mary's vs. Holy Family at Mullen, 4:30 p.m.; Sand Creek vs. Coronado at Garry Berry, 5 p.m.; Harrison vs. Palmer at Garry Berry, Evergreen at Cheyenne Mountain, both 6 p.m.; Littleton at Air Academy, Lewis-Palmer at TCA, both 6:30 p.m.; Liberty at Palmer Ridge, 7 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING Pine Creek at Cheyenne Mountain, Doherty at Liberty, Coronado at Palmer, Fountain-Fort Carson at Rampart, Discovery Canyon vs. Lewis-Palmer, at CC at Woodmoor, all 4 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Air Academy at Sand Creek, Mitchell at Fountain-Fort Carson, Colorado Springs Christian at Widefield, Palmer Ridge at Discovery Canyon, Lewis-Palmer at Falcon, all 3:45 p.m.; Vanguard at Doherty, St. Mary's vs. Sierra at Memorial Park 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MAR. 22 BASEBALL Florence at Evangelical Christian Academy, 4 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain at Discovery Canyon, 4 p.m. Pueblo South at Mesa Ridge, 4 p.m. Westminster at Fountain-Fort Carson, 4 p.m. Pine Creek at Doherty, 4:30 p.m. St. Mary's at Sand Creek, 6:30 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Cheyenne Mountain at Conifer, 6 p.m. Valor Christian vs Lewis-Palmer at Don Breese Stadium, 7 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Valor Christian at Rampart, 5:30 p.m. Air Academy vs Palmer at Garry Berry Stadium, 6 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Lewis-Palmer vs Green Mountain at Lakewood Memorial Field, 6 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain vs Doherty at Garry Berry Stadium, 6 p.m. Legend vs Rampart at D20 Stadium, 7 p.m. TRACK Air Academy, Discovery Canyon, Falcon, Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge, Vista Ridge at Cheyenne Mountain Invite THURSDAY, MAR. 23 BASEBALL Colorado Springs Christian School vs Bennett at Grace Center, 1:30 p.m. Sand Creek at Manitou Springs, 4 p.m. Lewis-Palmer at Falcon, 4 p.m. Widefield vs Palmer at Spurgeon Field, 4 p.m. Harrison at Sierra, 4 p.m. Manual at Mitchell, 4:30 p.m. Simla at Peyton, 4:30 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Rocky Mountain vs Palmer at Garry Berry Stadium, 4 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Palmer Ridge at Grandview, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Evangelical Christian Academy at James Irwin, 4 p.m. Golden at Mesa Ridge, 4 p.m. Palmer at George Washington, 4 p.m. Widefield vs Coronado at Garry Berry Stadium, 4 p.m. Manitou Springs at Buena Vista, 4 p.m. Colorado Springs Christian School at Salida, 4:30 p.m. St. Mary's at Mullen, 4:30 p.m. Sierra at Fountain-Fort Carson, 6 p.m. Ralston Valley vs Pine Creek at D20 Stadium, 7 p.m. Discovery Canyon at Evergreen, 7 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING Pueblo Central, Pueblo East at Fountain-Fort Carson, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Palmer vs Colorado Springs Christian School at Memorial Park, 3:45 p.m. Air Academy at Pueblo West, 4 p.m. Lewis-Palmer at Rampart, 4 p.m. TRACK Lewis-Palmer, Rampart at Denver Soutj Invite, 2:30 p.m. FRIDAY, MAR. 24 BASEBALL Colorado Springs Christian School vs Dolores Huerta at Grace Center, ppd. Alamosa at Evangelical Christian Academy, 11:30 a.m. Bayfield at Manitou Springs, ppd. Steamboat Springs at The Classical Academy, ppd. Pagosa Springs at Sierra, ppd. Del Norte at Mitchell, ppd. BOYS' LACROSSE Legend at Lewis-Palmer, 7 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Rampart vs Denver South at All City Stadium, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Lamar at Vanguard, 2:30 p.m. Grandview at Liberty, ppd. GIRLS' TENNIS Doherty at Vista Pak Prep, TBD TRACK Palmer Ridge at Broomfield at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium, ppd. SATURDAY, MAR. 25 BASEBALL Canon City at Liberty, ppd. Gateway at Widefield, 10 a.m. Pagosa Spring at Mitchell, 11 a.m. Del Norte at Sierra, ppd. Fountain-Fort Carson vs. Loveland at Swift Field, noon Pagosa Springs at Sierra, 1 p.m. Steamboat Springs at The Classical Academy, 1 p.m. Arrupe Jesuit at Evangelical Christian Academy, 4:30 p.m. Florence at St Mary's at the Grace Center, TBA Sand Creek vs. Bayfield at the Grace Center, TBA Colorado Springs Christian School vs Olathe at Grace Center, TBA BOYS' LACROSSE Cheyenne Mountain at Oakton, noon. GIRLS' SOCCER Mesa Ridge vs Rampart at D20 Stadium, ppd. TRACK Falcon, Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge, Sand Creek, Palmer Terror Invite at Garry Berry Stadium, 9 a.m. Discovery Canyon at Fort Collins, TBD. Canon City, Vista Ridge at Pueblo West, 10 a.m.
Rosters for The Show include number of local players

Rosters for The Show include number of local players

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Rosters for The Show 2016-17 season. The games will be March 25 at Metro State University. Game times 1A-3A Top 20 girls’ game, 2:30 p.m. 1A-3A Top 20 boys’ game, 4 p.m. Top 20 girls’ game, 5:30 p.m. Top 20 boys’ game, 7 p.m.   BLUE TEAM – BOYS No., player, school 1 Braxton Bertolette, Fossil Ridge 5 Jake Belknap, Mountain Vista 10 Jon'il Fugget, George Washington 11 David Simental, Pueblo West 20 Calvin Fugget, George Washington 21 Kaison Hammonds, ThunderRidge 23 Jervay Green, George Washington 23 Corey Seng, ThunderRidge 31 Adam Thistlewood, Golden 33 Justin Engesser, CSCS Coach: Reggie Hammons, George Washington WHITE TEAM – BOYS 1 Colbey Ross, Eaglecrest 2 Daylen Kountz, Denver East 3 Brevin Brimble, Doherty 4 Tanner Ervin, Resurrection Christian 4 Jaizec Lottie, Cherokee Trail 5 Sam Masten, Rock Canyon 11 William Becker, Smoky Hill 22 Kenny Foster, Smoky Hill 24 Gage Prim, Grandview 25 CJ Jennings, Sierra Coach: Kent Grams, Rock Canyon; Mike Evans, Mike Wood, Rock Canyon BLUE TEAM – GIRLS 2 Ashley Madden, Pomona 4 Jana Van Gytenbeek, Cherry Creek 5 Tatum Rembao, Loveland 5 Ashley Van Sickle, Ralston Valley 15 Sydney Mech, Cherry Creek 15 Grace O’Neil, Fairview 15 Autumn Watts, Highlands Ranc 23 Ashley Panem, Fairview 32 Jaela Richardson, Cherry Creekh 32 Anna Weibel, Estes Park 35 Laura Pranger, Cherry Creek Coach: Chris Curneen, Cherry Creek Coach: Rod Beauchamp, Fairview WHITE TEAM - GIRLS 1 Francesca Belibi, Regis Jesuit 1 Peyton Carter, Monarch 2 Camilla Emsbo, Lakewood 3 Jaiden Galloway, Grandview 33 Jasmine Jeffcoat, Monarch 3 Kylie Jimenez, Horizon 30 Olivia Lough, Pueblo West 20 Halley Miklos, Estes Park 5 Tommi Olson, Highlands Ranch 32 Riley Snyder, Fruita Monument 52 Gabby Lucero, Pueblo South Coach: Josh Ulitzky Grandview Selected but unable to play Hunter Maldonado, Vista Ridge ; Elijah Blake, Rangeview; D'Shawn Schwartz, Sand Creek ; Michaela Onyenwere, Grandview   1A-3A TOP20 BLUE TEAM – BOYS 00 Luke Puchino, Longmont Christian 5 Hunter Shkapich, Colorado Academy 5 Jerome Carter, Manual 11 Carlos Parra, Del Norte 12 Christian Dellamaestra, Wiley 15 Jordan Heien, Denver Science ST 20 Jaedon Bowles, Manual 23 Austin Herman, Holyoke 24 Ryan Brubacher, Alamosa 33 Justin Engesser, CSCS 40 Ryan Phelps, Bayfield Coach: Anson Ramiro, Manual WHITE TEAM – BOYS 2 Robert Williams, Sheridan 4 Cade Caroll, Buena Vista 4 Tanner Ervin, Resurrection Christian 5 Bodie Hume, Sterling 11 Benjamin Hawkins, Faith Christian 11 Yaniel Vidal, Holly 13 Lucas Rodholm, Manitou Springs 20 Will Willis, Lutheran 24 Chad Mikelson, Sedgwick County 25 Michael Glen, Basalt Coach: Bruce Dick, Resurrection Christian Coach: Mike Holloway, Sterling BLUE TEAM - GIRLS 5 Faith Barela, Sheridan 10 Juju Hemeyer, Res. Christian 11 Megan Roberts, Day Spring Christian 15 Tess Hornung, Kit Carson 23 Morgan Lewis, Pagosa Springs 23 Haley Shaklee, Lutheran 24 Sarah McGinley, Heritage Christian 33 Megan Engesser, CSCS 33 Olivia Isenbart, Kit Carson 40 Hristina Geraskova, Faith Christian Coach: Sara Crawford, Kit Carson Coach: Amanda Brown, Kit Carson WHITE TEAM - GIRLS 1 Brooke Polenz, Sterling 5 Hannah Kohl Liberty, Common 5 Quiney Lester, Sargent 10 Cody Robinson, Yuma 14 Miranda Pacheco, Olathe 22 Abbey Brower, Sterling 22 Cali Clark, Lamar 24 Ember Canty, Centauri 24 Kylyn Rigsby, Grand Valley 40 Elizabeth Hagerman, Fowler Coach: Troy Ukasick, Liberty Common Coach: Kent Chrisman, Sterling
Wind plays role in Rampart's girls' tennis win over Lewis-Palmer

Wind plays role in Rampart's girls' tennis win over Lewis-Palmer

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Rampart senior Jamie Smith builds high-tech robots as part of another high school team when she's not on the tennis court. She helps wire and construct machines intended to compete with similar designs from opposing teams across the state. And on Thursday, after she put the finishing touches on her 6-2, 6-4 win over Lewis-Palmer's Emma Gaydos in the No. 1 singles match, she promptly headed to Denver for a robotics competition. "I have a lot of senior things going on," cracked Smith, whose tennis team beat the Rangers 5-2. "It's about managing (it)." More photos: Lewis-Palmer at Rampart girls tennis Smith's time is split between school, clubs, senior events, prep for the International Baccalaureate test in May, and of course, tennis. On the court, she'll aim to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in her career for the Rams, who moved down to 4A this season. A victory over Gaydos, a 4A quarterfinalist a year ago, could be a nice spark. "I am always going to be driving for it," Smith said. "Having the possibility of going to state is a huge accomplishment for a player. Having the goal in mind, it definitely helps get me through the season." The early spring event was rocked by heavy bursts of wind, which forced a number of altered shots and plenty of frustration. Smith managed it best, expertly placing winners and limiting her mistakes against a fiery Gaydos. The senior's level-headed approach and cool demeanor is never a surprise, Rampart coach Molly Gill said. "Jamie is always calm and collected," Gill said. "She balances everything in her life. ... She's awesome." Gaydos, who has already faced 2016 4A semifinalist Morgan Hall of Cheyenne Mountain and reigning 4A No. 2 singles champion Mattie Kuntzelman of Discovery Canyon, fell to 1-3 on the year. The junior remained confident afterward, saying that she believes her play will only improve as the season draws on. "Having a few tough matches early on gets me in the mode to compete and to play harder," said Gaydos, who also noted that she is still rounding into form after a recent bout of mononucleosis. "All the credit to Jamie, though. She played an amazing match and deserved to win. She adjusted to the wind beautifully, she hit wonderful shots . she played an amazing match." The Rams swept doubles play as three of the four matches went to a third-set tiebreaker. The Rangers' two victories were from No. 2 singles player Joee Crocker and No. 3 Austynn Crocker, homeschooled sisters who recently moved from Virginia.
Thursday's prep roundup: Pine Creek girls prevail in soccer

Thursday's prep roundup: Pine Creek girls prevail in soccer, Lewis-Palmer baseball gets revenge

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

A roundup of high school sports in the Colorado Springs area on Thursday: GIRLS' SOCCER Pine Creek 2, Ralston Valley 1 At District 20 Stadium: It looks as if only spring break can stop Pine Creek's early-season roll. Jade Odom returned to the field after recovering from appendicitis and made six saves, Athena Keuhn scored in the second half and Pine Creek (3-0) beat Ralston Valley (3-2) in its last game for 12 days. Related: Wind plays role in Rampart's girls' tennis win over Lewis-Palmer "It feels good to kind of get a game where we feel like we're getting in a groove," Eagles coach John Frederick said. "The mental toughness this team has is showing up in games." After a corner late in second, Keuhn blasted a rebound chance to give Pine Creek the lead. Myah Isais had a strong chance moments before that was deflected out by a defender at the goal line. It rolled to Keuhn, though, who finished a low drive for her second goal of the season. Madeline Alhamra also scored for the Eagles, who won't play again until April 4 at Chatfield. Coronado 8, Widefield 0 At Coronado: Isabella Janney had two goals and two assists as Coronado (1-6) beat Widefield (1-5) for its first win of the season. Amelia Herman added two goals and an assist and Lauren Strizich had another two goals for the Cougars, who scored eight times after netting just four in their first six games. Julie Callan had seven saves for her first shutout of the season. The Gladiators have four goals in six games. Colorado Springs Christian School 3, Salida 1 At Salida: Gabby Huthoefer scored twice and Grace Rummel added two assists as CSCS beat Salida to improve to 4-0. Hannah Wilson also scored for the Lions. George Washington 11, Palmer 1 At George Washington: Maia Wiegand-Brown scored in her fifth straight game as Palmer (2-2-1) fell to George Washington (3-2). Wiegand-Brown has 11 of her team’s 14 goals. Mullen 3, St. Mary’s 1 At Mullen: Katie Fowler scored in her second straight game as St. Mary’s (2-2) lost to Mullen (4-1). The Pirates won’t play again until April 5 . BASEBALL Lewis-Palmer 6, Falcon 4 At Falcon: Jason Shuger and JT Grizzell each had two RBIs as Rangers (4-3, 1-1 4A/5A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) scored four runs in the final two innings to even the season series against Falcon (3-2, 1-1). Falcon beat L-P for the first time in nearly four years on Tuesday with an 11-9 victory. Gary Crist drove in two runs for the Falcons, who led 3-2 after the fifth. Sierra 10, Harrison 0, 5 innings At Sierra: Adrian Montes allowed three hits and struck out 12 in five scoreless innings as Sierra (2-4, 0-2 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) beat Harrison (0-7, 0-2). Montes has allowed one run or less in two of his three starts this season. He has struck out 24 compared to only three walks. Brandon Tafoya added four RBIs and the Stallions scored five runs in the fifth to end the game. The Panthers are still searching for their first win since 2015. Palmer 8, Widefield 4 At Palmer: Mason Collier had three hits and drove in two runs, leading the Terrors (2-2) past Widefield (0-6) for their second straight win. Collier has a hit in his first four games this season and is batting .429. Jordan Chappell added two RBIs in the win. Deon Clair had three hits and drove in a run to lead the Gladiators, while Dylan Marks had two hits and an RBI. Widefield scored a run in the first and fourth inning, and added two more in the sixth. But the Terrors answered every time with four in the first, two in the fourth and two in the sixth. Manitou Springs 12, Alamosa 2, 6 innings Manitou Springs 13, Sand Creek 4, 5 innings At Manitou Springs: Sean Whalen drove in six runs in two games as the Mustangs (3-1) beat Alamosa (5-2) and Sand Creek (1-5) in the same day. Dylan Hickox drove in five runs and leads the team with nine RBIs in four games this season. Brennan Allen allowed two runs in six strong innings against the Maroons. Whalen gave up four runs in four innings against Sand Creek and Davyn Adamscheck threw a scoreless fifth against the Scorpions. GIRLS' TENNIS Palmer 5, Colorado Springs Christian School 2 At Palmer: Grace Meluso beat Tristen VanDeVeer 6-2, 6-1 in No. 1 singles and the Terrors won all four doubles matches. Meluso rebounded after falling to Smoky Hill's Anshika Singh 6-0, 6-0 in her first match of the season last week. BOYS’ SWIMMING Fountain-Fort Carson 120, Pueblo East 52 F-FC 131, Pueblo Central 25 At F-FC: Matt Vera won the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes and 21:45 seconds) and the 100 butterfly ( 1:23:10 ) as the Trojans won the three-team dual. Kyle Fowler added a win in the dive (192.80) as F-FC took first in 10 events. 
The Gazette Girls' Basketball 3A-A Peak Performer of the Year: Shelby Megyeri, Manitou Springs

The Gazette Girls' Basketball 3A-A Peak Performer of the Year: Shelby Megyeri, Manitou Springs

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Shelby Megyeri's days as leader of the Manitou Springs girls' basketball team are over, but she sure left her mark. After four wildly successful seasons - which saw Megyeri break several school records and help her team annually to at least the 3A state quarterfinals - she will go down as the best female basketball player in Manitou Springs history. She's now been named The Gazette 3A-A Girls' Basketball Peak Performer of the Year three seasons in a row, and holds the Manitou Springs career records for points, assists and steals. Related: See more of the top athletes from the Colorado Springs area "I honestly never thought I'd win three of these in a row, but it's an honor, and I'm very happy about it," she said. Megyeri finished with 1,651 points in her high school career, including a 17.8 points-per-game average during her senior year. She averaged 15 or more points in all four of her seasons at the helm of the Mustangs, and the program amassed an 82-23 mark during that time. "That record, and going to state four times, is a big accomplishment, and we made school history together as a team and that's an amazing feeling," Megyeri said. "The main thing that will stick out was playing in the state championship game. That was always a dream of mine, and winning it was the other part of the dream, but it was still an awesome experience." Manitou Springs fell in the quarterfinals during Megyeri's freshman year, then advanced to the state semifinals in 2015 and came close to winning it all in 2016, falling in the 3A state title game. Perhaps the most impressive of all her seasons was her final one. The Mustangs lost three major contributors after the 2015-16 season, but still made it back to the state quarterfinals - something few thought would happen. "It was really satisfying because a lot of people underestimated us, but I knew what we were capable of," Megyeri said. "We didn't have as great of a season as some of the past ones, but I knew after the first practice we were going to make it back to the state tournament." Ariana Olson, a fellow senior and one of Megyeri's best friends, played with her all four years of high school. "It's been really fun playing with her the last four years, and she's obviously been a huge part of our team," Olson said. "Shelby is pretty intense on the court, and is always focused and making sure she lifts us up and makes sure we're also focused. She's so competitive, and she was the hardest-working one at practice and in the games." Megyeri will continue her basketball career at CSU-Pueblo this fall. She joins a team that went 28-4, and returns a lot of talent. "I like it because it's close to home and my family will be able to come see me play, especially my parents, grandparents and brothers," she said. "I'm close to them, and not having them in the stands wouldn't be the same." Megyeri goes from the top dog in high school to a freshman in college, but that's just fine with her. "I'm going to have to work for playing time, and it won't be handed to me," she said. "I don't expect to start, but I think I can get on the floor and get some good minutes."
Wednesday's prep roundup: Cheyenne Mountain hits 3 HRs in win over Discovery Canyon

Wednesday's prep roundup: Cheyenne Mountain hits 3 HRs in win over Discovery Canyon

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Highlights from Wednesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region. BASEBALL Cheyenne Mountain 12, Discovery Canyon 5 At Discovery Canyon: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Cheyenne Mountain (5-0, 2-0 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) hit three home runs and used a 6-0 lead to pull away early against Discovery Canyon (0-2, 0-2). Ryan Schneider doubled, homered and drove in a game-high five RBIs to lead the Indians. Jack Denker had three hits - one a home run - and two RBIs, while freshman Michael Ellis also homered. Related: Late goal pushes Cheyenne Mountain girls' soccer past Doherty Aaron Berkhoff went 4 for 5 with four runs scored. Josh Umiamaka and Kaven Sook each homered for the Thunder. ECA 12, Florence 2, 5 innings At ECA: Evangelical Christian Academy (3-2) scored five runs in the second and six in the fifth helping the 2A Eagles beat 3A Florence (1-2) in five innings via the 10-run rule. Caleb Klopfestein and Samuel Perkett each drove in two runs for the Eagles. Daniel Perry struck out six while walking five and allowing one hit and one earned run for ECA. Pueblo South 7, Mesa Ridge 1 At Mesa Ridge: Austin Martindale struck out nine and gave up one unearned run to lead Pueblo South (5-1) past Mesa Ridge (1-5). Martindale held the Grizzlies to six hits and walked three. Jaeden Hegmann had the Grizzlies' lone RBI. Pueblo South built a 4-0 lead before Mesa Ridge scored in the bottom of the fifth. Fountain-Fort Carson 10, Westminster 2 At Fountain-Fort Carson: Fountain-Fort Carson (2-2) pounded out 11 hits, stole seven bases and starting pitcher Jarrod Joiner gave up one unearned run in five innings. Joiner scattered three hits and struck out three. Rayn Stratton drove in two. Manny Ortega went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Sand Creek 10, St. Mary's 3 At Grace Center: Sand Creek (1-4) jumped to a 4-0 lead after the first inning and never let up against St. Mary's (1-2) in the Pirates tournament, as the Scorpions notched their first win. The Scorpions worked seven walks, Wyatt Chapman drove in two and Daxton Dawson scored three runs, going 3 for 3. Quinton Clark also had three hits and scored twice. Brady Sides gave up three runs, two earned, and struck out five in six innings of work for Sand Creek. GIRLS' LACROSSE Air Academy 20, Palmer 4 At Garry Berry: Pikes Peak region No. 2 Air Academy (4-1) scored 12 goals in the first half before cruising to the win over Palmer (0-3). Natalie Sannes scored a game-high four goals, while Avery Rodny, Jessica Cox and Reagan Brenenstuhl each had three goals and an assist for the Kadets. Taylor Marquez-Garcia and Regan Olson each had a goal and assist for Palmer. GIRLS' TENNIS Cheyenne Mountain 5, Niwot 2 At Cheyenne Mountain: Morgan Hall won in straight sets in her No. 1 singles match and No. 4 doubles Tiana Stepleton and Brooke Dashiell were one of three Cheyenne Mountain doubles teams to notch wins as the Indians (2-1) beat Niwot (1-2). The ease of Hall's win impressed Indians coach Dave Adams, while Stepleton and Dashiell's victory showed the new pairing could be jelling quicker than Adams anticipated. "I think we played pretty consistently, for the most part," Adams said. "Morgan Hall played a pretty dominating match at 1 singles against a pretty good player." Hall won 6-2, 6-2, while Stepleton and Dashiell won 6-0, 6-3, battling back from being down 3-2 in the second set. "They're a very new team and they put that second set away," Adams said. He also pointed to Claire Dibble's performance in a three set loss - 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 - at No. 2 singles as a strong performance. BOYS' LACROSSE Cheyenne Mountain 14, Conifer 13 At Conifer: Pikes Peak region No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain (4-0) scored nine goals over the first three quarters and held on in the fourth against Conifer (1-3). August Johnson scored a team-high five goals and dished out four assists, and Indians teammates Cullen Nordeman and Jack Bell scored three goals each. Jack Clancy had two goals and two assists for Cheyenne Mountain, which is 4-0 for the first time since 2013. At Lewis-Palmer: Pikes Peak region No. 2 Lewis-Palmer (4-1) continued its hot start to the season, as the 5A Rangers beat 4A defending champion Valor Christian (2-2). GIRLS' SOCCER Lewis-Palmer 3, Green Mountain 2 At Green Mountain: A night after getting blanked by regional rival The Classical Academy, 4A defending champion Lewis-Palmer (4-1) bounced back with a win over Green Mountain (3-1). The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Rangers' loss to the No. 2 Titans' was the program's first since falling to TCA on March 12, 2016. L-P had won 21 straight.
Gazette Preps 4A-5A boys' basketball Coach of the Year: Bill Benton, Lewis-Palmer

Gazette Preps 4A-5A boys' basketball Coach of the Year: Bill Benton, Lewis-Palmer

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Lewis-Palmer, a team without stars and five new starters. It didn't sound much like the promise of hardware, let alone a deep postseason run. But the Rangers (23-5) used "team ball" and rode a 19-game winning streak all the way to the 4A finals. "If you would have told me we were playing for a state championship I would not have been shocked," said Lewis-Palmer coach Bill Benton, The Gazette Boys' Basketball 5A-4A Coach of the Year. "If you would have told me we were riding a 19-game win streak to do that, that's where it was a little bit of a surprise." Related: The Gazette 2016-17 Boys' Basketball All-Area teams The Rangers were forced to learn their tough lessons through wins, not losses, and split the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference title with Vista Ridge. They were the No. 6 seed en route to their seventh semifinals in nine years, and were one win short of their first basketball title since 2013. Benton said his players separated themselves not by their desire to win, but by their hatred of losing. "You're motivated if you hate to lose," Benton said. "Everybody wants to win, but when it gets hard you go, 'eh, it's not worth it.' But if you hate to lose you will push past it, and man, you just aren't going to. This was a group of 13 guys that we had this year that hated to lose, loved competing and loved playing for and with each other." Benton will lose six seniors and four starters for next season. He credits his assistant coaches for, year in and year out, helping L-P groom players to fill the void. "I have the same approach for next year as well," Benton said. "We're going to reload and not rebuild."
Late goal pushes Cheyenne Mountain girls' soccer past Doherty

Late goal pushes Cheyenne Mountain girls' soccer past Doherty

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Every time Doherty battled back, Cheyenne Mountain had an answer. And that included the game-winner. Less than two minutes after Pikes Peak region 5A No. 3 Doherty had tied Cheyenne Mountain at two goals apiece, the 4A Indians scored the final goal of the night, giving Cheyenne Mountain a 3-2 victory at Garry Berry Stadium on Wednesday night, With just under nine minutes left, the Indians' Lisa Long found herself with the ball near the top of the 18-yard box. She took a touch past a Doherty defender and ripped a shot to the far side of the net to give Cheyenne Mountain (3-2) the win. Related: The Gazette Boys' Basketball 5A-4A Peak Performer of the Year: Hunter Maldonado, Vista Ridge "I just took a touch in and hoped for the best," Long said. "Jamie (Burke) gave me a great ball, and all it needed was that first touch." Before Long's strike, Doherty (0-2) had twice climbed even with Cheyenne Mountain. It was Burke who opened the scoring at the 29-minute mark of the first half. The forward latched onto a pass over the top of the Doherty defense and calmly slotted the ball home. On a free kick with less than eight minutes left in the half, Doherty's Mykiaa Minniss drove a low ball to 12 yards out, and Chaylaa Minniss was there waiting on the other end to deflect it in. Less than five minutes into the second half, Cheyenne Mountain responded when Burke corralled the ball, dinked it over her defender, pushed just inside the box, and ripped a shot to the upper left corner of the net for the 2-1 advantage. Hannah Haas again found the tying goal for Doherty with 11 minutes left, but that was all the scoring the Spartans could muster. "We have to start with more intensity in both halves," Doherty coach Craig Decker said, noting that two of Cheyenne Mountain's goals came within the first 10 minutes of each half. "That third goal (for Cheyenne Mountain) was a real backbreaker," he said. "But this is our second game, that was Cheyenne Mountain's fifth. It'll take us a while to get where we need to be." Cheyenne Mountain coach Tomas Martinez was happy with the fight his team showed. "(The game) wasn't a great representation of the teams," he said. "But the girls found a way to win, and I think that can help us when we move into conference games." Long was happy with how her team stayed hungry. "We dug deep to get the win and get ahead," she said. "Every time they tied it up, we came back stronger."
The Gazette Boys' Basketball 5A-4A Peak Performer of the Year: Hunter Maldonado, Vista Ridge

The Gazette Boys' Basketball 5A-4A Peak Performer of the Year: Hunter Maldonado, Vista Ridge

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Vista Ridge's Hunter Maldonado pushed his team into the first day of March as the Wolves made good on their move to the 5A classification with a berth into the round of 16. Turns out, Maldonado's silky smooth game didn't take a hit as the stage and opposition grew in the waning days of his high school basketball career. He's never been one to back down from a bigger and more grandiose challenge on the court - his next one, of course, awaiting him in Laramie, Wyo. Related: Gazette Preps 4A-5A boys' basketball Coach of the Year: Bill Benton, Lewis-Palmer "I want to do whatever it takes and whatever the team needs," said Maldonado, The Gazette Boys' Basketball 5A-4A Peak Performer of the Year, who will join the University of Wyoming in a few months. "Whatever (Wyoming) coach (Allen) Edwards needs from me, I'll be happy." Maldonado is the kind of player that will take his role and thank you for it. In a season where the Wolves started three sophomores, they needed even more from their star, who was coming off a sensational junior campaign that helped propel the Wolves into the 4A semifinals. They needed his scoring, his rebounding, his dishes. Most of all, though, they needed him to lead. "He was more than just our teammate, he was our oldest brother," sophomore guard Julius Dowell said. "Learning from Hunter, you learn things not only on the basketball court but off it, too." Maldonado was tops on his team in points (23.7 per game), rebounds (6.5) and assists (2.2), and the young but dangerous Wolves ran all the way into the round of 16 for a date with the state's No. 1 team, Eaglecrest. The Wolves trailed by just five at half against the Raptors, and Maldonado finished with a game-high 24 points, but the eventual state champs opened it up in the second half en route to a 55-37 win. Afterward, Maldonado told his teammates he had "no regrets". "For your senior leader to say that he laid it all on the court and he has no regrets, that's all you hope for," Vista Ridge coach Joe Hites said. "When you look back, you just knew you gave everything you had and hopefully people benefited because you were a part of it. I know our whole entire program benefited from having him around." This spring, Maldonado hopes to make another mark as he joins the track and field team. Still craving a state title to cap his career, the senior agreed to jump in important meets and already qualified for state in the high jump with a leap of 6-foot-4 in the first meet of the season. "It's just amazing how athletic he is," said sprinter Will Haywood, Maldonado's friend since preschool. "We had to convince him, but it's really important for all of us (seniors) to get a banner for our gym." Then it's on to a bigger, more grandiose stage. Maldonado, who said he's unsure what his role will be as a freshman, will join the Cowboys, who bounced back from a losing year with a winning record in Edwards' first season, and made the College Basketball Invitational. Maldonado admitted that the idea of bringing the Cowboys back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 has crossed his mind. "I definitely want to try and help Wyoming get there," Maldonado said. "Just to have the opportunity to be there, be on TV on the biggest stage college has to offer, I think it would be something really cool. It's been one of my dreams since growing up."
The Gazette 2016-17 Boys' Basketball All-Area teams

The Gazette 2016-17 Boys' Basketball All-Area teams

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

First team Guard Brevin Brimble, Doherty, sr. 5A CSML MVP led league champs with 20.4 points-per-game average. Guard C.J. Jennings , Sierra, sr. Averaged 21.0 ppg while being named 4A CSML MVP, posting 526 points (sixth most in 4A). Guard/Forward Hunter Maldonado, Vista Ridge, sr. The 5A/4A PPAC MVP averaged 23.7 ppg, 6.5 rebounds per game; tied for fourth-most points in state with 617 regardless of classification. Forward D'shawn Schwartz, Sand Creek, sr. His 617 total points tied for fourth most in all classifications, averaging 25.7 ppg and 9.8 rebounds. Post Jackson Ehrlin, Rampart, sr. His 526 points ranked sixth in 5A, first in 5A CSML; also averaged 9.7 rebounds per game. Second team Guard: Dalen Jackson, Mesa Ridge, sr. Guard: Quentin Guiterrez, Pine Creek, sr. Guard/Forward: Billy Cook, Lewis-Palmer, sr. Forward: TJ Davis, Widefield, jr. Post: Tre Pierre, Widefield, jr. Honorable mention Canon City-Gabe Rall, so. Cheyenne Mountain-Luke Martin, jr. The Classical Academy-Jared Belcher, jr.; Erik Cilek, sr. Coronado-Ashton Rogers, jr. Discovery Canyon-Britt Logan, sr. Doherty-Emmanuel Burleson, sr.; Joseph Golden, jr.; Kayden Washington, sr. Falcon-Morisse Daniels, sr.; Noah Martinez, jr.; Reece Warren, jr. Fountain-Fort Carson-TJ Lucero, sr.; Djimon O'Neil, sr. Harrison-Quinzel Harding, sr.; Enrique Johnson, sr.; Orlando Westbrook, so. Lewis-Palmer-Angelo Battistelli, sr.; Joel Scott, so. Liberty-Moz Doria, jr. Mesa Ridge-Dylan Mileto, sr. Mitchell-Quindell Bryant, sr.; Erick Mitchell, sr. Palmer Ridge-Cory McLellan, jr. Pine Creek-Dawson Thomas, sr. Rampart-Dawson Carper, jr.; Josh Kavalec, jr.; Cal Zeb Roberson, sr. Sand Creek-Jeffrey Gary, jr.; David Jabedo, sr. Sierra-Stephan Deedon, sr.; Dondre Savage, sr. Vista Ridge-Noah Betty, sr. Woodland Park-Skye Ciccarelli, so.
The Gazette 2016-17 Boys' Basketball 3A-A All-Area teams

The Gazette 2016-17 Boys' Basketball 3A-A All-Area teams

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First team Guard Noah Hopkins, CSCS, jr. Led 3A with 78 3-pointers (fourth most in state) and ran point for state runner-up. Guard Seth Fuqua, The Vanguard School, so. His 571 points and 24.8 ppg average ranked fourth in 3A. Related: The Gazette 2016-17 Girls' Basketball 5A-4A All-Area teams Guard/Forward Cole Sienknecht, Manitou Springs, jr. Put up 13.7 ppg and made 48 3-pointers to help Mustangs reach state tourney. Forward Justin Engesser, CSCS, sr. League MVP led Tri-Peaks in rebounds and assists, third in points per game. His 167 assists were tops in 3A. Forward Lucas Rodholm, Manitou Springs, sr. His. 16.0 ppg and 401 total points put him fourth in 3A Tri-Peaks on team that lost three games all season. Second team Guard: Davyn Adamscheck, Manitou Springs, sr. Guard: Gage Gellerman, Peyton, sr. Guard/Forward: Matthew Davidson, Ellicott, sr. Forward: Draven Hackley, St. Mary's, jr. Post: Leo Prosser, Calhan, sr.  Honorable mention Calhan-Ben Kelly, jr.; Charles Sparks, jr. Colorado Springs Christian School-Zach Wismer, sr. Colorado Springs School-Joey Chavez, sr.; Justin Johnston, sr. Cripple Creek-Victor-Conner Brown, sr.; David Snare, so. Ellicott-Chiante' Stewart, jr. Evangelical Christian Academy-Samuel Perkett, sr. Florence-Alec Lucero, sr.; Michael Zotto, sr. Fountain Valley-Jackson Blaylock, fr. James Irwin-Micha Dixon, jr.; Zebian James, sr.; Nathaniel Plaisted, so. Manitou Springs-Jared Keul, sr. Peyton-Seth Anderson, sr.; Dominic Gentile, sr.; Pikes Peak Christian-Ethan Sherman, sr.; Sam Smith, so. St. Mary's-Draven Hackley, sr. The Vanguard School-Dominique Clifford, fr.; Carter Milroy, so.
Falcon holds on to beat Lewis-Palmer in baseball for first time since 2013

Falcon holds on to beat Lewis-Palmer in baseball for first time since 2013

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

MONUMENT - Falcon squandered a big lead early on and watched another dwindle in the final outs. In order to debunk four straight years of losing to Lewis-Palmer, the Falcons were forced to dig deep. Brevin Owen was 4 for 4 with a grand slam and reached base five times, starter Gary Crist settled in after a rocky start and left with an 11-6 lead after six innings, but the Rangers still brought the winning run to the plate in the seventh before Falcon closed out an 11-9 victory at Ranger Field. It was the Falcons' first win over L-P since April 27, 2013. "They have a heart of a lion," Falcon coach Dana Reichers said of his team. "They want to win so badly that they battle their butts off every time." Related: The Gazette 2016-17 Girls' Basketball 5A-4A All-Area teams Falcon (3-1, 1-0 4A/5A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) broke open the game early when Owen turned on an outside fastball in the second and ripped it deep into the grim skyline to make it 5-1. But the Rangers (3-3, 0-1) rallied for five runs to take the lead in the bottom frame. A while later, the Falcons retook the lead with a pair of two-run doubles from Darrian Escobar-Winter and Crist in the sixth, then got two more runs on a pair of throwing errors in the seventh. Ryan Sacatelli closed out the win, allowing five of the first six batters to reach in the seventh before he induced a fly out and ground out to end Tuesday's game. "We just had to bear down there at the end," Owen said. "We couldn't think about the win until it happened." Well, it happened. It's the kind of resilient win that tended to avoid the Falcons in a 5-14 campaign last season. Now they'll need plenty more of these types of victories to reach the state tournament for the first time since 1977, per the state's historical records. "I think we're all really caring about making each other better and playing for each other," said Crist, who allowed just one hit after the second inning. "I guess we are resilient." Johnny Behm had three hits and drove in three runs for the Rangers, who have already lost twice at home this season after they were a perfect 22-0 at Ranger Field the prior three years. Brady Choban added two hits and two RBIs. The Rangers rallied late for the second straight game only to slip in defeat. They scored a run in the seventh inning on Saturday to tie the game against La Junta but lost in the eighth. "We are a pretty young team this year, so it bodes well for the future," L-P coach Brett Lester said. "The team has a lot of heart but needs to execute when we get the opportunity." The teams will finish their season series at Falcon on Thursday. "This will put a little fire into us," Behm said.