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Top offensive threats go head-to-head in Vista Ridge-Pine Creek football rivalry

Top offensive threats go head-to-head in Vista Ridge-Pine Creek football rivalry

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Just over seven miles separates Vista Ridge High School from Pine Creek, making for an exciting crosstown rivalry between the two 4A squads. But the Eagles’ recent rush to the top of the state rankings has skewed the series in their favor - winning the matchup four years in a row. Friday marks what Vista Ridge hopes to be a new chapter in the rivalry as the Wolves now boast a more well-rounded offense to counter Pine Creek’s power. Friday’s nonconference game at D20 Stadium is The Gazette Preps Game of the Week. Related: Wednesday's prep roundup A quick glance at either team’s scouting report and two names will jump off the page: Pine Creek’s David Moore III, who has 501 rushing yards and is responsible for six of the team’s seven touchdowns so far this season; and Vista Ridge's Jaylen Thomas, who is a threat no matter where he is on the field with 539 all-purpose yards and five scores. “Obviously they have a kid back there who is a special kind of athlete, and we just have to make sure we do what we are supposed to do defensively,” Vista Ridge coach Jerimi Calip said. “But Jaylen is also one of those kids where defenses need to know where he is at all times because he can do so many different things. He’s a threat to score whether we put him at quarterback, running back, receiver, so he’s one of those kids where I'm glad he's on my team.” Last week against Fountain-Fort Carson the Pine Creek (3-0) defense tightened up its pass rush to put pressure on the Trojans’ dual-threat quarterback, which Pine Creek coach Todd Miller said was great preparation to the scheme and mobility of the Vista Ridge offense. “Last week was a great preparation for us because (F-FC quarterback Eric Donnell) was a fantastic football player, and he’s very similar to (Jaylen Thomas),” Miller said. Vista Ridge's Jaylen Thomas is the team's most productive threat with 539 all-purpose yards through three games. The Wolves will travel to D20 Stadium on Friday to meet Pine Creek in the Gazette Preps Game of the Week.   Although Moore has been limited to his powerful ground game so far this season, the Eagles also boast talent in the backfield in Wyatt Wieland, who has 118 receiving yards, and is also second on the team in rushing with 136. While each team features a highlight-reel worthy offense, Pine Creek and Vista Ridge (2-1) each have a handful of defenders who have set the tone through week four. Nine Eagle defenders have more than 10 tackles on the season, led by Sam Miller (30 tackles, three for a loss) and Daniel Bone (25 tackles, 11 solo). “Our defense is very fundamentally sound,” Miller said. “We have a long, proud history of being very good on defense and they’re trying to do everything they can to uphold that honor of wearing those black shirts, and doing everything they can to keep points off the board.” Pine Creek's defense has limited opponents to just two touchdowns this season. Vista Ridge's defense is led by Carter Bussone, who has 29 tackles on the season, and Brian Jones, with 27. “ Carter is kind of the quarterback of our defense and he’s one of those kids that is just always in the right place to make a tackle,” Calip said. Despite entering arguably their most competitive game of the season, Thomas said the Wolves are confident, and learned from their 2-0 rebound after a Week 1 loss. “I think we have done pretty well but we’ve obviously left some holes inside our offense and defense, so we will just continue to get better at those keys,” Thomas said. “We left a lot of plays out there on the field against Windsor (in Week 1) so it gives us a lot of confidence to come into this week. We just have to be smart and focused, and get the intensity going.” WOLVES-EAGLES AT A GLANCE Game info: Vista Ridge Wolves at Pine Creek Eagles, Friday at 7 p.m. at D20 Stadium … nonconference game. Media: Follow @LindseySquints and @HughJohnson707 ‏on Twitter for updates from the game, and follow GazettePreps on Snapchat for an exclusive sideline snap story, interviews and more. Teams: Pine Creek has started its season strong as the reigning 4A state champion, and has outscored opponents 55-14 in its 3-0 start. … Despite falling to No. 18 Windsor in Week 1, Vista Ridge rebounded in a big way, winning its next two games handily, outscoring opponents 77-30 in weeks 2 and 3. Stat leaders: All eyes will be on Pine Creek’s David Moore III, who has racked up 501 rushing yards and is responsible for six of the team’s seven touchdowns so far this season. Vista Ridge also has a formidable threat in Jaylen Thomas, who has 539 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns through three games.

Sun blog: Two OT victories got St. Mary's boys soccer thinking playoffs

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

The season has been under way for only three weeks, and St. Mary's boys soccer coach Gregg Braha is already looking well into the future. In sports, that's a big no-no. You're supposed to follow the sports cliche and take it one game at a time. But it's different for Braha and the Pirates. They've been battle-tested game after game this season. They haven't blown out any teams. They've beaten teams by only one or two goals. And just last week, they endured not one but two extra-time games -- experiences bound to shape them into a mentally stronger, more mature team. And that's why Braha can't help but think about life after the regular season. " We hope to be playing soccer in the playoffs,” said Braha, who guided the Pirates to a postseason appearance last year. “We hope that this will come back and help us to play better in overtime." Of course, St. Mary's (5-1 overall) still has plenty of soccer left this season. The Pirates play at Lamar (2-2) at 5 p.m. Thursday, kicking of their campaign to defend  their Tri-Peaks League co-championship with Fountain Valley. Until then, the Pirates have a lot to be proud of. They could've faltered and crumbled under the pressure. On Sept. 12, they pulled off a 4-3 win over Lutheran of Parker in double overtime -- thanks in part to junior Connor Timmins' two goals. Two days later, they got a dose of deja vu .  They found themselves in another extra-time game, this time against Sierra.  However, St. Mary's needed just one overtime to triumph. Junior Dom Hartman, a defender, recorded two goals, including the game-winner on a free kick to give the Pirates the close 4-3 win. Still, Braha said he believes the experiences will only make the Pirates better. "It's nice to have a resilient bunch who doesn't quit," the coach said.

Wednesday's prep roundup: Discovery Canyon tops Cheyenne Mountain in softball

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

SOFTBALL     Discovery Canyon 7, Cheyenne Mountain 0 At Cheyenne Mountain: Freshman Kayden Rodgers hammered in a home run, Sami Edwards had a two-RBI double and Corah Price pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts to propel the Thunder to the shutout win in 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference action. After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first, Discovery Canyon (10-3-1, 4-1) pulled away with three runs in the fourth and two more in the following inning. Cheyenne Mountain (11-3, 3-2) has lost two of its last three games. Air Academy 22, Lewis-Palmer 2, 3 innings At Air Academy: The Kadets (9-5, 5-0) stayed atop the PPAC after jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the first inning against the Rangers (6-11, 1-4). Air Academy’s Lindsay Holloway led the way by going 3 for 3 with four RBIs. Teammate Lilly Kelkenberg finished with a three-RBI single for the Kadets, who added eight runs in the second and five more in the third. Vista Ridge 8, Falcon 0 At Vista Ridge: The Wolves scored six runs in the first two innings and got a standout performance by Chloe Ewing, who struck out eight batters and allowed four hits in a complete game. Katey Kelly went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, Kaitlyn Lord knocked in two runs and both Alexis Silvey and Ewing went 2 for 4 to help lift Vista Ridge, which improved to 11-5 overall and 4-1 in the PPAC. In the loss, Falcons pitcher Taylor Striebel struck out seven batters.  Falcon dropped to 4-9 and 1-4. Palmer Ridge 12, Sand Creek 2, 6 innings At Palmer Ridge: Maya Liester went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, Kylie Walker was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and the Bears put up five runs apiece in the first and sixth innings and exploded for 18 total hits to top the Scorpions (2-12, 0-5) in the PPAC game. Makenna Hageman and Sara Lynch each had a triple, and Carson Saabye went 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Lynch also pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts for the Bears, who improved to 8-4 overall and 2-3 in the PPAC. BOYS’ SOCCER Pueblo Centennial 6, Palmer 0 At Palmer: After being down 1-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs allowed five second-half goals in the nonconference game to suffer their second straight loss. Palmer dropped to 2-7, while Pueblo Centennial improved to 6-2-1. BOYS’ GOLF     Cougar Classic At Kissing Camels Golf Course: Pine Creek’s Andrew Doyle shot a 2-over-par 71 to win the individual title and lead the Eagles a second-place team finish. Liberty’s Brandon Bervig finished second at 3-over-par to lift the Lancers to the team title. Liberty’s Lucas Howell (82) finished third, and Liberty’s Alex Ruggles (84) and Doherty’s Avery Henderson (84) tied for fourth. Discovery Canyon and Doherty rounded out the top five. FIELD HOCKEY Liberty 3, Arapahoe 1 At D20 Stadium: Tina Bomberg scored all of her three goals in the first half to lead the 2-6 Lancers to their second win of the season. Two of the goals were assisted by Madeleine Bourgois and Penny Schwab. Arapahoe, which scored a goal in the first half, dropped to 1-6. Palmer Ridge 6, Mountain Vista 2 At Mountain Vista: The Bears (5-1-1) jumped out to a 3-1 lead at halftime before adding three more goals in the second half against Mountain Vista, which fell to 3-3-2. VOLLEYBALL     Calhan 3, Harrison 2 At Harrison: After falling behind in the first set, the Bulldogs bounced back to win 20-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-20, 25-4 in the nonconference match. Calhan improved to 5-4, and Harrison dropped to 6-7.

Shepherd zones in to lead Rampart softball to victory over Doherty

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Shelby Shepherd’s arm wasn’t feeling so good on the mound in the first inning Tuesday. But a dab of pain-relieving cream for her aches and some runs from her offense certainly helped things by the time she came out for the second. The Rampart pitcher put in seven strong innings, Olivia Risch had a career-high five RBIs, and the Rams beat Doherty 10-3 to notch their first 10-win season since 2014. Photos: Rampart 10 - Doherty 3 “The first inning was definitely rough,” Shepherd said. “But the second inning, it was like the arm and blood and everything was flowing again.” The offense behind her, meanwhile, continued to gush. Brianna Jennings added four hits, and Alex Hill drove in two runs for the Rams (10-4, 7-1 5A Colorado Springs Metro League), who have scored 10 or more runs in each of their wins this season. “Today, I’d say that’s the cream of the crop in the league right there,” Doherty coach Mike Berkey said. “They’re solid one through nine, ten, whatever it is.” Angelina LoCricchio had three more hits for her ninth multi-hit game of the season as the resurgent Spartans (6-8, 4-5) looked better than the team that lost to Rampart earlier in season as part of its 0-5 start to the year. “There’s a lot of positive we can take out of this, I think,” LoCricchio said. “We can do a lot better than we did today, but we were hitting and we did pretty good.” Rampart senior Shelby Shepherd (10) pitches in the third inning. The Rampart Rams defeated the Doherty Spartans 10-3 in girls' softball on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at Rampart High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing   But while patient at-bats up and down the order led to 11 hits for Doherty, the key smack was elusive against Shepherd. The senior slinger, without her best stuff, relied on a mix of speeds and locations to strand seven runners in scoring position on the day. After hitting a batter with the bases loaded in the first, Shepherd escaped further damage by inducing two flyouts. Jayda Randle threw a runner out at home and Shepherd had a two-out strikeout with a pair in scoring position to limit the damage in the second. Shepherd then ended the fifth after she snagged a grounder and threw to second to begin a double play. And in the sixth, she froze a batter with a punch-out that left two more in scoring position. With traffic, “it’s an automatic mental click for me,” Shepherd said. “I’m like ‘Nobody is touching home.’” In the race for a league title, Rampart stayed within half-game of Pine Creek (8-6, 7-0), which beat Rampart 9-3 two weeks ago. The Rams have four league games remaining, while the Eagles have five. The two meet again on Sept. 28. “We’re focused on our game and how we are playing as a team,” Risch said. “We’re not really playing them, we’re playing our game. We’re playing the ball, not playing the team.”
Cheyenne Mountain's Keaton Hulen wins 4A Region 2 golf tournament

Cheyenne Mountain's Keaton Hulen wins 4A Region 2 golf tournament

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

When Cheyenne Mountain’s Keaton Hulen first found out the 4A Region 2 Golf Tournament would be played at the Country Club of Colorado, he was thrilled. It’s more than his home course. It’s almost as if the course is his own backyard. Playing under tough conditions, Hulen shot 76 and cruised to victory in the regional tournament. Tuesday roundup: Palmer Ridge qualifies four for state boys' golf Hulen, a junior, moved to Colorado Springs from Oklahoma in June. He estimates he’s played the course (Cheyenne Mountain’s home course) 60-plus times since the move. He plays, he said, 18 holes nearly every day. “Sometimes I play twice a day,” he said. Most of the golfers struggled mightily Tuesday morning and afternoon. The greens had been freshly mowed and rolled, which meant putts were rolling fast and far. The wind was brutal, especially from 9 a.m., when the golfers started, to noon. The course was not kind to aggressive play. Golfers who tried the power approach often found themselves in trouble. Despite the conditions, Hulen was relaxed and confident as he began. He realized he had the extreme blessing of a home-course advantage. “Oh, it’s incredible,” he said. “All the nuances on the green. All the tee shots, you know. I can’t describe what an advantage it is. It’s great.” He tried to offer help to his fellow golfers, who were not accustomed to the challenging course. He offered tips when asked. “I had a little bit of an advantage to say the least,” he said. “I tried to help as much as I could.” Hulen ended his round with his best shot of the day, sinking a 40-foot blast from the bunker. He shook his fist and started thinking about the state tournament. Air Academy’s Gage Nartker also qualified for the state tournament. He finished 10 th after shooting 88. Alden Clark of Cheyenne Mountain shot 98. Like Hulen, he’s highly familiar with the course. “I think it definitely could have helped, but I didn’t take advantage of it,” he said. Reagan Hasselstrom of Air Academy shot 100. He said the wind was especially distracting during the first four hours of his nearly six-hour round.    “It was a windy morning,” he said. “It was definitely score changing at some points.” Valor Christian was the team winner.
Tuesday's prep roundup: Palmer Ridge qualifies four for state boys' golf

Tuesday's prep roundup: Palmer Ridge qualifies four for state boys' golf

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BOYS' GOLF 4A Region 3 At Boomerang Golf Course: Palmer Ridge took second at the Greeley regional and qualified all four golfers to the state tournament. Trey Jones tied for sixth at 5-over-par 77 to lead the Bears. Lance Phillips was 12th (79), Elijah Harp tied for 13th (80) and Drew Laake was 17th (81). Mountain View's Wes Weber won in a playoff at 70 and Thompson Valley claimed the team title.   SOFTBALL Pine Creek 15, Liberty 3, 5 innings At Liberty: Pine Creek (8-6, 7-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) kept its slim lead in the league standings with its big-time win over Liberty (3-10, 2-4). Leah Passafiume had four hits and drove in two runs, and Gerilyn Martinez also had two RBIs for the Eagles, who have a half-game lead over Rampart in the chase for a league title. Brooke Linden and Laura Clay combined for five innings in the win and did not allow an extra-base hit. Morgan Ward had two hits for the Lancers. Fountain-Fort Carson 15, Palmer 1 At Fountain-Fort Carson: Ashley Hopkins and Mackenzie Cordova each had three RBIs as Fountain-Fort Carson (8-7, 6-2) beat Palmer (2-13, 0-8) for its second straight win. Alyssa Steele allowed three hits and one unearned run in five innings for the Trojans. She struck out three and walked one. Shelby Pick had two of the Terrors' three hits. The Trojans sit third in league, 1 ½ games back of leader Pine Creek. Vista Ridge 15, Sand Creek 0, 4 innings At Vista Ridge: Katey Kelly hit a home run and drove in four runs as Vista Ridge (10-5, 3-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) beat Sand Creek (2-11, 0-4) for its fifth straight win. Kaylin Cruz drove in three runs for the Wolves, who scored 11 times in the first inning and added four in the third. Juliette Brown doubled for one of the Scorpions' four hits. Mesa Ridge 18, Mitchell 3, 4 innings At Mesa Ridge: Elena Reed homered and drove in three runs as Mesa Ridge (10-3, 4-0 4A CSML) beat Mitchell (2-13, 1-3) in four innings. Aubree Krupp, Breanna Compton, Ariadna Martinez and Rose Towne each had two RBIs in the win. The Grizzlies were up 3-0 before a 15-run burst in the third to go up 18-0. Amadee Zwick-Medina drove in a run as part of Mitchell's three-run fourth. St. Mary's 15, The Classical Academy 0, 4 innings At TCA: Lana DeBakey, Peyton Richter and Cassidy Sorensen each had three hits and drove in two runs as St. Mary's (8-5) beat TCA (2-12) for its fifth straight win. Richter also threw a two-hitter on the mound and struck out nine, and Mackenzie Pepper added her first four-hit game of the season for the Pirates. The Titans have lost 10 in a row.   BOYS' SOCCER Air Academy 4, Thompson Valley 2 At Air Academy: Luke Louthan had a goal and assisted on the other three as Air Academy (7-0) beat Thompson Valley to stay perfect on the season. Kristian Hooker, Aiden Schwenke and Deane Swickard also scored for the Kadets. Thomas Beatty had 10 saves. Air Academy has outscored the opposition 30-9 this season. Sand Creek 8, Canon City 0 At Sand Creek: Alan Bautista had his second three-goal game of the season as Sand Creek (7-0) blew past Canon City (2-3). Garrett Kramer added two goals to give him a state-best 16 on the year, as well as two assists for the Scorpions, who have outscored the opposition 56-6 through seven games. Jesse Bridge had a goal and an assist. Liberty 4, Bear Creek 0 At Liberty: Ryan Benitez ended a five-game scoring drought with two goals as Liberty (4-3-1) beat Bear Creek for its second straight win. Brandon Shaughnessy and Jesse Boyd also scored for the Lancers, and Nicholas Kuykendall made two saves for his fourth shutout of the season. Manitou Springs 2, James Irwin 1, OT At Manitou Springs: Cullen Cote had a goal and an assist, Jezreal Sommers also scored, and Manitou Springs (6-1) beat James Irwin (5-1) in extra time. The Mustangs won in the eighth minute of OT. Zach Talbot made nine saves in the win. The Jaguars allowed a goal for just the third time this season. Widefield 1, Coronado 0 At Coronado: Widefield (2-4) beat Coronado (3-4) for its second win in a row. Kayden Bradley stopped nine shots in the loss. Discovery 2, Harrison 0 At Discovery Canyon: Brendan Byrnes had a goal and an assist, leading Discovery Canyon (2-1-1) past Harrison (2-3-1). Forrest Van Iwaarden also scored and Cory Gurnett made three saves for his second shutout of the season.   VOLLEYBALL Lewis-Palmer 3, Rampart 0 At Lewis-Palmer: The Rangers (9-0) beat Rampart (2-3) to extend its winning streak to 39, dating back to the 2015 consolation finals. Kessandra Krutsinger had nine kills and Jadie DeLange added another eight for L-P in the 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 victory. McKenna Sciacca had 15 digs and 36 assists. The Rangers have dropped only one of their 24 sets this season. Palmer Ridge 3, Liberty 1 At Palmer Ridge: Freshman Mac Russ had 16 kills and junior Summer Reflogal added another 12 as Palmer Ridge (10-1) beat Liberty (3-2) 25-18, 25-17, 18-25, 25-17. Fellow-freshman Grace McIntosh added seven kills and 47 assists in the win. The Bears have won five straight in what has been an impressive start by a young squad. The Classical Academy 3, Mesa Ridge 0 At TCA: Raegan Bervig had nine kills and eight digs, leading TCA (5-5) past Mesa Ridge (3-4) 25-12, 25-16, 25-18. Autumn Boyles had six kills and Olivia Jacobsen had five for the Titans, who have won three straight. Lexi Wilcox had three kills and four aces. Manitou Springs 3, James Irwin 0 At Manitou Springs: McKayla Cully had 12 kills and eight aces as Manitou Springs (5-5, 3-1 3A Tri-Peaks) beat James Irwin (3-8, 0-5). Kylie Middleton added six kills and Abbie Boren had six aces in the win. Widefield 3, Falcon 1 At Falcon: Mallory Hutchison had 15 kills and five aces, leading Widefield (7-3) past Falcon (4-4) 23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-13. Taylor Blackwell added 14 kills and Kiri Carmody had four aces in the win.   BOYS' TENNIS Cheyenne Mountain 5, Air Academy 2 At Cheyenne Mountain: Joey Geisz beat Josh Voss 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 1 singles match, and Cheyenne Mountain (7-2) went on to sweep doubles play as it beat Air Academy (6-5) in the rivalry dual. No. 2 singles player Connor Campbell and No. 3 Harry Huthoefer grinded out three-set victories for the Kadets. Huthoefer, in a marathon match, beat Christian Ridings 6-7, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6). Palmer 7, Fountain-Fort Carson 0 At Palmer: Alfayad Khan beat Evan Bertrand 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match as Palmer (2-4, 2-2 5A CSML) swept Fountain-Fort Carson (1-6, 0-4). No. 2 singles player Finn Gullickson and No. 3 Charlie Dickey also won in straight sets for the Terrors.   FIELD HOCKEY Cherry Creek 2, Liberty 0 At Stutler Bowl Stadium: Christina Jensen stopped six shots, but Liberty (1-6) couldn't score against Cherry Creek (4-1-1). Last week, the Lancers beat Smoky Hill 6-0 for their first win of the season.
Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Tristan Widic, Mesa Ridge soccer

Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Tristan Widic, Mesa Ridge soccer

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Tristan Widic, a striker on the Mesa Ridge High School soccer team, has most of his individual goals accomplished six games into his senior season. He’s already set the Grizzlies’ program scoring records for goals in a career (69), goals in a season (28) and goals in a game (7). He scored five and added an assist in a 7-0 win over Pueblo West, helping Mesa Ridge to a 5-1 record, on Tuesday to earn Gazette Prep’s Peak Performer of the Week. “That’s a big win for us,” Mesa Ridge coach Mario Sigala said. “They were in the top four last year, so it was a big win for us and for the team.” With the records and a commitment to join Colorado Mesa’s soccer team - a Division II program currently ranked No. 6 in the United Soccer Coaches poll - taken care of, Widic is focused on getting the Grizzlies back in the postseason. “It’s nice,” Widic said of the individual accomplishments, “but we’re focused on the team. We want to make it to the playoffs. That’s my ultimate goal.” The Grizzlies last went to the playoffs in Widic’s freshman year, but he missed the game due to a red card. He’s doing what he can to make the most of his final opportunity at a run to state with 10 goals and eight assists through six games. “His versatility and his speed and accuracy... It’s an amazing gift,” Sigala said. He's added three field goals and six PATs for the Mesa Ridge football team this fall. In the end, the coach hopes the senior has one more award to go with a trip to the postseason, a Colorado Springs Metro League MVP. “He’s been runner up for the last couple years,” Sigala said. “It’s been one of those things.” Sigala and Widic agreed the true striker is most dangerous with the ball at his feet where he can beat defenders on the dribble. He’s also improved his weaker left foot. “He’s a full package,” Sigala said. That much was evident after the senior tallied 11 points in a match against the Cyclones. With his individual abilities established, the senior is putting his focus on the group. “I think we can make the playoffs, and I think we can go far too,” Widic said.   Other Peak Performers Christa Vogt, Colorado Christian School volleyball : The junior finished Tuesday’s sweep of James Irwin with nine kills, which tied for the team lead. Vogt also added five digs, three service aces and three solo blocks to help the Lions improve to 2-1. Cory McLellan, Palmer Ridge football : The senior came up big in his final Battle of Monument, helping the Bears to a 35-7 win over Lewis-Palmer. McLellan caught two short touchdown passes and intercepted a pass. He finished with six catches for 49 yards. Samm White, Cheyenne Mountain field hockey : The sophomore midfielder scored the game-winning goal on a tip-in with 17 minutes left against Kent Denver, last year’s state champions. Mason Norman, the Classical Academy : Norman beat teammate Ryan Moen to the line to win first place at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invite. The Titan sophomore finished in 16 minutes, 27.6 seconds, more than 20 seconds ahead of Moen. TCA finished second at the meet. Kylee Bunnell, Mesa Ridge softball : The sophomore helped the Grizzlies pick up a pair of wins last week. She scattered three hits in a six-inning win over The Classical Academy and went 4 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored. She added another RBI and three runs scored in a win over Canon City on Thursday.
Prep notebook: Discovery Canyon football takes out three-time defending champion Pueblo East

Prep notebook: Discovery Canyon football takes out three-time defending champion Pueblo East

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Inexperienced Discovery Canyon with trademark win Pueblo East missed a game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter and botched the extra point in overtime. The new-look starters at Discovery Canyon wouldn't squander the opportunity. Zach Anderson tied the game in overtime with a 10-yard dash and Cory Gurnett provided the decisive point-after try as the Thunder beat three-time defending champion Pueblo East 35-34 on Thursday night at Dutch Clarke Stadium. "That cliché, right? About special teams," Discovery Canyon coach Shawn Mitchell said. "They can come back and haunt you. It haunted them." Discovery Canyon (2-1) looked far different from the team that fell to the Eagles 35-6 in the 3A state title game last December, working in 11 new starters on offense and nine new starters on defense. First-year quarterback Anderson led the way in the latest rematch with 73 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, and Caleb Grotelueschen had a rushing TD and returned a kickoff for a score for the Thunder, who have won two straight since their 35-point loss to Fruita Monument in Week 1. Late in the game, Discovery Canyon held Pueblo East out of the end zone and the Eagles missed a 22-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining. Then in overtime, the Thunder answered Pueblo East's touchdown on their second play of overtime and Gurnett made it 5 for 5 on extra points for the walk-off win. "We've definitely grown each week, and maybe grown up is a better way to put it," Mitchell said. "I like what we've seen from the guys from Week 1 to Week 2, and from Week 2 to Week 3." Discovery Canyon sophomore Marshall Pike forced overtime with a 5-yard rush to the end zone with five minutes left in regulation. The Thunder will host Palmer Ridge (3-0) in Week 4 on Thursday. TCA overcomes late rally, officiating in win Two TCA touchdowns were called back by penalties in the second half as D'Evelyn continued to cut into the lead with a potent air attack. The Titans' flustering disposition was met with a calming approach. TCA had a late stop on fourth down and then ran out the clock with its grinding run attack as it beat the Jaguars 24-21 on Friday night. The victory pushed coach Justin Rich to 3-0 on the season. "We overcame some adversity," said Rich, who took over the program after David Bervig stepped down in the offseason. "The penalties were frustrating but you are kind of relieved that it happened afterward, to get your team into a situation where they're faced with stuff out of their control. "They had to tighten their chin strap and just go out and play hard." Brayden Luft had 96 yards two touchdowns on the ground and John Bull had an 88-yard kickoff return that set up another score for the Titans, who had a number of big plays negated by penalties. Chad Dines threw for 322 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions for D'Evelyn. TCA hosts Pueblo Central (0-3) next week. Thomas does it all for Vista Ridge The Vista Ridge Wolves just wanted to get the ball into the hands of Jaylen Thomas late into Friday's game. Who can blame them? Thomas had two touchdowns, including a 31-yard TD toss in the fourth quarter on his only passing attempt of the season as the Wolves beat Dakota Ridge 28-16. Thomas, listed as a running back and free safety on MaxPreps, has 202 yards receiving, 234 yards rushing and six total TDs in three games this season for the Wolves (2-1). "We've had a lot of great athletes come into Vista Ridge and Jaylen is the best athlete I've coached," Wolves coach Jerimi Calip said. "That says a lot." Vista Ridge took the lead in the fourth on quarterback Rowan Neal's second passing TD of the game and Thomas connected with Chase Mestas to increase the lead to 12. The Wolves will face Pine Creek (3-0) next week as it looks to snap the defending champs' 14-game winning streak. Rampart bounces back for homecoming win Rampart celebrated homecoming with a runaway win over George Washington. Keion Cross ran for a score and threw his first touchdown of the season as the Rams put up 55 unanswered points in their 55-7 win on Friday night. Cross now has five scores on the ground and one through the air this season to lead Rampart (3-1), which responded mightily after losing 14-7 to Monarch last week. "I was real proud of the team for rebounding," Rampart coach Rob Royer said. "We came out a little slow on homecoming but played a real nice second, third and fourth quarter." The Rams will travel to Ponderosa (3-0) next week. "They're going to be an incredibly good football team," Royer said of the Mustangs. "It's going to be a great test."
Monday's prep roundup: Discovery Canyon claims third straight boys' golf regional title

Monday's prep roundup: Discovery Canyon claims third straight boys' golf regional title

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BOYS' GOLF 4A Region 1 At Elmwood GC, Pueblo: Led by a sizzling, 5-under-par 65 from senior and defending 4A individual boys' state champion Luke Trujillo, Discovery Canyon on Monday claimed a third consecutive region championship. In two weeks at Raccoon Creek Golf Course in Littleton, the Thunder will look to defend their 4A team title as well. The Thunder won the team title by 22 shots over Niwot. Lewis-Palmer, which finished third, qualified a team for the state meet through individual qualifications from seniors Andrew Manney and Christian Holden, along with sophomore Justin Hudson, who won in a playoff hole to nab the final spot. In addition to Trujillo, teammates Caleb Blackburn (77) and Kaden Ford (79) also had top-10 finishes for Discovery Canyon. "Winning regionals was one of our goals, and it came to fruition," Thunder coach Mark Liggett said. "Now it's on to the next step. The boys are excited to see what they do and hopefully defend our title." Also qualifying for state from the Pikes Peak region included Ryan Welsh of Falcon (75), Shane Purkey (78) and Jace Cisneros (85) of Woodland Park and Joseph Stroup (83) from Widefield. 5A Southern At Colorado Springs Country Club: Brandon Bervig and Lucas Howell will represent Liberty at the upcoming 5A state meet at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora after shooting scores of 75 and 76, respectively. The Lancers nearly sent a team to state. Tyler Barcelon shot a 79 and finished in a three-way tie for the last individual spot but fell out of contention on the first playoff hole. 5A Central At Plum Creek GC, Castle Rock: Rampart's Cameron Como (76) and Caden Bailey (78) secured spots to the 5A state meet with respective 10th- and 12th-place individual finishes. 5A Northern At Coal Creek GC, Louisville: Avery Henderson carded a 10-over-par 82, giving the Doherty senior a spot in the 5A state meet. 5A Western At Broadlands GC, Broomfield: Andrew Doyle of Pine Creek shot a 1-over-par 73 for a third-place finish, and Luke, his brother, finished with a 78 as both clinched 5A state berths. They'll be joined by Palmer's Andrew Rush, who carded an 81. 3A Region 1 At Hollydot GC, Colorado City: St. Mary's will send two of its golfers to the 3A state meet at Indians Peak Golf Course in Lafayette after Stephen Sabish and Peter Stinar completed play with rounds of 79 and 82, respectively. 3A Region 2 At CommonGround GC, Aurora: Liam O'Halloran shot a 1-under-par 70 to place third overall for The Classical Academy, and he'll be joined at state by teammate Tyler Trogstad, who shot an 81. The Titans nearly had a third qualifier in Connor Holien, who finished in a tie for the final spot but was eliminated in a playoff hole.   BOYS' TENNIS Palmer Ridge 6, Liberty 1 At Palmer Ridge: Bryan Hauke, Ben Capek and Cole Bennett rolled to straight-set victories in singles play to lead Palmer Ridge past Liberty. Liberty's No. 1 doubles team of Shilo Vega and Kyle Bohuslavsky rallied from one set down to win a three-set marathon, ultimately prevailing 10-8 in the pro-set tiebreaker. Sand Creek 7, Mesa Ridge 0 At Sand Creek: Terrence Jones and Noah Gray had little trouble recording wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, and the Scorpions captured three, three-set wins in a sweep of Mesa Ridge.   SOFTBALL Cheyenne Mountain 7, Falcon 5 At Falcon: Cheyenne Mountain (11-2, 3-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak) rebounded from having its 10-game winning streak snapped on Sept. 13 against Vista Ridge, taking advantage of five errors and four walks in a victory over Falcon (4-8, 1-3). The Indians, who managed only three hits, scored five runs in the second inning to take the lead for good. Alexa Winter led Falcon with three RBIs. Vista Ridge 12, Palmer Ridge 2 (6 innings) At Vista Ridge: Whitney Valencia and Kaylin Cruz each drove in four runs to lead Vista Ridge (9-5, 2-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak) past Palmer Ridge (7-4, 1-3) for the Wolves' fourth straight win. Sara Lynch went 3 for 3 for the Bears. Discovery Canyon 15, Lewis-Palmer 0 (4 innings) At Lewis-Palmer: Discovery Canyon (9-3-1, 3-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak) stayed within a game of league-leading Air Academy in a run-rule-shortened rout of Lewis-Palmer (6-10, 1-3). The Rangers, who had only one baserunner, have dropped seven straight in the series. Air Academy 22, Sand Creek 0 (5 innings) At Sand Creek: Cassidy Horn belted two doubles during a 4-for-5 effort and struck out eight batters as Air Academy (8-5, 4-0 5A/4A Pikes Peak) blanked Sand Creek (2-10, 0-3). Sheridan Wayne and Rachel Noel also had four-hit days for the Kadets. Mitchell 22, James Irwin 6 At El Pomar: Ariana Duran went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for Mitchell (2-12), which was aided by 17 walks and eight James Irwin (3-9) errors. Pueblo County 11, Coronado 2 At Runyon Field: Coronado (2-10) fell behind 3-0 after the first inning and never recovered in dropping its fourth straight game.   BOYS' SOCCER Cheyenne Mountain 1, Pine Creek 1 (OT) At Pine Creek: Reece Nilsen set up Rodrigo Pereira for the tying goal in the second half as Cheyenne Mountain (4-3-1) rallied to tie Pine Creek (2-3-2). Jon Schroeder put Pine Creek ahead with a goal in the first half, and Jake Zink added eight saves for the Eagles. Will Thompson made nine saves for Cheyenne Mountain.

Pine Creek football wears down Fountain-Fort Carson in rivalry rematch

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

A year ago it was a party on the sideline of the Fountain-Fort Carson football team after the Trojans upset the eventual state champions, and their long-standing rival Pine Creek. But since, it’s been a party for the Eagles, who had won 14 straight after their loss to F-FC. And Saturday at D20 Stadium, Pine Creek extended its winning streak to 15 with a 21-7 win over Fountain-Fort Carson in a nonconference game. Although the Trojan defense held one of the state’s most powerful offenses to just 21 points, it was not enough to trip up the streaking Eagles. PHOTOS: Pine Creek Eagles defeat Fort Carson Trojans “This rivalry goes back a long ways and it’s always a good, hard-fought game,” Pine Creek coach Todd Miller said. “These guys are writing their own story and I think they did a good job defining themselves today.” Sophomore phenom David Moore III continued his storied season with three rushing touchdowns, including a 28-yard sprint up the middle midway through the third quarter. The Trojan defense didn’t make it easy, however. Twice Fountain-Fort Carson stopped the Eagles on the 1-yard line, and stacked up on the line of scrimmage to try to slow down the Eagles’ powerful rush. “They were jumping our motion so we starting going back against it and some of those late runs were able to pop, but you have to fight for everything you get with these guys,” Miller said. “They are not just going to let you have anything. We inched it out and did what we could.” But much like the first two weeks of the season, the Trojans couldn’t endure for all four quarters and began to falter in the second half. “We were making the plays we needed to defensively but we just got worn down at the end,” F-FC coach Jake Novtony said. “It’s so weird last year we were a second-half team and we couldn't be a first-half team. I just think we need to have the same type of energy and focus we have in the first half.” Now three weeks in a row, Fountain-Fort Carson (1-2) has been shut out in the second half after taking an early lead. Much like their first two games, the Trojans got on the board first thanks to their dual-threat quarterback Eric Donnell, who punched in a 1-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. But unfortunately for the Trojans, that’s the only trip to the end zone that Fountain-Fort Carson earned in the rivalry game. “(Donnell) has made huge strides, but we didn’t help him blocking up front today,” Novotny said. “He was getting beat up, but I think he had one of his best passing days all year. I’m upset we didn’t play him at quarterback last year.” Donnell was injured after being sacked on Fountain-Fort Carson’s final drive of the game, but did not allow trainers to help him off the field as he hopped on his left foot to the sideline.
Saturday's prep roundup: Air Academy football dominates Niwot

Saturday's prep roundup: Air Academy football dominates Niwot

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

FOOTBALL     Air Academy 47, Niwot 0 At Niwot: Air Academy broke through the Niwot defense early and often, setting up a nonconference victory. Kyle Pope opened things up for the Kadets (2-1) with a 50-yard run, followed by two more short Kadet touchdowns in the first quarter. Michael Midkiff and Troyer Morse had a pair of long scores for 84 and 39 yards, respectively. The Kadet defense also stepped up big, limiting Niwot to just two first downs, and 48 total yards. The defense also earned a safety in the second quarter. Air Academy quarterback Bo Powers had just one completion - but he made it count, going 84 yards to Midkiff in the third quarter. CROSS COUNTRY Rock Canyon Invite At Rock Canyon: The Rampart boys cross country team placed first out of 18 schools at the Rock Canyon Cross Country Invitational thanks to three top-5 finishes. Connor McCabe (16:07) and Jacob Dewey (16:18) placed second and third, respectively, while Sadio Fenner came in fifth in 16:26. Rampart's girls finished third with 111 points despite Kayla Ramsey winning the girls race by more than nine seconds. Ramsey was the only Rampart finisher in the top 10. Eagle Valley Invite At Eagle Valley: Mason Norman and Ryan Moen of The Classical Academy claimed first and second at the Eagle Valley Cross Country Invitational in 16:27 and 16:51, respectively. Despite sweeping the top two, TCA settled for second in the boys’ team scores with 62 points. On the girls side Kaylee Thompson finished second in 19:33, aiding TCA to a second-place finish. BOYS’ SOCCER Manitou Springs 5, Rye 0 At Manitou Springs: Rye couldn’t match the offensive power of the Mustangs, who scored a pair of goals in the first half, and tacked on another three in the second. Jezreal Sommers and Alliah Halcomb each had a pair of goals, while Ryan Bergsten and Seamus Lowe tallied assists. Zach Talbot had eight saves for Manitou Springs (5-1) in the shutout. Atlas Prep 6, Evangelical Christian Academy 3 At Evangelical Christian: Atlas Prep racked up four goals in the first half on the way to doubling up Evangelical Christian. Lamario Nisbeth had four goals for Atlas (3-1), while Ben DeRuiter, Joseph Wilcox and Bradley Hartsock had one goal each for the Eagles (0-4). Skyline 1, Mitchell 0 (OT) At Skyline: Regulation time was not enough to decide Saturday’s nonconference game, but Skyline (3-2-1) broke through to score in the first overtime period and grab the win. The Marauders fell to 3-3. Pine Creek 3, Rock Canyon 2 (OT) At Rock Canyon: Pine Creek and Rock Canyon scored two goals each in the second half to force overtime, but the Eagles (2-3-1) responded first in extra time to claim the win. SOFTBALL     St. Mary’s 4, Lamar 2 At Leon Young Field: St. Mary’s did a majority of its damage in the top of the first inning, bringing three runs across on the way to a win over Lamar. Mackenzie Pepper and Peyton Richter each had three hits and an RBI. Richter earned the win in the circle, striking out eight along the way for St. Mary’s (7-5). Rock Canyon 11, Discovery Canyon 3 At Rock Canyon: Rock Canyon split eight runs between the fourth and fifth innings on the way to claiming a dominant win over Discovery Canyon. The Thunder racked up 10 hits but could only bring three across, including one run in the top of the seventh. Cora Ferguson, Mary Roach and Corah Price had two hits each. Vista Ridge 11, Rampart 5 At Vista Ridge: Katey Kelly, Kaylin Cruz and Chloe Ewing had hot bats for Vista Ridge, combining for nine RBIs for the Wolves (8-5). Olivia Risch had two RBIs for the Rams (9-4). Pueblo East 22, Woodland Park 0, 4 innings At Woodland Park: Pueblo East scored 13 runs in the third inning on the way to a four-inning rout of Woodland Park (1-10). Castle View 13, Pine Creek 10 At Pine Creek: The Eagles were buzzing in the bottom of the seventh but could not complete the comeback to defeat Castle View. Pine Creek (7-6) scored four runs in the final inning to cut the deficit to three. Kate Spieth and Lourdes Martinez had two RBIs each. BOYS’ TENNIS     Hoffman Invitational Pine Creek won the Hoffman Invitational thanks to four match victories. No. 2 singles player Like Miller defeated Lucas Taliaferro of George Washington, while Kyle Ma defeated GW’s Andrew Younger at No. 3 singles. No. 1 doubles team of Christian Sisneros and Michael Barto defeated Jack Holland and Will Chavez of GW, and Porter Moody and Jake Blunt claimed a win over Cousteau Reinig and Jason Chin at No. 2 doubles. VOLLEYBALL St. Mary’s 3, Vanguard 0 At St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s got off to a quick start against Vanguard to claim a swift three-set win in 3A Tri-Peaks play. Janine Coderre and Kayla Harris had four kills each for the Pirates (3-5, 3-2). Vanguard fell to 0-3 in the conference and 4-7 overall. Pine Creek 3, Brighton 0 At Brighton: The Bulldogs kept it close in the first set, but Pine Creek ran away with the remaining two on the way to a 3-0 win (25-23, 25-19, 25-14). Rocky Ford 3, Fountain Valley 0 At Rocky Ford: Fountain Valley had a hard time keeping up with Rocky Ford in a nonconference game, falling 25-7, 25-14 and 25-23. The Danes are 2-2. Cherry Creek Tournament Cherry Creek 2, Doherty 0 Heritage 2, Doherty 1 After falling 2-0 in the opening round of the Cherry Creek Tournament, Doherty (1-5) forced a third set against Heritage, opening the match with a 25-21 win, but fell 27-25 and 15-12 in the remaining two sets.
David Ramsey: Palmer Ridge dominates Lewis-Palmer in The (Football) Battle for Monument

David Ramsey: Palmer Ridge dominates Lewis-Palmer in The (Football) Battle for Monument

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

MONUMENT - Proximity increases hostility. When playing your little brother in pingpong, you want to beat him 21-0. Every time. You want your lawn to be more gloriously lush than your neighbor’s. And when your school is 2.9 miles away from its archrival, you want to win and win big. Friday’s Battle for Monument featured a football struggle between Palmer Ridge and Lewis-Palmer. It was, as has been usual in this rivalry in recent seasons, a rout. Related: Widefield's defense pulls past Cheyenne Mountain Palmer Ridge’s Bears devoured Lewis-Palmer’s Rangers, 35-7. It was a dominating effort, but not quite as dominating as last season’s performance by the Rangers, who manhandled the Bears, 51-9. Cory McLellan is a Palmer Ridge senior receiver and safety. He remembered, clearly, the pain of 2016 even as he stood among a throng of happy teammates and classmates. “I mean, the whole town shuts down when we play them,” he said. “Everyone is here. To get embarrassed and blown out, it was heartbreaking, but it was also very motivating.” As he talked, his teammates were hugging and shouting. “I can’t explain it,” McLellan said. “It’s pretty surreal. To take the trophy home in my senior year, it’s awesome.” The night was a rarity for area high school football. The lines for tickets were long and winding. The parking lots were filled, and so were the stands. Lewis-Palmer fans sat in the cramped visitor section at Don Breese Stadium, and those fans were sitting 20 yards from the entrance of Lewis-Palmer High School. Lewis-Palmer (0-3) had no chance. Palmer Ridge (3-0) is known for a high-octane offense led by junior quarterback Ty Evans, but the Bears defense was the dominating force on Friday night. L-P quarterback Cole Recker often didn’t even get a chance to look downfield before he was engulfed in the arms of a gang of Bears. Here’s where the surreal part arrives for McLellan: He knows virtually every player on the L-P roster. He went to grade school and junior high with the Rangers. He’s a close friend of L-P’s Recker and Jordan Pshigoda and Patrick Haggard. In this case, he knows the enemy. “When you grow up with guys like that and then when there’s aggression during the game, it’s heartbreaking to see them show sides of them that you didn’t know,” he said. “It makes me mad.” A year ago, Palmer Ridge coach Tom Pulford went home mad after the huge loss to L-P. And, remember, he drove into the driveway of a home with a Monument address. “Everybody is going to give everything that they got in a game like this,” he said. “These kids grew up together, they see each other at the grocery store, and there’s a lot of pride in this game,” Pulford said. Last season’s defeat? He smiled. “It took a long time to get over,” he said. As Pulford talked, he was standing in the middle of a big crowd. It was an almost even mix of Palmer Ridge and Lewis-Palmer students, who were mingling peacefully. The Battle for Monument was over. “It’s a friendly rivalry,” McLellan said.        
Palmer Ridge routs Lewis-Palmer to win Battle of Monument

Palmer Ridge routs Lewis-Palmer to win Battle of Monument

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

MONUMENT - It was fitting Palmer Ridge senior defensive end Zach Hester carried the Battle of Monument trophy from the south end of Don Breese Stadium to in front of the Bear student section after Friday's game. After all, the defense carried the Bears to a 35-7 win over their crosstown rivals, Lewis-Palmer. The Palmer Ridge defense pitched a shutout, as the Rangers' only score came on an interception return. "The story of the night is offensively, we were inept," Lewis-Palmer coach Dustin Tupper said. After Tupper's squad ran all over the Bears in last year's win, Palmer Ridge's defense came ready. "It feels great," Palmer Ridge defensive tackle Jake Dillon said. "Last year, we had a bad taste in our mouth. We've been working all summer. We came back and put it to them." Lewis-Palmer's best chance to score offensively came early after Palmer Ridge muffed a punt near its 20 and saw the Rangers recover. The Bears defense used a sack to escape unscathed and got the ball back to the offense as the scoreless first quarter ended. That changed on the first play of the second quarter when junior quarterback Ty Evans kept a fourth-down bootleg for a 1-yard touchdown. After the Bears defense recovered a fumble, Evans hit senior receiver Cory McLellan from 4 yards out, making it 14-0 later in the half. The Rangers scored their only points in the final minutes of the half when senior Patrick Haggard picked off a shovel pass and returned it for a score to make it a 14-7 game at the half. As the second half wore on, the Bears defense got the Rangers out of system, forcing a more pass-heavy offense while Hester, Dillon and company cranked up the pressure. "They're well-coached. They did a good job," Palmer Ridge coach Tom Pulford said of the Bears' front seven. "When I end up in a track meet, I'm going to struggle." Evans hit McLellan on the first drive of the second half for another score. The Bears took a 28-7 lead to the fourth quarter after sophomore Raef Ruel took a handoff 75 yards around the left side. The scoring was capped in the fourth when Cameron Colangelo outjumped a Lewis-Palmer defensive back, juked another and raced for Evans' third passing score of the game to cap off a rivalry win. "I love the way our kids competed. I loved the energy that they brought," Pulford said. "I love the way they finished."
Sun blog: Covering high school sports is grassroots journalism

Sun blog: Covering high school sports is grassroots journalism

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

There’s nothing glamorous about covering high school sports. Yet it’s something I knew I couldn’t escape, because, well, it’s something I enjoy doing. In college, I was a stringer for The Fresno Bee in California. It was my first real taste of sports writing. My first assignment: Write three paragraphs on a high school football game for the newspaper’s prep roundup. Easy enough, I thought. In retrospect, I was out of my element. I didn’t know how to take stats, and I didn’t truly understand the game of football to actually write about it. (“Wait, what was the penalty for again?”) Sure, I watched it on TV my entire life but it’s a completely new experience when you don’t have stats flashing on the screen and color commentary blasting in your ears. Regardless, I had to turn in something. Shortly after, an agate clerk called me to say that my passing and receiving yards didn’t match. I fixed the issue and went to sleep nervous that I wouldn’t get another chance to write for the newspaper. I woke up the next morning sleep-deprived, bought a copy of The Bee and found myself delighted to see my name among other stringers at the bottom of the prep roundup. That was about 12 years ago. I’d like to think I’m not the same journalist as described above. For one thing, I have covered hundreds of sporting events. Not just high school, but also professional, recreational and Olympic sports at newspapers in four different states. I interviewed big-time athletes, including   Colin Kaepernick  (well before the Colin Kaepernick we know now) and  Steve Kerr   (well after he nailed that game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1997 NBA Finals). While working at The Salt Lake Tribune, then-Jazz coach Jerry Sloan called me “big man” the few times I talked to him, and Freddy Adu, once known as “the next   Pelé,” walked me to my car after an interview just to make sure I made it there safely. That’s not to say I have it all figured out. I haven’t really been there or really done that. And sure, I covered sports at various levels, but it’s high school sports that I find myself coming back to. Why? It’s there that I believe I stumble upon the best stories and experience sports in its rawest, most passionate form — without dollar signs and big corporate endorsements. When I had the opportunity to return to sports (particularly at the high school level) after working as a public safety and general assignment reporter at The Gazette for more than two years, I couldn’t pass it up. I understand that covering preps has changed since the Fresno Bee gig, given the advent of better smartphones, mobile Internet hotspot devices and Twitter during this I-want-my-scores-now era, I still think it provides an element of grassroots journalism. At high school games, I usually have to rely on myself to know what’s going on. I’m usually the only reporter talking to the players and coaches afterward, occasionally giving them their first media experience. And after that, I find myself inside a so-called press box (usually without Wi-Fi capabilities) or my car typing up a few hundred words on a high school rivalry game. Of course, things could be more nuanced. I remember having to call the sports desk, trying to find dial-up Internet connection at a gas station or driving around a neighborhood to see if I can get free Wi-Fi, all in effort to relay or write up a 300-word game story. Glamorous or not, I still find myself coming back for more.

Friday’s prep roundup: Cheyenne Mountain field hockey knocks off reigning champs

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

FIELD HOCKEY Cheyenne Mountain 2, Kent Denver 1 At Cheyenne Mountain: Samm White scored on a tip-in with 17 minutes left as Cheyenne Mountain (3-3) beat Kent Denver (4-1-1), the defending state champion, snapping a nine-game winless streak in the series that dated back to the 2009 season. Maddie Lewis gave the Indians a quick 1-0 lead on a goal off a corner just five minutes into the game. Kent Denver tied the game shortly before halftime. “Getting the lead was big for us,” second-year Cheyenne Mountain coach Megan Psyllos said. “Heading into the second half, we played like it was a 0-0 game and stayed aggressive. This is such a great win for the program. We hope this can propel us to the next level.” FOOTBALL Woodland Park 19, Conifer 14 At Conifer: Angelo Salazar tossed a touchdown pass to Isaiah Barreras and Dominic Roskam added a score on the ground as Woodland Park (1-2) led from the start and won its first game after two close losses. The Panthers previously suffered a 21-14 loss to Elizabeth and a 7-6 setback to Air Academy.   TCA 24, D’Evelyn 21 At Trailblazer Stadium: John Bull returned a kickoff 90 yards to set up a short touchdown run and added an interception as TCA (3-0) built a big lead and held off D’Evelyn. The Titans led 24-7 after Jensen Hall’s touchdown run with   3:46   left in the third quarter.   Vista Ridge 28, Dakota Ridge 16 At Vista Ridge: Jaylen Thomas’ 10-yard touchdown catch from Rowan Neal early in the fourth quarter broke a 14-all tie and gave Vista Ridge (2-1) the lead for good as the Wolves held off Dakota Ridge. Malique McKay hauled in a 60-yard touchdown from Neal in the first quarter to give Vista Ridge an early 7-0 lead. Following a Dakota Ridge score that tied the game, the Wolves regained the lead at 14-7 on a 46-yard fumble return from Kendrick Callahan. The game was tied at 7 after one quarter and 14 at halftime but neither squad could put a dent in the scoreboard in the third quarter.   Rampart 55, George Washington 7 At D20 Stadium: Trailing 7-3 after one quarter, Rampart (3-1) scored the next 52 points in a rout of George Washington. The Rams led 21-7 by halftime, thanks to touchdown runs from Seth Shepherd and Chris Yoo and a passing connection from Kevin Witcher to Foster Spendlove. Jackson Beale added two touchdown runs in the second half for the Rams. Jake Pavlica, Keion Cross and Iazaic Bourdeau added scores for Rampart.   Late   Thursday Discovery Canyon 35, Pueblo East 34 (OT) At Dutch Clark Stadium: Zachary Anderson’s 9-yard run in overtime, coupled with an extra point by Cory Gurnett, lifted Discovery Canyon (2-1) past three-time defending 3A state champion Pueblo East (0-3) in a rematch of last year’s state-title game. Pueblo East scored on the first play of overtime but missed the point after. Discovery Canyon’s Marshall Pike tied the game at 28 with a 5-yard touchdown run with   4:54   left in the fourth quarter. Anderson rushed for two touchdowns, while Caleb Grotelueschen added a 73-yard touchdown run and a 90-yard kickoff return. The game marked the schools’ ninth meeting since the 2013 season. Discovery Canyon has won four of the five regular-season meetings, but the Eagles have claimed all four playoff encounters, including a 35-6 verdict last December in the 3A title game at D20 Stadium.   Pueblo County 17, Falcon 16 At Pueblo County: Drake Antoon rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns, but Falcon (0-3) gave up a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in a road loss.   Standley Lake 42, Liberty 35 At D20 Stadium: Andrew Moore scored three touchdowns, Ryan O’Connell added two more, but Liberty (0-4) couldn’t hold a 15-point lead against Standley Lake. The Lancers led 28-13 at halftime and 35-20 late in the third quarter.   BOYS’ SOCCER TCA 3, Battle Mountain 0 At TCA: Jonny Stephens scored all three goals for TCA (4-1) as the 4A defending state champs shut out Battle Mountain. Stephens opened the scoring with a penalty kick   13:20   into the game, then added another just past the midway point of the first half. He completed the hat trick with a goal   2:52   into the second half.   SOFTBALL Grandview 8, Air Academy 7 At Aurora: Karsen Romines went 3 for 4 with two RBIs as Air Academy (7-5) erased a five-run deficit, but Grandview rallied late to escape with a nonleague victory. The Wolves led 5-0 after two innings, but the Kadets scored twice in the third and four more times in the fifth to grab a one-run lead. Grandview tied it with a run in the fifth, went ahead with another in the sixth, but Air Academy tied it with a run in the seventh before the Wolves scratched across a run in their half of the seventh to end it.   Palmer Ridge 18, Harrison 1 (4 innings) At El Pomar: Carson Saabye had three hits including a solo home run, and nine different players drove in runs for Palmer Ridge (7-3) in rout of Harrison (4-8). Kylie Walker and Maya Liester had two RBIs apiece to pace the Bears’ offensive attack.   CROSS COUNTRY John Martin Invitational At Fort Collins: Joseph Dicke (fourth), Nick Shampie (sixth), Daniel Lisenbee (13 th ) and Hayden Beck (18 th ) paced Discovery Canyon in the boys’ Division 1 race. Liberty Ricca and Emma Baron placed sixth and 14 th , respectively, to lead Discovery Canyon in the girls’ division.
Coronado rolls over Sand Creek despite four turnovers

Coronado rolls over Sand Creek despite four turnovers

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

It wasn't a pretty win. But at this juncture in the season, the Coronado football team will take it. Despite coughing up four turnovers, the Cougars still convincingly beat Sand Creek 34-9 Friday night at Garry Berry Stadium - thanks to a strong running attack and an even stronger defensive performance. Coronado maintained control of the nonconference game with a 20-0 halftime lead, but didn't put it away until late. Nonetheless, the Cougars improved to 2-1 in the young season while Sand Creek remained winless at 0-3. "Four turnovers is not what we do," said Coronado senior quarterback Toby Smith, who completed 16 of 22 passes for 213 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. "But it's still a good win." @coronadoath QB Toby Smith talks about his team's 34-9 over @SCScorpions1 in #prepfootball . @gazettepreps #copreps pic.twitter.com/Kd1kZPpAhr — Chhun Sun (@chhunsun) September 16, 2017 The Cougars struck first. Smith engineered a five-play, 77-yard drive with three completed passes on the team's second possession. It was capped off by a stellar 41-yard touchdown run from Troy Renner with three minutes left in the first quarter as the junior running back went on to finish with 160 yards on 22 rushes. Highlight: @coronadoath QB Toby Smith connects with Brock Stinson on a 26-yard TD to put Cougars ahead 20-0. @gazettepreps #copreps pic.twitter.com/Fhrs7qSd18 — Chhun Sun (@chhunsun) September 16, 2017 // It was only the beginning, thanks to the duo of Smith and senior tight end Brock Stinson. They connected on touchdowns of 10 and 26 yards in the second quarter, putting the Cougars comfortably ahead 20-0. They were coming off another impressive effort, in which they scored 50 points in a loss to Skyline of Longmont. It looked like the Cougars could put up a big-scoring game once again. Not so fast. The Scorpions scored early in the third after senior quarterback Damon Murdock connected with senior AJ Davis on a 30-yard pass. After a missed extra-point attempt, Sand Creek looked capable of a comeback. But then, senior running back Jordan Evans marched in two short second-half touchdown runs. His second one - with 7:40 left - put the game out of reach at 34-6. With seconds left, Sand Creek kicker Jesse Bridge nailed a 25-yard field goal. By then, the Cougars knew they locked in their second win this season. "We're never really comfortable, we always want to keep our foot on their throats and keep going," Evans said. "We always want to be respectful but we're never comfortable with a lead." The Coronado defense also put up a stellar showing. It picked two passes, kept the Scorpions from scoring most of the night and limited their running game to under 50 total yards.

Widefield's defense pulls past Cheyenne Mountain

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

There's that old saying, "Defense wins championships." Well, Friday night, it was "Defense wins." Widefield's football team claimed a 19-9 win over Cheyenne Mountain at CA Foster Stadium, advancing the young Gladiators to 3-0 on the season. "Defense is our backbone right now," Widefield coach Nic Olney said. "They're playing lights out, and the offense put them in a couple holes with a short field tonight, but they responded very well." Related: Coronado rolls over Sand Creek despite four turnovers Although the Indians contained Widefield's dual-threat quarterback TJ Davis, the Gladiators defense came up with a pair of all-important takeaways that led the team to victory. Midway through the second quarter Widefield's Desmond Durand cut in front of a Cheyenne Mountain receiver early, grabbed an interception and ran it 23 yards to the end zone. The very next Cheyenne Mountain (2-1) drive, Nate Daniel snatched another interception, which led to a 27-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Myreik Goodwin. Widefield junior Frankie Ingraldi runs the ball as they took on Cheyenne Mountain at home at C.A. Foster Stadium in Colorado Springs on Friday, September 15, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).   Goodwin pulled down an interception of his own in the fourth quarter, putting a halt on Cheyenne Mountain's late-game momentum. "We had a couple really nice interceptions, a fumble recovery, so it's safe to say our defense set the tone tonight," Olney said. Cheyenne Mountain coach Jay Saravis said the team learns something from every game - and much like the Indians' Week 1 matchup against Air Academy, Saravis said his team did not quit. With less than a minute left to play, Cheyenne Mountain forged down to the 22-yard line, but Widefield's defense stepped up again. John Underwood pulled down back-to-back sacks in the final seconds as the Indians were driving for the end zone. Cheyenne Mountain freshman Brad Helton misses the catch as the team took on Widefield High School at C.A. Foster Stadium in Colorado Springs on Friday, September 15, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).   "We learned today that our guys keep fighting," Saravis said, "but we have a long way to go to be able to play with the big teams like this." Cheyenne Mountain earned its first touchdown midway through the third quarter thanks to a 12-yard run by Shamauri Rivera. Davis finished 11 for 22 for 127 yards, while Cheyenne Mountain quarterback Zach Jones was 7 for 16 for 110 yards, and backup Brad Helton was 2 for 12 for 19 yards. Each Cheyenne Mountain quarterback threw two interceptions.

Thursday's prep roundup: Harrison rallies to football win

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

FOOTBALL Harrison 26, Evergreen 23 At Evergreen: Orlando Westbrook ran for two short touchdowns and threw 13 for 24 for 191 yards to lead the Panthers (3-0) in the nonconference game. Harrison was down 20-6 early in the third quarter before the Panthers rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns, including a 26-yard pass from Westbrook to Aumiere Shedrick. Evergreen (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season. FIELD HOCKEY Liberty 6,  Smoky Hill 0 At Stutler Bowl Stadium: Tina Bomberg and Julia Anarumo each had two goals to lift the Lancers (1-5) to their first win of the season. Liberty’s Mackenzie Dudevoir finished with two assists, as Smoky Hill fell to 0-5. BOYS’ SOCCER St. Mary’s 4, Sierra 3 (OT) At Sierra: Dom Hartman scored two goals for the Pirates (5-1), including the game-winner on a free kick in overtime. Connor Timmins added two scores in his team’s second extra-time win this week. Diego Velasco scored all three goals for the Stallions, who dropped to 2-2 in nonconference action. St. Mary’s was ahead 2-0 early in the second half before Sierra staged a comeback, tying the game twice before the end of regulation. “We hope to be playing soccer in the playoffs,” St. Mary’s coach Gregg Braha said. “We hope that this will come back and help to play better in overtime." Cheyenne Mountain 6, Doherty 1 At Cheyenne Mountain: Noah Grage scored two goals and four other Indians netted a goal apiece in the nonconference win. The win lifted Cheyenne Mountain to 4-3 overall, while Doherty dropped to 2-4-1. Liberty 3, Columbine 0 At Columbine: Caleb Norwood had a goal and assist, and Carson Stevens and Brandon Shaughnessy chipped in with a score apiece to lead the Lancers (3-3-1) in the nonconference game. Columbine fell to 1-6. Rampart 4, Palmer Ridge 3 At Palmer Ridge: Jack Mcreynolds scored three goals, and David Peters added another to lift the Rams (5-2) over the Bears (2-3) in the nonconference matchup. Rampart overcame a 2-1 deficit to score three goals in the second half. SOFTBALL     Rampart 15, Palmer 0 At Rampart: Kate Frederick was 3 for 3 with three RBIs, Abby Konkel chipped in three RBIs and the Rams (9-3, 6-1) jumped out to a 9-0 lead to beat the Terrors (2-12, 0-7) in four innings in the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League game. Rampart added six more runs in the third, and Shelby Shepherd pitched a complete game with one strikeout. Vista Ridge 16, Liberty 0 At Liberty:  The Wolves (7-5) showed off their bats in the nonconference game, thanks to both Midori Williams and Kaylin Cruz going 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Kaitlyn Lord was 2 for 4 with four RBIs, and Vista Ridge never looked back against Liberty (3-9) after scoring four runs in the first and three more in the second. Valor Christian 13, Falcon 2 At Valor Christian: The Falcons (4-7) fell behind 8-1 in the third inning and couldn’t overcome the deficit in the nonconference game. Fountain-Fort Carson 15, Coronado 9 At Coronado: Alyssa Steele struck out eight batters, and the Trojans (7-7, 5-2) used a two-run second inning to take the lead in the CSML game against the Cougars (2-9, 1-7). F-FC capped off its first win in eight games with seven runs in the fifth. Emily Howling, Shawnee Phillips and Ashley Hopkins each finished with three RBIs. Pine Creek 7, Doherty 6 At Doherty: Gerily Martinez had a three-RBI double, Brooke Linden had six strikeouts in 5 ⅓ innings and Leah Passafiume came in relief with three strikeouts to put the Eagles at 6-0 in the CSML standings and 7-5 overall. Doherty dropped to 6-6 overall and 4-4 in league play. The Spartans were ahead 5-1 before Pine Creek rallied with four runs in the sixth inning and two more in the ninth. BOYS’ TENNIS Pine Creek 4, Air Academy 3 At Air Academy: No. 1 Bradley Ma and No. 2 Luke Miller both swept their singles matches, and the duos of Christian Sisneros/Michael Barto and Jake Blunt/Porter Moody each won in doubles to boost the Eagles to a 5-1 overall record. In the No. 3 singles match, Air Academy’s Harry Huthoefer edged Pine Creek’s Kyle Ma 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-3. Doherty 7, Fountain-Fort Carson 0 At Doherty: The Spartans (4-2) swept all their matches, highlighted by singles victories by Caleb Laurence, Kyle Stearns and Dominic Manzo. Wiley Neumeyer/Bryan Becar, PJ Olmsted/Blake Webber and Vicente Tapia/Cameron Weisburg earned doubles wins. VOLLEYBALL Palmer Ridge 3, Thornton 0 At Palmer Ridge: Freshmen Riley Simpson and Mac Russ had 10 and eight kills, respectively, to lead the 9-1 Bears in the 25,-8, 25-11, 25-13 nonconference victory. It was their fourth win in a row, while Thornton fell to 1-8 this season.
Wednesday's prep roundup: Discovery Canyon picks up wins in softball, boys' soccer

Wednesday's prep roundup: Discovery Canyon picks up wins in softball, boys' soccer

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

SOFTBALL Lewis-Palmer 15, Sand Creek 4 At Sand Creek: The Rangers (6-9, 1-2) jumped out to a 9-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back in the 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference contest. The Scorpions (2-9, 0-2) cut the lead to 9-4 in the third, but Lewis-Palmer scored six more runs in the fifth to earn its first win in seven games. Discovery Canyon 9, Falcon 3 At Discovery Canyon: The Thunder (8-2-1, 2-1) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning of the PPAC game  They added four more runs in their final two innings to capture their fourth win in the last five games. Discovery Canyon’s Genesis Andino was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and Amber Rees was 3 for 3 with an RBI, and Corah Price pitched a complete game with 11 strikeouts. The Falcons dropped to 4-6 overall, and 1-2 in the conference. Air Academy 7, Palmer Ridge 0 At Palmer Ridge: Air Academy (7-4, 3-0) stayed atop the PPAC standings after they exploded for a five-run seventh inning. Palmer Ridge fell to 6-3 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Air Academy’s Karsen Romines was 3 for 4 with one RBI and three runs scored, and teammate Cassidy Horn was 2-for-4. Horn was also pitched a complete game with five strikeouts. Vista Ridge 16, Cheyenne Mountain 2 At Cheyenne Mountain: Alexis Silvey went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Kaitlyn Lord was 3 for 4 with three RBIs to lead the Wolves (6-5, 1-1) in the PPAC game. Chloe Ewing earned the win in the circle against the Indians, finishing with nine strikeouts in four innings. The loss snapped a 10-game winning streak for Cheyenne Mountain, who dropped to 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the league. BOYS' SOCCER Discovery Canyon 10, Pueblo Central 0 At Dutch Clark Stadium:  T he Thunder scored nine goals in the first half to easily take the nonconference game. Discovery Canyon improved to 2-1-1, while Pueblo Central dropped to 0-5. Pueblo South 3, Fountain-Fort Carson 0 At Fountain-Fort Carson: The Trojans allowed three goals in the second half in the nonconference game to drop to 2-5-1. Pueblo South boosted its record to 4-3. TCA 4, Valor Christian 0 At TCA: The Titans (3-1) scored three goals in the first half of the nonconference game. VOLLEYBALL Coronado 3, Air Academy 0 At Air Academy: Jaelyn Hershberger led with eight kills and Val Harvey and Mallory Brown added five kills apiece as the 8-2 Cougars dominated 25-13, 25-12, 25-15 in the nonconference match. Air Academy dropped to 4-4.  

Tuesday's prep roundup

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

FIELD HOCKEY Palmer Ridge 3, Denver East 0 At Palmer Ridge: Liz Phillips netted two goals for the Bears (3-0-1), while Sydney Chytka had a pair of helpers in the 3-0 shutout. BOYS’ GOLF Panther Invitational At Shining Mountain Golf Course: Tuesday’s Panther Invitational went down to the wire as The Classical Academy and Woodland Park battled for not only the tournament title, but the Colorado Springs Metro League crown. TCA held an eight-stroke lead over Woodland Park entering the Panther Invite, which was the fifth and final event to decide the CSML 4A champion - but despite a fine showing by the Panthers to win the tournament with 241 strokes, TCA held on to claim the league title by three strokes. Liam O’Halloran of TCA won the Panther Invite with an even-par 70, and claimed the CSML individual title. Woodland Park’s Jace Cisneros came in second with 6-over par and claimed third in the league just behind teammate Shane Purkey. TCA claimed second at the Panther Invite just five strokes behind Woodland Park. Cheyenne Mountain placed third at 74 over par. MORE BOYS' GOLF: Luke Trujillo, Discovery Canyon Thunder keep momentum at Kadet Invitational BOYS’ SOCCER Pueblo Centennial 6, Canon City 1 At Dutch Clark: Canon City’s John Crawford had 15 saves against Pueblo Centennial, but it was not enough to keep the Bulldogs off the board. Demetrius Slater notched Canon City’s lone goal, assisted by Brandon Elbert. The Tigers are 2-2. Manitou Springs 4, Woodland Park 0 At Manitou Springs: Jezreal Sommers peppered Woodland Park’s keeper with shots and netted two goals in a nonleague victory. Jon Gerdes and Riley Jungbauer also scored for the Mustangs, while Jungbauer also added an assist. Four saves was all Zach Talbot needed to register the win for Manitou Springs (3-1). Mesa Ridge 7, Pueblo West 0 At Mesa Ridge: The Grizzlies got off to a hot start, scoring six goals in the first half against Pueblo West on the way to a nonconference shutout. Tristan Widic notched five goals and an assist, while Jared Williams and Scott Grybos each scored one goal for Mesa Ridge (5-1). The Grizzlies shot off 26 shots on goal at Pueblo West’s Steve Cline, while Grizzly keeper Kyle Costra had to make just four saves. Doherty 3, Widefield 1 At Garry Berry: Jack Mann had a goal and an assist against Widefield, while Kevin Rodriguez and Niklas Wilcken each tallied a goal for the Spartans. Eric Thornock faced seven shots and made four saves for Doherty (2-3-1). Cheyenne Mountain 2, D’Evelyn 1, 2OT At Cheyenne Mountain: Evan McConnell played hero Tuesday in double-overtime against E’Evelyn, netting the game-winning goal in the 96th minute to lift the Indians (3-3) to victory. McConnell’s goal was assisted by Reece Nilsen. Chase McCleary tallied an unassisted mark in the first half. Sierra 2, Pueblo East 0 At Sierra: Glenn Harold and Francisco Castaneda each tallied goals for the Stallions (2-2), while Josvel Galaviz needed just three saves to register a shutout over Pueblo East. Denver East 4, Liberty 0 At Liberty: Liberty keepers were bombarded with shots from Denver East as Nicholas Kuykendall and Luke Price had a combined 18 saves for the Lancers. Dawson Calloway and Caleb Norwood had the only shots for Liberty (2-4-1). St. Mary’s 4, Lutheran 3, 2OT At St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s responded to everything Lutheran threw at it, and the Pirates’ perseverance paid off in double overtime. Wyatt Barton netted the equalizer for St. Mary’s (4-1) in the 63rd minute before Connor Timmins netted the game-winner in double overtime for his second goal of the game. Palmer Ridge 4, Green Mountain 0 At Lakewood: Tanner Kilgore scored twice against Green Mountain to lift the Bears (2-2) to victory. Zach Pribyl and Jack Sega also had goals, while Nathan Kugler had six saves in the shutout. Rampart 4, Lewis-Palmer 2 At Lewis Palmer: A host of Rams aided Rampart to a win over Lewis-Palmer as Jack Mcreynolds, Simagen Collins, Matthew Davis and Liam Milton each netted goals. Mcreynolds also had three assists for the Rams (4-2). Lewis-Palmer is still searching for its first win of the season. Air Academy 6, Pine Creek 0 At Pine Creek: Ryan Self netted two goals to lead a host of Kadets in a dominant shutout of Pine Creek (1-3-1). Kristian Hooker, Luke Louthan, Kelton Hooker and Jacob Martino all had goals in the win. Thomas Beatty and Sean Redinger combined for a five-save shutout for Air Academy (6-0), Sand Creek 4, John F. Kennedy 1 At Sand Creek: Garrett Kramer had a pair of goals for the Scorpions (5-0), while Alan Bautista and Tadesse Burdick each tallied a goal and an assist against John F. Kennedy. Coronado 4, Vista Ridge 3 At Garry Berry: Vista Ridge kept it within one against Coronado, but the Cougars pulled off the one-point win thanks to a host of goal scorers. Edwin Hernandez, Mariano Almanza, Jesus Yepez and Tyler Stone each scored for the Cougars (3-2). Jefferson Academy 2, Colorado Springs Christian School 1 SOFTBALL Mesa Ridge 12, TCA 2, 6 innings At Mesa Ridge: Mesa Ridge racked up seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, forging a gap The Classical Academy could not overcome in a 4A Colorado Springs Metro League game. Kylee Bunnell threw a three-hitter and struck out six in six innings, and also hit 4 for 4 with two RBIs. Emily Berry led the Grizzlies (8-3, 2-0) with a three-run home run, followed by freshman Isabella Quintana who hit a two-run triple. TCA falls to 2-10 and 0-2 in the 4A CSML. Rampart 11, Fountain-Fort Carson 3 At Fountain-Fort Carson: Rampart found its groove later in a 5A Colorado Springs Metro League game against Fountain-Fort Carson (6-7, 4-2) scoring seven runs in the final two innings. Brianna Jennings hit 3 for 5 with three RBIs including a home run, while Jayda Randel aided the Rams (8-3, 5-1) with three hits and two RBIs. Mackenzie Cordova hit 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Trojans. Doherty 6, Coronado 3 At Doherty: The Spartans increased their winning streak to six with a 5A Colorado Springs Metro League win over Coronado. Madison O’Driscol and Mariana Morales each had two RBIs for Doherty, while Delaine Baker struck out seven in the win. Liberty 15, Palmer 13 At Palmer: It was a high-scoring affair between Liberty and Palmer in a 5A Colorado Springs Metro League matchup, but Liberty held on to pull off the win. The Lancers (3-8, 2-3) used their speed on the basepaths, racking up six stolen bases. Ashley Davis led the team with two stolen bases. Emily Baros had two hits and three RBIs. Palmer falls to 2-11 and 0-4 in 5A CSML. Elizabeth 20, Canon City 0 At Elizabeth: The Cardinals needed just three innings to take down Canon City in a 4A Colorado Springs Metro League game as seven Elizabeth players registered multiple RBIs. Canon City falls to 2-10 and 0-1 in conference play. Harrison 6, Sierra 5 BOYS’ TENNIS Liberty 5, Doherty 2 At Doherty: Liberty’s doubles teams came up big in a Colorado Springs Metro League match against Doherty, as Nos. 1 and 2 doubles came home with three-set victories. No. 1 doubles team of Shilo Vega and Kyle Bohuslavsky won their first set in overtime before falling 6-1 in the second, and rebounding for a 6-2 win in the final set. No. 2 doubles of Kyle Morse and Dylan Stradling went on to win 6-0, 6-3 after falling 6-4 in the first set to Doherty’s No. 2 doubles team. Liberty’s No. 1 singles player Sean Bohuslavsky also claimed a three-set victory, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Sand Creek 7, Palmer Ridge 0 At Sand Creek: Terrence Jones claimed a dominant No. 1 singles match against Palmer Ridge, 6-1, 6-2, while the Scorpions’ top doubles team of Alex Anspach and Isaac King claimed a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Bears on the way to a 7-0 sweep.   Coronado 6, Palmer 1 At Coronado: Coronado singles players dominated Palmer with three easy match wins in 5A Colorado Springs Metro League play. Reilly Fredell defeated Palmer’s Alfayad Khan at No. 1 singles 6-3, 7-6, while the Cougars No. 1 doubles team of Grayson Graham and Reagan Bole took down Palmer’s Noah Bogle and Ethan Howard 6-2, 6-1. Coronado leads the league with a 6-0 overall record and 2-0 in CSML play. Palmer is 0-3 and 0-2 in the league. Cheyenne Mountain 7, Lewis-Palmer 0 At Lewis Palmer: Cheyenne Mountain (4-2) overwhelmed Lewis-Palmer with swift wins across the board. Joey Geisz defeated Tanner Colson of L-P (6-1) at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-1. At No. 3 singles, Cheyenne Mountain’s Christian Ridings fought off Ben Rowland in the closest match of the day, eventually earning a win 6-4, 6-4.      Widefield 4, Colorado Springs School 3 At Widefield: The Gladiators squeaked out a win over Colorado Springs School thanks to a narrow win at No. 3 doubles as Stephen Noll and Jokob Peterson defeated the Kodiaks (3-2, 1-2) in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Widefield’s No. 1 doubles crew of Lucas Lacy and Christion Howard, along with No. 1 and 2 singles players James Bosch and Nic Just each earned wins for the Gladiators (2-3, 2-0). VOLLEYBALL Manitou Springs 3, St. Mary’s 1 At St. Mary’s: The Pirates (1-4, 1-1) set the tone for a close match early in the first set, claiming Game 1 25-20 against Manitou Springs, but the Mustangs (2-4, 0-1) came back to win the next three for a 3A Tri-Peaks win. Manitou Springs won the remaining sets 25-23, 25-20 and 25-17, respectively. CSCHS 3, James Irwin 0 At Colorado Springs Christian School: Colorado Springs Christian School bombarded James Irwin in the final set of a 3A Tri-Peaks match, winning the final game 25-8. Christa Vogt and Christine Ajayi led the way with nine kills each, while Jillian Francis had four aces. Vogt also had three aces, three blocks and five digs for the Lions (1-1, 1-1). Harrison 3, Vanguard 0 At Harrison: Kaylene Richardson led the way in a sweep of Vanguard, racking up six kills, two aces and two blocks against the Coursers. Brittany Tate also had three blocks and four kills for the Panthers (1-1, 1-0). Rock Canyon 3, Rampart 0 At Rampart: It was a tightly contested match between Rock Canyon and Rampart, but unfortunately the final score does not show it. The Rams (2-2) challenged Rock Canyon 25-22 and 26-24 in the first two sets before falling 25-15 in the third. Taylor Seibert led Rampart with six kills, while Mica VanDerMeulen racked up six aces. TCA 3, Sand Creek 0 At TCA: Sand Creek sent the first set against The Classical Academy to overtime before falling 28-26, and the Titans (4-5) took it from there, winning the remaining two sets 25-15, 25-16, respectively. Reagan Bervig led the TCA offense with six kills and six saves, and also added a block and 12 digs. Sand Creek falls to 3-7. Ellicott 3, Sierra 1 At Sierra: Sierra claimed the first set 25-19, but Ellicott stormed back to win the final three 25-17, 25-18, 25-21, respectively. Maliah Earls led the Stallions (1-6) with 11 kills, followed by Gya’ni Sami with seven. Lewis-Palmer 3, Cherokee Trail 0 At Cherokee Trail: Kessandra Krutsinger racked up seven total blocks against Cherokee Trail as the Rangers (8-0) kept the Cougar offense at bay. Taylor Buckley had eight kills, followed by Riley Putnicki with seven. Coronado 3, Douglas County 1 At Coronado: Douglas County squeezed by the Cougars in the first set 25-23, but Coronado (7-2) came back with a vengeance to win the final three 25-19, 25-15 and 25-21. Canon City 3, Pueblo Centennial 1 At Canon City: The first and third sets of Tuesday’s nonconference match were well-contested, but Canon City claimed the edge in the second and fourth games to come away with the win. Makenna Sawyer and Bailey Boccaccio had 10 kills each for the Tigers (5-5). Kiowa 3, Evangelical Christian Academy 0 At Evangelical Christian Academy: Lindsey Schaap led the Eagles with five kills in a three-set loss to Kiowa. Evangelical Christian Academy falls to 1-6. Doherty 3, Air Academy 1

Doherty football upends Palmer in a party at Garry Berry

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

The real competition was in the stands. Students and parents took over Garry Berry Stadium Thursday night for the cross-town rivalry football game between the Palmer Terrors and the Doherty Spartans. “P-A-R-T-Y, party party’s on our side. Where is the party? The party’s over here,” dueling student sections chanted from bleachers throughout the game. After a 63-12 shellacking on the field, it’s safe to say the party was clearly on the Spartans’ side. Doherty’s opening drive ended with a run from senior Julian Cooks, and after a quick interception on defense, the Spartans drove down the field again and finished with another Cooks touchdown. The running back did not return in the second half, but he still finished with 102 yards and three scores. It was also a short night for Doherty quarterback Logan Siffert, who completed 9 of 11 attempts for 115 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Impenetrable on defense and unstoppable on offense, the Spartans stymied the Terrors’ run game early and pressured Palmer’s quarterback Willy Bobrik. Perhaps the most impressive stat of the night, Doherty didn’t punt at all during the contest. Palmer scored on a long touchdown pass from Bobrik to end the half, but the Spartans answered to open the third quarter with a 69-yard rush by Gage Vanaman. In the fourth, after a Bobrik pass sailed through the arms of a Spartans defender and bounced in and out of the hands of a Terrors receiver, Bobrik threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Woods. Bobrik finished the night going 6 of 20 for 117 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions. After the game, both coaches emphasized each team’s desire to improve no matter the result or the opponent. “It doesn’t matter who we play our whole focus is to improve,” Spartans coach Jeff Krumlauf said. “In practice, in film, in the classroom, hopefully through our hard work we can showcase on game night.” For new Palmer head coach Tom Reber it’s been a slow start to the season. The Terrors have been blown out in all three contests this season. Despite that Reber credited his team. “What they’ve done well is they’ve been coachable and they fight,” Reber said. “They have a ton of passion for what they are doing and so I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys right now to go through this process with.”
Game of the Week: Cheyenne Mountain hopes to 'play with the big boys' of Widefield

Game of the Week: Cheyenne Mountain hopes to 'play with the big boys' of Widefield

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

When Cheyenne Mountain coach Jay Saravis heard the Indians’ clash with Widefield was The Gazette Preps Game of the Week, he sighed. “We like to keep a low profile,” he said. But after another 2-0 start to the season, Cheyenne Mountain’s hopes of flying below the radar went out the window. Related: This week's Colorado Springs-area football schedule Friday, the Indians travel to Widefield, to meet another 2-0 foe, which like Cheyenne Mountain, has had a lot of experience finding the end zone through the first two weeks. Last week the Gladiators premiered a no-huddle offense against Mitchell and blanked the Marauders 53-0. However, don’t expect Cheyenne Mountain to be thrown off by an up-tempo offense. Saravis said the Indians utilize a no-huddle offense and know what to expect, but says the team must key in on stopping the run game. “They have some very good ball carriers, and I think this game is going to come down to how well we tackle and execute fundamentals,” Saravis said. Last year the Gladiators squeaked by Cheyenne Mountain 13-10 in Week 3, but Widefield coach Nic Olney said he believes the Indians are a better team this year. Widefield quarterback TJ Davis anchors the high-tempo offense as a dual threat on the ground and in the air. Last week Davis completed 10 for 17 for 197 yards, and also led the team in rushing yards with 97. Isaac Price (4) and the Widefield football team hosts Cheyenne Mountain in a non-conference game on Friday.   And despite missing their No. 1 running back Frankie Ingraldi due to injury, three other Widefield RBs put up big numbers, all averaging more than 10 yards per carry. “The last couple of years everyone thought it was just TJ, and he’s good, he’s a great quarterback, but we are not a one-man show,” Olney said. “We had some guys last week step up for us and run the ball hard, and it really shows the ability we have here - and how much our offensive line stepped up.” Olney said he was not sure if Ingraldi would be back in the lineup, Friday. Cheyenne Mountain has a handful of threats at its disposal, and Saravis said the pace of Friday’s game will dictate who steps up for the Indians. “We will go with whatever keeps working,” Saravis said. “In Game 2 it was Terrance Dishmon (123 receiving yards). In Game 1 it was (James) LaCerte (95 yards rushing) and Garry Raymond (131 receiving yards). Shamauri (Rivera) also had some long runs, so you never know who is going to make a difference.” Despite Cheyenne Mountain’s second consecutive 2-0 start, Saravis said Friday’s game against a “very good team like Widefield” will show the Indians where they stand. “Our first game (against Air Force Academy) we learned we could deal with adversity,” Saravis said. “Our second game against Sierra, we weren’t perfect, but we proved we could put points on the board. Every game is a different challenge for us, and hopefully this game we will learn we can play with the big boys.” INDIANS-GLADIATORS AT A GLANCE Game data: Cheyenne Mountain Indians at Widefield Gladiators ... Friday at 7 p.m. at CA Foster Stadium … Nonconference game. Media: Follow @LindseySquints on Twitter for updates, and follow GazettePreps on Snapchat for an exclusive sideline snap story, interviews and more. Teams: Both teams enter Week 3 unbeaten at 2-0. Last week, Widefield blanked Mitchell 53-0 using a no-huddle offense. The Gladiators beat Liberty 20-14 in Week 1. Cheyenne Mountain took down Sierra 31-0 after clinching a three-point overtime victory over Air Academy in Week 1. Stat leaders: Widefield’s high-tempo offense is anchored by quarterback TJ Davis, who completed 10 for 17 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for an additional 97 yards against Mitchell. Sam Reed led the defense with four tackles, including three for a loss last week. … Cheyenne Mountain is led by quarterback Zach Jones, who threw for 115 yards last week. His top targets are Terrance Dishmon (130 receiving yards) and Garry Raymond (140 receiving yards), while James LaCerte has racked up 107 yards in kick returns.
Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge ready for another Battle of Monument

Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge ready for another Battle of Monument

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

The 2016 installment of the Battle of Monument likely didn’t sit well with the Palmer Ridge High School football team. Friday’s version, scheduled for a 7 p.m. kick at Don Breese Stadium, looks to be a chance at revenge for the Bears, if early results are any indication. Last year, the Bears saw Lewis-Palmer run wild en route to a 51-9 win in the rivalry game. This year, Tom Pulford’s team enters with a 2-0 record, while the Rangers have dropped their first two. “There was a lot of improvement to made, and I feel like we had the best practices we’ve had,” Lewis-Palmer coach Dustin Tupper said. Related: This week's Colorado Springs-area high school football schedule The Rangers will likely need to have their tall, speedy defensive secondary step up, as junior quarterback Ty Evans has the Palmer Ridge offense cruising, scoring 49 and 51 points in wins over Sand Creek and Liberty, respectively. The Arkansas commit has passed for nine touchdowns against one interception in the first two weeks. “Really decisive is his big thing. He really can make any throw on the run,” Tupper said. “I think the most impressive thing about him is his poise.” Seniors Andrew Miller and Zach Hester, along with sophomore Anthony Roberson II, are Evans’ top receivers, while Raef Ruel is the Bears’ leading rusher, averaging 9 yards per carry. The Bears defense has allowed just 16 points thus far but had no answer for the Lewis-Palmer ground game a year ago. The group can expect more of the same this year. “That’s just what we do,” Tupper said. “It doesn’t matter who we’re facing, that’s where we’ll start.” The good news for Palmer Ridge’s defense is Charles Young is gone after rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s game. That could create more carries for Dieudonne Chea, however. As a junior, the back rushed for 202 yards and three scores on just 16 carries against the Bears. Chea kept the Rangers in the game in last week’s 16-15 loss to Evergreen, picking up 116 yards and two scores on 22 carries. Cole Recker has taken over as Lewis-Palmer’s quarterback and completed 51 percent of his passes after two weeks with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Rangers opened their season with a 41-14 home loss to Mead, one of the top teams in Class 3A. Friday, Lewis-Palmer gets another look at a team with playoff hopes, as it looks to take consecutive games from its rival. “If you can’t get up from this game, you should retire from football,” Tupper said. “Our boys will be up.” BATTLE OF MONUMENT AT A GLANCE Game data:  Lewis-Palmer Rangers vs. Palmer Ridge Bears ... Friday at 7 p.m. at Don Breese D38 Stadium. Media: Follow @davidlukeramsey and @VBenedetto on Twitter for updates from the game. Teams: After a dramatic 51-9 rout of the Bears last season, Lewis-Palmer has started its 2017 slate 0-2, while Palmer Ridge has started strong at 2-0 with Division I quarterback recruit Ty Evans at the helm. The Rangers are due for a win after losing 16-15 to Evergreen last week, while Palmer Ridge has outscored opponents 100-16 in the first two games. Stat leaders: Lewis-Palmer's top offensive threat is Dieudonne Chea, who rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns last week. The Bears will likely lean on Evans and a host of receivers, but also has a viable threat in Raef Ruel, who has racked up 126 rushing yards so far this season.

Colorado Springs School hangs on to top Ellicott in boys' soccer

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

In soccer, a two-goal lead usually isn't enough to feel comfortable. The Colorado Springs School boys' team suddenly found itself in a vulnerable position with just five minutes left in its 3A Tri-Peaks League home opener against Ellicott on Thursday afternoon. But the Kodiaks didn't panic and stayed relaxed, eventually holding on for a 3-2 victory. "I think the players did really well and didn't get frantic and didn't get out of their positions," CSS coach Andrew Julian said. "They kept to the game plan and they executed it well." In the 75th minute, the Kodiaks were ahead 3-1. But that's when the Thunderhawks attempted to put together a late-game comeback. Senior Cristian Carrasco sailed the ball over a wall of CSS defenders on a free kick to junior Issac Chacon, who nailed a score from about 20 yards to cut the lead to one goal. In the end, time ran out for the Thunderhawks (0-3) after they couldn't produce another shot. The Kodiaks (1-2), on the other hand, felt relieved to finally get a victory. "I think today is a representation of what we're capable of," Julian said. "It's nice to see that come to fruition with a win." It was the Kodiaks who started the game attacking. In the fifth minute, CSS' Jacky Zhang scored on a free kick from about 35 yards to give the Kodiaks an early 1-0 lead. Lewis DeCarolis found Ethan Hedden streaking downfield eight minutes later, setting up a high kick that went just over the fingertips of the Ellicott goalkeeper. It seemed as if the Kodiaks were in full control until they were called for a foul in the box. That set up a penalty kick for Ellicott, and junior Axcel Perez took advantage of the situation in the 38th minute to cut the CSS lead to 2-1 at halftime. The Kodiaks earned their final score in the 67th minute, when Connor Jarolimek got the ball on a rebound shot before he calmly placed the ball in front of his feet and kicked it into the left corner. Turns out, it was enough for them to survive the game, thanks in part to 10 saves by goalkeeper Mauricio Alas. "We started off a little sloppy," Jarolimek said, referring to CSS's first two losses. "I think we definitely brought more heat this game."

Doherty blanks Mesa Ridge in boys' tennis

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Doherty's Caleb Laurence took every opportunity to gain an edge in his boys' tennis match Wednesday afternoon. Even during warm-ups, he was closely watching his opponent's every move. His preparation, it turns out, worked out in his favor -- as the senior convincingly topped Mesa Ridge's Christian Jackson 6-0, 6-2 in their No. 1 singles match. "That's usually a good indication of how they're going to hit in the match, but maybe a little softer," Laurence said, referring to his opponent's practice swings. "So, I'd like to send harder shots to see if they can return it." His victory highlighted the Spartans' day, in which they shut out Mesa Ridge 7-0 in nonconference action at the Doherty tennis courts to improve to 3-2 in dual play. No. 2 Kyle Stearns topped Isaac Wright 6-0, 6-3, and No. 3 Dominic Manzo beat Zion Dean 6-0, 6-0 to round out Doherty's singles victories. Manzo, a junior, improved to 4-1 this season. He didn't falter whenever Dean landed the ball just over the net. "He saw he had an opportunity because his opponent was hitting a lot of short balls and he had a lot of opportunities to get to the net quickly and end points quickly," Doherty coach James Blase said. "He's a singles player who took the net aggressively and adapted to what his opponent was throwing at him." As in singles, the Spartans' doubles didn't need extra sets to come out on top. No. 1 Benji Troutman/Emory Wood, No. 2 Wiley Neumeyer/Bryan Becar, No. 3 Blake Webber/PJ Olmsted and No. 4 Vicente Tapia/Cameron Weisberg all were victorious and capped off a perfect day for Doherty. "Quite often they'll hold back," Blase said. "They're not playing their best, they're not playing to their potential, they get conservative. ... Today, I think they played with a certain confidence that allowed them to play up to their ability level." Mesa Ridge coach Lisa Felice said her Grizzlies (2-6 in dual play including blanking Harrison on Tuesday) faced a bigger and more experienced squad in Doherty, pointing out that the team boasts only three returners along with a few players whose first sport isn't tennis. Nonetheless, she saw the loss as a good learning experience. "I just wish the winning and losing for them is devastating but they played so much better when they played a higher-level team," Felice said. "They can do it. They just don't know that they can do it just yet."
Thursday's prep roundup: Doherty rallies to beat Liberty in softball

Thursday's prep roundup: Doherty rallies to beat Liberty in softball

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

SOFTBALL Doherty 18, Liberty 10 At Liberty: Angelina Locriccio continued her torrid streak from the plate with five more hits as resurgent Doherty (5-5, 3-3 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) rallied to beat Liberty (1-4, 1-3). The Spartans have won five straight since opening the season 0-5 - and Locriccio has been a big part of it. The sophomore has hit in all 10 games and has 23 hits on the year, second most among all players in the 5A classification. Her five hits Thursday - four singles and a double - gives her multiple hits in her past seven games. "If she gets on a roll she makes us go," said Doherty's Mike Berkey, the school's baseball coach who took over the struggling softball program this season. "She's seeing the ball really well and everything is jumping off her bat." Locriccio drove in four runs, and Montana Spring and Madison O'Driscol each had three RBIs as the Spartans overcame a 6-0 deficit with 18 runs in the final five innings. Doherty hasn't had a streak of five wins in at least nine years, according to MaxPreps' records. "We started believing in ourselves," Berkey said. "Anybody that knows Doherty softball for the last couple of years, and I'll go with what I know, for the last six or seven years, the confidence just hasn't been there. "Bad things are going to happen but we can get through it. Tonight was a prime example of that." Allison Arronte had three hits and drove in three runs for Liberty. Morgan Ward and Carson Dunckley each had two RBIs. Air Academy 10, Pueblo Centennial 0, 6 innings At Air Academy: Cassidy Horn threw a three-hitter as Air Academy (5-4) beat Pueblo Centennial (4-6). Amanda Smith homered, and Karsen Romines had three hits and drove in three for the Kadets, who have won three of their past four games. Horn (3-1) struck out four and didn't issue a walk to earn her second straight victory. Woodland Park 12, Harrison 11 At Woodland Park: Bailey Thrailkill and Lena Knapp each drove in two runs and Woodland Park (1-9, 1-0 4A CSML) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Harrison (2-3, 0-1). Harrison took an 11-8 lead into the final inning. Woodland Park's comeback heroics snapped a nine-game losing streak. Mesa Ridge 22, Sierra 0, 3 innings At Sierra: Rose Towne homered and drove in three runs as Mesa Ridge (4-2, 1-0 4A CSML) beat Sierra (1-7, 0-1) in three innings. Breanna Compton and Katrina Robertson also had three RBIs, and Aubree Krupp had three hits and two RBIs for the Grizzlies, who improved to 2-0 on the road this season. Robertson allowed one hit in three innings to earn the win. Widefield 12, TCA 0 At TCA: Jocelyn Garcia hit her second home run of the season and drove in three runs as Widefield (3-4, 1-0 4A CSML) beat TCA (2-5, 0-1). Hannah Hall, Dana Atencio and Faith Feil each added two RBIs for the Gladiators. Alexa Valenzuela had two hits for the Titans. Elizabeth 19, Mitchell 2, 4 innings At Mitchell: Karisa Madrid had the lone hit for Mitchell (0-10, 0-1 4A CSML) in its loss to Elizabeth (5-4, 1-0).   BOYS' SOCCER Manitou Springs 7, Dolores Huerta Prep 1 At DHP: Cullen Cote scored three goals and had an assist, leading Manitou Springs (3-1) past DHP (0-1). Jezreal Sommers added two goals in the win. Canon City 1, Falcon 0 At Canon City: Garrett Walsworth scored his second goal of the year to lift Canon City (2-2) past Falcon (1-3). Lane Abercrombie made 10 saves in the shutout for the Tigers. Sierra 6, Evangelical Christian Academy 4 At ECA: Sierra (1-2) scored six times to beat ECA (0-2) and grab its first win of the season. Ben DeRuiter had two goals to pace the Eagles. Mitchell 1, Pueblo West 0, 2OT At Mitchell: Oscar Gallardo scored in the second overtime as Mitchell (3-1) beat Pueblo West (2-1). Felix Justo had six saves for the Marauders. Kent Denver 1, Colorado Springs Christian 0, 2OT At Kent Denver: Max Hewitt scored in double overtime to lift Kent Denver (3-0) past CSCS (3-1). The Lions couldn’t convert on eight shots on net.   VOLLEYBALL Fountain-Fort Carson 3, Mitchell 0 At Mitchell: Fountain-Fort Carson (3-3) beat Mitchell (3-5), snapping a two-game losing streak for its third sweep of the season. Cameron Jaworski had three aces and 11 digs to pace the Marauders. Lewis-Palmer 3, Grandview 1 At Grandview: Lewis-Palmer improved to 3-0 under new coach Wade Baxter. Longtime coach Susan Odenbaugh stepped away in the offseason after the Rangers went 29-0 and won their third title in four years in 2016. Rock Canyon 3, Cheyenne Mountain 0 At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain's Kinley Coe had eight kills but Rock Canyon (6-1) swept the Indians (0-2). Cayla Owen added 15 digs in the loss. Air Academy 3, TCA 1 At Air Academy: Air Academy (4-1) won for the fourth time in five games, while TCA dropped to 1-2. Pueblo West 3, Canon City 0 At Canon City: Makenna Sawyer and Sydney Hutchison each had four kills as Canon City (1-3) lost to Pueblo West (1-0) for its third straight loss. Tammie Chapman had 18 digs for the Tigers. Pikes Peak Christian 3, Kiowa 2 At Pikes Peak Christian: Kyler Sweat had six kills and four aces as Pikes Peak Christian (5-2) beat Kiowa (1-1). Anna Cagle added seven aces and 11 digs in the win.     FIELD HOCKEY Cheyenne Mountain 5, Liberty 1 At Cheyenne Mountain: Liberty (0-3) broke a scoring drought that had lasted since the middle of last season, but Sarah Parker's two goals lifted Cheyenne Mountain (2-2) to the victory. Molly Gassman added a goal and an assist, and Maddie Lewis and Abby Timmins also scored for the Indians, who won their second game of the season. Tina Bomberg scored the first goal in eight games for Liberty. Their previous score came in a 1-0 victory over Arapahoe on Sept. 29, 2016.   BOYS' GOLF Scorpion Invitational At Springs Ranch Golf Club: Discovery Canyon's Luke Trujillo shot 2-under-par 69 to win the Sand Creek Scorpion Invitational. Trujillo, the defending 4A champion, had five birdies and was two shots under par after nine holes. Palmer Ridge's Elijah Harp shot a 74 and Discovery Canyon's Caleb Blackburn shot 76. The Bears had all four golfers finish inside the top six. Pine Creek Invitational At Pine Creek Golf Club: Liberty's Brandon Bervig shot 1-over-par 73 as the Lancers rolled to a team title. Bervig had an eagle around three bogeys in his first six holes. Then he went on to par the final 12 to win the title by four strokes over teammate Lucas Howell, who shot a 77. Pine Creek's Luke Doyle was third at 79 and TCA's Tyler Trogstad and Avery Henderson tied for fourth at 80.   BOYS' TENNIS Pine Creek 5, Lakewood 2 At Pine Creek: Bradley Ma beat Michael Bennett 6-1, 6-0 in straight sets in the No. 1 singles match. No. 2 singles player Luke Miller and No. 3 Kyle Ma also had wins for the Eagles. Lewis-Palmer 7, Thornton 0 At Lewis-Palmer: Tanner Colson beat Bao Nguyen 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match as L-P beat Thornton. The Rangers lost just three games over seven matches. Widefield 4, Sand Creek 3 At Widefield: No. 2 singles player Nic Just and No. 3 Ethan Bower won their singles matches as Widefield beat Sand Creek. Terrence Jones won the No. 1 singles match for Sand Creek. Doherty 7, Fountain Valley 0 At Doherty: Caleb Laurence beat Owen Rask 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match as Doherty beat Fountain Valley. No. 2 singles player Kyle Stearns and No 3 Dominic Manzo also had wins for the Spartans.
Fountain-Fort Carson football team's new ‘big man’ fills in gaps on the D-line

Fountain-Fort Carson football team's new ‘big man’ is hard to ignore

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

FOUNTAIN - Fountain-Fort Carson's football team has a new big man anchoring its defensive line. And he’s hard to ignore - all 6-foot-7, 257 pounds of him. Trojan senior Jawaun Tate arrived in Colorado Springs at the end of July after transferring from one of North Carolina’s top football programs to Fountain-Fort Carson to live with his dad. But despite his short tenure in red, white and blue, the F-FC coaching staff can already see his impact as the team’s new nose guard. Related: Tuesday's prep roundup “He really changed our team dynamics,” Fountain-Fort Carson coach Jake Novotny said. “He’s a military move kid, and really nice to have him come in, not only because of his size, but he’s also a great character kid.” But Novotny also said you can’t overlook the impact his size has had on the line. Fountain-Fort Carson's Jawuan Tate (57) faces Garrett Warner (82) of Pomona on Friday, September 8, 2017. Tate is F-FC's newest edition to the roster, and at 6-foot-7, 257 pounds, he's already making an impact.   “Before he moved in we had a big hole to fill - and we filled it with a big man,” Novotny said. “Prior to him coming in our inside linebackers have had to fight off a bunch of blocks, and there were a couple of times (against Ralston Valley) that he was taking on three guys at once - and that really makes a difference.” Tate’s former high school, Mallard Creek, won the North Carolina 4A state title in 2015 when he was a sophomore, and continued to be an NC powerhouse before his move to Colorado - which for Novotny and the rest of the coaching staff, means Tate’s fundamentals are on par. Fountain-Fort Carson's Jawuan Tate (57) blocks so quarterback Eric Donnell can make a play against Pomona on Friday, September 8, 2017. Tate is F-FC's newest edition to the roster, and at 6-foot-7, 257 pounds, he's already making an impact.   “He was coached up very well,” Novotny said. “He’s coming from one of the top programs in the nation, and for us to get a guy that polished is really good.” Tate transitioned from a full-time offensive lineman to being Fountain-Fort Carson’s go-to big man, playing at nose guard, on the o-line and special teams. Tate said, “Since coming here I’ve been moving around, trying new things and it’s awesome to be able to come in and help the team out and get them better.” Tate said he’s always been big for his age, and when he wanted to try out for football in eighth grade, his coaches didn’t need to think twice. Jawuan Tate (right) is F-FC's newest edition to the roster, and at 6-foot-7, 257 pounds, he's already making an impact.   “When I started playing football I didn’t even try out for the team,” Tate said. “They were just like ‘Oh, you’re really big, just come play with us.’” But since moving to Colorado Springs Tate has become even more of a threat, gaining 20 pounds in just over a month. “When I lived with my sister I didn’t have the right nutrients, so I was smaller,” Tate said, “So coming here, my dad feeds me a lot, which is a good thing because I have gained a lot of weight since coming here. I wish I would’ve come here earlier, but everything happens for a reason.” Everything does happen for a reason, and the Fountain-Fort Carson football team is reaping the benefits.
David Ramsey: Safer tackling, taught in high school, can help save endangered sport of football

David Ramsey: Safer tackling, taught in high school, can help save endangered sport of football

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Coronado scores 50 points. And loses by 20. Doherty scores 83 points, allows 55 and doesn’t clinch victory until the fourth quarter. Has defense vanished from high school football? Are hideously high scores now the norm? Is the new emphasis on safety weakening the effectiveness of tackling? After examining local scores and talking with area coaches, I can offer answers to the questions. No, defense hasn’t vanished and a few out-of-control scores are an aberration, not the norm. Related: Fountain-Fort Carson football team's new ‘big man’ fills in gaps on the D-line And now for the third question: Is safe tackling as effective as reckless tackling? Let's say this: The safe way is getting there. Not long ago, most football coaches told their players to “get your head across” when making a tackle. In other words, make a ball carrier run through a neck. The teaching emphasized a lone-tackler philosopher. The technique is effective, especially in one-on-one tackling. The technique also is dangerous, for the health of the tackler and the future of football. A fresh understanding of the lingering dangers of concussions has left mothers, and everyone else, concerned about the future of players on the field. “Our sport is taking a beating,” says Archie Malloy, the coach at St. Mary’s and former coach at Mitchell. “People are taking potshots at football. But it’s a great game. There’s still nothing that teaches people more about life than lining up and play. I’m glad to see people are implementing things and making it safer.” Malloy embraces new techniques in tackling. Pete Carroll of the Seahawks is a champion of rugby-style tackling, which tries to take the neck out of the sequence. Malloy is working to implement the rugby style with his Pirates. Doherty coach Jeff Krumlauf is another rugby-style enthusiast. He explains the technique. “Your eyes are up, and your butt is low,” he says. “You don’t lead with your head. You lead with your chest. You wrap the guy up and take the guy down.” And in the ideal situation, you do the takedown with the help of your teammates. Malloy preaches to his defenders the value of seeing themselves as part of a big, helpful unit. Yes, there are times when no other tackler is around. Malloy wants to eliminate those times. It’s safer to tackle while surrounded by helpful teammates. “The things that we try to emphasize are grabbing cloth and grabbing skin and wait for the rest of the cavalry to arrive,” Malloy says. “We emphasize getting all 11 guys to the football.” Average scores have risen slightly this season. An examination of 23 area teams revealed that average points allowed were 23.45 in the first two games of 2016, compared with 25.45 in 2017. (The Buffalo Bills, with a defense that finished in the middle of NFL rankings, allowed 23.62 points per game in 2016.) In other words, outlandish scores have not become the rule. Krumlauf of Doherty emphasizes football coaches always were concerned with safety. Coaches today are blessed with better equipment and a deeper knowledge about the dangers of old-fashioned tackling technique. The game, Krumlauf and Malloy insist, is evolving into a safer, saner sport. Improved tackling techniques can strengthen the sport’s somewhat shaky current foundation. Krumlauf emphasizes, every day, the requirement of “taking the head out of the impact.” He laughs.  “What is between the ears is kind of the most important stuff.”
Luke Trujillo, Discovery Canyon Thunder keep boys' golf momentum

Luke Trujillo, Discovery Canyon Thunder keep boys' golf momentum

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Discovery Canyon's Luke Trujillo bogeyed the sixth hole of the Kadet Invitational on Tuesday at Eisenhower Golf Club's Blue Course. "He'll get it back," coach Mark Liggett said with the absolute certainty of someone who has seen it many times before. Two holes later, he did, and the defending 4A state champion went on to shoot a 3-under 69 and win the tournament in what his coach called a "very Luke-like" performance. His Thunder teammates all scored 80 or above, but it was enough to secure the team crown. "The rest of the team had a little bit of trouble hitting the fairways," Liggett said. "They grinded it out the whole day, and they finished it out, so it was good enough." Liberty's Brandon Bervig was second with an individual score of 71, and the Lancers were fifth as a team. Palmer Ridge, Regis and Cheyenne Mountain filled out the top five. Palmer Ridge's Drew Laake was third with a round of 74. Discovery Canyon will host the Thunder Invitational on Thursday where it hopes to keep its streak of Pikes Peak Athletic Conference titles alive, then it's on to regionals. Trujillo is happy where his game is as he and his teammates prepare to defend their state championships. The Thunder also won the state team title last season. "I'm loving how I'm hitting the ball right now. It's been a long time since I hit the ball like this," Trujillo said. "Summer was a little rough, and I've put in a lot of work this fall just to get prepared for state." Meanwhile, Doherty junior Avery Henderson isn't taking a state tournament berth for granted. He wants to qualify after missing the cut by two strokes last season. With his father's encouragement, he's soaking up as much as he can from players like Trujillo and Bervig. It seems to be working. Henderson took 10th at the Terror Invitational on Aug. 29. "When I play with better players, I play better," Henderson, who finished second among the Spartans at 87 on Tuesday, said. "You don't necessarily mimic what they do, but you take bits and pieces." Henderson is working on the mental aspects of his game. That's something even defending state champions struggle with at times. "I was looking a little shaky toward the end, I had to gather myself," Trujillo said. "I made a couple of bad decisions, and that will hurt you, especially at this course. I was inconsistent, but I was able to bounce back."
If Week 2 of football was any indication, track season in Colorado Springs is going to be fun

If Week 2 of football was any indication, track season in Colorado Springs is going to be fun

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Thursday and Friday I covered a pair of football games that featured immense running talent. First, Skyline and Coronado - the final score should speak for itself: 70-50, Skyline. Then, Pomona at Fountain-Fort Carson, which highlighted a talented running back turned QB and one of the fastest, most productive offenses in CO. The running talent was so deep, in fact, that both games featured fewer than 550 passing yards combined/ If Week 2 of football was any indication, track season in Colorado Springs is going to be fun. Coronado vs. Skyline was one of the craziest games I’ve ever covered. Not only because of the insane number of points on the board, but the way they were scored. In the game’s 17 touchdowns, just two were pass plays. Of the remaining 15 touchdowns, eight were for 30 or more yards, including two 80-yard sprints and three for 60 yards. The game also featured a handful of ‘short’ 30-yard rushes. Coronado-Skyline had more than 650 yards of offense on scoring plays alone - 200 of which came from Coronado running back Troy Renner on his three scoring drives. What was the total rushing yards for the game, you ask? - 848 - Eight-hundred and forty-eight yards. Let that sink in. Renner finished the game with an impressive 303 yards and three touchdowns to average more than 20 yards per carry. Teammate Jordan Evans put up 94 yards for three scores to average 11.8 yards per carry. Then we shift to Friday’s Game of the Week featuring Fountain-Fort Carson and its new quarterback, who transitioned from a running back over the summer. Do you see where I’m going with this? Eric Donnell put up 167 rushing yards in his first start under center this season against Ralston Valley, and on the second drive of the night against No. 1 Pomona, it looked like I was going to have another night of long rushing plays. Donnell broke through Pomona’s defense to sprint 87 yards to the house early in the first quarter, but unfortunately for the Trojans, Donnell’s touchdown would be their only scoring drive of the day. However, it was clear F-FC continued to favor the run game, rather than elect to pass against Pomona. The Panthers also had a number of hard runners on its offense, including Washington State commit Max Borghi, who put up 164 yards for the Panthers. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my two weeks covering football in Colorado - It's don’t look away for even a second, because you never know when one of these players is going to break through for another incredible score.
Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Alan Bautista, Sand Creek boys' soccer

Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Alan Bautista, Sand Creek boys' soccer

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Call Alan Bautista a distraction. A skillful, speedy, pleasant distraction. As a sophomore forward, he's helped the Sand Creek boys' soccer team to a 4-0 record with eight goals ahead of Tuesday's home matchup against Kennedy of Denver. It's not like the Scorpions necessarily needed more offensive firepower with the return of midfielder Garrett Kramer, who scored 17 goals last season, but they'll take it. And when the ball is placed in front of his feet, Bautista is quick to send it toward the goal. Take, for example, what happened Wednesday, when the Scorpions took on Mesa Ridge in a road game. Related: Sand Creek rolls to another easy boys' soccer victory, this time over Mesa Ridge The Sand Creek defense stole the ball after kickoff and directed it to Bautista, who quickly kicked in the game's first score in an eventual 7-1 win. The blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment took 15 seconds. In last week's games, Bautista scored a total of five goals against Mesa Ridge and Widefield - enough to earn him the Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week honors. "He has one look," coach Jeremy Tafoya said. "He never gets flustered. He looks like he's having fun. If he's near the goal, he's scoring because of that reason. He's always composed." The coach never expected Bautista's arrival. He's from Mexico City, and he's here for one year through a military exchange program as his dad, a high-ranking official in the Mexican Air Force, is training with the American military. The Scorpions said his presence could change the complexion of the season and help them make the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Bautista's presence is also making life easier for Kramer, who averaged a goal per game last season. The senior midfielder can either keep the ball for himself or dish it off to Bautista. For the Scorpions, that's a nice distraction. "When I get the ball from the defense, I can turn around and play him and know that he can keep the ball for us," Kramer said about Bautista. "He's fast, very skillful and not afraid to take the ball against other players, which is a really good quality to have." Besides trying to improve his soccer skills, Bautista is working on his English. He says he understands the language but doesn't always feel comfortable speaking it. That's why when he's on the field, Tafoya makes sure there's at least one Spanish-speaking player around. The coach has the luxury of four translators on the roster. Asked what he brings to this year's Scorpions, Bautista didn't need help expressing himself. In English, he used a one-word response: "Goals."

Air Academy's Horn quiets Thunder bats

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

If the celebration was any indication, the Air Academy High School softball team’s 3-1 win over Discovery Canyon on Monday was a big one on the Kadets’ home field. When Air Academy (6-4, 2-0) pitcher Cassidy Horn saw freshman left fielder Angela Smith haul in the final out in foul territory, finishing off the win over the Pikes Peak Conference rival, Horn chucked her glove and ran towards coach Chris Hernez for a series of high-fives before shaking hands with the Thunder (7-2-1, 1-1). “For the last several years, it’s a pretty good rivalry,” Hernez said. “It’s always a big one. It’s important, especially early in the season.” Horn won a duel with Thunder hurler Corah Price. The Air Academy pitcher limited visitors to two hits and just one run on a wild pitch. The senior struck out five and walked four.  “I was really proud of her,” Kadet senior Karsen Romines said. “I know she worked really hard to get to this point, and she just shut down a really good hitting team.” Price was strong as well, limiting the Kadets to four hits with four strikeouts against one walk. “I think Corah controlled the game well for us,” Thunder coach Tanya Ramsay said. “We’ve gotta back her up and make the routine plays, and even the non-routine plays in a game like this against a scrappy team.” The Kadets jumped in front in the second. Romines opened the inning with a triple to deep right and scored when Rachel Noel grounded out to second. Discovery Canyon tied it in the third. Amber Rees earned a free pass, stole second and advanced to third on a flyout to right. She scored on a rare wild pitch from Horn. The Kadets moved in front for good in the fourth when Romines scored on a sacrifice bunt off Noel’s bat. Noel would plate the senior center fielder once more in the sixth with a run-scoring single. “It’s awesome,” Romines said of scoring all of her team’s runs. “I couldn’t have scored without Rachel hitting me in.” Horn returned to the mound for the seventh and caught the first batter looking before getting a groundout and the fly out to end the game. The final grab was one of a couple nice defensive plays from the Kadets who have struggled in that department. “They made some plays that we haven’t been making this year.” Hernez said. “They made them at the right time.” Sheridan Wayne, Smith, Romines and Noel each recorded a hit for the Kadets, while Discovery Canyon was limited to Mary Roach’s single in the second and Kayden Rodgers’ two-out single in the fifth. The Thunder made solid contact a handful of other times but saw the hosts make the plays. “Sometimes they fall, sometimes they don’t,” Ramsay said. “Sometimes you have to hit more to make them fall. We’ll bounce back.” It was an early league showdown for both teams, but it was a big one, too. “I think we have a little rivalry from the past four years,” Romines said. “Not just this year because it’s usually us or them that wins the league.”
Monday's prep roundup: Liberty boys' golf thinking big after winning 5A Colorado Springs Metro League Championship

Monday's prep roundup: Liberty boys' golf thinking big after winning 5A Colorado Springs Metro League Championship

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BOYS' GOLF 5A Colorado Springs Metro League Championship At Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club: Lucas Howell shot 2-over-par 74 and Liberty placed three golfers in the top four to win the tournament. Tyler Barcelon carded a 76 and Brandon Bervig - the team's No. 1 golfer - rebounded after shooting a quadruple bogey on his ninth hole to score a 77. Per Liberty coach Stan Woodworth, the Lancers will look to qualify their first team to state in more than 10 seasons at the Colorado Springs Country Club on Sept. 18. "We got high hopes to qualify as a team," the 18th-year coach said. "We're hoping to have a good run and see what these guys can do." Pine Creek's Andrew Doyle took second at 75 and Rampart's Caden Bailey rounded out the top five with an 80. CSCS Invitational At Country Club at Woodmoor: Cheyenne Mountain's Miles Wagner finished third at 10-over 82 to lead all area golfers at the invitational. The Classical Academy's Nick Aranez tied for fourth at 86, and Peter Stinar shot an 87 for St. Mary's, which finished an area-best fourth as a team. Trinidad's Lance Peters won the invite with a 77 and Lamar took the team title.   SOFTBALL Cheyenne Mountain 10, Lewis-Palmer 6 At Lewis-Palmer: Katelynn Ralston struck out 17 and hit another home run as her remarkable sophomore campaign continued, and Cheyenne Mountain (10-1, 2-0 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) beat Lewis-Palmer (5-9, 0-2) for its 10th straight win. Ralston allowed three hits and six runs - two earned - for the win. Her 17 strikeouts marked the sixth time this season the sophomore has whiffed more than 10 batters. Ralston hit her fourth homer of the season and drove in three, and Sarah Neeley and Mikaela McCarson each added two RBIs for the Indians. Ralston is hitting .500 and has a 0.71 ERA over 49 innings. St. Mary's 20, Mitchell 1, 4 innings At Leon Young: Morgan Trechter finished a single shy of the cycle as St. Mary's (6-5) beat Mitchell (0-11) in four innings. Trechter drove in a career-most six runs, and Peyton Richter homered and added four RBIs for the Pirates, who have three straight wins. Maddie Horsley added two RBIs. Palmer Ridge 9, Falcon 5 At Palmer Ridge: Carson Saabye had three hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs as Palmer Ridge (6-2, 1-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) beat Falcon (4-5, 1-1). Sara Lynch also had two RBIs and earned the win on the mound. The sophomore allowed five runs - two earned - in seven innings. Sam Patterson added two hits and drove in a run for the Bears, who have won four of their past five games. Falcon has lost two straight since winning three in a row. Canon City 21, Sand Creek 15 At Sand Creek: Canon City (2-9) and Sand Creek (2-8) combined for 38 hits and 14 errors. JR Smith, Tia Schwartz and Hailey Mayl each had three hits for the Scorpions, who have lost four straight games. Canon City's win snapped a losing streak of five.   FIELD HOCKEY Fossil Ridge 1, Liberty 0 At Liberty: Tina Bomberg had four shots on goal and Christina Jensen made two saves as Liberty (0-5) fell to Fossil Ridge. The Lancers have been shut out in four games this season.   BOYS' SOCCER Littleton 4, Mitchell 0 At Garry Berry Stadium: Zach Maguire scored twice as Littleton (5-0-1) beat Mitchell (3-2). The Marauders had only allowed one goal in their previous four games this season.   BOYS' TENNIS Lewis-Palmer 4, Peak to Peak 3 At Lewis-Palmer: Lewis-Palmer's Ben Rowland rallied to beat Ishan Kumar 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 3 singles match as the Rangers edged out Peak to Peak. Lewis-Palmer also won three of the four doubles matches en route to a 5-0 record in dual matches this season. Palmer Ridge 5, Rampart 2 At Palmer Ridge: Palmer Ridge's Bryan Hauke defeated Alex Nguyen-Lopez 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match as the Bears beat Rampart. No. 2 singles player Ben Capek and No. 3 Cole Bennett also had wins for the Bears. In a marathon match, Rampart's No. 2 doubles team of Devin Burtley and Shiva Ganesh Pandian beat Braden Michelson and Jack Seymour 6-4, 5-7, 10-7. The dual match was rescheduled from Aug. 22.
Prep notebook: Doherty finds out it can play with state powers

Prep notebook: Doherty finds out it can play with best teams in Colorado; Mesa Ridge, Harrison and Cheyenne Mountain on upswing

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Catching up after a weekend of sports in the Colorado Springs area: Doherty shows its potential in slim loss to Cherry Creek The Spartans' first loss of the season comes with a stark realization. "We know we have the ability to match up with anybody in the state," said Doherty coach Jeff Krumlauf, whose team's upset bid of 5A gargantuan Cherry Creek came up just short in a 33-27 loss on Friday night. Doherty (1-1) recovered an onside kick with less than 8 minutes remaining when Gage Vanaman jumped on the ball after Scott Sellers II delivered a crushing hit on a member of the Cherry Creek hands team. The Spartans then drove down the field before the Bruins (1-1) intercepted a pass in the end zone. Related: Palmer Ridge XC takes 2nd at St. Vrain Invite Cherry Creek has played in the 5A semifinals the past three years. It last won the state title in 2014. Doherty was again led by Julian Cooks, the reigning Gazette Player of the Week. The downward back ran for 216 yards and a touchdown - giving him 519 yards and six rushing TDs on the ground in two games this season. "It's kind of a standard," Krumlauf said. "If a running back has 200 yards rushing we kind of giggle and say, well, that's what they're supposed to do." Doherty faces Palmer at Garry Berry Stadium on Thursday. Mesa Ridge rallies to beat Denver South A 17-point deficit at half didn't hinder Mesa Ridge. A quick fumble recovery and it was off to the races. Faleao Leatiota recovered a loose ball on Denver South's opening drive of the second half and the Grizzlies rallied from there to beat the Rebels 37-34 on Friday night at CA Foster Stadium. John Hubbard-Johnson put Mesa Ridge (1-1) ahead with a 12-yard run with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter. He finished with 165 yards on the ground and three scores. "At halftime, the team wasn't down, they weren't dejected, weren't battling each other," Mesa Ridge coach Rob Braaten said. "I could tell they were in a good spot. It was great to see." Denver South scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 27-10 lead into halftime. Braaten compared the forgettable quarter to the 1990 "Broncos-49ers Super Bowl", a game in which Denver lost 55-10. The Grizzlies, though, scored three touchdowns in the fourth to cap the comeback. Next week, Mesa Ridge travels to Canon City (2-0). The Tigers have scored 103 points in two games. Harrison goes to 2-0 Maturity has been evident for Harrison early on in 2017. Last year the Panthers lost to Green Mountain and Centaurus in the opening two weeks of the season. This year those defeats turned into runaway victories. Aumiere Shedrick ran for 250 yards and had a total of three touchdowns, Orlando Westbrook threw for two scores and ran for another pair, and Harrison found its groove in the second half to beat Centaurus 42-14 on Friday night. "Last year we were young," Harrison coach Al Melo said. "Both those games last year were pretty close against Green Mountain and Centaurus, but this year we're a little bit more mature and it's kind of been the difference in the turnaround. Our kids have been really focused and committed." The Panthers (2-0) scored 28 unanswered points in the second half a week after outscoring Green Mountain 14-0 in Week 1 after the break. Call it good conditioning for one, Melo said. "But I think it's also because the kids just came out with more focus and executed better." Harrison travels to Evergreen (2-0) next week. Cheyenne Mountain thriving under new coach Long Islander Jay Saravis is settling in his new home just fine. On Saturday, he even spotted a bear while driving with his family. Even more exciting for the Colorado Springs transplant? His new team's 2-0 record. Terrance Dishmon had two touchdowns and sprung another score with a big block, Shamauri Rivera also had two TDs, and Cheyenne Mountain beat Sierra 31-0 on Friday night. "A lot of the credit goes to the seniors on the team, the senior leadership," said a jovial Saravis, whose been a high football school coach for 23 years. "It's a really good start for us and we're looking to get better every day, every week." Saravis took over for Willie Roberts, who went 6-4 last season after he was 4-26 in his prior three years at the helm. The Indians travel to Widefield (2-0) on Friday. Another chapter of Palmer Ridge-Lewis-Palmer football rivalry coming soon Arkansas-commit Ty Evans threw three touchdowns in the first half as Palmer Ridge beat Liberty 51-13 on Friday night. Next up for the Bears: Not-liked-too-much rival Lewis-Palmer. First, though, those memories of the Bears 51-9 defeat to the Rangers in 2016. "They walloped us pretty good," Palmer Ridge coach Tom Pulford said. Palmer Ridge (2-0) and L-P (0-2) will meet at Don Breese Stadium on Friday night. The two have split the last four meetings.
Saturday's prep roundup: Palmer Ridge XC takes 2nd at St. Vrain Invite

Saturday's prep roundup: Palmer Ridge XC takes 2nd at St. Vrain Invite

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Five area runners cracked the top-10 at the St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational at Lyon, Saturday. Ryan Moen from the Classical Academy topped area runners with a fifth place finish in 16:22. He was chased by Rampart's Connor McCabe who claimed a fifth-place finish in 16:25. Air Academy’s Cal Banta (16:30) and Dillon Powell (16:32) finished seventh and ninth, respectively, and Ryan Matson of Palmer Ridge claimed eighth in 16:30. On the girls side, Paige Embaugh of Air Academy placed sixth with a time of 19:09, followed by Kayla Ramsey of Rampart in eighth (19:14). The Palmer Ridge swept second place in the team standings as the boys finished with 75 points, and the girls with 96. Rampart and Air Academy placed third (132 points) and sixth (148 points), respectively in the boys standings, while Air Academy girls placed fifth (146 points), and Rampart fell to seventh (191 points). Palmer Ridge coach Rob Collins said Saturday's finish was a good start for his teams, which competed neck-and-neck with top-tier programs. "Overall the competition is well stacked," Collins said. "On the boys side, of today's top-10 teams, nine were all-state in their respective divisions. The girls team has also made huge strides from last year. After placing third at states they're really hungry and putting everything together." CROSS COUNTRY    Widefield Cross Country Invite The Widefield cross country teams swept their home invitational with dominant showings from the boys’ and girls’ teams. Widefield boys claimed first with 17 points, while the girls won with 21 points. Widefield boys placed seven runners in the top-10, paced by Cole Munoz (1, 17:55), Ryan Outler (2, 17:58) and Miles Mena (3, 18:30) to sweep the top three. Pine Creek’s Jackson Ponce De Leo (8, 19:43) snuck in with a top-10 finish on the way to aiding the Eagles to second place with 59 points. On the girls side, Madelyn Rodrigues (1, 22:20), Caitlyn Anderson (2, 22:47) and Sophia Mena (3, 23:01) swept the top three as Widefield cruised to a win thanks to five top-10 finishes. Pine Creek came in second with 48 points thanks to Nadine Almasri (4, 23:16), Myah Taylor (7,24:10) and Rayland VanCleave (9, 25:03). PCHS placed third with 62 points, followed by Mesa Ridge with 96 for fourth. FOOTBALL Pikes Peak Christian 27, Kiowa 26 At Pikes Peak Christian: The Eagles (1-1) locked in its first win of the season with a narrow non-conference defeat of Kiowa. BOYS’ SOCCER Air Academy 3, Montrose 2 At Air Academy: After taking a 1-0 lead, the Kadets held off a Montrose comeback for a narrow 3-2 non-conference victory. The Indians scored a pair of goals in the second half, but Air Academy (5-0) responded by netting two to preserve the one-goal lead. Lotus School for Excellence 4, Woodland Park 2 At Woodland Park: The Panthers could not contain the scoring power of Lotus’ Jeremy Arriola, who netted a hat trick and assisted another tally in a 4-3 defeat of Woodland Park (1-2). St. Mary’s 2, Salida 0 At St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s shut out Salida in a 2-0 victory thanks to a shutout performance by keeper Gabe Calhoun, who had 14 saves in the non-conference win. Bruna MArtin and Connor Timmins notched goals for the Pirates (3-1). Niwot 3, Lewis-Palmer 2 At Niwot: Despite holding a one-goal lead at the half, Lewis-Palmer (0-6) allowed a pair of unanswered goals in the second and fell in a non-conference clash to Niwot. The Rangers are still searching for their first win of the season. Lutheran 4, Evangelical Christian Academy 0 At Lutheran: Nick Spykstra tallied a pair of goals as the Lions shut out Evangelical Christian Academy in a non-conference clash. The Eagles (0-3) have been outscored 15-5 so far this season. SOFTBALL    Pueblo County 12, Palmer Ridge 3 At Runyon Field: Pueblo County scored 10 runs in the first two innings as the Hornets defeated Palmer Ridge 12-3 in five innings. Maya Liester had two RBIs for the Bears (5-2) while Sam Patterson struck out one and walked eight in the loss. Cheyenne Mountain 11, Montezuma-Cortez 0 At Runyon Field: After three scoreless innings Cheyenne Mountain (9-1) found its groove and scored 11 runs in the final two innings of an 11-0 route of Monetzuma-Cortez. Katelynn Ralston threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 10 in her five-inning performance. Grace Gustafson had three RBIs, while Jenna Randall hit 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Cheyenne Mountain 12, Sand Creek 4 At Runyon Field: Cheyenne Mountain had a comfortable lead heading into the bottom of the sixth against Sand Creek, but the Indians were not about to settle. Cheyenne Mountain (9-1) tacked on five runs in the bottom of the sixth to claim a 12-4 win over Sand Creek (2-7). JR Smith had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Scorpions, but it was not enough to overcome Cheyenne Mountain’s powerful hitting. Mesa Ridge 21, Sand Creek 5 At Runyon Field: Mesa Ridge came out swinging against Sand Creek, scoring 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kylee Bunnell had five RBIs for the Grizzlies (7-3) thanks to an impressive 4-for-4 performance at the plate, which included three doubles. Mary Hemandez, Hailey Mayl and Kaylee Morgan each had two hits for the Scorpions (2-7). Lamar 23-20, James Irwin 0-0 At Lamar: James Irwin lost a Tri-Peaks Conference doubleheader to Lamar as the Savages pounded James Irwin 23-0 and 20-0, respectively. The Jaguars (2-6) sit at the bottom of the Tri-Peaks Conference at 0-5 in league play. Valor Christian 9, Vista Ridge 1 At Vista Ridge: Valor Christian racked up 15 hits against a trio of Vista Ridge pitchers on the way to a 9-1 victory. Valor’s productive offense was led by Eden McNally who had three RBIs. Midori Williams led Vista Ridge (5-5) hitting 2-for-3 including the team’s only extra base hit. Discovery Canyon 15, La Junta 4 At La Junta: Discovery Canyon racked up 19 hits in a non-conference game against La Junta as the Thunder cruised to a 15-4 victory in six innings. Corah Price led Discovery Canyon (7-1-1) with four RBIs and struck out five in three innings pitched. BOYS’ TENNIS    Patriot Invitational Liberty placed fourth at the Patriot Invitational just two points out of second place thanks to wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and doubles. Sean Bohuslavsky defeated George Washington’s Zach Weissman 6-0. 6-1 at No. 1 singles. VOLLEYBALL    Mesa Ridge Tournament Discovery Canyon went 3-1 at the Mesa Ridge Tournament with three-set wins over Pueblo Centennial and Palisade, and swept Canon City 2-0. Bennett Invitational Calhan went 2-2 in tournament play at the Bennett Invitational, falling 2-0 to Bennett and Kiowa, and won 2-1 to Kennedy and 2-1 by forfeit to Salida. Elizabeth Tournament Coronado 2, Palmer Ridge 1: 9-25, 25-17, 15-12 Palmer Ridge 2, Smoky Hill 0: 25-16, 26-24 Palmer Ridge 2, Woodland Park 0: 25-20, 25-18 Palmer Ridge 2, Evergreen 0: 25-16, 25-17 The Bears went 3-1 at the Elizabeth Tournament led by a trio of big hitters in Mac Russ (33 kills), Riley Simpson (31 kills) and Kori Woods (21 kills). Palmer Ridge (6-1) forced three sets against Coronado after rebounding from a 25-9 first-set loss to claim a 25-17 victory in the second before falling in a narrow third set, 15-12. Lewis-Palmer Invitational Lewis-Palmer 2, Thompson Valley 0: 25-13, 25-19 Lewis-Palmer 2, Windsor 0: 25-14, 25-13 Lewis-Palmer 2, Niwot 0: 25-15, 25-17 Lewis-Palmer 2, Pueblo West: 25-9, 25-21 Jadie DeLange led the Rangers’ offense with 24 kills as Lewis-Palmer completed a 4-0 sweep at its home tournament. Riley Putnicki also had a productive day at the net with 18 total kills, while the Rangers (6-0) did not allow more than 19 points to be scored against them prior to the final set against Pueblo West, when the Cyclones put up 21 points after falling 25-9 in the first set.
Friday's prep roundup: Pine Creek football shuts out Windsor

Friday's prep roundup: Pine Creek football shuts out Windsor

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

FOOTBALL Pine Creek 10, Windsor 0 At Windsor: Another exceptional defensive performance and another big-stage win for Pine Creek (2-0). The Eagles’ dazzling defense was on display once again as Pine Creek shut out Windsor (1-1) in a matchup of the previous two Class 4A state champions. Windsor had a long drive to open the third quarter that came up empty. Then, it threatened to score late in the fourth before Xavier Hill salvaged the shutout with an interception in the end zone. Pine Creek’s D had held 5A ThunderRidge scoreless through three quarters in Week 1. “We’re turning people over and that’s always huge,” Pine Creek coach Todd Miller said. “It always starts with lining up scheme and can you tackle people.” David Moore III capped off a 60-yard drive in the first half with his third rushing score of the season and the Eagles added a field goal before the half. Pine Creek will face Fountain-Fort Carson next weekend. The Trojans beat the Eagles 10-7 in overtime last season. When asked about it, Miller downplayed the idea of the game being a “revenge game”, but did say he didn’t know if all of his players would feel the same. “We’re going to play a tough team and we’re going to do everything we can to show up and give them the best game we can,” Miller said. Palmer Ridge 51, Liberty 13 At Don Breese Stadium: Ty Evans threw for three scores in the first half as Palmer Ridge (2-0) blew past Liberty (0-3) for its second straight victory. Dylan Matesi and Jaden Sparks had defensive touchdowns for the Bears, who have outscored the opposition 100-16 in two games this year. The Classical Academy 24, Sterling 7 At TCA: Brayden Luft ran for 159 yards and Jenson Hall had three rushing touchdowns as TCA (2-0) beat Sterling (2-1). Luft followed up his 115-yard performance on just five carries against Sierra in the opener with another 100-yard effort. The Titans outgained the Tigers 237-49 on the ground. Mesa Ridge 37, Denver South 34 At CA Foster Stadium: Mesa Ridge (1-1) overcame a 27-10 deficit at half to beat Denver South (0-2). The Grizzlies scored with 3:06 remaining to pull ahead for their first win of the season. Cheyenne Mountain 31, Sierra 0 At Cheyenne Mountain: Shamauri Rivera ran for a 70-yard touchdown early in the third quarter, Cheyenne Mountain’s defense rebounded from giving up 38 points in the season opener and the Indians (2-0) rolled over Sierra (0-2) for its second straight win. Terrance Dishmon also had a rushing TD for the Indians, who have beaten the Stallions three straight times dating back to 2009. Harrison 42, Centaurus 14 At Harrison: Harrison rushed for three long touchdowns after half as the Panthers (2-0) beat Centaurus (0-2) for their second straight win. The Panthers outscored the Warriors 28-0 in the second half. They were tied with Centaurus at the break, scoring on a long run and a 55-yard pass. Cherry Creek 33, Doherty 27 At Cherry Creek: Fresh off its 83-point output in the season opener, Doherty (1-1) nearly delivered an even bigger stunner against Cherry Creek (1-1). The Spartans recovered an onside kick after Logan Siffert hit Isaac Kubik for the score to pull the Spartans within six with seven minutes remaining. The Bruins, however, held them out of the end zone to preserve the win. Vista Ridge 49, Sand Creek 14 At Sand Creek: Micah Hilts had two quick TDs, including a 70-yard reception in the opening minutes, as Vista Ridge (1-1) rebounded its home-opening loss to beat Sand Creek (0-2). The Wolves lost to Windsor 14-3 last week. Canon City 63, Pueblo County 23 At Pueblo County: Canon City (2-0) scored seven touchdowns in the first half to take a 49-14 lead over Pueblo County (0-2). The Tigers have scored 103 in their first two games this season. Air Academy 7, Woodland Park 6 At Woodland Park: Air Academy (1-1) beat Woodland Park (0-2) for its first win of the season. The Kadets lost to Cheyenne Mountain 41-38 in overtime last week. Peyton 13, Highland 7 At Peyton: Peyton (2-1) surrendered its first points of the season, including a fourth quarter touchdown in a loss to Highland (2-1). Josh Gonzalez ran for 86 yards and Gunner Saarela had a rushing TD for the Panthers, who had outscored their first two opponents 91-0. Discovery Canyon 28, Brighton 14 At Discovery Canyon: Discovery Canyon (1-1) regrouped from a 35-point loss in its season opener to beat Brighton (1-1). The Thunder lost in the 3A state finals a year ago. Monarch 14, Rampart 7 At Monarch: Justin Kiss scored on a 1-yard rush with 2 minutes remaining as Monarch (2-0) handed Rampart (2-1) its first loss of the season. Jared Behm had tied the game 7-7 with a 15-yard run a few minutes earlier for the Rams. Evergreen 16, Lewis-Palmer 15 At Evergreen: Lewis-Palmer (0-2) fell to Evergreen (2-0) for its second loss of the season. The Rangers went 10-2 last year. Colorado Springs Christian 54, Dolores Huerta Prep 0 At Dolores Springs: Colorado Springs Christian earned its first win of the season in a non-conference route of Dolores Huerta Prep. FIELD HOCKEY Kent Denver 5, Liberty 0 At Kent Denver: Tina Bomberg had the lone shot for Liberty (0-4) as it fell to undefeated Kent Denver (4-0). Haley Edge and Christina Jensen split time in net with Edge stopping three shots and Jensen stopping four. SOFTBALL Discovery Canyon 8, Ponderosa 0 At Discovery Canyon: Corah Price threw a complete-game shutout as Discovery Canyon (6-1-1) beat Ponderosa (4-4-1). Price (6-1), who also had two RBIs, scattered eight hits and struck out six for her second consecutive shutout. The senior has a 3.73 ERA in seven outings this season. Sami Edwards tripled for one of her three hits and drove in two runs for the Thunder. Mary Roach also had two RBIs. Tournament at Runyon Field Cheyenne Mountain 4, Mesa Ridge 2 Cheyenne Mountain 16, Canon City 7 Sand Creek 8, Canon City 6 Montezuma-Cortez 19, Sand Creek 3 At Runyon Field: Katelynn Ralston homered and drove in three runs against Canon City as the Indians (7-1) beat the Tigers (1-7) and Mesa Ridge (4-3) at a tournament at Runyon Field. Grace Gustafson also had three RBIs in the win over the Tigers and the Indians scored twice in the fifth to pull ahead of the Grizzlies. Katrina Robertson had two hits and drove in a run for Mesa Ridge, and Isabella Quintana allowed six hits and four runs – two earned – in six innings in the loss. Briana Atencio homered for the Tigers, and Bailey Littrell had five RBIs in two games. Hailey Mayl had two doubles for Sand Creek. Palmer Ridge 10, Widefield 5 Palmer Ridge 18, The Classical Academy 13 Widefield 13, Palmer 3 Pueblo County 16, Palmer 1 Pueblo County 7, TCA 1 At Runyon Field: Maya Liester had two triples and drove in five runs as Palmer Ridge beat Widefield and TCA. Brealee DiVello added four RBIs for the Bears, who have won four of their first five games. Jocelyn Garcia and Anna Justus each had three RBIs for the Gladiators. Mariah Parker had two hits and drove in a run for Palmer. Dave Sanders Tournament Pueblo East 10, Liberty 0 Columbine 12, Liberty 1 Mountain Vista 16, Liberty 1 At Columbine: Morgan Ward and Emily Baros each drove in a run for Liberty, but the Lancers (1-7) fell in all three games at the Dave Sanders Tournament. Liberty has lost four straight. BOYS’ SOCCER Air Academy Kadet Kickoff Air Academy 8, Pueblo West 0 At Air Academy: Thaddaeus Dewing scored three goals as Air Academy beat Pueblo West. Kristian Hooker, Nico Leonard, Ryan Self, Kelton Hooker and Andy Hess also scored for the Kadets. Thomas Beatty and Sean Redinger split time in net to earn the co-shutout. BOYS’ TENNIS Cheyenne Mountain 5, Pine Creek 2 At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain swept doubles play in straight sets in its win over Pine Creek. Pine Creek’s No. 1 singles player Bradley Ma beat Joey Geisz 6-4, 6-2 and Luke Miller won in the No. 2 singles match.
Widefield football blanks Mitchell with no-huddle offense

Widefield football blanks Mitchell with no-huddle offense

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Widefield coach Nic Olney thought his offense could use a spark. In their Week 1 win over Liberty, the Gladiators offense didn’t score at all in the second half, so Olney decided to change things up against Mitchell by running a no-huddle offense. Olney’s decision proved to be a good one, as the Gladiators (2-0) defeated the Marauders (0-2) 53-0 in a dominant performance on Saturday at CA Foster Stadium. Related: Gazette Preps Game of the Week: Fountain-Fort Carson can't keep up with powerhouse Pomona Gladiator,Nathan Daniel (33), pushes for yards against the Mitchell Marauders defense in Widefield's 53-0 victory over the Marauders at Widefield High School stadium Saturday September 9, 2017. Photo by Jeff Kearney.   “I think we caught (Mitchell) off guard by going no-huddle,” Olney said. "It wore them down pretty quickly, which was the game plan." Saturday was the first time that the Gladiators ran the no-huddle since Olney took over in 2016. “We’ve got all kinds of speed and great playmakers,” Olney said. “The faster we go, the more plays we have on the field, and the more chances we have to score, so we like it.” The Gladiators scored early and often, beginning with a 59-yard touchdown run by quarterback TJ Davis with 9:25 to go in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead after the ensuing extra point by Taylor Pruett was blocked. The Gladiators added one more score with 32.3 seconds to go in the first half with Davis’ 53-yard TD pass to Myriek Goodwin. The Gladiators scored on each of their first three possessions thanks to a three-yard carry from Jovanni Addison and a 16-yard reception by Rodrick Jones. Marauders Quarterback, Kristian Tillotson (2), scrambles to find a way around an encroaching Gladiators defense during Widefield’s 53-0 victory over Mitchell at Widefield High School stadium Saturday September 9, 2017. Photo by Jeff Kearney. Photo by Jeff Kearney.   The penalty-riddled Marauders could never come up with an answer for Widefield. It was the second consecutive game that Mitchell allowed at least 50 points after falling 50-12 to Thomas Jefferson a week ago. Mitchell coach Corey Anderson said that although his team is “fractured” right now, he believes they can turn things around. Widfield Gladiator, Isaac Price (4), arrives in the End Zone alone against the Marauders defense in Widefield's 53-0 victory over Mitchell Saturday September 9, 2017. Photo by Jeff Kearney.   “I’ll tell you what, we have a classy group of kids,” Anderson said. “They just need to learn how to win. They haven’t had it before and success is not given, so we just have to continue to work, and I truly believe that we’ll get over the edge and it will be a different season here pretty soon.” The game marked the first time since 2010 that Widefield blanked an opponent. Davis, who finished 10-of-17 for 197 yards with three touchdowns and two rushing TDs, credited the offensive line as well as the defense for how well the team performed on Saturday. “Defense wins games, always,” Davis said. “We just got to come out and produce. Our defense gets stop and we try to score. It goes both ways.”
Gazette Preps Game of the Week: Fountain-Fort Carson can't keep up with powerhouse Pomona

Gazette Preps Game of the Week: Fountain-Fort Carson can't keep up with powerhouse Pomona

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Fountain-Fort Carson quarterback Eric Donnell got everyone thinking an upset over the state's top football program was possible. On the second drive of Friday night's game against Pomona, the senior - who was a running back last season - broke and dodged several tackles during an 87-yard touchdown run to give the Trojans an early and surprising lead. "I was trying to make something happen," Donnell said. PHOTOS: Fountain-Fort Carson Trojans vs. Pomona Panthers . @RobisonTheorius punches it in from the 4 to give #Pomona a 14-7 lead over @FFCHSAthletics with 1:23 left in the first quarter. pic.twitter.com/pwLjnAgFfn — Lindsey Smith (@LindseySquints) September 9, 2017 // The Panthers didn't go into panic mode, and Fountain-Fort Carson (1-1) couldn't overcome Pomona's offensive onslaught in a 42-7 non-conference loss, which was The Gazette Preps Game of the Week. It was the Trojans' biggest challenge so far: Pomona team that made it to the state finals the past two years. "It was a test game for us," Fountain-Fort Carson coach Jake Novotny said. "We went toe-to-toe with the best team in the state for three quarters, in my opinion. That's good news for the rest of the eight games coming up." WOW AGAIN! Pomona gets to the 4, but pass is tipped and intercepted by @FFCHSAthletics in the end zone. Trojan ball 6:06 left in 1Q, 7-0 FFC pic.twitter.com/t7rP4BwAAw — Lindsey Smith (@LindseySquints) September 9, 2017 // The game plan was to slow down Max Borghi and the rest of the Pomona (2-2) backfield. Easier said than done. The Washington State commit made the Fountain-Fort Carson Stadium his personal playground, rushing 17 times for 164 yards and one touchdown. His stellar performance was supported by fellow running back Theorius Robison, who had three short touchdown runs and 100 yards on 14 carries. "We tried to keep it up but that's a well-coached program over there with a good coaching staff, good players," Donnell said. "They kept fighting and they got the best of us." Another TD for @RobisonTheorius and the Pomona Panthers. Visitors lead @FFCHSAthletics 34-7 with 2:23 left in the third. #copreps pic.twitter.com/eH8FcFy3EM — Lindsey Smith (@LindseySquints) September 9, 2017 // Following Donnell's big run, the Fountain-Fort Carson defense came up big. It knocked down a pass in the end zone before the ball landed in the hands of senior cornerback Ahmed Bernard. However, the Trojans were forced to punt on the ensuing drive. The Panthers went on to score 42 unanswered points. Borghi and Robison scored from 29 and 2 yards, respectively, late in the first quarter to take a 14-7 advantage. That was followed by a 31-yard touchdown toss from Panthers quarterback Ryan Marquez to Colton Muller to put Pomona ahead by two touchdowns heading into the half. Robison scored two more short touchdowns in the third quarter before Marquez capped it with a 31-yard score to Muller early in the fourth. "We came in hot with them," Donnell said. "We competed for three quarters, and we let it go from there."
Lewis-Palmer's Penrose picks up the pace at altitude

Lewis-Palmer's Penrose picks up the pace at altitude

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

LITTLETON - Lewis-Palmer’s Jonah Penrose was one of the many runners to set a personal best at Friday’s Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational at Heritage High School, but the senior’s circumstances are a little different than most. Penrose was chasing a time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds, which he set as a sophomore. His family lived in Alaska at the time. In just his third race at altitude, Penrose not only set a PR, he did so by more than 30 seconds. His 16:53 was good for ninth in the Division 3 boys’ race. “It was kinda a surprise,” Penrose said. “I was reeling quite a few people in at the end.” // The senior finished roughly 45 seconds back of first place. He’s been a pleasant surprise for the Rangers coaches after finishing in the top 10 in consecutive weeks. “We didn’t know what to expect,” Lewis-Palmer coach Mike Diamond said. “We were a little surprised because at our first time trial, he was there right in the front with who was our No. 1 runner last year.” // Penrose said it took him some time to acclimate to his new setting after the family moved over the summer. He’s since adjusted and has set his sights on cutting another 30 seconds off his best. “I’ve definitely felt that senior itch, like this is my last year, I gotta do well,” Penrose said. “I definitely see myself getting close to 16:20s if I can. That’s definitely a goal for me.” Penrose has a little more time than he used to in order to set another personal best. The Alaskan season ends a couple of weeks earlier than Colorado, he said. The goal for the Rangers, according to Diamond, is qualifying the team for state. Penrose has been a boost. “I think he’s doing a great job as a leader,” Diamond said. “He just jumped right in and has been running with all the other guys on the team. It’s been a great addition to the group we already had. He’s fit in perfectly.”
Pine Creek girls crack top spot at Liberty Bell cross country meet

Pine Creek girls crack top spot at Liberty Bell cross country meet

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

LITTLETON - There was a good deal of uncertainty surrounding the Pine Creek High School girls’ cross country team entering the season after the Eagles lost their top three runners and coach from last year’s fourth-place team at state. A new era appears to be picking up where the last one left off, thanks to a group of young runners. First-year coach Steve Flannery has led the Pine Creek girls to wins in two of their first three meets, including the Division 2 portion of Friday’s 40th Liberty Bell Invitational. The Eagles won the UCCS Rust Buster Jamboree last week, but Friday’s race at Heritage High School is a different beast. "This was a much bigger and stronger field,” Flannery said. “I knew that we had a shot, very happy that we did it. The girls just all had an awesome day.” Freshman Lucy Hart finished 12th in 19 minutes, 5 seconds. The four other runners who factored into the team score all finished within a minute of Hart. “To win a race, you’ve got to have all of them up there,” Flannery said. “We’ve got four or five of the girls doing that, running really strong in close proximity.” Sophomore Brooke Coleman and senior Klara Aspelin moved up into the second and third spots for Pine Creek, running 19:38 and 19:46, respectively. Coleman’s time, which was good for 17th overall, broke her previous best time by a couple of minutes. “It’s awesome,” Coleman said. “I’m really excited.” Every Pine Creek runner set a new PR, according to Flannery. That included Aspelin, who has been waiting to run the time-friendly course after missing the meet in her junior season. “I’ve been trying to break 20 (minutes) for like a year and a half now,” the senior said. “So that’s a big accomplishment for me.” Kathryn Hibbard, another freshman, was Pine Creek’s fourth finisher in 19:55 with sophomore Sydney Wasson finishing a second back. The strong start erased some uncertainty and now has the Eagles looking to build on last year's finish. “We lost three seniors (from) last year, and we were like ‘Uh oh, what about state?’” Coleman said. “But now we have new freshman coming in, and it’s really awesome.”
Coronado football falls in high-scoring affair

Coronado football puts up 50, but it's not enough in high-scoring affair

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

There's no question that Skyline and Coronado put on a show for fans at Garry Berry Stadium Thursday night, as the team's combined for an astounding 120 points as the Cougars fell 70-50 to the Falcons. Coronado's Troy Renner had four rushing touchdowns, but unfortunately for the Cougars it was not enough to overcome Skyline's additionally powerful run game. Related: Friday night's football schedule The Falcons had a pair of running backs who were responsible for the big numbers on the scoreboard in Jeremy Hollingsworth and Moses Rivera, who racked up four touchdowns each for the Longmont school.   "We just couldn't stop them on the defensive side of the ball," Coronado coach Monte Gutowski said. "They have a good ball team and they are tough to defend. It's not a cakewalk by any means." Hollingsworth had an 80-yard sprint into the end zone in the second quarter, while Rivera got things started in the first quarter with a 61-yard touchdown run. Renner racked up 205 yards rushing on his four touchdowns alone, while running back Jordan Evans had a pair of touchdowns for a combined 57 yards on scoring drives. "W e knew those two were capable of it for sure, and they are really, really explosive," Gutowski said. "But the thing I was most proud of was inside the tackles. Those kids have done a good job getting their foot in the ground and getting more south, and they can get there in a hurry and run away from people." Renner's first touchdown of the day was an 80-yard rush at the end of the first quarter, and scored his second on a 60-yard play before halftime.   After trailing 42-14 at the half, Coronado returned to the field with fierce determination - especially after its final drive of the half was thwarted on the 11-yard line as the clock ran down. "Our kids came out in the second half and continued to fight down, after down, and always had a belief that they were going to end up in the end zone," Gutowski said. "We have some guys that if you give them a crease, they're going to take it, and we really saw how explosive we can be." Coronado quarterback Toby Smith had a 36-yard touchdown run and connected to Justin Dwinell for a successful two-point conversion to round out the Cougars' scoring.
Game of the Week: Fountain-Fort Carson battles No. 1 ranked Pomona

Game of the Week: Fountain-Fort Carson battles No. 1-ranked Pomona

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

When you look at Friday's matchup between Pomona and Fountain-Fort Carson football, it's hard to miss the No. 1 ranking next to Pomona's name. But the Trojans aren't paying attention to anything besides the color of their opponents jersey for their home opener. "I think the fans and the media pay attention to that ranking more than we do," Fountain-Fort Carson coach Jake Novotny said. "We've been preaching next-play mentality and now our guys have to believe that. They don't wear red, white and blue so they're guys we don't like and guys we are going to try to beat." Related: Peak Performer of the Week: Julian Cooks, Doherty football The Trojans' battle with top-ranked Pomona is The Gazette Preps Game of the Week. Pomona earned its top ranking thanks to a fast-paced offense that put up 52 points against No. 10 Mullen in Week 1, but Novotny said the team has been working on a game plan to slow the Panthers down. Various members of the Fountain-Fort Carson defense work on bringing a player down as the team practiced their drills at home on Wednesday September 6, 2017 in Fountain, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).   "We've been focusing on pass reading a lot, so our corners are getting a lot of work," Trojan linebacker Jarren Sly said. "We know they are a high-tempo team and we know they are definitely going to pass the ball on us. We're definitely still worried about the run game though, because they have some pretty fast backs." Sly and fellow linebacker Iosua Maika combined for 26 total tackles last week and will be key in stopping Pomona's speedy offense. "They have one of the best players in the state coming back with Max Borghi, and their quarterback Ryan Marquez is a stud, he's one of the best in the state in my opinion," Novotny said. "We have to key in on those guys and keep it simple for our guys to be successful - and we have to play fast." The Trojans boast a well-rounded threat on offense in quarterback Eric Donnell, who transitioned from running back this summer and uses his speed to his advantage. Last week he amassed 317 all-purpose yards, including 167 yard rushing and a 32-yard kick return. He was 5-for-9 passing for 118 yards. "We have to take it one play at a time and focus on the task at hand. They are just another team that is on our schedule it doesn't matter what rank they are," Donnell said. "We know they are an excellent team and they are well coached, but we are just going to go out there and do our job." Last week the Trojans were shut out in the second half by Ralston Valley in a narrow 21-16 victory. In Week 2, Fountain-Fort Carson will need to put up a fight for a full 48 minutes. "I was really happy with how explosive they were in the first half last week, but then we came out and didn't score in the second half and made some bonehead mistakes and almost gave the game away," Novotny said. "There's definitely a lot of improvement for us to be had - we have to learn to close games now and not make mistakes down the stretch." Head coach Jake Novotny of the Fountain-Fort Carson football watches as Rayshaun Anthony takes down the Roll Tackle Ring as the team practiced their drills at home on Wednesday September 6, 2017 in Fountain. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).   PANTHERS-TROJANS AT A GLANCE Game data: No. 1 Pomona Panthers at Fountain-Fort Carson Trojans . Friday at 7 p.m. at Fountain-Fort Carson Stadium . nonconference game. Media: Follow @chhunsun and @LindseySquints on Twitter for updates from the game, and follow GazettePreps on Snapchat for an exclusive sideline snap story, interviews and more. Teams: Both teams are 1-0 but Pomona is ranked No. 1 in the state according to MaxPreps ... In Week 1 the Panthers beat No. 10 Mullen 52-22, while Fountain-Fort Carson claimed a 21-16 victory over Ralston Valley. Stat leaders: Trojan quarterback Eric Donnell racked up 317 all-purpose yards with 167 yards rushing and a 32-yard kick return. He also threw 5 for 9 for 118 yards. Jarren Sly and Iosua Maika had 15 and 11 total tackles respectively for F-FC in Week 1 . Pomona quarterback Ryan Marquez threw for 254 yards against Mullen, while running back Theorius Robison ran for 232 yards on 20 carries.
Pine Creek scores nine in fifth for softball win over Fountain-Fort Carson

Pine Creek scores nine in fifth for softball win over Fountain-Fort Carson

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Once the rally started, it was hard to stop it. Pine Creek's softball team proved this in an 11-1 home win Thursday over Fountain-Fort Carson in 5A Colorado Springs Metro League action. The Eagles scored all their runs in the final two innings, while Brooke Linden threw a five-strikeout, three-hit game backed by a strong defensive team effort. @PineCreekHS senior Brooke Linden pitched a 5-strikeout, 3-hit game in an 11-1 softball win over @FFCHSAthletics . @gazettepreps #copreps pic.twitter.com/3QKSrR4DTg — Chhun Sun (@chhunsun) September 8, 2017 // "She pitched extremely well," Pine Creek coach Janelle Krohn said about Linden, who also finished with an RBI. "All we ask from our pitchers is to let the defense play and help her out, and she did tremendously. I'd say pitching and defense was huge. Holding this team, who's been scoring a lot lately, to just one run is really awesome." The Eagles improved to 6-5 overall and 5-0 in the conference, while F-FC (6-1, 4-1) suffered its first loss this season. It was only the second time that the Trojans were limited to single-digit scoring. Before Thursday, F-FC outscored teams 84-30, including a 9-5 win over defending league champion Liberty. The Trojans were the first to score Thursday, thanks to an RBI double by sophomore Mackenzie Cordova in the top of the third inning. Pine Creek responded with a two-run fourth inning to go ahead 2-1. Senior Camille Lucas started the rally with a double, followed by Sarah Gardner getting hit by a pitch, a bad throw to first base and clever base running. In the fifth, the Eagles scored nine runs on seven hits. Junior pinch hitter Katie Spieth had a two-RBI double, sophomore Lourdes Martinez contributed with a three-RBI single and junior Kennedy Johnson singled in two runs to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule. "It took probably a few more innings than we would have liked," Krohn said about her team's rally. "Our expectation is to come out early and to jump on them." The Eagles said they didn't approach Thursday's game any differently than others - though both teams came in with undefeated league records. "I think all of our teammates don't focus as much on pressure as we do on making good plays and doing whatever we can to score one run at a time and put one more run on the scoreboard," Linden said. "It's not about who we play but about how we play ourselves and we know that we're capable as a team to come back and win, and I think that was displayed, too."