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Gazette Preps weekly schedule

Gazette Preps weekly schedule

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

MONDAY, APRIL 24 BASEBALL Evangelical Christian Academy at Simla, 4:30 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Bear Creek vs. Palmer at Garry Berry, 7 p.m.; Pine Creek vs. Dakota Ridge at Trailblazer Stadium, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Pine Creek vs. Castle View, at Douglas County, 7 p.m. TENNIS Pine Creek vs. St. Mary's at Memorial Park, 3:45 p.m.; Salida at Cañon City, Harrison at Pueblo East, Colorado Springs School vs. Sierra at Memorial Park, both 4 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Lutheran at St. Mary's, 6 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Pine Creek at Castle View, 7 p.m. GIRLS' GOLF Coronado, Fountain-Fort Carson, Mesa Ridge, Palmer, Palmer Ridge at Doherty Spartan Invite at Colorado Springs Country Club; TCA, Cañon City, Air Academy, Falcon and Elizabeth at Spring Valley Golf Course, both 9 a.m. TRACK AND FIELD Air Academy at Lewis-Palmer, 3 p.m. TUESDAY, APRIL 25 BASEBALL Air Academy at Discovery Canyon, Peyton at Calhan, Cripple Creek-Victor at Cotopaxi, Pikes Peak Christian at Genoa-Hugo, Falcon at Palmer Ridge, Vista Ridge at Leiws-Palmer Cheyenne Mountain at Sand Creek, Colorado Spirngs Christian at Buena Vista, Harrison at Elizabeth, TCA at Cañon City, Mitchell at Widefield, Woodland Park at Mesa Ridge, Coronado at Rampart, Pine Creek at Palmer, all 4 p.m.; Liberty at Fountian-Fort Carson, 4:30 p.m.; Ellicott at St. Mary's, 5 p.m. GIRLS' GOLF Vista Ridge, Air Acadmey and Lewis-Palmer at Cherokee Ridge, Doherty, James Irwin and Saint Mary's at Cherokee Trail, both 3 p.m.; GIRLS' LACROSSE Air Academy vs. Rampart at Pine Creek Turf Field, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Trinidad at Fountain Valley, Ellicott at Vanguard, Rye at James Irwin, Salida at Colorado Springs School, Cañon City at Mesa Ridge, all 4 p.m.; Elizabeth at Sierra, 4:15 p.m.; Pine Creek at Coronado Colorado Springs Christian School at Evangelical Christian Academy, Woodland Park at Mitchell, 4:30 p.m.; Falcon at Air Academy, Manitou Springs at Florence, Lamar vs. St. Mary's at Grace Center, Palmer at Sand Creek, Liberty at Fountain-Fort Carson, all 6 p.m.; Elizabeth at Sierra, 6:15 p.m.; Falcon at Air Academy, Harrison at TCA, both 6:30 p.m.; Cheyenne Mountian at Discovery Canyon, Vista Ridge at Lewis-Palmer, Rampart at Doherty, all 7 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Coronado at Rampart, Pine Creek at Liberty, Doherty at Palmer, all 4 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Mesa Ridge at Cañon City, 3:30 p.m.; CSCS at Falcon, Fountain Valley at Lewis-Palmer, Sierra at Widefield, Coronado at Fountain-Fort Carson, Colorado Springs Academy at Mitchell, Pine Creek at Doherty, Palmer at Liberty, all 3:45 p.m.; Mesa Ridge at Cañon City, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 BASEBALL The Classical Academy at Manitou Springs, 4 p.m. GIRLS' GOLF Coronado, Doherty, Fountain-Fort Carson, Air Academy, Cheyenne Mountain, Mesa Ridge, TCA and Pine Creek at Palmer Terror Invite at Patty Jewet Golf Course, Cañon City at Pueblo East, both 9 a.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Lutheran-Parker at Air Academy, 6 p.m. Fountain Valley at St. Mary's, 6 p.m.; Pueblo West at Cheyenne Mountain, Dakota Ridge at Lewis-Palmer, 7 p.m. Pine Creek vs. Palmer at Garry Berry, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Pueblo West at Palmer Ridge, Pine Creek at Cheyenne Mountian, both 5 p.m.; Palmer at Liberty, 5:30 p.m.; Lewis-Palmer at Liberty Common, TBA GIRLS' SOCCER Colorado Springs Christian at La Junta, 4 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Cheyenne Mountain vs. Air Academy at Rampart, 4 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Peak to Peak at Lewis-Palmer, 3:45 p.m.; Fountain Valley at Rampart, Denver East at Cheyenne Mountian, both 4 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD Air Academy at Vista Ridge, TBA THURSDAY, APRIL 27 BASEBALL Del Norte at Sierra, noon. Del Norte at Mitchell, 3 p.m. Lewis-Plamer at Palmer Ridge, 4 p.m. Fountain-Fort Carson at Liberty, 4 p.m. Palmer at Pine Creek, 4 p.m. Doherty at Canon City, 4 p.m. Discovery Canyon at Sand Creek, 4 p.m. Falcon at Vista Ridge, 4 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain at Air Academy, 4 p.m. Idalia at Pikes Peak Christian, 4 p.m. Rampart at Coronado, 4:30 p.m. Calhan at Peyton, 4:30 p.m. Simla at Evangelical Christian Academy, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS' GOLF Sand Creek, Cheyenne Mountain, Air Academy, Discovery Canyon, Vista Ridge, Falcon, Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge at Kings Deer Countrt Club, 9 a.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Fountain Valley at Atlas Prep, 4 p.m. Colorado Springs School at Colorado Springs Christian, 4 p.m. James Irwin at Trinidad, 4 p.m. St. Mary's at Rye, 4 p.m. Vanguard at Sierra, 4 p.m. Liberty vs Palmer at Garry Berry South Field, 4 p.m. Buena Vista at Florence, 4 p.m. Mesa Ridge at The Classical Academy, 4:30 p.m. Widefield at Harrison, 5 p.m. Coronado at Fountain-Fort Carson, 6 p.m. Mitchell at Elizabeth, 6 p.m. Air Academy vs. Palmer Ridge at Don Breese Stadium, 6 p.m. Sand Creek at Falcon, 6 p.m. Lewis-Palmer at Cheyenne Mountain, 6 p.m. Discovery Canyon at Vista Ridge, 6 p.m. Woodland Park at Canon City, 6:30 p.m. Manitou Springs at Salida, 6:30 p.m. Pine Creek at Doherty, 7 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Pueblo Centennial at Fountain-Fort Carson, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Mitchell at Mesa Ridge, 3:30 p.m. Harrison at Widefield, 3:45 p.m. Coronado at Rampart, 3:45 p.m. Pine Creek at Liberty, 3:45 p.m. Doherty at Palmer, 3:45 p.m. Sand Creek vs St. Mary's at Memorial Park, 4 p.m. Discovery Canyon at Chatfield, 4 p.m. FRIDAY, APRIL 28 BASEBALL Elizabeth at Mitchell, 4 p.m. Mesa Ridge at Harrison, 4 p.m. Canon City at Woodland Park, 4 p.m. Widefield at Sierra, 4 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE St. Mary's at Pueblo West, 4 p.m. Palmer vs Chatfield at Trailblazer Stadium, 5:30 p.m. Lewis-Palmer vs Lakewood at Trailblazer Stadium, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Cheyenne Mountain vs Palmer Ridge at Don Breese Stadium, 5 p.m. Rampart at Liberty, 5:30 p.m. Air Academy at Grand Junction, 6 p.m. Pine Creek at Pueblo West 6 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Canon City vs Pueblo East at Dutch Clark Stadium, 4:30 p.m. Pueblo Centennial at Fountain-Fort Carson, 6 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Lewis-Palmer at Cherry Creek, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Cherry Creek at Cheyenne Mountain, 4 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD Doherty, Harrison, Liberty, Mesa Ridge, Palmer, Pine Creek, Rampart, Widefield, Mitchell, Woodland Park, Pueblo Centennial, Pueblo East, Pueblo South, Pueblo West, TCA, Vanguard, Cañon City, La Junta Florence, Durango, Cheyenne Mountain, Falcon, Peyton, Rocky Ford, Calhan at South Park at Coronado, 10 a.m.; Air Academy vs. Heritage Tournament at Littleton Public Stadium, 2 p.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 29 BASEBALL Air Academy at Cheyenne Mountain, 10 a.m. Palmer Ridge at Lewis-Palmer, 10 a.m. Sand Creek at Discovery Canyon, 10 a.m. Vista Ridge at Falcon, 10 a.m. Doherty at Liberty, 10 a.m. Fountain-Fort Carson at Pine Creek, 10 a.m. Colorado Springs Christian School at Manitou Springs, 10 a.m. and noon Sanford at Cripple Creek-Victor, 10 a.m. and noon. St. Mary's at Rye, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Cheyenne Mountain at Alexander Dawson, 11 a.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Liberty at Smoky Hill, 11 a.m. Aspen at Cheyenne Mountain, noon GIRLS' SOCCER Windsor at Air Academy, 9 a.m. Discovery Canyon at Falcon, 10 a.m. Fountain Valley at Colorado Springs School, 11 a.m. James Irwin at Salida, 11 a.m. Trinidad at Vanguard, noon. Rock Canyon at Liberty, noon Doherty at Legend, 1 p.m. Vail Christian at Evangelical Christian Academy, 1 p.m. Middle Park vs. St. Mary's at Grace Center, 2 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain at The Classical Academy, 6:30 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Air Academy, Coronado, Discovery Canyon, Fountain-Fort Carson, Palmer, Pine Creek at USAFA, 11 a.m. Lewis-Palmer at Cherry Creek, 3 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD CSCS, St. Mary's, Buena Vista at Grace Center, 8:30 a.m. Falcon, Discovery Canyon, Sand Creek at Vista Ridge, 9 a.m. Air Academy vs. Heritage Tournament at Littleton Public Stadium, 2 p.m.
Prep follow: Mesa Ridge kicker Tristan Widic gets national acclaim

Prep follow: Mesa Ridge kicker Tristan Widic gets national acclaim

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Widic earns national recognition as a kicker Mesa Ridge kicker Tristan Widic was notified last week that he received national acclaim on the football field, winning a Ray Guy Prokicker.com Top Prospect Award. The special teams program spans the country, evaluating and promoting kickers, punters and long snappers for college recruitment. Previous top prospects from the organization include Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus. Widic was a standout at the Ray Guy Kicking Camp last summer and followed that with a near flawless fall campaign with the Grizzlies. He finished the year going 3 for 3 on field goals and only missed one of his 45 PATs due to a fumbled snap. "He makes life easier," Mesa Ridge coach Rob Braaten said. Widic, a talented soccer player who owns 59 career goals, said he was convinced to split his time between soccer and football a little more than a year ago. Now, surprised by his own rapid success, Widic said he might have to reconsider his priorities in athletics: "It would be really fun to kick in college. ... I think I'd rather play soccer, but we'll see." Monk nears 100 career goals Fountain Valley's McKenna Monk needs four more goals to reach 100 in her esteemed high school career. The senior, in her 51st career game, scored for the 96th time in a 6-2 win over The Vanguard School on Saturday. Monk can draw closer to the milestone Tuesday against Trinidad, a team that gave up 10 goals to Pueblo County over the weekend. "It's a very rare thing," Fountain Valley coach Byron Dacy said. "It's so rare to see a kid in high school soccer score 100 goals. You see the top players score 40, maybe 50 goals in high school, so to see McKenna to get almost 100 and go beyond is an incredible accomplishment." Monk, who also has 59 career assists, is closing in on former Fountain Valley standout Wrendy Rayhill, who finished high school as the state's and school's all-time career goal leader with 107. (The state association does not list the current individual records for girls' soccer). The Danes have six games remaining on their regular-season schedule. 5A CSML title comes down to winner of Pine Creek and Doherty The winner of the Pine Creek-Doherty girls' tennis dual Tuesday will likely win the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League title. (Rampart is just hanging on). If the Eagles win Tuesday, they will earn their second straight league title. Doherty, however, not only needs to beat Pine Creek to win league - but will have to finish off Rampart Wednesday in a dual that is already in progress. The Spartans were ahead of the Rams Thursday before weather postponed the conclusion of the match. Rampart, with the toughest road, needs to have a Doherty victory over Pine Creek Tuesday, as well as a comeback win over the Spartans Wednesday to force a three-team tiebreaker. "Pine Creek looked pretty good in the tournament we were just at," Doherty coach Cheri Rogers said. "You never know, though." Cheyenne Mountain has already wrapped up the 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. The Indians didn't drop a set to Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge, Discovery Canyon or Air Academy this season. Their one loss in league came to Sand Creek when they sat all of their varsity players.
Baseball helps Cheyenne Mountain senior thrive despite Asperger's syndrome, leads to scholarship

Baseball helps Cheyenne Mountain senior thrive despite Asperger's syndrome, leads to scholarship

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Baseball helped Connor Dunaway blossom into the funny young man many of his teammates didn't even realize has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism. "They have helped me come out of my shell so to speak," said the Cheyenne Mountain senior outfielder, who recently signed to play baseball for Bethany (Kan.) College. Cheyenne Mountain left fielder Conner Dunaway watches from the dugout Tuesday, April 18, 2017, while the Indians played Lewis-Palmer at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Dunaway, who has Asperger's, signed to play baseball at NAIA Bethany (Kan.) College. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)   Dunaway's journey to an NAIA scholarship was almost a lifelong one, starting with his first word, ball, at age 3, said his mother, Diane, a retired elementary teacher. The fact that Connor's first word was spoken then was a sign something was different about the boy. The middle son of a military family was initially misdiagnosed with separation anxiety by Fort Carson counselors at age 6. Related: Fountain's Jason Farrell continues to improve in first season as hurdler "We always knew he was more quirky than our other kids," Diane said. "He had a lot of sensory issues but we had no idea what it could be." After two years, he was correctly diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum. Dunaway was given medication to help deal with the distractions. Cheyenne Mountain left fielder Conner Dunaway, left, celebrates in the outfield with center fielder Ryan Schneider and right fielder A.J. Carpenter after the Indians recorded the final out to defeat Lewis-Palmer 3-0 Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at Cheyenne Mountain High School. Dunaway, who has Asperger's, signed to play baseball at NAIA Bethany (Kan.) College. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)   For example, he would hear the classroom lights buzzing as loud as helicopters. That hyper-sensitivity made a traditional school unbearable for Connor. He is earning his high school diploma from home through the Colorado Connections Academy. That medication had side effects, notably causing the physically active Dunaway to gain 20-plus pounds. That weight gain and subsequent teasing by teammates prompted him to quit soccer. But his love for baseball never abated. It began as a small child with he and his younger brother (Indians junior outfielder Kurt) being brought to CMHS baseball games to watch their brother, Korey. Perhaps that planted a seed. As a toddler, Connor pretended he was a catcher in the sandbox, his mother said. That love of the game was enough for the socially awkward freshman to set aside any trepidation and join the Indians as a bit of an outsider since he did not attend the school. "I played a lot of sports growing up but baseball has been my favorite," Connor said. "I'm not really sure why. It's just fun." He fit in well. Baseball is a good sport for Connor since the game, especially practice, requires repetition. That is often a comfort to people on the autism spectrum. "When he dials in on something, he gives 100 percent," Indians coach Mark Swope said. "His ability to focus is definitely an asset." Connor soon earned his teammates' respect. "He's quiet but he is a good teammate," sophomore Aaron Berkhoff said. "The way he plays and works hard is an inspiration." Dunaway prefers being known as a hard-working baseball player, not as someone who has learned to deal with Asperger's syndrome daily. Attending a smaller college with access to study tables and a campus writing lab - communication remains Connor's biggest daily challenge - convinced his parents that Bethany was a good fit. Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., has 650 students with the vast majority competing for the Swedes. It's also a seven-hour drive for his parents to see him play. Diane and Connor's father, Bo, are filled with pride at how their son has developed thanks to his work dealing with his disability and through the social interaction of being a teammate. His dry sense of humor emerged over the past three-plus seasons, Indians senior Christian Buckler said. He expects Connor to do well in college. "He's the perfect character guy to have on your team," Buckler said. "He cares about everybody and trusts his teammates. You have to remember, it isn't easy to join a team where he never met anyone before, but the fact that he was brave enough to do that (four years ago) and seeing him succeed now is something we can all learn from in baseball and in life."
Saturday's prep roundup: Manitou Springs tops St. Mary's in girls' soccer

Saturday's prep roundup: Manitou Springs tops St. Mary's in girls' soccer

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

GIRLS' SOCCER Manitou Springs 4, St. Mary's 2 At Manitou Springs: The Mustangs scored three times in the second half to defeat their rivals in a matchup of two of the best 3A teams in the state. Brooklyn Mack had two goals and a pair of assists to lead Pikes Peak region 3A No. 1 Manitou Springs (10-1), and Ailsa Connors and Olivia McKenna each scored. Bridget Bodor and Caileen Sienknecht each had an assist. Related: Fountain's Jason Farrell continues to improve in first season as hurdler Cassidy Sorensen and Faith Heery each scored for St. Mary's (8-3). Rampart 7, Fountain-Fort Carson 0 At D-20 Stadium: The Rams showed their balance, getting goals from seven players. Tianna Phillips-Marlar, Ashleigh Decker and Ella Cobbs all scored a goal and added an assist for 5A No. 1 Rampart. Katlyn Rosenbaum got the shutout in net for the Rams (10-2, 4-0 5A Metro). No stats were reported for F-FC (1-8, 0-3). Doherty 7, Vista Ridge 1 At Vista Ridge: Jaelyn Brown and Mykiaa Minniss each scored two goals for Doherty, and Chaylaa Minniss, Taylor Fortune and Taylor Cosgrove each added a score for the 5A No. 3 Spartans (5-5). No stats were reported for the 4A Wolves (2-8-1). Rocky Mountain 4, Pine Creek 1 At D-20 Stadium: Jade Gosar had a hat trick for Rocky Mountain, which broke a 1-1 halftime tie with three scores in the second half. 5A No. 2 Pine Creek (7-3) has lost three of its past four. Fountain Valley 6, Vanguard 2 At Fountain Valley: Megan Masters tallied a hat trick and added two assists for the Danes, who scored three times in each half. McKenna Monk had one score and three assists for Fountain Valley (6-3) and Morgan Lewis and Isabella Montoya each added a goal for the Danes. No stats were provided for Vanguard (3-6). Pueblo South 10, Palmer 0 At Dutch Clark Stadium: The 4A Colts scored five times in each half to make quick work of the 5A Terrors (2-9-1).   GIRLS’ TENNIS Cheyenne Mountain Invitational At Cheyenne Mountain: The 4A Indians and 5A Cherry Creek each scored 34 points to split the team win. Cheyenne Mountain No. 1 singles Morgan Hall defeated Cherry Creek’s Micha Handler 7-6, 6-3 in the finals, while the Indians’ No. 3 Claire Dibble also won a singles title. Cheyenne Mountain took three of four doubles titles, led by No. 1 doubles Ally Arenson and Casey Ahrendsen, who defeated Air Academy’s Ally Reeder and Lyla Hollis in the finals.   BASEBALL Palmer 5, Fountain-Fort Carson 4 At F-FC: Palmer scored five runs in the first four innings to build a 5-1 lead, and then hung on late for the upset win. Trevor Kramer went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the 5A No. 2 Trojans (8-6, 5-2 5A Metro), and Will Shelton and Gavin Green each contributed two hits and an RBI. No stats were provided for Palmer (5-9, 3-4). Cheyenne Mountain 12, Sand Creek 2 At Cheyenne Mountain: The 4A No. 1 Indians scored at least once in each of the five innings, including a four-run first, to end this one after five. Chase McCleary went 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs for Cheyenne Mountain, and Ryan Schneider was 2 for 2 with an RBI and three runs scored. Everett Dwyer pitched all five innings for the Indians (13-1, 8-1 4A/5A Pikes Peak), giving up two earned runs and striking out two. No stats were reported for Sand Creek (2-12, 1-8). Manitou Springs 3, Buena Vista 0 Buena Vista 9, Manitou Springs 7 At Buena Vista: Sean Whalen was the star in a game one win for the 3A No. 1 Mustangs, pitching a complete-game three-hitter and striking out eight, while also driving in two runs. In game two, Buena Vista scored eight times in the fourth inning and then held on for the split. Whalen had another pair of RBIs in the second game, as did Hunter Zentz and Davyn Adamscheck for Manitou Springs (10-3, 5-1 3A Tri-Peaks West). The Mustangs still sit atop the league standings. St. Mary's 2, La Junta 1 St. Mary's 6, La Junta 1 At Grace Center: The 3A No. 3 Pirates seized control of second in the 3A Tri-Peaks East with the sweep. St. Mary's (8-6, 4-2) got a pair of gems from starting pitchers Jacob Brummel and Sascha Obermayer. Brummel tossed a complete-game three-hitter with seven strikeouts in game one, and Obermayer pitched a complete-game four-hitter with three strikeouts in the second game. Josh White drove in both St. Mary's runs in game one, and TJ English had two RBIs in the second game. CSCS 16, Florence 6 CSCS 5, Florence 4 At CSCS: Quinn Stowell led the way for the Lions' offense in the two-game sweep, going 3 for 7 with five RBIs, three doubles, a home run and two runs. Luke Smith went 4 for 6 with four RBIs and two runs scored for CSCS (3-11, 2-2 3A Tri-Peaks West), and Justin Johnston contributed four hits, three RBIs and four runs scored. No stats were reported for Florence (2-12, 0-8).
Fountain's Jason Farrell continues to improve in first season as hurdler

Fountain's Jason Farrell continues to improve in first season as hurdler

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

FOUNTAIN - The disappointing news for Jason Farrell came in the form of a phone call late last summer. The incoming junior on the track and field team at Fountain-Fort Carson could only listen in disbelief as assistant coach Keith Smith told his athlete about a change that he should strongly consider. "He told me he wanted me to run hurdles," said Farrell, a sprinter by nature who also plays receiver and cornerback on the Trojans' football team. "I didn't like the idea at first. But our coaches thought I'd be good at it. I didn't think I'd like it, but they told me I needed to try it." Photos: Fountain-Fort Carson Track and Field Invitational Well, coaches know best, right? Pine Creek's Wyatt Wieland, right, and Fountain-Fort Carson's Jason Farrell reach the final hurdle neck-and-neck during the 4A-5A 300-meter hurdles final Saturday, April 22, 2017, during the Fountain-Fort Carson Track and Field Invitational at the Fountain-Fort Carson High School. Farrell hit the hurdle but fell forward to edge Wieland at the finish. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)   Farrell made his staff look good again Saturday at the annual Fountain-Fort Carson Invitational at Guy R. Barickman Stadium. The newbie looked anything like a hurdling greenhorn, registering a personal-best time of 39.45 seconds in winning the 300-meter event, his second win in a season that has produced no finish worse than fourth place in six attempts. "Coach Smith and I noticed him last season when we didn't have a good 300-meter hurdler, and we needed one," Trojans coach Ben Montoya said. "We looked at him and knew that was our guy, and he's doing amazing. He's just an aggressive, hard-nosed kid who's just mentally tough, and he's willing to do anything for the team." He took one for the team at the end, losing his footing and falling hard to the track while leaning at the finish line to edge Pine Creek's Wyatt Wieland by .08 seconds. Mitchell’s Aleah Brenner competes in the girls triple jump Saturday, April 22, 2017, during the Fountain-Fort Carson Track and Field Invitational at the Fountain-Fort Carson High School. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)   "Yeah, I stumbled over that last hurdle," Farrell said. "I just have to keep running my races, work hard and do the best I can every day. I'm happy with a PR, but I know I have to run faster." Next month Farrell will hope to end a three-year school drought by winning the 5A state title in the 300, last done by Dakota Leazer in 2013. Farrell, who later ran the opening leg of a victorious 1,600 relay to end the two-day event, helped the Trojans to the 4A-5A team title, which also featured wins in all four relay events and another monster effort from Jequan Hogan, who took first in the 110 hurdles, high jump and triple jump and placed second in the long jump. Donovan Williams won the 100 dash. Fountain-Fort Carson also took the girls' title in the 4A-5A division, thanks to victories in the 100 hurdles and triple jump by Kiana Jackson, along with a discus title from Gina Coleman and a triumph in the 1,600 relay. A total of 28 schools competed at the event, formerly known as the Ray Campbell Invitational, which wasn't held last year due to scheduling conflicts. The event returned for 2017, complete with a name change. "Other schools may not realize that the Ray Campbell meet is actually at Fountain-Fort Carson, so they don't come," Montoya said. "We needed a name change."
In addition to name change, Fountain-Fort Carson splits meet into two divisions

In addition to name change, Fountain-Fort Carson splits meet into two divisions

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

FOUNTAIN - First came a name change. Then came a decision to split schools into divisions based on enrollment size at this weekend's Fountain-Fort Carson Invitational track and field meet - formerly the Ray Campbell Invitational - at Guy R. Barickman Stadium. Well, the name will be the same next year. The two divisions? Maybe not. Related: Fountain's Jason Farrell continues to improve in first season as hurdler Sierra's Lindsey Little jump 13 feet, 1 inch in the 1A-3A girls long jump Saturday, April 22, 2017, during the Fountain-Fort Carson Track and Field Invitational at the Fountain-Fort Carson High School. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)   "We just thought it would be something different," Fountain-Fort Carson coach Ben Montoya said. "A lot of invitationals don't have two divisions, but to be honest, it was difficult and a little confusing. We might go back to having one division next year. We'll evaluate everything and see what happens." Contestants in smaller schools didn't exactly embrace the idea of not having the chance to compete against the big dogs. "I'd much rather lose to a bunch of future Olympians than win," said The Vanguard School senior Harley Morgan, who won titles in the 400- and 800-meter races in the 1A-3A division but her times would have placed seventh and 13th, respectively, had the event been reduced to one division. "I like good competition. That improves my standing because it brings out the best in me. I like having all the schools together. Just because you're up against bigger schools doesn't mean you can't place very well." Vanguard claimed both boys' and girls' team title in the small-schools division, the small southwest Colorado Springs school with an enrollment of just 282 - the smallest in 3A - knocking off competitors with much larger figures, such as Sierra (787) and Woodland Park (772), for example. Still, no matter how you slice it, it's still runners against clocks and tape measures, regardless of opposition. "I thought it was different, but you have to push yourself either way," said Sierra's Briyana Bunson, who won 1A-3A sprinting titles in the 100 and 200. "When you run against bigger teams, you have more athletes to run against. You have to push yourself, but when you're chasing someone, that motivates you to go so much faster."
Friday's prep roundup: Pine Creek rolls to lacrosse win

Friday's prep roundup: Pine Creek rolls to lacrosse win

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

GIRLS' LACROSSE Pine Creek 18, Rampart 1 At Pine Creek: The Eagles (7-4, 2-2 5A Southern league) scored 11 goals in the first half and added seven in the second to defeat the Rams (2-8, 2-2) and end a three-game losing streak. The Eagles, tied at No. 3 with Cheyenne Mountain in the Pikes Peak region rankings, had seven players score on Friday. Madeline Bourgois led the way with five goals, Kate Hatchell and Brittney White scored four apiece, Julia Anarumo had two and Riley Hatchell, Peneal Schwab and Kelly Henderson each scored once. Devin Morgan had one save in the net for Pine Creek. Palmer Ridge 18, Palmer 1 At Palmer: Pikes Peak region No. 2 Palmer Ridge (8-4, 3-1 5A Southern league) won its fourth consecutive game after nearly shutting out Palmer (1-9, 1-4). The Bears have outscored their last four opponents 64-17. Sam Rippley and Abby O'Hara each scored five goals for the Bears, with Rippley adding two assists. Liz Phillips had four goals and four assists. BOYS' LACROSSE Lewis-Palmer 13, Palmer 2 At Garry Berry Stadium: The Pikes Peak region No. 1 Rangers (10-1, 6-0 5A Jeffco) stayed perfect in league play with the win over Palmer (1-8, 0-5). Stats for the game were not reported. GIRLS' SOCCER Lamar 2, Ellicott 0 At Ellicott: Lamar improved to 4-5-1 with the win. Ellicott fell to 0-11. Stats were not reported. BOYS' SWIMMING Pine Creek 121, Fountain-Fort Carson 65 At Pine Creek: Jordan White and Nicholas Sherman each won twice to help lead the Eagles (3-1-1, 3-0-1 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) to 12 wins out of the nine events against the Trojans (1-4-2, 1-4) on Friday. White touched first in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200 individual medley, while Sherman won the 100 breaststroke and the 500 freestyle. White was also a part of Pine Creek's winning 200 medley relay team, and Sherman helped lead the 400 freestyle relay team to victory. Brenan Bloyd did his part to help the Trojans with wins in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Tristan Riffe won the diving competition for the Trojans. FOOTBALL Cheyenne Mountain begins search for new football coach after parting ways with Willie Roberts After four seasons under the direction of Willie Roberts, the Indians have decided to go in a different direction. Roberts was hired as head coach in 2013 after serving as an Indians assistant coach for 12 seasons. The decision was made in the first week of April, according to Cheyenne Mountain athletic director Kris Roberts. "I just think we're looking to reenergize the program and get players bought in," Roberts said. "I think that was the biggest driving factor. I just didn't feel like the energy was there and I was concerned." In 2014, the Indians were forced to forfeit their final two games due to a lack of players. Cheyenne Mountain had just a dozen players on the roster when they decided to end the season. Roberts said he did not want to face a similar situation and felt that a change was necessary. He's hoping a new coach will give the program new life. "That's the hope. We'll see," he said. "At the end of the day, the kids have to buy in and our hope is that a change in leadership will bring some energy and some good, new and different energy and that that will be the end result." The Indians had a record of 10-30 with Willie Roberts as head coach. After winning just four games in his first three seasons, Roberts led the Indians to a 6-4 record in 2016. The Indians last made the playoffs in 2012. Kris Roberts said it was a difficult to decision to let Willie go. "Absolutely," Roberts said. "Willie worked his butt off for our program for years both as an assistant and a head coach, so yeah, very difficult. He's really poured his heart and soul into the program for 17 years." Roberts said he hopes to fill the position as soon as possible, but he doesn't have an exact timetable as to when they expect to hire or if Cheyenne Mountain will look at current staff to fill the position. "As this point it's wide open," he said. "We're just looking and trying to find the best candidates to take the reins of our program."
Push to sanction boys' volleyball squashed without discussion

Push to sanction boys' volleyball squashed without discussion

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

AURORA - The push to sanction boys' volleyball didn't get off the ground at the Colorado High School Activities Association's Legislative Council meeting on Thursday. Fifty-four percent of the legislative body voted against opening the Classification and League Organizing Committee report, thwarting the proposed amendment before it ever hit the floor. "It was disappointing," said James Irwin athletic director Mike Prusinowski, who is the president of the Colorado Boys' High School Volleyball Association and was at the forefront of the amendment championed by the Tri-Peaks League. "First time I've been involved with our league that something didn't even get to discussion on the floor," he said. "On my end, if we would have got to the discussion, and then got to a vote after that, then you have to accept that. But it's disappointing not to even share what's going on with the perspective on the sport." Related: CHSAA roundup: Woodland Park approved for hockey program The refusal came in a matter of moments following a long, tumultuous road for the leadership of the proposal. The sanctioning initially received positive feedback after a survey sent out to athletic directors around the state in November showed that 200 of the 258 schools that responded were in favor of it. The eventual decline, however, started when the association's equity committee did not support its sanctioning in a meeting in January. Their issue was the negative impact it would have on the proportionality between girls' and boys' high school sports in the state. "Eighty-percent of the membership said that it would negatively affect or completely throw them out of compliance by adding the sport," said CHSAA assistant commissioner Bethany Brookens, who administers volleyball and oversees the equity committee for the association. "With that information the equity committee said that we could not recommend the addition of boys' volleyball." The final nail in the coffin came Thursday - or maybe in the weeks leading up. CHSAA's outgoing commissioner Paul Angelico said he believed the membership was pushed "too hard" from advocates - which included an alleged email sent to schools that predicted by name how each council member would vote based on the November survey, per chsaanow.com. "The volleyball committee has published some stuff, got things out to schools that I think schools aren't feeling good about," Angelico told The Gazette. "And they're saying they aren't going to be pushed. It's our decision." Angelico went on to say he didn't think boys' volleyball should be added. "I think schools are saying enough. How many sports can we have?" he said. "They cut our budget every year, how do we add a sport? And quite frankly, this is Paul talking, why do we need a sport that is already being served at the club level in the schools? We want to add a sport, let's add something entirely new that a different kind of kid that's currently not participating could participate in." Prusinowski said he was unaware of the alleged email. Doherty AD Chris Noll and Rampart AD Andy Parks, both supporters of the sport's sanctioning, said they were also unaware of it. When The Gazette requested a copy of the email, CHSAA assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann said CHSAA officials had seen the email but he was unaware of any officials having a copy of it Thursday evening. If passed, boys' volleyball would have started in the spring of 2019. The sport's advocates can try again at the legislative council meeting in January. "We'll have to sit and talk to see where to go from here," Prusinowski said. "But I know from interest of the kids' sake there's definitely an interest there. I know there are some that feel that this is a big negative and whether it should be (continued). But to give those kids the opportunity there's definitely some interest in pursuing it for next year."
SIGNING DAY LIST: Colorado Springs area athletes sign National Letters of Intent

SIGNING DAY LIST: Colorado Springs area athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Wednesday represents the third official Signing Day, when student-athletes can sign National Letters of Intent to take their athletic career to the college level. Below is a list of athletes from Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region that are expected to sign NLIs over the next several days. Click here for dozens of photos . Information was submitted to The Gazette from area athletic directors and coaches. Jade Adams, Falcon, basketball, CSU-Pueblo (D2) Madison Adkins, Pine Creek, volleyball, Palm Beach State (J.C.) Chase Allen, Lewis-Palmer, football, Augsburg (D3) Layla Almasri, Pine Creek, cross country/track, UCCS (D2) Sam Alvares, Cheyenne Mountain, soccer Rose Hulman Institute of Tech (D3) Zac Baker, Cheyenne Mountain, wrestling Colorado Mesa University (D2) Jeremy Baldes, TCA, soccer Indiana Wesleyan (NAIA) Scarlet Bastin, Palmer Ridge, track, Olivet Nazarene (NAIA) David Bentham, CSCS, soccer, Dordt College (NAIA) Drew Bentley, Palmer, cross country/track, UCCS (D2) Matt Betterson, Cheyenne Mountain, football Kansas Wesleyan (D3) Noah Bettner, Lewis-Palmer, swimming/dive, Air Force prep school (D1) Dalton Bishop, Mesa Ridge, baseball, Eastern Arizona J.C. Sam Britton, Palmer Ridge, baseball York (Neb.) College (NAIA) Nathaniel Bodnar, St. Mary’s, track/cross country, Lake Forest College (D3) Matthew Breakey, Doherty, football, Hastings (NAIA) Brevin Brimble, Doherty, basketball, Colorado Mesa (D2) Emily Broerman, St. Mary’s, volleyball, UCCS (D2) Collin Bruske, Fountain-Fort Carson, track/cross country, Tabor College (NAIA) Nik Chappee, Air Academy, track, Idaho (D1) Christian Buckler, Cheyenne Mountain, baseball, Point Loma Nazarene (D2) Alex Bumpus, Coronado, baseball, Salt Lake C.C. Grace Butler, CSCS, track, Point Loma Nazarene (D2) Ey’mon Campbell, Doherty, wrestling, Northwest Kansas Tech. (J.C.) Sergio Cedano, Fountain-Fort Carson, track and field, UCCS (D2) Kyle Chasse, Air Academy, baseball, USC-Sumter (J.C.) Jennifer Choate, Cheyenne Mountain, field hockey, University of New England (D3) Eric Cilek, TCA, basketball/track, Nebraska Wesleyan (D3) Elijah Clanton, Coronado, basketball, Sterling (Kan.) College (NAIA) Destiny Colo'n, Mesa Ridge, soccer, Iowa Wesleyan (D3) Nicole Daum, TCA, basketball/track, Concordia Univ. (D2) Julie Day, Lewis-Palmer, swimming/dive, Oklahoma Baptist University (D2) Matt DePeppe, Cheyenne Mountain, soccer, Case Western Reserve (D3) Aiden Detlof-Maldanado, Cheyenne Mountain, golf, Keiser Univ. (NAIA) Hana Diaz, Falcon, basketball, Lamar C.C. Addison Di Marco, Lewis-Palmer, soccer, Fort Lewis (D2) Connor Dunaway, Cheyenne Mountain, baseball, Bethany College (NAIA) Julia Elbert, Air Academy, softball, Chadron State (D2) TJ English, St. Mary’s, baseball, Tabor College (NAIA) Savannah Espinosa, Mesa Ridge, volleyball, Butler County C.C. Abby Farrell, Air Academy, wheelchair basketball, Illinois (D1)  Katelin Gallegos, Air Academy, track and field, Western State (D2) Zach Garrard, Cheyenne Mountain, wrestling Colorado Mesa (D2) Hunter Goodale, Lewis-Palmer, lacrosse, Greensboro College (D3) Tony Goodman, Doherty, baseball, College of the Siskiyous (C.C.) Nicole Hale, TCA, soccer, Calvin College (D3) Shawn Hale, TCA, shotgun sports, Lindenwood (D2) Allison Helton, Liberty, softball, Lake Land J.C. Jacob Hoekert, CSCS, golf, Taylor University (NAIA) Allison Horwitch, Palmer, cross country/track, Flagler (Fla.) Univ. (D2) Sam Hough, Lewis-Palmer, football, Dordt (D3) Marcus Hurtado, Doherty, football, Buena Vista (Iowa) Univ. (D3) Peter Isais, Pine Creek, football, North Dakota State (D1, FCS) CJ Jennings, Sierra, basketball, West Texas A&M University (D2) Kennedy Jamieson, Air Academy, lacrosse, Arizona St. (D1) Jared Keul, Manitou Springs, track, Kansas St. (D1) Camryn Laberteaux, Air Academy, soccer, Northwest College (J.C.) Jaydon Lewis, Coronado, track, UCCS (D2) Meg Lowrey, Cheyenne Mountain, swimming, Western State (D2) Brandon Lucero, Air Academy, wrestling, Northern Colorado (D1) Kaitlin Malone, Falcon, track, Benedictine (Kan.) College (NAIA) Max Martinez, Widefield, cross country, CSU (D1) Tanner Mayberry, Coronado, baseball, Ventura C.C. Maddie McIntyre, Palmer, cross country/track, University of Mary (D2) Shelby Megyeri, Manitou Springs, basketball, CSU-Pueblo (D2) Maria Mettler, Air Academy, cross country, Air Force (D1) Michaela Moore, Cheyenne Mountain, track, UCCS (D2) Jarod Morris, Mesa Ridge, baseball North East NE J.C. Emily Munn, Lewis-Palmer, swimming/diving, Air Force (D1) Tanner Norman, TCA, cross country/track, Iowa St. (D1) Aubriana Noti, Doherty, basketball, Iowa Western C.C. Megan Nunez, Lewis-Palmer, softball, Trinidad State J.C. Peyton Nussbaum, Palmer, softball, Doane (NAIA) Zander Offutt, Doherty, football, Oklahoma Panhandle St. (D2) Ryan Oliver, Lewis-Palmer, football, Lake Forest College (D3) Regan Olson, Palmer, lacrosse, Fort Lewis (D2) Danielle Ortonward, Manitou Springs, swimming, Franklin Pierce (D2) Lexi Pallisco, Doherty, softball, Iowa Lakes C.C. David Palmer, Falcon, football/track, Concordia (Wis.) Univ. (D3) William Pankowski, Fountain-Fort Carson, baseball, Coe College D3) Makayla Patterson, Cheyenne Mountain, volleyball, McDaniel College (D3) Cole Pelt, Liberty, football, CSU-Pueblo (D2) Christion Pinkney, Pine Creek, football, Luther College (D3) Kalani Poloa, Doherty, basketball, Otero J.C. Jared Pope, Lewis-Palmer, football, Augsburg (D3) Corrina Porras, Fountain-Fort Carson, softball, Seward County C.C. Ethan Powell, Air Academy, cross country, Kansas St. (D1) Cassie Reed, Mesa Ridge, softball, Calumet College of Saint Joseph (NAIA) Nyla Reese, Fountain-Fort Carson, cheer, CSU-Pueblo (D2) Kirsten Regennitter, Falcon, basketball, Northeastern J.C. Dalton Reif, Palmer, lacrosse, Davis and Elkins College (D2) Payton Romines, Air Academy, softball, Holy Family Univ. (D2) Onyx Rowland, Mesa Ridge, wrestling, Otero J.C. Devereaux Sadler, Palmer, rugby, Norwich University (D3) Katelyn Sage, CSCS, track, Colorado Christian (D2) Natalie Sannes, Air Academy, lacrosse, Mercer Univ. (D1) Nathaniel Sawer, Lewis-Palmer, swimming/dive, Simon Fraser Univ. (D2) William Schenk, Palmer, cross country and track, Colorado Mesa (D2) Matthew Schramm, Fountain-Fort Carson, track/cross country, UCCS (D2) Toby Scoles, Pine Creek, baseball, Colorado School of Mines (D2) Adam Selvage, TCA, basketball, York College (NAIA) Joseph Sevaaetasi, Fountain-Fort Carson, football, West Hills College Coalinga (C.C.) Haydn Shereck, Falcon, soccer, Gillette College (J.C.) Mitchell Shaw, Air Academy, baseball, Lake Land J.C.  Sommer Sigala, Mesa Ridge, soccer, Otero J.C. Shannon Snediker, Palmer Ridge, field hockey, Univ. of Toronto (OUA-Canada) Courtney Stanton, Pine Creek, basketball, Colorado School of Mines (D2) Jaydi Starling, Colorado Springs School, basketball, Concordia University (NAIA) Caleb Stewart, Mesa Ridge, basketball, Sheridan J.C. Charley Sturgeon, Palmer, swimming, George Washington (D1) Brooke Sulski, Air Academy, basketball, St. Olaf College (D3) Josh Dudden, Air Academy, baseball, Central Arizona College (J.C.)  Jozighus Thomas, Doherty, wrestling, Ottawa Univ. Kansas (NAIA) Kevin Tims, Lewis-Palmer, football, Nebraska Wesleyan (D3) Luke Travins, Coronado, golf, Concordia (Ore.) Univ. (D2) Gabriella Valdez, Pine Creek, volleyball, Dodge City College (C.C.) Peter Van Os, CSCS, track, Wheaton College (D3) Ben Vogrin, Air Academy, rifle, Alabama at Birmingham (D1) Isabel Ward-Chambers, Palmer, cross country/track, Rhodes College (D3) Colin Welge, Pine Creek, soccer, Azusa Pacific (D2) Collin Willis, Pine Creek, football, Troy (D1) * To submit a student-athlete not listed above or among lists in fall or winter, email preps@gazette.com with information similar to that provided above.
Thursday's prep roundup: L-P rallies to hand Cheyenne Mountain first loss in baseball

Thursday's prep roundup: L-P rallies to hand Cheyenne Mountain first loss in baseball

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region. BASEBALL Lewis-Palmer 15, Cheyenne Mountain 10 At Lewis-Palmer: Cheyenne Mountain looked to be headed to its 13 straight victory as the Indians held a four lead after five and a half innings. But then came the bottom of the sixth. Lewis-Palmer (8-5, 5-3 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) blew open the game with 11 runs and knocked the Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Indians (12-1, 7-1) from the ranks of the undefeated. The Rangers grabbed a 15-8 lead heading to the seventh. Billy Cook homered, drove in two and had three hits for the Rangers. Johnny Behm added two RBIs. Jack Denker homered and drove in three runs for the Indians, while Aaron Berkhoff homered and drove in two. The Indians committed four errors. Sierra 5, Harrison 0 At Harrison: Adrian Montes threw a no-hitter to lead Sierra (2-10, 1-4 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) past Harrison (1-13, 0-4), and for much of the game the outcome was in doubt. Sierra didn't get a lead until the fourth inning, going up 1-0, while Montes continued to deal. He struck out 11 and walked just two batters. It wasn't until a four-run sixth that the Stallions put the game out of reach. Marcus Pacheco, Rico Vallejos and Brock Girling each drove in a run. Palmer Ridge 11, Air Academy 8, 5 innings At Air Academy: Two days after falling to the Kadets, Palmer Ridge (8-4-1, 5-3 5A/4A PPAC) rebounded with a rain-shortened win over 4A No. 3 Air Academy (9-4, 5-3). Falcon 7, Discovery Canyon 0 At Falcon: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Falcon (9-4, 5-3 5A/4A PPAC) notched its fourth consecutive win, shutting out Discovery Canyon (5-8, 3-5). Stats were not reported. Sand Creek 9, Vista Ridge 8 At Sand Creek: Class 4A Sand Creek (2-11, 1-7 5A/4A PPAC) scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat 5A Vista Ridge (2-11, 1-7). Canon City 8, Widefield 0 At Canon City: Canon City (10-4, 4-0 4A CSML) held Widefield (6-10, 3-2) to three hits to keep the Tigers perfect in league play. Canon City scored three runs in both the second and fourth innings.  GIRLS' SOCCER Air Academy 1, Cheyenne Mountain 0 At Air Academy: Cassidy Olsen's first-half goal proved to be enough as Air Academy (6-4, 3-1 5A/4A PPAC) shut out Pikes Peak region 4A No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (5-5, 2-1). Fountain Valley 7, Rye 1 At Rye: McKenna Monk scored five goals to lead Fountain Valley (5-3) past Rye (2-5-1). The Danes led 5-0 at the half. Isabella Montoya scored two goals and dealt two assists. TCA 11, Widefield 1 At Widefield: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 The Classical Academy (10-0, 5-0 4A CSML) cruised past Widefield (3-10, 2-4) behind Hannah Burgo's five goals and two assists in a game that was shortened by the 10-run rule. Trinity Harvey added two goals and two assists, and Abbie Flannery added two goals for the Titans, who led 8-0 at half. CSCS 10, Ellicott 0 At Ellicott: Pikes Peak region 3A/2A No. 2 Colorado Springs Christian School (9-1) breezed past Ellicott (0-10) as Gabby Huthoefer scored five goals. Hannah Wilson had two goals and three assists, helping her set the school record with 30 assists. Grace Rummel had two goals. Lewis-Palmer 2, Palmer Ridge 0 At Lewis-Palmer: The 4A defending state champion Rangers (10-1, 4-0 5A/4A PPAC) notched a goal in each half to defeat rival Palmer Ridge (5-6, 2-2). St. Mary’s 10, Dolores Huerta 0 At St. Mary’s: Behind two goals and two assists from Mary Brummel, Pikes Peak region 3A/2A No. 3 St. Mary’s (8-2, 4-0 3A Region 2) ended the game against Dolores Huerta (0-10, 0-5) in the first half because of the 10-goal rule. Freshmen Katherine Chartier and Cassidy Sorensen each scored twice, while classmate Katie Morales had three assists. Sand Creek 7, Vista Ridge 0 At Vista Ridge: Freshman Zoey Shank scored three goals to lead 4A Sand Creek (6-5, 1-3 5A/4A) past 5A Vista Ridge (2-7-1, 0-4). The Scorpions led 5-0 at half. Jaden Davis had two goals. BOYS' SWIMMING Coronado 122, Liberty 63 At Coroando: Liberty's Josh Lenzmeier set a pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.81 seconds but Coronado beat the Lancers in the dual meet. The Cougars won eight of the 12 events, led by Nicola Zenarolla who won both the 500 freestyle (5:20.66) and the 200 freestyle (1:57.14). Lenzmeier also won the 100 freestyle (50.80) for the Lancers. BOYS’ LACROSSE Pine Creek 8, Lakewood 7 At Pine Creek: Pine Creek (5-6, 1-3 5A Jeffco League) scored a big league win over Lakewood (6-5, 1-3), edging the Tigers to get the Eagles’ first win in conference.  CROSS COUNTRY St. Mary's tabs coach Nicole Robinson, a St. Mary's track and field assistant coach, will take over the cross country program for the Pirates, athletic director Dennis Vigil told The Gazette via email. Robinson was also an assistant for the cross country teams in the fall. She is a Colorado-Colorado Springs graduate.
CHSAA roundup: Woodland Park approved for hockey program

CHSAA roundup: Woodland Park approved for hockey program

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Woodland Park gets hockey team Woodland Park and Chaparral were approved for hockey programs at the Colorado High School Activities Association's Legislative Council meeting on Thursday. The Panthers will field a varsity team next season. Woodland Park athletic director Michael DeWall called it "a logical next step" as 11 of the school's students participated in hockey with different programs around the area a season ago. Related: Push to sanction boys' volleyball squashed without discussion "It's very exciting," DeWall said. "We've probably been building toward this for a decade." The uncertainty surrounding the addition of two more hockey teams is the amount of ice time available around the state. Many athletic directors were also forced to tweak their hockey schedules for next season to accommodate the new teams. The Panthers are expecting to play at least one home game at the outdoor rink at Meadow Wood Sports Complex in Woodland Park next season. Basketball calls mercy The legislative council approved basketball's mercy rule to bring them up to date with the other team sports in the state. The rule states that a running clock will start when one team is ahead by 35 points or more after three quarters. "It's a good thing, it's a really good thing," Doherty athletic director Chris Noll said. "It's the only team sport we have that doesn't have something in place to curb that." Angelico bids farewell CHSAA's outgoing commissioner Paul Angelico, a Wasson High graduate, said farewell to the legislative council as Rhonda Blanford-Green was introduced to succeed him.
Game called in fifth inning, but Mesa Ridge escapes with rainy win over TCA

Game called in fifth inning, but Mesa Ridge escapes with rainy win over TCA

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

On a miserable day for baseball - cloudy, windy, rainy - Mesa Ridge defeated The Classical Academy 6-3 in a game that was called in the top of the fifth due to weather. The game will stand as a Grizzlies win, TCA athletic director Gary Geiger confirmed. The rainout was not an outcome either team wanted, though it proves extremely beneficial for the Grizzlies (5-8, 4-0 4A Colorado Springs Metro League), who remain undefeated in league play. "We did not want to end the game that way," Mesa Ridge coach John Bishop said. "It's a huge game in conference. ... We pitched through it, they pitched through it. Then the weather just got crazy." The Grizzlies took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on two unearned runs when TCA infielders committed errors on two infield grounders that would have gotten the Titans (5-9, 3-2) out of the inning unscathed. Several errors in the top of the fourth helped put the Grizzlies up 6-1, boosted by a bases-clearing single from Jaeden Hegmann. "I was proud of our guys, they battled through it, didn't complain," Bishop said. The Titans answered in the bottom of the inning, as John Bull drove in two runs on a single, cutting the gap to 6-3. Mesa Ridge reliever Marley Machin stepped in and induced a fielder's choice three pitches later to end the inning. Mesa Ridge sent two batters to the plate in the top of the fifth before umpires called the game, as rain, which had fallen lightly off and on throughout, turned to a downpour. TCA interim coach Bart Jennings liked the way the Titans were trying to rally and had hoped the game could be continued at a later date. "This could be a game, if we go to Canon City and win that one, that could determine who the (league) champion is," Jennings said. "That would send us to the playoffs. I don't want to bypass that. ... It hurts if that's the way we're going to leave this."
Keating performance, Rampart depth lead Rams to girls' golf tournament title

Keating performance, Rampart depth lead Rams to girls' golf tournament title

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

There's more to the Rampart girls' golf team than standout Arielle Keating. Though that would be easy to forget after yet another superb performance by the Rams junior. Keating carded a 3-under 69 despite chilly, windy conditions to win the Liberty Lancers Invitational by 11 strokes and lead Rampart to the team championship. The title also puts Rampart firmly in control of the Colorado Springs Metro League team race. But it takes more than one college-bound golfer to make a championship team and fourth-year coach Brad Keating is thrilled by the depth his program has developed. He now has seven golfers who consistently score below 101 - a score many varsity golfers would like - with several besides his daughter Arielle making significant individual improvements. Rams sophomore Alex Hill placed seventh with an 89 at Pine Creek Golf Club for her first varsity round below 90. She and the 54 other golfers battled 22-mph wind gusts that resulted in a wind chill in the high 30s when the round began Thursday morning. Getting the team win was important to Hill. The Rams softball player enjoyed a breakout spring after a summer dedicated to golf helped her trim 10-15 strokes off her game. "I'm extremely happy," she said. "We are three girls deep (on junior varsity) and are all playing well." Palmer Ridge's Kellsey Sample, who won the Coronado tournament earlier this week, placed second with an 80 followed by Air Academy's Isabella Deak (82) and Coronado freshman Kate Griffin (84), who attends the Colorado Springs School. Keating was minus-4 through the first nine holes and never trailed. "Arielle just killed it," Sample said. "I didn't adjust well enough to the wind but I feel OK about the result." Keating adapted to the conditions better than anyone. "I relied on my swing and just adjusted based on the wind direction," she said. "Sometimes you had to wait until a gust ended or you'd be kicking yourself." Rampart won the team title by 13 strokes over Pine Creek (266) and Air Academy (269). "She has improved tremendously," coach Keating said of Hill. "All the girls have. The administration has done a wonderful job of helping us develop the program to this point. Our No. 3 was taking a test and our No. 6 or 7 stepped in and helped us get the team win. I'm proud of all the girls."
One year after Fountain-Fort Carson athletics shakeup, AD leaving for principal position in Pueblo

One year after Fountain-Fort Carson athletics shakeup, AD leaving for principal position in Pueblo

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Fountain-Fort Carson will be looking for a new athletic director less than a year after hiring its previous one. Chris James, who took over after longtime AD Kelley Eichman was moved into another position within the school district, was named the new principal at Pueblo West on Tuesday, the Pueblo Chieftain reported Wednesday. James, who graduated from Pueblo South, was also assistant principal at Fountain-Fort Carson for two years before taking the AD position ahead of the 2016-17 school year. Related: TCA tabs assistant Justin Rich to take over football program James was elevated to AD at Fountain-Fort Carson among sweeping changes under the watch of School District 8 superintendent Keith Owen, also a South graduate. In April 2016, toward the end of Owen's first school year as superintendent, all coaches at F-FC were told they would have to reapply for their positions. Eichman was also reassigned to D-8's alternative school, the Welte Education Center, to serve as assistant principal. Then-football coach Mitch Johnson, who graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson in 1974 and coached at F-FC from 1986 to 2015, did not return when told to reapply. Owen and Patrick Krumholz, who was principal at Pueblo East before taking the same role at F-FC ahead of the 2016-17 school year, told coaches last year that they were bringing a new philosophy regarding athletics. That approach reportedly included developing a pipeline for athletics, starting with middle school students and kids involved in community sports programs, district public information officer Christy McGee told The Gazette last year. Neither James nor McGee responded to voicemails left by The Gazette on Wednesday.
Gazette Team to Watch: Cheyenne Mountain girls' tennis readies for busy stretch

Gazette Team to Watch: Cheyenne Mountain girls' tennis readies for busy stretch

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Prom, placement testing and a challenging schedule has the Cheyenne Mountain girls' tennis team feeling some pressure. Add in a more compact schedule due to construction at the District 12 high school and the grind is noticeable. "This is a really intense time on top of AP placement tests, finals, the end of the year and school, and everything," senior captain Ally Arenson said. "As an individual, you have to really prioritize and we're lucky we have people who can go home after winning their tennis match and study. I know I have gone through it for three years now, but it still hits me hard." Arenson, one of three team captains along with No. 1 doubles partner Casey Ahrendsen and No. 3 singles player Claire Dibble, is cautiously confident the defending 4A state champions will set aside those distractions well enough during a difficult schedule. The long-term goal remains winning the program's ninth-straight 4A state title in May under coach Dave Adams. The Indians, fresh off a home dual meet against rising Valor Christian, are in the middle of a challenging stretch in their schedule. They placed second at the Cherry Creek Invitational last week. After dual meets against Air Academy on Tuesday and Valor on Wednesday, they welcome the 33-time 5A champion Bruins along with a number of strong 4A programs to this weekend's Cheyenne Mountain Invitational. They host Cherry Creek again next week for a dual meet. Cheyenne Mountain No. 2 doubles team Taylor Heinicke, foreground, and Ariana Arenson warm up before their match against Valor Christian Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Cheyenne Mountain High School. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)   "This is my favorite time of the season," Arenson said. "You have to go to those 5A tournaments because that is where most of the best teams are. The challenge is good and it pushes us. It's good for everyone on our team." Dibble, who placed third at No. 3 singles last spring, is back competing in the same division, as is No. 1 singles player Morgan Hall, who also placed third a year ago. Arenson and Ahrendsen are going for their fourth state title together at No. 1 doubles. Their only loss came during their freshmen season versus a Fossil Ridge team. While the schedule may seem daunting now, the older players know it may pay off at state. "Every season there's a sense of progress," Dibble said. "We have a lot of new girls this year, especially in doubles, and so these tournaments help us mesh together and give us a better sense of team, especially because we spend so much time together. That (bonding) can make a real difference when you're on the court to know your team is behind you."
Wednesday's prep roundup: Air Academy clings to 1-goal win over Pine Creek in girls' lacrosse

Wednesday's prep roundup: Air Academy clings to 1-goal win over Pine Creek in girls' lacrosse

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Highlights from Wednesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region. GIRLS' LACROSSE Air Academy 12, Pine Creek 11 At Pine Creek: Whitney Moran and Reagan Brenenstuhl each scored four goals to help Pikes Peak region No. 1 Air Academy (7-2, 4-0 Southern League) hold on and beat Pine Creek (6-4, 1-2), tied for third in the Pikes Peak region, in a key league battle. The Kadets stayed in first place in league, a half game in front of Cheyenne Mountain, which is also unbeaten in the Southern League. Kennedy Jamieson added two goals for the Kadets. Madeleine Bourgois scored three goals for the Eagles, while four others added two each. Cheyenne Mountain 19, Rampart 5 At Rampart: Nicole Beaulieu scored four goals, and Jolie Gilbreth and Madelyn Lewis each notched hat tricks to lead Cheyenne Mountain (7-2, 3-0 Southern League), tied for third in this week's Pikes Peak region rankings, past Rampart (2-7, 2-1). It was Beaulieu's "best game of the season," Indians coach Marc Luckett said. Lewis also had two assists and Gilbreth one. The Indians led 11-3 at the half. Palmer 17, Pueblo West 9 At Garry Berry: Palmer (1-8, 1-3 Southern) notched its first win of the season, beating Pueblo West (2-6, 0-3). Regan Olson scored six goals and added two assists, while teammates Annika Furman and Maya Marquez-Garcia each had three goals and an assist.   GIRLS' TENNIS Cheyenne Mountain 6, Valor Christian 1 At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain handed Valor Christian its first dual loss of the season as the Indians won every match but No. 1 singles, and even that one went three sets. Cory Patton Lossner cruised in her No. 2 singles match with a 6-1, 6-0 win, while teammate Claire Dibble won her No. 3 singles match 6-1, 6-3. Morgan Hall opened her No. 1 singles match with a 6-2 win in the first set, but dropped the next two 6-3, 6-3. Doherty 5, Pueblo South 2 At Doherty: Doherty won all four doubles matches and Jordan Degani won her No. 3 singles match 6-0, 6-1 to help the Spartans defeat Pueblo South. No. 1 doubles Rita Rochelle and Eva Licht won a close one for Doherty, taking their match in three sets, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4).   BOYS' LACROSSE Air Academy 11, Huntington Beach 3 At Air Academy: Pikes Peak region No. 3 Air Academy (6-4) cruised past Huntington Beach (Calif.) (8-10) in an interstate match. The Kadets led 7-1 at the half. No stats were reported. Lewis-Palmer 19, Bear Creek 0 At Bear Creek: Pikes Peak region No. 1 Lewis-Palmer (9-1, 4-0 Jeffco League) blew out Bear Creek (0-9, 0-2). No stats were reported.   BASEBALL Woodland Park 14, Manitou Springs 4, 6 innings At Woodland Park: Class 4A Woodland Park (8-7) handed Pikes Peak region 3A and below No. 1 Manitou Springs (9-2) just its second loss. The Panthers scored five runs in the second and sixth innings, ending the game early due to the 10-run rule. Sean Whalen went 2 for 3 with two runs batted in for the 3A Mustangs. Woodland Park did not report stats. Peyton 17, Dolores Huerta 0, 5 innings At Peyton: Peyton made it clear who the leader is in 2A District 8. The Pikes Peak region 3A and below No. 2 Panthers (13-0, 5-0 2A District 8) blasted Dolores Huerta (9-3, 4-2), which entered the game a half game behind the Panthers. Peyton scored 14 runs in the third inning and added three more in the fourth to run away with the game. The Panthers pounded out 11 hits and took eight walks. Jaeden Meyers doubled, drove in three and scored twice. Rupert Shaw, Caleb Yutzy, Josh Gonzales and Garhett Shaw each drove in two runs. Rodney Gregg struck out 10 in a five-inning complete game. He gave up four hits and one walk. Faith Christian 10, CSCS 0, 5 innings At Faith Christian: Faith Christian (6-5) held Colorado Springs Christian School (1-11) to two hits in a five-inning win over the Lions due to the 10-run rule. The Eagles scored six runs in the second to take a commanding 7-0 lead, then added three more over the last two innings to end the game.   GIRLS' SOCCER Manitou Springs 6, Colorado Springs School 1 At Manitou Springs: Bridget Bodor scored a hat trick and added an assist to lead 3A Manitou Springs (9-1) past 2A Colorado Springs School (2-4). The Mustangs, ranked No. 1 in this week's Pikes Peak region 3A/2A rankings, grabbed a 4-1 lead before the half. Brooklyn Mack and Caileen Sienchnect each had a goal and assist.
Tuesday's prep roundup: Cheyenne Mountain beats Lewis-Palmer in baseball

Tuesday's prep roundup: Cheyenne Mountain beats Lewis-Palmer in baseball

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BASEBALL Cheyenne Mountain 3, Lewis-Palmer 0 At Cheyenne Mountain: Matthew Smith tossed seven shutout innings as Cheyenne Mountain (12-0, 7-0 4A/5A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) beat Lewis-Palmer (7-5, 4-3) to stay undefeated on the year. Dakota Henn had three hits and drove in a run for The Gazette's 4A No. 1 Indians, and Ryan Schneider added two RBIs. The Indians have seven games remaining on their schedule. Cheyenne Mountain coach Mark Swope, though, said his team hasn't focused too much on the idea of a perfect season. "We know it's probably not realistic," Swope said. "I think the boys have done a good job not looking at the big picture and staying in tune with their next contest." Smith kept the ball down in the zone and Cheyenne Mountain's defense was sharp again. The senior, who is 4-0 with a 4.79 ERA, allowed four hits, while walking four and striking out one. Jason Shuger took the loss for L-P, allowing three runs on six hits. "We have to approach each and every game with the mentality that today is not the day - we're not going to get beat today," Swope said. The Indians are two games ahead of Air Academy in the league standings. The Indians and Rangers meet again Thursday at L-P. Palmer 9, Liberty 2 At Spurgeon Field: Jordan Chappell had a season-best 12 strikeouts as Palmer (4-8, 2-3 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) beat Liberty (3-8, 3-3) to split the season series. Chappell allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He also drove in three runs. Tyler Fisher had his team-leading 11th RBI for the Lancers, who beat the Terrors 15-12 in a slugfest Saturday that featured 33 hits. Vista Ridge 12, Sand Creek 2 At Vista Ridge: Kahner Sampson had three hits and drove in four runs as Vista Ridge (2-10, 1-6 4A PPAC) beat Sand Creek (1-11, 0-7). Ryan Shaffer allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits. He struck out seven and walked one. The Scorpions have lost seven straight. Coronado 12, Doherty 6 At Doherty: Coronado (9-4, 4-3 5A CSML) finished off a two-game sweep of Doherty (5-9, 3-5) to push its winning streak to five straight. The Cougars, who beat the Spartans 6-5 in 10 innings on Saturday, scored six runs in the first inning. Josh Lowery doubled twice in the loss for Doherty. Fountain-Fort Carson 4, Rampart 3 At Fountain-Fort Carson: The Trojans (7-5, 4-1 5A CSML) rallied to score the final four runs of the game to beat Rampart (1-13, 0-7). Manny Ortega and Rayn Stratton each had two hits and drove in a run for Fountain-Fort Carson, while Domanique Sanders tripled and scored a run. Jarrod Joiner threw five hitless innings of relief for the Trojans, who trailed 3-0 after the first inning. Widefield 21, Harrison 0, 5 innings At Widefield: Cameron Skalla had three hits, two doubles and drove in five runs as Widefield (6-9, 3-1 4A CSML) beat Harrison (1-12, 0-3) for its fourth straight win. The Gladiators have gone 6-3 after they started the year 0-6. Woodland Park 22, Sierra 6, 4 innings At Sierra: John Hoffman and Tanner Egalite each drove in four runs as Woodland Park (7-7, 3-1 4A CSML) beat Sierra (1-10, 0-4). Marcus Pacheco had two RBIs for the Stallions. Canon City 20, Mitchell 0, 3 innings At Mitchell: Eleven players had a hit for Canon City (9-4, 3-0 4A CSML) in its lopsided win over Mitchell (4-8, 0-4). Lincoln Andrews led the way with three RBIs and three runs scored. Evangelical Christian Academy 19, Ellicott 0, 5 innings At ECA: Zachary Perry drove in four runs and Daniel Perry tossed a one-hitter over five innings as ECA (10-4, 3-2 2A District 8) beat Ellicott (2-8, 1-6). The Eagles scored 15 runs in the third inning.   GIRLS' SOCCER Rampart 3, Liberty 2, 2OT At District 20 Stadium: Freshman Harmony Meier scored the game-winning goal in the 94th minute as 5A No. 1 Rampart (9-2, 3-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) stayed red hot with a win over Liberty (4-6, 1-2). Kaitlyn Wilcox and Haley Creapo also scored for the Rams, who continue to build upon their stunning victory over Pine Creek on April 13. They have won six straight and have outscored the opposition 33-3 in that span. "The focus has been on our mentality," Rampart coach Carisa Whitson said. "We have a young team that has the skill to win games, but it's the mentality and focus that we're working on. We don't want to be satisfied with just one win." Meier took the ball in the box late in the second overtime before she stuck a chance to the top right corner of the net. Cortney Cowles had both goals for Liberty. Fountain Valley 8, Lamar 0 At Fountain Valley: Fountain Valley (4-3) beat Lamar (3-4-1) as McKenna Monk scored four times to give her 90 goals in her high school career. Monk had two assists for a 10-point outing. The senior has eight games left in the regular season to get to 100 career goals. Isabella Montoya added two goals and two assists for the Danes, who snapped a two-game skid. St. Mary's 5, James Irwin 0 At James Irwin: Cassidy Sorensen had two goals and an assist, leading St. Mary's (7-2, 3-0 3A Region 1) past James Irwin (3-5-1, 2-1). Mary Brummel added a goal and two assists for the Pirates, while Faith Heery had a goal and an assist. TCA 10, Sierra 0 At Sierra: Hannah Burgo had three goals and an assist as 4A No. 1 TCA (9-0, 4-0 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) beat Sierra (1-9, 0-5) in a shortened game. Nicole Hale and Cali Schmidt each added a goal and two assists for the Titans, and Lauren Fletcher didn't face a shot before the game ended on a 10-goal mercy rule in the 43rd minute. Pine Creek 10, Palmer 0 At District 20 Stadium: Torri Brodish had two goals, Natasha Wehner added four assists, and Pine Creek (7-2, 2-1) beat Palmer (2-8-1, 0-3) in a mercy-rule game. The Eagles bounced back from two straight losses. Doherty 10, Fountain-Fort Carson 0 At Garry Berry Stadium: Mykiaa Minniss had four goals, Jaelyn Brown had three, and Doherty (3-5, 2-0 5A CSML) beat Fountain-Fort Carson (1-7, 0-2). Chaylaa Minniss and Taylor Cosgrove each added one goal and two assists. Colorado Springs Christian School 7, Buena Vista 0 At CSCS: Hannah Wilson scored three times, Gabby Huthoefer had two goals and two assists, and CSCS (8-1, 4-1 3A Region 2) beat Buena Vista (0-5-1, 0-3). Katie McGrath and Sarah McGuckin also scored for the Lions. Palmer Ridge 10, Vista Ridge 1 At Don Breese Stadium: Sarah Miller scored three goals as Palmer Ridge (5-5, 2-1 4A PPAC) beat Vista Ridge (2-6-1, 0-3). Ali Tobey added seven saves in net. BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Cheyenne Mountain 183, Lewis-Palmer 132 At Cheyenne Mountain: Daniel Carr, Jerry Birnbaum and Kyle Leach each had their hands on four victories as Cheyenne Mountain (3-0, 2-0 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) beat Lewis-Palmer (3-1, 2-1). The Indians won all 11 swimming events and Carr reset his pool record in the 100 backstroke at 48.68 seconds. Noah Bettner won diving with a score of 283.6 for the Rangers. Rampart 101, Doherty 75 At Doherty: Andrew Bennett won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:01.07 seconds and had another victory in the 500 freestyle (5:21.04) as Rampart (4-1, 4-1 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) beat Doherty (1-4, 1-3) in a dual. The Rams won nine of the 12 events, including all three relays. Gavin Frisch led the Spartans with wins in the 50 freestyle (23.47) and 100 freestyle (51.05). Pine Creek 93, Coronado 91 At Coronado: Nicholas Sherman won the 50 freestyle (22.25) and the 100 freestyle (48.43), leading Pine Creek (3-1, 3-0 5A CSML) past Coronado (2-2, 2-1) to stay perfect in league duals this season. Dylan Apicello added a win in dive with a 200.5. Marley Kaiser won the 100 breaststroke for the Cougars, who won six of the 12 events and two of the three relays. Liberty 97, Fountain-Fort Carson 87 At Fountain-Fort Carson: Josh Lenzmeier won the 50 freestyle (22.78) and the 100 butterfly (55.11) as Liberty beat Fountain-Fort Carson. Brenan Bloyd won the 100 freestyle (51.07) and 200 freestyle (1:54) for the Trojans.    GIRLS' TENNIS Pine Creek 5, Rampart 2 At Pine Creek: Angel Wang and Amy Wang each won their singles matches as Pine Creek beat Rampart in a dual. Angel beat Elisabeth Walsh 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 in No. 2 singles, while Amy won her No. 3 singles match over Grace Qiu 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Rampart's Jamie Smith won at No. 1 singles over Julia Trujillo 6-2, 6-1. Smith has won her past six matches since starting the season 0-2. Sand Creek 4, Falcon 3 At Sand Creek: Kaitlyn Fark improved to 6-2 on the seasonwith her 6-3, 6-3 win over Falcon in No. 1 singles. Anna Hong won in three sets at No. 3 singles for the Scorpions. Fark's two losses this season have come to 2016 4A No. 2 singles champ Mattie Kuntzelman of Discovery Canyon and returning 4A No. 1 singles quarterfinalist Emma Gaydos of Lewis-Palmer.
Injuries open new doors for shot put champions at Terror Invite track and field meet

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

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

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

Air Academy defeats host Palmer Ridge in baseball

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

MONUMENT - Normally, a hitter like Nick Weber would bat leadoff. His bat and speed are perfect for opening an inning and a game. But Air Academy has the luxury of batting Weber last. That way he can get things started off just before the top of the order rolls around again. Weber did just that on a windy Tuesday, helping Pikes Peak region 4A No. 3 Air Academy defeat Palmer Ridge 10-4 at Palmer Ridge. Weber went 2 for 4 with three runs batted in and two runs scored. His two-run triple in the fourth keyed a five-run inning that saw the Kadets pull away for good. "I like being in the lineup no matter where I'm at," Weber said. "As long as I can contribute and do my job, that's all that matters." In his first at-bat, Weber had an RBI groundout to second. In his next at-bat, with runners at first and second, he tripled to right field. "We put him in the bottom of the order on purpose, as our wraparound," Kadets coach Doug Goldberg said. "He's one of our fastest guys, handles the bat very well." Sam Cregan belted a two-run homer to left-center in the fourth for Air Academy (9-3, 5-2 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference), and pitchers Micah Bregard and Nick Chiacchia held the Palmer Ridge bats in check. Bregard walked six batters and gave up three hits, but held the Bears to one run over four innings. Chiacchia yielded three runs - two earned - while giving up four hits and three walks over the final three. The Bears (7-4-1, 4-3) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and had two on with one out. But Ben Kleinsmith was caught trying to advance on a wild pitch and Beau Stamper was picked off at first by Chiacchia to end the game. Bregard also picked off a batter in the third inning. "Those are two guys with very good moves," Goldberg said. "They work a lot on that in practice, so it's part of their repertoire." The Bears loaded the bases in the first, fourth and fifth innings. They produced a total of three runs from it. "We were waiting for that big hit all game," first-year Bears coach Greg Moviel said. "Three innings we had bases jacked with less than two outs. Someone's got to step up and deliver that big hit." The two teams play again Thursday at Air Academy.
Monday's prep roundup: Palmer Ridge, Kellsey Sample win Cougar Classic golf tourney

Monday's prep roundup: Palmer Ridge, Kellsey Sample win Cougar Classic golf tourney

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Highlights from Monday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.   GIRLS' GOLF Cougar Classic At Kissing Camels Golf Course: Kellsey Sample won a card playoff after she and Arielle Keating each shot 3-over-par 74 at the Cougar Classic on Monday. Sample's 74 helped Palmer Ridge take top team honors, too. The Bears shot 246, 33 strokes over par, to beat Keating's second-place Rampart. The Rams finished at 263. Pine Creek was third at 264. Isabell Deak took third for Air Academy at 80. Last week, Sample finished second to Keating at the Kadet Invitational. On Monday, the tiebreak was the course's No. 1 handicap hole, which was the sixth hole.   GIRLS' TENNIS Widefield 6, Colorado Springs School 1 At Widefield: Widefield won all six of its matches by sweeps, including all three singles matches. No. 2 singles Madison Villers and No. 3 singles Victoria Bowen each won their matches 6-0, 6-0. No. 3 doubles Cheyanne Duk and Alicia Rendon won their match 6-0, 6-2. Discovery Canyon 7, Liberty 0 At Discovery Canyon: No. 2 singles Sydney Smith and No. 3 singles Paddison Lowe each won their matches 6-0, 6-0, while No. 1 singles Mattie Kuntzelman and No. 1 doubles partners Lizzie McCurdy and Hunter Jones each won 6-1, 6-0 to lead Discovery Canyon past Liberty. No. 4 doubles Cassandra Bullock and Lauren Barnes battled to a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win for the Thunder.   BASEBALL Eaton 5, St. Mary's 1 At the Grace Center: Eaton (8-4) scored three goals in the second and two in the fourth, while holding Pikes Peak region 3A and below No. 3 St. Mary's (6-6) to one run on four hits. Eaton, ranked 10th in RPI in 3A, got a complete game from starter Anders Swanbom, who struck out seven. La Junta 10, TCA 0, 5 innings At The Classical Academy: Class 3A La Junta (12-1) scored seven runs in the top of the fifth and ended the game after five innings against 4A TCA (4-8) because of the 10-run rule. Four players drove in at least two runs for the Tigers, ranked third in 3A RPI. TCA is 52nd in 4A. Holyoke 15, Calhan 7 At Calhan: Calhan (8-4) scored three runs in the bottom of the second to cut Holyoke's lead to one, but the Dragons (13-1) answered four runs in the fourth to pull away for good. Sophomore Eddie Glaser went 3 for 4 with three RBIs for the Bulldogs.   GIRLS' SOCCER Air Academy 4, Discovery Canyon 0 At Discovery Canyon: Air Academy (5-4, 2-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) scored two goals in each half and shut out Discovery Canyon (5-5-1, 1-2). The Kadets were coming off a loss to 4A defending state champion Lewis-Palmer. The win has Air Academy sitting in third place in league, while the Thunder are in sixth.   BOYS' LACROSSE Lewis-Palmer 18, Pine Creek 7 At Lewis-Palmer: Pikes Peak region No. 1 Lewis-Palmer (8-1, 3-0 5A Jeffco League) led by just one goal after the first quarter, but by halftime the Rangers led Pine Creek (4-6, 0-3) 6-1 and were on their way to their eighth straight win. The Rangers are one of two teams still unbeaten in Jeffco play. The other is Columbine. The teams don't play each other until May. Stats were not reported.
Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week, Charles Sturgeon, Palmer swimming

Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week, Charles Sturgeon, Palmer swimming

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Charles Sturgeon's name wasn't well-known in swimming circles during his first three years at Palmer. Now, everyone in the state is more than aware of what he's capable of in the pool. The senior not only won both the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke at the Lightning Invite in Thornton over the weekend, he did so in record fashion. His times of 52.24 seconds in the fly and 58.73 in the breast were both meet records. "It's a great feeling to be able to set some records at a meet that has so many good teams and swimmers every year," Sturgeon said. "Knowing the hard work and training is paying off is very rewarding, and it makes you feel good." Sturgeon swam on mostly relays his first two years at Palmer. Last year, he made progress and qualified for the 5A state meet in several events, finishing 23rd in the 200 IM and 25th in the breaststroke. Palmer swimmer Charles Sturgeon is the Gazette's Peak Performer of the Week. He was photographed at the school pool Monday, April 17, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette   Now, he's ranked in the top six in the state in four events, and his coach, Kayla McGilvray, couldn't be prouder. "It's unlike anything I've seen before in the seven years I've been coaching," she said. "You usually tend to see a leap between freshman and sophomore year, and then steady progress. But Charles has put himself on a whole different level. I've known he was a good swimmer for the last three years, but he's perfecting his stroke, and it's really pretty swimming." Sturgeon has several school records on his résumé, as well as meet and pool records around the city and state. He says a typical week of training in the offseason included 20-24 hours per week of either swimming or lifting weights. "Coming into my senior year, I knew that swimming in college was something I wanted to do, and that it was going to take a lot of dedication every day," he said. "I've been trying to follow up on that, and this past weekend showed that it's paying off." The hard work helped Sturgeon earn a scholarship to swim at Division-I George Washington University next year. But he's not just a jock - Spurgeon is a gifted student who will be going pre-med in college and studying biochemistry. He enjoys solving Rubik's Cubes in his spare time, and says he averages about 30 seconds to solve one of the puzzles. "My fastest time ever is 17 seconds," Sturgeon said. His high school coach says his college coaches are in for a treat. "I would imagine the GW coaches are really excited, because Charles hasn't reached his potential yet, and he's just starting to figure out that if he fine-tunes the small things he's going to be even better," McGilvray said. "They're getting a kid who works really hard and who is going to be a good teammate. He's a diamond in the rough, and he's just now coming into his own." As Spurgeon chases his dream of winning a state championship, he's transformed from a kid who didn't speak up much his first three years, to a leader and team captain. "I'm focused on being a leader who keeps things positive and light," he said. "As much as intensity is helpful in training, it's important to keep things light and have a good relationship with everyone on the team."
This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings (April 17-23)

Gazette Preps high school sports rankings: Rampart moves up in girls' soccer, Cheyenne Mountain baseball rolling along

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

High school sports rankings for teams across the Pikes Peak region and the Colorado Springs area for the week of April 17-23. BASEBALL Team Record Last Week 5A 1. Pine Creek 7-5 No. 1 T2. Coronado 8-4 No. T2 T2. Fountain-Fort Carson 6-5 No. T2 4A 1. Cheyenne Mountain 11-0 No. 1 2. Falcon 7-4 No. 2 3. Air Academy 8-3 NR 3A and below 1. Manitou Springs 9-1 No. 1 2. Peyton 12-0 No. 2 3. St. Mary's 6-5 No. 3 BREAKDOWN: Pine Creek has moved to 6-0 in 5A CSML play with six league games left. Coronado is on a four-game win streak while Fountain-Fort Carson is a half game in front of Coronado in league plus beat the Cougars once this season. ... Cheyenne Mountain is clearly the team to beat, after sweeping Falcon last week. Air Academy moves into No. 3. The Kadets have a home-and-home with Palmer Ridge starting Tuesday, while Cheyenne Mountain does the same with Lewis-Palmer. ... Challenging week for St. Mary's, which played Eaton on Monday and then hosts a doubleheader with one-loss La Junta on Saturday. Peyton hosts Dolores Huerta Prep on Wednesday. The Panthers have a one-game lead in 2A District 8 on the Scorpions.   BOYS' LACROSSE Team Record Last Week 1. Lewis-Palmer 7-1 No. 1 2. Cheyenne Mountain 7-3 No. 2 3. Air Academy 5-4 No. 3 BREAKDOWN: Lewis-Palmer takes on the three teams in the bottom of the 5A Jeffco League standings this week - Pine Creek, Bear Creek, Palmer. After that, the Rangers will finish league play against three teams with a combined record of 21-6.   GIRLS' LACROSSE Team Record Last Week 1. Air Academy 6-2 No. 2 2. Palmer Ridge 5-4 NR T3. Pine Creek 6-2 No. 1 T3. Cheyenne Mountain 6-2 No. 3 BREAKDOWN: Last week we pointed out that then-unranked Palmer Ridge would play a big role in games against Pine Creek and Air Academy. Well, the Bears knocked off Pine Creek and lost by four to Air Academy. The Bears' four losses are to teams with a combined record of 23-8. And the fun continues, as Air Academy is at Pine Creek on Wednesday, then hosts Cheyenne Mountain on Friday.   GIRLS' SOCCER Team Record Last Week 5A 1. Rampart 8-2 No. 2 2. Pine Creek 6-2 No. 1 3. Doherty 2-5 NR 4A 1. TCA 8-0 No. 1 2. Lewis-Palmer 8-1 No. 2 3. Cheyenne Mountain 5-4 NR 3A and below 1. Manitou Springs 8-1 No. 1 2. CSCS 7-1 No. 2 3. St. Mary's 6-2 NR BREAKDOWN: Rampart's win over Pine Creek was the first 5A CSML loss for Pine Creek since at least 2008 and gives the Rams control of the league, though it is early. Doherty's win over Liberty has the Spartans into the rankings despite five losses. ... Last week, TCA beat three opponents by a combined score of 28-1. Lewis-Palmer and Cheyenne Mountain are both 2-0 in 5A/4A PPAC play. They'll meet next week. ... Manitou edged CSCS 1-0 last week to hold on to first here and in 3A Region 2. St. Mary's two losses are to 4A teams. Manitou hosts St. Mary's on Saturday.
Saturday's prep roundup: Air Academy wins track meet

Saturday's prep roundup: Air Academy girls, Palmer Ridge boys win PPAC track titles

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

TRACK AND FIELD Pikes Peak Athletic Conference Meet At CSU Pueblo: Maria Mettler won the 800-meter run in 2 minutes 22.08 seconds and the 1,600 in 5:18.28 as Air Academy won the girls' meet for the first time in its five-year existence. Palmer Ridge was 24.5 points back in second at 150.5 and Vista Ridge was third at 116. The Kadets also got a strong performance from Olivia Whitaker, who won the 100 (12.42) and took second in the 200 (25.70). They also won the 3,200 relay (10:05.26) and Allyson Stanley won high jump (5-0). After taking third and second at the 4A state meet the last two seasons, Air Academy coach Chuck Schwartz believes if his team stays healthy it "definitely has a shot" to win it. "We've had a lot of neat surprises with kids stepping up," he said, "so I think we have a shot at the 4A state championship." Palmer Ridge, meanwhile, won the boys' meet for the fourth year in a row. Brandon Pappas won the 400 meter (49.10) and Jacob Adelgren took the discus 147-10 for the Bears, who also took first in the 1,600 relay (3:21.68) en route to a score of 182. Vista Ridge was second at 178. Raymon Harper won the long jump (22-9) and high jump (6-6) for the Wolves, while teammate Jalen Sami, who is committed to CU-Boulder for football, won shot put (52-1). Air Academy was third. Ethan Powell had wins in the 1,600 (4:25.09) and 3,200 (9:48.23) for the Kadets, while Nik Chappee won victories in the 100 (11.12) and 200 (22.08). BOYS' SWIMMING Pueblo County Hornet Invitational At Pueblo County: Daniel Carr, Kyle Leach and Jerry Birnbaum each had wins in two individual events as Cheyenne Mountain claimed the top spot at the four-team tournament with a score of 502. Hinkley was second with 314. Carr won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.64 seconds and the 500 freestyle (4:39.93) for the Indians, and Leach won the 100 backstroke (53.99) and 200 IM (1:58.97). Birnbaum won the 200 freestyle (1:47.67) and 100 butterfly (53.06). The Indians, who won their own invitation last week, won 10 of the 12 finals events on Saturday. Red Wave Invitational At Pueblo: Brenan Bloyd won the 100-yard freestyle in 51.16 seconds and the 200 freestyle (1:52.17) as Fountain-Fort Carson won the six-team invite with a score of 368. Brighton was second at 334. Dahlton Hazlett won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.35) and Brent Keller added a victory in the 500 freestyle (5:45.10) for the Trojans. The Trojans also won all three relays. Lightning Invite At Thornton: Palmer's Charles Sturgeon won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.24 seconds and the 100 breaststroke (58.73) for Palmer at the 11-team invitational. Coronado finished fourth led by Talon Turman's win in dive. Rampart was fifth and the Terrors were ninth. Legacy won its own invite with a score of 552. GIRLS' SOCCER Rampart 3, Green Mountain 1 At Green Mountain: Harmony Meier had a goal and assist, leading Rampart to its fifth consecutive win. The Rams (8-2) have outscored their last five opponents 30-1. They also handed Pine Creek its first league loss on Thursday. Emily Chappelear and Haley Creapo also had goals for the Rams, while Samantha Sallie stopped 12 shots. Doherty 9, Falcon 0 At Garry Berry Stadium: Mykiaa Minniss had three goals and an assist as Doherty (2-5) shut out Falcon (4-6) for its second straight win of the season. Jaelyn Brown added two goals and one assist for the Spartans, and Chaylaa Minniss had a goal and three assists. Riley Furbush and Braelyn Clark split time in net, combining for 11 saves for the shutout. Fossil Ridge 3, Cheyenne Mountain 0 At Fossil Ridge: Cheyenne Mountain (5-4) had its two-game winning streak and its streak of 11 consecutive goals snapped. Josie Novak had two goals for the Sabercats (9-0), who are undefeated. Broomfield 2, Pine Creek 1 At Broomfield: Pine Creek (6-2) lost to Broomfield (7-0), the same program that beat the Eagles in the second round of the 5A postseason last year. Rampart handed the Eagles their first league loss in more than a decade on Thursday. Coronado 4, Mesa Ridge 0 At Mesa Ridge: Amelia Herman and Hannah Burgess each scored twice as Coronado (3-7) beat Mesa Ridge (1-8). Julie Callan and Kylie Anderson split time in net and combined to stop six shots for the shutout. Salida 4, Fountain Valley 1 At Salida: McKenna Monk scored her 86th career goal in a loss for Fountain Valley (3-3). Monk has 86 goals and 54 assists in 48 high school games played over her career. The Danes have lost two straight. BASEBALL Coronado 6, Doherty 5, 10 innings At Coronado: Coronado (8-4, 3-3 5A Colorado Springs Metro) beat Doherty (5-8, 3-4) in 10 innings for its fourth consecutive win. The Cougars started league play 0-3 but since have swept Liberty and beaten the Spartans. Lucas Colvin tripled and drove in two runs for Doherty, which will host Coronado Tuesday. Cheyenne Mountain 14, Canon City 2 At Cheyenne Mountain: Aaron Berkhoff had three hits and drove in seven runs as Cheyenne Mountain (11-0) beat Canon City (8-4). Berkhoff homered and doubled as the Indians remain undefeated with eight games left in the regular season. Matthew Smith added two RBIs, and Ryan Schneider and Christian Buckler each had one. Canon City 15, Liberty 3, 5 innings At Liberty: Lincoln Andrews and Brandon Farnsworth each drove in three runs as the Tigers (8-4) beat Liberty (2-7) won the second game of their two-team doubleheader on Saturday. Luke Nethercot scattered six hits and allowed one run in five innings, while striking out six. Fountain-Fort Carson 16, Rampart 1 At Rampart: Ryan Stratton had three hits and drove in five runs as Fountain-Fort Carson (6-5, 3-1 5A CSML) beat Rampart (1-12, 0-6) in five innings. Stratton also hit his second home run of the season. Randy Pedraza, Domanique Sanders and Will Shelton each added two RBIs for the Trojans. GIRLS' LACROSSE Cheyenne Mountain 14, Palmer 3 At Cheyenne Mountain: Jolie Gilbreth scored six times as Cheyenne Mountain (6-2, 2-0 Southern) beat Palmer (0-8, 0-3) for its fourth consecutive win. Rylie Maready added two goals and two assists or the Indians, while Nicole Beaulieu and Lydia Glatt also scored twice. Sydnee Pinell made five saves. Liberty 20, Santa Fe Prep 4 At District 20 Stadium: Taylor Rahalewich had four goals and an assist as Liberty (2-5) beat the team from New Mexico handily. Camille Callahan and Rachel Sullivan each had three goals and one assist for the Lancers, while Megan Mann had two goals and four assists. GIRLS’ SOCCER Canon City 2, Pueblo South 1 At Canon City: Jerika Moore and Cassidy Heimel each scored as Canon City (6-3) beat Pueblo South (6-3). It was the first time this season the Tigers played in a game decided by one goal. BASEBALL Evangelical Christian Academy 13, Colorado Springs Christian 2, 5 innings At ECA: Samuel Perkett homered and drove in four runs as ECA (9-4) beat CSCS (1-9) for its third straight victory. The Eagles also made the most of the base paths with five steals. Falcon 12, TCA 2 At Falcon: Caleb Chandler and Kody Sellers each drove in two runs, Gary Crist had three hits, and Falcon (7-4) beat TCA (4-7). John Bull had two hits and two RBIs for the Titans. Widefield 14, Skyview 5 At Skyview: Dylan Marks drove in three runs as Widefield (5-9) beat Skyview (10-3). Ronan Witte, Elijah Clark and Bryce Lieby each had two RBIs for the Gladiators, while Isaiah Grima had five hits. Discovery Canyon 20, Woodland Park 5, 4 innings At Discovery Canyon: Caleb Grotelueschen homered twice and drove in six runs as Discovery Canyon (5-6) beat Woodland Park (6-7) on the back of six homers. Ben Brady, Britt Logan, Brad King and Michael Barbato also homered for the Thunder. Purkey Shane doubled and drove in a run for the Panthers.
CHSAA set to vote on boys volleyball as sanctioned sport

CHSAA set to vote on boys volleyball as sanctioned sport

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

The Colorado High School Activities Legislative Council will vote on Thursday whether boys' volleyball will be adopted as a sanctioned sport starting in the 2018-19 school year.  The proposal needs a majority vote to become Colorado's first sanctioned sport since boys' and girls' lacrosse and field hockey were unveiled from 1997-99, according to the association. Early indications are the vote could be decided by a tight margin. Prep roundup: Air Academy, Palmer Ridge win track meet "I don't know if anybody knows which direction it will go," CHSAA assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann said. "I think it could be a very close vote, I really do." A survey sent out in November to athletic directors around the state showed that 200 out of 258 responding schools would support sanctioning it. Ninety-three schools said they would be interested in starting a boys' volleyball team, while 107 additional schools said they would support it but would not immediately host a team. However, any traction from the survey was derailed when the association's equity committee chose not to support the sanctioning of it in a meeting in January. Their issue centers around Title IX and the negative impact the sport would have on the proportionality between girls' and boys' high school sports in Colorado. The committee stated that 81 percent of schools in the state would be negatively affected with the sport's inclusion, but advocates point out that 59 percent would maintain compliance with the law. "We know everybody can't do it because of the Title IX mandate," said James Irwin AD Mike Prusinowski, the president of the Colorado Boys High School Volleyball Association. "But we believe there are enough schools around the state that it can be a successful program." The survey showed huge support from Colorado Springs schools where a number of club teams exist. In a unique position, Falcon AD Randy Hinson said he understands both point of views. Hinson was previously on the equity committee and also approved a boys' volleyball team at the school this last year. "It's a popular sport that's really growing," he said. "But I also see the view of the equity committee. ... That's all I'm going to say." Per the National Federation of State High School Associations, the sport has grown by 12 percent across the nation over the last five years. In Colorado, more than 600 athletes participated in boys' club volleyball for their schools in 2017. The Tri-Peaks League championed the amendment which would see boys' volleyball take place in the spring with two classifications. (Separating the classes into skill level is currently also under consideration, the amendment states). The other major issue standing in its way is cost. Supporters, though, say the cost for schools would be minimal with coaches, travel and officials as the primary cost. Prusinowski said around $45,000 has already been raised to help schools with initial expenses. At the forefront of the boys' volleyball cause is a website,www.coloradoboysvolleyball.com, which is dedicated to getting the sport sanctioned in Colorado. It lays out its proposal and asks people to sign a statement of support. It also features videos from USA men's volleyball coach John Speraw, former Palmer graduate Cody Kessel, who played for Cheyenne Mountain's club team before playing at Princeton, and others, backing the cause. If voted in, Colorado will become the 25th state to sanction boys' volleyball. "There are 650 boys that want this opportunity and that's a growing number," said Dr. Scott Siegfried, an associate superintendent in the Cherry Creek school district and a boys' club volleyball coach. "Regardless of what happens Thursday we're going to continue to grow. If the CHSAA athletic directors choose not to sanction, we'll come back again. It's a growing sport, Colorado is going to be next, one way or another."
High school sports schedule for April 17-22

High school sports schedule for April 17-22

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Below is the high school sports schedule for the Pikes Peak region for the week of April 17-22. MONDAY, APR 17 BASEBALL Eaton at St. Mary's, 4 p.m. LaJunta at The Classical Academy, 4 p.m. GIRLS' GOLF Fountain-Fort Carson, Doherty, Mesa Ridge, Palmer, Coronado Cougar Classic at Kissing Camels Golf Course, 9 a.m. Canon City vs. Florence at Sumo Golf Course, 9 a.m. Tri-Peak Tournament at Sumo, 9 a.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Palmer at Dawson, 4:30 p.m. Air Academy at St. Mary's 6 p.m. Pine Creek at Lewis-Palmer, 7 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Chaparral at Pine Creek, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Air Academy vs. Discovery Canyon at D-20 Stadium, 6 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain at Fossil Ridge, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Colorado Springs School at Widefield, 3:45 p.m. Liberty at Discovery Canyon, 3:45 p.m. Canon City vs. Sierra at Memorial Park, 4 p.m. TUESDAY, APR 18 BASEBALL Air Academy at Palmer Ridge, 4 p.m. Lewis-Palmer at Cheyenne Mountain, 4 p.m. Harrison at Widefield, 4 p.m. Champion Academy at Pikes Peak Christian, 4 p.m. Woodland Park at Sierra, 4 p.m. The Classical Academy at Elizabeth, 4 p.m. Liberty at Palmer, 4 p.m. Falcon at Discovery Canyon, 4 p.m. Salida vs. CSCS at El Pomar Youth Sports Center, 4 p.m. Sand Creek at Vista Ridge, 4 p.m. Holyoke at Calhan, 4:30 p.m. Coronado at Dohety, 4:30 p.m. Cañon City at Mitchell, 4:30 p.m. Rampart at Fountain-Fort Carson, 4:30 p.m. Elbert at Cripple Creek-Victor, 4:30 p.m. Ellicott at Evangelical Christian Academy, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Palmer Ridge at St. Mary's Academy, 4:15 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Salida at Ellicott, 4 p.m. Lamar at Fountain Valley, 4 p.m. St. Mary's at James Irwin, 4 p.m. Widefield at Mesa Ridge, 4 p.m. Buena Vista vs. CSCS at Mountain Lion Stadium, 4 p.m. The Classical Academy at Sierra, 4:15 p.m. Colorado Springs School vs. Evangelical Christian Academy at El Pomar, 4:30 p.m. Harrison vs. Mitchell at Garry Berry Stadium, 4:30 p.m. Liberty vs. Rampart at D20 Stadium, 5 p.m. Fountain-Fort Carson vs. Doherty at Garry Berry Stadium, 6 p.m. Canon City at Elizabeth, 6 p.m. Florence at Vanguard, 6 p.m. Lewis-Palmer at Sand Creek, 6 p.m. Falcon at Cheyenne Mountain, 6 p.m. Vista Ridge vs. Palmer Ridge at Don Breese Stadium, 7 p.m. Palmer vs. Pine Creek at D20 Stadium, 7 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Pine Creek at Coronado, 4 p.m. Rampart at Doherty, 4 p.m. Palmer Ridge/Lewis-Palmer at Cheyenne Mountain, 4 p.m. Liberty at Fountain-Fort Carson, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Cheyenne Mountain at Air Academy, 3:45 p.m. Doherty at Coronado, 3:45 p.m. Palmer at Fountain-Fort Carson, 3:45 p.m. Sierra at Mitchell, 3:45 p.m. Rampart at Pine Creek, 3:45 p.m. Falcon at Sand Creek, 3:45 p.m. Lewis-Palmer at Palmer Ridge, 3:45 p.m. Canon City vs. Harrison at Memorial Park, 4 p.m. CSCS at Colorado Springs School, 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY, APR 19 BOYS' BASEBALL Colorado Springs Christian at Faith Christian, 4 p.m. Manitou Springs vs. Woodland Park at Meadow Wood Park, 4 p.m. GIRLS' GOLF Air Academy, Lewis-Palmer at Antler Creek Golf Course, 3 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Huntington Beach at Air Academy, 4 p.m. Lewis-Palmer at Bear Creek, 4 p.m. Palmer vs. Dakota Ridge at Trailblazer Stadium, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Liberty at Palmer Ridge, 5 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain vs. Rampart at D20 Stadium, 5:30 p.m. Air Academy at Pine Creek, 5:30 p.m. Pueblo West vs. Palmer at Garry Berry Stadium, 6 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Colorado Springs School at Manitou Springs, 4 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Pueblo South at Doherty, 3:30 p.m. Valor Christian at Cheyenne Mountain, 3:30 p.m. THURSDAY, APR 20 BASEBALL Palmer Ridge at Air Academy, 4 p.m. Pikes Peak Christian at Rocky Mountain Lutheran, 4 p.m. Vista Ridge at Sand Creek, 4 p.m. Mesa Ridge at The Classical Academy, 4 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain at Lewis Palmer, 4 p.m. Widefield at Cañon City, 4 p.m. Elizabeth at Woodland Park, 4 p.m. Sierra at Harrison, 4 p.m. Liberty at Pine Creek, 4 p.m. Discovery Canyon at Falcon, 4 p.m. Palmer Ridge at Air Academy, 4 p.m. Fountain-Fort Carson vs. Palmer at Spurgoen Field, 4 p.m. Evangelical Christian Academy at Ellicott, 4:30 p.m. Florence at Mitchell, 4:30 p.m. Rampart at Doherty, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS' GOLF Coronado, Fountain-Fort Carson, Palmer, Liberty Lancer Invite at Pine Creek Golf Course, 9 a.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Lakewood at Pine Creek, 7 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Fountain Valley at Rye, 4 p.m. Vanguard at Buena Vista, 4 p.m. The Classical Academy at Soccer, 4 p.m. Sierra vs. Woodland Park at Meadow Wood Park, 4 p.m. Mesa Ridge at Harrison, 4:15 p.m. Colorado Springs Christian School at Ellicott, 4:30 p.m. Doherty vs. Coronado at Garry Berry Stadium, 4:30 p.m. James Irwin at Lamar, 4:30 p.m. Cheyenne Mountian at Air Academy, 6 p.m. Palmer at Fountain-Fort Carson, 6 p.m. Sand Creek at Vista Ridge, 6 p.m. Discovery Canyon at Falcon, 6 p.m. Mitchell at Canon City, 6:30 p.m. Dolores Huerta vs.. St. Mary's at Grace Center, 7 p.m. Palmer Ridge vs. Lewis-Palmer at Don Breese Stadium, 7 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Liberty at Coronado, 4 p.m. Pueblo Central vs. Discovery Canyon at Liberty, 4 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Discovery Canyon at Holy Family, 3:30 p.m. Pine Creek at Coronado, 3:45 p.m. Liberty at Fountain-Fort Carson, 3:45 p.m. Mitchell at Falcon, 3:45 p.m. Rampart at Doherty, 3:45 p.m. Widefield at Canon City, 4 p.m. Harrison vs. Sierra at Memorial Park, 4 p.m. CSCS at Fountain Valley, 4 p.m. Sand Creek at Pueblo Central, 6 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD Coronado at La Junta, 2 p.m. FRIDAY, APR 21 BASEBALL Palmer Ridge vs. Pueblo South at Runyon Field, 4 p.m. GIRLS' GOLF Canon City at Salida Golf Club, 10 a.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Air Academy at Fountain Valley, 4:15 p.m. St. Mary's at Cheyenne Mountain, 6 p.m. Lewis-Palmer vs. Palmer at Garry Berry Stadium, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Liberty at Pueblo West, 5 p.m. Rampart vs. Pine Creek at D20 Stadium, 5:30 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain at Air Academy, 6 p.m. Palmer Ridge vs. Palmer at Garry Berry Stadium, 6 p.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Lamar at Ellicott, 4 p.m. Sierra vs. Pueblo Central at Dutch Clark Stadium, 4:30 p.m. BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Fountain-Fort Carson vs. Pine Creek at Pine Creek, 4 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Air Academy Palmer Ridge, at Cheyenne Mountain Tournament, TBA. Fountain-Fort Carson at Pueblo East, 3:45 p.m. Mesa Ridge at Colorado Springs School, 4 p.m. Vanguard at Palmer, 4 p.m. Widefield at Fountain Valley, 4 p.m. Discovery Canyon, Pine Creek vs. Pueblo West at Pueblo City Park. 4 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD Canon City, Cheyenne Mountain, CSCS, Discovery Canyon, Doherty, Florence, Mesa Ridge, Mitchell, Palmer, Pine Creek, Sand Creek, Sierra, Vanguard, Widefield, Woodland Park at Fountain-Fort Carson, 1 p.m. Air Academy vs. Pueblo West at CSU-Pueblo, 3 p.m. SATURDAY, APR 22 BASEBALL Discovery Canyon at Air Academy, 10 a.m. Palmer at Fountain-Fort Carson, 10 a.m. Pine Creek at Liberty, 10 a.m. Cripple Creek at Center, 10 a.m. Palmer Ridge at Falcon, 10 a.m. Sand Creek at Cheyenne Mountain, 10 a.m. Lewis-Palmer at Vista Ridge, 10 a.m. Florence at Colorado Springs Christian, 11 a.m. Coronado at Mesa Ridge, 11 a.m. Cripple Creek-Victor at Center, 12:30 p.m. Doherty at Rampart, 10 a.m. Ellicott at Sierra, 10 a.m. and noon. Manitou Springs at Buena Vista, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. La Junta vs. St. Mary's at Grace Center, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. BOYS' LACROSSE Ponderosa at Fountain Valley, 10 a.m. Windsor at Pine Creek, 1 p.m. Palmer vs. Machebeuf at Englewood, 3 p.m. GIRLS' LACROSSE Palmer at Denver South, 9 a.m. GIRLS' SOCCER Vanguard at Fountain Valley, 10 a.m. Palmer vs. Pueblo South at Dutch Clark Stadium, 10 a.m. Thomas Jefferson at Harrison, 10 a.m. Columbine vs. Liberty at D20 Stadium, 10 a.m. Evangelical Christian Academy at Buena Vista, 11 a.m. St. Mary's at Manitou Springs, 11 a.m. Doherty at Vista Ridge, 11 a.m. Mesa Ridge at Woodland Park, 11 a.m. CSCS at Lutheran, noon. Fountain-Fort Carson vs. Ramaprt at D20 Stadium, 2 p.m. Rocky Mountain vs. Pine Creek at D20 Stadium, 6 p.m. GIRLS' TENNIS Air Academy, Palmer Ridge at Cheyenne Mountain Tournament, TBA Pueblo Centennial at Fountain-Fort Carson, 10 a.m. Discovery Canyon, Pine Creek vs. Pueblo West at Pueblo City Park, 4 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD Canon City, Cheyenne Mountain, CSCS, Discovery Canyon, Doherty, Florence, Mesa Ridge, Mitchell, Palmer, Pine Creek, Sand Creek, Sierra, Vanguard, Widefield, Woodland Park at Fountain-Fort Carson, 9 a.m.