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David Ramsey: Palmer Ridge's Ty Evans must prepare for brutal college football reality

David Ramsey: For Palmer Ridge's Ty Evans, a brutal college football reality awaits

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

College football teams place a wide assortment of running backs, tackles, linebackers, defensive backs and receivers on the field. Plenty of playing time beckons for a hungry, talented prospect. College football teams place one quarterback on the field, and his backups spend Saturdays watching from the sideline. Some of those backups spend their entire careers watching. This is the reality that awaits Ty Evans, the Palmer Ridge junior quarterback who announced Monday he plans to play for Mike MacIntyre and the Colorado Buffaloes. Evans will arrive in Boulder in the fall of 2019 to compete with a collection of other high school quarterback stars. All will boast astronomical prep statistics. All will be hometown heroes. All will expect to win the starting job. And only one will walk on the field for the opener as the happy starter. Related: Ty Evans talks about picking Colorado Evans, a three-star recruit, has been sensational over the past two seasons, collecting 73 touchdowns, 6,804 yards and only 15 interceptions on 676 throws. In November, he led Palmer Ridge to its first state title. Yes, he’s a transcendent star, but he also plays in a state not known for producing a wealth of elite recruits. “Nationally, I think it puts an asterisk by my name in the first place because I’m from Colorado,” Evans told me in November. But he was confident college coaches would not hold his state or the size of his school against him. All coaches care about, he told me, is if you can play. At the 3A level in Colorado, Evans can certainly play. Palmer Ridge rolled to a 13-0 record last season with a stingy defense and a mighty offense. If Evans has as much time to throw in 2018 as he did in 2017, Palmer Ridge will again rule Colorado. But a brutal, unforgiving college world awaits Evans. It’s a world that turns high school superstars into college bench sitters. Let’s look at another 3A Colorado superstar quarterback and his sad college tale. It’s not a cautionary tale. It’s just a look at reality. In 2010, Austin Hinder graduated from Steamboat Springs High as one of the nation’s top 50 recruits. He led Steamboat Springs to the state title game. He was a four-star recruit, the 6-foot-4, 185 grandson of Jim Hanifan, a former NFL coach. He had passed and rushed for 39 touchdowns as a senior. No high school quarterback is a can’t-miss college prospect, but Hinder was close. He signed to play for the Cal Bears, and as a junior he engaged in a fierce battle for the starting job. He had waited his turn. He had every reason for optimism. He lost the job to an upstart freshman named Jared Goff, later the first pick in the NFL Draft. In his five years at Cal, including a redshirt year, Hinder played in three games and completed two passes. Can’t miss had missed. This observation is not a criticism of Hinder. It’s an observation of how vicious the competition can be for playing minutes at the top level of college football. I’m confident Evans will work obsessively. He’s been throwing tight spirals since he was a 7-year-old who stunned touch football opponents at Monument’s Dirty Woman Park. He’s a diligent student of the game. And, best of all, he understands the immensity of the challenge that awaits him in Boulder.                          
Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans decides:

Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans talks about picking Colorado

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Colorado Springs’ best college recruit is staying in the Centennial State. After visits to Division I programs around the country, Palmer Ridge quarterback Ty Evans has decided he wants to stay in colorful Colorado as a University of Colorado Buffalo.   “Colorado football has always meant a lot to me growing up and going to camps and growing up a Buffs fan,” Evans said. “I have a lot of pride being a Colorado kid, and being a quarterback, I want to be a part of putting Colorado football on the map, and making them a top 25 program again.” Colorado noted interest in the three-star quarterback before Evans committed to the University of Arkansas. After he reopened his recruiting at the end of November due to the Razorbacks' coaching changes, Evans saw playing for the Buffaloes as an opportunity to put the Pac-12 program back on the map. David Ramsey: A brutal college football reality awaits Ty Evans The Buffaloes were 10-4 in 2016, and 5-7 in 2017. Colorado was not invited to a bowl game in 2017, and dropped its past three bowl appearances (2016 Alamo Bowl, 2007 Independence Bowl and 2006 Champs Sports Bowl). Ty Evans, Palmer Ridge   Evans had a memorable 2017 as a state champion with a perfect 14-0 record. He was also Gazette Preps 3A-1A Peak Performer of the Year and Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year. But 2018 has started off well with arguably the biggest decision of his football career. After reopening his commitment, Evans received interest from Division I programs all over the country, but he said he always knew Colorado was where he wanted to be. “I love the fact that I’ll be close to home and my little brother and my family can come to my games,” Evans said. “My gut decision says Colorado is the place to be. “I’m a guy who is being recruited nationally and picking Colorado over anywhere else. I think Colorado football has a bright future and I fit (CU’s) offensive scheme perfectly, and the coaches will give me everything I need.”
Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Chloe Welch, Mesa Ridge basketball

Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Chloe Welch, Mesa Ridge basketball

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Given the opportunity, Mesa Ridge girls’ basketball coach Jeff Beatty would love to clone his star guard, Chloe Welch, and play the senior with four of her duplicates. That’s because Welch does just about everything for the 8-2 Grizzlies. “She’s a great shooter, great ball handler, and she’s our best defender” Beatty said. “So she’s pretty much the whole package.” Listed at 5-foot-9, the senior does her fair share on the inside too, grabbing 9.7 rebounds and blocking 1.2 shots per game. “She’s the best rebounding guard we’ve ever had,” the Mesa Ridge coach said. “Most nights, she’s right around that triple-double line.” Related: David Ramsey: Here's how to prevent another Sierra 101, Mitchell 7 game In three double-digit wins last week, Welch averaged 14.7 points, nine rebounds, 7.3 assists, four steals and one block per game to earn Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week. Personal accolades don’t seem to mean much to the Davidson signee, however. When asked what her individual goals for the season were, nothing came immediately to mind. “Individual goals… umm…. I don’t know, just to win, really,” Welch said. There’s been a good deal of winning in Welch’s first three years as a Grizzly. After a first-round exit at the Class 4A state tournament in her freshman season, Welch helped Mesa Ridge to consecutive quarterfinal appearances as a sophomore and junior. All that’s left is another deep run in her final season. To this point, the Grizzlies’ only losses came against 5A opponents in early December. “I’m just hoping for a successful season and to reach our potential as a team and go as far in the playoffs as we possibly can,” she said. The Grizzlies appear to have the potential to make a run, as Welch is far from the only scoring option. Juniors Angelina Jackson and Ashley Bowen average 11.4 points per game, while two others add at least five points per game. As Saturday’s blowout of Elizabeth showed, Welch isn’t afraid to get others involved. Five of her teammates reached double figures, but she didn’t, registering eight points with as many rebounds and assists to go with five steals. “Five others scored double digits in that game because she got them the ball,” Beatty said. “She’s really unselfish, and that’s really nice to have as a coach.” If needed, or even if she wanted, the Grizzlies’ coach said Welch could average more than her team-leading 18.2 points per game. “Obviously other girls on the team can score, because they’ve proved it throughout the season,” Welch said. “Even if they put all the pressure on me, then I don’t have to worry about anything because I know that most other girls on the floor can score, just as I can.” Beatty, who’s coached his fair share of Division I products, says the only thing missing from Welch’s game as she prepares for the next level is a little bit of muscle. That’s not lost on the Mesa Ridge guard. “After this season, I can just work on getting better for college,” Welch said. “I’m going to get a long stronger and a lot better so I can be prepared.” Until that point, Welch seems intent on leading the Grizzlies as far as they can go without the help of genetic duplication. “You just can’t ask for more from her than what we’re getting,” Beatty said. Other Peak Performers Boys' basketball Ashton Rogers, Coronado Rogers opened a four-game week with 18 points, with four 3-pointers and 15 rebounds against Pomona. He closed the week with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Mullen. He finished the week averaging 17.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and hit 16 of 18 free throws. Hockey Lou Levy, Woodland Park Levy was instrumental in the Panthers’ first win in program history, a 5-2 win over Palmer on Saturday. Levy scored three times and assisted on his team’s two other goals. Girls’ basketball Charisse Fairley, Widefield Fairley posted 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals in a lopsided win over Woodland Park on Saturday when she hit 8 of 16 shots from the field, including 3 of 6 from deep. Earlier in the week, she had 12 points, five rebounds and a steal in a loss to Mesa Ridge. Girls’ Swimming and diving Cat Wright, Cheyenne Mountain The senior led the Indians to a decisive win at the Pueblo County Hornet Invite this weekend. Wright won the 100 butterfly (56.21) and the 100 backstroke (57.74) individually and helped Cheyenne Mountain win the 200-medley and the 400-freestyle relays.
Pikes Peak Rankings: The race in Class 3A girls is heating up

Pikes Peak Rankings: The race in Class 3A girls is heating up

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BOYS' BASKETBALL Team records as of Jan. 13 Class 5A Doherty (11-2) Rampart (9-4) Liberty (9-4) Dropped out: N/A Breakdown: This week Rampart solidified its status at No. 2 in the 5A Pikes Peak rankings with a 10-point win over Liberty, sweeping the season series. The Rams also earned a rivalry win over Pine Creek, but were upset by No. 47 Fountain-Fort Carson to start the week. One of Rampart’s biggest tests in 5A will come on Tuesday as the Rams host Pikes Peak No. 1 Doherty, which is riding an eight-game winning streak. Liberty holds its ground at No. 3 for another week and will face Pine Creek, Coronado and 4A No. 1 Lewis-Palmer next week. Class 4A Lewis-Palmer (11-0) Palmer Ridge (10-3) Falcon (6-4) Dropped out: N/A Breakdown: Palmer Ridge reclaimed the No. 2 spot in Pikes Peak 4A after a 2-0 week. Although Falcon holds the tiebreaker over the Bears with a four-point win two weeks ago, the Falcons are still relatively unproven, and fell to No. 1 Lewis-Palmer by 26 points on Wednesday. The Rangers capped off a 3-0 week with a 15-point win over No. 28 Pueblo East. Lewis-Palmer will face arguably its biggest nonleague challenge of the year on Saturday when the team faces 5A Pikes Peak No. 3 Liberty. Class 3A and below The Vanguard School (8-1) Calhan (6-2) Colorado Springs Christian (7-4) Dropped out: Evangelical Christian (6-3) Breakdown: Colorado Springs Christian returns to the Pikes Peak rankings after a 3-0 week, but will face one of its biggest challenges of the year on Wednesday as the Lions face Pikes Peak No. 1 Vanguard. Last Friday, Vanguard broke a program record, scoring 103 points against Eagle Ridge Academy. The Coursers lead the state, averaging 75.7 points per game. Calhan is on a four-game winning streak and will face its toughest league opponent in Simla this week. GIRLS' BASKETBALL Team records as of Jan. 13 Class 5A Doherty (11-3) Liberty (9-2) Rampart (4-8) Dropped out: Pine Creek (4-7) On the cusp: Fountain-Fort Carson - The 7-5 Trojans came close to their Pikes Peak debut thanks to a 2-0 week. Breakdown: Since a three-point loss to Doherty two weeks ago the Liberty girls basketball team is on a 3-0 run, and will face No. 27 Pine Creek this Tuesday. Pine Creek fell to Doherty in overtime this week as the Eagles challenged the Pikes Peak No. 1. The Spartans will have a light week with just one game against Pikes Peak No. 3 Rampart on Wednesday. The Rams stormed back into the Pikes Peak Rankings with a three-point win over Pine Creek this week, and thanks to a 10.6 strength of schedule, moved back into the area’s 5A top 3. Class 4A Air Academy (11-1) Mesa Ridge (8-2) Widefield (8-3) Dropped out: N/A Breakdown: Mesa Ridge hopped the fence into the No. 2 position thanks to a 17-point win over Widefield. The Grizzlies’ offense clicked this week as they stretched their winning streak to six games, and earned a 40-point win over Elizabeth and a 60-point win over Harrison. The Gladiators have won five of their past six games. Air Academy continues its stellar season on an eight-game winning streak with the toughest part of its schedule in the rear view mirror. The Kadets' biggest 4A challenge will be against 10-2 Lewis-Palmer on Friday. Class 3A and below St. Mary’s (10-0) Colorado Springs Christian (9-2) Colorado Springs School (7-1) Dropped out: N/A On the cusp: Calhan (7-1) upset Colorado Springs School by one point, handing the Kodiaks their first loss of the season. Breakdown: After suffering its first two losses of the season at the Rampart Holiday Classic, Colorado Springs Christian's offense has been clicking. In three wins last week the Lions outscored opponents 223-56. CSCS will face 3A No. 10 Vanguard on Wednesday. St. Mary’s remains atop the Pikes Peak rankings for the third straight week as it seems like no one in Class 3A can stop the Pirates. St. Mary’s will have a light one-game week as it faces Buena Vista on Thursday. After a stellar start to the season, Colorado Springs School faced its first loss of the year in a one-point defeat by Calhan.
David Ramsey: Here's how to prevent another Sierra 101, Mitchell 7 game

David Ramsey: Here's how to prevent another Sierra 101, Mitchell 7 game

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

The goals are simple. A basketball team tries to score every trip downcourt and seeks to stop the opposition every time, too. But what happens when it all falls apart and a team scores on virtually every journey to the basket and stops the opposition nearly every time, too? What happens? Sierra 101, Mitchell 7. That was the ghastly score of Thursday night’s girls game at Sierra High School. The Sierra Slaughter can serve as a siren call to high school athletic directors. Each AD should formulate the school’s philosophy for out-of-control routs and decide how many points or runs or goals are too much. In basketball, maybe the margin is 40. Maybe it’s 50. Hey, I’m not making the decision. But any wise AD will realize 94 points soar far outside the outer limits. Related: Mitchell High responds to 101-7 defeat to Sierra The AD will inform coaches of the acceptable range, which means when a team rolls to a, say, 101-7 victory, consequences will await.  Thursday’s disaster was an extreme but not isolated incident. Mitchell has lost 55 of its last 57 games and been outscored 308-56 in its last five defeats. Two years ago this month, Mitchell lost to Kylee Shook and Mesa Ridge by 86 points, 115-29. Mesa Ridge burst to an 84-18 lead after three quarters before rampaging to 31 points in the fourth. On Thursday, Sierra coach Joe Williams never wavered from goals that work in most games but led to a catastrophe against Mitchell. “It was a normal girls game for Sierra,” Williams said. In other words, he was trying to score as much as possible while holding Mitchell to as few as possible. He was too successful as normal careened into a hideous night of basketball. Williams said he did not play his starters in the fourth quarter and called off his full-court press early. He did, he said, play aggressive halfcourt defense. He did not, he said, chase 100 points. “If someone is upset at me, I don’t know why,” Williams said. “I’m not going to have them just stand there on defense. If you find a coach who said they will, they’d be lying to you.” “What am I supposed to do? People are coming at me like I did something wrong. What did I do wrong?" Well, coach, let me answer. At some point, your mercy should have conquered your competitiveness. When you led 53-4 at halftime, you should have ordered your players to aggressively kill clock instead of mercilessly massacring the Marauders. Williams cares deeply about all his players. That’s obvious. He wanted to give his bench players a chance to compete and shine. But showing empathy for the reeling Marauders was a requirement, too. Sierra captain Aubrey Robinson has heard from harsh critics of the rout. She fails to understand their anger. “I don’t have any regrets,” she said. “. . . We were just playing ball, and we couldn’t stop doing what we do best because Mitchell couldn’t find an offense. We were just playing ball, so I don’t regret going out there and doing what we did.”  Let’s stop here, because this is where ADs can deliver limits and sanity to routs that lose both. Coaches and players hunger for as many points as possible, but this competitive drive can steer the best of us straight off the cliff to cruelty. In the moment when a runaway win turns ridiculous and vicious, school standards set by an AD can jolt players and, more importantly, a coach back to their senses. A mercy rule was implemented for basketball by the Colorado High School Activities Association during the offseason. If a team leads by 35 points at the end of three quarters, the clock runs in the fourth quarter, stopped only by injuries, free throws and timeouts. The mercy rule, said CHSAA associate commissioner Bert Borgmann,  was enacted to eliminate 101-7 games, but the mercy rule fails to control human nature. Sierra poured on 21 points during Thursday’s running-clock fourth quarter. “This was a very disappointing situation,” Borgmann said of Sierra’s win. “Sierra needed to take a few more steps to get that score lower, and it just didn’t happen.” The season isn’t over. Mitchell has 12 games left, including a Feb. 2 rematch against Sierra and two games against Mesa Ridge. Other hard-working but outmatched teams will find themselves in danger of being battered, too. ADs should be preparing for those games. Get a plan, now, to make sure no team filled with innocent teens endures another 94-point loss.
Prep notebook: L-P girls’ basketball not too shabby, either

Prep notebook: Lewis-Palmer girls’ basketball not too shabby, either

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Thanks to an 11-0 start, the boys’ basketball program at Lewis-Palmer has snared most of the headlines at the Monument school. The girls have something to say about that. They’re pretty good, too. The Rangers downed Legacy 38-31 Saturday and pushed their record to 10-2, equaling last season’s win total. Prior to that, Lewis-Palmer for the first time improved to 4-0 in 4A/5A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference play. "We are looking forward to the upcoming games and remaining season to grow together as a team," first-year Rangers coach Kristy Youngpeter said. "We compete against ourselves every day to be better than we were yesterday and are enjoying our journey together." The Rangers have little time to pat themselves on the backs with league foes Discovery Canyon and Air Academy waiting for contests on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. Lewis-Palmer has not fared well against either in recent years, winning only four of the past 27 combined meetings. Friday’s home meeting with the Kadets could match teams with undefeated league marks. Woodland Park basks in afterglow of first hockey win While there was no Gatorade bath to signal a historic win, there was plenty of celebrating nonetheless following Woodland Park’s 5-2 win over Palmer on Saturday at Cadet Ice Arena. It was the program’s first win after dropping 10 straight. “We told them to enjoy the win,” Panthers coach Chad Mason said. “But it’s back to practice on Monday and a game against Mullen on Tuesday. It’s short lived, but everyone is pretty excited. We talked about what it feels like to be on top after working hard, and I think this can open the floodgates for this program.” The Panthers meet Mullen at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado College. St. Mary’s diver falters late, still brings home title In a split second, an entire day’s worth of consistent dives nearly went out the window for St. Mary’s senior Retta Smith at the Hornet Invite at Pueblo County. Fortunately, Smith had built a nice lead following her first 10 dives and won the title after finishing second in the same pool one year earlier. “She was doing quite well, and she had a dive that hadn’t given her trouble much before,” Pirates dive coach Cecil Townsend said. “Part of that might have something to do with her not getting her dives in. Two of our meets were cancelled, and there haven’t been a whole lot of opportunities to get solid and consistent dives the way she should.” Smith won the event with 371.90 points, 15.8 points better than Cheyenne Mountain freshman Kaelyn Hinesley. Last year, she topped out at 373.40 points in a runner-up Hornet Invite finish. Mesa Ridge coach keeps cool at halftime, watches Grizzlies rally past Elizabeth First-year Mesa Ridge boys’ basketball coach Yantz Robinson really could have let his team have it following a dreadful, 11-point first half Saturday in a league matchup against Elizabeth. He restrained himself, then the Grizzlies rallied for a 63-59 victory to run their winning streak to six and put them all alone on top of the 4A Colorado Springs Metro League standings with a 4-0 mark. “In my heart, I think they were expecting me to yell,” said Robinson, whose team trailed 28-11 at halftime. “I made a decision to be quiet and write on the board things we didn’t do well and things we did. I kept it short and really focused on those things. It worked for me, but more importantly, it worked for the kids. I don’t think they expected that, and they responded.” Mesa Ridge outscored the Cardinals – who were riding an eight-game winning streak – by a 25-7 margin in the third quarter. Wrestling Metros this weekend at Doherty Athletes from 26 schools in the Pikes Peak region will converge on Doherty this weekend for the 18th annual Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships. The two-day event starts at 4:30 p.m. and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday. Finals start at 6 p.m. Last year, Cheyenne Mountain snapped Pine Creek’s three-year team reign. Five wrestlers will look to defend their individual titles, led by Discovery Canyon’s Patrick Allis, who has won the past two titles at 106 pounds. Other reigning champs looking to defend their titles include Air Academy’s Jason Hanenberg, Maverick Keigher of Doherty, KJ Kearns of Coronado and Pine Creek’s Garrett Niel.
Saturday's prep roundup: Woodland Park hockey earns program's first win; Doherty boys' stay perfect in league play

Saturday's prep roundup: Woodland Park hockey earns program's first win; Doherty boys' stay perfect in league play

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BOYS’ BASKETBALL Doherty 66, Palmer 53 At Doherty: The Spartans earned their eighth consecutive win led by a pair of 18-point nights by Joe Golden and Alijah Bates. Kyrele Benford also hit double-figures for Doherty with 11 points in the 5A CSML win. But don’t be fooled by Palmer’s 6-8 record and 0-3 performance in league play. The Terrors kept pace the Pikes Peak’s No. 1 5A squad as the fifth team this season to score more than 50 points against the Spartans. Doherty leads the league at 11-2 and a perfect 4-0 in CSML play. Colorado Springs School 37, Fountain Valley 30 (OT) At Colorado Springs School: After a deadlock in the fourth quarter, Colorado Springs School outscored Fountain Valley 8-1 in overtime for its first win in 2018, snapping a two-game losing skid. The 2A District 8 win was the Kodiaks (4-4, 1-2) first of the season as Matt Chavez led the team to victory with 12 points. The Danes fall to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in league play. Widefield 81, Woodland Park 61 At Widefield: In its most productive offensive game of the season Widefield earned a 20-point 4A Colorado Springs Metro league win over Woodland Park.   A trio of Gladiators, Robert Jones, TJ Davis and Tre Pierre, led the team with 18 points each, followed by two nine-point performances by Myreik Goodwin and Randall Days. Widefield currently sits behind the Panthers in conference standings at 6-4, and 1-2 in league play. Woodland Park (7-4, 2-2) had three players hit double figures, led by Josh Bodin with 18, Skye Ciccarelli with 16 and Markus Eiselein with 13. Vanguard 103, Eagle Ridge Academy 50 At Eagle Ridge Academy: For the first time in Vanguard boys’ basketball history, the Coursers scored more than 100 points, according to MaxPreps records. Stats from the game were not available via MaxPreps. Vanguard is now 8-1. Rampart 71, Pine Creek 67 At Pine Creek: Rampart coach J’on St. Clair must have had one good halftime speech to inspire Rampart to eliminate a 15-point deficit at halftime, and outscore 5A CSML rival Pine Creek 46-27 in the second half for the win. The Rams (9-4, 2-1) had four players in double figures, led by Dawson Carper with 22. Xavier Johnson had 15, followed by 11-point performances from Josh Kavalec and Jack McReynolds. Pine Creek is now 5-5 and 1-2 in the CSML. The Classical Academy 74, Mitchell 53 ECA 48, Ellicott 41 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Lewis-Palmer 38, Legend 31 At Lewis-Palmer: The Rangers won their sixth game in a row with a narrow seven-point win in a nonconference game over Legend. Lewis-Palmer is now 10-2. Rampart 47, Pine Creek 44 At Pine Creek: Rampart broke a six-game losing skid with a big 5A CSML rivalry win over Pine Creek. The second and third quarters were big for the Rams (4-8, 1-2) as they outscored Pine Creek 26-12 in the middle frames, giving them the cushion they needed when the Eagles found momentum in the fourth quarter, outscoring Rampart 23-12 in an attempt to close the gap. Bri Bailey led Pine Creek (4-7, 1-2) with 19 points as the team’s only scorer in double figures. Sophomore Haley Murdock had nine rebounds. Mesa Ridge 79, Elizabeth 38 At Elizabeth: Mesa Ridge capped off its most productive week of the season with a 41-point 4A CSML win over Elizabeth. This week the Grizzlies (8-2, 4-0) have outscored opponents 236-114 in three games. Four of five Mesa starters registered double figures, while Jada Thompson came off the bench and finished tying a team-high 13 points. Monet Hubbard also scored 13 for the Grizzlies, followed by 12 from Serin Dunne, 11 from Ashley Bowen and a 10-point performance from Angelina Jackson.   Doherty 48, Palmer 19 At Doherty: Doherty showed off its depth as 12 Spartans saw action in a 5A CSML win over Palmer. Doherty was led by Taylor Corsi with 10 points. No other players registered double figures. The Spartans lead the CSML at 11-3 and a perfect 4-0 in league play. Palmer falls to 3-11 and 0-3. Widefield 61, Woodland Park 29 At Woodland Park: Charisse Fairley led the the Gladiators with 21 points on the way to a 4A CSML win over Woodland Park. Shynesti Johnson scored 13, followed by Aaliyah Ricketts with 11. Widefield (9-3, 4-1) had 27 steals, led by Ricketts with 11.   The Classical Academy 65, Mitchell 14 ICE HOCKEY Woodland Park 5, Palmer 2 At AFA: Woodland Park earned its first win in program history in a Highlands Conference win over Palmer. The Panthers scored a pair of goals in the second and third periods to gain an edge. Lou Levy got a hat trick and two assists for Woodland Park (1-9) and Trace Taranto contributed two goals. Garrett Richardson had 23 saves for a .920 save percentage in his first win between the pipes. Zack Swain and Kyle Moore scored for the Terrors (0-8). Pine Creek 9, Cheyenne Mountain 7 At Honnen: Pine Creek and Cheyenne Mountain traded goals throughout a Peak conference matchup, but the Eagles prevailed. Pine Creek’s Austin Gipson had a hat trick and an assist for the Eagles. While on the other end of the ice, TJ Farrell sent hats flying for Cheyenne Mountain. Cameron Gillis and Alexander Brooks each had a pair of goals for Pine Creek (4-3). While Brett Zahn and Jonathan Cole also found the back of the net in the win. Cheyenne Mountain’s Drew Conaughton, Evan Carter and Trevor Taylor each had goals for the Indians (2-8). Steamboat Springs 7, Liberty 1 At Howelsen: Jaison Copeland was the lone goal scorer for Liberty as he found the back of the net on a power play early in the second period. With the Pinnacle conference loss Liberty falls to 1-9. Resurrection Christian 9, Doherty 1 At WA-NHL: Doherty spoiled the shutout with a goal late in the third period thanks to a power-play goal off the stick of Jordan Cornelison, but fell in a Peak Conference matchup. The Spartans are still searching for their first win of the season at 0-9. Rampart 6, Castle View 3 At Big Bear-North: Trevor Jones found the back of the net three times to lead the Rams to a Highlands Conference win. Paired with a two-goal, two-assist performance by Tyler Montoya and a goal and an assist from Cameron Sykes, Rampart remains in second place in the conference behind unbeaten Valor Christian. Summit 13, Air Academy 4 At Stephen C. West: Summit scored six goals in the third quarter to put away a Pinnacle Conference win over the Kadets (2-6). Dalton Geisbrecht scored three times for Air Academy, and Gavin Gray had a goal and an assist. GIRLS’ SWIMMING AND DIVING Pueblo County Hornet Invite: Cheyenne Mountain claimed a decisive win at the Hornet Invite, scoring 165 more points than second-place Pueblo County. The Indians had six first-place finishes on day two of the invitational, led by Cat Wright, who had two individual wins and aided two relay teams to first-place finishes. Wright won the 100 butterfly in 56.21, breaking her own 2016 pool record, and won the 100 back in 57.74. She also aided the Indians’ 200 medley relay (1:49.95) and 400 freestyle relay (3:41.23) to first-place finishes. Sophia Bricker (200 IM, 2:09.34), and Frances Hayward (500 free, 5:13.16) also had top performances for Cheyenne Mountain. Coronado placed third in the team standings with 143 points, followed by Manitou Springs in 5th (123 points). WRESTLING Frederick Invitational Mesa Ridge walked over the competition at the Frederick Invitational, claiming first place of 19 teams, scoring more than 70 more points than second-place Valor Christian. The Grizzlies come home with four champions and seven additional top-5 finishes. Devin Lueck won the title at 120 pounds with a pin in 3:36 over Trevor Harris of Erie, while Elijah Valdez won the 152 weight class with a pin in 5:03 over Hunter Branson of Holy Family. Jared Volcic claimed the crown at 195, pinning Adam Church of Valor Christian in 2:30. Finally, at 220, Dom Fini earned a first-place finish with a hard-fought 3-1 decision over Easton Cecil of Valor Christian. Michael True (285, 2nd), Niko Suragdeen (182, 5th), Malachi Chambers (138, 3rd), Isiah Brown (132, 4th), Coltin Doyle (126, 5th), Isaac McKinney (113, 4th) and Elijah Bailin (106, 3rd) all finished in the top five of their respective weight classes. Bulldog Invitational Falcon placed seventh out of 21 teams at the Bulldog Invitational with 106.5 points. Air Academy came in ninth with 98 points. Falcon had six top-5 finishes. Falcon’s Caleb Sherrill made it to the 160 quarterfinals before falling 3-2 to Marcus Martinez of Pueblo South. Sherrill rebounded in the consolation bracket with a 9-2 decision over Omar Delgado of Dumas on the way to a third-place finish by rule over Jarrett Nakamura of Pueblo Centennial. Sherrill’s teammate Denzel Carrucini earned a third-place finish at 152 by beating Colorado Springs rivals Connor Harris of James Irwin and Ryan Moore of Rampart. Air Academy’s Jason Hanenberg claimed the 132 title at the Bulldog Invitational with a pin in 1:34 in the championship match over Tyler Valencia of Taos. Hanenberg earned a 6-2 decision and a fall in 1:17 to make it to the championship bout. Sierra’s Donavin Bedburdick earned third place at 195 with an 11-6 decision over John Foutz in the third-place match. Bedburdick lost in the 195 quarterfinals and moved on to the consolation bracket where he claimed a 3-1 decision for a bid in the third-place match. Zane Hall of Air Academy (145), Harrison’s Sergio Alvarado (126) and Falcon’s Kenneth Crosby (106) also placed third in their respective weight classes. Alamosa Invitational Doherty placed third among 11 teams thanks to three champions and three other top-three finishes. Maverick Keigher was the 138 champion winning the weight class with a 15-0 tech fall in 4:18 over Matthew Broughton of Montezuma. Tony Llamido placed first at 145 with a 9-5 decision over Carlos Romo of Rocky Ford, and Zack Szostak claimed the 152 crown with a 5-0 decision over Kody Scholl of Widefield. Daniel Joey Shaw (126), Jack Mann (160) and Keaton Adams (195) all placed third in their respective weight classes. Arvada West Invite Discovery Canyon placed seventh of 24 schools with 110 points thanks in part to a third-place finishes by Patrick Allis at 120 and David Biddy at 160, and a fourth-place finish by Jett Strickenberger at 106. Coronado’s highest finisher at the Arvada West Invite was KJ Kearns at 145, as he placed second after falling to Dylan MArtinez of Grand Junction in a 3-1 decision. Angel Flores placed fourth for the Cougars at 126, falling in the third-place match to Nathan Bonham of Pueblo County. Taylor Vasquez was the only place winner for Fountain-Fort Carson as he claimed fifth at 126 over Jaden Porreco of Discovery Canyon.
Vanguard boys' basketball off to the best start in program history with Seth Fuqua leading the pack

Vanguard boys' basketball off to the best start in program history with Seth Fuqua leading the pack

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Vanguard junior Seth Fuqua won’t stretch to call himself a 6-footer. He never considered leaving Vanguard for a bigger program to get more exposure. The Coursers’ honest 5-11 guard is happy right where he’s at — ranking among the top six scorers in the state while leading the small-school Coursers to their best start in program history. “He’s just comfortable in his own skin,” Vanguard coach Joe Wetters said. Since the age of 2, Fuqua has had a basketball in his hands. He learned the game’s fundamentals from his father, including a silky-smooth shooting stroke. That focus with tireless repetition has turned him into one of the most exciting high school players no has heard enough of. So far with Vanguard, Fuqua’s finely tuned game has overshadowed his lack in size on the court. The small-statured guard has burned the net with jumpers and sped around defenses as if they were dipped in honey in his two-plus years with the Coursers. Junior Seth Fuqua drives the hoop as the Vanguard boys' basketball team practiced at home on Thursday January 11, 2018 in Colorado Springs. The team is currently 6-1 on the season. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)   As a freshman, Fuqua averaged 25.7 points. And by the midway point of his sophomore season, he’d already become the school’s all-time scoring leader. “He could have gone to a bigger program that maybe offered him more history and culture,” Wetters said. “But instead of being the next guy at another school he wanted to be the first Seth at Vanguard.” Prepping for his junior year Fuqua took his game to another level, joining a traveling club team, the Colorado Chaos. Because of the experience, he said he’s grown more confident. He’s now better equipped to find his own shot and he’s also taken strides on defense and on the boards. “Playing club really puts it into perspective on what’s out there and what you can learn and take from other guys,” Fuqua said. “When I was playing against those guys, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Just because ‘wow’, there are great players out there and I really need to step up and get better.” Through nine games this season, Fuqua is averaging 28.3 points — third-best in 3A. And with a strong supporting cast around him, Vanguard is 8-1 on the season and 2-0 in the 3A Tri-Peaks League. Last year the Coursers finished third in league and made their first trip to the 3A state postseason. This year, they hope to go further. “Right after last season ended we were in the gym working and I think we’re seeing all of that come to fruition,” said Vanguard junior Carter Milroy, whose team lost to Lutheran in the first round in March. “We believe we’re one of the best teams in 3A.” On Saturday, Fuqua scored 26 points and the Coursers went for a program-most 103 points in a 103-50 win over Eagle Ridge Academy. It was Fuqua’s 39th game in high school with 20-plus points. Ask him about it though, and the small guard with a big game will tell you he’s just happy with the win. “I don’t care if I score three or 30 points,” Fuqua said. “As long as we get the ‘W’ it does not matter to me.”
Trojans' size, speed too much for Coronado

Fountain-Fort Carson's size, speed too much for Coronado

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The first bucket came easy for the young and undersized Coronado High School girls’ basketball team in Friday’s Colorado Springs Metro League contest against Fountain-Fort Carson. The same could not be said for a majority of the Cougars’ other points, as the Trojans improved to 7-5 and 3-1 in league play with a 69-38 win on Coronado’s (4-9, 0-3) home court. “We started off a little slow, but I think the second half, we definitely started playing our game,” Fountain-Fort Carson coach LouAnn Guiden said. Roundup: Lewis-Palmer boys stay unbeaten, wins 25th straight regular-season game Coronado freshman Fatinah Muhammad tapped the opening tip off toward sophomore Sarah Ford, who collected the ball near the arc and coasted in for a layup just seconds into the game for Coronado's only lead. The next time the Cougars scored, midway through the first quarter, came after an 11-0 Trojan run, including two layups and a 3-pointer from junior Samiyah Worrell. It turns out the FFC guard was just getting started. “When I see my first shot go down, it’s just rhythm,” she said. “It feels good.” Worrell added eight more points in the second quarter to give the Trojans a 34-19 at half after she completed a three-point play just before the buzzer. She finished with a game-high 17 points to go along with three rebounds, three steals and a flashy, one-handed assist. “That young lady… She’s a heck of a basketball player,” first-year Coronado coach Bryan Earls said. “She’s fun to watch.” The Trojans continued to extend their lead in the second half, using the same formula that worked in the first: keep the pressure on, dominate the offensive glass and convert regular trips to the free throw line. The Trojans height lent itself to a 66-35 edge on the glass and a 19-8 advantage in second-chance points. FFC also got to the line 36 times, making 23 freebies. Trojan sophomore Danae Christensen added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Teyanna Norris pitched in nine points and 10 rebounds. Two other Trojans grabbed seven boards. “I think our inside game compliments our outside game really well,” Guiden said. “Our guards look for our posts, but our posts are ready when our guards do shoot it.” The Trojans’ advantage on the inside left Earls short on options after he pulled his tallest player – the 5-foot-9 Muhammad – in to guard a Fountain-Fort Carson post player. “We’re the ones that want to play at that pace, because they’re too big for us to play in the halfcourt,” Earls said. The Cougars, who started three freshmen and a sophomore, were led by junior Marisol Estrada’s nine points, while Muhammad added seven in an effort that pleased their coach. “I actually thought the girls played well tonight. We’re young, and they are fighting hard,” Earls said. “It’s tough. They’re a deep, good team. I give their coach all the credit.”

Friday’s prep roundup: Lewis-Palmer boys stay unbeaten, wins 25th straight regular-season game

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL Lewis-Palmer 76, Cheyenne Mountain 61 At Lewis-Palmer: Joel Scott led all scorers with 24 points as Lewis-Palmer (10-0, 4-0 5A/4A Pikes Peak) used a strong start to keep its distance from Cheyenne Mountain (5-6, 1-3) as the Rangers won their 25th consecutive regular-season game. Ethan Forrester had 18 points for the Rangers, who led 22-11 after one quarter. Carter Kreischer added 12 for Lewis-Palmer. Luke Martin scored 18 points to lead the Indians, who also had a 14-point effort from Javonte Johnson. Falcon 67, Sand Creek 61 At Falcon: Falcon (6-4, 2-2 5A/4A Pikes Peak) scored a rare victory against District 49 rival Sand Creek, sending the Scorpions (2-11, 0-5) to their 11th consecutive loss. The Falcons, who took a 49-46 lead into the fourth quarter, had lost four straight to Sand Creek and 16 of the last 18 in the series. Vista Ridge 73, Air Academy 45 At Vista Ridge: Payton Kaiser led four scorers in double digits with 14 points, and Vista Ridge (7-6, 2-2 5A/4A Pikes Peak) opened the game on a 33-8 run and was never threatened in a rout of Air Academy (8-5, 2-2). Micah Hilts and Raymon Harper had 12 points apiece for the Wolves, who bumped the advantage to 50-19 at halftime. Julius Dowell chipped in 10. Josh Biddle and Thad Dewing each scored seven points to pace the Kadets. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Mesa Ridge 95, Harrison 31 At Mesa Ridge: Chloe Welch (21 points and 10 rebounds) and Ashley Bowen (16 points and 12 rebounds) recorded double-doubles, and Mesa Ridge used a 41-11 run in the second quarter to blow the game open in a rout of Harrison. Monet Hubbard added 15 points for the Grizzlies (7-2, 3-0 4A Colorado Springs Metro League), who ran their winning streak to five. Mesa Ridge also got 12 points from Serin Dunne and 10 from Angelina Jackson. Harrison (3-7, 1-2) trailed only 24-11 after the first quarter but saw the deficit swell to 65-22 by halftime. Lewis-Palmer 54, Cheyenne Mountain 45 At Lewis-Palmer: Preslee Enget led three scorers in double figures with 17 points as Lewis-Palmer (9-2, 4-0 5A/4A Pikes Peak) overcame a slow start and finished strong in dispatching Cheyenne Mountain (4-8, 2-2). Kaity Hovasse and Sami Tucker added 16 and 12 points, respectively, for the Rangers, who outscored the Indians 30-19 over the third and fourth quarters after trailing by two at halftime. Selena Vargas led Cheyenne Mountain with 13 points. Vanessa Vargas added 10. GIRLS’ SWIMMING Hornet Invitational At Pueblo County: Cheyenne Mountain’s Cat Wright recorded the day’s top times in the 100-yard butterfly (58.44 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:00.54), and the Indians’ 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays also finished on top to highlight action from preliminaries from the Hornet Invite. Sydney Dolloff-Holt of Manitou Springs completed the 200 individual medley in 2:14.25, first among the event’s 39 participants. Frances Hayward of Cheyenne Mountain also turned in a top time in the 500 free after placing second in the 200 free. Finals are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Saturday. HOCKEY Pine Creek 2, Aspen 2 (OT) At Sertich: Alexander Brooks’ goal with 6:26 left in regulation helped Pine Creek salvage a tie with Aspen. Brett Zahn scored a power-play goal for Pine Creek (4-4-1), which was helped by a 31-save performance from goalie Garrett Newlin. Trevor Porter and Spencer Sykes had assists for the Eagles.

Cheyenne Mountain hockey team tops Doherty to snap 7-game skid

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It was an intense hockey game. Cheyenne Mountain defeated Doherty 10-5 Friday night in front of a full house at Honnen Ice Arena. Despite the lopsided score, the Spartans fought fiercely in the end of the second and in the third periods. The Indians snapped a seven-game losing streak thanks in part to a hat trick from senior forward Trevor Taylor, who scored twice off of power plays in the first period and once in the second. The feat prompted one fan to toss his beanie onto the ice. Cheyenne Mountain coach Erik Austin said it was good to see the shots break his player’s way. “It’s great, it’s good for Trevor because we’ve been hitting posts and having some bad bounces the last few weeks,” he said. “They came at us with a physical play and it cost them in penalties and we were able to capitalize on our power plays early and I think that turned the tide of the game.” The Spartans scored the game’s first goal courtesy of junior forward Zachary Fellinger nearly three minutes in. The Indians responded with six unanswered goals, three in the remainder of the first period. From a wins and losses standpoint, the game was pretty much over about midway through the second period. But the Spartans never gave up. Senior forward Scott Sellars scored a short-handed goal five minutes into the second period and Doherty tacked on three more goals in the third. In front of a roaring Spartan crowd, Doherty played with great effort in the third, something coach John Bonville says he’d like to see consistently. “Well I think the effort needs to be consistent, we’re lacking the consistent effort that we need,” Bonville said. “We’re still trying to work on that we’ve got a very young team. We have 12 freshman out of the 28-man squad we have and (we’re) trying to get them rotated in and get some experience.” For the Indians (3-8), the mentality Austin wants to convey is to just have fun. “We’re really trying to have fun everyday and make it a process thing not a product thing,” he said.
St. Mary's ambitious girls basketball team bombards Manitou Springs

St. Mary's ambitious girls basketball team bombards Manitou Springs

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A year ago, the St. Mary’s girls basketball team rolled to 3A’s elite eight. This season, the Pirates want even more. “Oh, yeah,” said sophomore point guard Josephine Howrey. “I’m very hungry for a state title.” On Friday night at Manitou Springs, St. Mary’s roared to a 57-39 victory. The Pirates dominated start to finish, and their loud, happy fans took control of the Manitou gym. “A great crowd,” said St. Mary’s coach Mike Burkett. “I thought it was almost like a home game.” The Pirates burst to a 34-15 lead early in the third quarter, essentially ending the game. Burkett had asked his players to be more aggressive on offense. He had been bothered by the Pirates tendency to settle for jump shots. The Pirates obeyed and attacked the basket all night. They led 55-24 in the fourth quarter when Burkett emptied his bench. Seneca Hackley led St. Mary’s with 17 points, followed by Makenna Bodette’s 14 and Howrey’s 13. Maren Mildestredt led Manitou (5-5) with 13.  Burkett said his team is openly ambitious. The Pirates went far in 2017. They want to travel to the state title game in 2018. This is not some out-of-reach vision. The Pirates are 10-0. “I think they can be as good as they want to be,” Burkett said. “I’d like to see them achieve what they think they can achieve.” Over the summer, the Pirates played close to 60 competitive games, and Burkett said they won most of them. The result is an experienced, smooth, confident team. Manitou’s first-year coach Justin Armour was impressed. “You just see the results of kids who have been in the program that is the same every year,” Armour said. “Fundamentals are taught. They don’t turn the ball over. They are patient. Those are true basketball players out there. Their energy all game is top notch. That team is deep.” Howrey started last season as a freshman, and she said the experience was sometimes overwhelming. She played well, averaging 11 points a game, but she didn’t always feel comfortable directing the offense. Her comfort level has soared this season, and it shows. She leads the team in scoring, and doubles as a superb defender. “She’s very important to what we do,” Burkett said.                   
Tri-Peaks League dominant in 3A girls' basketball

Tri-Peaks League dominant in 3A girls' basketball

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Those wondering which teams will be in the mix for the girls' basketball 3A state tournament come mid-March need only look to the Tri-Peaks League. Three teams from the league are represented in the Colorado High School Activities Association’s top 10 for all of 3A basketball, St. Mary’s (2), Colorado Springs Christian (3) and defending champion Lamar (6). A fourth team, Manitou Springs was ninth on the list last week and fell off but is still one of the top teams gaining votes. St. Mary’s is the top team in the league with a 9-0 record. The Pirates average 59.7 points, the second-highest average in Class 3A basketball. The highest average belongs to CSCS at 66. The Lions are 7-2, Lamar is 6-2, The Vanguard School is 5-1 and Manitou Springs is 4-4. Related: David Ramsey: Ashten Prechtel developing into bright basketball star at Discovery Canyon The Tri-Peaks League dominates in other categories as well, such as made 3-pointers. Five teams from the league rank in the top 10 for 3s, with the Pirates and Lions at Nos. 1 and 2 respectively with 46 and 42 3-pointers on the season. Last season, four teams in the Tri-Peaks League made it to the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state tournament, a feat St. Mary’s coach Mike Burkett says he hasn’t seen in 19 years of coaching.   “That’s really a testament to this league and how tough it is,” he said. Burkett’s Pirates lost in the quarterfinal to top-ranked Sterling. CSCS and Lamar advanced, however, and made it past the Final Four to make it an all-Tri-Peaks League final. Since then, the Pirates have been hard at work, playing throughout the summer. Burkett lauded the team’s preparation, saying St. Mary’s played some 50 or 60 games throughout the summer and even won a tournament in Wichita, Kan.   Burkett and the Pirates have no time to think about where their in-league rivals stand on the season. They are focused on the next game, but Burkett said the tough nature of the league helps prepare St. Mary’s for the postseason.   “It prepares you for life beyond the Tri-Peaks League as far as regionals and the state tournament,” he said. CSCS coach Mark Engesser said something similar to Burkett, emphasizing that his team focuses on improving daily and taking on some of the best teams inside and outside the area. To that end, the Lions have been busy facing larger schools.    Of the nine games, CSCS faced a 4A or 5A team in five of them, and won three of those contests. The Lions’ two losses came during the Rampart Holiday Classic last week at The Broadmoor World Arena. The defeats came against 10-1 Pueblo West in 4A and 12-1 Fruita Monument in 5A. Part of the Lions’ success comes from the stellar play of Engesser's daughter, Megan, who leads all of 3A girls' basketball in points per game at 24.4. Megan hit a milestone of 1,000 career points last week. “Hardest worker I’ve ever coached; boys, girls anything,” Engesser said of his daughter. It’s high praise as Engesser also coached his two older sons. Justin Engesser and Nate Engesser both reached the 1,000-point milestone and Justin won back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016.   As the schedule turns to mid-January, league rivals are going to start seeing each other more often. St. Mary’s plays Manitou on Friday night and hosts Buena Vista (a team that also made the playoffs last season) next Thursday while CSCS plays James Irwin on Friday, The Vanguard School on Wednesday, Manitou the following Wednesday and Lamar the Friday after that.   Those games will give spectators a preview of the games they could witness again deep in the state playoffs.
Thursday's prep roundup: CSCS girls continue hot streak, outscore last two opponents 149-36

Thursday's prep roundup: CSCS girls continue hot streak, outscore last two opponents 149-36

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL St. Mary’s 84, Bishop Machebeuf 53 At Bishop Machebeuf: St. Mary’s overwhelmed Bishop Machebeuf in the first and fourth quarters to claim a nonleague win with the help of Tyler Englert’s 24 points. Englert shot 67 percent from the field including five 3-pointers. Camden Raedel and Draven Hackley each had 14 points for the Pirates (5-7), and Gabe Calhoun had 12 points and eight rebounds. Rampart 75, Liberty 65 At Rampart: The Rams secured a huge 5A Colorado Springs Metro league win over Liberty after a big second half in which Rampart outscored the Lancers 43-31. Liberty (9-4, 2-2) held a two-point lead at halftime, but racked up an eight-point deficit by the end of the third. Jacob Burns led Liberty with 22 points, followed by Sean Bohuslavsky (15), Moz Doria (14) and Kyle Bohuslavsky (10). Rampart advances to 8-4, and 1-1 in league play. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL
 Sierra 101, Mitchell 7 At Sierra: The Colorado High School Athletic Association stopped keeping record of widest margin of victory to promote the spirit of the game and good sportsmanship, but it’s safe to say that Sierra claimed the most lopsided Pikes Peak region victory of the year in a 4A CSML win over Mitchell. Sierra had five scorers in double figures, led by Azaria Lacour with 14 points. D’Nae Wilson and Gwen Johnson each scored 13, followed by Jasmine Monroe-Shivers (11) and Annalisa Mileto (10). Six other Stallions scored no fewer than five points. Although Sierra scored 101 points, the team had just 26 rebounds. Sierra also had 36 steals, led by Aubrey Robinson and Lacour with six each. Liberty 68, Rampart 53 At Rampart: Rampart had three scorers in double figures but it was not enough to overcome Liberty in a 5A CSML game. Bailee Hart and Madi Wriedt each had 13 for the Rams (3-8, 0-2), followed by Kaylee Ortiz with 12. Wriedt capped off a double-double with 12 rebounds. She also led the team in assists with five. With the win, Liberty holds firmly in second place in the league at 3-1 and 9-3 overall. Colorado Springs Christian 83, Buena Vista 28 At Buena Vista: The Lions remain undefeated in 3A Tri-Peaks play with a 55-point win over Buena Vista. Through their last two games the Lions (8-2, 2-0) have outscored opponents 149-36. Kassie Schell had 10 points for Buena Vista.   Fountain Valley 50, Miami-Yoder 10 At Fountain Valley: Tilly Rahm had 23 points for the Danes to lead them to a 40-point 2A Black Forest win, their first of the season. Fountain Valley (3-2, 1-0) limited Miami-Yoder to fewer than five points per quarter as Rahm also led the defense with four steals. Manitou Springs 53, Rye 31 At Rye: Manitou Springs remains undefeated in 3A Tri-Peaks play with a win over Rye. The Mustangs are 5-4 and have won three of their first four games in 2018. Rye is still searching for its first win of the season. Pueblo South 56, Pine Creek 47 At Pueblo South: The Eagles outscored Pueblo South 16-8 in the first quarter, but the Colts found their footing form there to lead 30-26 at the half, and ultimately beating Pine Creek by nine. Freshman Jordyn Gutierrez led the Eagles (4-6) with 14 points. Kate Ogrodny finished with 10. Canon City 51, Harrison 48 At Harrison: Canon City locked in a narrow 4A CSML win over Harrison for its second league win over the year. The Tigers are 4-6 overall. Harrison falls to 3-6 and 1-1 in league play. ICE HOCKEY Rampart 11, Palmer 3 At Sertich: Rampart scored nine goals in the final two periods with help from the offensive efforts of James Adams and Tyler Montoya to earn a Highlands Conference win over Palmer. Adams netted a hat trick and had three assists, while Montoya had two goals and four assists for the Rams. Ethan Meyer also had a pair of goals. Four other Rampart skaters had multiple assists as the offense barraged the Palmer goalies with 45 shots on goal. Will Stone, Zack Swain and Kyle Moore scored for the Terrors. The Rams are now 7-4 in second in the conference behind undefeated Valor Christian. GIRLS’ SWIMMING AND DIVING Fountain Valley 117, Fountain-Fort Carson 66 At Fountain-Fort Carson: Kristen Farmer and Rachel Johnson claimed first and second place in the girls 100 butterfly against Fountain Valley in 1:15.30 and 1:23.47, respectively. But the Trojans ultimately fell to Fountain Valley, which won all of the remaining events. WRESTLING Mesa Ridge 43, Doherty 29 At Mesa Ridge: Five pins and a major decision aided the Grizzlies in a dual win over Doherty. Caleb Davis (106, 3:53), Devin Lueck (120, 1:48), Niko Suragdeen (182, 1:10), Jared Volcic (195, 5:34), Dom Fini (220, 3:29) and Michael True (285, 2:06) all secured pins for Mesa Ridge. MR’s Elijah Valdez earned a 16-2 major decision over Zack Szostak at 152. Doherty’s Jayse Bouillion (113, 2:29), Maverick Keigher (138, 1:33), and Logan Maslanik (170, 1:10) had pins for the Spartans. Tony Llamido (145) and Daniel Joey Shaw (126) earned major decisions 12-2 and 10-1, respectively.   Cheyenne Mountain 66, Sand Creek 9 At Sand Creek: Rick Stark earned a tech fall (17-2, 4:17) over Blayne Hudson in the 126-pound match as Cheyenne Mountain claimed a dual win over Sand Creek. Stark was one of 12 Indians to claim victory, Thursday. Cain Quiroga had the fastest pin of the night, taking down Zeke Howard at 195 in 49 seconds. Caesar Sanchez had the only non-forfeit win for Sand Creek in a 10-4 decision over Chase Johnson. Falcon 74, Palmer Ridge 3 At Palmer Ridge: Falcon had two pins in less than a minute and nearly swept the Bears in a decisive dual win. Falcon’s Connor Tarver took down Lauren Robinson in just 48 seconds for a win at 126, and Denzel Carrucini claimed a win over Palmer Ridge’s Wesley Jefferis in 27 seconds at 152. Nick Stiltner had the Bears’ only win of the night in an 8-6 decision over Raymond Mendoza at 132. However, Garrett Marchetti made things interesting for Palmer Ridge in the 170 match, challenging Caleb Sherrill in a tiebreaker. Sherrill came out victorious 11-10.
Wednesday's prep roundup: St. Mary's clinch one-point win to remain undefeated in girls' basketball

Wednesday's prep roundup: St. Mary's clinch one-point win to remain undefeated in girls' basketball

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL Discovery Canyon 74, Sand Creek 46 At Discovery Canyon: The Thunder scored 23 points in the third quarter on the way to a decisive 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference victory over Sand Creek. The Discovery Canyon defense limited the Scorpions to nine points in the first and fourth quarters. DC is now 7-4 and 2-1 in the conference. Sand Creek falls to 2-10 and 0-3 in league play. Lewis-Palmer 70, Falcon 44 At Falcon: Lewis-Palmer scored no fewer than 20 points in the first three quarters as the Rangers pulled away from Falcon in a decisive 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference win. Lewis-Palmer remains undefeated at 9-0 and 3-0 in league, while Falcon falls to 5-4 and 1-2 in PPAC. Palmer Ridge 58, Air Academy 51 At Air Academy: Palmer Ridge outscored the Kadets 23-12 in the fourth quarter to eke out a narrow 5A/4A Pikes Peak win, handing Air Academy (8-4, 2-1) its first league loss of the season. Niko Lunt led the Kadets with 14 points, followed by Brock Bendrick (11) and Josh Biddle (10). Palmer Ridge is now 9-3 and 2-1 in league play. Pueblo West 69, St. Mary’s 53 At Pueblo West: After a slow start, scoring just nine points in the first quarter, the Cyclones found a spark, outscoring St. Mary’s 19-9 in the second quarter on the way to a nonconference win. The Pirates improved in the second half after being limited to fewer than 10 points in the first and second quarters, but it was not enough to eliminate the deficit. Draven Hackley and Jack Velten each had 15 points for St. Mary’s, followed by Camden Raedel with 12. Senior Tyler Englert had four rebounds and five assists for the Pirates (3-7). Cheyenne Mountain 79, Vista Ridge 63 At Cheyenne Mountain: With a narrow lead heading into the fourth quarter, Cheyenne Mountain outscored Vista Ridge 26-15 in the final frame to lock in its first 5A/4A Pikes Peak league win of the season. The Wolves (6-6, 1-2) had four scorers reach double figures, led by Raymon Harper with 18. Julius Dowell had 13 points, followed by Micah Hilts (12) and Tristan Pratt (10). Fountain Valley 34, Edison 13 GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Air Academy 41, Palmer Ridge 28 At Air Academy: The Air Academy defense kept Palmer Ridge at bay, limiting the Bears to fewer than 10 points per quarter in a 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference win. The Kadets were led by Kylee Blacksten with 15 points as she shot 57 percent from the field. Mary Parchinski had 11 points and eight rebounds for Air Academy (10-1, 3-0). Palmer Ridge falls to 8-4 and 1-2 in league play. St. Mary’s 50, Pueblo East 49 At St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s remained unbeaten with a one-point nonconference win over Pueblo East in its closest game of the year. Prior to Wednesday’s game, the Pirates had not had an opponent finish within eight points of them. Lewis-Palmer 50, Falcon 34 At Lewis-Palmer: Lewis-Palmer remained consistent in a 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference game against Falcon, scoring 12 points in the last three quarters to lock in the win. The Rangers remain undefeated in league play and 8-2 overall. Falcon falls to 3-5 and 0-2 in PPAC. Sand Creek 54, Discovery Canyon 50 At Sand Creek: Neither team scored in the second quarter of a hard-fought 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference game, but the Scorpions used a second-half surge to take down the Thunder in a four-point win. Sand Creek (6-5, 1-2) outscored Discovery Canyon (7-4, 1-2) 44-39 in the second half to lock in the win. GIRLS’ SWIMMING AND DIVING Widefield-Mesa Ridge 126, Sierra 42 At Widefield: Widefield-Mesa Ridge swept the relays on the way to a 4A Colorado Springs Metro league win over Sierra. The Stallions had one double-winner in Aryahanna McClure, who claimed the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly in 2:35.29 and 1:28.57, respectively. Lyndsey Gaddy won the 200 IM (2:47.13) and the 100 free (1:07.70) and helped the 200 (2:00.62) and 400 (4:34.63) free relays to victory. Widefield-Mesa Ridge also won the 200 medley relay in 2:23.98. WRESTLING Pine Creek 48, Rampart 30 At Rampart: Four forfeits in the lower weights gave Pine Creek the edge it needed to claim a nonleague dual win over Rampart. The Rams were forced to forfeit weight classes 113 through 132, which put the Eagles ahead despite Rampart claiming four other match wins. Rampart’s Seth Shepard (170 pounds) and Brennan Perez (195) earned decisions 7-1, 8-1, respectively, while Benjamin Bancroft (138) and Andrew Peltier pinned their opponents in 1:06 and 2:50, respectively. Pine Creek claimed wins at 160, 145 and 152 by fall. Zachery Vannaman (160, 0:19), Dieto Calonje (145, 2:31) and Kian Colonese (152, 1:51) reigned supreme. Doherty 39, Coronado 27 At Doherty: Despite five straight Coronado wins in the lower weights, Doherty claimed eight of the remaining nine matches to lock in the 5A South, Region 2 win. The battle at 145 was hard-fought as Coronado’s KJ Kearns claimed a narrow 4-2 win over Doherty’s Tony Klamido. TCA 56, Harrison 24 At Harrison: The Panthers had four pins, including a 40 second fall at 145 as Atticus Fuschino claimed victory over TCA's Nicholas Kostin, but The Classical Academy responded with 10 match wins for the victory. Liam Young claimed a major decision over Damion Fuschino at 170, 18-3 in 5:40, while six other Titans earned pins.
David Ramsey: Ashten Prechtel developing into bright basketball star at Discovery Canyon

David Ramsey: Ashten Prechtel developing into bright basketball star at Discovery Canyon

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

A basketball star, a bright and lasting one, is starting to shine on the far north edge of Colorado Springs. Ashten Prechtel is a 6-foot-5 redhead junior for Discovery Canyon’s team who towers over her teammates and her opponents and her coach. And, yes, over the sports columnist who asks her questions. But she’s more than just tall. She shoots 3-pointers. She tosses no-look passes. She dribbles against pressure. She’s imaginative. She’s ambitious. She’s on her way to big things. She wants to fully explore the court, and her potential, and refuses to be solely defined as a tall young lady who lives in the lane. Related: James Irwin girls' basketball hopes to snap out of yearly losing slump, might take time “I don’t like it when people just focus on my height,” she says. “I don’t want that to define me. I don’t want to just be good because I’m tall, you know.” She’s still developing, not yet the ultra-dominating player she will become. She averages 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for Discovery Canyon. She’s sometimes radiantly brilliant and sometimes surprisingly silent. Heath Kirkham, DC’s first-year coach, understands the expectations that follow Prechtel. Kirkham emphasizes Prechtel is a work-in-progress. “She’s still young,” Kirkham says. “Everybody thinks that at 6-foot-5 and with the ability that she has that she should be a lot better at this point, but she’s still a youngster.” Here’s the complexity of the situation: The player who Prechtel will become – versatile and daring – often clashes with the dominating player Prechtel could be right now. Air Academy senior star Katlyn Blacksten has known Prechtel for years. When Prechtel was in the eighth grade, and already stood 6-3, she made a surprise announcement. Prechtel told Blacksten she wanted to play point guard in college. Blacksten laughed, but Prechtel was serious. Last week, Prechtel and DC lost at Air Academy. Prechtel, as always, enjoyed a serious height advantage, but seldom shot in the lane and finished with only five points. “She doesn’t seem to really like to play in the post, but I think she would be really deadly if she did,” Blacksten says. Kirkham gently pushes Prechtel to spend more time in the area directly around the basket. He wants her to combine a fierce, don’t-mess-with-me physicality with her quest for versatility. He understands a simple yet precious truth about Prechtel, a realization Prechtel has yet to fully grasp. “Nobody else has 6-foot-5,” Kirkham says. “Nobody.” Colleges have noticed 6-foot-5. Coaches all over America want Prechtel to  set up residency on their campus. UCLA, Texas and Missouri lead her list. She plans to depart Colorado for college, but will consider CU if she remains near home. She cherishes competing with her current teammates. She’s a strong student and plays volleyball, the rare four-star recruit who competes in a second sport for fun and camaraderie. She wants to grab every title possible in Colorado high school basketball. But her mind is on tomorrow, too. She looks toward the day when she competes alongside other tall teammates, the day when she fully displays her array of skills. “I’d like to be able to play everywhere, honestly,” she says. “I like the inside sometimes, but it’s a lot of pushing. Everyone sees that I’m tall and they stick me down in the post. I don’t want to be pinned there because of  my height.” Against Air Academy, Prechtel’s offensive game never quite clicked as she struggled against myriad defenders/stalkers. But she offered a stunning glimpse of her might to open the third quarter when Air Academy shooters recklessly abandoned their strategy of avoiding her at all costs. Kadet shooters kept challenging her in the lane, and Prechtel kept reminding everyone she’s a quick, agile, determined player who stands a full and intimidating 6-5. She blocked four shots in 34 seconds in a sequence remindful of King Kong swatting irritating airplanes from atop the Empire State Building. She remains a reluctant ruler of the lane. She wants to roam the outer reaches of the court, where she can savor the finer points of the game. She’s still finding her way. Still exploring the vast expanse of her potential.   
5 can't-miss prep events coming up this weekend around the Pikes Peak region

5 can't-miss prep events coming up this weekend around the Pikes Peak region

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THURSDAY, Jan. 11 Liberty at Rampart b oys' basketball, 7 p.m. It's a heavyweight bout between two of the best 5A teams in Colorado Springs. The Rams host the Lancers in a conference matchup. Rampart had a strong showing in the holiday classic the school hosted at the World Arena. The Rams dispatched Fruita Monument and Colorado Springs Christian and took Pueblo West down to the wire before losing. The Rams lost Tuesday to Fountain Fort-Carson, suffering their first back-to-back losses of the season. It'll be a tough bounce-back game for them as Liberty is coming off back-to-back wins after ripping off a seven-game win streak earlier. The streak was snapped by Doherty, which stands 10-2 atop the 5A Colorado Springs Metro league. The contest will feature Rampart's big three taking on Liberty's terrific trio. Xavier Johnson, Josh Kavalec and Dawson Carper combine for 53.3 of the Rams' 67.7 points per game. The Lancers are led by Sean and Kyle Bohuslavsky and Moz Doria who account for 44.2 of the team's 63.7 points. Vista Ridge at Discovery Canyon wrestling, 6:30 p.m. The latest Chsaanow.com top 10 rankings puts the Thunder in the eight spot in Class 4A. The Thunder is coming off a big win over Woodland Park 58-18. Eight wrestlers won by pin Friday. The Thunder has two wrestlers who are members of the Colorado national team in freshman Jett Strickenberger and junior Patrick Allis. FRIDAY, Jan. 12 Manitou Springs at St. Mary's g irls' basketball, 5:30 p.m. The Class 3A Tri Peaks league is stacked for girls' basketball and Friday's contest between undefeated rivals (entering Wednesday) St. Mary's and Manitou Springs looks appealing. The Pirates average 60.9 points, second in Class 3A. The Mustangs enter the game 4-4 needing a win to keep pace with contenders in a crowded Tri-Peaks, including defending champion Lamar and runner-up Colorado Springs Christian. The Pirates hold an 8-6 advantage over the Mustangs in the rivalry since 2004. Sophomore Josephine Howery leads St. Mary's in scoring with 15.5 points per game, followed by senior Makenna Bodette who averages 11.4. The Mustangs' leading scorers are senior Maren Mildestvedt with 13 and junior Caileen Sienknecht with 10.9. Follow @DavidLukeRamsey for updates from the game. Doherty vs. Cheyenne Mountain hockey at CC Honnen Ice Arena, 5:30 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain vs. Pine Creek hockey, Saturday, CC Honnen Ice Arena, 4 p.m. Cheyenne Mountain enters the weekend on a seven-game losing streak but gets an opportunity to end that against winless Doherty Friday at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Indians again take the ice at Honnen, this time as the "visitors." Pine Creek hosts Cheyenne Mountain at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles are 4-4 and need a conference win over the Indians to keep pace in the Peak Ice Hockey league, which is being dominated by schools from out of town. TUESDAY, Jan. 16 Lewis-Palmer vs. Discover Canyon girls swimming at Liberty, 4 p.m.  Lewis-Palmer is ranked No. 6 in Class 5A girls swimming according to PrepSwimCo.com. The Rangers take on the Thunder at Liberty. Junior Meredith Rees is having a banner year with team-best finishes in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100 free, the 100 butterfly, the 100 backstroke, 200 free and the 200 individual medley. She holds the best finish in 5A for the 100 freestyle at :51.15. For the Thunder, sophomore Ava Giesbrecht has team-best finishes in three events, the 100 butterfly, the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle.
Discovery Canyon tops Mesa Ridge in wrestling meet punctuated by pins

Discovery Canyon tops Mesa Ridge in wrestling meet punctuated by pins

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Discovery Canyon's Jaden Porreco has returned with success since a gruesome elbow injury cut his junior season short - flipping and flattening the opposition on his last-chance hope toward state gold. Porreco stuck Mesa Ridge's Coltin Doyle early in the second period of the 126-pound match Wednesday, and the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 48-36 as part of a highly touted Class 4A dual that featured 12 pins and two forfeits. Although the senior has been sharp this season, Porreco is not taking anything for granted after a devastating injury on the mat a year ago. He was third at state as a sophomore before spending the end of last season recovering from an elbow fracture, and tears to his UCL and MCL. Last year, "it was taken away from me so suddenly," Porreco said. "I didn't expect anything like that to happen and now that I know that it can happen, it's a lot of motivation towards my goals." Mesa Ridge was ranked No. 5 in 4A by On The Mat's latest rankings, while Discovery Canyon was eighth. Both of their team's strengths and weaknesses were on display in a series of sure-handed results. "It was such a lopsided, weird dual," Thunder coach Marques Bravo said. "We pin them, they pin us, we pin them." The Thunder jumped out to a 30-0 advantage with walk-off wins from Jett Strickenberger (106), Darian Palacio (113), Patrick Allis (120), Porreco and Jared Turner (132). The five of them - Discovery Canyon's lightweight "Murderers' Row" - only trailed for a combined 10 seconds. "We knew that our heavy weights we were lacking some people and some experience, so we knew us light guys, more the seniors, we all needed to come out there with some fire," said Turner, who jumped out to a 15-0 lead before sticking Isaiah Brown in 2:45. "In the matches we were going to dominate we had to make them pins for the extra points." The Grizzlies responded with pins in four of the last seven matches and scored an additional 12 points because of Discovery Canyon's forfeits at 220 and heavyweight. A shaken-up Malachi Chambers came out of an injury timeout to win 138s and Elijah Valdez needed only 69 seconds in 152s to bring the Grizzlies within 36-12. The Thunder, though, wrapped up the dual victory with consecutive pins from David Biddy (160) and Dustin James (170). "We knew it was going to come down to those matches in the middle," Mesa Ridge coach Rob Braaten said. "Way too much not wrestling tough through the periods by my team. And then not getting off our back enough." Five wrestlers between the teams are ranked in the top four by On The Mat's Dec. 22 rankings. Of those, Mesa Ridge's Dominick Fini and Michael True did not wrestle Wednesday and won by forfeit. The Thunder and Grizzlies will see each other plenty in the not-too-distant future. They'll cross paths again at the Colorado Springs Metro Championships in just over a week and are both slated in 4A Region 4 in early February. "Right now we need to tighten the screws," Valdez said. "It's that fine-tuning stage."
James Irwin girls' basketball hopes to snap out of yearly losing slump, but that might take some time

James Irwin girls' basketball hopes to snap out of yearly losing slump, might take time

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Don't feel sorry for the James Irwin girls' basketball team. The Jaguars are aware of their situation and know their past is littered with losses. And once again, they're struggling this season with no seniors on the roster. Following Monday's nonconference loss against Pueblo Centennial, the Jaguars were 2-5 after snapping a four-game losing streak last Saturday thanks to an overtime win over Rye. Last season, they finished with seven wins - the second most in school history. And the Jaguars might have another long, tough season ahead of them. Rankings: 5A boys, girls hoops make a switch at No. 1 They play in a Tri-Peaks League that boasts three teams - Lamar, St. Mary's and Colorado Springs Christian School -  ranked in the top four of the state's Class 3A rankings. "We have to start growing more and working harder," James Irwin point guard Krystina Hagood said. As a sophomore, she's the most experienced Jaguar. She plays on a couple of travel teams, and she's clearly the go-to player because of her ball handling skills, long-range jump shots and 21-point average  - which ranks her second in 3A. The problem is, Hagood doesn't get much help. Junior Tanea Warner is James Irwin's second-leading scorer at 6.3 ppg. "We have a sophomore who has to do everything," second-year Jaguars coach Anthony Byrd said. "It doesn't have to be like that. I constantly tell the girls, 'One girl can't do everything.' But in practice, we rely on her so much. Then in the games, now we need help." Byrd inherited a program that hasn't had a winning season since it started in 2006 and went through three other coaches. He decided to pick up the responsibility even as he continued to coach the boys' basketball team. It's a tough situation for a struggling program. James Irwin is an academics-first school with 426 students, so the girls' basketball program takes what it can get. The Jaguars don't have the numbers to sport a junior varsity team and settled for 11 players on varsity this year. Byrd said he spends most of practice teaching the girls fundamentals, such as boxing out and establishing a pivot foot. "Not having that lower level hasn't helped develop some of those players that really would be better suited to play on the JV team and gain that experience," James Irwin athletic director Mike Prusinowski said. "It's tough when you're fairly new to pick up that varsity experience."  Prusinowski looked to change years of losing by hiring Byrd, whom he said has a fun, easygoing personality that draws in students through open gyms and one-on-one interactions. "We were hoping that would have an impact to get more girls out," Prusinowski said, referring to the coaching change, "but even that hasn't helped out as I thought it would." For the past two seasons, the Jaguars played without a developmental team. But they hope that this year's players continue to learn and, more importantly, return next season. "You have to approach every game with a winning mindset," Hagood said. "Some people go and look at the stats and I look at the stats. ... But with the stats, they can just have a good game. You just have to play the same game and try to get better."

Tuesday's prep roundup: Doherty girls claim OT win over Pine Creek

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After being held to fewer than 10 points in each of the first three quarters of Tuesday's 5A Colorado Springs Metro league game against Doherty, the Pine Creek girls basketball team found its footing in the fourth, outscoring the Spartans 13-5 to force overtime. But Doherty, which is ranked top in Class 5A in the Gazette Preps Pikes Peak rankings, outlasted the Eagles 41-35 to remain undefeated in league play. Pine Creek (4-5, 1-1) was led by senior Elaena Murdock, who racked up a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Doherty (10-3, 3-0) was led by Brionna Mcbride with 14 points, followed by Unique Gainey, who also had a double-double on the night with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mcbride had seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. BOYS' BASKETBALL Manitou Springs 66, Ellicott 40 At Ellicott: Cole Sienknecht hit four 3-pointers and scored 28 points for the second consecutive game to lift the Mustangs to their third victory in four tries. Manitou Springs (6-4) were ahead 30-26 before busting out a 20-8 third quarter and holding Ellicott (2-6) to just 14 points in the second half. Liberty 69, Palmer 51 At Liberty: Moz Doria had 22 points and Sean Bohuslavsky added 18 points as the Lancers put the game away with a 24-12 third quarter in the Class 5A Colorado Springs Metro League contest. Kyle Bohuslavsky also added 12 for Liberty (9-3, 2-1), which boasted a 37-21 halftime advantage over Palmer (6-7, 0-2). Fountain-Fort Carson 67, Rampart 63 At Rampart: Rashon Barron led with 15 points and Keyshawn Maltbia added 12 as the Trojans erased an early 20-12 lead to escape with the CSML win. James Sanders and Mike Burton scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Fountain-Fort Carson (3-8, 2-1), which had a 21-15 fourth quarter. The Rams (7-4, 0-1) have lost two straight games. Doherty 56, Pine Creek 34 At Pine Creek: Kyrele Benford led with 17 points and Joshua Walker made 3 of 3 from long range to finish with 14 points as the Spartans went on to extend their winning streak to seven games. Alijah Bates also added 13 points for Doherty (10-2, 3-0 CSML), which put the game out of reach with a 19-6 fourth quarter. Pine Creek (4-4, 1-1) snapped a two-game winning streak. Mesa Ridge 73, Widefield 63 At Mesa Ridge: The Grizzlies had four scorers reach double figures in a 4A CSML rivalry win over Widefield. Mesa Ridge senior Deven Nelson had his best shooting night of the season as he racked up 21 points shooting 62 percent from the field. DJ Kine and Adonis Wallace each had 16 points for the Grizzlies (5-4, 2-0) and Devon Ricketts had 12. With the loss Widefield is now 6-2, and 1-2 in 4A CSML play. GIRLS' BASKETBALL Liberty 55, Palmer 29 At Palmer: The Lancers jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in the 5A CSML game. Liberty (8-3, 2-1) has won four of its past five games. Sanee' Cates scored a team-high 16 points for the Terrors (3-10, 0-2). Fountain-Fort Carson 63, Rampart 46 At F-FC: Teyanna Norris led with 14 points and Samiyah Worrell and Taryn Lindsey chipped in 12 and 10, respectively, as the Trojans gradually expanded on a 30-27 halftime lead in the 5A CSML contest. F-FC (6-5, 2-1) outscored the Rams 15-8 and 18-11 in the second half. Rampart (3-7, 0-1) has suffered five straight losses. Sierra 54, Woodland Park 41 At Woodland Park: D' Nae Wilson scored 15 points, and Azaria Lacour and Queen Williams scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, as the Stallions jumped to a 13-8 lead early in the 4A CSML matchup. Sierra (6-4, 2-1) has captured four of its past five games. Delaney Battin scored a team-high 10 points for Woodland Park (4-5, 1-1), which has dropped three of its past four. GIRLS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Rampart 157, Doherty 120 At Rampart: The Rams captured the top two spots in seven events in the dual meet win. Lindsey Immel had a standout performance in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in 5:34.6 -- about 45 seconds faster than second-place finisher and teammate Olivia Hollinger. Doherty won five events. Liberty 97, Fountain-Fort Carson 78 At Liberty: Maya Jabbour (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) and Grace McCrary (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) each won two events to lead Liberty past Fountain-Fort Carson in the dual meet. The Lancers also swept the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. Pine Creek 110, Coronado 75 At Coronado: Dominque Cos (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke), Kennedy Terry (100 freestyle, 200 freestyle) and Sara Conroy (500 freestyle, 100 backstroke) each won two events to lift Pine Creek in the dual meet. Coronado's Mia Shaeffer won the 50 freestyle (26.09) and aided the Cougar's 200 freestyle relay team to a first-place finish (1:49.63). Coronado also claimed the 200 medley relay in 2:06.27. Pine Creek's Erin Esty set a new pool record with her first-place finish in the 1-meter dive, securing a 239.45 final score. ICE HOCKEY Resurrection Christian 11, Cheyenne Mountain 1 At Honnen Ice Arena: The Indians allowed all 11 goals in the first two periods as Resurrection Christian (5-1) had six different scorers. Trevor Taylor scored the lone goal for Cheyenne Mountain (2-8). Pueblo County 5, Lewis-Palmer 0 At Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena: The Rangers (1-7-1) allowed all five goals in the final two periods and haven't won a game since Dec. 5. Pueblo County (6-1) has captured three straight wins.

Sophomore Serin Dunne helps Mesa Ridge girls to rivalry win over Widefield

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With three scorers averaging double figures, and a Davidson women’s basketball commit on the roster, it’s easy for a sophomore to get lost on the court. But Mesa Ridge’s Serin Dunne is no ordinary sophomore. The 5-foot-7 point guard has already made a name for herself on the college recruiting circuit and as a promising youngster on Mesa Ridge's girls' basketball team. Tuesday, Dunne, a second-year varsity player, had one of her best games of the season as the host Grizzlies locked in a 62-45 win over 4A Colorado Springs Metro league rival Widefield (7-3, 2-1). Entering Tuesday’s game, Widefield was ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, and Mesa Ridge at No. 12. Although it took Mesa Ridge (6-2, 2-0) a quarter to settle down in the rivalry atmosphere, the Grizzlies worked to eliminate a 10-point deficit in the last five minutes of the second quarter to enter the locker room tied with Widefield at 26. Dunne dazzled with a windmill layup in the final three minutes of the half to bring Grizzlies within four. “I just love helping out my teammates and picking them up when they’re down," Dunne said. "And knowing that they are doing well makes me play better." “(Dunne) is a highly recruited athlete and she ranks in her class No. 19 nationally," Mesa Ridge coach Jeff Beatty said, "but she’s young and the first part of the year she’s played well for us, she just hasn’t been scoring much. So we really discussed with her getting more shots and getting to the basket more and the last two games she’s done a very good job of that.” Dunne put up eight points against the Gladiators and 14 against The Classical Academy last week. But against a scrappy Widefield team, Dunne’s biggest impact was in her speed and on the boards. Despite being one of the shorter starters, Dunne pulled down eight rebounds for the Grizzlies in her best effort of the year. “She’s been working hard on that on her own and in practice to get better, and it showed today,” Beatty said. "It’s not even working on it, it’s about having effort and going out to get the ball instead of just standing there," Dunne said. "It doesn't matter how tall you are it’s just how much fight you have within you." Dunne, who also had five assists and three steals for the Grizzlies, said she’s learning consistency from the upperclassmen, namely Davidson commit Chloe Welch, who is ranked fifth in 4A with 19.1 points per game. “They’re always consistent and ready to play, especially Chloe, even when she’s down she picks herself back up and is ready to play,” Dunne said. “She’s always grinding and never stops and I think that’s really cool.” Welch had 15 points for Mesa Ridge and flirted with a double-double with nine rebounds. Ashley Bowen led the team with 17 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Angelina Jackson who had 13 points. Widefield was led by Charisse Fairley with 12 points, and Shynesti Johnson with nine.
Air Academy boys' basketball rebounds for a strong start

Prep notebook: Air Academy boys' basketball rebounds for a strong start, Pine Creek hockey finds a groove

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Soaring Kadets Air Academy boys' basketball is off to its best start since it won the state championship three years ago. The Kadets returned from the holiday layoff and beat Discovery Canyon in overtime Wednesday and Sand Creek by a point Friday to improve to 8-3 on the year. Air Academy was 1-22 a season ago. "At the start of the season we were cautiously optimistic," longtime coach Barry Clark said of the turnaround. "It's kind of what we were hoping for this summer when we saw some of the changes." Related: Rampart boys put on a show in Holiday Classic finale The Kadets (8-3, 2-0) trailed by double digits in both games last week only to storm back and execute down the stretch. Last season the Kadets were out of it more times than not in the final minutes, only having two games decided by less than five points. This year, they're 3-1 in those five-points-or-less games and are 2-1 in overtime games. "Surprised? Not as much," Clark said. "But I'm still very pleased. . These guys have really not faltered." The only other time the Kadets started a season 8-3 was in 2014-15 when they ended their season on a 14-game winning streak and beat Longmont in the 4A state finals. Air Academy will look to stay atop the Pikes Peak Athletic League Conference when it hosts Palmer Ridge on Wednesday. "The kids have broken out of the shadow in their own minds," Clark said. Learning moment Canon City's wrestling team's second-place finish at the Bobby Hawk Martinez Colt Classic will sting for a while. Luis Ronquillo won his 195-pound title but the Tigers settled for three other runner-up finishes, including two that came in extra time. The back-breaker, though, came in a spout of bad judgment that Canon City coach Duff Seaney hopes can be a learning moment. The Tigers were deducted a point when one of their wrestlers threw headgear after a match. Poetically enough, it proved to be the difference between second (156 points) and a tie with Adams City (157) for the tournament championship. "That's exactly the point we lost by," Seaney said. "Crazy, huh?" Zeon Ortega (106) and Shane Coffey (132) both fell in sudden victory in the final for Canon City, and James Ruona (126) lost by major decision. The Tigers hope to use their unsettling end as a reminder in the future. "It's certainly a teachable moment," Seaney said. "All those close matches that we gave away, any one of them would have won the tournament for us. It's a coachable moment for them to learn that every point counts, every match counts." Cheyenne Mountain took third (128.5) out of 15 teams, as breakout sophomore Deonte Bridges (220) added another tournament win to his budding resume. Doherty tied for fourth (126) on the back of championships by Maverick Keigher (138) and Tony Llamido (145). Finding a groove Pine Creek's hockey team is playing with a confidence it didn't have while struggling last season. Spencer Sykes had three goals and an assist, and the Eagles beat Doherty 7-3 early Saturday morning to improve to 4-3 on the season. Pine Creek totaled just two wins last season. Asked about the upward trajectory of his team, Pine Creek coach Ed Saxer pointed to his young core of players. "We had a good sophomore class last season, which now they're juniors, and now with this freshman class and a couple of sophomores that we got, they're good players, which makes us a better team obviously," he said. "And we only have two seniors, so the future looks pretty good." Home sweet home In its inaugural season, Woodland Park's hockey team finally got to play host Wednesday. Designated the home team at other arenas around town this season, the Panthers got a chance to play at their outdoor facility at Meadow Wood Sports Complex. They fell to Dakota Ridge 11-1. According to chsaanow.com, the association's policy is that teams can play one outdoor game per season. Woodland Park and Chaparral made their hockey debuts this season.
Pikes Peak Rankings: 5A boys, girls hoops make a switch at No. 1

Pikes Peak Rankings: 5A boys, girls hoops make a switch at No. 1

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BOYS' BASKETBALL Team records as of Jan. 8 Class 5A Doherty (9-2) Rampart (7-3) Liberty (8-3) Dropped out: N/A Breakdown: After topping last week’s 5A rankings with an impressive start to the season, Liberty boys’ hit its first roadblock of the year, falling to 5A Colorado Springs Metro league foe Doherty. The Spartans claimed a 69-59 win over the Lancers to take the No. 1 spot in this week’s 5A rankings. Doherty has won six straight averaging more than 65 points per game. After their loss to Doherty in the first game of 2018, Liberty bounced back for a nine-point win over Fountain-Fort Carson. Rampart had a productive weekend going 2-1 at the Rampart Holiday Classic, beating 3A’s CSCS, 5A’s Fruita Monument, and challenging 4A No. 5 Pueblo West in a thrilling back-and-forth matchup. The Rams will have a tough week opening 5A CSML play vs. Fountain-Fort Carson (2-8, 1-1), Liberty (8-3, 1-1) and Pine Creek (4-3, 1-0). Class 4A Lewis-Palmer (8-0) Falcon (5-3) Palmer Ridge (8-3) Dropped out: N/A Breakdown: Falcon moved up in the Pikes Peak rankings thanks to a four-point win over former No. 2 Palmer Ridge. The Falcons’ are ranked No. 13 in Class 4A with the strongest strength of schedule (8.1) of any Pikes Peak region team ranked in the top 20. Falcon will face its greatest test so far as the team faces Lewis-Palmer on Wednesday. The Rangers remain atop the Pikes Peak rankings and Class 4A as they continue their unbeaten streak into 2018. Lewis-Palmer locked in a 16-point win over Sand Creek and a 13-point margin over Vista Ridge in its first 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference matchups this season. Palmer Ridge dropped from No. 8 to 11 in 4A rankings, and down one spot in the Pikes Peak rankings. The Bears will face No. 20 Air Academy in their next challenge on Wednesday. Class 3A and below The Vanguard School (5-1) Calhan (4-2) Evangelical Christian (4-3) Dropped out: Colorado Springs Christian (4-4) Breakdown: The Calhan Bulldogs emerged on the Pike Peak rankings after a narrow victory over Genoa-Hugo/Karval in the new year. Calhan has won four of its last five games and put up 94 points in the second game of the season. The Bulldogs are second in the state in rebounds (48.5 per game), ranked sixth in steals (18.8 pg) and No. 5 in assists (17.7 pg). The Vanguard School remains atop the Pikes Peak rankings even though the Coursers have not gotten back on the court in the new year. The Vanguard School will face 0-7 Florence on Tuesday in its first game back. An overtime win over Byers kept Evangelical Christian in the Pikes Peak rankings and a top 15 rank in class 2A. The Eagles will open 2A District 8 play this week against Peyton and Ellicott. GIRLS' BASKETBALL Team records as of Jan. 8 Class 5A Doherty (9-3) Liberty (5-2) Pine Creek (4-4) Dropped out: Rampart (3-6) Breakdown: The Spartans dethroned Liberty with a three-point win over the Lancers last Thursday, then claimed a decisive 35-point win over Coronado. Doherty has won five straight and will face 5A CSML rivals Pine Creek and Palmer this week. Liberty’s loss to Doherty didn’t tarnish the Landers’ fast start as they quickly rebounded to earn an eight-point win over Fountain-Fort Carson on Saturday. Liberty is 2-1 in 2018 and will face Palmer (3-8) and Rampart (3-6) next week. Pine Creek snuck into the Pikes Peak rankings narrowly beating out Vista Ridge (6-4) thanks to its strength of schedule. Despite sitting at .500, the Eagles have the toughest schedule of any 5A Pikes Peak region team. Pine Creek will face another tough opponent in Doherty this week. Class 4A Air Academy (9-1) Widefield (7-2) Mesa Ridge (5-3) Dropped out: Discovery Canyon (6-3), The Classical Academy (7-2) Breakdown: Widefield and Mesa Ridge staked their claim in 4A Pikes Peak rankings as both teams moved into the top 15 in the state. Both teams boast a tough schedule and won their first games of 2018. The Gladiators claimed a 23-point win over Pueblo East, and a narrow one-point edge over Sierra. Mesa Ridge bested TCA, which dropped out of this week’s rankings, by 11 points. Widefield and Mesa Ridge face off on Tuesday in a 4A CSML rivalry game. Air Academy ramins No. 1 in the Pikes Peak rankings and sit in No. 3 in state 4A. The Kadets are riding a six-game winning streak and face 4A/5A Pikes Peak foe Palmer Ridge on Wednesday. Class 3A and below St. Mary’s (8-0) Colorado Springs School (7-0) Colorado Springs Christian (6-2) Dropped out: The Vanguard School (4-1) Breakdown: A pair of unbeaten teams highlight 3A and under Pikes Peak rankings, with St. Mary’s claiming the top spot in Class 3A at 8-0 with Colorado Springs School at No. 6 in 2A. Despite collecting its first two losses of the season last weekend at the Rampart Holiday Classic, Colorado Springs Christian sits at No. 3 in 3A with the toughest schedule among the top 25 3A squads. St. Mary’s is fresh off a 37-point win over Trinidad and will face Pueblo East on Wednesday. Colorado Springs School has not been in action since Dec. 12, and will kick off its 2018 slate against Calhan on Friday.
Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Darien Meyers, Palmer basketball

Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Darien Meyers, Palmer basketball

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Palmer High School junior Darien Meyers has taken his share of bumps on the basketball court, but he’s starting to hand them out. It started when he was learning the game from his grandfather, a former football player. “When I was smaller than him, I was the shrub in his forest,” Meyers said. “Making me come down in the paint, he used to always block me and always bully me.” That was good preparation for his first varsity experience, which came last season after Palmer lost 12 seniors from the 2015-16 squad. After spending his freshman season on junior varsity - practicing against those seniors - Meyers averaged 8.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in a sophomore campaign shortened to 15 games by a wrist injury. PHS limped to a 6-17 finish. “It was really rough,” Meyers recalled. “Emotionally, I don’t think I was ready for it. I was still a little kid. I still wanted to be a sophomore at heart. It just matured me. I realized that if I want to win games with this team, then I’ll have to give it my all, all the time.” That started with a strong summer with Boykins Basketball Academy.  Meyers returned more aggressive and confident this year, according to Palmer coach Jimmy Grantz. The results show growth, too. The 6-foot-3 wing is on the verge of averaging a double-double at 16.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, and Palmer already matched last season's win total with a 6-6 record despite a 1-4 start and Meyers missing two games to injury. In three 2018 games, Meyers has posted as many double-doubles to earn Peak Performer of the Week. The high point was a 33-point, 12 rebound effort in an overtime win against Sand Creek. “It was one of those games we felt like we were in control, but we could never quite put it away,” Grantz said. Meyers made 12 of 13 free throws in that game to reach a new career high in scoring. “I just kept having a mismatch that game, and my teammates kept feeding me the ball,” he said. “It ended up being a pretty good night for me.” He also had 18 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a close loss to Fountain-Fort Carson and 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in a win over Hinkley. Now that he’s too big for Grandpa to bully, their workouts have focused on Meyers’ ability to score. That too appears to have paid off. He’s made 88 percent of his free throws and 36 percent from deep. His efficiency from 3-point range dipped after a combined 2-11 showing last week, but Meyers found other ways. “My grandpa has always told me, it’s like ‘We work on the 3-point shot, but if it’s not falling we always have the speed and the moves to get to the rim,’” Meyers said. The Terrors’ lack of size - only 6-foot-4 senior Jadin Burney is taller - forced Meyers to put an emphasis on cleaning the glass and defending other teams’ post player when necessary. “He’s been really willing to do that,” Grantz said. When it comes to rebounding, Meyers’ outlook is simple. “The ball helps you win. You score with the ball,” Meyers said. “I try to get that ball as many times as I can.” Whether its knocking down free throws, hitting the boards or blocking shots, Meyers has a knack for making winning plays. “He’s been a factor in everything we’ve done,” the Palmer coach said. “His effort has been great.” Last year, Meyers said the losing wore on him, souring his attitude on certain days. He says he knows better as a junior leader. “Now, one game is one game, you can’t dwell on the past,” he said. The past is littered with physical and metaphorical bruises and bumps. Meyers hopes the future holds more points, rebounds and wins en route to an opportunity to play in college. “I just want to win,” Meyers said. “I’ve started to get a really good bond with the kids on my team, and I like being a leader with them. And I love playing with them now. If I could average a double-double for the rest of this year and my senior year and just play with these guys and win, that would be just great.” Other Peak Performers Girls basketball Jayda Lyon, Liberty The 5-foot-7 senior reached double figures in all three of the Lancers’ games in the new year, helping Liberty to a 2-1 week. She started the week with 15 points in a win over Sand Creek before a cold shooting night saw her score 14 in a close loss to Doherty. She rebounded in a big way, scoring 25 of her team’s 54 points in a win over Fountain-Fort Carson on Saturday. Ice Hockey Spencer Sykes, Pine Creek Sykes had a hand in more than half of the Eagles’ seven goals in a win over Doherty on Saturday. He had three goals and an assist, as Pine Creek moved above .500 at 4-3 on the season. Swimming and Diving Meredith Rees, Lewis-Palmer Rees had a pair of top-two finishes to help the Rangers finish fourth at Saturday’s Boulder County Invitational. Rees won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 56.44 seconds and took second in the 100 butterfly in 57.91. Wrestling Devin Lueck, Mesa Ridge Lueck, a senior 120-pounder, was one of the Grizzlies’ eight champions at the Mullen Invitational on Saturday as Mesa Ridge easily won the team title. Lueck advanced to the finals with ease, pinning his first two opponents in the first period before advancing the the finals with a 17-1 technical fall. In the final, he won a 6-2 decision over Regis Jesuit’s Clifford Pinkerton.

Saturday's prep roundup: Johnny Lopez, KJ Kearns earn titles as Coronado wrestling takes second at Colfax Smackdown

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

WRESTLING 10th annual Colfax Smackdown At Denver East: Coronado's Johnny Lopez (138 pounds) and KJ Kearns (145) each captured titles in their respective weight class. Lopez won by a pin over Grandview's Matty Frye, and Kearns held on for an 8-4 decision against Pueblo Centennial's Cole Hernandez. The Cougars scored 76 points behind top finisher Pueblo East's 161. Coronado's Zeke Terrazas suffered an injury in his 152-pound championship match against Prairie View's Austin McFadden and lost. Angel Flores (126) and Beau Chauvin (160) placed third for the Cougars, while teammates Ben Nagel (132) and Ben Tonnessen (170) finished fourth. Bobby Hawk Martinez Colt Classic At Pueblo South: Canon City's Luis Ronquillo pinned Pueblo South's Luis Ronquillo in the 195 title match, and Zeon Ortega (106), James Ruona (126) and Shane Coffey (132) all took second as the Tigers scored 156 points to finish second. Canon City was just one behind winner Adams City. Gage Pruitt (220) rallied through the consolation rounds to take third for the Tigers, while teammates Zac Hanenberg (145) and Mason Repshire (170) placed fourth. Elsewhere, Cheyenne Mountain took third place with 128.5 points, thanks Deonte Bridges winning the 220 title, Mike McFadden (145) and Kevin Hooks (152) finishing second and Hayden Johnson (138) taking third. Doherty placed fourth with 16 points after Maverick Keigher (138) and Tony Llamido (145) captured individual titles. Falcon placed eighth out of 15 teams as Robby Warkentine (113), Caleb Sherrill (160) and Grant McCluan (285) all took second in their weight classes. Mullen Invitational At Mullen: Elijah Bailin, Adam Tichenor, Devin Lueck, Elijah Valdez, Niko Suragdeen, Jared Volcic, Dominick Fini and Mike True each won an individual title to lead Mesa Ridge to the team championship out of 13 teams. Issac McKinney and Isiah Brown placed second and third, respectively, for the Grizzlies, while teammates Malachi Chambers and Isiah Eaton each took fourth. BOYS' BASKETBALL Woodland Park 78, Harrison 70 At Woodland Park: Kodi Newsome had 24 points and eight rebounds, Josh Bodin chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Panthers held on in Class 4A Colorado Springs Metro League action for their sixth overall win in the last seven games. Skye Ciccarelli added 12 points for Woodland Park (7-2, 2-0), which was up 45-33 at halftime. Harrison (3-5, 0-1) has lost four of its last five games. ECA 55, Byers 53 (OT) At Evangelical Christian Academy: Brad Hartsock led with 16 points and Braydon Hekkers added 12 points as the Eagles survived a 20-6 third quarter by Byers to win their third game in four tries. Five others scored for ECA (4-3), which was ahead 32-22 at halftime before the Byers (6-2) rallied in the second half to send it to overtime. The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 4-2 after that to snap their six-game winning streak. Rye 54, James Irwin 49 At James Irwin: Micha Dixon scored 24 points on four 3-pointers but the Jaguars were outscored 18-4 in the fourth quarter of Tri-Peaks League action. James Irwin (2-7, 1-1) has lost five of its last six games after holding a 45-36 lead heading into the final quarter against Rye (2-5, 1-1). The Jaguars had two players foul out, including Dixon. Discovery Canyon 72, Cheyenne Mountain 60 At Discovery Canyon: Caleb Groteleuschen scored 20 points and Chase Rogers added 17 as the Thunder led in every quarter of the Class 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletics Conference game. Zach Anderson also scored 14 points for Discovery Canyon (6-4, 1-1). Cheyenne Mountain (4-5, 0-2) has dropped four of its last five games. St. Mary's 75, Trinidad 37 At St. Mary's: Draven Hackley had 17 points and three others scored in double digits to lift the Pirates in the TPL game. Gabe Calhoun scored 12 points and Camden Raedel and Tyler Englert each had 10 for St. Mary's (3-6, 3-1), which has won two of its last three games after opening the season with four straight losses. The Pirates held Trinidad (2-4, 0-1) to three single-digit scoring quarters. Liberty 59, Fountain-Fort Carson 50 At Fountain-Fort Carson: Kyle Bohuslavsky led with 14 points and three other Lancers scored in double figures in the 5A CSML game. Levi Valentine had 13 points and Moz Doria and Jacob Burns each added 11 for Liberty (8-3, 1-1). Davante Logan had 12 points for the Trojans (2-8, 1-1). Fruita Monument 64, CSCS 35 At Broadmoor World Arena: After challenging the Wildcats through the first quarter, Colorado Springs Christian School lost steam in the final three frames and eventually fell to Fruita Monument in the Rampart Holiday Classic. Kinsley Smith led the Lions with 10 points. CSCS went 0-3 in the tournament. GIRLS' BASKETBALL St. Mary's 57, Trinidad 20 At St. Mary's: Thanks to Josephine Howery's 15 points and Catherine Cummings' 12, the Pirates extended their perfect record with a dominant performance in the 3A TPL game. Mary Cummings also chipped in 10 points for St. Mary's (8-0, 3-0), which outscored Trinidad 53-19 in the first three quarters. The Miners (2-5, 0-1) have dropped their last three games. Doherty 66, Coronado 31 At Doherty: Brionna McBride led with 13 points and Mykiaa Minniss as the Spartans continued their winning ways in the 5A CSML game. Seven others scored for Doherty (9-3, 2-0), which has won its last five games. The Spartans jumped to a 16-6 lead and limited Coronado (4-8, 0-2) to three single-digit scoring quarters. Mesa Ridge 54, TCA 43 At The Classical Academy: Chloe Welch had a complete game with 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals to lead the Grizzlies (5-2), who have won three straight after dropping back-to-back games. Serin Dunne nailed two 3-pointers to finish with 14 points as Mesa Ridge extended a 25-22 halftime lead by outscoring TCA 21-9 in the third quarter. Angelina Jackson and Ashley Bowen each chipped in eight points for the Grizzlies. Raegan Bervig and Raeann Qeener had 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Titans (7-2), who have dropped two of their last four games. Byers 38, ECA 32 At Evangelical Christian Academy: Elizabeth Bristow had a team-high eight points, Madison Castros and Sarah Yacovoni each added seven and the Eagles (1-6) issued a late-game surge but ultimately suffered their third straight loss. ECA put up an 11-3 fourth quarter against Byers (5-3) after falling behind 35-21. James Irwin 43, Rye 40 (OT) At James Irwin: Krystina Hagood led with 17 points, six rebounds, six steals and four assists and Aso Lefano added 13 points as the Jaguars rallied from a 15-11 halftime deficit to snap a four-game losing streak in the TPL game. Tanea Warner also added nine points for James Irwin (2-4, 1-1), which bounced back by outscoring Rye 15-10 in the fourth and 5-2 in overtime. The Thunderbolts dropped to 0-6, 0-3 TPL. Liberty 53, Fountain-Fort Carson 46 At Liberty: Jayda Lyon exploded for 25 points and the Lancers (7-3, 1-1) broke up a 20-20 halftime tie with a 21-14 third quarter in the 5A CSML game. Taryn Lindsey had 17 points for Fountain-Fort Carson (5-4, 1-1). Pueblo West 64, Rampart 50 At Broadmoor World Arena: Madi Wriedt put up 21 points for the Rams in their final matchup of the Rampart Holiday Classic, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Pueblo West. Rampart (3-6) hit its stride in the third quarter with Wriedt leading the charge, but the Cyclones kept the game out of reach, outscoring the Rams 25-18 in the fourth. Rampart finished the weekend 0-3. GIRLS' SWIMMING AND DIVING Boulder County Invitational At Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center: With six individual finishes in the top three, the Rams scored 388 points to take third in the team standings.  Fairview ran away with the title after putting up 774.5 points, while Lewis-Palmer scored 334 to take fourth. Lewis-Palmer's Meredith Rees took first in the 200-yard freestyle after clocking 1:56.44 as Rampart's Catriona Clarke was runner-up in 1:57.62. Rees also finished second in the 100 butterfly in 57.91. Rampart's Lindsey Immel finished third in both the 50 freestyle (24.88) and 100 freestyle (54.44). Allana Clarke took second in the 100 freestyle (54.17) for the Rams, while teammates Edenna Chen and Joey Miller finished first and second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.49 and 1:10.15, respectively. The Rampart relay teams also took second in the 200 medley (1:47.86) and third in the 200 freestyle (1:39.36). Lewis-Palmer was fourth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:43.58. ICE HOCKEY Resurrection Christian 10, Cheyenne Mountain 0 At NoCo Ice Center: The Indians (2-7) have dropped their last six games after allowing Resurrection Christian (4-1) to score six goals in the second period. Rampart 7, Woodland Park 1 At Honnen Ice Arena: Jimmy Adams knocked in two goals as the Rams (6-6) boasted six different scorers against the Panthers (0-9) to bounce back from a 5-4 loss to Crested Butte a day earlier. Rampart had a 4-0 lead in the second period before Woodland Park scored its only goal.

Rampart boys put on a show in Holiday Classic finale vs. Pueblo West

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

The Rampart Holiday Classic finale between the Rams and the Pueblo West boys’ basketball team certainly gave fans a good show.t The Cyclones claimed a 61-60 victory over Rampart, finding redemption for an overtime loss in the classic a year ago. The game was back-and-forth the whole way through, with Rampart holding a narrow four-point lead lead with less than a minute to go. But Pueblo West wasn’t going to let the Rams’ lead hold for long. Senior Jordan Lopez, who coach Bobby Tyler calls the team’s "offensive tackle" because he does all of the “dirty work” but rarely gets credit, nailed a 3-pointer with 12.8 seconds remaining to make it a one-point game. After the play a foul was called on Rampart under the basket, which in a haze of confusion sent Lopez to the line, where he made his first shot to tie the game. Related: Rampart Holiday notebook: Rampart, CSCS boys battle beyond the arc; Lady Lions get help off the bench “He plays more minutes than anyone on the team, but no one even knows who Jordan Lopez is in this state,” Tyler said. “But when you play in a big game like this he’s always going to make one or two little things at the end happen for us.” Another foul seconds later sent Pueblo West’s Nieyeme Smeyer-Williams to the line, where he made one of two attempts to give the Cyclones the lead they needed with 1.5 seconds to play. After regaining possession, Rampart’s efforts with a draining clock were unsuccessful as Pueblo West pulled off the last-second win. The Cyclones forced the Rams (7-3) to play on their toes in the first quarter, forcing sloppy turnovers and racking up a 17-4 lead at the end of the frame. But Rampart quickly settled, and cut the deficit to one heading into halftime. “We dug ourselves in a hole just trying too hard, but once we relaxed a little bit and got back into our comfort zone we got some stops,” Rampart coach J’on St. Clair said. “We went into our zone which slowed them down a little bit we got back into it.” From there, the battle began. “How does that happen, when they’re up by four with less than a minute left on the clock and they end up losing on a last-second shot? It’s just one of those matchups,” Tyler said. “J’on and I have been coaching against each other for about 22-24 years now and I kind of know everything he does, and he definitely knows everything I do.”
Another Engesser scores 1,000 at CSCS

Another Engesser scores 1,000 at CSCS

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Add another Engesser name to Colorado Springs Christian’s 1,000-point record book. Saturday , junior Megan Engesser followed her brother’s Nate and Justin’s footsteps into the 1,000-point club in a hard-fought battle with Fruita Monument in which Lions fell 30-29 thanks to a last-second shot by the Wildcats. Entering   Saturday’s   game, CSCS coach and Engesser’s father, Mark, hoped that Megan didn’t know how close she was to the milestone. She was 35 points away entering the Rampart Holiday Classic, and nine away on Day 3. “I did know it was coming just because my brother was talking about it, but I tried not to think about it during the game,” Megan Engesser said. Engesser scored seven in the first quarter, but missed her first three attempts of the second before draining a 3-pointer for the milestone bucket with two minutes left in the half. CSCS junior Megan Engesser shoots the ball as the team took on Fruita Monument during the Annual Rampart Holiday Classic at the Tom Falgien Court at the Boardmoor World Arena on Saturday January 6, 2018 in Colorado Springs. Engesser scored her 1,000 point in the game. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).   After a small cheer from the crowd, play continued. An announcement rang down as the game resumed, but Engesser looked unfazed and focused on Fruita Monument, which was leading 19-16 at the time. “I heard the announcement but I was like, 'Nope, have to focus, we have to get a stop,'” Engesser said. “It’s nice because both of my brothers did it so it’s like I got that one under my belt, now I just have to go win state.” Her brother Nate won a state title with the Lions in 2011-12, while Justin won most recently in 2015-16. A back-and-forth battle picked up again in the second half with CSCS gaining a four-point edge with less than a minute to play. But CSCS (6-2) and Fruita Monument (11-1) had been here before. Last year the Lions and Wildcats battled into overtime during the Rampart Holiday Classic, as CSCS once again fell in a one-point game. Angelique Gall sank a pair of free throws with 12.8 seconds left to bring the Wildcats within one. Seconds later Riley Snyder pulled down a rebound off a missed CSCS free-throw and drove down the court. Snyder took a shot just inside the 3-point line, which hit perfectly with just two seconds left on the clock. Engesser led the Lions with 15 points followed by Katie McGrath with four. Gall had 12 for Fruita Monument, and Snyder led the team with 16.

Rampart Holiday notebook: Rampart, CSCS boys battle beyond the arc; Lady Lions get help off the bench

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Rampart boys’ basketball is not typically a good outside-shooting team, averaging less than three 3-pointers per game. But Friday against CSCS, Rampart had to take a different approach. The Rams’ shot lights-out beyond the arc in a 76-68 win over CSCS, but the Lions also found luck on the outside as they used the 3-point line to forge an impressive comeback in the fourth quarter. A total of 23 3-pointers were made in Thursday’s game. CSCS had 14, while Rampart had nine. “We are not a really good outside scoring team, so (CSCS’) philosophy was let them shoot threes, and our guys did, and we made the shots today,” Rampart coach J’on St. Clair said. “And that’s what you have to do when they’re daring us to shoot like that.” Rampart shot 56 percent from beyond the arc and 61 percent in 2-point range. “It’s the best we’ve ever shot from the 3-point line, and and if we are shooting that well we are really going to be tough to beat,” St. Clair said. Rampart's Jack McReynolds (10) guards Colorado Springs Christian's Kolby Walker during the Rampart Holiday Classic on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Boardmoor World Arena. The Rams defeated CSCS 76-68.   The Lions are solid on the outside, averaging more than nine 3-pointers per game, and sank five treys in the fourth quarter on the way to outscoring Rampart 25-13 in the final frame. Noah Hopkins, who had five 3’s for the Lions on Thursday in the tournament opener, shot three of CSCS’ five treys in the fourth as the team battled to eliminate a lengthy deficit. He finished with six 3-pointers and led the team in scoring with 21 points. Josh Kavalec sank three in a row for the Rams early in the third, while Jack McReynolds finished with four treys off the bench. Kavalec led Rampart in scoring with 21 points, followed by Dawson Carper with 19, Xavier Johnson with 17 and McReynolds with 14. CSCS girls’ support off the bench leads to bounce-back win after first loss of the season Colorado Springs Christian girls coach Mark Engesser wasn’t sure what team he saw lose to Pueblo West in the opening round of the Rampart Holiday Classic, but it wasn’t his previously unbeaten Lions. But Friday CSCS bounced back into its winning ways with a 48-30 win over Rampart thanks to a big spark off the bench. Colorado Springs Christian's Katie Hildenbrand is guarded by two Rampart defenders.   “They’ve been playing well this year except the Pueblo West game,” Engesser said. “I know Pueblo West had something to do with that I’m sure, but (against Rampart), that was the team I’ve seen this year.” Seniors Katie Hildenbrand and Grace Heisler, and junior Abby Knelder are Engesser’s not-so-secret weapons off the bench, adding depth to the talented 6-1 CSCS squad. Knelder was the Lions’ top threat on the outside against Rampart, shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc for nine points in the first half. Her efforts allowed CSCS to take a 29-16 lead into the locker room. “She does her job really well,” Engesser said. “She actually played a little as a freshman and then last year she hurt her knee and I kind of never got her back into the rotation, so she has some experience and she showed it this summer and she’s showing it now.” Colorado Springs Christian's Abby Knelder dribbles around a defender.   Hildenbrand, a 5-foot-9 senior, is the team’s defensive specialist. She’s a ferocious defender and solid on the boards as she typically takes on opposing team’s top scorer. Engesser said, “Katie and Grace come off the bench as seniors and have great attitude about it, I’m very pleased with those two girls."

Friday's prep roundup: Air Academy's Ryan Self hits two late-game shots in boys' basketball win over Sand Creek

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BOYS' BASKETBALL Air Academy 48, Sand Creek 47 At Sand Creek: Nico Lunt led all scorers with 18 points, Ryan Self hit two big shots down the stretch and Air Academy held off Sand Creek in Class 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletics Conference action. It was only the Kadets’ second win in the last 19 games against the Scorpions. Self’s short jumper with   2:27   left gave the Kadets (8-3, 2-0) the lead for good at 44-43 as he followed that with another outside shot with 40.5 seconds left. Brock Bendrick added 10 points for Air Academy, which continues to be one of this season’s biggest turnaround stories following a 1-22 record last season. Kenan Thompson had a team-high 12 points for Sand Creek (2-9, 0-2), which has dropped nine straight following a 2-0 start. Air Academy trailed 27-21 at halftime before opening the third with a 12-0 run. Lewis-Palmer 60, Vista Ridge 47 At Vista Ridge: Joel Scott led with 20 points and Carter Kreischer added 11 as the Rangers extended their perfect record in the Class 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletics Conference game. Ethan Forrester added 10 points for Lewis-Palmer (8-0, 2-0), which held a 27-20 halftime lead. Micah Hilts led Vista Ridge (6-5, 1-1) with 15 points while teammates Raymon Harper and Tristan Pratt added 14 and 11, respectively.  Manitou Springs 62, La Junta 52 At La Junta: Cole Sienknecht exploded for 28 points -- including four 3-pointers -- as the Mustangs earned their second win in three games in the Class 3A Tri-Peaks League match. Manitou Springs (4-4, 1-1) led 16-14 before a 23-14 fourth quarter. Palmer 69, Hinkley 53 At Palmer: Isaiah Robinson led with 17 points and Darien Meyers had 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Terrors have won four of their last five games. GIRLS' BASKETBALL St. Mary's 40, Lamar 32 At Lamar: Josephine Howery led with 12 points and Seneca Hackley added 10 as the Pirates jumped out to a 22-6 first quarter lead and remained perfect in the TPL. Catherine Cummings scored all of her nine points on 3-pointers for St. Mary's (7-0, 2-0). Air Academy 42, Sand Creek 31 At Air Academy: Kylee Blacksten led with 11 points, Mary Parchinski added eight as the Kadets held Sand Creek (5-5, 0-2) to single-digit scoring in the first, second and third quarters of the PPAC game. Zoe Sims pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and scored seven points for Air Academy (8-1, 2-0). Lewis-Palmer 58, Vista Ridge 41 At Lewis-Palmer: Arianna Blowe had 16 points and Kaity Hovasse added 14 as the Rangers overcame an early 16-6 deficit against Vista Ridge (6-4, 1-1) in the PPAC game. Bridget Cassidy chipped in 12 points for Lewis-Palmer (7-2, 2-0), which exploded to a 22-5 fourth quarter. Widefield 46, Sierra 45 At Widefield: Shynesti Johnson had 12 points and Erika Warner chipped in 11 as the Gladiators overcame a 12-8 first quarter deficit and won their fourth straight in the Class 4A Colorado Springs Metro League game. Aaliyah Ricketts added nine points for Widefield (6-2, 2-0). Aubrey Robinson had a game-high 18 points for Sierra (4-4, 0-1), while teammate D'Nae Wilson added 12. Palmer Ridge 43, Falcon 36 At Palmer Ridge: Eden Bonser hit two three-pointers to finish with 14 points, Mackenzie Siskind added 13 and the Bears (9-4, 2-1) overcame a sluggish start to beat Falcon (0-3, 3-6) in the PPAC game. Palmer Ridge outscored Falcon 20-13 in the fourth quarter after starting the game off down 17-9. ICE HOCKEY Crested Butte 5, Rampart 4 At Sertich Ice Center: Tyler Montoya scored two goals but the Rams couldn’t overcome a 3-1 deficit early in the first quarter against Crested Butte (6-0). Nate Purewal and Cameron Sykes also scored for Rampart (5-5). WRESTLING Discovery Canyon 58, Woodland Park 18 At Woodland Park: The Thunder's Jett Strickenberger (106), Darian Palacio (113), Patrick Allis (120), Jaden Porreco (126), Jared Turner (132), Dylan Ruane (145), Dustin James and Jack Dewey (195) each won by pins in the dual match. Colfax Smackdown Pueblo Centennial 41, Coronado 36 At Denver East: Ben Nagel (132), Johnny Lopez (138) , KJ Kearns (145), Zeke Terrazas (152) and Ben Tonnessen (170) each earned pins for the Cougars, who couldn't overcome Pueblo Centennial's heavier weights from 182 pounds and up. Coronado 36, Prairie View 31 At Denver East: The Cougars got the win after Angel Flores (126), Ben Nagel (132), Jonny Lopez (138) and KJ Kearns (145) each recorded a pin. Prairie View forfeited two matches. Coronado 41, Cherry Creek 16 At Denver East: Ben Nagel (132), Johnny Lopez (138), KJ Kearns (145) finished with pins to lead the Cougars, who wrapped up the day 2-1 in dual matches.
Rampart Holiday Tournament: Carper scores 32 in Rampart boys' win over Fruita Monument

Rampart Holiday Tournament: Carper scores 32 in Rampart boys' win over Fruita Monument

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

It was fast and it was physical. And it was just the kind of game 6-foot-11 Dawson Carper is built for. Carper used his position at the post to put up 32 points for the Rams on the way to a 79-62 victory on the first night of the Rampart Holiday Classic. He capped off a double-double with 13 rebounds and shot 74 percent from the field.   Although the Rams didn’t shoot well from the outside, and shot 50 percent from the line, they had 19 steals, led by Xavier Johnson with seven. “We were pretty aggressive today on defense, and we had some good traps and stuff on their press,” Carper said. We ran the court well to get some easy transition points and dunks.” Carper slammed two dunks in the first half nearly back-to-back as the Rams took a five-point lead at the break. “Since we haven’t played for a while I thought we were a little rusty in the first half, but we hustled well and hopefully tomorrow we will do better in execution,” Carper said. Josh Kavalec shot 67 percent from the field for 17 points and led the team with seven assists and had five steals. Johnson was third on the team in scoring with 16 points. Fruita Monument’s physicality got the better of them in the fourth quarter as the team got into foul trouble and put Rampart in the double bonus early in the frame. The Wildcats’ leading scorer Reilly Flinn was in danger of fouling out in the fourth with four personal fouls. He led the team with 17 points. Up next: Rampart faces Colorado Springs Christian on Friday at 8 p.m. Fruita Monument runs over Rampart Rampart faced an uphill battle in its tournament opener on Thursday. And there’s really no complicated analysis for the Rams 52-31 defeat - Fruita Monument simply played better. The Rams had a solid first quarter in which they escaped with a relatively narrow deficit, but the Wildcats were just getting started. PHOTOS: Prep Girls Basketball: Rampart Rams 31, Fruita Monument Wildcats 52 Riley Snyder put on a clinic scoring 20 points for Fruita Monument (9-1) in the first half, leading to the Wildcats’ 28-15 lead at the break. And while she backed off in the second, the deficit was already too great for the Rams to overcome. Kennedy Wriedt led Rampart with 10 points as one of just two players to make more than one shot. Bailee Hart had seven points for the Rams (3-4). Up next: The Rams will battle Colorado Springs Christian on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CSCS girls fall to Pueblo West in first loss of the season It was a battle of unbeatens between the Pueblo West and Colorado Springs Christian School girls’ basketball teams in the opening game of the Rampart Holiday Classic. And the first half looked like it was going to be a fight to the finish, but CSCS’ uncharacteristic shooting and the Cyclone's outside game put a stop to the Lions' perfect season in a 41-30 loss. The Lions shot just 34 percent from the field as they faced arguably the most physical defense they’ve seen this season. “They have a hard, intense defense, and we were trying to be stronger with the ball and driving, but we just weren’t,” CSCS coach Mark Engesser said. “We’re known as a good shooting team, and they’re not as good a shooting team, but they hit the 3s when they needed to, and we didn’t.” The Cyclones (9-0) hit three straight 3-pointers at the end of the third quarter to gain a nine-point lead. From there, the Lions couldn’t bounce back. “Those 3’s broke our backs,” Engesser said. “If you take them away, we win.” Megan Engesser led the Lions (5-1) with 13 points, followed by Rachel Ingram with 12, who scored all of her points on 3-pointers. Up next:   The Lions face Rampart girls   on Friday   at   6:30 p.m. Pueblo West overwhelms CSCS boys in transition Colorado Springs Christian boys' basketball lost to Pueblo West 68-48 on Thursday, January 4, 2018, in their opening game of the Rampart Holiday Classic. (Photo by Lindsey Smith, The Gazette)   Colorado Springs Christian dropped 10 treys in its opening game of the Rampart Holiday Classic, but the Lions' outside game was not enough to overcome the Cyclone’s speed in a 68-48 loss. With the help of Noah Hopkins and his work beyond the arc, CSCS racked up an eight-point lead midway through the second quarter, but it didn’t take long for things to get out of hand. PHOTOS: Prep Boys Basketball: Colorado Springs Christian Lions 48, Pueblo West Cyclones 68 Pueblo West went on a 17-0 run through the second and third quarters to pull out of reach from the Lions. “I’m very pleased with how my boys played and how they started the game,” Engesser said. “We had that one bad stretch and if you take that four minute stretch away, they had a good effort. We are undersized. They’re bigger and faster than us, and I am pleased with how we played.” Niemyeme Smeyer-Williams and Jacob Wilkenson led the Cyclones’ campaign in the second quarter, scoring six points each, while Wilkenson continued into the third adding nine more before fouling out early in the fourth.   Smeyer-Williams led the Cyclones with 19 points followed by Wilkenson (15) and Billy Bloesser (11). Hopkins finished the game with five 3-pointers and led CSCS with 19 points. Brandon Pitt was second in scoring for the Lions with 13 points. Up next:   Colorado Springs Christian takes on Rampart   on Friday   at   8 p.m.
Carey carries Spartans down the stretch

Duke Carey carries Doherty down the stretch in boys' basketball win vs. Liberty

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Doherty’s Duke Carey wasn’t going to dish the ball down the stretch Thursday. He’s an unselfish distributor -- but this wasn’t the time. The senior point guard scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the final 90 seconds and the Spartans held on to beat Liberty 69-59 to kick off play in the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League. Following a late run that brought the Lancers within 61-57 with 2:10 remaining, Carey shouldered the weight in the late moments. He scored eight of the game’s final 10 points, going 6 for 6 from the line and finishing his team’s only attempt from the field with a coast-to-coast lay-in. Roundup: Pine Creek girls' basketball blows past Coronado in CSML opener “It’s just feel,” said Carey, who became the fifth player to lead Doherty in scoring this season. “I’m a senior, a point guard, leader, so I decided to take matters in my own hands.” Joe Golden added 16 points and 19 rebounds and Kyrele Benford added 15 points and 10 boards for the Spartans (8-2, 1-0), who won their fifth straight game by outrebounding Liberty by a hefty double-digit margin. Josh Walker had 10 points off the bench. “Obviously they were bigger than us at every position,” Liberty coach Ivan Chambers said. “We knew that was going to be a challenge to keep them off the boards. They hit a lot of first shots, and when they didn’t hit their first shot they were getting second and third looks sometimes.” After beating Chatfield 70-47 late Wednesday night, Doherty led by as many as 11 in the third and was up 61-52 with 2:36 to go before the Lancers made their run. In a span of 15 seconds, Liberty (7-3, 0-1) scored five points to pull within four. Moz Doria was fouled on a drive and converted a three-point play before Kyle Bohuslavsky got behind the defense and was found for an uncontested layup. On this night, Carey had the hot hand in the end. “When a person is hot on the court we try and give them the ball and let them work,” Benford said. “It depends. Some nights it’s my turn, some nights it’s Duke’s, sometimes it’s Joe's. Whoever is hot we try to give it to you.” Doria led a balanced scoring attack for Liberty with 15 points. Kyle Bohuslavsky added 14 points, Sean Bohuslavsky 11 and Agustin Rivas 10. The Lancers have been no stranger to games decided in the final minute this season. They’ve had four games decided by four points or less and seven by 10 or fewer. “We’re used to playing close games,” Doria said, “tonight just wasn’t our night.”    The Spartans led 35-30 at half, using a 12-0 run in the second quarter to swing momentum. Benford scored his ninth consecutive point for Doherty to begin the burst and Golden added two easy buckets as Doherty pushed its lead to 35-27 with 2:21 left before the break.
Thursday's prep roundup: Pine Creek girls' basketball blows past Coronado in CSML opener

Thursday's prep roundup: Pine Creek girls' basketball blows past Coronado in CSML opener

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

GIRLS' BASKETBALL Pine Creek 55, Coronado 21 At Pine Creek: Kate Ogrodny had 15 points and three blocks and Jordyn Gutierrez added 14 points as the Eagles’ defense held Coronado to single-digit scoring in each quarter of a Class 5A Colorado Springs Metro League opener. The Eagles led 16-5 in the first quarter and never looked back. Bri Bailey and Elaena Murdock each chipped in 10 points for Pine Creek (4-3, 1-0), which has won two of the last three games. Murdock led with 11 rebounds, and Bailey had four assists against Coronado (4-6, 0-1). Doherty 49, Liberty 46 At Liberty: Camrynne Mach led with 14 points and Unique Gainey chipped in 12 to lead the Spartans to a win in  the CSML conference opener and extend their winning streak to four. Mykiaa Minnis added 10 points for Doherty  (8-4, 1-0), which held on after leading 30-23 at halftime. The win comes a day after the Spartans survived a 52-50 overtime thriller over Pueblo South. Jayda Lyon finished with a team-high 14 points for the Lancers  (6-3, 0-1), who lost for the second time in four games. Widefield 46, Pueblo East 23 At Pueblo East: Shynesti Johnson finished with 15 points and Aaliyah Ricketts added 12 points and six steals as the Gladiators (6-2) erased a slow first quarter. Pueblo East (4-3) jumped to a 14-10 lead but Widefield's defense held its opponent to two, six and one points in the final three quarters, respectively. Johnson also added 13 rebounds for the Gladiators, who have won three straight. BOYS' BASKETBALL Mountain Vista 79, Fountain-Fort Carson 77 (OT) At Fountain-Fort Carson: The Trojans overcame a 34-28 halftime deficit but ultimately fell to Mountain Vista (9-3) despite boasting four double-digit scoring threats. Rashon Barron led Fort Carson (2-7) with 16 points, followed by Keyshawn Maltbia's 12. Davante Logan and Tyshaun Durham each chipped in 11. Widefield 63, Pueblo East 52 At Widefield: Tre Pierre had a game-high 18 points and Lucas Lacy and Randall Days each finished with 11 as the Gladiators (5-3) snapped a two-game losing streak. WRESTLING Cheyenne Mountain 57, Falcon 16 At Cheyenne Mountain: Jadon Lara (120), Kevin Hooks (152), Miklo Gibb (160), Sam Schofield (195) and Deonte Bridges (220) each earned a pin to lead the Indians to the dual win over Falcon. Cheyenne Mountain's Chase Johnson (113) and Hayden Johnson (138) chipped in with 9-5 and 7-2 decisions, respectively, while Rick Stark (126), Mike McFadden (145) and Kevyn McCarthy (170) finished with technical falls. Kenneth Crosby (106) won with a major decision for Falcon, and teammates Raymond Mendoza (132) and Grant McCluan (285) claimed pins. Discovery Canyon 38, Lewis-Palmer 36 At Lewis-Palmer: The Thunder benefited from pins by Patrick Allis (120), Jaden Porreco (126) and Jacob Hermanson (152) as well as one forfeited match to escape with a dual win. Lewis-Palmer lost despite earning pins from Cole Stephenson (138), Cade Burton (170), Charlie Cook (182), Giovanni Benedetto (195) and Dominic Knost (285). ICE HOCKEY Pueblo County 12, Woodland Park 0 At Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena: The Panthers (0-7) couldn't overcome a 5-0 first period as Pueblo County (4-1) dominated in the win.
Girls' swimming notebook: Rampart ahead of defending state champion Cheyenne Mountain in season's first state rankings

Girls' swimming notebook: Rampart ahead of defending state champion Cheyenne Mountain in season's first state rankings

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Entering this season, Rampart girls' swim coach Dan Greene knew he had a talented group of underclassmen. And so far, the swimmers haven't disappointed. With freshman Lindsey Immel as a standout swimmer, the Rams were ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by PrepSwimCo.com in the season's first state rankings in swimming and diving -- released last month -- with 265 points. Having the top times in the 200-yard medley relay (1 minute, 46.25 seconds) and 400 freestyle relay (3:32.78) helped put the Rams ahead of defending state champion Cheyenne Mountain by 11 points. Last season, the Rams finished fifth at state. Immel is having quite an introduction so far. In her classification, she's ranked fourth in the 100 freestyle (53.14 seconds) and fifth in the 50 freestyle (24.44). Teammate Edenna Chen has also recorded top-five times. The junior is the top 100 breaststroke swimmer with a time of 1:04.47 while owning the second-best time in the 200 individual medley in 2:11.45. Elsewhere for the Rams, senior Allana Clarke posted the second-best time in the 100 butterfly (57.32), while freshman Johanna Miller recorded a 1:07.62 in the 100 breaststroke for the fifth-best time. Also, Catriona Clarke is fourth in the 200 medley (2:12.16). Unsurprisingly, Cheyenne Mountain is right behind Rampart with talent and top finishes. In her last high school season, Cat Wright is set to earn more glory at the state meet. She owns the top times in the 200 freestyle (1:54.03) and 500 freestyle (5:14.52). In the latter event, teammate and sophomore Frances Hayward is right behind Wright with a time of 5:18.48. Hayward also owns a 1:59.06 in the 200 freestyle, enough for fifth overall. Indian junior Sophia Bricker is right behind Chen in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.79. Cheyenne Mountain has posted the third-best time in the 200 medley relay in 1:51.77, and the fourth-best times in the 200 freestyle relay (1:40.48) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:39.74). Lewis-Palmer earns top 5 ranking in 5A Lewis-Palmer was the only school from the Pikes Peak region to earn a top spot in the Class 5A rankings, sitting at No. 5. Junior Meredith Rees is the Rangers' top swimmer, as she has the top time in the 100 freestyle (51.15). In the 200 medley, she's fourth after clocking in 2:06.51. Teammate Savana Trueb is ranked fourth in 1-meter diving. Other top-ranked times Other top swimmers include Coronado's Mia Shaeffer (100 butterfly, 59:35, fifth), Air Academy's Aleks Olesiak (100 breaststroke, 1:05.44, third), Pine Creek's Avery Dinnel (diving, second) and Pine Creek's Erin Esty (diving, fifth) in 4A. In 3A, Manitou Springs senior Sydney Dolloff-Holt leads the way in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.57, first) and 200 individual medley (2:13.68, second) while St. Mary's sophomore Caitlin Cairns is also a top swimmer in the 50 freestyle (25.34, fourth) and 100 butterfly (59.6, second). Also, Discovery Canyon's Ava Giesbrecht (500 freestyle, 5:22.93, fifth) and Noel Clayton (100 breaststroke, 1:11.97, fifth) have recorded impressive times. In diving, Discovery Canyon's Rachel Alexander and St. Mary's Retta Smith are second and third, respectively.
Wednesday's prep roundup: Vista Ridge's Kate Rohr hits 1,000 in win over Falcon

Wednesday's prep roundup: Vista Ridge's Kate Rohr hits milestone in win over Falcon

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

When you’re the team’s leading scorer, there’s always pressure. But Wednesday night, Vista Ridge’s Kate Rohr had weight on her shoulders like never before. The senior walked into the gym at Falcon High School just five points from hitting 1,000 on her career. She had college scouts in the stands, and family and friends ready to watch her hit the milestone. Related: Air Academy girls basketball uses new outside touch to bombard Discovery Canyon Not to mention 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference rival Falcon putting a target on her back. But that didn’t stop the Vista Ridge girls basketball team from claiming a 54-41 win over Falcon in the Wolves’ conference opener. Although Rohr started the season averaging more than 20 points, it took her more than 30 minutes to make that magic shot in a back-and-forth battle with Falcon. With less than two minutes left on the clock Rohr knew she was running out of time with just one point to go. She pulled down a rebound and worked down the near sideline before being fouled in the paint. But before taking her shot, Vista Ridge coach Kimberly Hazelton called a timeout. “I was like there’s barely any time left, I have to get this,” Rohr said. “When coach called the timeout she just told me to breathe and relax, but I was just freaking out because it just needed to go in already.” She had already missed two free throws on the night, but with 1:14 left on the clock, Rohr was not going to let this one fall short. Thankfully, it was nothing but net. “This was one of my biggest goals this season, and I was really looking forward to it being this game because I have friends that play at Falcon and my mom used to work here, so it’s personal,” Rohr said. But despite her frustrations as shot after shot would just not fall, Rohr played unselfishly to put Vista Ridge (6-3, 1-0) in a position to win. “The great thing about this team this year is they have committed to the fact that team first is going to win games,” Hazelton said. “So they know if it’s not their night, they look for somebody else, and they realize who is on and who is not.” Against Falcon, it was Darian Taylor and Susanna Robinson who were on, as each racked up 18 points for the Wolves. Ena Keco led the Falcons (3-4, 0-1) with 14 points, followed by Idalias Samson (13) and Sarah Iskra with 10. Doherty 52, Pueblo South 50, OT At Doherty: The Spartans scored 25 points in the second half of a nonconference game to force overtime against Pueblo South. The final minutes were a defensive battle, but Doherty came out on top, outscoring the Colts 8-6 in overtime. Brionna McBride led the Spartans (7-3) with 20 points and had eight rebounds. Lewis-Palmer 61, Sand Creek 40 At Lewis-Palmer: The Rangers held Sand Creek to just 14 points in the first half as they claimed 21-point 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference win over the Scorpions.   Preslee Enget led the Rangers (6-2, 1-0) with 16 points. Jalen Davis and Connor Proctor each had nine points for the Scorpions (5-4, 0-1). Fountain-Fort Carson 54, Palmer 32 At Fountian-Fort Carson: Samiyah Worrell led the Trojans with 14 pints in a 5A CSML win over Palmer (3-8, 0-1). Danae Christensen was second on the team in scoring with 11 points. Fountain-Fort Carson (5-4, 1-0) racked up 19 steals, led by Worrell with five, followed by freshman Taryn Lindsey with four. BOYS’ BASKETBALL Air Academy 57, Discovery Canyon 49, OT At Discovery Canyon: After being held to just five points in the first quarter, Discovery Canyon’s offense exploded in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Kadets 13-6 and 14-6, respectively. But the Kadets didn’t go down easily, and after forcing overtime turned the tables to outscore Discovery Canyon 15-7 in extra time for a 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference win. Niko Lunt led Air Academy (7-3, 1-0) with 19 points. Brock Bendrick had 13 for the Kadets. Daryn Whisman led the Thunder (5-4, 0-1) with 15 points. Lewis-Palmer 81, Sand Creek 65 At Sand Creek: Lewis-Palmer and Sand Creek both had four players notch double figures, but it was high scorers off the bench that gave the Rangers an edge on the way to their first 5A/4A Pikes Peak league win. Joel Scott led the Rangers (7-0, 1-0) with 19 points, followed by Salim Nehme (17), Matthew Ragsdale (13) and Carter Kreischer (11). Sand Creek (2-8, 0-1) was led by Anthony Vargas with 16, followed by Jevaughn Williams with 12. Izaiah Jordan and Kenan Thompson had 11 points each for the Scorpions.   Vista Ridge 59, Falcon 54, OT At Vista Ridge: Micah Hilts had a career night for the Wolves as Vista Ridge battled Falcon into overtime in a 5A/4A Pikes Peak matchup. Hilts scored 27 points, beating his previous career high by eight points. After trailing Falcon (4-3, 0-1) by six at the half, Vista Ridge picked it up in the second half, outscoring Falcon 19-10 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Patron Kaiser was second on the team in scoring with 15 points for the Wolves (6-4, 1-0). Doherty 70, Chatfield 47 At Doherty: Doherty allowed just two points in the second quarter as the Spartans racked up a comfortable 32-20 lead at the half of a nonconference game. Kyrele Bendord led the Spartans with 18 points followed by the Joshua Walker with 17. Doherty (7-2) has won four straight. Fountain-Fort Carson 59, Palmer 56 At Palmer: A fourth-quarter push led Fountain-Fort Carson to a 5A Colorado Springs Metro league win over Palmer. The Trojans (2-6, 1-0) outscored the Terrors 22-16 in the fourth after trailing by three heading into the final frame. Davante Logan, Tyshaun Durham and Keyshawn Maltbia each had 10 points for the Trojans. Palmer (5-6, 0-1) was led by Isaiah Robinson with 21 and Darien Meyers with 18. ICE HOCKEY Dakota Ridge 11, Woodland Park 1 At Meadow Wood Sports Complex: Colton Hudson had the lone goal for Woodland Park (0-6) in a loss to Dakota Ridge. Wednesday marked the first true home game for the Panthers at their outdoor rink in Woodland Park. Rampart 4, Castle View 2 At Sertich: Rampart used a well-balanced offense to take down Castle View in a Highlands Conference clash. Four different goal scorers aided in the win. Alex Walton, Braden Overholt, Trevor Jesse and Tyler Montoya all found the back of the net for the Rams (4-3). Walton, Overholt and Montoya also had assists. GIRLS’ SWIMMING AND DIVING Rampart 124, Pine Creek 62 At Rampart HS: Edenna Chen came home with two individual first-place finishes, and aided two more winning relay teams as Rampart claimed a decisive win over Pine Creek. Chen won the 100 butterfly (1:02.53) and the 200 freestyle (2:03.19) and was a part of the winning 400 free and 200 free relays. Dominique Cos and Terry Kennedy each came home with two second-place individual finishes for Pine Creek. Cos placed second in the 200 individual medley (2:26.34) and the 100 breaststroke (1:12.72). Kennedy placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:01.78) and the 500 free (5:34.19). Both also aided a second-place finish in the 200 IM relay.

Ellicott football coach Donte’ Stewart resigns after 11 seasons

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Donte’ Stewart brought the Ellicott football program back into the light - literally. As the Thunderhawks’ coach for the last 11 years, Stewart saw the program come out of the dark, install its first stadium lights, and begin to take pride in their work on the field. But now that his youngest son Chiante’ is set to graduate in 2018, Stewart resigned as coach, stating that he wants to have the time to watch his sons play football in college next season. “I've spent my entire Ellicott career coaching other kids and I've really enjoyed it, but it's time to put mine first for once,” Stewart said in an email to The Gazette on Tuesday. “It's time for me to spend time with my family. I want to be able to go watch my boys play college football next year and not have to worry about missing high school games or practices.” Roundup: Vista Ridge player hits milestone in win over Falcon; Doherty boys get OT victory His oldest son JaVonte’ (Ellicott, class of 2015) and Chiante’ (class of 2018) are looking into playing college football together next season. JaVante’, who played at Western State but took a year off due to injury, was Stewart’s offensive coordinator in 2017. “It’s been an up and down journey with the football team,” Stewart said. “We battled through a culture change for a long time, and we are finally getting the program back to winning, and back to the playoffs.” Through 11 seasons Stewart compiled a 39-65 record and led the Thunderhawks to three state playoff appearances, ending a 12-year postseason drought. Ellicott averaged two wins per season prior to Stewart taking over. “When I came in my first year it was difficult,” Stewart said. “We needed to change the culture. They started to take ownership of their losses, and really listened. We never had great numbers but we always had a good nucleus of players who were there putting in the work.” Ellicott was 4-5 in 2017, and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013. In Stewart’s last five years at the helm the program went 25-23. Stewart said he will remain on staff with girls’ basketball team as an assistant coach, and is transitioning into a bigger role on the track team.
Air Academy girls basketball uses new outside touch to bombard Discovery Canyon

Air Academy girls basketball uses new outside touch to bombard Discovery Canyon

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

A year ago, Air Academy’s girls basketball team could score from the inside. Outside? That was an adventure, and often a bad one for the Kadets. On Wednesday, Air Academy bombarded Discovery Canyon with outside shots, sinking 7-of-11 3-point shots in the second half, on its way to a 55-33 victory. Host Air Academy improves to 8-1, and Discovery Canyon falls to 6-3. The Kadet's 2016-2017 season ended with a bitter upset loss to Rifle in the state 4A playoffs. Rifle, the No. 13 seed, had a simple plan: Surround Air Academy senior center Katelin Gallegos. Air Academy coach Phil Roiko grimaced when he summarized Rifle’s defensive strategy: “We dare you to shoot,” Roiko said. He shook his head. "And we didn’t have the firepower.” Over the summer, the Kadets spent hours working on their shooting touch. They wanted to develop a powerful inside-outside attack. On Wednesday, the development and the plan looked healthy. The Kadets finished with 11 3-pointers. Katlyn Blacksten led the Kadets with 15 points and five 3-pointers. “We have the inside game and we have the outside game,” Blacksten said. “If we shoot like we did tonight, we’re hoping to go far.” The Kadets took most of their shots from the outer reaches, which was wise. Ashten Prechtel, Discovery Canyon’s 6-foot-5 junior center, was patrolling the lane. Prechtel blocked seven shots, including four in the first 36 seconds of the third quarter. After Prechtel’s flurry of blocks, the Kadets seldom challenged her. “Our outside game was great today,” Blacksten said. “I’m glad we had it because we weren’t really going to be able to do anything on the inside.” The game was never close after the early minutes. Air Academy jumped to a 27-11 lead while Discovery Canyon struggled with its shooting. Prechtel, who averages 13 points a game, never found her touch, scoring five points.
Rampart basketball tournament capsules, what to expect from Rams, CSCS Lions

Rampart basketball tournament capsules, what to expect from Rams, CSCS Lions

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

RAMPART BOYS AT A GLANCE Record: 5-2 So far: Although early in the season, Rampart has proven to stay calm when the game is on the line. The Rams have come out on the winning side of three close battles separated by three points or less, including an overtime win against Denver South. Their biggest win, however, came in the second game of the season when Rampart eked out a three-point victory over Liberty, which is ranked seventh in Class 5A and in the top 15 in the state. Stat leaders: The Rams are led by a trio of seniors who average well into double figures. Xavier Johnson leads the team with 18.9 points per game, followed by Josh Kavalec with 17.7. Kavalec leads the team with 3.3 steals and four assists per game. Rampart’s big man Dawson Carper averages 14.6 points and eight rebounds.   Matchup: The Rams will open the Holiday Tournament against Fruita Monument on Thursday at 8 p.m. The Wildcats are 8-3 and are fresh off a tournament win at the Greeley Invitational. Their top scorer is Trey Morrill who averages 14.8 points. CSCS BOYS AT A GLANCE Record: 4-1 So far: The Lions have started out strong, rebounding from a season-opening loss with four straight wins heading into the holiday break. However, aside from its first loss, CSCS has yet to play a team with a winning record. The Lions’ only loss was to Grand Valley, which is undefeated. CSCS will face much tougher opponents in the upcoming tournament and will have a chance to prove itself. Stat leaders: The Lions are led by junior Kolby Walker who averages 18 points, followed by Noah Hopkins (16.4 ppg) and Brandon Pitt (11.4 ppg). CSCS is ranked No. 8 in the state for steals per game, averaging 17.2 as a team, led by Walker with 3.4 per game. Matchup: CSCS faces Pueblo West (6-2) in the opening round of the tournament on Thursday at 5 p.m. The Cyclones are riding a three-game winning streak heading into the tournament. Pueblo West has just one scorer who averages in the double figures, Nieyeme Smeyer-Williams (16.6), but two more are flirting with a double-figure average. Jacob Wilkenson and Pierre Taylor average 9.8 and 9.6 points, respectively.   RAMPART GIRLS AT A GLANCE Record: 3-3 So far: Rampart kicked off a three-game winning streak in the seventh-place game of the Mountain Vista/Rock Canyon tournament with a decisive win over Monarch, and cruised to a big 12-point win over Vista Ridge (5-3). Stat leaders: Madi Wriedt leads the Rams with 14.8 points per game, and is flirting with a double-double average with 7.8 rebounds per game. Bailee Hart puts up 11.5 points on average, and 7.2 rebounds per game. Senior Shannon Danda leads the team with 1.5 blocks per game as the Rams average 4.8 per contest.   Matchup: Rampart opens the tournament against Fruita Monument at 6:30 on Thursday. It will be a tough matchup for the Rams as the Wildcats enter the new year at 8-1 with an immensely strong schedule before the holiday break. Riley Snyder leads Fruita Monument with 18.6 points per game followed by Angelique Gall with 12 per game. The pair also leads the team in rebounds with 5.7 and 5.5 rebounds per game, respectively. CSCS GIRLS AT A GLANCE Record: 5-0 So far: The Lions have not met a challenge they couldn’t handle yet this season. They’ve limited opponents limited opponents to fewer than 35 points so far this season, and allow fewer than 25 points on average. While the Lions' defense is top-notch, CSCS also leads the state in scoring, averaging 66 points. Stat leaders: Megan Engesser leads the Lions with 24.4 points per game (ranked third in the state) and is on the cusp of a double-double average with 8.4 rebounds per game. Junior Rachel Ingram is second on the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game. The Lions also average nearly 20 steals per game, led by Ingram who has 29 so far this season. Matchup: CSCS kicks off the tournament against undefeated Pueblo West on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The Cyclones (8-0) have had similar success to CSCS so far this season, averaging 60 points. Individual player stats for Pueblo West are not available on MaxPreps, however, Olivia Lough, who averaged 17.3 points last season, and Hannah Simental (10.4 ppg in 2016-17) have returned to the Cyclones roster. SCHEDULE THURSDAY Pueblo West vs. Colorado Springs Christian, girls, 3:30 p.m. Pueblo West vs. Colorado Springs Christian, boys, 5 p.m. Fruita Monument vs. Rampart, girls, 6:30 p.m. Fruita Monument vs. Rampart, boys, 8 p.m. FRIDAY Fruita Monument  vs. Pueblo West, girls, 3:30 p.m. Fruita Monument vs. Pueblo West, boys, 5 p.m. Rampart vs. Colorado Springs Christian, girls, 6:30 p.m. Rampart vs. Colorado Springs Christian, boys 8 p.m. SATURDAY Colorado Springs Christian vs. Fruita Monument, girls, 2:30 p.m. Colorado Springs Christian vs. Fruita Monument, boys 4 p.m. Rampart vs. Pueblo West, girls, 5:30 p.m. Rampart vs. Pueblo West, boys 7 p.m.
Prep basketball tourney fills major void in events held in Broadmoor World Arena

Prep basketball tourney fills major void in events held in Broadmoor World Arena

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Just in time for its 20th birthday, The Broadmoor World Arena is celebrating a milestone with perhaps a milestone event. The historic building has played host to a wide variety of events since opening its doors Jan. 18, 1998, on the city's southwest side, from big-name rock and country concerts to family events and plenty of sports. Just not high school sports. Not in nearly a decade, anyway. So when the Rampart Holiday Classic sets up shop on the newly minted Tom Falgien court Thursday, it will do so with a concerted effort to revitalize a missing event from over the years. Related: Rampart basketball tournament capsules, what to expect from Rams, CSCS Lions "We hope to make this an annual event for us," said Dot Lischick, the venue's general manager. "Between The Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center, we've funded more than $1 million in youth and community events. For our 20th anniversary, we wanted to bring a basketball tournament to the arena. It seemed very fitting since the tournament always involves schools in the Colorado Springs area." The event features both programs from Rampart High School, Colorado Springs Christian School, Pueblo West and Fruita Monument. Games go Thursday through Saturday. Three-day passes ($25 for reserved, $22 for general admission and $12.50 for students) and single-seat tickets ($10 reserved, $8 general admission and $5 student) can be purchased online at BroadmoorWorldArena.com The last high school basketball event held in the World Arena took place in 2008 at the 5A round of 16 playoffs, held on back-to-back days. One year later, the state hockey championships shared the same stage as Disney on Ice and Colorado College hockey, among others, before heading north to other sites. And the move happened merely by chance, the right person in the right place hearing a conversation about any potential of the World Arena being able to host a high school tournament. Megan Leatham coached the girls' team at Rampart for four seasons before becoming the executive director of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2014. She just happens to work down the hall from Tom Osborne, the chairman and president of the Colorado Springs Sports Corp., who one day pondered about a high school tournament at the World Arena, perhaps during the holiday season. The rest is history. "We weren't necessarily looking to move it, but when the opportunity came, we definitely chased it to make it happen," said Rampart athletic director Andy Parks, who has overseen the event on campus the previous four years. "Megan heard folks in her office talking about the desire to host a tournament in the World Arena. I've always thought it would be a great event to host and showcase what they have and their new floor (named after Falgien, a local legendary coach and administrator). I'm sure it will be an exciting tournament and hope to be back."
Gazette Preps high school hoops rankings: Liberty boys, girls top Class 5A

Gazette Preps high school hoops rankings: Liberty boys, girls top Class 5A

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

Here's a look at where Colorado Springs-area teams stand in 2018. BOYS' BASKETBALL Team records as of Jan. 1 Class 5A Liberty (7-2) Doherty (6-2) Rampart (5-2) Breakdown: Liberty enters 2018 riding a seven-game winning streak after starting the season 0-2. The Lancers’ latest win was an impressive come-from-behind feat over Vista Ridge, which held a 12-point lead heading into the fourth. But Liberty put up 33 points in the final quarter to eke out a two-point win. Related: Gazette Preps 2017 Year in Review Liberty will find another challenge waiting as it heads back onto the court in 2018 as the Lancers face off against Doherty in their 5A Colorado Springs Metro League opener. Doherty is right on Liberty’s heels at 6-2, beating opponents by an average of 10 points through the Spartans’ last three wins. Rampart is also pressuring in 5A CSML at 5-2, and already has an edge over Liberty with a three-point win over the Lancers at the Mountain Vista, Rock Canyon tournament in early December. The Rams will host a holiday tournament at The Broadmoor World Arena to kick off 2018. Class 4A Lewis-Palmer (7-0) Palmer Ridge (8-2) Falcon (4-2) Breakdown: Other than a close three-point win over Mead in early December, the unbeaten Rangers have not faced much adversity so far in the 2017-18 season, leading to their No. 3 statewide ranking, and top mark in Class 4A. Lewis-Palmer will begin to face more familiar foes in 2018 as they kick off the new year on the road against Sand Creek and Vista Ridge this week. Just down the road, Palmer Ridge is riding an eight-game winning streak after dropping the first two games of the season. Vista Peak threatened to break the streak before the holiday break, but the Bears held on for a three-point lead and their closest margin of victory this season. Palmer Ridge will face Falcon this week for its first matchup of the new year. Falcon fell to Pueblo South in its final game of 2017, but started the year strong averaging more than 66 points. Class 3A and below The Vanguard School (5-1) Colorado Springs Christian (4-1) Evangelical Christian (3-3) Breakdown: Aside from one overtime loss in mid-December, the Coursers have overwhelmed opponents, scoring no less than 71 points per game, and have won by an average of more than 20 points. Colorado Springs Christian has won four straight since dropping the first game of the season, but opens 2018 with a tough test in Pueblo West on Thursday. The Lions’ most recent victory was a four-point win over Bayfield as CSCS held off a Wolverine comeback in the fourth quarter. Sitting at 3-3, Evangelical Christian will need to prove itself in the new year as it enters 3A District 8 play. The Eagles will face a big test in Byers (6-1) right off the bat, then will enter league play against Peyton and Ellicott next week. GIRLS' BASKETBALL Team records as of Jan. 1 Class 5A Liberty (5-2) Doherty (6-3) Rampart (3-3) Breakdown: The Lancers have a pair of 30-point wins under their belts, and a number of dominating victories by 20 points or more. Liberty has won five of its last six games, and will dive into 5A CSML play in the new year. Liberty’s league test will be against 6-3 Doherty, which won its final two games of 2017, including an impressive 42-point win over Douglas County. The Spartans average 57 points, but have scored 74 points twice so far this season. Despite starting the season 3-3, Rampart showed promise in December with three straight wins, including a big 12-point victory over 5-3 Vista Ridge. The Rams will host the Rampart Holiday Tournament to kick off the new year. Class 4A Air Academy (7-1) Discovery Canyon (6-2) The Classical Academy (6-1) Breakdown: Overtime, one-point wins, blowouts, the Air Academy girls basketball team has seen it all. The Kadets opened the season with a two-point overtime win, followed by a one-point victory the next day. Then they went to work claiming five more victories, four of which by 20 points or more. Air Academy will face 6-2 Discovery Canyon to kick off the new year in a 5A/4A Pikes Peak league opener. The Thunder have won five of their last six, with their most recent loss coming in a two-point defeat to Pueblo East. The Classical Academy’s only loss of the season has come at the hands of Air Academy, who buried the Titans by 29 points. But despite that tough loss, TCA has been strong all season, outscoring opponents by 86 points this season. Class 3A and below St. Mary’s (6-0) Colorado Springs Christian (5-0) The Vanguard School (4-1) Breakdown: Leading the tough 3A Tri-Peaks league into the new year is a pair of undefeated squads who will certainly make league play interesting in 2018. St. Mary’s remains unbeaten at 6-0 and has overwhelmed opponents, averaging 65 points and allowing just 33 against. The Pirates' first win of the season was an astounding 50-point win over Prospect Ridge, followed by a 40-point victory later that week. Colorado Springs Christian has also gotten into the habit of drowning opponents, averaging 66 points and allowing just 23 points against. The Lions have scored more than 70 points three times this season and have a 60-point win over Jefferson Academy. The Vanguard School sits in fourth in 3A Tri-Peaks at 4-1, and is riding a three-game winning streak into the new year. The Coursers open 2018 against 5-3 Florence, who already has two league victories on the season.
Gazette Preps 2017 Year in Review

Gazette Preps 2017 Year in Review

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

2017 was good to the Pikes Peak region. State championships, regional titles, milestones and a few unforgettable moments were just a few of the highlights from yet another successful year. Relive some of the top Gazette Preps moments from 2017. Related: PHOTOS: Gazette Preps 2017 Year in Review Pikes Peak region brings home 13 team state titles Four area schools secured multiple state championship trophies in 2017 as the Pikes Peak region welcomed 13 team CHSAA titles home. What is in the water in Monument? Palmer Ridge brought home three state championships in fall 2017, starting with the boys’ cross country team, which secured its second straight 4A team title. Then the field hockey team joined in, earning the program’s first state championship after years of falling just short. And in early December the Bears’ football team completed the trifecta by hoisting Monument’s first football state championship trophy after completing a perfect 14-0 season. In addition to Palmer Ridge’s success, the Bears’ neighbor Lewis-Palmer brought home an additional state title, claiming the school’s second straight volleyball championship after an undefeated run , all the while losing just six sets on the season. Air Academy nabs two state titles The Kadets secured a pair of state championships in 2017 in dramatic fashion. First, the girls’ track and field team earned the program’s first state title after a wild weekend of snow and postponements. Then, months later, the boys’ soccer team completed its second undefeated season in four years to win the program’s fourth state championship in an overtime thriller. The Classical Academy runners find success TCA girls claimed the 3A track and field championship with a decisive 24-point victory over second-place Elizabeth. The Classical Academy won the title with nine top-five finishes including three gold medals. In the fall, the boys’ cross country team flexed its muscle by winning the 3A state title behind five finishes in the top 30 , including individual state champion Mason Norman. Cheyenne Mountain sweeps swim, continues girls’ tennis dynasty The Cheyenne Mountain girls’ swim team won its first state championship in 15 years in February, while the boys clinched their third straight state title in the spring. The girls came home with three first-place finishes, two from relays and one individual — Cat Wright’s 200 individual medley relay, which broke Missy Franklin’s 2009 pool record. The Cheyenne Mountain boys hauled in seven gold medals on the way to a state championship. The girls tennis team won its ninth straight state title , and 22nd overall in decisive fashion after earning six event titles, including a complete sweep of the doubles championships. The Indians were anchored by No. 1 doubles team Casey Ahrendsen and Ally Arenson, who won four-straight state titles and lost just one match in their career. Fountain-Fort Carson, Vista Ridge boys earn track and field titles Fountain-Fort Carson locked in its 18th boys’ team title in school history for the second-most championships in the state, while Vista Ridge, which won the school’s first state championship in 2013, claimed the program’s second 4A title. The Wolves brought home eight top-five finishes including three gold medals on the way to their second state championship in four years , while the Trojans eked out a five-point victory over Monarch thanks to 13 finishes in the top five and five gold medals. Overcoming adversity Although the Pikes Peak region found overwhelming success at the state level, area athletes also had to overcome a number of challenges, both athletically and community wide in 2017. Cheyenne Mountain’s Justin Nicks, who beat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a child, and brings the same approach onto the lacrosse field.   Fellow Cheyenne Mountain athlete Westin Stieglitz, who underwent three surgeries to remove a blood clot in his brain, and returned to the pool months later to aid the boys’ swim team to a state championship. After a tumultuous week for Falcon High School, in which two students were tragically killed, the Discovery Canyon girls’ soccer team sent the Falcon girls’ squad a gift basket and notes of encouragement and strength after their game had been postponed due to the tragedy. In response, Falcon presented the Thunder flowers during player introductions before the rescheduled game. The Sand Creek boys’ basketball team endured a tough league loss to Discovery Canyon after its head coach and all but one varsity players were suspended following a protest in response to the removal of an assistant coach. Coaching changes The area saw a number of notable coaches step down in 2017, but three stood out among the rest. Lewis-Palmer’s Susan Odenbaugh announced that she was stepping down four months after winning the 2016 4A state title. After 28 seasons on staff, and helping the program to six state championships, including four as head coach, Odenbaugh left the program with a stunning 347-89 record. Coronado’s longtime wrestling coach Matt Brickell left the program after coaching his 14th individual state champion and a sixth-place team finish in 2017. His announcement in March was the third time he’s stepped down from coaching, but rest assured, this one should stick after 27 years at the helm. After three years of near-misses in the state field hockey finals, Palmer Ridge finally claimed the elusive state championship in October. It was the perfect send-off for coach Paul Lewis, who announced that he was stepping down after 10 years to spend time with his 17-year-old son, Vaughn, who has Stage 4 melanoma. Signing day success 2017 was a successful year for the Pikes Peak region, which had hundreds of area athletes sign their National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers, including more than 50 Division I signees. Spring 2017 signings: February , April Fall 2017 signings: November early signing Peak Performers of the Year Sixteen schools and more than 30 athletes were honored as respective Gazette Preps Peak Performers of the Year in 2017. Brothers Mason and Tanner Norman from The Classical Academy were both selected as Peak Performers of the Year in 2017. Tanner earned the Boys’ Track Athlete of the Year honor for his state-winning performances in the 1,600 and 3,200 distance races, while his brother Mason nabbed the Boys’ Cross Country Athlete of the Year nod with a first-place finish at state cross country in the fall. Cheyenne Mountain, Lewis-Palmer and Palmer Ridge each hauled in four Peak Performer of the Year honors. Air Academy, Colorado Springs Christian, Coronado, and Discovery Canyon all had two athletes honored in 2017.   HONORABLE MENTION Notable playoff runs In addition to 13 state championships in 2017, the Pikes Peak region also saw a number of notable runs in the state playoffs. The Lewis-Palmer boys’ basketball team reached the 4A state title game before falling to Valor Christian. Manitou Springs’ boys made it to the 3A basketball quarterfinals, while Colorado Springs Christian battled to the boys’ semifinals before falling to the eventual state champions Sterling. Doherty girls worked their way to an undefeated regular season but fell in the 5A basketball quarterfinals. The Mesa Ridge girls basketball team also fell in the quarterfinals in 4A, while the Colorado Springs Christian girls team battled to the 3A title game before falling to Lamar. Pine Creek football made its second straight appearance in the 4A state championships by outscoring opponents 91-7 in the postseason, but ultimately fell to Pueblo South in the title game. The Coronado girls’ volleyball team battled for a spot in the 5A state semifinals but fell 25-20 to Rock Canyon in a one-set tiebreaker. The Palmer Ridge boys’ golf team claimed the program’s best finish in the state tournament with a fourth-place finish. Discovery Canyon, the 2016 state champions, placed sixth. Pine Creek’s Peter Isais won the 4A 160-pound wrestling crown for back-to-back individual titles (5A champion in 2016), while Peyton’s Britton Holmes earned his second straight 2A state championship. He claimed the 145 title in 2017, a year after winning the 138-pound crown. Four area girls’ golfers finished top 10, as Pine Creek’s Ellie Carlson, Cheyenne Mountain’s Maxine Choi, and Palmer Ridge sisters Ashlee and Kellsey Sample earned all-state nods. The Gazette Preps Year in Review was compiled with the help of Sports Editor Matt Wiley and freelancer Kevin Carmody.
David Ramsey: Bill Benton cares, which is a prime reason Lewis-Palmer basketball wins

David Ramsey: Bill Benton cares, which is a prime reason Lewis-Palmer basketball wins

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

At the end of each year, Gazette columnist David Ramsey selects a Coach of the Year. This year, it's Bill Benton of Lewis-Palmer. It’s a tradition, of sorts. Bill Benton directs his Lewis-Palmer boys' basketball team deep in the state tournament, and when the ride ends a balding 6-foot-4 tough guy can’t help himself. He weeps. Not loudly. Not to bring attention to himself. He weeps for his players. He remembers all the labor, all the fight and all the fun. RELATED: Read about the 2017 Peak Performers of the Year In March, at Denver’s venerable Coliseum, Benton coached his Rangers to the 4A title game against Valor Christian, a private school jammed with all-stars from Greater Denver. L-P lost, which was no surprise. Minutes after the final buzzer, Benton’s eyes filled with tears. “I wanted to see them have success,” Benton says, thinking back to the loss. “It was such a special group, and those opportunities don’t come very often.  I felt for them.” This could be the season Benton weeps with joy. His Rangers, with four new starters, play smothering defense and highly efficient offense. They are unbeaten, ranked No. 1 and boast a strong chance to rule 4A. Purity rules high school games, where friends play beside friends they’ve known since grade school and coaches teach a life lesson here and there while also seeking to reveal the mysteries of help defense. Benton cares. Intensely. Authentically. Totally. In this way, he’s a typical high school coach. It’s not about money at the high school level. For coaches, it’s about the game and the kids and that nagging, never-dying itch to compete. “I’ve loved the game since I was a little kid,” Benton says. “With coaching, you get the opportunity to keep doing it when you’re a grown man. It keeps you young.” He laughs. “And it makes you old.” Benton competed in basketball, football and track at Fort Collins High before playing one season at Casper Junior College for coach John Morrison, whose son, Adam, served as the team’s ball boy. Adam was national Player of the Year in 2006 at Gonzaga and a first-round NBA pick. The coach-in-training adored basketball and especially savored the defensive side and the shoving and hip-checking in the lane. But during his one season at Casper, he encountered his limits. He was surrounded by hungry, talented players. He struggled with knee trouble. He ended his basketball days and transferred to Northern Colorado, where he formulated a new vision. He wanted to become a high school’s part-time basketball coach and full-time counselor. He paid his dues, coaching in the eastern plains at Hanover and as an assistant to Russ McKinstry at Lewis-Palmer. He sat beside McKinstry when the Rangers won the 2012 and 2013 4A titles with rosters overflowing with talent. The front line of the 2012 team - Josh and Jordan Scott and Justin Smith – all earned Division I scholarships. After the 2013 season, McKinstry departed, leaving Benton with a depleted roster and inflated expectations, always a scary combination. First day of practice, Benton led his players to the L-P trophy case to examine the two title trophies. “I can’t be coach McKinstry,” Benton told his players. “I won’t be coach McKinstry, just like you guys aren’t and can’t be the players who graduated.” Benton paused as he stood in front of the trophy case. “This is the last time we’ll address this,” he said, pointing at the trophies. “We are our own group.” Two years later, Benton’s Rangers traveled to the state semis. Three years later, the Rangers played for the 4A title. As a player, Benton was a rugged, defense-first big man who labored without ceasing as he chased victory. His teams reflect him. Jonathan Scott played three seasons at L-P for Benton before moving to Otero Junior College, where he’s averaging 13.4 points and shooting 47 percent from 3-point range this season. During halftime of a crucial win Dec. 14 over state-ranked Pueblo South, Benton returned to the bench in a half-trance, a grim-faced man in a dark suit. His mind already dwelled in the second half. Then Benton saw Scott, back home for the holidays. The men shook hands and laughed and promised they would soon visit. “He’s like another father to you,” Scott says. “It’s kind of hard to explain. You just have to be there to understand it.”

Saturday’s prep roundup: Pine Creek snaps skid with boys’ basketball win over Fossil Ridge

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

BOYS’ BASKETBALL Pine Creek 64, Fossil Ridge 60 At Greenwood Village: Max Lofy had a team-high 16 points, and Peyton Westfall hit a go-ahead 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter as Pine Creek beat Fossil Ridge to break a two-game losing streak in a consolation-round contest at the Cherry Creek Holiday Classic. The Eagles (3-3) connected on 12 of 24 3-pointers after going just 6 of 27 from beyond the arc in a loss to Broomfield   on Friday . The back-and-forth game featured 11 lead changes and five ties. Westfall, who scored 11 points, gave Pine Creek a 46-45 lead with his 3-pointer, and the Eagles didn’t trail after that. Blake Hatchell and Grant Wilkinson added 11 and seven points, respectively. Pine Creek went on a 10-0 run between the first and second quarters to take a 22-12 lead, but the Sabercats (3-6) fought back to forge a 29-all tie at halftime. Broomfield 63, Fountain-Fort Carson 53 At Greenwood Village: Rashon Barron scored a career-high 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, but Fountain-Fort Carson fell behind for good after a 20-10 deficit in the third quarter in a setback at the Cherry Creek Holiday Classic, the Trojans’ fifth straight. F-FC (1-6) led 18-16 after the first quarter and trailed only 31-28 at halftime before Broomfield’s third-quarter run. Keyshawn Maltbia added 11 points for the Trojans, who start league play   Jan. 3   at Palmer. Steven Croell led three scorers in double figures for Broomfield (6-3), which hit 20 of 30 shots from the free-throw line. The Trojans hit six of 12 free throws. Alameda 70, James Irwin 62 At Denver: Alameda (6-4) bolted out to a 21-6 lead in the first quarter, then eventually held off James Irwin (1-6) in final-day action from the Denver West Tournament. HOCKEY Valor Christian 10, Rampart 1 At Littleton: Valor Christian (6-1) easily swept a home-and-home series with Rampart (4-4). The Eagles, who beat the Rams 7-1   Friday   behind a 42-12 shots advantage, built a seven-goal advantage through two periods   on Saturday . Mason Hoehn, Luke Lonneman and Luke Wheeler each scored in the first period for the Eagles.
Dedication, work ethic two important qualities for prep athletes on recruiting trail

Dedication, work ethic two important qualities for prep athletes on recruiting trail

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

One of the most stressful times for a high school athlete is the daunting task of landing a scholarship and finding the right college. When it comes to football, the stakes are even higher. And so is the price tag. What to do, when to start, and how to get your name out there in an ultra-competitive field are just a few of the questions weighing on the minds of college-bound players and Division I hopefuls. But thankfully, Colorado is home to a unique company catered toward helping ease the minds of families embarking on a scary recruiting journey. Related: Q & A with Tim Jenkins: Explaining the process of getting noticed by college recruiters Tim Jenkins, the founder and CEO of Jenkins Elite, has created custom training and recruiting programs for Colorado-based football players who want to play at the next level. Jenkins and his staff of former athletes and NFL players hope to advise families and athletes on what they wished they’d known in high school about how to maximize their training and the dos and don’ts of recruiting. Vista Ridge quarterback Rowan Neal works out with other Jenkins Elite quarterbacks.(Photo courtesy of Jenkins Elite)   Jenkins Elite has a train-first philosophy and an application process before accepting new clients. They look for athletes with the talent and physical requirements, and most importantly, the dedication to reach their goals. “I think getting a Division I scholarship, specifically at quarterback, is like trying to become a brain surgeon,” Jenkins said. “That’s what it feels like right now because it’s so competitive.” According to Jenkins, dedication and work ethic are important qualities in a top-tier athlete, especially in football. Those who commit to becoming a Division I player must sacrifice some normal-life experiences for high school students. “Committing to getting to the college level, versus doing what people think you should be doing as a 17 year old kid, that’s difficult,” Jenkins said. “These kids want something special. With that, you don’t have a normal summer.” Jenkins’ work training athletes makes his group unique from other recruiting companies, which cost families upwards of $5,000 to have a guru contact coaches on the athletes’ behalf. “From the recruiting aspect, I think absolutely a family can do it on their own,” Jenkins said. “I  would not pay anyone money to send emails for me. There’s much better investments.” While Jenkins says athletes contacting coaches directly by sending emails with highlight reels and character references is vastly important to the process, athletes must also be sure that their skill level is up to par. “For every hour you spend emailing coaches we should probably do two to three hours of skill development to make sure that your skill set is going to match what these coaches want to see,” Jenkins said. For some athletes the process of specialized training can start as early as 7th grade due to advanced body development and maturity, but others may not be ready for recruiting profiles and college camps until later in high school, according to Jenkins. “That’s exactly who I was. I was the kid wasn’t going to be on anyone’s map until my senior year,” said Jenkins, who was a four-year starting quarterback at Fort Lewis College, and a former quarterback with the St. Louis Rams and Calgary Stampeders. “A lot of things in the early process is out of their control - physical development and maturity. There’s kind of a catchall rule that you should be going to camps the summer before your junior year. And anything before that is based on development.” Every athlete is different, and each recruiting experience is unique, but dedication and skill set are two of the most important items to remember for aspiring college football players. Read more about the recruiting process in our exclusive Gazette Preps Jenkins Elite Q&A.

Q & A with Tim Jenkins: Explaining the process of getting noticed by college recruiters

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

 There’s no question we have a ton of football talent in the Pikes Peak region. But how do these athletes get noticed by college recruiters? With the 2017 fall season wrapped up, we sat down with Tim Jenkins, the founder and CEO of Jenkins Elite, a development and training program for football players from Pop Warner to the NFL, to find out what area athletes can do to get noticed by the right recruiters. Jenkins is a 2009 graduate of ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, CO. He was a four-year starting quarterback at Fort Lewis College, and a former quarterback with the St. Louis Rams and Calgary Stampeders.   Related: Dedication, work ethic two important qualities for prep athletes on recruiting trail GETTING STARTED   Q: When does the process start for an athlete who wants to be recruited? A: Jenkins - “The process starts as early as a family wants it to start. The truth of the matter is, it’s different for every kid. If your kid is overly developed from a physical standpoint, a maturity standpoint, and a skillset, the process can start in 7th grade. While we have other kids that don’t start to look the part until their junior year. I think the biggest thing I could encourage to families is don’t feel like you’re behind. Everyone’s journey is different.   Q: With technology now, every kid has a Hudl page, every athlete has a Twitter connecting with recruiters. Is it harder for athletes to be recruited now because the pool is so deep, or is it easier because recruiters are easily accessible? A: Jenkins - “For student athletes the biggest thing is to understand that Twitter and Instagram is your brand and that’s your resume nowadays. The important thing for student athletes is to treat Twitter and Instagram like your brand building and your resume for college coaches. And to make sure to be constantly putting stuff out about the extra work you put in, or your high school highlights, and then try to limit the discussions that are maybe better suited for text message.   Q: What do you think is the most difficult part of the recruiting process? A: Jenkins - “Committing to getting to the college level, versus doing what people think you should be doing as a 17 year old kid. These kids want something special. With that, you don’t have a normal summer. But that’s OK. That’s the biggest obstacle they face. The reality is, if they really want to be a Division I kid, they need to go into all these camps and train all summer long because they’re competing in an ultra competitive field.   GETTING NOTICED   Q: How does an athlete get noticed in this ‘ultra competitive field’? A: Jenkins - “It’s way more competitive now. We have kids who start on JV teams who would’ve beat me out when I was a senior in high school. It’s more competitive and their skillsets are better. The biggest way you do separate yourself and get exposure is sending the emails, and making the phone calls, because that’s the only way these coaches are going to learn about you.   Q: So how do talented seniors get noticed now that many team’s seasons are over? A: Jenkins - “A senior is a tough situation when they have a good season. If I were going to give you an action plan for a senior: Create a highlight. Vet that highlight with someone who you respect their decision, see if it’s good, get feedback. Then pick your one to two full games to send, and then have someone, a coach or mentor, write something to your character, and that’s the package you send out. Send it out in an email. And he needs to send it to everyone in the world.”   Q: What happens when a player is asked to move from a position he’s grown up playing, to another. Does that help him or hurt him in the recruiting process? A: Jenkins - “I don’t think it’s detrimental to the recruiting process because if they’re getting moved it might be to the benefit to the kid to get on the field, but what I would say is you need to help your football team in whatever way you can. So if your coach thinks what’s best is for you to move from running back to quarterback, you have to do it.”   Q: Is it easier for athletes at schools like Pine Creek or Palmer Ridge who have excellent seasons to get noticed by recruiters? A: Jenkins - “I used to think so. I used to think that it mattered what high school you went to. I used to think it mattered between 5A and 3A. But I don’t think it matters anymore. I think the hard truth of the matter is college coaches are just looking for players. They don’t necessarily care if you were 10-0 in high school because what they see in you is 6-foot-4 that I can develop and fit to my team.   GETTING HELP Q: What does Jenkins Elite do for high school students in Colorado? A: Jenkins - “We started out as just me training quarterbacks in a park and we’ve grown to address specifically the recruiting side of it, to help them formulate a game plan. We come up with a plan so families they know what camps they need to get to, and which are just school money makers. The biggest thing parents need to know is where they should spend the money. ”   Q: And Jenkins Elite deals with both the skill development and the recruiting side? A: Jenkins - “ We are development first. We have to see that skill set before we even entertain a conversation about the rest of it. I would say the meat and potatoes of our business is training. And it was born out what we all would’ve wished we learned. Our staff is full of NFL guys who thought, “Man if I would’ve learned this earlier, where would I be?” So that’s where it was born from, and now we teach that to high school kids. And as they learn it turns into maintenance from a skill set standpoint and then we really put the fire on for the recruiting.”   Q: Is it necessary for athletes to have recruiting consultants to achieve their goals? A: Jenkins - “If you’re willing to put in the work, you’re going to be better off, no matter what. What companies like us do is expedite the recruiting process because we’ve been through it a lot, and we have the skill development to match.
Friday's prep roundup: Big third period powers Coronado hockey past Cheyenne Mountain

Friday's prep roundup: Big third period powers Coronado hockey past Cheyenne Mountain

Sat, Jan 1, 2000 - 12:00 AM

HOCKEY Coronado 8, Cheyenne Mountain 4 At Honnen: Logan Dineen's second goal broke a 3-3 tie early in the third period, Cole Brooker added another on a penalty shot, and Coronado scored three times on the power play as the Cougars won their fourth straight and sent Cheyenne Mountain to its fifth straight setback. The Cougars (4-3) took control in the third period by scoring five times on Indians goalie Jon Swanson, who was making his first start of the season. Dineen's tiebreaking goal came 15 seconds after Ryan Smith scored for Cheyenne Mountain (2-6) just 33 seconds into the third period. Brooker's penalty shot four minutes later made it 5-3. Hunter Elwell brought the Indians to within one at 5-4 after his goal with 9:07 left, but Chase Lambert and Ian Wark scored 1:02 apart to give the Cougars a two-goal lead, then Brycen Hurt's power-play goal in the final seconds completed the scoring. Smith had two goals and one assist for Cheyenne Mountain, while Trevor Taylor had one goal and three assists. Marc Godec stopped 29 of 33 shots to earn his second win of the season. Valor Christian 7, Rampart 1 At Cadet Ice Arena: Seven skaters scored goals for Valor Christian (5-1), which outshot Rampart 42-12 in a dominating effort in the first of a home-and-home series between the teams. The Eagles scored three times in the first period and added four more in the second. Rampart (3-2) averted a shutout when Jonathan Musser scored at 7:25 of the third period on assists from Tyler Montoya and Alex Walton. Chase Allen made 35 saves for Rampart, which travels to meet Valor at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ice Ranch in Littleton. Mountain Vista 3, Lewis-Palmer 1 At Monument Ice Rink: Patrick May, Caleb Kivett and Jake Smith each scored as Mountain Vista rallied to beat Lewis-Palmer. Jack Filer scored 8:06 into the first period to give Lewis-Palmer (1-5) the early lead. The Golden Eagles (2-3) scored twice in the second period, then added another in the third. May tied the game with an unassisted goal at 10:04, then Kivett’s unassisted goal gave Mountain Vista the lead for good with 1:24 left in the period. Reece Colson made 24 saves for the Rangers, who went 0 for 5 on the power play. WRESTLING Palmer Ridge 48, Palmer 30 At Palmer Ridge: Pins by Nick Stiltner (126 pounds), Garrett Marchetti (170) and Michael Prater (195), along with wins by forfeit in five other weight classes carried Palmer Ridge past Palmer. Palmer had pins from Nic Alvarez (120) and Skylar Owens-Hailey (182) and picked up three other wins by forfeit. BOYS' BASKETBALL Fossil Ridge 55, Fountain-Fort Carson 48 At Greenwood Village: James Sanders scored a team-high 11 points as Fountain-Fort Carson for the second day in a row charged out to an early lead, but the Trojans (1-5) were outscored 18-8 down the stretch in dropping a consolation-round game at the Cherry Creek Holiday Classic. The Trojans led 30-21 at halftime and 40-37 heading into the fourth quarter. "The process is tough at times," said first-year F-FC coach Paul Mileto, who inherited a team short on experience with one returning starter. "We do some really high-level things and compete, but when you are talking about mental toughness, there is game toughness and the final, three-minute-game toughness. We are not there yet." On Thursday, the Trojans led Mountain Vista by six points after the first quarter, then were undone by a 24-7 Golden Eagles run in the second quarter. F-FC will end tournament play with a game against Broomfield at 10 a.m. Saturday. Bromfield 53, Pine Creek 37 At Greenwood Village: Pine Creek fell behind by nine early, took a four-point lead into halftime and kept it close until Broomfield used a 16-0 fourth-quarter run to put the game away in a Cherry Creek Holiday Classic consolation contest. Grant Wilkinson led Pine Creek (2-3) with nine points, while Blake Hatchell had seven and Peyton Westfall added six. Pine Creek trailed 37-34 early in the fourth quarter before Broomfield's game-changing run. "In the second half when we executed, we got good shots," Eagles coach Joe Rausch said. "We couldn't knock anything down. And the length of Broomfield bothered us just enough that we rushed a little and turned the ball over too many times." Early on, it was all Broomfield, which scored 11 of the game's first 13 points, but by halftime, Pine Creek had found its rhythm and led 27-23. Pine Creek plays its final tournament game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday against Fossil Ridge. Denver West 52, James Irwin 51 At Denver: In a game where the lead changed hands several times and neither squad had a comfortable lead, Denver West held off James Irwin in first-day action from the Denver West Tournament. James Irwin (1-5) led 17-15 after one quarter but trailed 21-15 at halftime, then regained a 35-34 advantage heading into the final eight minutes. Denver West, led by second-year coach Mike Brookhart, formerly of Cherry Creek, broke a seven-game losing streak to start the season. James Irwin concludes tournament play at 10 a.m. Saturday against Alameda.