Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week: Brittney White, Pine Creek lacrosse

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Photo - Pine Creek lacrosse player Brittney White is the Peak Performer this week. Monday, April 30, 2018.  (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Pine Creek lacrosse player Brittney White is the Peak Performer this week. Monday, April 30, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Pine Creek junior Brittney White grew out of the first sport she loved.

White, who stands about 5-foot-10, had her childhood dreams of being an Olympic gymnastic dashed by the time she was entering middle school.

While discussing other options with her dad, lacrosse was brought up, and White, who comes from an athletic family, picked up the sport naturally despite its differences from gymnastics.

“I haven’t really consciously seen any crossovers, but I’m sure there’s something in there that would help,” White said.

Now having played the sport for about five years, the midfielder helped the Eagles to at least a share of their first league title following a pair of wins last week.

“It’s so exciting. We’re like, so close to it,” she said. “Winning that Cheyenne Mountain game really put us up there.”

White opened the week with five goals and two assists in a 17-7 win over Castle View/Douglas County before contributing a pair of goals in a tense 9-8 win over the Indians on Wednesday to earn Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week. 

“It’s an awesome feeling for these kids to be the first, taking that league conference,” Pine Creek coach Roger Wallace said.

Pine Creek can take the Southern League outright with a win against 1-10 Palmer on Wednesday.

White helps set the tone for the Eagles by handling draws, an important battle for possession that can help Pine Creek to fast starts.

“When she’s able to win the draw and fight for that ball, it gets us going,” Wallace said.

“If we’re able to get up with that first goal, that sets the tone for the game, and we’re ready to go at that point.”

While her height and athletic build might be more beneficial in the more physical boys’ game, it does provide quite a vantage point to read the field.

“Being a step ahead of everybody else really helps out because I see everything that happens and what is going on,” White said.

While she won’t be tumbling in the 2020 Tokyo games, lacrosse has opening doors for White.

After the high school season wraps up, White and teammate Madeleine Bourgois are headed to New York where they’ll represent the region in a national tournament. It’s also an opportunity for the Pine Creek pair to get added recruiting exposure, something White is interested in.

“It’s very exciting,” she said.

“I’m definitely interested in exploring it, and I’m trying to put myself out there more. This will definitely help because there will be some college coaches out there watching us.”

College athletics would be nothing new for the family. Her older brother Taylor, who was killed in a hit and run in Phoenix in early April, signed to wrestle at Grand Canyon University before the program was dropped. Brittney credited her older brother with helping grow her love of sport.

“The White family is a great family all the way around,” Wallace said.

Another brother swims, a sport White credited with helping her endurance as a sophomore. She also participates in volleyball, which she admitted is not her forte, but she’s settled with her second love.

“I was just like ‘I want to try something else,’ and my dad was like ‘What about lacrosse?’” White recalled.

“I just got into it.”

Other Peak Performers

Baseball

Reece Lieby, Widefield

The senior contributed on the mound and at the plate it the Gladiators’ 11-0 win over Sierra on Friday. Lieby was perfect on the mound in the five-inning game with 12 strikeouts. He also doubled in a run and scored once.

Girls’ golf

Isabella Deak, Air Academy

Deak won the PPAC No. 1 Tournament at Silver Spruce Golf Course on Friday with a score of 78 to lead the Kadets to the team title. After a 41 on the front nine, Deak cut four strokes on the way in, including a pair of birdies on the par-5 No. 13 and 18.

Boys’ lacrosse

Weston Sullivan, Palmer

The sophomore scored three times, including the game-winner in overtime, in Wednesday’s 8-7 win over Pine Creek. Sullivan added four more goals and an assist in Friday’s win over Pueblo West before scoring once in Saturday’s loss to Chatfield.

Girls’ lacrosse

Hannah Dove, Palmer Ridge

The freshman continued a strong start to her prep career with a pair of three-goal performances in wins over Pueblo West and Cheyenne Mountain last week. She added two assists in a 19-6 win over the Cyclones. She has a team-best 44 goals through 14 games.

Girls’ soccer

Kait Halverson, Colorado Springs Christian School

The junior showed no signs of slowing down for the undefeated Lions, tallying at least five points in each of the team’s three wins last week. The striker opened with four goals against Evangelical Christian before scoring four times against Colorado Springs School. She finished the week with two goals and an assist in a 3-1 win over Salida.

Boys’ swimming and diving

Brett Arnold, Doherty

Arnold came up big in Wednesday’s 92-88 win over rival Palmer. The junior won the 200 medley in 2 minutes, 14.57 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 5:40.41. His medley time beat second place by more than 10 seconds. He also helped on a pair of the Spartans’ relay wins.

Girls’ tennis

Eun Koak, Fountain-Fort Carson

The freshman ran her record to 13-0 at No. 1 singles following Friday’s 6-3, 6-0 win over Pueblo East in a Trojan sweep.

Boys’ track and field

Tyrese VanHorne, Harrison

VanHorne was the fastest guy at Saturday’s Vista Ridge Invite. The sophomore won the 100-meter dash in 11.1 seconds and took the 200 in 22.14, just ahead of Harrison teammate Devon Washington.

Girls’ track and field

Jenny Dekker, Peyton

Dekker led the Panthers to a second-place finish at Saturday’s El Paso Small School Championships by winning both the hurdles races. The sophomore took the 100 hurdles in 16.59 seconds, half a second faster than second place, and the 300 hurdles in 48.8, winning by nearly two seconds.