Prep follow: Discovery Canyon, Falcon girls' soccer teams trade kind gestures

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Discovery Canyon and Falcon girls' soccer teams trade kind gestures

After the girls' soccer team at Falcon postponed its game against Discovery Canyon following a tumultuous week in which two students at the school died, the Thunder sent the Falcons a basket stuffed with snacks and notes of encouragement from their players.

The rescheduled game was played Friday and Falcon returned the gesture by handing each player on Discovery Canyon a flower during player introductions.

"You had that sense of a strong community," Thunder co-coach Andy Liddle said. "We are all one."

Falcon senior Michael Finley was killed in a car crash April 14 by a suspected drunk driver, and sophomore Alex Bourbon died April 19. A number of District 49 staff members have also died in the past few months.

In the wake of it, the community has seen an outpouring of support.

Recently, a Culver's in Falcon raised about $25,000 for the family of Finley, who worked at the restaurant for about nine months. Last week, two men stood outside the school with the message, "You are loved."

Then on Friday, the Thunder and Falcons put on a display of kindness of their own.

"It reminds you that a little bit of kindness can go a long way to change a person's day," Falcon girls' soccer coach Matthew McCluan said. "It was neat to see."

Doherty and Pine Creek split tennis title

Last week's inclement weather forced the girls' tennis programs at Pine Creek and Doherty to share the Colorado Springs Metro League 4A/5A title.

The two teams couldn't fit their league match in last week before Friday's regular-season cutoff due to wet conditions. Instead, the 4A/5A CSML crowned co-champions for the first time in league history, per Doherty coach Cheri Rogers.

"It was a mess of a week," Rogers said.

Doherty was awarded the 5A No. 1 seed out of the league. The Spartans head to 5A Region 3 with host Ponderosa, Ralston Valley, Boulder, Aurora Central and Horizon. Matches are Thursday and Friday at the Colorado Athletic Club Inverness.

Pine Creek, the top 4A seed out of the league, will join Air Academy, Liberty, Rampart, Sand Creek and Discovery Canyon in 4A Region 1. Matches are Wednesday and Thursday at The Club at Flying Horse and Discovery Canyon High School.

Three area teams host tennis regionals

Cheyenne Mountain isn't the only team from the area that will host a tennis regional this season.

Discovery Canyon will host 4A Region 1 at Flying Horse and its school courts, while St. Mary's will host 3A Region 6 at Memorial Park on Thursday and Friday.

The Indians, meanwhile, will continue as the host of 4A Region 6 (Thursday and Friday).

"It's cool to be able to play on your home courts," Discovery Canyon coach Brian Thirkell said. "It's very exciting for us."

The change comes in wake of a statewide classification realignment and the addition of a third classification to the sport.

BRENT W. NEW, THE GAZETTE