Prep follow: Mesa Ridge kicker Tristan Widic gets national acclaim

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Photo - Place kicker: Tristan Widic, Mesa Ridge, jr.-Made 44 of 45 PATs, 3 for 3 on FGs, 18 touchbacks on kickoffs.
Place kicker: Tristan Widic, Mesa Ridge, jr.-Made 44 of 45 PATs, 3 for 3 on FGs, 18 touchbacks on kickoffs.

Widic earns national recognition as a kicker

Mesa Ridge kicker Tristan Widic was notified last week that he received national acclaim on the football field, winning a Ray Guy Prokicker.com Top Prospect Award.

The special teams program spans the country, evaluating and promoting kickers, punters and long snappers for college recruitment. Previous top prospects from the organization include Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus.

Widic was a standout at the Ray Guy Kicking Camp last summer and followed that with a near flawless fall campaign with the Grizzlies. He finished the year going 3 for 3 on field goals and only missed one of his 45 PATs due to a fumbled snap.

"He makes life easier," Mesa Ridge coach Rob Braaten said.

Widic, a talented soccer player who owns 59 career goals, said he was convinced to split his time between soccer and football a little more than a year ago.

Now, surprised by his own rapid success, Widic said he might have to reconsider his priorities in athletics: "It would be really fun to kick in college. ... I think I'd rather play soccer, but we'll see."

Monk nears 100 career goals

Fountain Valley's McKenna Monk needs four more goals to reach 100 in her esteemed high school career.

The senior, in her 51st career game, scored for the 96th time in a 6-2 win over The Vanguard School on Saturday.

Monk can draw closer to the milestone Tuesday against Trinidad, a team that gave up 10 goals to Pueblo County over the weekend.

"It's a very rare thing," Fountain Valley coach Byron Dacy said. "It's so rare to see a kid in high school soccer score 100 goals. You see the top players score 40, maybe 50 goals in high school, so to see McKenna to get almost 100 and go beyond is an incredible accomplishment."

Monk, who also has 59 career assists, is closing in on former Fountain Valley standout Wrendy Rayhill, who finished high school as the school's all-time career goal leader with 107. (The state association does not list the current individual records for girls' soccer).

The Danes have six games remaining on their regular-season schedule.

5A CSML title comes down to winner of Pine Creek and Doherty

The winner of the Pine Creek-Doherty girls' tennis dual Tuesday will likely win the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League title. (Rampart is just hanging on).

If the Eagles win Tuesday, they will earn their second straight league title.

Doherty, however, not only needs to beat Pine Creek to win league - but will have to finish off Rampart Wednesday in a dual that is already in progress. The Spartans were ahead of the Rams Thursday before weather postponed the conclusion of the match.

Rampart, with the toughest road, needs to have a Doherty victory over Pine Creek Tuesday, as well as a comeback win over the Spartans Wednesday to force a three-team tiebreaker.

"Pine Creek looked pretty good in the tournament we were just at," Doherty coach Cheri Rogers said. "You never know, though."

Cheyenne Mountain has already wrapped up the 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference. The Indians didn't drop a set to Lewis-Palmer, Palmer Ridge, Discovery Canyon or Air Academy this season. Their one loss in league came to Sand Creek when they sat all of their varsity players.