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

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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.