Prep notebook: Runners get into volunteering spirit at Colorado Springs Marathon

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Many area cross country runners saw their sport from a different perspective Saturday at the Colorado Springs Marathon.
Instead of competing, student-athletes spent their day volunteering at the annual race.
“Our kids love to be involved in the community, and any way we can promote the lifelong love of running and volunteering, we do it,” Doherty cross country coach Rob Duensing said. “Our kids were giving water to people at Monument Valley Park, and I know they really understand the feeling of pain they’re going through and also understand the euphoria they’re going through, too.”
Doherty was joined at the event by cross country teams from Harrison, CIVA Charter High School and Eagleview Middle School, along with the tennis team from Mesa Ridge and the Sierra Millennium All-Stars Cheer Squad.
Incidentally, a prep runner won the overall marathon title as Palmer senior Awet Beraki crossed the finish line first in 2 hours, 40 minutes.
In other cross country happenings, Palmer Ridge won the girls’ team title at Friday’s Polson Ranch Invitational in Sedalia, highlighted by overall winner Isabella Prosceno, a freshman.

And at the Desert Twilight Cross Country Invitational in Casa Grande, Ariz., Air Academy sophomore Tatum Miller turned in the fifth-fastest effort, clocking a time of 17:45.
Sand Creek boys’ soccer continues offensive assault as PPAC play starts
The beat goes on for Sand Creek boys’ soccer.
The Scorpions didn’t skip a beat when starting 4A/5A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference play last week, continuing an offensive onslaught that simply can’t be matched.
Not even close.
During a season-opening 10-game winning streak, Sand Creek has amassed an eye-boggling 81 goals. The next-high goal total is 59, put up by 3A William Smith.
“We’re on a roll,” Scorpions coach Jeremy Tafoya said. “When we get in transition, we’re scary. We get the ball and go.”
Last week, Sand Creek beat Palmer Ridge – which had allowed 11 goals in its previous seven games – by a score of 10-2, then followed that with a 5-1 win against Discovery Canyon on Sept. 28.
At halfway mark, Air Academy football already ensures winningest season since 2011
At 4-1, Air Academy is off to its best start since reeling off six straight wins to open the 2007 season.
And with a 34-12 win over Sand Creek on Friday, the Kadets already have doubled their win total from last season and ensured their winningest season since 2011.
Second-year head coach Scott Grinde doesn’t want his players to smell the roses just quite yet.
“I’m excited for our team,” Grinde said. “We’re better in a lot of phases than last year, but we always want to improve. We haven’t done anything yet. We just want to focus on our next practice and our next rep and just let it happen.”
Grinde took over coaching duties prior to last season and led the squad to a 2-8 season, which followed 3-7, 2-8 and 0-10 campaigns under Mike Roof.
Air Academy last won as many as four games in 2011, when the Kadets went 4-6 under the direction of Mike Hillstrom.
The Kadets start 4A Southern League play this week, and it’s quite the gauntlet with the trio of Pueblo West (5-0), Widefield (4-1) and Pine Creek (4-1) on the docket.
Coronado volleyball flying high after rare wins over Cheyenne Mountain, Pine Creek
With appearances in five of the past six state volleyball tournaments, Coronado has established itself as one of the most consistent programs in the Pikes Peak region.
Last week, the Cougars made history, beating both Cheyenne Mountain and Pine Creek – let alone in back-to-back matches – to fuel a 10-2 start heading into their 5A Colorado Springs Metro League opener Tuesday at Liberty.
Coronado had lost nine straight matches to each foe going back to the 2007 season before a pair of sweeps.
“It’s the first time we’ve beat either since I’ve been here,” said second-year coach Stormie Wells, a Palmer graduate whose days at Coronado go back to 2011, when she started as a volunteer coach under the legendary Don Lash, who retired following the 2015 season. “We feel pretty good about that, but that said, we’re still going through a lot of growth ourselves. If we become satisfied with that, maybe we aren’t focusing on the right things.”