Prep update: Emma List rounds out surging Discovery Canyon in girls' hoops

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Photo - Rampart Bailee Hart attempts to block a shot by Pine Creek Emma List during the Rampart and Pine Creek girls basketball game at Rampart High School on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Rampart Bailee Hart attempts to block a shot by Pine Creek Emma List during the Rampart and Pine Creek girls basketball game at Rampart High School on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette

List rounds out surging Discovery Canyon

After filling its roster exclusively with homegrown players in the program's first six seasons, Discovery Canyon certainly has enjoyed outside talent this year.

Pine Creek-transfer Emma List shined in her team debut, scoring 20 points in a 52-39 win over Sand Creek on Wednesday, and another 11 in a 49-33 win over Palmer Ridge on Friday.

List sat out the first 11 games of the season because of the state's transfer rule. It was the Thunder's fourth transfer to take the court in a game this season.

"We haven't had a transfer into the program on the varsity level until this year," said coach Danelle Rivera, who has been head of the program since it started in 2008. "Now suddenly we have four."

And suddenly, the Thunder (7-6, 3-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) look like a league contender after beating Sand Creek (4-8, 0-4) and Palmer Ridge (8-5, 2-2) for the first time in program history. They remain a game back of league-leading Air Academy (10-2, 4-0).

"It's finally fun to get the team we've been practicing with out on the floor," Rivera said. "We're excited about the potential we have in league and hopefully looking forward to the postseason."

Discovery Canyon's first win over the Bears came in the teams' 16th all-time matchup, while the victory over the Scorpions came in its 12th try.

Boys' soccer looking to add 2A classification

A proposal to add a fourth classification to boys' soccer will be on the docket during the Colorado High School Activities Association's Legislative Meeting later this month.

The Black Forest League put forth the change in hopes that boys' soccer will following suit with the girls' sport, which added a 2A classification during the past two-year cycle.

It will need a majority vote from the 72-member council to go through for the 2018-20 cycle.

"I think it's a great thing," Fountain Valley soccer coach and assistant athletic director Byron Dacy said. "Some of the other smaller schools that are trying to compete in 3A just don't have the players and numbers to really be able to do it."

The 3A classification in boys' soccer has 78 teams with schools ranging from less than 100 students to more than 600. The proposal states "that it is good for smaller schools to play for a championship against schools more similar in size rather (than) schools that range from two times as large, up to 15 times as large."

Cheyenne Mountain shows depth in wrestling

Freshman Deonte Bridges improved to 14-1 after winning the 220-pound title at the Mel Smith Florence Invite on Saturday.

Not even that kind of big-time win can guarantee him a spot on the varsity lineup come regionals.

In 220s, both Bridges and junior Jayson Grooms, who took fifth at the invite, have enjoyed success this season.

To decide who will wrestle there in regionals will come down to an intrasquad competition, coach Tyler Seaney said.

"Either one of those guys who can step up and make it to the state tournament and score some team points for us is the difference between us repeating a top-five or -three finish, or getting into a first- or second-place spot," said Seaney, whose team took third at state last year.

The Indians won three titles and seven wrestlers placed in the top five at the 32-team invitational.

BRENT W. NEW, THE GAZETTE