Saturday's prep roundup: Air Academy football dominates Niwot

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FOOTBALL    

Air Academy 47, Niwot 0

At Niwot: Air Academy broke through the Niwot defense early and often, setting up a nonconference victory.

Kyle Pope opened things up for the Kadets (2-1) with a 50-yard run, followed by two more short Kadet touchdowns in the first quarter.

Michael Midkiff and Troyer Morse had a pair of long scores for 84 and 39 yards, respectively. The Kadet defense also stepped up big, limiting Niwot to just two first downs, and 48 total yards. The defense also earned a safety in the second quarter.

Air Academy quarterback Bo Powers had just one completion - but he made it count, going 84 yards to Midkiff in the third quarter.

CROSS COUNTRY

Rock Canyon Invite

At Rock Canyon: The Rampart boys cross country team placed first out of 18 schools at the Rock Canyon Cross Country Invitational thanks to three top-5 finishes. Connor McCabe (16:07) and Jacob Dewey (16:18) placed second and third, respectively, while Sadio Fenner came in fifth in 16:26.

Rampart's girls finished third with 111 points despite Kayla Ramsey winning the girls race by more than nine seconds. Ramsey was the only Rampart finisher in the top 10.

Eagle Valley Invite

At Eagle Valley: Mason Norman and Ryan Moen of The Classical Academy claimed first and second at the Eagle Valley Cross Country Invitational in 16:27 and 16:51, respectively. Despite sweeping the top two, TCA settled for second in the boys’ team scores with 62 points.

On the girls side Kaylee Thompson finished second in 19:33, aiding TCA to a second-place finish.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Manitou Springs 5, Rye 0

At Manitou Springs: Rye couldn’t match the offensive power of the Mustangs, who scored a pair of goals in the first half, and tacked on another three in the second. Jezreal Sommers and Alliah Halcomb each had a pair of goals, while Ryan Bergsten and Seamus Lowe tallied assists. Zach Talbot had eight saves for Manitou Springs (5-1) in the shutout.

Atlas Prep 6, Evangelical Christian Academy 3

At Evangelical Christian: Atlas Prep racked up four goals in the first half on the way to doubling up Evangelical Christian. Lamario Nisbeth had four goals for Atlas (3-1), while Ben DeRuiter, Joseph Wilcox and Bradley Hartsock had one goal each for the Eagles (0-4).

Skyline 1, Mitchell 0 (OT)

At Skyline: Regulation time was not enough to decide Saturday’s nonconference game, but Skyline (3-2-1) broke through to score in the first overtime period and grab the win. The Marauders fell to 3-3.

Pine Creek 3, Rock Canyon 2 (OT)

At Rock Canyon: Pine Creek and Rock Canyon scored two goals each in the second half to force overtime, but the Eagles (2-3-1) responded first in extra time to claim the win.

SOFTBALL    

St. Mary’s 4, Lamar 2

At Leon Young Field: St. Mary’s did a majority of its damage in the top of the first inning, bringing three runs across on the way to a win over Lamar. Mackenzie Pepper and Peyton Richter each had three hits and an RBI. Richter earned the win in the circle, striking out eight along the way for St. Mary’s (7-5).

Rock Canyon 11, Discovery Canyon 3

At Rock Canyon: Rock Canyon split eight runs between the fourth and fifth innings on the way to claiming a dominant win over Discovery Canyon. The Thunder racked up 10 hits but could only bring three across, including one run in the top of the seventh. Cora Ferguson, Mary Roach and Corah Price had two hits each.

Vista Ridge 11, Rampart 5

At Vista Ridge: Katey Kelly, Kaylin Cruz and Chloe Ewing had hot bats for Vista Ridge, combining for nine RBIs for the Wolves (8-5). Olivia Risch had two RBIs for the Rams (9-4).

Pueblo East 22, Woodland Park 0, 4 innings

At Woodland Park: Pueblo East scored 13 runs in the third inning on the way to a four-inning rout of Woodland Park (1-10).

Castle View 13, Pine Creek 10

At Pine Creek: The Eagles were buzzing in the bottom of the seventh but could not complete the comeback to defeat Castle View. Pine Creek (7-6) scored four runs in the final inning to cut the deficit to three. Kate Spieth and Lourdes Martinez had two RBIs each.

BOYS’ TENNIS    

Hoffman Invitational

Pine Creek won the Hoffman Invitational thanks to four match victories. No. 2 singles player Like Miller defeated Lucas Taliaferro of George Washington, while Kyle Ma defeated GW’s Andrew Younger at No. 3 singles. No. 1 doubles team of Christian Sisneros and Michael Barto defeated Jack Holland and Will Chavez of GW, and Porter Moody and Jake Blunt claimed a win over Cousteau Reinig and Jason Chin at No. 2 doubles.

VOLLEYBALL

St. Mary’s 3, Vanguard 0

At St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s got off to a quick start against Vanguard to claim a swift three-set win in 3A Tri-Peaks play. Janine Coderre and Kayla Harris had four kills each for the Pirates (3-5, 3-2). Vanguard fell to 0-3 in the conference and 4-7 overall.

Pine Creek 3, Brighton 0

At Brighton: The Bulldogs kept it close in the first set, but Pine Creek ran away with the remaining two on the way to a 3-0 win (25-23, 25-19, 25-14).

Rocky Ford 3, Fountain Valley 0

At Rocky Ford: Fountain Valley had a hard time keeping up with Rocky Ford in a nonconference game, falling 25-7, 25-14 and 25-23. The Danes are 2-2.

Cherry Creek Tournament

Cherry Creek 2, Doherty 0

Heritage 2, Doherty 1

After falling 2-0 in the opening round of the Cherry Creek Tournament, Doherty (1-5) forced a third set against Heritage, opening the match with a 25-21 win, but fell 27-25 and 15-12 in the remaining two sets.