Saturday's prep roundup: Fountain Valley's Ivy Zhang wins No. 1 singles title at 3A regional

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3A Region 7

At Pueblo City Park: Fountain Valley junior Ivy Zhang, who had won only two matches during the regular season, pulled off an upset to win the title at No. 1 singles by knocking off Pueblo Central senior April MacDonald, who had won 11 of her previous 16 matches this season.

Zhang will be joined at the 3A state tournament by teammate Delaney DeMott, who fell in the championship match at No. 3 singles.

4A Region 7

At Pueblo City Park: Canon City qualified its top two doubles teams and three players overall for the upcoming state 4A tournament. The teams of Bailey Boccaccio and Averie Trainer and Camie Hall and Sierra Londenberg lost in the championship matches at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

Also, Ally Meins clinched a state berth at No. 3 singles by virtue of her loss in the title match.


Air Academy 11, Cheyenne Mountain 7

At Air Academy: Down by three goals early, Air Academy (10-4, 7-0 Southern League) rallied to tie it by halftime, then dominated in the second half as the Kadets downed Cheyenne Mountain (10-5, 4-3) and turned in their first undefeated league season since winning the state title in 2014.

Air Academy also avenged its only recent loss to Cheyenne Mountain in the series, a 12-6 decision last May 6 that ended a 10-game Kadets winning streak dating back to the 2008 season.

Whitney Moran led Air Academy's balanced scoring attack with four goals. Jolie Gilbreth had four goals to lead Cheyenne Mountain.

Liberty 14, Bear Creek 3

At D20 Stadium: Liberty (6-8) stopped a two-game slide and ended the season on a high note with a convincing win over Bear Creek (3-12).

Kaia Horaz had three goals to lead the Lancers, who also got two-goal games from Camille Callahan, Abby Ross, Olivia McCrary, Taylor Rahalewich and Megan Mann.


Dawson School 20, Cheyenne Mountain 7

At Lafayette: Cheyenne Mountain (11-4) ended its regular season on a sour note, allowing 12 goals in the second half in a nonleague loss to Dawson School (14-1) in a rematch of last spring's 4A state semifinal, also won by the Mustangs. The Indians, ranked fourth in the latest RPI in 4A, trailed 3-2 after one quarter but saw that deficit increase to 8-4 by halftime.

Dawson entered the game No. 2 in the RPI.


Windsor 1, Air Academy 0

At Air Academy: Windsor (14-1), ranked ninth in the latest RPI in 4A, finished a dominant regular season in a nonleague road win at Air Academy (10-5), which entered the game No. 12. The Wizards allowed only five goals during the regular season.

Front Range Christian 4, Fountain Valley 1

At Littleton: In a game featuring two of the top teams in 3A, Front Range Christian (8-6) used a fast start to power past Fountain Valley (10-5). The Falcons, ranked fourth in the 3A RPI, led 3-0 at halftime. The Danes, No. 3 in the most-recent RPI, got their only goal from senior McKenna Monk.


Regis Jesuit 7, Pine Creek 4

At Aurora: Regis Jesuit (14-5), ranked eighth in the latest RPI in 5A baseball, ended Pine Creek's six-game winning streak, scoring six early runs off starter Riley Cornelio and taking advantage of four Eagles errors. The Eagles (13-6), who held the No. 22 spot in the RPI, had two-hit games from Parker Gregory and Zac Heisler.

Cornelio allowed six runs - four earned - in 2 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out two.

Coronado 15, Palmer 4 (5 innings)

At Coronado: Coronado (13-6, 8-4 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) spotted Palmer (5-14, 3-9) an early three-run lead, but the Cougars took the lead for good with a five-run second and put the game away with seven more in the fourth. Coronado entered the game clinging to playoff hopes with an RPI of 30. The 32-team playoff fields in 3A-5A will be released Wednesday.

TCA 11, Woodland Park 10

At TCA: John Bull's walk-off home run gave TCA (8-10, 5-3 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) a dramatic victory after the Titans blew a 10-1 lead entering the fifth inning.

Discovery Canyon 11, Sand Creek 0 (5 innings)

At Discovery Canyon: Ben Brady, Caleb Grotelueschen and Britt Logan all homered for Discovery Canyon (9-10, 7-7 4A/5A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference), which entered the game ranked No. 34 in the RPI, two spots out of the playoff race. Grotelueschen also tripled and knocked in three runs for the Thunder. Gabe Arias earned the win, scattering eight hits and striking out four in the five-inning shutout.

Sand Creek ended the season 2-16, 1-12.

Lamar 9, Manitou Springs 8, 8 innings

At Lamar: Lamar (18-1), the top-ranked team in 3A, rallied from a late four-run deficit as the Tri-Peaks East champs knocked off Manitou Springs (12-6), which claimed the Tri-Peaks League's West division crown.

The Mustangs, ranked No. 15 in RPI entering the game, led 7-1 after two innings and carried an 8-4 lead into the fifth inning. Sean Whalen went 2 for 4 with two RBIs to pace Manitou Springs.

The Savages cut the deficit to 8-7 after scoring three runs in the fifth, then tied the game with one run in the seventh before scoring the winning run the next inning.

St. Mary's 4, Salida 1

At Grace Center: Another strong pitching effort helped St. Mary's (13-6) finish the regular season on a seven-game winning streak. During the streak, the Pirates haven't allowed more than four runs in a game. On Saturday, St. Mary's jumped out to a three-run lead after one inning, and Sascha Obermayer took a shutout into the seventh and allowed only five hits in the complete-game victory.

Rye 11, CSCS 1 (6 innings)

At Rye: Brandon Johnson struck out 15 batters and didn't allow a hit for Rye (10-8), which dealt CSCS (3-16) its fifth consecutive loss.

Dayspring Christian 10, Peyton 2

At Greeley: Perhaps if there's a good time to lose a game, it's the last one of the regular season following an 18-game winning streak.

Peyton (18-1) will hope to start a new streak once postseason play begins May 15 after Dayspring Christian battered the Panthers for a season-high 10 runs.

The Panthers entered the game as the top-ranked team in 2A according to the RPI. Dayspring Christian was No. 15.

Trinidad 10, Florence 3

At Trinidad: Trinidad (1-18) broke through on the season's final day at the expense of Florence (3-15).


Cherry Creek Invitational

At Stutler Bowl: Micah Hilts of Vista Ridge took top honors in the triple jump to highlight a second-place team finish, while Rampart's Xavier Bishop-Falu and Josh Kavalec finished first in the 110-meter hurdles and high jump, respectively.

Harrison's Tyrese Van Horne clocked a personal-best 48.01 seconds to win the 400 meters.

In girls' action, Alexis Dubiel (discus) and Jewel Inlow (800) claimed wins for Vista Ridge, while Harrison's Kaylene Richardson and Diamond Moore went 1-2 in the shot put.

TCA's Norman sets all-time state mark

The Classical Academy senior Tanner Norman on Friday set the all-class Colorado high school record in the 3,200 meters at the Pueblo Twilight at Dutch Clark Stadium in 9 minutes, 4.97 seconds. The previous record was held by Smoky Hill's Brent Vaughn, who ran a 9:05.89 in 2003.