Saturday's prep roundup: Palmer Ridge XC takes 2nd at St. Vrain Invite

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Five area runners cracked the top-10 at the St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational at Lyon, Saturday. Ryan Moen from the Classical Academy topped area runners with a fifth place finish in 16:22. He was chased by Rampart's Connor McCabe who claimed a fifth-place finish in 16:25. Air Academy’s Cal Banta (16:30) and Dillon Powell (16:32) finished seventh and ninth, respectively, and Ryan Matson of Palmer Ridge claimed eighth in 16:30.

On the girls side, Paige Embaugh of Air Academy placed sixth with a time of 19:09, followed by Kayla Ramsey of Rampart in eighth (19:14).

The Palmer Ridge swept second place in the team standings as the boys finished with 75 points, and the girls with 96. Rampart and Air Academy placed third (132 points) and sixth (148 points), respectively in the boys standings, while Air Academy girls placed fifth (146 points), and Rampart fell to seventh (191 points).

Palmer Ridge coach Rob Collins said Saturday's finish was a good start for his teams, which competed neck-and-neck with top-tier programs.

"Overall the competition is well stacked," Collins said. "On the boys side, of today's top-10 teams, nine were all-state in their respective divisions. The girls team has also made huge strides from last year. After placing third at states they're really hungry and putting everything together."


Widefield Cross Country Invite

The Widefield cross country teams swept their home invitational with dominant showings from the boys’ and girls’ teams. Widefield boys claimed first with 17 points, while the girls won with 21 points.

Widefield boys placed seven runners in the top-10, paced by Cole Munoz (1, 17:55), Ryan Outler (2, 17:58) and Miles Mena (3, 18:30) to sweep the top three. Pine Creek’s Jackson Ponce De Leo (8, 19:43) snuck in with a top-10 finish on the way to aiding the Eagles to second place with 59 points.

On the girls side, Madelyn Rodrigues (1, 22:20), Caitlyn Anderson (2, 22:47) and Sophia Mena (3, 23:01) swept the top three as Widefield cruised to a win thanks to five top-10 finishes. Pine Creek came in second with 48 points thanks to Nadine Almasri (4, 23:16), Myah Taylor (7,24:10) and Rayland VanCleave (9, 25:03). PCHS placed third with 62 points, followed by Mesa Ridge with 96 for fourth.


Pikes Peak Christian 27, Kiowa 26

At Pikes Peak Christian: The Eagles (1-1) locked in its first win of the season with a narrow non-conference defeat of Kiowa.


Air Academy 3, Montrose 2

At Air Academy: After taking a 1-0 lead, the Kadets held off a Montrose comeback for a narrow 3-2 non-conference victory. The Indians scored a pair of goals in the second half, but Air Academy (5-0) responded by netting two to preserve the one-goal lead.

Lotus School for Excellence 4, Woodland Park 2

At Woodland Park: The Panthers could not contain the scoring power of Lotus’ Jeremy Arriola, who netted a hat trick and assisted another tally in a 4-3 defeat of Woodland Park (1-2).

St. Mary’s 2, Salida 0

At St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s shut out Salida in a 2-0 victory thanks to a shutout performance by keeper Gabe Calhoun, who had 14 saves in the non-conference win. Bruna MArtin and Connor Timmins notched goals for the Pirates (3-1).

Niwot 3, Lewis-Palmer 2

At Niwot: Despite holding a one-goal lead at the half, Lewis-Palmer (0-6) allowed a pair of unanswered goals in the second and fell in a non-conference clash to Niwot. The Rangers are still searching for their first win of the season.

Lutheran 4, Evangelical Christian Academy 0

At Lutheran: Nick Spykstra tallied a pair of goals as the Lions shut out Evangelical Christian Academy in a non-conference clash. The Eagles (0-3) have been outscored 15-5 so far this season.


Pueblo County 12, Palmer Ridge 3

At Runyon Field: Pueblo County scored 10 runs in the first two innings as the Hornets defeated Palmer Ridge 12-3 in five innings. Maya Liester had two RBIs for the Bears (5-2) while Sam Patterson struck out one and walked eight in the loss.

Cheyenne Mountain 11, Montezuma-Cortez 0

At Runyon Field: After three scoreless innings Cheyenne Mountain (9-1) found its groove and scored 11 runs in the final two innings of an 11-0 route of Monetzuma-Cortez. Katelynn Ralston threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 10 in her five-inning performance. Grace Gustafson had three RBIs, while Jenna Randall hit 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

Cheyenne Mountain 12, Sand Creek 4

At Runyon Field: Cheyenne Mountain had a comfortable lead heading into the bottom of the sixth against Sand Creek, but the Indians were not about to settle. Cheyenne Mountain (9-1) tacked on five runs in the bottom of the sixth to claim a 12-4 win over Sand Creek (2-7). JR Smith had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Scorpions, but it was not enough to overcome Cheyenne Mountain’s powerful hitting.

Mesa Ridge 21, Sand Creek 5

At Runyon Field: Mesa Ridge came out swinging against Sand Creek, scoring 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kylee Bunnell had five RBIs for the Grizzlies (7-3) thanks to an impressive 4-for-4 performance at the plate, which included three doubles. Mary Hemandez, Hailey Mayl and Kaylee Morgan each had two hits for the Scorpions (2-7).

Lamar 23-20, James Irwin 0-0

At Lamar: James Irwin lost a Tri-Peaks Conference doubleheader to Lamar as the Savages pounded James Irwin 23-0 and 20-0, respectively. The Jaguars (2-6) sit at the bottom of the Tri-Peaks Conference at 0-5 in league play.

Valor Christian 9, Vista Ridge 1

At Vista Ridge: Valor Christian racked up 15 hits against a trio of Vista Ridge pitchers on the way to a 9-1 victory. Valor’s productive offense was led by Eden McNally who had three RBIs. Midori Williams led Vista Ridge (5-5) hitting 2-for-3 including the team’s only extra base hit.

Discovery Canyon 15, La Junta 4

At La Junta: Discovery Canyon racked up 19 hits in a non-conference game against La Junta as the Thunder cruised to a 15-4 victory in six innings. Corah Price led Discovery Canyon (7-1-1) with four RBIs and struck out five in three innings pitched.


Patriot Invitational

Liberty placed fourth at the Patriot Invitational just two points out of second place thanks to wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and doubles. Sean Bohuslavsky defeated George Washington’s Zach Weissman 6-0. 6-1 at No. 1 singles.


Mesa Ridge Tournament

Discovery Canyon went 3-1 at the Mesa Ridge Tournament with three-set wins over Pueblo Centennial and Palisade, and swept Canon City 2-0.

Bennett Invitational

Calhan went 2-2 in tournament play at the Bennett Invitational, falling 2-0 to Bennett and Kiowa, and won 2-1 to Kennedy and 2-1 by forfeit to Salida.

Elizabeth Tournament

Coronado 2, Palmer Ridge 1: 9-25, 25-17, 15-12

Palmer Ridge 2, Smoky Hill 0: 25-16, 26-24

Palmer Ridge 2, Woodland Park 0: 25-20, 25-18

Palmer Ridge 2, Evergreen 0: 25-16, 25-17

The Bears went 3-1 at the Elizabeth Tournament led by a trio of big hitters in Mac Russ (33 kills), Riley Simpson (31 kills) and Kori Woods (21 kills). Palmer Ridge (6-1) forced three sets against Coronado after rebounding from a 25-9 first-set loss to claim a 25-17 victory in the second before falling in a narrow third set, 15-12.

Lewis-Palmer Invitational

Lewis-Palmer 2, Thompson Valley 0: 25-13, 25-19

Lewis-Palmer 2, Windsor 0: 25-14, 25-13

Lewis-Palmer 2, Niwot 0: 25-15, 25-17

Lewis-Palmer 2, Pueblo West: 25-9, 25-21

Jadie DeLange led the Rangers’ offense with 24 kills as Lewis-Palmer completed a 4-0 sweep at its home tournament. Riley Putnicki also had a productive day at the net with 18 total kills, while the Rangers (6-0) did not allow more than 19 points to be scored against them prior to the final set against Pueblo West, when the Cyclones put up 21 points after falling 25-9 in the first set.