Thursday's prep roundup: Air Academy beats Discovery Canyon on final pin


Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.



Air Academy 37, Discovery Canyon 34

At Air Academy: Jason Hanenberg's pin in the final match of the night pushed Air Academy over the Thunder, and the Kadets won a close match Thursday night for a big dual victory on their home floor.

“It’s a huge deal for us,” Air Academy coach Nate Hill said of the win. “The kids worked really hard. We talked about it for a long time and the kids really rose to the occasion in winning this meet, so it’s a big deal for the kids. It hasn’t happened in a while and it really puts us in the conversation.”

With the win the Kadets will move on to a final league match against Cheyenne Mountain.

Coronado 39, Pine Creek 30

At Coronado: With Coronado alum and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo watching from the stands, Coronado used eight wins - four by pin - to earn the dual victory over Pine Creek.

KJ Kearns (138 pounds), Zeke Terrazas (145), Alex Ainsworth (285) and Stephen Dabelko (113) all had pins for Coronado.

Lewis-Palmer 60, Vista Ridge 12

At Lewis-Palmer: Every match wrestled resulted in a pin (seven matches were forfeits) between the Rangers and the Wolves on Thursday.

Skyler Hunt won for Lewis-Palmer at 106 pounds over Gabe Gonzales in 12 seconds, the quickest pin of the night, as the Rangers dominated the Wolves to win the dual.



Rampart 77, Palmer 64

At Rampart: The Pikes Peak region 5A No. 2 Rams (10-5, 3-2 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) outscored the Terrors 28-10 in the first quarter, and Palmer (4-11, 1-3) could never recover despite outscoring the Rams 54-49 the rest of the way.

Dawson Carper led Rampart with 23 points, while Jackson Ehrlin and Cal Zeb Roberson added 17 and 15, respectively.

Widefield 66, Harrison 58

At Harrison: The Gladiators (8-5, 4-2 4A CSML) won their fourth consecutive game and handed the Panthers (5-8, 1-5) their fifth consecutive loss on Thursday.

Liberty 56, Coronado 48

At Liberty: Ashton Rogers led the Cougars (2-11, 0-3 5A CSML) with 13 points, nine of which came from 3-pointers, but it wasn't enough for the Cougars to top the Lancers (9-5, 4-1).

Liberty's Jacob Burns scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Lancers to victory. Moz Doria added 11 for Liberty.

Elijah Clanton and Jareth Morey each scored nine for the Cougars.

Mesa Ridge 73, Mitchell 54

At Mitchell: The Grizzlies (10-3, 6-0 4A CSML) notched their ninth consecutive victory to stay perfect in league play with the win over the Marauders (4-9, 2-4).

Canon City 66, Woodland Park 63

At Woodland Park: Woodland Park kept it close, but couldn't comeback in the end as the Panthers (5-9, 0-7 4A CSML) lost their seventh consecutive game. The win was the Tigers' (3-10, 3-3) second straight.

Falcon 63, Hays (Kan.) 60, OT

At Colby (KS): Falcon and Hays needed an extra period to decide the game, and the Falcons came out on top at the Orange and Black Classic tournament.

Falcon improved to 4-7 with the win and handed Hays just its second loss of the season.



Falcon 41, Pine Creek 34

At Colby (Kan.): Jade Adams and Idalias Samson each scored 10 points and the Falcons improved to 9-2 with the win over Pikes Peak region 5A No. 2 Pine Creek (7-5) at the Orange and Black Classic tournament in Colby, Kan.

The Falcons held the Eagles to just four points in the second quarter and neither team scored more than nine points in a quarter until the fourth when Pine Creek outscored Falcon 16-15. Adams also had two blocks and nine rebounds.

Mesa Ridge 72, Mitchell 21

At Mesa Ridge: The Grizzlies (10-2, 6-0 4A CSML) led the Marauders (0-13, 0-6) 23-2 after the first quarter, which would end up being more points in the first quarter for the Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Grizzlies than they needed to win the game.

Thursday marked the third consecutive game in which the Grizzlies scored more than 70 points. Since losing to Doherty in December, Mesa Ridge has outscored opponents 408-211 in six consecutive wins.

Canon City 72, Woodland Park 38

At Canon City: The Panthers (5-8, 1-5 4A CSML) dropped their sixth consecutive game after winning three straight, and the Tigers (5-8, 3-3) stopped their own two-game skid with the victory on Thursday.

Rampart 46, Palmer 33

At Palmer: Rampart (5-9, 2-3 5A CSML) led 18-16 at the half after being held to four points in the second quarter, but the Rams outscored the Terrors (5-7, 0-3) 28-17 in the second half to earn the victory.

Madi Wriedt led Rampart with 10 points and Nicole Widner added nine.

Sierra 58, The Classical Academy 51

At Sierra: The Titans (8-5, 3-3 4A CSML) held a 12-8 lead after the first quarter, but couldn't keep pace with Sierra in the third as TCA was outscored 22-12 in the third and the Stallions (9-5, 6-1) nabbed the win.

Widefield 55, Harrison 28

At Widefield: Aaliyah Ricketts scored 25 points to lead the Gladiators (7-6, 4-2 4A CSML) to their fourth consecutive win after losing six straight, and kept the Panthers winless (0-10, 0-4).

Thursday night marked the third time this season that Ricketts scored more than 20 points in a game.



Pueblo County 7, Rampart 1

At Pueblo Ice Arena: Rampart (1-6) trailed 3-0 after the first period and the hole proved too deep for the Rams to dig their way out.

The Rams' lone goal came from James Adams in the second period, but the Hornets (6-1) scored four more times in the third to put this one away.

Resurrection Christian 9, Pine Creek 0

At Colorado Sports Complex: The Cougars scored four times in the first period and added five more in the second for the easy victory over the Eagles.