Thursday’s prep roundup: Defending boys’ 4A XC champ Palmer Ridge impressive to win region

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4A Region 2

At Monument Valley Park: Defending 4A state boys’ champion Palmer Ridge, paced by individual champion Ryan Matson, captured the team title, followed by Air Academy, which had the next three finishers in Cal Banta, Luke Thurman and Dillon Powell.


Five of the first 12 runners to finish wore the navy and gold of Palmer Ridge. Matson was soon joined at the finish line by teammates Jonathan Woolf (sixth), Alex Murphy (seventh), Brandon Hippe (eighth) and Kieran Nay (12th) for a solid team score of 34 points, 15 clear of Air Academy.


In the girls’ race, Air Academy took first with 45 points, followed by Palmer Ridge (53), which had the individual champ in freshman Isabella Prosceno. Air Academy’s Paige Embaugh and Tatum Miller placed second and third, respectively.


Air Academy also got a boost from Sophia Braza, who finished seventh.


5A Region 5

At Monument Valley Park: Rampart qualified both its teams for the upcoming 5A state championships following top-four finishes.


On the boys’ side, Rampart finished third, just one point out of a runner-up trophy, with 53 points, powered by four top-10 efforts. Connor McCabe placed fifth, followed by Jacob Dewey, Sadio Fenner and Afeworki Zeru, who finished eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively.


Doherty’s Hayden Martinez qualified for the state meet, Oct. 28 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center and Bear Creek Regional Park, with a seventh-place finish.


Meanwhile, Coronado qualified its girls’ team after a third-place finish, followed by Rampart, which placed fourth.


Rampart’s Kyla Ramsey finished second for the top finish among a Pikes Peak region runner. She was followed by teammate Lynzie Kutzner (11th) and Coronado’s Grace Abernethy (13th) and Taylor Dutton (15th).


Mountain Vista swept the team championships.


4A Region 5

At Durango: Widefield’s Cole Munoz claimed the boys’ individual title at Hillcrest Golf Course to highlight a third-place team finish and a berth in the upcoming state meet.


Cheyenne Mountain placed second in both the boys’ and girls’ team standings to qualify both for state. Thomas Chaston led the Indians with a fifth-place showing for the boys, and Anna Warmack took fourth in the girls’ race.


Jensen Enterman and Brooke Heinicke placed sixth and seventh, respectively, to further help Cheyenne’s cause.


Widefield also placed third in the girls’ standings.


Durango’s teams won both divisions.


3A Region 2

At Woodland Park: TCA, behind top-five finishes from Kaylee Thompson, McKenzie Elliott and Katie Flaherty, took the girls’ team title by seven points over Alamosa at Shining Mountain Golf Course.


CSCS junior Rachel Ingram continued her breakout junior season by winning the regional title and was followed by St. Mary’s senior Hannah McReavy.


St. Mary’s, which placed fourth in the standings and qualified for state, had key contributions from Ana Muehlbauer and Josephine Howery, who placed eighth and 10th, respectively.


The TCA boys made it a team sweep, getting four top-10 finishes to finish with 36 points, 19 better than Alamosa.


Ryan Moen, Mason Norman and Canaan Lamberth placed second, third and fourth, respectively. Josiah Cole finished ninth.


2A Region 2

At Monument Valley Park: The Vanguard School, led by overall champion Bria Johnson and fellow top-10 finishers Korey Winter (third) and Isabella Grizales (10th), narrowly won the team title, nipping Peyton by two points.


Peyton, which also will send a team to state, was paced by Mikhala Lucky, Kaylee Kearse and Kayleigh Mannering, who placed fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively.


In the boys’ race, Vanguard’s Nick Lovato crossed the finish line first, but Peyton took the overall team title, thanks to strong races from Mason Howard (second), Sammy Schuemann (fourth), Kelsey Montague (sixth) and Braedon Whaley (eighth).


On Thursday, Rampart senior Dawson Carper announced his commitment to play Division I basketball at the University of Hawaii.

Carper is a two-year varsity veteran for the Rams and averaged 15.9 points as a junior. He flirted with a double-double average with 7.8 boards per game, and had 39 blocks on the season.



Widefield 40, Pueblo Centennial 0

At Dutch Clark Stadium: TJ Davis completed 13 of 18 passes for 204 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another to power Widefield (6-2, 2-1 4A Foothills) past Pueblo Centennial (1-7, 0-3).


Davis tossed two of his scoring passes to Myriek Goodwin. He also found Rodrick Jones and Joquez Addison for touchdowns for the Gladiators, who led 26-0 at halftime.


Legend 10, Fountain-Fort Carson 7

At Echo Park Stadium: A late touchdown couldn’t bring Fountain-Fort Carson (4-4, 1-2 5A Mount Lincoln) back from a 10-point deficit as the Trojans fell to Legend (4-4, 1-2) to snap a five-game winning streak in the series.


Caden Meis rushed for 85 yards and scored Legend’s lone touchdown in the third quarter, Nick Neate booted a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter, and the Titans intercepted quarterback Eric Donnell twice to send the Trojans to their second straight loss.


Rampart 57, Palmer 0

At Garry Berry Stadium: Rampart (6-2, 3-0 4A Pikes Peak) dominated from the start, building a 41-0 lead by halftime in staying undefeated in league play by shutting out Palmer (0-8, 0-3).



Rampart 10, Coronado 0

At Garry Berry Stadium: Jack McReynolds scored three goals and added three assists as Rampart (11-4, 6-0 5A CS Metro) wrapped up its first league championship since 1993.


Simegn Collins scored twice, while twin brother Simagen Collins added a goal and two assists for the Rams, who scored eight times in the first half.


Afeworki Zeru – who ran in the 5A Region 5 cross country meet earlier in the day and placed 10th – added a goal, as did Zachary Conlin, Liam Milton and Dillon O’Neal.


Mesa Ridge 7, Sierra 0

At Sierra: Tristan Widic pumped in four goals to finish the regular season with 24 – fifth in the state – to lead Mesa Ridge (11-4, 6-2 4A CS Metro) to a shutout win over Sierra (4-11, 2-6) in the regular-season finale for both teams.


CSCS 8, St. Mary’s 2

At UCCS Mountain Lion Stadium: CSCS (13-2) ended the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, thanks to hat tricks from Lookens Smith and Kinsley Smith in a rout of St. Mary’s (9-6).


Lookens Smith also had three assists for the Lions, who also got goals from Noah Banderas and Michael Benthem.



Lewis-Palmer 3, Cheyenne Mountain 0

At Lewis-Palmer: Riley Putnicki and Trinity Jackson each had eight kills, Gianna Bartolo served up five aces, and Lewis-Palmer (19-0, 7-0 4A/5A Pikes Peak) completed its fifth undefeated league season in the past six years with a three-set sweep of Cheyenne Mountain (6-11, 4-3).


Coronado 3, Pine Creek 1

At Pine Creek: Coronado (17-2, 6-0 5A CS Metro) lost its first set in five weeks but responded by finishing off Pine Creek (8-10, 2-3) 25-18, 19-25, 25-19, 25-21.


The Cougars, who have reeled off 10 straight victories and nine sweeps, had last lost a set in a 3-1 win over Douglas County on Sept. 12.


Juliet Vendl had 11 kills and three blocks to lead Pine Creek.


Buena Vista 3, CSCS 0

At Buena Vista: With first-place in the 3A Tri-Peaks League on the line, Buena Vista (14-2, 11-0) rolled to its 11th straight win, sweeping CSCS (12-7, 10-2) 25-14, 25-14, 25-13.