Thursday's prep roundup: Pine Creek, Liberty put up fight in 5A state tennis tourney but fail to advance

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At 5A State Tournament

At Gates Tennis Center in Denver: No local singles players or doubles teams made it past the first round, but they did put up a good fight.

Pine Creek’s Bradley Ma lost 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 to Ponderosa’s Ryan Neale, Pine Creek’s Luke Miller fell 6-3, 6-2 to Grandview’s Illijah Bailey and Pine Creek’s Kyle Ma lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

In doubles play, Liberty’s Kyle Bohuslavsky and Shiloh Vega fell 6-3, 6-2 to Rocky Mountain. Pine Creek’s Christian Sisneros and Michael Barto lost 6-1, 6-0 to Cherry Creek at No. 1, and Pine Creek’s Gannon Zamori and Ben Shafai lost 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 to Rocky Mountain at No. 4.

Fairview won every match Thursday to lead the tournament with 21 points.


Palmer Ridge 4, Grandview 1

At Legacy Stadium: The Bears took care of business in the first half, scoring all four of their goals. Kalie Kochevar, Sydney Chytka, Hannah Tellez and Abby Hermann each notched a goal as Liz Phillips recorded two assists to help Palmer Ridge stay atop the Colorado League standings with a 10-1-1 record.

Grandview has lost its last five games and dropped 6-6-1.


Colorado Springs Christian School 7, ECA 0

At Evangelical Christian Academy: Kinsley Smith recorded a hat trick and four others scored to help the Lions lock in the Tri-Peaks League Region 2 title at 5-0.

CSCS improved to 11-2 overall.

Lookens Smith, Ethan Campagna, Tanner MacKay and Josh Otterby each had a goal, while five Lions recorded an assist.

CSCS had a 5-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

In the last five games, the Lions have outscored their opponents 42-1.

Fountain Valley 2, Rye 1

At Fountain Valley: Ky Dang scored a goal and added an assist in the 3A Tri-Peaks League Region 1 win, while goalkeeper Jackson Blaylock held it down on defense with eight saves. Aly Kassam also recorded a goal.

Fountain Valley (6-6-1, 3-3-0) broke up a 1-1 halftime tie with a goal in the second half.

Manitou Springs 3, Ellicott 2 (2OT)

At Manitou Springs: Ryan Bergsten, Jezreal Sommers and Nick Vidovich notched in a goal while Alliah Halcomb assisted on two scores to give the Mustangs a win in TPL Region 2 play.

Manitou Springs improved to 11-2-1 overall and 5-1.

The Mustangs had a 2-1 halftime lead before coming away with a win in the second overtime.

Mesa Ridge 1, Canon City 0

At Canon City: The Grizzlies had their only goal in the second half to come away with the close win in 4A CSML action.

Messa Ridge improved to 9-3-0 overall and 4-1-0 in league play, while Canon City fell to 5-7-0 and 2-3-0.

Pueblo South 4, Coronado 3 (OT)

At Pueblo South: The game was tied 2-2 at halftime before Pueblo South pulled off the win in overtime.

Edwin Hernandez, Hayden Field and Diego Rodriguez each scored a goal for Coronado, which dropped to 5-8-0 overall and 1-3-0 in the 5A CSML.

Air Academy 5, Cheyenne Mountain 1

At Air Academy: The Kadets jumped out to a 3-1 halftime lead before putting up two more goals in the second half, enough to stay unbeaten at 14-0-0 overall and 6-0-0 in the 5A/4A PPAC.

Kristian Hooker scored two goals and Ryan Self, Thaddaeus Dewing and Kelton Hooker each added a goal in the win over Cheyenne Mountain, which dropped to 7-4-2 and 3-1-1.

Atlas Preparatory School 3, St. Mary's 1

At St. Mary's: Lamario Nisbeth scored all of Gryphons' goals in the 3A TPL Region 1 win.
Atlas improved to 8-2-1 and 8-2-1, and St. Mary's dropped to 9-5-0 and 4-2-0.


Palmer Ridge 3, Falcon 0

At Palmer Ridge: The Bears rolled in the Pikes Peak Athletics Conference match, winning 25-11, 25-15, 25-13 over the Falcons.

Mac Russ led Palmer Ridge with nine kills, followed by eight from Kori Woods and seven apiece from Summer Reflogal and Brooklynn Gamble.

The Bears improved to 15-2 overall and 4-1 in the PPAC, while Falcon fell to 0-5 and 5-12.

Coronado 3, Doherty 0

At Doherty: Mara Abernethy led with eight kills, and Lacey Redinger had seven kills to help the Cougars earn a 25-21, 25-18, 25-7 victory over Doherty in CSML play. Jaelyn Hershberger added six kills, while Morgan Darnall had four blocks.

Coronado improved to 15-2 and 4-0, while Doherty dropped to 5-11 and 1-4.

Lewis-Palmer 3, Discovery Canyon 1

At Lewis-Palmer: Dropping a set wasn’t enough to rattle the defending 4A champions Rangers, who went on to win 25-14, 17-25, 25-14, 25-17 to give Discovery Canyon its first PPAC loss.

Taylor Buckley finished with 12 kills, Kessandra Krutsinger had nine blocks and Riley Putnicki added eight kills to keep Lewis-Palmer undefeated this season at 17-0 overall and 5-0 in the PPAC.

Ashten Prechtel had 10 kills for Discovery Canyon (9-6, 4-1).

St. Mary’s 3, Salida 2

At St. Mary’s: Seneca Hackley had 13 kills and Emily Wilcox added 12 kills, while Alexa LaMack finished with 33 assists to help lead the Pirates to an exciting 24-26, 28-25, 25-12, 20-25, 15-13 win in TPL action.

St. Mary’s improved to 6-10 and 5-5.

Colorado Springs Christian School 3, Florence 0

At CSCS: Megan Engesser led with nine kills, and Katie Hildenbrand added eight kills to lift the Lions to 25-15, 25-11, 25-7 win over Florence in the 3A TPL match.

CSCS improved to 10-5 and 9-1.

Widefield 3, Sierra 1
At Sierra: Taylor Blackwell led with 11 kills, and Aaliyah Ricketts added six kills to lift Widefield to the 25-20, 25-11, 9-25, 26-24 win in the 4A CSML match.
Widefield improved to 10-6 and 2-3, and Sierra dropped to 5-10 and 0-4.
Colorado Springs School 3, Fountain Valley 1
At Colorado Springs School: The Kodiaks won 25-16, 21-25, 25-16, 29-27 to capture a win in 2A District 8 action and improve to 6-1.
Chloe Mason and Elana McCurdy each had 11 kills, and Sage Reynolds contributed with 10 kills for Fountain Valley (9-3, 5-1). CSC did not report stats.