Thursday's prep roundup: Rampart boys, Pine Creek girls win 5A CSML XC titles

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

CROSS COUNTRY

5A CSML championships

At Monument Valley Park: Rampart edged Palmer by six points in the boys’ portion of the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League championships and Pine Creek edged Rampart by four in the girls’ team race on Thursday night.

Led by juniors Connor McCabe (16 minutes, 39 seconds) and Jacob Dewey (16:49), who went 1-2 respectively, the Rams finished with 40 points.

Liberty’s Allison Mann won the girls’ race in 19:30. But Pine Creek placed four runners in the top 17 for 53 points.

Rampart’s Mathilde Bernard (19:52) and Kyla Ramsey (20:06) went second and third. Pine Creek was led by Layla Almasri, who finished fifth in 20:35.

4A CSML championships

At Monument Valley Park: Widefield swept the boys’ and girls’ team races in the league championships.

The Gladiators placed four runners in the top six in the girls’ race as Caitlyn Anderson took second behind Mesa Ridge’s Chloe Welch, who finished in 21 minutes, 20 seconds. Anderson finished in 21:41.

Another Mesa Ridge runner won the boys’ race, as sophomore Matthew Roberds won in 17:05. After Roberds, though, the next five to cross the line were Gladiators, led by Maximilliano Martinez (17:33).

Mesa Ridge took second as a team for the boys, while The Classical Academy took second in the girls’ race.

BOYS' SOCCER

Cheyenne Mountain 3, Air Academy 0

At Cheyenne Mountain: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain (12-1-1, 5-0-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) wrapped up the PPAC crown with a shutout win over Air Academy (11-3, 4-2).

Sam Alvares scored the game-winning goal in the first half. Luke White and Matt Depeppe tallied in the second.

The Indians are the only unbeaten team in the league with one game left.

Will Thompson made 10 saves for the Indians.

Palmer Ridge 2, Lewis-Palmer 1

At Don Breese Stadium: Senior Matt Grant blasted a left-footed shot into the top corner from about 12 yards out with four minutes to play and Palmer Ridge (9-3-1, 2-2-1 PPAC) knocked off 4A No. 3 Lewis-Palmer (11-3, 4-2) in the battle of District 38.

"As far as postseason it's as big as any other game, but being that it's a rivalry game you feel the win more tonight," Palmer Ridge coach Nick Odil said.

With the Bears sitting at No. 9 in the RPI entering the day, they are in a strong position to make the playoffs, stronger after the win over L-P, which was No. 2.

The win could prove a big confidence booster if the Bears get to the playoffs.

"I think it's huge," Odil said. "We've had some good wins, but against the top guys we've found ways to lose. And tonight it was nice to see the guys battle and find a way to win."

Rampart 3, Doherty 1

At Doherty: Rampart (5-7-2, 4-1 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) scored all three of its goals in the first half, led by Jack McReynolds' goal and two assists, to defeat Pikes Peak region 5A No. 2 Doherty (8-5, 3-1).

Matthew Davis added a goal and assist and Dillon O'Neal rounded out the scoring for the Rams.

The win has Rampart in second place in conference. The top two teams from the league automatically qualify for the playoffs.

Rye 2, Fountain Valley 2, 2 OT

At Rye: Rye (8-4, 3-2 3A Tri-Peaks 1 League) beat Pikes Peak region 3A No. 2 Fountain Valley (8-4-1, 5-1) in double overtime to make sure the Danes wouldn't cruise through league play unbeaten.

Nate Himmelberg had a goal and assist and Kyle Shaffer scored for the Thunderbolts.

The Danes already won the league title. Though tied with St. Mary's in record, the Danes beat the Pirates head to head.

St. Mary's 2, Atlas Prep 0

At Atlas Prep: Diego Zapata and Jacob Gonzalez scored to lead St. Mary's (8-4-1, 5-1 3A Tri-Peaks 1 League) to the win over first-year varsity program Atlas Prep (6-6, 2-4).

Gabe Calhoun made eight saves for the shutout.

TCA 8, Harrison 0

At TCA: Jaden Borja and Titus Grant each notched hat tricks to lead Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 The Classical Academy (11-2, 6-0) past Harrison (4-9, 2-5).

Grant also had two assists and Borja one. Jonny Stephens scored twice and had an assist.

Manitou Springs 3, Ellicott 1
At Ellicott: Freshman Riley Jungbauer scored twice and Ted Weiss had a goal and assist to lead 3A No. 3 Manitou Springs (9-6, 4-2 Tri-Peaks 2 League) past Ellicott (3-9, 2-4).

Mesa Ridge 3, Canon City 2

At Mesa Ridge: Mesa Ridge (5-8, 4-2 4A CSML) scored twice in the first half on its way to beating Canon City (4-9, 1-5).

Gozalo Garcia-Camacho and Cage Shepard scored for the Tigers.

Mesa Ridge did not report stats.

FOOTBALL

Palmer 49, Littleton 14

At Garry Berry Stadium: Palmer (1-6, 1-1 4A Pikes Peak League) went out and won its first game of the season in style.

The Terrors blew out Littleton (0-7, 0-2), jumping to a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter.

With 4:16 left in the third quarter, the Terrors led 35-14.

VOLLEYBALL

Lewis-Palmer 3, Discovery Canyon 0

At Discovery Canyon: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Lewis-Palmer (16-0, 4-0 Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) stayed perfect behind 12 kills from Michaela Putnicki, beating Discovery Canyon (5-10, 2-3) 25-13, 25-17, 25-11.

Kess Krutsinger and Lydia Bartalo each added five kills, while Bartalo and Putnicki had four kills apiece.

Colorado Springs School 3, Fountain Valley 0

At Fountain Valley: Pikes Peak region 3A/2A No. 3 Colorado Springs School (15-2, 7-0 2A Black Forest League) swept Fountain Valley (6-8, 3-3) with ease, 25-6, 25-9, 25-16.

The Danes were led by Destiny Morgan's five kills.

CSS did not report stats when this edition went to press.

St. Mary's 3, Salida 0

At Salida: Pikes Peak region 3A/2A No. 2 St. Mary's (14-3, 8-2 3A Tri-Peaks) made short work of Salida (14-3, 7-3), winning 25-13, 26-24, 25-11.

Brighid Heaney led the Pirates with 15 kills and Taralynn Sweeney had 31 assists.

CSCS 3, Florence 0

At Florence: Colorado Springs Christian School (16-4, 10-0 3A Tri-Peaks League), No. 1 in the Pikes Peak region 3A/2A rankings, dominated Florence (2-19, 1-9) 25-5, 25-6, 25-6 to grab at least a share of the league title.

Christine Ajayi had 11 kills and Christa Vogt 10 for the Lions, who have a two-game lead in the league title race with two games to play.

Coronado 3, Doherty 0

At Coronado: Pikes Peak region 5A No. 3 Coronado (13-4, 4-0 Colorado Springs Metro League) kept Doherty (9-8, 0-4) at bay all night, sweeping the Spartans 25-15, 25-21, 25-20.

The Cougars spread the kills around, led by Jaelyn Hershberger's nine kills and Mara Abernethy's seven. Delaney St. Pierre had 21 assists.

TCA 3, Woodland Park 0

At Woodland Park: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 3 The Classical Academy () won its fifth consecutive match and fourth consecutive in straight sets with a 25-18, 31-29, 25-17 win over Woodland Park (9-7, 4-0).

Kourtney Cox led the Panthers with seven kills, while Kayla Woods and Delaney Battin each had six.

Stats were not reported by the Titans.

Widefield 3, Sierra 0

At Widefield: Nia Smith put down 10 kills to lead Widefield (4-12, 1-4) past Sierra (6-9, 1-3) 25-21, 25-17, 25-12 and get the Gladiators their first win of league.
Sydney Villers had 26 kills for the Gladiators.