Top 5 high school events of the weekend around Colorado Springs

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Photo - Palmer Terrors senior JT Uhden (24) defends against Doherty Spartans junior Alijah Bates (22) in the fourth quarter. The Spartans defeated the Terrors 66-53 in boys' basketball on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Doherty High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Palmer Terrors senior JT Uhden (24) defends against Doherty Spartans junior Alijah Bates (22) in the fourth quarter. The Spartans defeated the Terrors 66-53 in boys' basketball on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Doherty High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

THURSDAY

Liberty at Doherty boys' basketball, 7 p.m.

Doherty leads the way in the 5A Colorado Springs Metro league with a 6-0 league record and a 13-3 overall record. The Spartans are ranked ninth in the Colorado High School Activities Association top 10 for Class 5A boys' basketball. Behind them are in-town rivals Rampart and Liberty, who both sit at 4-2 in league. The Spartans host the Lancers, who have won three straight, Thursday. Doherty is led by senior Kyrele Benford who averages 13.8 points and by junior Alijah Bates, averaging 12 ppg. The Lancers are led by senior forward Moz Doria (16.9), junior guard Sean Bohuslavsky (15.1) and senior guard Kyle Bohuslavsky (10.7).

FRIDAY

Vista Ridge at Falcon boys' basketball, 7 p.m.

Last time these two teams met in a 5A/4A Pikes Peak clash they needed extra time to decide a winner.

Vista Ridge reigned victorious in a 59-49 overtime win at the beginning of January. Since then the Wolves have gone 3-3, but are climbing the ranks in Class 5A as a top-25 team.

Falcon on the other hand has won six straight, including a one-point win over Discovery Canyon on Wednesday.

Falcon has four scorers who average double figures, led by Reece Warren with 18.5. Brendan LaRose (15.7), Noah Martinez (13.4) and Swing Jersey (11.2) also average double figures.

Vista Ridge is led by Tristan Pratt with 13.4 points per game, followed by Micah Hilts and Raymond Harper with 11.9 and 11.3 points per game respectively.

Air Academy at Discovery Canyon girls' basketball, 6 p.m.

If the Kadets take care of Cheyenne Mountain on Thursday, Air Academy will travel to Discovery Canyon Friday in search of a 13th straight victory and a dominating 16-1 record. Heading into Thursday, the Kadets are undefeated in Pikes Peak League play with a 6-0 record but every game counts as Lewis-Palmer is right on Air Academy's heels with a 5-1 league record, 11-4 overall. CHSAA ranks Air Academy as the fifth-best team in 4A girls' basketball. Discovery Canyon has a 10-6 record and a 4-4 league record. The Kadets are led in scoring by senior forward Mary Parchinski (9.9 points per game) and sophomore point guard Kylee Blacksten (9.5). The Thunder is led by junior center Ashten Prechtel (17.3) and senior forward Kristina Schneible (11.0).

Resurrection Christian vs. Pine Creek ice hockey at AFA, 6:30 p.m.

The Resurrection Christian Cougars, CHSAA's fifth-ranked hockey team, are coming to the Air Force Academy to face off against Pine Creek. The Cougars (9-3) sit atop the Peak Ice Hockey League with a 7-1 record. The Eagles are .500 with a 6-6-2 overall record and are in fourth in league at 5-3-1. The team will be searching for their first win in three games, after two losses and tying Liberty Monday. Pine Creek has 61 goals for to 70 goals against to Resurrection Christian's 80 goals for to 25 goals against.

SATURDAY

The Classical Academy, Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs Christian at James Irwin wrestling, 9 a.m.

Following an 11th-place finish in the Colorado Springs Metro Wrestling Championships, The Classical Academy meets Colorado Springs Christian. The meet will feature junior Brendan Johnston who placed fifth at 106 pounds at the Metro Wrestling Championships and junior Nathan Johnson who was second at 182. Johns is ranked second in Class 3A by On The Mat Wrestling, while Johnston is ranked fourth. For CSCS, junior Jacob Lewey is 20-6 and placed eighth at 152 in the Metro Wrestling Championships.