Top five Gazette Preps events to watch this week

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Photo - Palmer Ridge Bears senior Maccee Reed (14) drives to the net as Lewis-Palmer Rangers junior Loren Phillips (33) and senior Carter Kreischer (15) defend in the second quarter. The Bears defeated the Rangers 50-41 in boys' basketball on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Palmer Ridge High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Palmer Ridge Bears senior Maccee Reed (14) drives to the net as Lewis-Palmer Rangers junior Loren Phillips (33) and senior Carter Kreischer (15) defend in the second quarter. The Bears defeated the Rangers 50-41 in boys' basketball on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Palmer Ridge High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

Boys' basketball

Fountain-Fort Carson at Doherty, 7 p.m. Friday

The Doherty Spartans are looking to wrap up their season with a win over rival Fountain-Fort Carson. The Spartans are in firm control of the 5A Colorado Springs Metro league with a 11-0 conference record and an overall 18-4 record. The Trojans are looking to keep pace in the Colorado Springs Metro League with Rampart, which has an 8-3 conference record with one game remaining, and Liberty, which ended the season 8-4 in league. The Trojans are led by sophomore Keyshawn Maltbia with 10.1 points per game and junior Rashon Barron (8.2). Leading the Spartans in scoring are senior Kyrele Benford (13.6), junior Alijah Bates (12.4) and senior Joe Golden (12).

Palmer Ridge at Lewis-Palmer, 7 p.m. Friday

Lewis-Palmer is cruising to a Pikes Peak league title with a 12-1 record; 20-2 overall. The Rangers have one game left in the regular season but it's against crosstown rival Palmer Ridge, which was one of two teams to defeat them this season. Last time, the Bears got big plays from seniors Nathan Kugler and Maccee Reed to hold the Rangers, who average 67.9 points, to 41 points. No doubt Lewis-Palmer will be hungry for revenge. Seniors Zach Hester (9.2), Nick Bolvich (8.9) and Cory McLellan (8.1) are the leading scorers for the Bears while juniors Joel Scott (18.4) and Matthew Ragsdale (16.7) lead the Rangers.

Girls' basketball

Cheyenne Mountain at Air Academy, 7 p.m. Friday

Air Academy's girls basketball team lost a tournament game to Pueblo County in December and have been on fire since, winning their past 18 games to cruise to a 21-1 record after beating Lewis-Palmer at home Wednesday and have a day off before hosting rival Cheyenne Mountain. The Indians come in with a 7-13 record; 5-7 in the Pikes Peak League. The Kadets by contrast are 12-0 in league play. Senior Mary Parchinski leads the Kadets, scoring 9.2 ppg followed by sophomore Kylee Blacksten (9). Sophomores Selena Vargas (11.8) and Katelynn Ralston (11.5) are top scorers for the Indians.

Ice hockey

Chaparral vs. Woodland Park at Honnen Ice Arena, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Woodland Park's inaugural ice hockey season culminates with a game against Chaparral at Honnen Ice Arena at Colorado College. While things haven't gone the Panthers' way in the win-loss column, this season has been a huge victory for the high school and the Woodland Park community. Saturday provides an opportunity for the community to show its support for one of the newest teams in Colorado hockey.

Wrestling

State wrestling Pepsi Center, Thursday-Saturday

State wrestling takes over the Pepsi Center this weekend as 109 area wrestlers will compete at the tournament. The preliminaries begin Thursday, the quarterfinals and second-round consolation rounds will be held on Friday and the semifinals and championships will take place Saturday.