Tuesday's prep roundup: Air Academy blanks Evergreen in boys' soccer to avenge upset home playoff loss

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BOYS' SOCCER

Air Academy 2, Evergreen 0

At Evergreen: According to the rankings, this is the way last year's postseason encounter between Air Academy and Evergreen should have played out.

Kristian Hooker and Thaddaeus Dewing scored in the opening minutes Tuesday as Air Academy (2-0) shut down Evergreen (0-2), avenging an upset home playoff loss that ended the Kadets' season in November.

The Kadets, ranked No. 4 in the state playoffs a season ago, played host to the No. 20 Cougars in the second round but fell 3-1.

St. Mary's 1, Manitou Springs 0

At Grace Center: Dom Hartman's goal from Bruno Martin with 12 minutes left broke a scoreless tie to lift St. Mary's (2-1) past Manitou Springs (2-1).

Coronado 4, Vanguard 1

At Garry Berry: Coronado (2-2) got goals from Samuel Crespi, Weston Rubio, Edwin Hernandez and Hayden Field as the Cougars used a three-goal second half to pull away from The Vanguard School (0-3).

Rampart 2, Legend 1

At District 20 Stadium: Jack McReynolds and Simegn Collins each scored for Rampart (3-1), which rebounded from an overtime loss Saturday to deal Legend (2-2) its second straight loss.

Matthew Davis and Dillon O'Neal had assists for the Rams.

Vista Ridge 4, Palmer 1

At Garry Berry: Vista Ridge (1-4) broke through for three goals in the second half, snapping a 1-1 halftime tie and sending the Wolves past Palmer (1-4) for their first win of the season.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Pine Creek 3, Vista Ridge 0

At Pine Creek: Juliet Vendl and Gabby Wilson each had six kills and Loryn Blount added 19 digs to help Pine Creek (5-1) to its fifth straight win while sending Vista Ridge (1-7) its fourth consecutive setback.

Liberty 3, Canon City 0

At Liberty: Jordan Valentine led the way with 14 kills, and Liberty (3-1) set the tempo early with a 25-4 win in the first set and never looked back in a sweep of Canon City (1-2).

Nikita Elsner added nine kills and eight digs for the Lancers.

Coronado 3, Rampart 1

At Rampart: Mara Abernathy had 21 kills and six blocks as Coronado (2-1) fell behind early but took down Rampart (2-1) in four sets, three of which could have gone either way.

The Cougars lost the first set 27-25, then tied it with a convincing 25-14 win before claiming the final two sets 25-22 and 25-23.

Castle View 3, Fountain-Fort Carson 0

At Castle Rock: Castle View (4-1) served up 22 aces in making quick work of Fountain-Fort Carson (2-3) in a 25-5, 25-8, 25-10 triumph.

 

BOYS' TENNIS

Lewis-Palmer 5, Air Academy 2

At Lewis-Palmer: Tanner Colson and Ben Rowland earned three-set victories at Nos. 1 and 3 singles, respectively, to keep Lewis-Palmer undefeated in three matches to start the season.

Connor Campbell provided a highlight for Air Academy, ousting Bo Tostanoski, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 at No. 2 singles.

CSCS 4, Mesa Ridge 3

At Mesa Ridge: Dennis Oh, Joel Mortimer and Peter Beck swept their singles matches with straight-set victories, powering CSCS past Mesa Ridge.

Mesa Ridge's doubles teams of Luke Grotelueschen/Jacob Cendejas and Haiden Lake/Coltin Doyle both prevailed in three sets.

Coronado 7, Vanguard 0

At Coronado: Reilly Fredell overcame a slow start to win his match at No. 1 singles in three sets, and the rest of his teammates all swept past their competition as Coronado rolled past The Vanguard School. Fredell started his match with a 6-1 first-set loss to Seth Fuqua but rebounded, taking the second set 6-0 and winning a pro-set tiebreaker, 10-5.

 

SOFTBALL

Pine Creek 9, Rampart 3

At Rampart: Katie Spieth homered, Kennedy Johnson drove in three runs and Brooke Linden scattered seven hits and didn't allow an earned run as Pine Creek (5-4, 4-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) remained perfect in league play and dealt Rampart (7-3, 4-1) its first league loss.

The Eagles, who were also boosted by Sabrina Miller's 3-for-4 effort with two RBIs, took control by scoring five runs in the sixth inning to open up an 8-1 lead.

Liberty 15, Coronado 6

At Coronado: Carson Dunckley went 4 for 5 with four runs scored and two RBIs, and Liberty (1-3, 1-2 5A CSML) erupted late, scoring 14 unanswered runs in the final two innings as it broke a season-opening three-game skid by knocking off Coronado (2-7, 1-5).

The Cougars took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning before the Lancers scored eight runs, then added six more in the seventh.

Morgan Ward and Ashley Davis also had two RBIs apiece for Liberty.