Highlights from Wednesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain 3, No. 32 Northridge 1
At Cheyenne Mountain: The top seed in the 4A state playoffs opened the postseason with a victory a bit closer than expected.
Cheyenne Mountain (14-1-1), seeded No. 1, got a stiff test from the lowest seed in the tournament, as No. 32 Northridge (7-8-1) evened things at 1 three minutes into the second half. But the Indians, who outshot the Grizzlies 20-4, took the lead for good with about 15 minutes to play.
"I think it really tested us like it did all year," Indians coach Tomas Martinez said. "We just kept grinding it out and found a way to open the gap a little bit. I think we felt a little stressed about being the 1 against 32 and the game being close like that."
But the Indians were in control, it just took them a while to put the game away.
"It was more that we deserved that (win)," Martinez said of his take on the game. "We played really well, we created great opportunities and knocked the ball around. The guys were confident the whole time."
Cheyenne Mountain will play the only team that defeated the Indians this season, D'Evelyn. The No. 17 Jaguars defeated Cheyenne Mountain 4-1 on Sept. 13. The Jaguars opened the playoffs with a 3-0 win over No. 16 Denver North.
Luke White opened the scoring, Chase McCleary got the eventual game-winner, and Sam Kilimann capped it off for the Indians. Will Thompson had three saves.
The Indians - like the rest of 4A - don't play again until Tuesday, an odd scheduling quirk that left Martinez scratching his head.
"Yeah, that doesn't make any sense, I don't get it," he said. "We've got almost a week (off), it makes no sense."
No. 3 TCA 6, No. 30 Windsor 0
At TCA: Behind a hat trick from Jaden Borja, No. 3 The Classical Academy (14-2) cruised past No. 30 Windsor (10-6).
The Titans, last year's state runner-up, scored three goals in each half. Aaron Peck, Jake Slater and Titus Grant also scored.
TCA plays No. 14 Standley Lake next. The Gators defeated No. 19 Pueblo Centennial 1-0.
No. 4 Air Academy 3, No. 29 Kennedy 1
At Air Academy: Host Air Academy (12-4) was gracious enough to grant visiting No. 29 Kennedy (7-8-1) a 1-0 halftime lead in the first round of the 4A playoffs, but then stormed back with three goals in the second half.
Luke Louthan gave the No. 4 Kadets a 2-1 lead they wouldn't relinquish. Cole Miller finished the scoring for Air Academy, which hosts defending state champion No. 20 Evergreen in the second round. Evergreen defeated Niwot on penalty kicks.
No. 2 Lewis-Palmer 2, No. 31 Mitchell 0
At Lewis-Palmer: The second overall seed, Lewis-Palmer (13-3) scored a goal in each half to edge a stingy No. 31 Mitchell (9-7) in the first round of the 4A playoffs.
The Rangers finished second in the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, helping them earn the No. 2 seed.
The Marauders finished second in the 4A CSML league.
Widefield 3, Mitchell 0
At Mitchell: Widefield (6-13, 3-5 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) took care of league foe Mitchell (4-15, 0-8) in straight sets, beating the Marauders 25-11, 25-9, 25-16.
Widefield's Nia Smith knocked down a game-high 12 kills, while freshman Mallory Hutchison added eight. Daurie Westberg had a game-high 16 digs for Widefield.
Aleah Brenner led the Marauders with six kills.