Ryan Warner already has three pitches he can throw for strikes. He’s working on a fourth and will continue to work on it under the tutelage of Tom Holliday, former Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday’s father.

That’s because Warner, a senior at Pine Creek, verbally committed to play baseball at North Carolina State.

“It was a huge weight off my shoulders,” said Warner, who was considering Oregon, Kansas State and Santa Clara. “So I didn’t have to worry about anything else. (The ACC) is a good conference. The pitching coach there (Tom Holliday) is great.”

Warner took his official visit to Raleigh, N.C., two weekends ago.

“I really liked the campus area and the people there,” Warner said. “Everybody was so welcoming. The academics are just outstanding.”

The 6-foot-7 pitcher and outfielder was recruited as a pitcher. He throws a fastball, curve and change-up and is working on a slider, though he won’t pick up a baseball until a couple ofweeks after the football season over. Warner is Pine Creek’s starting quarterback.

“I don’t like to mess with the motions,” Warner said. “It’s different with a football and baseball.”

The Wolfpack’s most recent recruiting class was ranked 14th in the nation, according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Warner got to meet some of those recruits.

“I’m really excited,” Warner said. “It’s kind of making me feel good. I want to get to (Omaha, Neb., site of the College World Series) with them. They wanted to be the top guys. They really wanted to just win.”


End of an era as Hilltop Baptist closes

After 32 years, and 27 seasons in the Colorado High School Activities Association, Hilltop Baptist School closed its doors July 1.

With enrollment dropping the past several years, the Hilltop Baptist Church closed the school.

“Sometimes it just kind of comes to an end,” said pastor Allen Knight, the school’s athletic director the past 19 school years. “It got to the point, our church put so much into the school, this is the best thing for us to do. The economy has hurt as much as everything.”

Knight said there are no plans to reopen the school in the future. And while the Douglas County School District is in a legal battle to put public money toward private schools in what would essentially be vouchers, Knight said that’s not something Hilltop Baptist is paying much attention to.

“Then you have regulations on what you’re teaching,” Knight said. “When you take money from the government, they want to control you a little bit.”

While the school is closed, Knight stays in touch with students.

“I think our kids, it’s sad for all of them to go,” Knight said. “I see quite a few of them. I think all of us were disappointed.”


Cheyenne Mountain’s Domme commits to DU

Cheyenne Mountain’s Monique Domme is planning to play volleyball for Denver.

Domme, a junior setter for the Indians, verbally committed to play for DU. She will be a freshman there in fall 2013. Domme leads the team with 332 assists and is second on the team in digs.

Domme and the Indians are 12-0.


Local tandem contributes in big Big Ten volleyball win

The Colorado Springs area is having an impact on Big Ten women’s volleyball.

Morgan Broekhuis (CSCS, 2010 alumna) and Taylor Simpson (Doherty, 2011) helped No. 10 Nebraska upset No. 5 Penn State in five games at Nebraska in front of more than 4,100 fans.

Broekhuis had 12 kills and 11 digs in the match as well as the Huskers’ lone solo block. Simpson had two kills and two digs.