Published: April 24, 2012
Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports action involving teams from the Pikes Peak region:
Pine Creek 11, Palmer 0
At Palmer: Reagan Biechler tossed a no-hitter for Pine Creek, throwing seven innings with 13 strikeouts and three walks.
It was the second no-hitter in league play for the Eagles, who saw Ryan Warner shut down Fountain-Fort Carson in a 12-0 victory on April 12.
Biechler, a junior, also knocked in a pair of runs as he went 1-for-3 with a walk.
The Eagles (12-2, 10-0 5A Metro), who have outscored league foes 98-16, scored six times in the second inning.
Palmer dropped to 4-9, 0-9.
Rampart 5, Fountain-Fort Carson 4
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Rampart took a three-run lead in the top of the first and narrowly avoided a Fountain-Fort Carson comeback.
The Trojans (6-8, 5-5 5A Metro) had two runners on in the fifth when the inning ended with a fly ball to the warning track and they couldn’t capitalize on a bases-loaded situation in the sixth.
Rampart (9-5, 6-4) reliever Bradley Looney struck out the side in the seventh.
“We had opportunities,” Fountain-Fort Carson coach Matt Buczkowski said. “We hit a lot of balls on the screws, but right at them. It’s unfortunate, but that’s just baseball.”
As Liberty improved to 7-3 in the league on Tuesday and Pine Creek is unbeaten and running away with the title, it looks more and more like Fountain-Fort Carson and Rampart are locked in a battle for the league’s final playoff spot.
The Rams have now won both meetings between the teams and can surge ahead by two games with five to play with a win in their final matchup on Thursday at Rampart Park.
Liberty 9, Doherty 7
At Doherty: Doherty led 4-2 after six innings when things got crazy.
Liberty scored seven in its half of the seventh to build a five-run lead, but Doherty answered with a rally that fell short.
Liberty's seven-run rally came with just one hit, as it capitalized on a Doherty error, five walks and three hit batters.
Brent Williams, an Oklahoma State signee, knocked in three runs for the Lancers (9-5, 7-3 5A Metro).
The loss was the fourth in a row for Doherty (2-12, 1-8), which outhit Liberty 10-5 and was led by Evan Weidner's two doubles and two-run home run.
Cheyenne Mountain 14, Woodland Park 1
At Cheyenne Mountain: Michael Levar and Joel Stahn each homered and Cheyenne Mountain pulled away with six runs in the third and seven in the fourth.
The Indians (11-3, 6-0 4A Metro - Mountain) had five two-hit innings from Bret Helton, who struck out nine.
Woodland Park (6-9, 4-2) must beat Widefield on Saturday to be guaranteed a spot in the 4A Metro crossover tournament's upper bracket and secure a playoff spot.
The Panthers lost a similar game to the Gladiators 10-9 last year, missing the postseason.
Falcon 11, Vista Ridge 1
At Falcon: Matt Ninemire hit two home runs for Falcon, driving in three and leading the charge in a five-inning run-rule victory.
The Falcons (11-3, 4-2 4A Metro) scored six times in the six inning to end the game early.
Jacob McDowell and Steve Vigil also had two hits and knocked in two runs for Falcon. Dan Smargie went four innings, striking out eight Vista Ridge (3-10, 3-3) batters.
Palmer Ridge 16, Sierra 6
At Sierra: Derek Larson homered, John Swecker drove in three runs and half the batters Palmer Ridge (9-6, 5-1 4A Metro - Plains) sent to the plate came around to score.
Gavin Butterfield and Joseph Cardona each drove in two runs for Sierra (4-9, 1-4). Cardona had a pair of triples.
Discovery Canyon 12, Mesa Ridge 0
At Discovery Canyon: Senior designated hitter Tony Frost hit two home runs, a double, scored three times and knocked in five runs as Discovery Canyon won the five-inning shutoutt.
Jake Hluska pitched four innings for the Thunder (8-6, 4-2 4A Metro - Mountain).
Mesa Ridge dropped to 5-10, 1-5.
Widefield 3, Wasson 1
At Widefield: Widefield pitchers Isaac Gocsha and Chris Volcic combined to allow just four hits.
Mario Sanabria doubled and knocked in four runs for the Gladiators (6-9, 3-3).
Wasson dropped to 1-12, 0-6.
Coronado 20, Harrison 0
At Harrison: David Feuerback went 3-for-3 with three doubles as Coronado (11-4, 4-2 4A Metro - Plains) rolled.
Harrison (0-15, 0-6) has been outscored 137-13 in six league games.
Cheyenne Mountain 4, Fairview 3
At Fairview: The other matches had ended, so everyone was gathered around to offer support as Cheyenne Mountain’s No. 2 doubles team of Shelby Gilles and Lara Walden overcame an 0-3 deficit in the final set to win 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 and give the Indians a dual victory over last year’s 5A runner-up.
“Everybody was kind of camped around watching that match at the end,” said Cheyenne Mountain coach Dave Adams, whose team won all four doubles matches. “For them to come all the way back, that was clutch for those two.”
Fairview has seven players back from the team that finished second to Cherry Creek at state a year ago – including the top three singles players. That Fairview team also came to Cheyenne Mountain and won all seven matches in a dual.
The Indians, who went on to the 4A title, had not forgotten about that.
“This has been circled on our calendar for a long time,” Adams said. “They beat us 7-0, so our girls were pretty pumped for this.”
The Nos. 2 and 4 doubles matches each went to a third set, as did the No. 3 singles match that saw defending 5A champion Katie Li of Fairview outlast Kristen Sullivan – last year’s 4A runner-up – 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Cheyenne Mountain, which does not play in a league and typically loads its schedule with the best opposition in the state, concludes its regular-season slate with a home dual against Kent Denver on Thursday. Regionals begin a week later.
Cheyenne Mountain now has dual victories over Cherry Creek and Fairview, the teams expected to again finish first and second in 5A.
Doherty 7, Fountain-Fort Carson 0
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Doherty clinched a share of the 5A Metro title as it dropped just seven games in a dominant dual.
The Spartans' Reagan Simons won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and Kylie Simons (No. 2) and Cimino (No. 3) were flawless in posting 6-0, 6-0.
Doherty can win the league outright with a victory over Rampart on Thursday.
Pine Creek 5, Liberty 2
At Liberty: Pine Creek swept the singles matches in straight sets and dropped only the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles matches.
Nicole Kalhorn (No. 1 singles) topped Liberty’s Kirsten Jenson 6-2, 6-1 and Sarah Kosbab (No. 2) and Hanna Clack (No. 3) also won for the Eagles.
The dual’s most competitive match came at No. 4 doubles, where Pine Creek’s Cicely Patterson and Elisa Wilson won 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Peak to Peak 4, St. Mary's 1
At St. Mary's: Peak to Peak scored a decisive victory as two of the top teams in 3A squared off.
Emily Loof scored her team's lone goal as St. Mary's suffered just its second loss of the season and first to a 3A opponent.
Peak to Peak is now 9-3.
Mesa Ridge 4, Wasson 3
At Wasson: Mesa Ridge prevailed behind wins at No. 2 singles and Nos. 1-3 doubles.
None of the dual’s seven matches needed a third set.
Wasson won at No. 1 singles as Jacie Walton topped Taylor Richards 6-2, 6-4.
Air Academy 5, Coronado 2
At Air Academy: Air Academy won all three singles matches and the Nos. 3 and 4 doubles to take the dual.
Jenna Milliman won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles over Coronado's Olivia Babeau. Clair Zombola (No. 2) and Ashley Burnett (No. 3) also won matches in straight sets.
Air Academy 104, Discovery Canyon 81
At Air Academy: Devon Davis swam the fourth-fastest 100-yard freestyle in 4A this season, winning that event and the 100 backstroke as well as giving the winning 200 medley relay team a two-second jump after the first leg as Air Academy took the dual.
Davis already owns the state’s best time in the 100 butterfly for the Kadets, who are ranked No. 1 in 4A.
Discovery Canyon, ranked tenth, won two of the duals three relays, taking the 200 and 400 freestyle races.
Coronado 114, Pine Creek 71
At Coronado: In its final home dual of the season, Coronado set a pair of pool records in relays.
The 200-yard medley team of Eric Albers, Kyle Allison, Danny Kay and Steve Peek recorded a time of 1:42.79 and the 400 freestyle team of Kay, Bryan Rossmanith, Albers and Peek finished in 3:22.72.
"They were pretty excited about (the 400 freestyle record) because that was something they wanted to get," Coronado coach Bob Bell said.
Discovery Canyon Invitational
At The Club at Flying Horse: Cheyenne Mountain freshman Kylee Sullivan won her fourth tournament in five starts, shooting a 73 for a six-shot victory and pacing the Indians to a team title.
Pine Creek's Chelsea Cabanting and Cheyenne Mountain's Katherine Kemp each shot 79.
Falcon shot 280 to take second in the team standings behind Cheyenne Mountain's 244. Air Academy was third at 283.
Air Academy 25, Fountain Valley 5
At Fountain Valley: Air Academy had six goals from Madeline Jahelka and built a 14-3 lead in the first half.
The Kadets (11-2, 6-0 Southern) also had four goals apiece from Miranda Beal and Erin Todd in a final tuneup for Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. showdown at Palmer Ridge (10-2, 6-0) that will likely determine the league title.
Fountain Valley (5-4, 3-3) put nine shots on Air Academy goalie Kenzie Baer.
Sand Creek 9, Mesa Ridge 0
At Mesa Ridge: Christiana Tafoya scored three goals and had two assists as Sand Creek jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first half and rolled.
Lauren Vyvlecka scored twice and had two assists for the Scorpions (6-6, 5-2 4A Metro - Mountain).
Mesa Ridge (4-7-1, 2-5) was outshot 26-0.
Falcon 4, Mitchell 0
At Mitchell: Caroline Trosher scored twice and Falcon broke open a game that was scoreless at halftime.
Tanna Duling and Chelsea Crist also scored for the Falcons (6-5, 4-3 4A Metro - Plains), who will be the No. 4 seed in the 4A Metro crossover tournament.
Falcon took 39 shots, while goalkeepers Samantha Knoll and Sami Harris had to fend off just one attempt from Mitchell (4-6, 2-5).
Cheyenne Mountain 10, Widefield 0
At Widefield: Jade Hilbert scored three times for Cheyenne Mountain, which led 6-0 in the first half as it completed division play unbeaten.
The Indians (11-0, 7-0 4A Metro - Mountain) will be one of two No. 1 seeds in the 4A Metro crossover tournament, with Palmer Ridge being the other.
Widefield dropped to 2-10, 1-6.
TCA 9, CSCS 0
At TCA: Joanie Jacks scored three goals, Meghan Troupe had two goals and two assists and TCA (10-1-2, 6-0 3A Region 2) ran away with it.
CSCS (1-7-2, 1-3) goalie Hannah Mauro made 32 saves.
Doherty 2, Fountain-Fort Carson 0
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Doherty had goals from Mary Anderson and Kendra Penchoff as it remained unbeaten since March 17.
The Spartans (7-3-2, 2-0-1 5A Metro) have a nonconference game against Mitchell on Friday, then play Pine Creek and Rampart next week in games that will go a long way toward crowning a league champion.
Fountain-Fort Carson dropped to 7-5, 0-3.
ECA 9, Salida 0
At Salida: It was a sister act for ECA, as siblings Heidi (two goals) and Tori Mann both scored, as did Chelsea (two goals) and Sarah Kohl.
The Eagles (7-5, 1-3 3A Region 2) also had goals from Kaitlyn Bevel, Kayla Gains and Kaitlyn Olson.
Salida (4-6, 1-4) was outshot 18-4.
Canon City 8, Pueblo East 0
At Canon City: Nicole Decker scored three times for Canon City, which also had a pair of goals form Montana Buckhaults.
Fountain Valley 5, Lamar 0
At Lamar: Hannah Carrese and Jana Keemeier each scored twice and Fountain Valley (4-3-1, 3-1-1 3A Region 1) made the long road trip worth its while.
Lamar dropped to 0-10-1, 0-4.
St. Mary's 18, Denver South 6
At Denver South: Sean McGunigal scored eight goals and added three assists as St. Mary's built a 7-2 lead in the first quarter and led throughout.
Sean Scally added five goals for the Pirates (6-6).