April 26, 2012 Updated: July 3, 2013 at 9:37 am
Highlights of Thursday's high school sports action involving teams from the Pikes Peak region:
Doherty 7, Rampart 0
At Rampart: Doherty dropped just two sets while securing its second consecutive 5A Metro League championship.
The Spartans have not lost a dual match during those two years.
"It was especially sweet, because we’ve been fairly close to Rampart all season," Doherty coach Cheri Rogers said. "I went into the match thinking it was going to be a lot closer than it was. We barely finished the match before the lightning began.
"We lost six seniors from last year, so we had to rebuild every doubles team. That always makes you feel good when the kids get it together, they did play very well today. That’s best I’ve seen the team play this season. We’ll savor this for a while…at least until we get to regionals."
Kylie Simons won a tough 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 battle with Rampart's Leya Hartman at No. 2 singles, with the other three-set match coming at No. 4 doubles, where Tess Keller and Emma Chesire defeated Brittany Larson and Wendy Williams 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Pine Creek 7, Palmer 0
At Pine Creek: Pine Creek did not drop a set against the Terrors.
Nicole Kalhorn was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Emily Grissem at No. 1 singles, and the Eagles' No. 1 doubles tandem of Taylor Verity and Katrina Steck were 6-1, 6-0 winners against Shaniya Jarrett and Laura Tremmel.
Cheyenne Mountain 6, Kent Denver 1
At Cheyenne Mountain: Reigning state champion Cheyenne Mountain swept doubles play and got a big win from Lauren Renjard at No. 1 singles.
Renjard defeated Kent Denver's Jordan Appel 7-5, 7-5 to set the tone for the match.
Kent Denver's lone win came at No. 3 singles when Delaney Nalen beat Kristen Sullivan 7-5, 6-2.
Lewis-Palmer 4, Discovery Canyon 3
At Discovery Canyon: Teresa Haro and Rachel Habermehl swept No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, and Lewis-Palmer clinched the dual-match win at No. 2 doubles.
Courtney Brandes and Jordan Arnold won that deciding match at No. 2 doubles, a 6-0, 6-1 victory over the Thunder's Jessie Keith and Olivia Zamora.
Discovery Canyon's wins came at No. 3 singles and No. 3 and No. 4 doubles.
Coronado 4, Rampart 3 (match began April 19)
At Coronado: Coronado won four of the first five matches in a dual that began April 19 and was finished on April 26.
Olivi Babeu of Coronado defeated Hannah Young at No. 1 singles 7-6, 6-3, but that wasn't the longest match of the dual. Rampart's No. 4 doubles team of Wendy Williams and Brittany Larson outlasted Taylor Hershberger and Nawal Hamawy 6-7, 7-5, 12-10 in a marathon three-setter.
Coronado 6, Falcon 1
At Coronado: Coronado won four of the first five matches in straight sets and swept the doubles en route to the dual-match victory.
Falcon's lone win came at No. 2 singles, where Hannah Williams defeated Chanelle Bole 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the match's only three-setter.
Liberty 9, Doherty 7
At Liberty: Liberty (10-5, 8-3 5A Metro) had RBIs from six different players and broke a 7-7 tie with a two-run fifth inning.
Doherty (3-12, 2-9) led 3-0 after the top of the first, but fell behind 7-3 after three innings. The Spartans used a three-run fifth to knot the game at 7-7, but could not hold off the Lancers.
Zach Estes led Liberty by going 2-for-2 with a run scored, with Alex White and Chase Bertagnolli both scoring twice.
The Lancers defeated Doherty by the same score two days earlier at Doherty.
Pueblo South 9, Canon City 8
At Pueblo South: Pueblo South (10-7, 7-2 4A South Central) avenged a 12-1 loss to Canon City (13-2, 7-2) from April 10 and snapped the Tigers' three-game winning streak.
Pueblo South has won five of its last six.
Rampart 12, Fountain-Fort Carson 11
At Rampart: In topping Fountain-Fort Carson for the second time this week, Rampart put itself in the driver's seat for a postseason berth.
The Rams (10-5, 7-4 5A Metro) now own a two-game lead for third place over the Trojans (6-9, 5-6) with four games remaining. The league's top three teams advance to districts.
Rampart, which swept all three games against Fountain-Fort Carson this season, will play Palmer twice and close with two games against Liberty.
The Trojans, on the other hand, must overcome the deficit with two games against the Lancers -- who have second place all but secured -- and two against powerhouse Pine Creek.
Statistics from Thursday's pivotal game were not available.
A postseason appearance would represent quite the turnaround for Rampart in its first season under coach Chris Winstead. The Rams were 4-15 last year.
Vista Ridge 6, Lewis-Palmer 3
At Vista Ridge: Levi Javier scattered seven hits to earn the complete-game victory and helped himself out at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Junior Serna was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Mike Levonchuck 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs to lead Vista Ridge (4-11) at the plate.
Lewis-Palmer (5-10) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but a five-run third gave the Rangers the lead for good.
Sand Creek 12, Wasson 1 (5 innings)
At Sand Creek: Jake Kopycinski went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored to help Sand Creek (5-11, 2-5 4A Metro) break a three-game losing streak.
Jon Mackey was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Josh Ebbens 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Wasson (1-13, 0-7) gave up a seven-run fourth on its way to its third straight loss.
Pine Creek 26, Palmer 7 (5 innings)
At Pine Creek: Brandon Hesselberg and Brian Skrdlant both homered, and Pine Creek (13-2, 11-0 5A Metro) had a 15-run first inning en route to its 12th consecutive win.
Hesselberg finished 3-for-3 with five RBIs and two runs scored, and Skrdlant was 1-for-1 with four RBIs, four runs scored and four walks. C.J. Krainock went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored, and Spencer Bedwell was 3-for-5 with four RBIs while earning the win on the mound.
Palmer (4-11, 0-11), which led 5-0 after the top of the first, has lost 11 in a row. Jonathon Viera led the Terrors by going 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Kiowa 13, 12, Evangelical Christian Academy 3, 2 (5 innings each)
At Evangelical Christian Academy: Kiowa (16-2, 8-0 2A Black Forest) racked up 29 hits in 10 innings during the five-inning doubleheader.
Richard Keller led the way for Kiowa, going 6-for-7 with three RBIs and three runs scored in the pair of games. Jordan Gabehart was 5-for-7 with two RBIs and five runs scored, and Colby Wallden 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a runscored on the day.
Cameron Dillavou led Evangelical Christian Academy (5-9, 2-4) by going 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.
Sierra 12, Mitchell 2 (5 innings)
At Spurgeon Field: Jesus Cardona drove in five runs and pitched five strong innings to earn the win for Sierra (5-9, 2-4 4A Metro -- Plains).
The Stallions blew open a 2-2 game with 10 runs in the fourth inning and tallied 12 hits in the game. Daniel Legida was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored for Sierra.
Mitchell (1-14, 0-6) lost for the seventh straight time.
The Classical Academy 2, Jefferson Academy 2 (OT)
At Jefferson Academy: Ally Thimsen scored twice, both times in the first half, for Jefferson Academy (8-4-2), which is 0-2-2 in its last four games.
The Classical Academy (10-1-3) was undone by Maddie Lewis' 19 saves for Jefferson Academy.
No statistics were available for the Titans' goals.
Colorado Springs School 1, James Irwin 0
At Colorado Springs School: Kim Parrish scored in the 23rd minute, and Robin Tsamo made 17 saves to lead Colorado Springs School (3-5-1, 2-2-0 3A Region 1).
James Irwin (4-6-3, 2-2-1) lost for the second straight game despite a 24-4 shot advantage.
Fountain Valley 4, Colorado Springs Christian 0
At Fountain Valley: Clare Hamilton had a hat trick to propel Fountain Valley (5-3-1) to its third straight win.
Nora Blood-Cheney also scored for the Danes, with Emma Kriner notching two assists and Anna Greenbaum adding one of her own.
Colorado Springs Christian (1-8-2) has lost five in a row.
Pueblo County 4, Canon City 0
At Pueblo County: Pueblo County (7-5, 5-4 4A South Central) rode four first-half goals to its fourth win in five games.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Canon City (7-6, 5-5).
Fountain-Fort Carson 121, Pueblo County 48
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Fountain-Fort Carson had six different swimmers win individual races and swept the three relays.
Thomas Luckett was part of two of the relay teams and also won the 200 individual medley (2:25.06) and the 500 freestyle (5:43.42).
Liberty 117, Doherty 61
At Doherty: Liberty won all three relays and was propelled by Philip Shimel's pair of individual-even victories.
Shimel won the 100 freestyle in 53.63 and also took the 200 free in 2:01.04.
J.J. Massey paced Doherty, winning the 100 butterfly in 1:00.66 and the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:20.91.