Published: September 11, 2012
Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports action in the Pikes Peak region:
Manitou Springs def. TCA 18-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20, 18-16
At TCA: Manitou Springs picked up its biggest win of the season with a road win against the rival Titans. The Mustangs came out on top in the back-and-forth thriller behind 16 kills each from freshmen Katie McKiel and Nicole Mack.
Meghan McGee had 33 assists and Ali Thompson added 10 digs and five blocks for the Mustangs (5-3), while Alyssa Archuleta had a team-high 14 digs.
The win was especially sweet for the Manitou Springs seniors.
“We were so excited; the seniors had not beat TCA in their high school careers and I think the team is finally starting to believe that they are as good as I am telling them they are,” Manitou Springs coach Carol Benedict said. “Everyone stepped up and did their part and it really was a team win.”
No stats were provided for TCA (0-2).
St. Mary’s def. James Irwin 25-9, 25-14, 25-6
At St. Mary’s: The Pirates had 23 aces as a team and dominated play throughout. Emily Whitelaw had a team-high 10 kills and added seven aces and four digs, while Sarah Tentschert had seven kills, five digs and four aces.
St. Mary’s (8-1, 3-0 3A Tri-Peaks East) was happy to have Bria Sweeney back from injury, as she missed the last week of action.
“We were excited that Bria came back and it was nice to see her back on the court,” St. Mary’s coach Melissa Sweeney said. “As a team we served amazing and had strong leadership from Tentschert, Whitelaw, and (Hannah) Stockelman.”
No stats were provided for James Irwin (2-4, 2-1).
Doherty def. Mesa Ridge 25-14, 25-19, 25-13
At Doherty: The Spartans continued to roll to start the season behind Gabby Simpson’s 20 assists, eight kills and four digs. Haleigh Washington had a team-high 14 kills and Kiara McKibben added 18 assists and eight kills for Doherty (4-0).
Sarabeth Haworth had 10 kills and eight digs for 4A Mesa Ridge (6-2).
Cheyenne Mountain def. Legacy 26-24, 26-24, 25-18
At Legacy: The Indians got a big road win against a 5A opponent behind 33 assists and 17 digs from Monique Domme. Lauren Iverson had 10 kills and 10 digs for Cheyenne Mountain (7-1) and Maddie Beal added 12 kills.
Rampart def. Air Academy 25-17, 25-20, 16-25, 25-20
At Rampart: Breanna Bliss led the way for Rampart with 17 kills and eight digs, while Amanda Cushen had 11 kills and 12 digs for the Rams (6-2).
Chelsea Payne had 13 kills and 12 digs in a losing effort for Air Academy (5-2).
CSCS def. Fountain Valley 25-13, 25-8, 25-15
At Fountain Valley: Abby Skrastins led CSCS in digs with 15 and added seven kills and three aces. Morgan Evans had 27 assists for the Lions (3-1) and Taylor Stephens tallied 10 kills, four blocks and four digs.
“We had consistent serving and we delivered quite a few kills and our defense has gotten stronger,” CSCS coach Jennifer Evans said. “We have two freshmen on the team and haven’t been able to get the ball to them on the outside and we’ve been working on it.”
No stats were provided for Fountain Valley (4-4).
Widefield def. Vista Ridge 24-26, 25-17, 25-17, 22-25, 15-5
At Widefield: Katie Davis had a big game for Widefield, delivering 14 kills, nine digs, eight assists and four blocks. Meagan Mahoney had a team-high 19 assists for the Gladiators (6-2) and Domi Skalla added 21 digs.
No stats were provided for Vista Ridge (2-4).
Lewis-Palmer def. Liberty 25-18, 25-17, 25-19
At Liberty: Alexa Smith had 22 kills and 11 digs to lead Lewis-Palmer and Abigail Bartalo added a team-high 20 assists and seven digs. Nicole Montgomery had eight kills and Cat Svendson tallied 15 digs for the Rangers (6-2).
No stats were provided for Liberty (5-4).
Palmer Ridge def. Mitchell 25-18, 26-24, 24-26, 21-25, 15-6
At Palmer Ridge: Mitchell’s comeback attempt fell just short, but Keragan Ettleman had a big game with 27 assists and 15 digs. Bekah Morley had 22 digs and nine kills for the Marauders (1-6).
No stats were provided for Palmer Ridge (3-3).
Falcon def. Wasson 25-9, 25-19, 25-9
At Falcon: Falcon used a balanced attack, led by 11 assists from Holly Hinson and seven digs and six kills from Kelly Wilson. The Falcons (4-0) had 11 aces and put over 91 percent of their serves inbounds.
No stats were provided for Wasson (0-5).
Fossil Ridge def. Palmer 25-14, 25-20, 25-23
At Fossil Ridge: Lauren Ash had seven assists and six digs to lead Palmer and Lisa Tuggle had six blocks and five kills for the Terrors (3-5).
Pikes Peak Christian def. CIVA Charter 25-11, 25-14, 25-11
At Hilltop Baptist: Kaitlin DeGulio led the Eagles (1-2) with 12 kills and Julie Denning added 11. Krystan Woodcock led PPC with 16 assists and Megan Kalina added six aces.
Hanover def. Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind 25-8, 25-8, 25-9
At CSDB: No stats were provided for either team.
Coronado 2, Palmer 1
At Garry Berry: The Cougars picked up their first win of the season behind goals from Brandon Hellem (4th minute) and AJ Johnson (67th minute).
Coronado outshot Palmer 10-8 in what was a closely-contested game.
“It’s a nice win for us; we’ve been struggling trying to get everybody going and it feels good to have a win before we start league play next week,” Coronado coach Matt Brickell said. “Johnson is our go-to guy and he came through tonight.”
No stats were provided for Palmer (3-2).
Doherty 4, Discovery Canyon 1
At Discovery Canyon: Doherty (3-2) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead behind goals from Antonio Moreno and Andrew Giallombardo.
After Discovery Canyon’s Josh Beardslee cut the lead to 2-1 in the 24th minute, Eric Cano added the Spartans’ third goal of the first half just eight minutes later.
Cody Watters would add the final goal for Doherty in the last minute of the game. The Spartans outshot the Thunder 10-5.
Manitou Springs 3, Mitchell 2
At Manitou Springs: Austin Ramos scored two goals and assisted on the Mustangs’ third goal to help Manitou hold on for the win.
Sawyer Lincoln added a goal and an assist for the Mustangs (3-3), who won their third game in five days after starting the season 0-3.
No stats were provided for Mitchell (1-2).
Palmer Ridge 3, Mountain Vista 1
At Palmer Ridge: Zach Hilton and Landon Spells each scored in the first 18 minutes of the game to get Palmer Ridge off to a quick start. After Mountain Vista cut the lead in half just before halftime, Owen Braley added the knockout punch in the 61st minute.
The Bears (4-0-1) outshot Mountain Vista 9-4.
Adams City 1, Liberty 0
At Adams City: Adan Varela scored the game’s lone goal in the 39th minute to help Adams City (2-0-1) capture the low-scoring victory.
The Lancers (2-3-1) had a 5-3 shot advantage, but couldn’t capitalize.
Widefield 20, Sierra 2
At Sierra: Alyson McAdoo and Jordan Rodriguez each had four RBIs to lead Widefield (6-6, 3-0 4A Metro) to the blowout victory. The Gladiators pounded out 19 hits, while holding the Stallions (1-7, 1-2) to just two runs on one hit.
Pitchers Jessica Wilson and Ashley Menini each threw two innings for Widefield, combining for seven strikeouts.
St. Mary’s 13, Englewood, 3
At Englewood: The Pirates poured six runs across in the top of the first inning and then added five more in the fifth. Briana Medina-Martinez went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs and Laina Salani went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for St Mary’s (6-3).
Douglas County 11, Air Academy 3
At Air Academy: No stats were provided.
Coronado 5, Fountain- Fort Carson 2
At Coronado: Coronado No. 1 singles Ethan Follon and No. 2 singles Zach Tomek each rolled in two sets, while the Cougars’ No. 1 and 2 doubles teams each came up with wins as well.
F-FC’s biggest win came from No. 3 singles Scott Lemay, who defeated Trevor Rather 6-1, 7-5.
Fountain Valley 4, Widefield 3
At Fountain Valley: After Fountain Valley took the No. 2 and 3 singles and No. 1 doubles matches, Widefield roared back with wins in the No. 1 singles and No. 3 and 4 doubles to tie things up. It all came down to a thrilling 3-set match between the No. 2 doubles teams, which the Danes won 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7).
“It was definitely tense and the kids were rooting loudly and our players were playing tentatively at the beginning of the third set,” Fountain Valley coach Randy Jones said. “But when they went to being consistent it ended up being just enough for the team win.”