Highlights from Saturday's high school sports action in the Pikes Peak region:
Cherry Creek Invitational
Doherty blew threw a loaded field to win the Cherry Creek Invitational and secure its spot as the state’s top team.
The Spartans beat Pomona, Ponderosa, Rocky Mountain and Lakewood in pool play, setting up a championship match against Cherry Creek, which it won
“They’re feeling pretty confident,” Doherty coach Tara Hittle said. “They feel good. Obviously we’re staying humble and respecting opponents, but starting to feel good about what we’re doing.
“But it’s an uphill climb and we’ll keep trying to get better.”
The Spartans arrived at the gym at 7:15 and didn’t finish until around 9 p.m.
“It’s long and it’s hard and I know they’re tired,” Hittle said. “But they were able to pull it together and have a total team effort.”
At Eaglecrest: Pine Creek won its first two matches in pool play before falling to Grandview 22-25, 25-15, 15-8.
CSCS went 1-2 in pool play, falling to Eaglecrest 25-17, 26-24, 25-17 and Pine Creek 25-25, 25-15 and defeating Eaton 23-25, 25-17, 15-9.
Air Academy def. Grand Junction Central 25-23, 25-22, 25-13
At Grand Junction Central: Chelsea Payne had 12 kills and Air Academy played the fourth of six 5A opponents before the start of the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference season.
Jordan Pingel and Sophia Storer each added 21 digs and Gabby Jones had 24 assists for the Kadets (7-2), who are 2-2 against 5A teams with Fountain-Fort Carson and Liberty remaining on the schedule.
Lewis-Palmer def. Coronado 19-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22, 15-11
At Coronado: Sophomore Alexa Smith played like one of the state’s best, registering 29 kills and 26 digs to lead Lewis-Palmer past Coronado in a matchup of two of 4A’s top teams.
The Cougars were paced by 20 kills apiece from Erica Lambert and Serina Nickle. The duo also combined for 40 assists.
James Irwin def. La Junta 9-25, 25-21, 25-23, 16-25, 17-15
At La Junta: James Irwin (4-4) stuck with it after a slow start what coach Mike Pursinowski termed an “inconsistent night” to top La Junta (2-4).
Caitlyn Martinez led the way with 15 kills for the Jaguars.
Sand Creek 28, Sierra 14
At Harrison: Micheal DeCarmo scored two touchdowns, passed for another and had a hand in 194 yards of offense for Sand Creek (2-1).
DeCarmo, who opened the scoring with a 17-yard pass to Jordan Preston, ran for 109 yards and threw for 85.
Sierra (1-2) lost for the second time to a 4A opponent, but has nothing but fellow 3A teams on the schedule the rest of the way.
Castle View 34, Doherty 32
At Garry Berry Stadium: Doherty (0-3) came close to earning just its third victory since Nov. 2009.
Zach Young ran for 100 yards and caught a touchdown, and Brandon Supernaw completed 7-of-9 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns.
Castle View improved to 1-2.
Pikes Peak Christian 58, Cripple Creek-Victor 14
At Cripple Creek-Victor: Pikes Peak Christian (3-0) tore to a 50-6 lead in the first half in the rout of Cripple Creek-Victor (0-3).
Bear Creek 1, Pine Creek 0
At Bear Creek: Pine Creek found itself in a rough spot with the referees in a tight loss.
Connor Flynn received a red card for his second yellow and the Eagles were called for what coach Ben Corley called a “difficult” penalty kick late in the game that led to the game-winner for Bear Creek (4-2).
The Eagles (2-3) are again playing a brutal schedule, as their opponents are a combined 14-5-2 – and that includes the two losses to Pine Creek.
Pueblo Centennial 3, Canon City 2
At Pueblo Centennial: Ryan Ford scored a pair of goals for Canon City (2-3-1), but it wasn’t enough as Pueblo Centennial (5-1) took the upper hand after the score was tied 1-1 at halftime.
Discovery Canyon 5, Pueblo Central 1
At Discovery Canyon: Taryn Arcarese doubled three times, drove in a pair and scored two runs to pace Discovery Canyon (10-2)
McKenzie Surface pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run and striking out 10 Pueblo Central (5-7) hitters.
Rocky Ford 5, St. Mary’s 1
At St. Mary’s: Teaja Rivera went 3-for-3 with two triples and scored the only run for St. Mary’s (6-5), but Rocky Ford (13-1) was too much.