Highlights from Saturday's high school sports action in the Pikes Peak region:
Air Academy wins Steel City Spike Tournament
At Pueblo East: Chelsea Payne had 16 kills and Jordan Pingel added 14 as Air Academy defeated Rampart to win the Steel City Spike Tournament.
With one round of the postseason eliminated, the volleyball schedule is different than in year’s past when play generally transferred directly from league action to districts. This year most teams are playing in at least one tune-up tournament plus an individual match or two between league and regionals.
This was one example, as Air Academy (18-5) competed Saturday against Pueblo Central (2-18), Widefield (14-9), Pueblo Centennial (10-8) and Rampart (10-8) to win the tournament hosted by Pueblo East.
The first four matches were all won by the Kadets in straight sets.
The area’s biggest “sandwich” tournament will be held next week, as four-time defending 4A champion Cheyenne Mountain is hosting a stacked field that includes area standouts Doherty and Lewis-Palmer amongst others from around the state.
Florence def. Evangelical Christian Academy 25-17, 25-12, 25-23
At ECA: Playing up in class in a nonconference game, ECA (6-13) fell in straight sets.
Sammi Bost led the Eagles with nine kills
Florence improved to 4-15.
2A Region 2
At Fountain Creek Regional Park: Vanguard defended both its boys’ and girls’ regional titles on Friday despite a reorganized field that included seven schools from the Denver area that were not there a year ago.
Individual winners were Jake Erickson of Peyton, who ran the 5K in 16:27 to win the boys’ race by 28 seconds over runner-up William Mayhew of Vanguard.
Both Erickson and Mayhew are sophomores.
Vanguard placed four runners in the top six, and Peyton had the other two.
In the girls’ race, Vanguard senior Jessy Sweet ran 19:51 to cruise to a 37-second victory over teammate Jenneah Lenzini.
Heritage Christian 7, Colorado Springs School 0
At Heritage Christian: CSS (0-14-1) completed a disappointing season.
Heritage Christian (9-5-1) had four goals from Ryan Hurley.