Published: April 25, 2014
Friday's highlights in action from around the Pikes Peak region:
Ponderosa 20, Air Academy 13
At Air Academy: In a battle of previously unbeaten teams in 4A Pikes Peak League play, Ponderosa (12-1, 4-0) pulled away from the Kadets to win the game and the conference crown.
Jake Thornally scored five goals and added an assist for Air Academy (5-8, 2-1), which trailed only 9-5 at halftime.
"We did well in the first half, but they possessed the ball at opportune times in the second half," Air Academy coach Ron Garcia said. "They were the better team, but I'm proud of how the guys played and didn't give up. We just didn't capitalize on certain opportunities."
Mountain Vista 12, Palmer 4
At Highlands Ranch: Palmer fell behind and could never recover as Mountain Vista won its ninth straight game and clinched the Douglas County League championship.
The Eagles (13-2, 10-0) raced out to a 5-0 lead after the first quarter and took a 6-1 lead into intermission.
Chip Cipoletti led the Terrors (9-3, 6-2) with a goal and two assists. Carter Jensen added a goal and an assist.
Cheyenne Mountain 13, St. Mary's 7
At St. Mary's: Wes Moran scored five goals for St. Mary's (5-6, 0-3), but it wasn't nearly enough as Cheyenne Mountain (8-4, 2-1) took an early lead and never looked back.
Drew Lazar scored four times for Cheyenne Mountain (8-4, 2-1), while Sam Sheridan added three goals and three assists.
Cheyenne Mountain 13, Rampart 11
At Cheyenne Mountain: Tarah Gilbreth and Anna Hortik each scored four goals, and Cheyenne Mountain started quickly and held off Rampart in a Southern League game.
Nell Crosby added two goals for the Indians (10-2, 3-0), who remained undefeated in league play along with Air Academy.
Lexi Alford and Allie Popelar each netted four goals for Rampart (9-5, 3-3), which considerably closed the gap after dropping a 22-11 game to the Indians last year.
Palmer Ridge 2, Discovery Canyon 1
At D20 Stadium: Palmer Ridge was missing three starters but still had Mackenzie Gouner.
Gouner scored both goals, lifting the shorthanded Bears (7-4-1, 4-1-1) to a victory that kept them tied for second with Lewis-Palmer in PPAC play.
"To be honest, I thought Discovery Canyon (7-6-1, 2-3-1) outplayed us," Palmer Ridge coach Nick Odil said. "Mackie pulled out a couple of goals. She can be a difference maker and she was that tonight."
Widefield 6, Coronado 5
At Coronado: Isaiah Volcic had three hits and scored three runs, and Jacob Volcic allowed only one earned run, as Widefield (8-9) clipped Coronado (6-10) in a 4A Metro League tournament game.
Chase Stealey and Chris Yalongo-Vigil also had three hits for the Gladiators. Carter Gerber paced the Cougars with a 2-for-3 performance with a double and RBI.
Liberty 99, Rampart 86
At Rampart: Wyatt Larsen claimed individual titles in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and also swam the opening leg of winning relays in the 200 medley and 200 free as Liberty knocked off Rampart in a battle of Academy District 20 rivals.
Nikolai McFall paced the Rams, touching first in the 200 free and 500 free.
FFC wins three-way dual
At Pueblo Centennial: Brenan Bloyd claimed victories in the 200 free and 100 butterfly, and Dylan Holman touched first in the 50 and 100 free to pace Fountain-Fort Carson.
In the double dual, the Trojans emerged victorious with 136 points, followed by Pueblo Centennial (117) and Englewood (44).
Widefield 5, Pueblo East 2
At Widefield: Elena Briseno pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles, and Widefield swept the four doubles matches to improve to 9-2 on the season and 4-1 in league play.