Published: April 5, 2014
Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
BOYS' SWIMMING AND DIVING
Day 1 of Indians Invite
At Cheyenne Mountain: The two-time defending Class 4A champion Air Academy Kadets made an echoing statement to the rest of the state on Friday when they took seven of the top 11 times in the preliminary rounds of the Indian Invite.
The Kadets are back.
In between three relay wins, Hunter Doerr (50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly), Caleb Hicks (200 individual medley) and Brennan Mays (500 freestyle) each took individual top times to set the Kadets up well heading into Saturday's finals.
Doerr edged out Lewis-Palmer's Hunter Baines and John Frank Hicks in the 50 free and 100 fly, respectively; Hicks beat Frank in the 200 IM by 0.6 seconds; and Mays overtook Cheyenne Mountain's Grant Knorr by five seconds in the 500.
Bains, meanwhile, was the only other area swimmer to leave the first day with a fastest time, clocking 56.27 in the 100 breaststroke.
Pine Creek 3, Valor Christian 2
At Valor Christian: Pine Creek (6-0) continues to roll.
In the battle of unbeatens, Ally Watt scored the game-winning goal in the 44th minute and the Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Eagles held off Cydney Billups and Valor Christian down the stretch to stay unblemished in 2014.
Billups, daughter of NBA basketball player Chauncey Billups, tied the game at 1-1 and 2-2 before going quiet in the final 35 minutes of the game.
Pine Creek, which outshot Valor 16-7, also benefited from a goal by Reece Hummel and a Valor own-goal.
Liberty 2, Dakota Ridge 1
At Dakota Ridge: Beth Plentl and Morgan Metcalf each scored in the second half, as Liberty (5-3) won its third consecutive game.
First-year keeper Hannah Wells, a defender in 2013, made eight saves in the win.
Coronado 3, Widefield 1
At Widefield: Junior Heather Windom scored twice to lead Coronado (2-2 overall, 2-0 4A Metro League) to its second consecutive win of the season.
Widefield (3-5, 1-1) had no answer for the suddenly red-hot offense.
After scoring just one goal during a 0-2 start to the year, the Cougars have taken 54 shots on net in their win streak - netting 13 of them.
Dani Ward also scored against the Gladiators, who had their three-game winning streak snapped in the process.
St. Mary's 4, Holy Family 0
At St. Mary's: In their first game in two weeks, St. Mary's (3-1) looked to be just fine with a dominating win over Holy Family (1-1-1).
Four Pirates players scored Friday (Emily Loof, Alex Sjobakken, Maleia Lark and Erin Geiger), while goalie Tess Thomas made 15 saves in the win.
St. Mary's led 3-0 at half.
Manitou Springs 6, Florence 0
At Florence: Manitou Springs (5-2 overall, 1-0 3A Region 2) saved the best for the second half where it scored all six of its goals against Florence (3-2, 0-1).
Kaity Vogel had three goals, Maddie Dyer had two and Georgia Findlay had another.
In net, Monique Heiniger made six saves for her fifth shutout.
The Huskies won 10-0 in back-to-back games before their loss to Manitou Springs.
Pine Creek 13, Pueblo West 4
At Pueblo West: After playing some of its ugliest games in recent memory, Pine Creek (2-3) spread the ball around evenly for its lopsided win over Pueblo West (1-1).
Stephanie Warhoe led the Eagles with four goals, while teammates Brittany Carson and Cierra McDonald added three more apiece.
In net, Anna Roberson made 18 saves for Pine Creek.
Rampart 18, Fruita Monument 7
At Rampart: Kelli Warmouth continued her assault on the 2014 season with seven goals and eight more points on Friday.
Warmouth, who had 49 goals last season, already has 27 this season for Rampart (5-1).
The Rams scored nine in each half to coast by Fruita Monument.
Cheyenne Mountain 7, Lewis-Palmer 0
At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain (3-0) cruised through its match with Pikes Peak Athletic Conference rival Lewis-Palmer in straight sets, dropping just six games combined.
Class 4A defending state champion Kalyssa Hall shut out Courtney Brandes 6-0, 6-0 in their No. 1 singles match, and No. 1 doubles pair Casey Ahrendsen and Ally Arenson shut out L-P's Sofia Bame and Naimh Christner.
The Indians have a challenging week next week with matches against Colorado Academy, Denver East and Cherry Creek.
"We've got some inexperience that's going to take a while to figure out," Indians coach Dave Adams said. "We're going to get some good tests coming up."
The Indians start out with 5A Arapahoe on Saturday, another stiff challenge from a solid program a classification above Cheyenne Mountain.