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Friday's prep roundup: Doherty baseball reaches final of Las Cruces tourney

By: Brandon Larson
March 15, 2014 Updated: March 15, 2014 at 12:05 am


Doherty 9, Gadsden 7 (8 innings)

At Las Cruces, N.M.: The Spartans (2-0) are off to a hot start after defeating the Gadsden Panthers in the semifinals of the Las Cruces Invite.

Despite being down 7-0, the Spartans scored nine unanswered runs that began with a three-run rally in the bottom of the second.

Winning pitcher Buhm Song threw two scoreless innings and only allowed one hit for the win. Senior Dave Jacobo was 3 for 3 from the plate; he drove in one run and scored twice.

The win advances Doherty to the championship game.


Sierra 9, Denver West 9 (8 innings)

At Sierra: Sierra tied Denver West in a game that was called after eight innings.

The Stallions were up 6-0 after three innings, but slowed down as the game progressed. Pitcher Blake Burgard gave up six runs in the equalizing fifth inning. Both teams scored two in the eighth, and the game was subsequently called.

Rico Vallejos drove in two runs for the Stallions. Junior Anthony Sablon led Sierra with two scores.


Pine Creek 11, Legend 10 (8 innings)

At Pine Creek: The Eagles (1-1) rallied late against Legend in a closely contested game that needed an additional inning to determine the victor. After seven innings of play, the game was tied at ten. Conner Deeds closed the game for the Eagles, pitching the final two innings, he did not give up a single run and pitched two strike outs.

Peter McEvoy was 4-4 from the plate; he drove in 3 RBIs and blasted a home run for Pine Creek. Scott Savage, Turner Kinkaid, and Evan Maecker each contributed 2 RBIs in the win over Legend.



Air Academy 5, The Classical Academy 1

At Air Academy: Air Academy defeated The Classical Academy 5-1 in the first round of the annual Kadet Kickoff Classic.

Brooke Braden led the Kadets with two goals and chalked up one assist. Brittney Cuntz, Jennny Najarian and Ashley Nelson each added a goal for Air Academy.

The Kadets will play Douglas County in the semifinals on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Air Academy. The winner advances to the tournament title game, which will be played at 2:30 p.m.


Liberty 2, Cherokee Trail 1

At Air Academy: Liberty defeated Cherokee Trail 2-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Kadet Kickoff Classic thanks to outstanding performances from underclassmen.

Sophomores Taryn LaBree and DeeDee Boains scored both of the Lancers' goals and sophomore Makenzie Englekins contributed an assist.

Goalie Hannah Wells had seven saves and completely silenced the Cougars in the second half.

The Lancers will play the winner of Fruita Monument and Kent Denver.


St. Mary's 10, Widefield 0

At St. Mary's: St. Mary's dominated Widefield early on. Malieia Lark scored the Pirates' first two goals in the first half and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Coach Gregg Braha said he was pleased with the performances from two of his senior strikers - Alex Sjobakken and Emily Loof who each had a hat trick. Loof also contributed three assists for the Pirates.


Pine Creek 5, Monarch 0

At Arapahoe: Pine Creek (2-0) advanced to the finals of the challenging Warrior Invitational following an impressive win over Monarch.

Eagles captain Tanner Haughn went down in the 44th minute and her injury ignited Pine Creek's offense, which scored four goals following her exit from the field. Coach John Klein attributed the win to outstanding teamwork and confidence in his players.

Eagles' leading scorer Ally Watt scored Pine Creek's first two goals and is leading the team with five on the season. Pine Creek will play Cherry Creek at 7:30 p.m. at Littleton Public Schools Stadium in the final.



Discovery Canyon 105, Pine Creek 80

At Discovery Canyon: Juniors Eric Pannell and David Keller had impressive meets for Discovery Canyon.

Pannell finished the 200 freestyle in 1 minute, 59.57 seconds and later went on to win the 100 backstroke in 1:02.88. Keller finished the 50 freestyle in 22.30 seconds, and also won the 100 butterfly in 53.30 seconds.

Pine Creek senior John Frank finished the 200 medley in 2 minutes, 3.40 seconds which was the Eagle's sole victory in an individual event.



Palmer 11, Fairview 7

At Palmer: Despite slowing down in the second half, the Terrors (1-1) secured a victory over Fairview thanks to their quick feet and dominating performance in the first.

Matt Wantz of Fairview led the game with four goals, but his impressive individual performance was no match for the team effort demonstrated by Palmer.

Sam Horning and Noah Smith each contributed a hat trick for the Terrors. DJ Stanec and Carter Jensen combined for four, each scoring two respectively. Goalie Caleb Espinosa had 16 saves for the Terrors and played for the full 48 minutes.


St. Mary's 14, Bishop Machebeuf 2

At Bishop Machebeuf: Following the heart-breaking loss of St. Mary's lacrosse player AJ Archuleta who died early Friday morning following complications from a motocross accident, the Pirates went out and beat Machebeuf.

St. Mary's shut out Machebeuf in the first half, while sophomore Drew Chesire led the Pirates with four goals and junior Alex Greenly had a hat trick and assist.


Cheyenne Mountain 13, Evergreen 4

At Cheyenne Mountain: Senior Sam Sheridan scored five goals in Cheyenne Mountain's win over Evergreen (1-2).

The Indians (2-0) led by a seven-goal margin at the half.

Casey Rothstein had a hat trick and orchestrated three more scores with assists. Goalie Logan Jepson played 36 minutes for the Indians and blocked 11 of the shots he faced.

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