Published: April 18, 2014
Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Pine Creek 4, Mountain Vista 3, 2OT
At Mountain Vista: In a matchup of two of the best 5A soccer teams in the state, Pine Creek's Madeline Alhamra scored the game-winner four minutes into the second overtime.
The Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Eagles (9-1) got up 2-0 early in the first half behind goals from Alhamra and Ryanne Parker in the first 22 minutes of play. Mountain Vista (10-1-1), the defending 5A state champions, would fire back, scoring the game's next three goals to take a 3-2 lead late into the second half.
Pine Creek sophomore Jayne Lydiatt scored with 3:30 left in regulation to knot the game at four, setting the stage for Alhamra's goal in the second overtime.
"This is a great win for us, and it gets us ready for more league play coming up soon," Pine Creek coach John Frederick said.
The Eagles won despite being outshot 15-7, but Frederick was happy with his team scoring on 57 percent of their shots.
"We had some other opportunities we missed, but that's a great percentage for us and we're improving on getting better scoring chances each game," he said.
Jade Odom saved 12 of the 15 shots she faced in net for Pine Creek.
Air Academy 4, Rampart 3, OT
At District 20 Stadium: Jenny Najarian scored the game-winner with 2:03 left in the first overtime to lift the 4A Kadets (4-5) to a big nonconference win over the 5A Rams (5-5).
Brooke Braden assisted on the game-winner and also scored twice for Air Academy. Braden set up Najarian for the Kadets' second goal late in the first half.
Rampart trailed 3-2 before tying the score with 2:55 left in the second half to get the game to overtime.
Woodland Park 6, Harrison 0
At Harrison: Woodland Park won for the seventh time in eight games behind a balanced scoring attack and stout defense.
Jenny Sells led the way for the Panthers (8-3, 4-1 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) scoring twice and adding an assist, while Morghan Sieracki tallied a goal and two assists. Caitlan Thorne, Cheyenne Wilcox and Jayne Welch also scored for Woodland Park against Harrison (2-7, 1-4).
Becky Seib and Samantha Self combined to get the shutout in net for the Panthers.
Durango 1, Coronado 0
At Garry Berry Stadium: Emily Lambert saved six of the seven shots she faced in net for Coronado (4-6), but the Cougars couldn't get anything going offensively, only mustering seven shots on goal in this defensive battle.
Falcon 5, Cheyenne Mountain 2
At Falcon: Falcon scored two times in both the first and third innings and got a big game on the mound from Trevor Alexander, who pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out four.
Wyatt Aaberg went 2 for 3 at the plate for the Falcons (6-7, 4-4 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) with a double and two RBIs, while Bailey Flores and Alexander each knocked in a run.
Sam McCarthy went 3 for 3 for Cheyenne Mountain (4-9, 4-5), and Chad Helton took the pitching loss, giving up nine hits and two earned runs in five innings. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak.
Fountain-Fort Carson 7, Liberty 5
At Fountain-Fort Carson: The Trojans rallied from a 5-2 deficit by scoring five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to avenge a 7-4 loss to Liberty (5-7, 2-2) earlier in the week.
Joe Belarde and Josh Sanchez each drove in two runs for F-FC (5-9, 3-2 5A CSML). Cooper Harris earned the win on the mound, pitching six innings and giving up four earned runs while striking out six. Brandon Salazar worked a scoreless seventh inning for the Trojans to earn the save.
Palmer Ridge 12, Air Academy 6
At Palmer Ridge: Carter Thorne had a huge day for Palmer Ridge, going 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Thorne also pitched the last five outs for the Bears (10-3, 8-1 4A PPAC) in the sixth and seventh innings.
After Air Academy (5-6-1, 4-4) scored three times in the top of the first, Palmer Ridge answered with four in the bottom of the inning. Bears starter Jake Grubesic then held the Kadets scoreless until the sixth inning, which allowed his offense to provide plenty of run support.
Jake Weems and Jack Stamper also had productive days at the plate for Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Palmer Ridge, combining for five hits and four RBIs between them.
Widefield 6, Woodland Park 1
At Widefield: Jacob Volcic was almost untouchable on the mound for Widefield, pitching a complete game and striking out nine while giving up three hits and no earned runs.
Andrew Miller had the big hit for Widefield (6-8, 3-2 4A CSML) when he knocked in two runs with a double in a four-run fourth inning for the Gladiators.
The win moves Widefield into third place in the league standings, a half-game ahead of Woodland Park (4-8, 2-2).
Palmer Ridge 12, Rampart 7
At Palmer Ridge: Sam Rippley scored three goals, and Mary Koch and Ashley Walker each added two scores to lead Palmer Ridge (8-2, 2-1 Southern League).
The Bears led 6-5 at the half before tightening their defense in the second half to pull away.
Briana Knop saved nine of the 13 shots she faced in net for Palmer Ridge.
Kelli Warmouth had a big game for Rampart (8-2, 2-1), scoring four times and adding two assists.
Widefield 4, Fountain Valley 3
At Widefield: The Gladiators swept all four doubles matches to earn the team victory.
No. 1 doubles Caroline Salas and Paje Shipwash won 6-3, 0-6, 6-4, while No. 4 doubles Octavia Perry and Allegra Morgan earned a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 win. The No. 2 doubles team of Ashley Newman and Makayla Shoup and the No. 3 doubles team of Noelle Artmeier and Kelly Howell each won in straight sets.
Fountain Valley was dominant in singles play, as all three girls won in straight sets. No. 1 singles Ik Feangreung defeated Saraya Newman 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 singles Casey Lane beat Erica Johnson 6-0, 6-1 and No. 3 singles Ji-Won Park won 6-4, 6-1 over Elena Briseno.
Air Academy 5, Lewis-Palmer 2
At Lewis-Palmer: Air Academy took two of three singles matches and three of four doubles matches to notch a team win.
Air Academy No. 1 singles Lauren Petty defeated Courtney Brandes 6-0, 6-1 and No. 2 singles Ashley Burnett beat Lauren Manney 6-3, 6-2. The No. 1 doubles team of Cheyenne Pugin and Ioana Dumitru also won in straight sets for the Kadets.
The bright spots for Lewis-Palmer were No. 3 singles Jordan Arnold defeating Bryce Schwartz 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 and the No. 2 doubles team of Amy Still and Anna Olson winning 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Earl Boykins, the former Denver Nuggets point guard, was named head coach at Douglas County, according to the Denver Post.
"My plans are just to get the players to understand if you want to have success in life, you have to give hard work," Boykins told the Post.
The Huskies went 3-20 last season and have a 29-110 record since 2007-08, their last winning season, the Post reported.
Lewis-Palmer 7, Douglas County 6
At Lewis-Palmer: The Rangers got three goals from Nick Bopp and two more from Grant Helwig to pick up their second straight league win.
Wyatt Spresser and Andrew Back each scored for Lewis-Palmer (4-7, 2-6 Douglas County), while Grant Osterlund was solid in net, stopping 24 of 30 shots he faced.
Hornet Invite Preliminaries
At Pueblo County: Discovery Canyon leads the way in most of the events after Friday's prelims. David Keller is seeded first in both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and is also part of the 200-medley and 400-freestyle relays, which are both top-seeded entering Saturday.
Cheyenne Mountain's Kaiden Kimball is the top qualifier in the 100 free and teammate Westin Stieglitz leads the pack in the 500 free.
Coronado's Will Chaney is the only swimmer outside of Discovery Canyon or Cheyenne Mountain to have a top prelim time, as he is seeded first in the 100 breaststroke.