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Peak Performers of the Year: 2017-18

The best of the best from around the Pikes Peak region. Visit GazettePreps.com for more All-Stars.

Scroll below to see the Peak Performer of the Year covers from the the 2017-18 fall and winter seasons!

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Joel Scott, Lewis-Palmer

5A-4A Boys' Basketball: Joel Scott, Lewis-Palmer

Joel Scott strapped the Lewis-Palmer boys’ basketball team to his back this season and carried the Rangers as far as he could as a junior.

Unfortunately, the trip ended just shy of the dream destination... Click here to read more.

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Seth Fuqua, Vanguard

3A-1A Boys' Basketball: Seth Fuqua, Vanguard

The game got easier for Seth Fuqua as a junior on The Vanguard School boys’ basketball team.

The 5-foot-11 guard started the season bigger, stronger, faster and better than he’s ever been. Beyond that, he got some help from reinforcements, which prevented teams from throwing junk defenses at the Coursers’ top scoring threat.... Click here to read more.

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DOUGAL BROWNLIE

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Chloe Welch, Mesa Ridge

5A-4A Girls' Basketball: Chloe Welch, Mesa Ridge

The Mesa Ridge girls' basketball team has turned into a powerhouse in the Colorado Springs area since its perfect season and 4A state championship in 2013-14.
Every season seems to include a star-studded roster led by an athlete destined to make waves well beyond high school.... Click here to read more.

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DOUGAL BROWNLIE

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Megan Engesser, CSCS

3A-1A Girls' Basketball: Megan Engesser, CSCS

Colorado Springs Christian School basketball standout Megan Engesser is figuring out just how fast a high school career can fly by.

While time may be going by slower for the Lions’ Tri-Peak League foes, Engesser finds herself down to one final chance to bring home seemingly the only thing left for her to accomplish, a Class 3A state championship.... Click here to read more.

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DOUGAL BROWNLIE

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Elijah Valdez - 152, Mesa Ridge

Upper Weights Wrestling: Elijah Valdez - 152, Mesa Ridge

When his classmates were still sleeping, Mesa Ridge senior Elijah Valdez would start his day by jogging around his neighborhood.

It was a quiet, humble activity that would ultimately help him reach a lofty goal.

And that was winning a state title... Click here to read more

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DOUGAL BROWNLIE, THE GAZETTE

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Jason Hanenberg - 132, Air Academy

Lower Weights Wrestling: Jason Hanenberg - 132, Air Academy

Before every match this past season, Air Academy wrestler Jason Hanenberg would find his grandma in the stands and hand her a necklace with her husband's ashes attached to it.

He'd then return to the mat and point toward a spot near his grandma.... Click here to read more.

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Tyler Montoya, Rampart

Ice Hockey: Tyler Montoya, Rampart

Tyler Montoya’s goals – on the ice and off – were many this year.

Before the 2017-18 season, he laid it out.

“Our goal for the team was to make final four,” the Rampart senior said. “And I wanted to be one of the top guys in the state.” ... Click here to read more

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Cat Wright, Cheyenne Mountain

Girls' Swimming and Diving: Cat Wright, Cheyenne Mountain

To say Cat Wright entered her senior season at Cheyenne Mountain with high expectations is an understatement.

Wright, who signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her athletic career at the University of Alabama next year, had five state gold medals, a dozen or so records, and a Class 4A state championship trophy to live up to... Click here to read more.

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DOUGAL BROWNLIE

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David Moore III, Pine Creek

5A-4A Football: David Moore III, Pine Creek

When you’ve made the state playoffs every year for the better part of a decade, and have a trophy case full of state championship hardware lining the gym corridors, the talent pool begins to fill up.

Pine Creek is no exception.

But if you watch any Pine Creek game from the last two years - there’s one jersey number that stands out from the rest - No. 2, David Moore III... Click here to read more

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Ty Evans, Palmer Ridge

3A-1A Football: Ty Evans, Palmer Ridge

With the minutes ticking down in the second quarter of a 3A state semifinal game, Palmer Ridge football fans collectively held their breath.

Ty Evans, the three-star quarterback recruit, captain, and leader of the unbeaten Bears was down, writhing in pain on the sideline.... Click here to read more.

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Corah Price, Discovery Canyon

Softball: Corah Price, Discovery Canyon

It was hard to ignore Corah Price’s presence.

This past season, she was the Discovery Canyon pitcher who stood 6 feet tall in the circle. Besides that, she could throw hard and fast and there was no denying that she was the star of the team... Click here to read more.

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Mara Abernethy, Coronado

5A-4A Girls' Volleyball: Mara Abernethy, Coronado

Although the Coronado volleyball team has found success the past four years, the Cougars - who find themselves in the mix for a 5A state championship over and over again - tend to fly under the radar in the Pikes Peak region with 4A volleyball dynasty in Lewis-Palmer down the road.

But that doesn’t bother senior outside hitter Mara Abernethy, who was selected The Gazette Preps 5A-4A Volleyball Peak Performer of the Year.... Click here to read more.

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Christine Ajayi, CSCS

3A-1A Girls' Volleyball: Christine Ajayi, CSCS

Christine Ajayi does whatever it takes to help her team.

Which, in her senior year, meant stepping into a new role and out of the spotlight.... Click here to read more.

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Isabella Prosceno, Palmer Ridge

Girls' Cross Country: Isabella Prosceno, Palmer Ridge

Isabella Prosceno’s leap into the area cross country spotlight might have surprised some, but it came as no shock to those in certain running circles... Click her to read more.

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Mason Norman, The Classical Academy

Boys' Cross Country: Mason Norman, The Classical Academy

The Classical Academy cross country runner Mason Norman surprised himself when he ended his sophomore season with an individual and team title at the state meet... Click here to read more.

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Nick Lorenz, Discovery Canyon

Boys' Tennis, Singles: Nick Lorenz, Discovery Canyon

Nick Lorenz doesn’t want sympathy. He knows he could have done better.

The Discovery Canyon junior boys’ singles player fell short again of the state title, finishing fourth in No. 1 singles at the Class 4A tournament. He lost in the semifinals and then to Colorado Academy’s Richter Jordaan in the third-place match... Click here to read more.

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Grant Leap and Michael Dashiell, Bheyenne Mountain

Boys' Doubles Tennis: Grant Leap and Michael Dashiell, Cheyenne Mountain

When the stakes are high, don’t always expect Cheyenne Mountain senior Michael Dashiell and junior Grant Leap to take the situation too seriously.

As the No. 2 doubles team for the Indians this past season, they were known not to let the pressure take over.... Click here to read more.

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Jordyn Isner, Palmer Ridge

Field Hockey: Jordyn Isner, Palmer Ridge

As a Palmer Ridge field hockey player, nothing comes easy.

The Bears boast a program that regularly advance to the state title game with high-caliber talent. So during her first two seasons at Palmer Ridge, Jordyn Isner mostly contributed after coming off bench.

Still, she finished with six goals last season. But she knew she could be more and do more... Click here to read more.

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Brandon Bervig, Liberty

Boys' Golf: Brandon Bervig, Liberty

A year made a huge difference for Brandon Bervig and his golf game.

Two seasons ago, the Liberty golfer advanced to the Class 5A state tournament only to finish tied for 49th in a field of 80. It was his first time on such a big stage, and he said he felt as if he didn’t belong there.... Click here to read more.

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Garrett Kramer, Sand Creek

Boys' Soccer: Garrett Kramer, Sand Creek

The Sand Creek soccer team started the season with the one-word motto: “believe.”

Belief was a necessity if the Scorpions wanted to reach their lofty goals of winning a league and state title after Sand Creek narrowly missed the playoffs in 2016.

Senior striker Garrett Kramer instilled faith in his teammates by scoring 21 goals and adding seven assists as the Scorpions cruised to a 10-0 start... Click here to read more

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