Monday's prep roundup: Air Academy stuns Cheyenne Mountain in boys' tennis

By: bRENT w. nEW
October 4, 2013 Updated: October 4, 2013 at 7:53 am

Boys' tennis

Air Academy def.

Cheyenne Mountain 5-2

At Air Academy: No one could remember the last time Air Academy beat Cheyenne Mountain in tennis.

Seriously, how long has it been?

Kadets coach Matt Kiser said it had been at least 15 years. That number was increased to 20 by Kadets athletic director Diane Shuck.

"For so many years it was hard to get a set off of them," said Shuck, who has been at Air Academy for nearly 15 years. "What a great day for us."

In the win, Keenan Kaltenbacher grabbed a straight-set victory over Austin Hampton in No. 1 singles, the Kadets split the doubles matches and their No. 2 and 3 players Stephan Orton-Urbina and Naish Gaubatz, respectively, eked out three-set thrillers on the historic day at Air Academy High School.

Afterward, Kiser was ecstatic with the play of the entire team - especially with his freshman Orton-Urbina and his senior Gaubatz.

"Everyone has been a complete joy to work with," said Kiser, who is in his first year as head coach. "But Stephan, to do what he's done as a freshman, to be the second guy and handle the pressure like he has is nothing short of great. And Naish, I mean what do you say. He is our glue. He's our leader. I don't know what we would be without him."

Monday, Orton-Urbina lost the first set, before he regrouped and played a more defensive game to defeat Robbie Boe 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Next to him, Gaubatz rallied from a second-set loss to beat Will Geisz 6-0, 4-6, 6-1.


Palmer Ridge 10,

Cheyenne Mountain 5

At Palmer Ridge: Libby Acker drove in four runs and Jennifer Tarwater drilled a two-run home run as 4A and below No. 2 Palmer Ridge (13-5 overall, 5-2 Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) brushed off a slow start to double-up Cheyenne Mountain (7-10, 2-5) in Monday's makeup game.

The Bears trailed 4-1 before their four-run fourth inning awoke the offense.

The Indians have lost four of five.

The game was rescheduled from Sept. 16 due to rain.

Discovery Canyon 3,

Pueblo Central 0

At Pueblo Central: McKenzie Surface threw her seventh complete-game shutout as the Thunder (13-5) won its fourth straight game.

Molly Turner had three of Discovery Canyon's eight hits and also drove in a run in the victory.


Thomas Jefferson def.

Falcon 25-16, 25-14, 25-19

At Thomas Jefferson: Megan Orth had only three kills, which led her team Monday, but Falcon (4-4) dropped its third match in four tries.

Jessica Janzen had 10 assists in the loss.

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