Highlights from Thursday high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Pine Creek 6, Doherty 1
At Pine Creek: Ten of Pine Creek's 11 shined Thursday, winning their respective matches against visiting Doherty.
Eagles senior Zach Inman won over Spartans senior Noah Jones in two sets of No. 1 singles, as did freshman Coulten Davis of Pine Creek, who won over junior Dan Slaugh in No. 3 singles.
Senior Eli Peterson of Doherty had the spotlight in No. 2 singles, winning in three sets 4-6,6-1,6-3 against Pine Creek's Cameron Edsell.
In doubles action, all four matches were over in two sets. Eagles combo Tanner Swanson and Josh Haddad defeated senior Andrew Johnston and sophomore Tyler Bistline in No. 1 doubles. No. 2 doubles went to Pine Creek's pair of juniors Rylan Haag and Ryan Coyle over sophomore Alex Sterns and junior Jake Shewey. Eagles junior Jake Vendl and senior Alex Urbanski defeated sophomore Jake Tirey and senior Jake Loveless in No. 3 doubles. Sophomore Justin Inman and junior Scott Leavitt won the No. 4 doubles match.
Liberty 1, Legacy 1, 2OT
At Broomfield: Ryan Kenyon scored with 53 seconds remaining in the second half to help earn Liberty (0-0-1) a draw in its season opener on the road against Legacy (0-0-1). Sophomore Andrew Beers assisted on the goal.
"It's a good time when you have enough character to not give up," Liberty coach Gregg Braha said.
In goal, Lancers senior Kyle Robinson had seven saves in 40 minutes, while senior Conner Pabich had one save during his 40 minutes.
Being the first game of the Lancer's schedule, Braha said individual skills were impressive and overall the team is in great shape. However, despite a lot of talented players, Liberty needs to figure out the shape of its team, the coach said.
"I hope that will come soon. It usually does," Braha said. "I think we have a nice advantage in an ability to control the ball, move the ball and make some plays."
Doherty 5, Sand Creek 2
At Doherty: Thus far undefeated at home, Doherty (3-1) put up five runs in three innings against visiting Sand Creek (1-5) Thursday, of which the Scorpions were unable to answer back for a 5-2 final in non-conference action.
Spartans put 10 hits in the book including a 2-4 outing from senior Emma Chesire. She finished with four trips across the plate and drive in one other.
Senior Breanna Brettschneider and junior Lexi Budzon each went 2-4 as well. Each also had a stolen base. Sophomore Noelle Windesheim was 2-3, and senior Becky Miller (1-3) had two RBIs.
Brettschneider worked all seven innings on the mound for Doherty and booked eight strikeouts and allowed only four hits to the Scorpions lineup. Sand Creek did put up a double against the senior Spartan.
Sand Creek stats were not reported.
Next up for Doherty is another home game against Cheyenne Mountain which nurses a three-game win streak (3-0) coming to the Spartans' field Tuesday. Sand Creek remains away against Pine Creek, also 3-0, at the Eagles Tuesday as well.
Woodland Park 14, Air Academy 9
At Woodland Park: In a game that saw five home runs, it was a sac fly that stood out in the mind of Woodland Park coach Dale Huntington.
After the Panthers (3-1) blew a four-run lead in the top of the sixth on a grand slam, they recaptured the lead in the bottom half before Christina Cunningham hit a sac fly to deep center field to drive across an insurance run.
"That's good stuff happening to a girl who's been struggling and probably doesn't even realize that extra run against a team hitting the ball so well ... that meant scoring a (key) run from third base," Panthers coach Dale Huntington said.
The Kadets scored three in the first and Woodland Park answered immediately with three of their own, as both teams homered in the inning.
Air Academy finished with three home runs, the Panthers with two.
Lexie Comer went 3 for 4, scored three times and drove in four RBIs, and Kelee Suggs homered and drove in two for the Panthers.