Published: January 4, 2014
Pueblo South 60, Air Academy 56
At Pueblo South: David Louthan's 26 points and 12 rebounds were not enough for Air Academy (7-2), which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
After trailing 30-27 at the half, the Kadets used a 17-10 third period to take a 44-40 lead into the fourth quarter. Paul Fertig added 11 points for Air Academy, which shot just 37 percent from the field.
Pueblo South (7-2) has won seven in a row.
George Washington 51, Doherty 50
At Doherty: Shane Fox had 17 points, and Pikes Peak region 5A No. 2 Doherty (5-4) shot 67 percent from the field, but it was not enough to keep George Washington (7-3) from its third straight win.
Tynan Velasquez added 10 points for the Spartans, who used a 15-6 third quarter to take a 39-36 lead into the final quarter.
Vista Ridge 62, Harrison 55
At Vista Ridge: Andrew Reed scored 25 points and Jerry Smith added 16 to help Vista Ridge (4-5) snap a five-game losing streak.
Josh Coppock chipped in 11 rebounds for the Wolves, who used a 20-12 fourth quarter to help erase a 28-26 halftime deficit.
Mitchell 62, Pueblo County 52
At Mitchell: Keven Rovnan scored 15 points, and Marcus Phillips had 11 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead Mitchell (3-6).
Devinn Glover and Jamel Jones also had 11 points apiece for the Marauders, who led 26-22 at the half. Mitchell used a 21-14 third quarter to widen its lead.
No statistics were available for Pueblo County (0-11).
Jefferson Academy 49, Manitou Springs 31
At Manitou Springs: James Finsterwald's 13 points were not enough for Manitou Springs (1-5), as Jefferson Academy (7-0) dominated the second half.
Jefferson Academy led 27-20 at the break and outscored the Mustangs 22-11 in the second half. No statistics were available for the Jaguars.
Palmer 7, Coronado 1
At World Arena Ice Hall: Sam Horning scored two goals and Kyle Soens set the table with three assists to help Palmer (4-4) snap a two-game skid.
Brandon Driscoll, Trey Aragon, Zach Donovan and Parker Downs each had a goal and an assist for the Terrors, who led 4-0 at the first intermission.
Logan Maples scored the lone goal for Coronado (0-8) in the third period.
Heritage 5, Liberty 1
At Ice Ranch: Alex McAfee's goal 11:18 into the first tied the game at 1, but Liberty (1-5) could not hold off the barrage from Heritage (3-3).
Jake Wener had a goal and two assists, and Hobey Pierson added a goal and an assist for Heritage.
Rampart 55, Falcon 48
At Rampart: Nicea Eliely's driving layup with 1:58 left gave 5A No. 1 Rampart the lead for good and highlighted a game-ending 12-0 run as the Rams stayed undefeated.
Lucia Archuleta led Rampart (6-0) with 16 points. Eliely added 15.
Falcon (3-4), propelled by a 20-point effort from Harmony Pettis, led 48-43 with 4:25 remaining but went scoreless the rest of the way.
"You're not going to win a game like this shooting 33 percent from the free-throw line," said Falcon coach Rick Susak, whose team made just 5-of-15 free throws. "If we make a couple of layups and five more free throws, we pull out a close win. But we lost by 38 to the same team last year on this court, so hopefully this will give us a boost of confidence. I like the future."
Lutheran 64, Peyton 63
At Peyton: Shelby Patterson's 22 points weren't enough for 2A No. 1 Peyton (6-1), which led 48-45 going into the fourth quarter.
Emily Green scored 14 and Vanessa Aragon 12 for the Panthers, who trailed 37-36 at the half.
Lutheran improved to 5-0 on the season.
Doherty 49, Heritage 39
At Heritage: Meagan Kramer had 12 points and nine rebounds as 5A No. 3 Doherty (4-3) snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Spartans used a 16-6 first quarter to build a 24-16 halftime lead and held Heritage (1-8) to two points in the third. Doherty's defense had 23 steals, led by five from Ivory Masching.
Pine Creek 73, Douglas County 37
At Pine Creek: Jayne Lydiatt had 19 points, seven rebounds and six steals to lead the 5A No. 2 Eagles (8-0) to their seventh consecutive double-digit victory.
Spencer Lindsey added 16 points and four steals, while Jade Odom chipped in 11 points and eight boards. Pine Creek led 23-12 after the first quarter and outscored Douglas County (4-4) 42-15 in the second half.
Sand Creek 83, Liberty 43
At Sand Creek: Oliana Squires scored 16 points and J'nae Squires had 15 to help the 4A No. 2 Scorpions (5-2) earn their fourth consecutive win.
Sand Creek raced to a 34-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Liah Davis had 13 points, and Mikayla Reese added 12 and five assists for the Scorpions.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Liberty (4-3).
Denver East Smack Down Tournament
At Denver East: Jess Hankin (132 pounds) and Jimmy Weaver (160) won tournament championships at the Denver East Smack Down Tournament to help Coronado to a fourth-place team finish.
Grady Pina (152), Daniel Crandall (170) and Zeb Foster (195) finished third in their brackets, while Ryan Strabala was fourth at 220.
West Side Classic
Peyton 40, Woodland Park 36
At Manitou Springs: Four Panthers recorded pins in less than a minute to lead Peyton to the narrow victory.
Britton Holmes pinned Woodland Park's Harley Shreve in 24 seconds in their 126-pound match, and Wyatt Lee, Casey Bangs and Trystan Hanks also had quick pins at 132, 138 and 145, respectively, for Peyton.
All of Woodland Park's points came via forfeits.
Peyton 42, St. Mary's 6
At Manitou Springs: Five pins and two forfeits propelled Peyton to the dual-meet win.
Taylor Claman had the quickest pin for the Panthers, stopping Alex Hollingsworth just 1 minute, 5 seconds into their 106-pound match.
St. Mary's lone win came via forfeit at 195 in a dual meet that included six double forfeits.
The Classical Academy 53, Peyton 3
At Manitou Springs: Charles Baker edged Wyatt Lee 10-9 in their 132-pound match, and The Classical Academy had four forfeit wins in the lopsided matchup that was part of the West Side Classic.
The Titans' Michael Calabretta won a tough match 14-8 against Casey Bangs before TCA got pins in the next three matches. The win was one of four for TCA on the day in the five-team tournament.
"We went 4-0 on the day, and we're doing what we're supposed to be doing," The Classical Academy coach Sean Collins said. "We're a little banged up, but we've got our guys clicking. We're trying to clean things up and get more efficient.
"Metro is coming up the third weekend of January, and will be a good test for us. So far, so good. Our horses are running, and we're plugging along and trying to make a name for ourselves."
Peyton's lone victory was a hard-fought affair, with Britton Holmes beating Nathaniel Johnston 5-3 in the 126-pound class.
Manitou Springs 54, Peyton 18
At Manitou Springs: Five forfeit wins and four pins propelled Manitou Springs past Peyton.
Dominic Frankmore (138) and Lucas Swanda (152) earned first-period pins for the Mustangs, with Ryan Carpenter (145) and Gabrial Draxton (160) pinning their opponents in the second.
Peyton's highlights came from Taylor Claman, who pinned Brennon Fortune just 29 seconds into their match at 106, and Lee, who pinned Jonathan Nagel late in the opening period of their 132-pound match.
Colorado Springs Christian School 45, Holy Family 29
At Holy Family: Brian Follett's 4-3 win over Connor Jimenez helped Colorado Springs Christian School build a lead it would not relinquish.
Connor Craddock had the pin of the night, taking just 36 seconds to stop Holy Family's Ismael Cuevas at 152. Robert Anderson (160), Cameron Krautschun (170) and Christian Krautschun (182) also won with first-period pins for the Lions.
Holy Family's brother tandem of Julian and Joseph Prieto were both victorious, with Julian cruising to a 16-0 technical fall against Corey Craddock at 138 and Joseph pinning Titus Hocking at 1 minute, 22 seconds of their 145-pound match.
Colorado Springs Christian School 39, Mullen 30
At Holy Family: Colorado Springs Christian School won the first five matches and held on for the win after Mullen followed with four consecutive wins.
Hocking's major decision win at 145 and Connor Craddock's pin at 152 got things started for the Lions, who also got pins from Anderson, Cameron and Christian Krautschun, and Corey Craddock.