No. 25 Fountain Valley 3, No. 9 Faith Christian 2
At Roaring Fork: Fountain Valley (10-6-1) looked like a team going the wrong way at the end of the regular season. The Danes hadn't scored in three games, hadn't won in their last four and had squandered away the league title to St. Mary's, which had lost six of seven to start its season.
Well, times have changed.
Manolo Jimenez scored twice, No. 9 Faith Christian scored once on itself and No. 25 Fountain Valley moved into the quarterfinals of the 3A state playoffs with another upset victory.
"We just came together as a team this last week and everything started clicking," Danes coach Byron Darcy said. "We deserved to get the seed we got, but our kids weren't happy about it. Now we've shown we're one of the best teams in this tournament."
Jimenez, who scored the lone goal in Fountain Valley's 1-0 first round win over No. 8 Roaring Fork a day earlier, tied the game at one with his 20th minute goal, and Faith Christian gave the Danes the halftime lead with an own goal in the 29th minute.
Later, Jimenez scored his third goal of the tournament midway through the second half, before the Eagles cut the deficit to 3-2 with 3 seconds remaining.
Fountain Valley faces top-seeded Colorado Academy on Friday.
"We want this to keep going," Darcy said.
Cheyenne Mountain Tournament
At Cheyenne Mountain: Everything just clicked for Cheyenne Mountain this week.
That's how Indians coach David Barkley sees it anyway.
"We just are playing on a whole different level than we were," he said.
And who can refute it? Cheyenne Mountain's Jenna Price had 13 kills, Maddie Beal and Lindsey Baker combined for 14 more, and the Indians beat Pikes Peak Athletic Conference champion Lewis-Palmer 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 in the Cheyenne Mountain Tournament Finals.
Holly Huffman added 33 assists in the win.
"We've been on and off all season long. We'd play good and then not so good," Barkley said. "But this week we've been playing the best we have all year. We came back to beat Valor from 2-0 down yesterday, then we beat an awesome, awesome Lewis-Palmer team today. We're confident right now . Who knows what next week will be like though?"
2A District 8 Tournament
At Simla: Colorado Springs School (21-1) continued its magical season with a district title, while Peyton (16-7) took third place to make it to the regional tournament for the first time in more than 15 years.
Elsewhere, Simla took second while Kiowa was eliminated with its fourth-place finish.
"We came out flat, but luckily we bounced back," said Jacqueline Goodman, whose team lost to CSS and Simla but beat Kiowa to avoid elimination. "We know we will need to get better, but we are thrilled with what we've accomplished."
Meanwhile, the Kodiaks wrapped up the title with two quick wins against Peyton and Simla.
"We knew how important it was to win the district," CSS coach Kyong Lee said. "Now we'll most likely face a lower seed from the other district like Limon or Byers - not like two-time defending champ Lutheran, thankfully."
At Ponderosa: After grabbing a share of the 5A Metro League title, Pine Creek continued to sizzle, winning three of four in the Ponderosa Tournament on Saturday.
The Eagles were led by Kristina Susak's 37 kills and 23 digs throughout the tournament, as they beat Sterling, Chatfield and host Ponderosa, while their only loss came to Longmont in the middle of the day.
Alyssa Brinton added 31 kills, 16 digs and nine aces in the tournament.
3A Tri-Peaks Tournament
At CSCS: Manitou Springs coach Carol Benedict said her team is going to have to deal with pressure for the rest of the season.
"That's just the way it's going to be," said Benedict, whose team remained undefeated after winning all four games in the 3A Tri-Peaks Tournament. "People always give us their best effort. We have to be ready for that."
The Mustangs won the tournament and dropped just its fourth set all season.
Now, the Mustangs have won 64 sets and lost only four this season. Colorado Springs Christian School also went undefeated in the tournament, while TCA's, St. Mary's and James Irwin's only loss came to Manitou Springs.
The next step for Manitou? Stay aggressive.
"We know we are one of the hardest hitting teams in the state," Benedict said. "We have to stay aggressive attacking and see what happens from here."
Widefield 48, Cheyenne 27
At Cheyenne Mountain: DQ Baker ran for six touchdowns and Widefield (1-8, 1-5 4A Foothills) outscored Cheyenne Mountain (1-8, 0-6) 13-0 in the third quarter to pull away for its first victory of the season.
Baker rushed for 382 yards on 41 carries, and Kyree Goodman-Gerstle added another rushing score on a night where the Gladiators rushed for 447 yards.
The Gladiators came out of halftime with a 21-17 lead, before outscoring Cheyenne Mountain 13-0 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead.
In the loss, Mitch Guhl went 13-for-30 passing for 150 yards with two scores and ran another 65 yards.
Hanover/Edison 36, Kit Carson 8
At Hanover: Hanover/Edison (6-3) rolled over Kit Carson (4-5) in a six-man league crossover game.
No stats were reported.
Vail Chr. 52, Pikes Peak Chr. 0
At Battle Mountain: Vail Christian (5-4) scored 22 points in the first quarter and took a 30-0 lead into the half, while shutting out Pikes Peak Christian (5-4) in an 8-man game.
No stats were reported.