Published: February 2, 2014
Highlights from Saturday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Mile High Classic
At Thomas Jefferson: Mesa Ridge put six wrestlers in the finals and took home three individual championships as the Grizzlies won the Mile High Classic.
Samuel Freeman won the 120-pound class, Procopio Valdez won at 113 and Thomas Rydzynski won at 285 to lead the Grizzlies, whose 185.5 points were more than 40 ahead of second-place Arapahoe (144). Pueblo South, a regional opponent for Mesa Ridge, finished third.
"We got to see a good mix (of teams)," Mesa Ridge coach Rob Braaten said. "It was a good day for us; we were pleased. it was our last big tournament before regionals."
Devin Roettger (132), Dennis Crow (160) and Tremmel Stanley (182) all took second in their respective brackets.
The win gives the Grizzlies confidence heading to regionals - after two duals next week.
"We've just got to keep getting better, be wrestling our best at that time," Braaten said. "We have to do our best wrestling at the end of the year. Today was a nice step toward that, but we've got a ways to go still."
At Brighton: Individual championships from Joe Hunt (285), Zeb Foster (195) and Jess Hankin (126) helped Coronado win the Brighton Invite.
Coronado edged Cherokee Trail for the team championship, finishing with 153 points, while the Cougars scored 145.5. Host Brighton took third with 139 points.
Jimmy Weaver also made it to the finals, taking second at 160 pounds.
Rocky Welton Invitational
At Garden City, Kan.: Pine Creek took third place at the prestigious Rocky Welton Invitational, scored 190 points, 41 shy of first-place host Garden City (231) and 10 short of second place St. James. The Eagles had five wrestlers competing in either the first or third-place matches.
Pine Creek's Taylor White dropped a 5-1 decision in the 220-pound title match, Anthony Salazar won a 2-1 decision for third place at 113, Jordan Martinez won 3-0 for third at 106, Juan Rodriguez took fourth at 120 and Isaac Ortiz took fourth at 170,
Fountain-Fort Carson's Rashawn Benford lost an 8-7 decision to finish fourth at 152 pounds.
Doherty's Nathan Gonzales took third place at 126 pounds and Brandon Supernaw took third at 160 by beating Sand Creek's Jeremy Jaquess 6-2.
Joseph Glenn of Lewis-Palmer finished second, dropping a 9-8 decision in the 170-pound championship.
At Thornton: Connor Craddock pinned Jonathon Sigley of Liberty in the Thornton Invitational championship match at 152 pounds to help Colorado Springs Christian School take 10th in the tournament.
Sigley helped Liberty take ninth with 108.5 points. Josh Burns also took second for the Lancers, losing a 9-7 decision to Josh Cordova of host Thornton, which took third overall.
Grandview won the tournament with 184.5 points.
Les Mattocks Invitational
At Lincoln: Justin Petrash (285) and Ben Self (195) won championships at the Les Mattocks Invitational, where the Kadets took sixth with 83 points.
Thompson Valley won the tournament with 254.5 points, nearly 100 points better than second-place Chaparral (161.5).
Justin Barron of falcon won the 170-pound title with an 8-2 decision over Mountain Vista's Dylan Formby. The Falcons took 10th overall with 78 points.
Rampart 75, Liberty 68, OT
At Rampart: AJ Bohuslavsky's 26 points weren't enough, as Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Rampart (13-4, 2-2 5A CSML) knocked off Liberty in overtime to hand the Lancers (9-6, 3-1) their first league loss of the season.
Dallin Page added 14 points for the Lancers.
Rampart, which outscored the Lancers 16-9 in the extra period, did not report stats.
Mitchell 50, Widefield 48, OT
At Widefield: Mitchell (8-9, 5-1 4A CSML) held on to its tenuous first-place spot with an overtime win over upset-minded Widefield (4-13, 3-4), getting a pair of double-digit performances from Marcus Phillips and Quincy Bryant.
Phillips scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Bryant added 14 points for the Marauders, who are tied with Mesa Ridge for first, but beat the Grizzlies earlier in the week.
Keven Rovnan scored seven points and dished out five assists for the Marauders.
Widefield did not report stats.
Valor Christian 68, Sand Creek 45
At Valor Christian: Valor Christian, the Associated Press' second-ranked 4A team in the state, blew open a tie game in the second half.
The Eagles and area 4A No. 1 Sand Creek entered the half tied at 24. But Sand Creek was held to 21 points in the second half, while Valor Christian posted more points in the second half (47) than the Scorpions did all game.
No stats were reported.
Cheyenne Mountain 75, Ponderosa 61
At Cheyenne Mountain: Ghassan Nehme scored a team-high 29 points and hit the 1,000-point plateau for his high school career, as the 4A No. 3 Indians (11-4) jumped out to a 25-11 lead and never looked back against Ponderosa (9-7).
Nathan Resty added 15 points and a total of eight players registered points for the Indians.
James Irwin 73, Lamar 56
At James Irwin: James Irwin (11-4, 9-2 3A Tri-Peaks East) found itself tied with league cellar dweller Lamar (2-12, 1-8) before cranking things up in the third quarter and pouring it on in the fourth.
The Jaguars scored 30 points in the final period to pull away for good.
Elijah Shaw scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Dante Blackburn added 21 for the Jaguars.
ECA 47, Calhan 43
At Calhan: Evangelical Christian Academy (5-8, 1-1 2A Black Forest) got double-digit scoring from a trio of seniors to even up the Eagles' league record following a come-from-behind win over Calhan (4-7, 0-1).
Tori Mann scored a game-high 19 points, Missy Dunbar scored 11 and Leah Bost added 10 for the Eagles.
The Eagles trailed 10-1, cut that gap to three at half and one after three quarters. They finally took the lead in the fourth, but went back and forth before five consecutive points from Bost put them up for good with under two minutes remaining.
"We've had our struggles for sure," coach Bruce Beers said. "We've played some pretty hard competition, a lot of hard teams. This will certainly brighten up their day."
Mikaela Parker scored a team-high 16 for the Bulldogs and Katie Sparks added 12.
Widefield 38, Mitchell 25
At Mitchell: Delia Brekken scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked five shots to lead Widefield (8-9, 4-3 4A CSML) past Mitchell (4-13, 1-6).
Angel Wall added six points and Shamari Lewis grabbed 10 rebounds to go with six points for the Gladiators.
Pine Creek 68, Discovery Canyon 33
At Pine Creek: Emma List posted a double-double, Courtney Stanton scored 16 points and Mattie Cutts added 12 points for Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Pine Creek (16-1).
List scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, plus six steals, while Stanton grabbed seven rebounds and four steals.
The Eagles jumped out to a 15-5 lead after the first quarter and grew it to 50-24 after three.
Discovery Canyon (3-13) did not report stats.
Mesa Ridge 54, Harrison 30
At Harrison: Another double-double by Kylee Shook led 4A No. 1 Mesa Ridge (17-0, 7-0 4A CSML) past Harrison (8-10, 3-4).
Shook scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked six shots, while Mische' Hubbard added 10 points for the Grizzlies.
Already ahead 13 after three quarters, the Grizzlies put the game away with a 21-10 fourth quarter.
Rampart 77, Liberty 32
At Rampart: Two players hit the 20-point mark and 5A No. 2 Rampart (12-3, 4-0 5A CSML) blew past Liberty (7-8, 2-2), jumping out to a 39-16 lead at the half.
Cassidy Budge scored a game-high 27 points and Megan Kavalec added 20 for the Rams, who will face Pine Creek on Tuesday to see who will take command of the conference.
Victoria Mondy added 11 points and five steals for the Rams.
Liberty stats were not reported.
Lamar 63, James Irwin 30
At James Irwin: Moriah Ceballes and Hannah Elmore each scored 12 points, but James Irwin (3-12, 3-7 3A Tri-Peaks East) was little match for undefeated Lamar (14-0, 9-0), the third-ranked 3A team in the state according to the Associated Press.
Palmer 57, Doherty 43
At Doherty: Jenn Urbaniak scored a game-high 22 points and Abi Torres added 14 to lead Palmer (5-12, 1-3 5A CSML) to its first conference win, coming at the expense of rival Doherty (6-10, 0-4).
L-P's Smith earns national honor
Lewis-Palmer's Alexa Smith was named the nation's top junior volleyball player of the year by PrepVolleyball.com this week.
Smith's 461 kills was second in the state regardless of classification and her 5.1 kills per set was tied for fourth most.
Smith helped lead the Rangers to the Class 4A state championship during the fall.