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  • Small schools girls' basketball preview capsules

    3A Tri-Peaks CSCS Coach: Mark Engesser (first season as girls' coach) Last season: 4-15 Key players: F/C Bailey Query, sr.; C Jay Walter, jr.; G/F Jessica Knedlar, jr.; G/F Madison Mackie, so. Outlook: Engesser, who has coached the boys' team the past four seasons, takes the reins of the girls' program, one that reached the 3A state...

  • Big schools girls' basketball preview capsules

    5A Metro Doherty Coach: Patrick McKiernan Last season: 11-13, lost in second round of playoffs Key players: F Ivory Masching, jr.; PG Kalani Poloa, soph.; SG Aleita Amparan, soph.; G KK Mack, sr.; F Alicea Guevara, jr. Outlook: The Spartans will have one of the best groups of guards around, and will look to shoot well from outside and play...

  • In it together: Colorado Springs sisters find support, sanctuary in the pool

    When the first day of swim practice at Doherty High School had all but come to a close, the smallest swimmer's arms wobbled like rubber and whipped the chlorinated water in a panic. She gasped for air as she leeched onto the closest wall, looking around to make sure her sister was close. There was relief when she found her. Kai Hawley, 15,...

  • Girls' swimming preview: Team-by-team capsules

    A team-by-team look at area girls' swimming and diving squads. Class 5A Coronado Coach: Katie Baker (fifth season) Key swimmers: Sarah Stafford, sr.; Katie Jacobs, sr.; Emily Randono, sr.; Katie Field, jr. Season outlook: It could be argued that the leap from Class 4A to 5A isn't as rough as it seems, as quality teams lurk on both sides...

  • Cheyenne Mountain turns to alternative hockey practice method

    No breakout drills. No dump and chase. No scrimmage. No length of the ice rushes. But on the flip side, no standing around watching others skate. No sitting on the bench. No skating against players of lower skill sets. Cheyenne Mountain's hockey practices have a determinedly different feel to them this season. "It's been a huge change from...

  • Defending 4A champion Pine Creek advances to title game

    Pine Creek defeated Falcon 34-14 Saturday in the Class 4A semifinals, giving the Eagles a chance at a repeat title in high school school. Tommy Lazzaro scored three touchdowns for visiting Pine Creek, which is the No. 1 seed in 4A and will head to next Saturday's championship game with a 13-0 record. Pine Creek will face Longmont, a 21-14...

  • This week's Peak Performer: Pine Creek quarterback Tommy Lazzaro

    Pine Creek has been the king of the football hill in Colorado Springs for the better part of a decade. Coach Todd Miller has built a powerhouse program on Thunder Mountain Avenue, and the 2014 version may be his finest work yet. The Eagles (13-0) rolled rival Falcon 34-14 last weekend to advance to the 4A state championship game for the third...

  • High school wrestling preview team capsules

    5A Coronado Coach: Matt Brickell (25th season) Returning state qualifiers: 4 Key wrestlers: Jess Hankin, sr., 126 pounds (state runner-up); Chase McElhany, jr., 145 (state qualifier); Jimmy Weaver, so., 160 (state qualifier); Ryan Strabala, jr., 220 (state qualifier). Outlook: Brickell sent seven wrestlers t the 5A state tournament...

  • Wrestling preview: Colorado gaining out-of-state recognition

    Just to make it to the state wrestling tournament, athletes must successfully navigate through a season's worth of triumphs and adversity, to go along with the required bumps and bruises. And having a challenging - yet not too challenging - schedule goes a long way in making sure wrestlers peak at the right time of the year, hopefully by their...

  • Discovery Canyon mistakes put Pueblo East in 3A state championship game

    Discovery Canyon coach Shawn Mitchell reveled in the Thunder's best season in program history. He just wished it would have lasted a week longer. The top-seeded Thunder committed three turnovers and stalled on offense for the better part of three quarters, as No. 4 Pueblo East knocked them out of the postseason for the second consecutive...

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