Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Doherty 237, Rampart 248, Palmer 250, Pine Creek 253 Liberty 271
At Pine Creek Country Club: Doherty sophomore Chadd Vasquez hates the rain. And that's an understatement.
But knowing the weather wasn't expected to cooperate, Vasquez packed his rain gear in his golf bag before Wednesday's nonleague tournament and left it in there for Thursday's Pine Creek Invitational, the final 5A CSML tournament.
Then he went out and shot a par 72 at Pine Creek Country Club to rally to win the 5A CSML individual crown. Rampart built a 19-stroke lead heading to Thursday's finale and finished by beating Doherty for the team title by eight strokes. The Spartans won Thursday's invitational
"I'm never really prepared for the rain," Vasquez said. "I brought rain gloves and a rain coat and umbrella. I was just prepared for this kind of round the last couple days."
Vasquez trailed Rampart's Ben Tarasiewicz by eight strokes heading into Thursday's final match. Vasquez was well aware of the numbers and was aiming for a 74, a number coach Cheri Rogers had given him.
"I just felt comfortable with my swing today," Vasquez said. "I just tired hitting every single green today and make some putts."
Rogers was impressed with her top golfer's performance, especially on a day where play was halted for 20 minutes mid-round and when the skies opened up with Vasquez and Tarasiewicz on 16.
"His favorite days are when it's not raining," Rogers said. "It's almost to the point where he'll say. 'I don't like to play on these days, I'd rather not.'
"He just ignored the weather and played really well."
Regional golf tournaments start Monday.
Columbine 28, Pine Creek 7
At Columbine: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Pine Creek (1-2) scored first on an Austin Schultz 11-yard run, but it was all 5A Columbine after that.
Columbine answered Schultz's touchdown with two of its own in the second period and shut out the Eagles in the second half.
After opening the season with three games against 5A opponents, the Eagles move into 4A Pikes Peak League play next week, hosting Vista Ridge on Sept. 20.
No stats from the game were available.
Cheyenne Mountain def. Rampart 25-22, 25-14, 25-18
At Rampart: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Cheyenne Mountain (7-1), the defending state champions, continued its hot start to the season with a sweep of 5A Rampart (3-4).
Mara Barkley had a game-high 10 kills for the Indians and Lindsey Baker added nine more for the champs. Bethany Cullity had a game-high 12 digs and Emma Kokot had 17 assists.
Janice Jin led the Rams with nine kills and Amanda Cushen had eight. Cushen led all players with 23 assists.
Lewis-Palmer def. Pine Creek 25-10, 25-21, 25-21
At Lewis-Palmer: Abigail Bartalo had 35 assists, while Alexa Smith had 18 kills and 13 digs to lead 4A No. 1 Lewis-Palmer (9-0) past 5A Pine Creek (1-3) to keep the Rangers perfect.
Nicole Montgomery had nine kills and five digs in the win.
Pine Creek did not report stats.
Mesa Ridge def. Sand Creek 25-11, 25-13, 25-19
At Sand Creek: Mesa Ridge (6-3) swept Sand Creek (0-7) in a nonconference match.
Ipo Achiu led the Grizzlies with eight kills, Kylee Shook added seven and two more had five kills.
Allie Ellis had 20 digs for the Scorpions. Three players had two kills for Sand Creek - Maia Curry, Gentry Roper and Shayla Armstrong.
Falcon def. Widefield 25-14, 25-12, 23-25, 25-17
At Widefield: Hanna Felice had a game-high 12 kills and tacked on 10 digs to lead Falcon (3-1) past Widefield (4-4).
Jessica Janzer had 16 assists and Kalley Bullock 12 for the Falcons, while two other players were in double digits in digs.
Dominique Dowdell had a team-high seven kills for the Gladiators.
Lamar def. St. Mary's 25-14, 25-14, 15-25, 25-14
At St. Mary's: Katie Whitelaw had six kills, but it wasn't enough as St. Mary's (2-7, 1-2 3A Tri-Peaks East) fell to Lamar (3-0, 3-0).
Seven other Pirates had kills, including Mollie Schreck with five. Emily Broerman had 34 digs for the Pirates.
James Irwin def. Sierra 25-17, 21-25, 25-10, 25-17
At Sierra: Emly Garnett had a game-high eight kills to lead James Irwin (5-2) past Sierra (0-5).
Sierra's Aliea Adams had a game-high 17 digs. She also had a team-high six kills.
Palmer def. Mitchell 25-22, 21-25, 25-15, 25-18
At Mitchell: Kristen Moore and Sydney Vrecenar each hit double digits in kills, and Palmer (4-2) topped Mitchell (3-2) in four games.
Moore had a game-high 13 kills and Vrecenar added 10 for the Terrors.
Mitchell's Erica Grove led the Marauders with 10 kills.
The Classical Academy def. Florence 25-27, 25-22, 25-15, 25-11
At TCA: Behind Emma Porter's team-high 15 kills and 10 aces, TCA (2-2, 2-1 3A Tri-Peaks West) rallied after dropping the first game to beat Florence (1-6, 0-2).
Kim Krutsinger and Shelby Thayer each had 10 kills, while Sarah Klingensmith led the team with 18 assists.
Denver Christian def. Evangelical Christian Academy 25-19, 25-15, 28-26
At ECA: Denver Christian () swept ECA in a nonconference match.
Maggie Kirkpatrick led the Eagles with five kills, and Leah Bost had a team-high 13 assists.
Pine Creek 3, Lincoln 1
At Lincoln: Nico Farley netted two of his three goals in a four-minute span just before the break and 5A No. 1 Pine Creek (4-1) held off Lincoln (3-3) when Farley secured his hat trick.
After Lincoln closed the gap to 2-1 on a penalty kick, Farley answered on Alex Cullen's second assist of the day to increase Pine Creek's win streak to four games.
Cheyenne Mountain 3, Pueblo West 0
At Pueblo West: 4A No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain (3-1) got goals from three different players and the Indians rebounded from their first loss of the season.
John Herd, Sam Alvares and Jake Rodney scored for the Indians.