Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Air Academy 57, Palmer Ridge 47
At Palmer Ridge: Despite being down at halftime, Air Academy (10-2, 3-0 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) managed to fill shoes with its bench to produce a break out in the second half and down host Palmer Ridge (6-4, 1-3) Tuesday.
After going back and forth, the Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Kadets made good use of their free-throw attempts, while forcing turnovers to fight back in the later quarters to outscore Palmer Ridge 39-27 in the second half.
Stephen Heard stepped up for a big game, coach Barry Clark said, scoring 14 points and five rebounds. James Sims came off the bench to contribute eight points and six rebounds.
"Sims sparked us back in the second and third quarters with rebounds," Clark said.
Overcoming adversity was the name of the game for Air Academy as some of its starters were off their game recovering from sickness, Clark said.
"The subs were able to fill in and make up the difference," he said. "We were able to get some good minutes out of them."
Also making things difficult for the Kadets was Palmer Ridge's Matt Cameron, who accounted for most of the Bears' scoring in the third quarter.
"He was just unstoppable," Clark said.
At this point in the season, Clark hopes the Kadets can focus on its team aspect to carry their success through the season.
"As long as they keep doing what they're doing, they'll do well," the coach said. "Any time we try to step outside ourselves and not play team ball, we don't do well. As individuals, we don't perform quite as well. We need to keep playing and recognize what has gotten us here."
Clark also noted the score doesn't represent the quality of ball Palmer Ridge played.
"They really should be in the playoffs. Our conference games are some of the best in the state every night," he said.
Sand Creek 70, Cheyenne Mountain 68
At Sand Creek: It was the second time this season Dylan Clark secured the win for 4A No. 1 Sand Creek at the foul line with less than two seconds remaining. But with the two free throws in the bucket, Sand Creek (9-1) held off visitor 4A No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (6-3) and remained undefeated at home.
Cheyenne Mountain's Ghassan Nehme rocked a 32-point game, including four buckets drilled from beyond the arc. He also had seven rebounds and two steals. Ryan Ruppert, who scored 12 points, had three steals, and Reece Eddy, seven points, led the team in rebounds with nine and had two blocks. Nathan Resty also put up 12 points.
Sand Creek stats were not reported.
Sierra 62, Woodland Park 31
At Woodland Park: After holding the host Panthers to single digits in three quarters, Sierra (3-6, 1-1 4A CSML) defeated Woodland Park (2-10, 0-1). Also helping the Stallions was 16 points from Michael Jordan and 11 from Tevion Thompson. Jordan also had four rebounds. Thompson had five rebounds.
The Panthers' Harman put up 16 points.
Harrison 56, Mitchell 50
At Mitchell: After being held to fewer than 20 points in the first half, Harrison (4-7, 1-1 4A CSML) broke loose in the second to score 39 to Mitchell's 28 to best the Marauders (4-9, 1-1).
Senior Quincy Harding drilled 29 points for the Panthers including five baskets from outside the arc. Samuel Garcia had two rebounds and four steals.
For Mitchell, David Perea put up 15 points, including four baskets from outside, while Devinn Glover had 14 and Marcus Phillips 10. Glover and Phillips led in rebounds with seven each. Phillips also had two steals.
Hanover 63, Colorado School for Deaf and Blind 37
At CSDB: Hanover (3-1, 1-0 1A Black Forest League) pulled ahead in the second quarter by 14 points and again by 10 in the fourth, leading to its win over host Colorado School for Deaf and Blind (0-6, 0-2).
For the Hornets, junior Dustin Koehler performed big for 24 points. Shane Mason had 16, and Justin Lawson 13.
Colorado School for Deaf and Blind stats were not reported.
Colorado Springs Christian School 58, The Classical Academy 36
At Classical Academy: Holding 3A No. 3 The Classical Academy to single digits in three quarters proved to be the difference for Colorado Springs Christian School (4-3, 2-0 3A Tri-Peaks West) in its win over the Titans (5-2, 2-1).
The Lions' Samuel Howard walked away with 16 points, while Justin Engesser had 13 and Nic Doherty 12. Engesser dropped three from the outside.
The Titans' Will Shamback had four rebounds and four blocks.
Mesa Ridge 60, Widefield 54
At Widefield: Despite a solid comeback effort in the second half, Widefield (3-11, 2-2 4A CSML) came up short against visitor Mesa Ridge (7-6, 3-0).
Matt Atkins finished with 13 points for Mesa Ridge, as well as five rebounds and two steals, while Caine Martinez had 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
Widefield's Jymon Garretson had 15 points and Ray Ibarra finished with 12.
Manitou Springs 64, Fountain Valley 32
At Fountain Valley: Having outscored its host 40-9 in the first half, Manitou Springs (4-6, 2-1 3A Tri-Peaks West) dismantled Fountain Valley (0-4, 0-3).
The Mustangs' Chase Megyeri finished with 11 points including two shots from outside, while James Finsterwald scored 10.
Fountain Valley stats were not reported.
Mountain Vista 84, Liberty 55
At Mountain Vista: In a nonconference battle, Mountain Vista (11-1) dominated 5A No. 3 Liberty (5-5), handing the Lancers a 29-point loss.
The Golden Eagles' top scorer was Ray Beresford ,who scored 16 points, including two 3s from outside, while the team had three others score in double digits. Graham Smith brought down 13 rebounds, had two steals and two blocks.
Liberty stats were not reported.
Widefield 63, Mitchell 18
At Widefield: Taking advantage of Mitchell forfeiting five weight classes, Widefield bested the Marauders.
Despite having a young team, coach Gary Foltz was pleased to see his roster finish matches.
"We had a couple that were tight, but we finished strong," Foltz said.
The Gladiators put up pinfalls in five of the six matches in which they had arms raised outside of forfeits, including 106-pound ranked freshman Stephen Dabelko, who put shoulders to the mat in the second period, Mario Mileto in the third period at 126, Nick Scholl in the second at 145, Matt Hogue in the third at 152 and Chris Davis in the first period of the 195 class. Tristan Sher won the 160 bout with a 6-4 decision.
For Mitchell, Arreguin had a third-period pinfall in the 120 class, Conklin in the second at 132, and Matthews in the 138 bout with only 20 seconds remaining.
Foltz said Dabelko, and seniors Hogue and Wesley Medrano, who took a forfeit against Mitchell, are having a great year. Despite being a freshman, Dabelko's success is not a surprise, given he comes to the program with club wrestling experience, the coach said.
While the younger more inexperienced Gladiators take their "whoopings," Foltz said the key to their success at this point in the season is weight.
"You have to get everybody at the right weight where they have the best chances, especially the older guys who are leading the way," the coach said. "That and just cleaning up our wrestling. I'm glad we came out on top."
Rampart 107, Liberty 79
At Rampart: Julie Henninger's two first-place finishes and dominance in each of the relay events helped propel Rampart over Liberty. Henninger took first in both the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 6.02 seconds and in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.69. She was also part of the Rams' 400 free relay and 200 medley relay teams which also took first.
In the 200 individual medley, Jessica Chen won in 2:28.86 and helped all three of the Rampart relay teams to victory. Also for the Rams, Hannah Smith took first in the 500 free in 6:02.89.
Also aiding wins in the relay events were Olivia Parvin in the 400 and 200 free. She was second in the individual 100 and 200. Allison Popelar, who was second in the 500, was also among the winning 400 and 200 medley relay foursomes.
Liberty wasn't without its stars. Allison Ramirez also took first in two events, including the 50 free in 26.82 - a mere .26 seconds ahead of second place-Rampart's Lindsey Horning - and the 100 free in 58.25.
Also for the Lancers, Carsen Glass took the 100 backstroke in 1:07.12, and Samantha Lenzmeier won the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.77. Lenzmeier was second in the fly.
In the 1-meter diving event, Liberty's Hannah Mellecker brought in 148.60 points for first place.
Doherty 116, Fountain-Fort Carson 66
At Doherty: Doherty won nine of 12 events, led by Kat Mills, winner in the 200 and 500 freestyles, and Shelly Kukula, winner of the 100 free and 50 free and contributor in the 200 medley relay-winning team.
Rampart 82, Douglas County 36
At Rampart: 5A No. 2 Rampart (8-2) came out strong with a 23-7 first quarter against Douglas County (6-5), helping the Rams put down the visiting Huskies. Rampart continued its scoring onslaught in the second half, outscoring Douglas County 45-21.
Three Rams scored double digits, including Lucia Archuleta with 13, hitting three 3s, Gabi O'Connor and Megan Kavalec each with 10. Kavalec, who had two from beyond the arc, also came up with four rebounds and three steals. Danielle Flynn led in rebounds with five. Victoria Mondy had two blocks and two steals.
Douglas County stats were not reported.
James Irwin 45, Pueblo Centennial 27
At Pueblo Centennial: Breaking loose in the second half to outscore its host 31-16, visitor James Irwin (1-8, 1-3 3A Tri-Peaks East) put up its first win of the season against Pueblo Centennial (1-3, 3-6). Aiding the Jaguars was Moriah Ceballes, who put up double digits in scoring, rebounds and steals, the second time this season. Ceballes, a captain and sophomore, scored 20 points for James Irwin and finished with 12 rebounds and 10 steals.
Kateri Felix, a senior captain, finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five steals. Hannah Elmore, also senior captain, had six rebounds and six steals.
Pueblo Centennial stats were not reported.
Valor Christian 54, Palmer 40
At Valor Christian: Despite 19 points from Jenn Urbaniak, Palmer was unable to get ahead of host Valor Christian. This is the ninth game this season in which Urbaniak has scored 19 points or better for the Terrors. Against Valor Christian, she also had 14 rebounds and two steals.
The Eagles' Caroline Bryan was their scoring leader with 17 points. Kendall Bradbury had 15 points, including two buckets from outside.
Palmer Ridge 36, Air Academy 30
At Palmer Ridge: Although the 4A No. 3 Bears were blanked in the first quarter, they outscored the Kadets 29-14 between the second and third quarters, as Palmer Ridge (8-2, 3-1 PPAC) rallied against Air Academy (5-5, 1-2).
Michelle DeCoud led the Bears in scoring with 12 points. She also had 11 rebounds. Ali Meyer, who scored nine points, had 10 rebounds and six blocks.
Air Academy's Kassady Huffman finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, nine blocks and four steals.
Sierra 45, Woodland Park 36
At Woodland Park: Sierra (5-5, 2-1 4A CSML) made use of a solid opening quarter to bring down Woodland Park (3-9, 0-1).
The Stallions' TaLeeza Earls and Desalia Fuller each finished with 13 points. Earls had seven rebounds, while Kanecia Cooks had 10. Cooks had four blocks, and Nadirah Oakman had eight rebounds and six steals. Malaynah Palaroan had five steals.
Woodland Park's stats were not reported.