Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Cheyenne Mountain def. Air Academy 27-25, 26-24, 21-25, 20-25, 15-11
At Air Academy: It doesn't get much closer than Cheyenne Mountain's (11-1, 2-0 4A Pikes Peak League) five-game marathon win over host Air Academy (10-2, 2-1).
After the 4A No. 1 Indians took the first two games, 4A No. 3 Air Academy proved itself a powerhouse in the next two, Cheyenne Mountain coach David Barkley said.
"They didn't let much touch the floor," he said. "They ran us well. They are very well-coached and did a great job."
In the three games which the Indians won, Barkley said the team's blocking was improved. Maddie Beal, who led in kills with 13, had nine blocks, as did Mara Barkley.
Cheyenne Mountain's Jenna Price had 12 kills. Beal also had four aces. Micka Dickson, a sophomore, came up with 30 digs. Holly Huffman, also a sophomore, had 30 assists.
Barkley said winning such a close battle has two major benefits.
"It helps them to keep playing when things aren't going your way, so to speak, finding a way to win it against a real-deal team like Air Academy," Barkley said. "Also, learning how to finish matches like you are supposed to. When it comes time to do it, they found a way.
"One thing we want to do at this point is work on being more consistent."
Air Academy's Jordan Pingel led the game in kills with 23. Ashley Pagan had 13. Ashley Nelson had three solo blocks.
Digs were all over the place for the Kadets with six of its players in double digits. Pagan had 19, while Bryce Schwartz and Claire Kuzara each had 17. Pingel dug out 15, and Gabby Jones had 12. Schwartz also assisted 43 successful attacks.
Mesa Ridge def. Woodland Park 26-24, 25-22, 25-22
At Woodland Park: Woodland Park made Mesa Ridge work for it, but it was the Grizzlies (10-4, 4-1 4A CSML) who came out on top Tuesday on the road against the host Panthers (6-6, 3-1).
Tiffani Jackson had 10 kills for Mesa Ridge, while Kylee Shook had five solo blocks. Aeryn Quintana had 26 assists.
For Woodland Park, Carli Vahsholtz led in kills with nine. Paloma Juarros had 18 assists. Maureen Cummings had three blocks. In back, Linnea Sauer dug out 21, while Kaitlyn Smith had 10 digs.
Colorado Springs Christian School def. Florence 25-16, 25-13, 25-16
At CSCS: It didn't take much for Colorado Springs Christian School (6-7, 5-2 3A Tri-Peaks West) to put down Florence (4-10, 2-6).
After nine kills from Maddy Stephens, 16 assists from Cassie Davis, three blocks and 12 digs from Abby Skrastins, and four aces from Jamie Nielson, the Lions rolled over the Huskies in three games.
Florence stats were not reported.
Manitou Springs def. Fountain Valley 25-5, 25-14, 25-11
At Fountain Valley: Manitou Springs, still undefeated. The 3A and below No. 1 Mustangs (15-0, 8-0 3A Tri-Peaks West) claimed Fountain Valley (4-9, 1-7) as its latest victim during a 15-game win streak.
Helping Manitou Springs to its latest blistering was Nicole Mack's 12 kills and five blocks. Katie McKiel had 10 kills and two aces. Sydney Brooks had five aces. Angala Jensen had 30 assists.
Fountain Valley's Morgan Heath had five kills, while Lindsay Kopf had 10 digs.
St. Mary's def. Trinidad 25-13, 25-11, 25-15
At Trinidad: After a winless nonconference schedule, St. Mary's (5-7, 5-2 3A Tri-Peaks East) is hitting its stride.
Behind seven blocks from Katie Whitelaw, the Pirates swept Trinidad and won their fifth conference game.
Palmer Ridge def. Falcon 22-25, 26-24, 27-25, 25-21
At Falcon: Palmer Ridge (7-4, 1-1 4A PPAC) notched its first league win by taking the last three sets from Falcon (4-5, 1-1).
Megan Orth led the Falcons with seven kills, Dominique Fisher had six kills and led the team with eight blocks, while Hanna Felice had three kills, 12 digs and three aces.
Madison Waldman had a team-high 14 digs.
Palmer Ridge did not enter stats.
Woodland Park 16, Mesa Ridge 6
At Mesa Ridge: In what was a closer game than the score revealed, Woodland Park coach Dale Huntington said the Pikes Peak region 4A and below No. 3 Panthers (15-3, 9-0 4A CSML) followed up its league-title clincher from Thursday with a 16-6 win over Mesa Ridge (5-13, 5-4) in Fountain.
Woodland Park struggled defensively with four errors, two of which were costly with two outs in check. However, with solid pitching from Mallorie Trichell, who threw a full game with seven strikeouts, four walks and two earned runs, the Panthers won again.
"She did a fine job for us," Huntington said.
The Panthers' bats, however, were boosted by senior productivity, helping them score 16 on 18 hits. Kelee Suggs went 3 for 5 at the plate with four RBIs, a triple and her 11th home run of the season. Trichell (3 for 5) also put up a triple and a double with four RBIs.
"Between Suggs and Trichell, those ended up being big-time hits to bring in runs for us," the coach said. "Definitely our seniors tonight, they were able to make it happen for us when we needed it."
Also having a solid outing at the dish was Lexie Comer (2 for 3) with three RBIs, a double and two stolen bases. Cheyenne Wilcox has been coming up big with her bat and keeping the innings going for the Panthers, Huntington said, while Morgan Suggs, a sophomore, drove in three runs against Mesa Ridge.
"All around the girls have been hitting when we've needed to get the hits," Huntington said. "Tonight, it was mainly those girls right there who kept it out of reach."
Woodland Park clinched the 4A CSML title after a win over Widefield on Thursday, claiming the team's first goal of the year. The next, to etch itself a place in the state championship tournament, the coach said.
"It's a tough week," Huntington said. "We still have two more games to play. We needed to be sharper today. We obviously have a lot of work to do before the playoffs."
Keeping players focused is a task this week, being Woodland Park's homecoming and a fire at the school which disrupted the usual schedule, the coach said. However, the roster's unselfishness is a strength Huntington hopes to see the team through to the 4A brackets.
"We have defensive players with people who hit for them. That's their job," he said. "Sometimes you get friction from kids who think they can hit and play the field, but we have a great group of girls who do their job. As a coach, you can't ask for more. They play for each other."
The last time Woodland Park won a conference title in softball was 1999.
Mesa Ridge's Lauren Anding went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Caroll Ellsworth was 2 for 3 and also brought in two runs.
Widefield 11, Coronado 1, Game 1
Widefield 23, Coronado 2, Game 2
At Widefield: In the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader, Widefield (9-8-1, 7-2 4A CSML) scored seven runs in the bottom of the first against Coronado (5-14, 4-5) in league action. The seven-run romp in the first was aided by Megan Shanks who delivered her first shot over the fence for the season, bringing in three runs. She drove in four RBIs total. She also had a double going 4 for 4 at the plate. Ashley Menini also connected for a two-base hit and three RBIs.
Makenna Johnson worked the mound for both games, 10 innings total. She had one earned run in 53 at-bats between the two games, struck out five and walked only two batters.
Widefield came out on top of the second game 23-2 where Samantha Lacey (3 for 4) came up with a triple and three RBIs. Shanks (3 for 4) had five RBIs and a double, while Asia Burciago also had a two-base hit with an RBI.
Coronado's Kaitlyn Soulier booked two doubles on the day, while Brianna Beatie had a triple in the first game.
Doherty 12, Fountain-Fort Carson 5
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Doherty (6-11, 1-3 5A CSML) scored 12 runs on 12 hits against Fountain-Fort Carson (3-15, 1-3).
The Spartans' Breanna Brettschneider took it to the plate with a 2-for-4 outing with a double and an RBI. Emma Chesire (2 for 4) had three RBIs and a double. Lexi Pallisco (2 for 4, RBI) and Hannah Apodaca (2 for 3, RBI) also had two-base hits.
On the bump, Brettschneider pitched a full game with five strikeouts and one earned run.
The Trojans' Valeria Mendoza (2 for 4), a sophomore, slugged a home run. Corrina Porras (1 for 3) hit a triple, and Jayde Wilson had a double. Shalia Rolon went 3 for 4.
Pine Creek 3, Palmer 2
At Palmer: With three runs in the top of the third inning, Pine Creek (15-3, 4-0 5A CSML) managed to preserve its lead over host Palmer (6-10, 2-2) Tuesday and stay undefeated in conference and push its win streak to seven games.
On the mound, Haylee McKeehan pitched the full game and sat 12 batters, walked two and finished with two earned runs. At the dish, Madeline McWhorter had a 2-for-3 outing with a double. Alexis Martinez went 3 for 4.
For the Terrors, Samantha Archuleta had two stolen bases.
Florence 16, St. Mary's 2
At St. Mary's: Undefeated in conference, Florence (10-7, 5-0 3A District 2) was too much for host St. Mary's after the Pirates gave up five runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Huskies scored 16 runs on 10 hits.
For the Pirates, Briana Medina-Martinez had two RBIs.
Florence stats were not reported.
Rampart 11, Liberty 3
At Liberty: 5A No. 1 Rampart (16-2, 4-0 5A CSML) made use of its 13 total hits, scoring 11, to beat host Liberty (6-12, 0-4) to remain undefeated among conference teams.
The Rams' Kara Jones went 3 for 5 at the plate including a double, while Kaesha Harper also produced a two-base hit and an RBI on a 2 for 4 day. Jenna Malone (2 for 4) and Madison Gerchow (2 for 4) each drove in three runs.
On the bump, Alyssa McDowell pitched all seven innings and struck out five, walked none and gave up two earned runs.
Liberty stats were not reported.
Falcon 12, Sand Creek 7
At Falcon: With eight runs between the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, Falcon (10-8, 5-2 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) took over the lead for good from Sand Creek (4-14, 1-6).
The Scorpions' Rebecca Harris and Amber Thompson each had a double and two RBIs. Harris also had two stolen bases.
Falcon stats were not reported.
Palmer Ridge 6, Falcon 0
At Palmer Ridge: The Bears (1-8-1, 1-2-1 4A PPAC) came up with their first win of the season against winless Falcon (0-10, 0-3).
Jimmy Kochanski, a junior, scored one goal and assisted three others. Luke Zarkovacki had one goal and two assists, while Marcus Garrison, River Jones, Garrett Obermeyer and Jeff Stolk each found the back of the net once.
Ashton DeGraff made one save to preserve the shutout.
Falcon stats were not reported.
TCA 10, ECA 0
At Evangelical Christian Academy: 3A No. 1 The Classical Academy (12-0, 2-0 3A Region 2) continued to roll, getting two goals from Robby Jacobs, Jeremy Baldes and Michael Slattery in its 10-goal-rule win over ECA (0-10, 0-2).
The Titans defense held the Eagles without a shot.
Aurora West College Prep Academy 3, St. Mary's 0
At St. Mary's: Aurora West (8-2) scored twice in the second half to put the game away for good, as St. Mary's (1-9) searches for a second victory.
Canon City 3, Pueblo County 2, 2OT
At Pueblo County: Michael Mann scored twice and Jordan Holand once, as Canon City (7-4, 5-3 4A South Central) held off Pueblo County (2-8, 2-5).
St. Mary's Academy 2, Cheyenne Mountain 0
At St. Mary's Academy: Cheyenne Mountain (2-6-2, 2-5-1) gave up a goal in each half, as St. Mary's Academy (4-4-1, 3-3-1) pulled away with the win.