Published: September 10, 2013
Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Manitou Springs def. The Classical Academy 25-12, 25-11, 25-22
At Manitou Springs: Pikes Peak region 3A & Below No. 1 Manitou Springs (9-0 overall, 3-0 3A Tri-Peaks West) is still undefeated after beating visiting TCA in three games.
Often when Manitou Springs and TCA (1-2, 1-1) get together, the two push each other five games for the outcome. This time around, the Mustangs were so aggressive, the Titans weren't in the first two games (25-12, 25-11), Manitou Springs coach Carol Benedict said. The Mustangs sealed the win with a 25-22 third game.
"We have such strength at the net, but I like that we have two strong hitters but everyone is contributing," Benedict said. "No matter what level we play, we seem to play our game. I'm so pleased to see them doing that this year."
Mustangs sophomore Katie McKiel led in kills with 15 and blocks with six. Sophomore Angala Jensen had 10 assists. Junior Sydney Brooks finished with 17 digs, while sophomore Nicole Mack had 10.
Lewis-Palmer def. Liberty 25-14, 25-14, 25-18
At Liberty: 4A No. 1 Lewis-Palmer remained undefeated (8-0) after topping host 5A No. 2 Liberty (5-3) in a three-game nonconference sweep.
Rangers junior Alexa Smith had 12 kills, four aces and seven digs. Sophomore Tylar Fugate had six digs.
Liberty's Jenna McGuire, a sophomore, had three aces. She also led the team in kills with four. Senior Jenna Stoffel led the team in digs with five.
Palmer Ridge def. Mitchell 25-17, 25-14, 25-15
At Palmer Ridge: Mitchell (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season against host Palmer Ridge (5-2) in nonconference play.
For the Bears, seniors Zoe Wilson and Sierra Parker each finished with eight kills, while junior Josie Lopez assisted 15. Parker also put up two blocks. Senior Elle Sample led the team in digs with 13. Lopez had seven aces.
Doherty def. Mesa Ridge 25-15, 25-17, 25-15
At Mesa Ridge: 5A No. 1 Doherty pushes its win streak to four games (4-0) after sweeping host Mesa Ridge (5-3).
Spartans senior Haleigh Washington finished with an impressive 18 kills. Senior Gabby Simpson, who led the team in assists with 33, had three blocks, two solo, while senior Kaylee Bussinger had six digs. Washington had four.
Colorado Springs Christian School def. Fountain Valley 25-20, 25-17, 25-22
At CSCS: Colorado Springs Christian School (3-0) won in three games over Fountain Valley (3-4).
Lions sophomore Abby Skrastins led in kills with 16 and aces with eight. Senior Maddy Stephens had six. Seniors Jordan Diamond and Kelsey Hunter each had seven digs, while freshman Cassie Davis finished with 19 assists.
Discovery Canyon def. Sierra 25-11, 25-13, 25-11
At Discovery Canyon: Sierra (0-4) is still struggling to claim its first win of the year after Tuesday's three-game loss to host Discovery Canyon (3-3) in nonconference action.
For the Thunder, junior Aly Fry had nine kills, and senior Carina Serratore had 14 assists.
Sierra stats were not reported.
St. Mary's def. James Irwin 25-19, 25-11, 25-23
At James Irwin: St. Mary's (2-6, 2-1 3A Tri-Peaks East) earned its second win of the season on the road against host James Irwin (4-2, 2-1).
Pirates junior Katie Whitelaw and senior Mollie Schreck each had 11 kills against the Jaguars. Freshman Emily Broerman came up with 31 digs. Whitelaw had 13. Taralynn Sweeney, also a freshman, had 22 assists.
For James Irwin, freshman Jade Brown led the team in kills with eight and in aces with four. Sophomore Moriah Ceballes, who had seven kills, led in blocks with 10, six solo. Sophomore Leilani Toloa-Thompson had 10 digs.
Vista Ridge def. Widefield 25-27, 25-19, 25-15, 25-19
At Vista Ridge: Vista Ridge (4-5) handed visitor Widefield (4-3) a tough loss after four grueling games for nonconference competition.
Wolves senior Kaitlyn Monck had nine kills and 13 assists. Junior Rebekah Feola had four blocks, while freshman Kaitlyn Babauta had 17 digs. Junior Molly Demers also came up with 13 digs, and freshman Morganne Eppard 10. Feola and Monck had five aces each.
Widefield stats were not reported.
Pikes Peak Chr. def. CIVA Charter 25-18, 25-22, 25-9
At Pikes Peak Christian: Pikes Peak Christian (1-2, 1-0 2A Black Forest) picked up its first win of the year as host to CIVA Charter (0-5, 0-2), which is struggling through a losing streak.
Eagles junior Devon Forman had four kills. Sophomore Aspen Sweat had eight assists and five aces.
CIVA Charter stats were not reported.
Colorado Springs School def. Vanguard Charter 25-9, 25-14, 25-7
At Colorado Springs School: 3A and below No. 2 Colorado Springs School (7-0, 1-0 2A Black Forest) nursed its win streak to seven games after a three-game sweep over visitor Vanguard (4-3, 1-1) in conference play.
Kodiaks senior Kendra Baucom finished with nine kills and four solo blocks. Junior Maddee Morley had six digs, while Baucom had five. Morley also had 20 assists.
Vanguard Charter stats were not reported.
Air Academy def. Rampart 30-32. 26-24, 27-25, 25-22
At Air Academy: 4A No. 3 Air Academy (5-1) came out on the favorable end of a four-game donnybrook against visitor Rampart (3-3) including a first-game marathon which ended 32-30 to the Rams.
The Kadets, however, remained strong and won the next three games, two of which went into extra points.
Air Academy junior Jordan Pingel had 15 kills and 11 digs, while sophomore Ashley Pagan had 12 kills. Senior Ashley Nelson had five blocks, one solo. Sophomore Bryce Schwartz had 38 assists.
Rampart stats were not reported.
Rampart 2, Columbine 1 (OT)
At Columbine: Although the action wasn't fast, Rampart (3-1) won a tough game against host Columbine (0-4). After a scoreless first period, the Rams put up a 1-0 lead on a goal from junior Brendan Reich, assisted by senior Tim Hahn, in the 16th minute of the second. With just under five minutes remaining, Columbine's Mark O'Connor scored the tying goal with help from Ali Moeeni.
"For them to score with four minutes left, that was nerve-wracking," Rams coach Karl Anderson said.
Less than six minutes into overtime, however, Reich scored the game-winner, again assisted by Hahn. Anderson said the two teams were evenly matched, but with as much rain as the field saw, it was tough for either team to bring their best game.
"It was slow movement of a game," he said. "You can't judge your kids too well out there. Even the refs were falling down trying to keep up. It was a tough fly out there.
"It definitely showed determination. They still kept their game up as tough as possible."
Widefield 3, Vista Ridge 0
At Widefield: Center back Bret Stealey's header put Widefield up 1-0 late in the first half on Vista Ridge (1-5) and the Gladiators (3-2) never looked back.
Stealey scored off a corner kick and Austin Weidner and Angelo Martinez each tallied in the second half for the Gladiators.
"Our defense is playing really well covering for each other," first-year Widefield coach Stephen Portugal said. "There were a couple (chances), but overall they're not leaving openings for the opposing team to take shots on goal."
Adams City 2, Liberty 0
At Liberty: The rain soured most of the action between Adams City (2-3) and host Liberty (2-3-1). However, the two teams played pretty even, Lancers coach Gregg Braha said.
"I thought we played some very good soccer at times," he said. "It was fast tempo and we looked pretty good."
Liberty's fortune may have been switched around had it capitalized on three quality scoring opportunities.
"It would have been a different game if we had scored on one of those opportunities," Braha said. "Playing from behind is tough with a team that really possesses the ball well."
Adams City goals came in the second half, the first from Genaro Jimenez, who later assisted Adan Varela.
Manitou Springs 9, Woodland Park 1
At Woodland Park: Manitou Springs stretched its undefeated record to six games after a 9-1 win over host Woodland Park (0-3-1), which is still searching for its first win of the year.
The Mustangs' senior Mick Prather had four goals. Senior captain Sawyer Lincoln put in three and assisted four. Sophomore Josh Elkington scored two and assisted two. Junior Darwin Fredrickson also had an assist.
Panthers junior Caleb King had his team's only goal, assisted by freshman Trevor Hinton. Senior goalkeeper Bryan Cosgriff had 15 saves.
Doherty 5, Discovery Canyon 3
At Doherty: 5A No. 3 Doherty (3-1-1) completed its stretch of home games to start the season with a win over visitor Discovery Canyon (1-3) in the Thunder's first away game.
In the first, Spartans Anthony Acosta struck first on an unassisted goal in the seventh minute. In the 33rd minute, Marcus Krause followed with a goal assisted by Doug Fajardo for a Doherty 2-0 lead. With three minutes left in the first period, Discovery Canyon's senior captain Josh Beardslee scored.
Thunder junior Nick Kinch tied the game with a goal 14 minutes into the second period. Doherty's Max Drummond opened things up by scoring two goals within three minutes of each other. Krause assisted both the scores, helping the Spartans to a 4-2 lead.
Thunder senior Tyler Doolittle cut the lead again with an unassisted goal in the 65th minute. However, it was Doherty's Cesar Delgado who struck the nail into Discovery Canyon's coffin, assisted by Krause, with four minutes remaining in regulation.
In goal, keeper Nick Pallisco had eight saves for Doherty, while senior Ryan Byrnes had 10 for the Thunder.
Canon City 10, Pueblo County 2
At Canon City: 4A No. 3 Canon City (4-1, 2-0) stretched its win streak to four games Tuesday against struggling visitor Pueblo County (0-3, 0-1) in 4A South Central Conference action.
Senior Michael Mann scored three goals and assisted another. Senior Steven Ortega had two goals and one assist. Junior Landon Schluter and sophomore Billy Stopka also each scored twice.
Senior goalie Jordan Jones had five saves in his 80 minutes in the net.
Pueblo County stats were not reported.
Douglas County 8, Air Academy 4
At Air Academy: Douglas County (8-0) came up big in the first inning with five runs against host Air Academy (6-7), leading to an 8-4 win. The Kadets fought back in the bottom of the fifth bringing three runners home.
Huskies junior Sam Hardy went 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs. Freshman Jordan Acosta was 3 for 3.
Air Academy stats were not reported.
Coronado 19, Mitchell 13
At Mitchell: There was little defense in the game between host Mitchell (1-9) and Coronado (2-9). The Cougars' lineup produced 17 hits and scored 19 times. The Marauders connected for 12 hits and scored 13. The two had seven errors between them.
Cougars junior Torrie Spearman doubled twice, going 4 for 5 at the plate with six RBIs. Sophomore Kelly Weil was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a double. Junior Kaitlyn Soulier and senior Patricia Bartley also each had a double.
Junior Brianna Beatie had eight stolen bases among Coronado base runners.
On the mound, sophomore Riley Afshari had seven strikeouts in three innings and only gave up one hit. Bartley pitched four innings, facing 23 batters. She walked six, struck out three and hit two.
Mitchell stats were not reported.