Published: April 15, 2014
Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Mesa Ridge 4, Woodland Park 0
At Woodland Park: Mesa Ridge (7-4 overall, 5-0 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) struck conference pay dirt after shutting out Woodland Park (6-3, 2-1) to claim the regular-season league crown.
Mesa Ridge has yet to give up a goal in league play.
"The machine is taking over," Grizzlies coach Mario Sigala said. "We are creating great things with a lot of players. That tempo and momentum we have is moving us forward."
Mesa Ridge's defensive structure has been a focus for the team for a couple years, the coach said.
"They are really clicking," Sigala said. "They are not ball watching. It's really neat to see them coming together and gelling as a team."
Marisa Bisgrove, Sommer Sigala, Darby Cross and Miranda Bisgrove scored to lock up the crown for the Grizzlies, who have only Mitchell left in conference play.
"I think they are finally getting it," Sigala said. "It's about shape, and it's really sinking into their heads that it's a lot simpler game than what other teams make it out to be. Every win is creating something, more belief in every one of them and that they can accomplish more."
Even if the Grizzlies lose to Mitchell, they will have beaten any team that can catch them in the league race.
Coronado 3, Mitchell 0
At Coronado: With two goals from Tori Spearman and another from Tyesha Williams, Coronado (3-5, 3-1 4A CSML) managed to blank Mitchell (2-6-1, 2-2).
In goal for the Cougars, Emily Lambert had one save to preserve the shutout.
Lewis-Palmer 5, Vista Ridge 0
At Lewis-Palmer: Lewis-Palmer (7-2-2, 2-1 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) rung up five goals against Vista Ridge (2-8-1, 0-3).
The Rangers' Michelle Coleman found the back of the net twice, while Kristen Belisairo and Brianna Alger each scored one and assisted another. Courtney Chastain also scored.
Between the pipes, Wolves goalkeeper Jessie Mourning had 14 saves.
Air Academy 1, Discovery Canyon 0
At Air Academy: Scoreless at halftime, Air Academy's Katie Rainsberger, assisted by Brooke Braden, managed to notch the game-winning goal in the second period against Discovery Canyon (6-3, 2-1 4A PPAC).
The Kadets (3-5, 2-1) went on to preserve the shutout, aided by goalkeeper Sierra Daniger, who finished with five saves.
Palmer Ridge 1, Sand Creek 0
At Mackenzie Gouner scored in the second half to give Palmer Ridge (4-4, 2-1 4A PPAC) the big league win over Sand Creek (9-2, 1-2).
Kaylyn Smith had seven saves for the shutou.
Karleen Pappert made 10 saves for the Scorpions.
Pine Creek 11, Doherty 10
At Pine Creek: In a walk-off, Pine Creek (8-4, 3-1 5A CSML) managed to edge Doherty (4-8, 1-2) during a tight conference battle where the Spartans were down 4-1 before they put up four runs in the top of the fourth.
Doherty brought in another four runs in the top of the fifth. However, the Eagles answered with four in the bottom of the inning and two more in the sixth.
This is the sixth game this season Pine Creek has either come from behind to win or won by one run. The Eagles came from behind twice to beat Rampart this year.
"Both teams got down the bunt. Both teams got great hits. It was really two great teams going at it," Pine Creek coach Glenn Millhauser said. "We've had a ton of close games. I think we've built on that confidence and momentum with other one-run games we've had, knowing you've done it six times previously. They get relaxed, knowing the game is on the line and your team can get it done."
Pine Creek's Evan Maeker, who was credited with the win, went 3 for 3 at bat including a home run and three RBIs. Ben Underhill was 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Connor Deeds had three hits including the game-winning hit to drive in the winning run in the seventh.
Doherty's Nick Chavez went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs. Lalo Porras threw four innings for the Spartans, striking out six but giving up six earned runs.
"Hats off to that guy," Millhauser said. "He was really good and pitched a heck of a game. He battled his little heart out."
Liberty 7, Fountain-Fort Carson 4
At Liberty: After being tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Zach Estes hit a walk-off three-run homer for Liberty (5-6, 2-1 5A CSML) to defeat Fountain-Fort Carson (4-9, 2-2).
The Lancers' Kyle Simon also doubled in the game.
Mesa Ridge 16, Widefield 6, 6 innings
At Mesa Ridge: Twelve runs in the bottom of the second inning helped Mesa Ridge (11-3, 4-0 4A CSML) best Widefield (5-8, 2-2) in conference play.
Widefield's Manny Balquin came up with a home run and an RBI. Steven Villafan had a double and two RBIs.
The Grizzlies totaled 13 hits and no errors. Individual stats were not reported.
Lewis-Palmer 11, Discovery Canyon 4
At Discovery Canyon: Lewis-Palmer (9-3, 7-0 4A PPAC) put up eight runs in the top of the fourth inning against Discovery Canyon (3-9, 2-5).
The Rangers' Ben Stinson went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Pitcher Colin Cicere finished with seven strikeouts over five innings with one earned run.
The Thunder's Alex Heebner went 2 for 4 at the dish with two RBIs.
Palmer Ridge 12, Air Academy 5
At Air Academy: Palmer Ridge (9-3, 7-1 4A PPAC) came out on top over host Air Academy (5-5-1, 4-3) during conference play after bringing in 11 combined runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Kadets were only able to answer with two in that span, finishing with seven hits and five errors.
Among the Bears' 15 hits was Tanner Christopherson's triple to go with two RBIs. Billy Schulze went 3 for 5 with a triple and RBI. Jack Stamper also went 3 for 5 with three RBIs.
Palmer 8, Rampart 5
At Rampart: Palmer (4-8, 2-1 5A CSML) kept itself among the top three in the conference after beating Rampart (1-10-1, 0-2-1) with seven runs in the top of the sixth inning and 13 hits.
Austin Alberts went 3 for 5 at the plate with a double and two RBIs for the Terrors. Joe Simon also finished with two RBIs and a double after going 2 for 3.
Rampart's Walter Duggan doubled and drove in a run.
Valor Christian 6, Woodland Park 0
At Woodland Park: With one tough inning, Woodland Park (3-7) was unable to hold off Valor Christian (8-5) in nonconference action. The Eagles put up five runs in the top of the fifth inning to pull away.
Woodland Park pitcher Keegan Harman finished five innings with seven strikeouts and two earned runs. The Panthers' offense had four hits, including a double from Harman.
Kiowa 13, Calhan 2, 5 innings
At Kiowa: Kiowa (9-3, 7-1 2A Black Forest League) brought in seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning against Calhan (6-4, 2-2) to put the Bulldogs down and keep the Indians on top of the conference.
Kiowa's Caleb Smith went 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBIs. Marshal Deering had a triple and brought in two runs.
Deering also worked the mound for five innings, booking 11 strikeouts while giving up two earned runs.
Rampart 95, Fountain-Fort Carson 88
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Rampart narrowly held off Fountain-Fort Carson in head-to-head action.
Andrew Weiss won two events for the Rams, including the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 6.92 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.54. Also touching the wall first for Rampart was Edward McNulty in 2:24.05 to win the 200 individual medley. Jayden Valdez won the 1-meter diving event with 107.85 points. Cameron Hughes won the 100 butterfly with 1:06.06 on the clock, and Nikolai McFall won the 500 freestyle in 5:25.02.
For the Trojans, Brenan Bloyd won two events. His time of 54.38 was good enough to win the 100 free, while 2:05.61 won him the 200 free. Dylan Holman won the 50 free in 25.42.
Rampart's relay teams won the 200 and 400 free events, while the 200 medley relay went to Fountain-Fort Carson's foursome.
Air Academy 56, Discovery Canyon 22
At Air Academy: Air Academy's Hunter Doerr took first in the 100 back with a time of 55.20 and the 50 free with 21.64 in its win over Discovery Canyon.
Blaine Wuertz won the diving competition with 193.80 points. In the 100 fly, Caleb Hicks posted 53.04 to take first for Air Academy. Brennan Mays had 5:06.19 on the clock to win the 500 free. Michael Loyd had 1:01.78 in the 100 breast.
Keeping Discovery Canyon in things was Blake Lawrie, who finished with 47.99 in the 100 free and 1:47.47 in the 200 free. In the 200 IM, Jonathan Donehower won in 2:01.31.
Air Academy's 400 free and 200 medley relay teams claimed the win, while the 200 free relay went to the Thunder.
St. Mary's 15, Prairie View 4
At Prairie View: St. Mary's dominated Prairie View (0-2) with Drew Chesire and Alex Greely each scoring four goals. Chesire assisted on two others. Daniel Raskob scored three times and Kyler Kasten had two goals and two assists.
Air Academy 22, Chaparral 6
At Chaparral: Air Academy (7-1) dismantled host Chaparral (3-7) . The Kadets remained undefeated on the road.
Maddie Jahelka finished with five goals and an assist for Air Academy. Natalie Berg scored three and assisted three others. Emily Trousil had three goals and an assist, while Libby Miller finished with a hat trick.
In net, goalie Jaycee Davis finished with six saves.
Doherty 4, Fountain Valley 3
At Fountain Valley: With much success among the doubles matches, Doherty managed to hold off Fountain Valley.
The Spartans' Kylie Simons won the No. 1 singles bout, but Nos. 2 and 3 singles went to Fountain Valley's Casey Lane and Ji-Won Park, respectively.
Kylie Hylton and Bronte Daly in No. 2 doubles, Kendall Rea and Jenna Rochelle in No.3 doubles, and Abbie Stultz and Allyssa Ross in No. 4 doubles won their respective matches for the Spartans. The No. 3 doubles match went two sets with a tiebreaker in the second set.
The Danes' No. 1 doubles team of Caroline Verbica and Sashini Weerasundara won in a three-set tiebreaker.
Widefield 7, Colorado Springs School 0
At Widefield: Widefield swept all seven matches against Colorado Springs School. In No. 2 singles action, the Gladiators' Erica Johnson took the win in too hard fought sets 6-1, 7-5.
Cheyenne Mountain 6, Kent Denver 1
At Cheyenne Mountain: Not every match was handed to the Indians, but Cheyenne Mountain managed to defeat visitor Kent Denver.
The longest battle was in the No. 2 singles bout which went to the Sun Devils' Delaney Nalen over Daniela Adamczyk 6-7 (7), 6-2, 10-4. Cheyenne Mountain's Megan Dibble and Chelsey Geisz won the No. 3 doubles match three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.