Published: April 1, 2014
Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Pine Creek 10, Valor Chr. 9
At Pine Creek: Pine Creek (4-4) blew an early lead but made up for it with a four-run sixth inning, keyed by Conner Deeds' two-run single to beat Valor Christian (5-3), ranked second in Class 4A by the Associated Press.
Deeds also notched the win, shutting out Valor by striking out five over the final two innings.
Pine Creek, ranked first in the Class 5A Pikes Peak region, built up a 5-1 lead going into the fourth inning. Valor sandwiched five runs in the fourth and three in the fifth around a lone Pine Creek run in the bottom of the fourth to grab a 9-6 lead.
But Pine Creek rallied in the sixth for the victory.
The Eagles' Turner Kinkaid went 2 for 3 at the plate with a triple and three RBIs. Ben Underhill had a double. Tucker Klein went 2 for 2 and scored twice.
Coronado 7, Woodland Park 5
At Woodland Park: In the bottom of the third inning, Woodland Par answered Coronado's first-inning, two-run performance ,but was unable to produce the same after five runs from the Cougars over the next three.
Coronado (2-6, 1-0 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) notched the win on the road for its first conference win.
Woodland Park's Dakota Herman minded the mound for five innings and booked seven strikeouts and two earned runs. He went 2 for 4 with a double at the plate. Logan Watters also doubled.
Coronado stats were not reported by press time.
Widefield 28, Harrison 0 (5 innings)
At Harrison: With the 10-run rule in effect, Widefield (4-6, 1-0 4A CSML) ended things after five innings and 28 runs over host Harrison (0-5, 0-1), scoring eight runs in the top of the second, 11 in the fourth and seven in the fifth.
Isaiah Volcic went 4 for 4 with a triple, two doubles and eight RBIs. Dylan Watson also hit a triple. Manny Balquin brought in four runs.
Balquin also struck out eight hitters in five innings and held the Pantehrs to one hit.
Harrison individual stats were not reported.
CSCS 5, Manitou Springs 4 (6 innings)
Manitou Springs 11, CSCS 1 (5 innings)
At Manitou Springs: Colorado Springs Christian School (2-4, 1-1 3A Tri-Peaks West League) and Manitou Springs (2-2, 1-1) split a doubleheader.
CSCS came out on top in a close one against host 3A No. 3 ranked Manitou Springs. The Mustangs were trailing by four runs going into the bottom of the sixth inning and put up three runs but came up short with the tying runner.
The Lions' Riley Nelson went 2 for 3 with a double. Seth Whiteside hit 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Manitou Springs' Cameron Noble had a double and two RBIs.
The Mustangs came out on top after five innings of the other game with 11 runs on 16 hits, allowing only one hit from Colorado Springs Christian School.
The Mustangs' Travis Struble hit 2 for 3 with a triple, two doubles and four RBIs. Dominic Archuleta had a triple and three RBIs after a 3-for-4 outing. Billy Ryan, Ryan Adamscheck (4 for 4) and Will Bishop (3 for 3) each connected for doubles.
ThunderRidge 12, Fountain-Fort Carson 2
At ThunderRidge: Fountain-Fort Carson (3-4) had a tough time on the road against ThunderRidge (5-2) after coming up with only one hit to accompany two errors.
The Grizzlies had 12 runs on 10 hits and won in five innings.
ThunderRidge's A.J. Jones went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs. The Gladiators' stats were not reported by press time.
Elbert 8, Evangelical Christian Academy 6
At ECA: Despite bringing in six runs between the third and fifth innings, Evangelical Christian Academy (1-3) couldn't get the extra two it needed to tie Elbert (4-0), leaving the Bulldogs a two-run win in nonconference action.
Elbert's Cody Rosburg finished 3 for 4 at the dish with a triple and a double. Colton Musson was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Cody Prager also came up with a triple.
Evangelical Christian Academy 9, Community Christian 1
At Community Christian: Evangelical Christian Academy remained undefeated after defeating host Community Christian (0-3) by eight goals, seven of which came in the first half.
The Eagles' Kaitlyn Bevel finished with three goals and one assist. Tori Mann scored two and assisted another. Maggie Kirkpatrick scored one and assisted two.
ECA coach Drew Morton said the team's early success can be attributed to its mix of returning seniors and addition of quality freshmen who have been contributing heavily.
"Those are two big factors," Morton said. "That and having better development as a team. We are playing very well together.
"We mostly just played the ball well on the ground. There was lots of passing, and we are very offensive minded in a game like this. It wasn't exactly a tough offensive battle."
Morton said a game against a lower-skilled team like Community Christian allows the Eagles the opportunity to play the style they want. However, easy games aren't being taken lightly, he said.
"We have some hard league games coming up in the next few weeks."
Coronado 10, Sierra 0
At Coronado: Coronado started its 4A Colorado Springs Metro League schedule with a 10-goal bang over Sierra. The Cougars (1-2, 1-0) shut out the Stallions (0-5, 0-1), who are still searching for their first goal of the season.
Moriah Yeh, Ali Hill and Izzy Fogle each scored two goals for Coronado, while Tori Spearman, Brittany Lesar, Heather Windom and Kristyn Duffy also scored. It was also Lesar's first goal of the season. Meghan Henderson had two assists.
In goal, the Cougars' Emily Lambert minded the net for 80 minutes but not one Sierra shot on goal reached the keeper.
Liberty 1, Palmer Ridge 0 OT
At Liberty: Eighty minutes wasn't enough, but 5A No. 3 Liberty (5-3) found the game-winner to beat Palmer Ridge (1-3) in overtime during nonconference action.
The Lancers' sudden-death winner came unassisted from Morgan Metcalf two minutes into the overtime period. In goal, Hannah Wells had four saves to preserve the shutout.
Lewis-Palmer 3, Rampart 0
At Lewis-Palmer: After putting up two goals in the first period and another in the second, Lewis-Palmer (3-0-2) shut down Rampart (4-2) in nonconference action.
The Rangers' Michelle Coleman scored one and assisted another, while Sammy Kazlausky and Kristen Belisario also scored.
Goalie Haley Arsenault had one save to preserve the shutout.
Pueblo West 5, Doherty 2
At Doherty: Doherty took two matches in its meet against Pueblo West at home, but the Cyclones took the remaining five for the win.
No. 3 doubles went to the Spartans' team of Kendall Rea and Jenna Rochelle, who beat their Pueblo West counterparts 7-6 (3), 6-4. Abbie Stultz and Allyssa Ross won the No. 4 doubles match for Doherty 6-3, 6-1.
Widefield 5, St. Mary's 2
At St. Mary's: Widefield (2-1) walked away with five matches in a head-to-head confrontation against St. Mary's (0-4) which notched two victories.
St. Mary's wins came from Maggie Hartman in the No. 1 singles match and Morgan Chilton in No. 2 singles, each of whom won in straight sets.
Widefield took the No. 3 singles match with Elena Briseno in two sets. Paje Shipwash and Caroline Salas won No. 1 doubles. Makayla Shoup and Ashley Newman took No. 2 doubles. Kelly Howell and Noelle Artmeier won No. 3 doubles, while No. 4 doubles went to Allegra Morgan and Dalia Jimenez.
La Junta 7, Sierra 0
At Sierra: La Junta (3-0) swept all matches against Sierra (0-1). The Stallions' best performance came in the No. 2 singles match where Michelle Nguyen fought the Tigers' Kassidy DiRezza to a 6-2, 6-2 loss.
Doherty 89, Pine Creek 87
At Pine Creek: Doherty (2-1, 2-2 5A CSML) narrowly edged out Pine Creek during head-to-head conference action at Pine Creek (1-3, 1-1).
Helping the Spartans to the 2-point victory was Jedidiah Massey, who won both the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 0.56 seconds, and the 500 free in 5:35.82. Brady Chewakin cleaned up in the 100 free with 53.68 on the clock, while Doherty's relay teams won the 200-medley relay and the 200-free relay.
Pine Creek's victories also were plentiful in the individual events. John Frank took first in the 100 butterfly in 54.66 and the 100 backstroke in 59.57. Cameron Delmonico won the 200 individual medley in 2:16.08 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.53. Jonathan Hoeffel earned 164.3 points in the 1-meter diving event, and the Eagles' 400-free relay team also walked away with the win.
In one of the closest races of the day, Pine Creek's Andrew Talcott touched the wall first in the 50 free, a mere 0.04 ahead of Doherty's Kyle Schinkel.
Lewis-Palmer 105, Coronado 80
At Coronado: With three swimmers winning two events each, Lewis-Palmer took down host Coronado.
The Rangers' Jacob Deysher won the 200 IM in 2:04.79 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.49. Between Hunter and Cade Bains, the 50 free, 100 fly, 500 free and 100 back also went to Lewis-Palmer. Devin Perry owned the diving event with 217.35 points.
In the relay events, the Rangers won the 200 and 400 freestyles. Coronado's 200-medley relay team took first.
Also winning for the Cougars were Will Chaney in the 100 free in 50.89 and Ben Topper in the 200 free with 1:54.91.
Highlands Ranch 15, Pine Creek 5
At Pine Creek: Pine Creek (1-3, 0-3 Douglas County League) took one on the chin at home with a 10-point loss to Highlands Ranch (7-2, 4-1).
The Eagles' Will Derrick, who scored a goal, led in ground balls with three and came up with an interception. Alex McAfee won four of his 11 faceoffs. Goaltender Connor Chmelka had 18 saves.
The Falcons' Evan Baker and Max Abbott each had three goals.