Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Widefield 3, Mesa Ridge 1
At Mesa Ridge: Widefield (4-4, 1-1 4A CSML) had a new face on the field who came up big Tuesday on the road against host Mesa Ridge (3-5, 1-1) for the Gladiators' first conference win.
Blaise Balumwa, an exchange student from the Congo, is fresh to the Widefield soccer team and scored an unassisted goal in the first period. In the second, Balumwa was assisted by A Falah Mohammad and later by Austin Widner, accounting for all three of the Gladiators' goals.
"He loves soccer," Widefield coach Stephen Portugal said. "We did great as a team overall but we had one guy score all three in his first varsity game."
Between the pipes, Widefield's Jacob Vitalich came up with 18 saves.
"He was awesome and made good choices," Portugal said of the senior keeper.
Mesa Ridge's Jesse Tolles came up with the Wolves' only goal in the second half.
Despite the win, Portugal said he'd hoped to see the team develop further at this point in the season. However, the success of the Gladiators thus far is encouraging.
"We had a couple games that just didn't work out so well for us," the coach said. "But generally, I think we are in a good spot in our league, at least to be in the top four."
Portugal said the team is very resilient and is trying to match last year's league champion status.
"We'll make another playoff run, hopefully," he said. "That is the plan."
Vista Ridge 4, Sand Creek 2
At Sand Creek: Vista Ridge (3-6, 1-0 4A Pikes Peak League) put up the win in its first conference game of the season Tuesday on the road against Sand Creek (4-5, 0-2).
Christian Alvarado scored two goals for the Wolves. Josh Cushman scored one and assisted another. Braeden Bowers also snuck one between the pipes. Joel Walker had two assists, and Robert Beamish also assisted one.
In goal, keeper Salvador Estrada had 10 saves in his 80 minutes.
Sand Creek stats were not reported.
Canon City 11, Pueblo Central 1
At Pueblo Central: Canon City (5-4, 3-3 4A South Central League) all but blanked winless Pueblo Central (0-8, 0-6) Tuesday on the road. Ten of the Tigers' goals were in the first period.
The Tigers' Michael Ortega and Michael Mann each scored three goals and assisted one other. Wesley Jaynes scored twice, while Steven Ortega and Billy Stopka booked one of each. Axel Bonney also snuck one between the pipes.
Pueblo Central stats were not reported.
Woodland Park 14, Coronado 2
At Woodland Park: After 14 runs in three innings, Pikes Peak region 4A and below No. 3 ranked Woodland Park (13-3, 7-0 4A CSML) remained undefeated among conference teams with a 14-2 five-inning stop over Coronado (4-10, 3-3). The Panthers remained undefeated on their home field with the win as well.
Panthers captain Kelee Suggs went 2 for 3 at bat with a home run and four RBIs. Lexie Comer went 2 for 3 had a triple with two runs brought in, while Cheyenne Wilcox (1 for 2) connected for a two-base hit and two RBIs.
On the mound, captain Mallorie Trichell pitched five innings before the game was closed on the 10-run courtesy rule. She booked five strikeouts, had no walks and gave up no earned runs for Woodland Park.
For Coronado, Brianna Beatie, Madison Silvey, Jill Dragosh and Reina Gonzales accounted for the Cougars' four hits.
Vista Ridge 3, Lewis-Palmer 2
At Vista Ridge: In what was Vista Ridge's final home game of the season, the Wolves (7-10, 2-4 4A Pikes Peak League) took down visitor Lewis-Palmer (6-11, 1-5) with the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Although the Rangers kept Vista Ridge under five hits, two of them were compliments of Chloe Ferraro (2 for 3) who scored once and had a stolen base. On the bump, Kellie Mrofcza pitched the full game and sat 12 batters, walked four and had one earned run.
Lewis-Palmer had four hits and five errors total. Individual stats were not reported.
Rampart 11, Doherty 0
At Rampart: In four innings, No. 1 ranked Rampart (12-2, 2-0 5A CSML) blanked visitor Doherty (4-10, 0-2), including five runs in the first inning alone.
Michaela Schumacher came up with a two-RBI triple for the Rams out of three at-bats. Madison Gerchow was perfect at the dish (3 for 3) with three RBIs. Amanda Londo went 2 for 2 with a run brought home as well. Kara Jones had two stolen bases.
Minding the mound, Alyssa McDowell pitched five innings with six strikeouts, one walk and no earned runs.
Doherty's Shelby Mullenburg and Lexi Budzon came up with the team's only two hits. The Spartans had seven errors total. Breanna Brettschneider worked the bump for Doherty and finished with five strikeouts, four earned runs and walked two batters.
Widefield 21, Sierra 0
At Sierra: After 11 runs in the top of the third inning, visitor Widefield (7-7-1, 5-1 4A CSML) rang the bell on host Sierra (0-10, 0-6).
The Gladiators' Asia Burciago came up with a triple in her first at-bat, finishing the game 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Kelsey Scurek was perfect at the dish with a 4-for-4 outing and two RBIs. Makenna Johnson went 2 for 3 with two RBIs as well.
Sierra stats were not reported.
The Classical Academy 18, St. Mary's 3
At TCA: Twelve runs in the bottom of the third inning helped The Classical Academy (4-7, 1-4 3A District 2) close the book on league visitor St. Mary's (1-14, 0-3) in four. It was the Titans' first league win of the season.
Briana Medina-Martinez went 2 for 2 at bat for the Pirates.
The Classical Academy stats were not reported.
Palmer 11, Liberty 5
At Liberty: Palmer (5-9, 1-1 5A CSML) remained consistent at the plate throughout its seven-inning defeat of Liberty (6-8, 0-2).
The Terrors led by only two runs until the top of the fourth inning when they pulled away with another four. The Lancers answered back bringing in three runners in the bottom of the sixth, but Palmer put it away with another three runs in the top of the seventh.
Peyton O’Driscoll hit a home run while going 4 for 5 with six RBIs for Palmer. Peyton Nussbaum went 3 for 3 with an RBI. Crissey Clowser connected for a double.
Liberty’s Summer White was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and also hit one over the fence. Kaitlyn Barlow was also 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Manitou Springs def. Buena Vista 25-19, 25-19, 25-22
At Manitou Springs: 3A and below No. 1 ranked Manitou Springs remained undefeated at 13-0 (6-0 3A Tri-Peaks West League) after defeating visitor Buena Vista (4-7, 3-3) in three games.
This was Katie McKiel's seventh game of the season where she has recorded 12 kills or better. However, Nicole Mack led the team in the stat with 19, her third game this year to score 19 or more. In assists, Angala Jensen had 28, while Sydney Brooks had eight digs and two aces.
Buena Vista stats were not reported.
Woodland Park def. Sierra 25-11, 25-11, 25-6
At Woodland Park: In a nonconference rout, Woodland Park (5-5, 2-0 4A CSML) kept Sierra (1-11, 0-3) scrambling for a three-game defeat at home.
The Panthers' Paloma Juarros was everywhere with 17 assists, six digs and six aces. Carli Vahsholtz led the team in kills with nine.
Sierra stats were not reported.
Pine Creek def. Sand Creek 25-7, 25-14, 25-10
At Sand Creek: Pine Creek (7-4) took down another nonconference opponent in host Sand Creek (1-9) Tuesday, leaving the Scorpions still fishing for a win at home this season. With the latest win, the Eagles have only dropped four games out of 11 matches.
Sand Creek's Allie Ellis finished with six digs. Jordan Nahabetian had two aces.
Pine Creek stats were not reported.
Mitchell def. Harrison 25-10, 25-17, 25-22
At Mitchell: Mitchell (6-5, 2-0 4A CSML) kept Harrison (0-9, 0-3) in the conference basement with a three-game defeat over the visitor.
The Marauders' Erica Grove and Katie Gerlock had seven kills each, while Naomi Abeyta had six. Keragan Ettleman had 13 assists and eight digs.
Harrison stats were not reported.
Mesa Ridge def. Widefield 25-15, 25-14, 25-8
At Mesa Ridge: Undefeated in conference thus far, Mesa Ridge (9-3, 3-0 4A CSML) beat Widefield (4-7, 0-3) Tuesday at home in three games.
The Grizzlies' Jordan Hoffman had 10 kills and 10 aces. Kylee Shook came up with six digs.
Widefield's Kelly Howell led in digs with six.
The Classical Academy def. Colorado Springs Christian 25-15, 25-15, 25-22
At TCA: Junior Kim Krutsinger's 11 kills helped 3A and below No. 3 ranked Classical Academy (6-6, 5-1 3A Tri-Peaks West League) slip past visitor Colorado Springs Christian School (4-7, 3-2) after three games.
Krutsinger also finished with three blocks, four digs and an ace for the Titans. Sophomore Sarah Klingensmith was also a standout with 14 assists, three digs and three aces. Captain Catherine Lind led in the back with 19 digs. Claire Mueller had 12 assists. Emma Porter and Allison Harshberger each had three aces as well.
For the Lions, Abby Skrastins and Maddy Stephens each had seven kills. Skrastins also had 12 digs.
Palmer def. Vista Ridge 25-21, 25-19, 25-12
At Vista Ridge: Palmer (8-3) put up another nonconference win on the road against Vista Ridge (5-10) with a three-game rout.
The Wolves' Molly Demers had five kills, while Kaitlyn Babauta had dug out 11 in back.
Palmer stats were not reported.
St. Mary’s def. Ellicott 25-11, 22-25, 25-17, 25-11
At St. Mary’s: Mollie Schreck’s 13 kills came in handy for St. Mary’s (4-7, 4-2 3A Tri-Peaks East League) in a win over Ellicott (2-9, 1-5).
Also helping the Pirates to its fourth league win was 30 assists from Taralynn Sweeney and 30 digs from Emily Broerman. From the line, Jessica Spillman had five aces.
Ellicott stats were not reported.
Air Academy def. Discovery Canyon 25-18, 25-19, 25-19
At Air Academy: Ashley Pagan and Jordan Pingel combined for 21 kills to lead Air Academy. The Kadets (9-1, 2-0 4A Pikes Peak League) pushed their win-streak to nine after putting up a three-game rout over Discovery Canyon (4-6, 0-1).
Pagan had 11 kills and 13 digs, while Pingel had 10 of each. Bryce Schwartz contributed 26 assists. Gabby Jones and Pingel each served two aces.
Discovery Canyon stats were not reported.
Fountain Valley def. Evangelical Christian 26-24, 25-23, 25-20
At Fountain Valley: Despite being close in each game, Fountain Valley (4-7) was able to put Evangelical Christian (3-8) away in three.
Maria Gergen came up with 13 digs for the Eagles, while Jessica Childress had 12. Missy Dunbar had 10.
Fountain Valley stats were not reported.