The Daelynn Demello-led Palmer Ridge girls’ field hockey team earned the No. 4 seed for the upcoming state tournament, the CHSAA announced Tuesday.
The Bears (10-4) host No. 5 Regis Jesuit (10-5) Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Don Breese Stadium.
While Palmer Ridge was hoping to earn one of the top three seeds, coach Paul Lewis said the Bears are still grateful to be hosting a playoff game.
“We’re excited to get a home game to start the playoffs and move on through,” Lewis said. “They are a pretty strong team and one of the better teams we faced this season.”“She has been an absolute force in the front line,” Lewis said. “She can pretty much pick up a ball 60 yards out and finish somewhere in the D; she is a nightmare for defenses with her speed and power. It’s a deadly combination.”
By being tabbed the fourth seed, it is likely the Bears will have to face top-seeded Colorado Academy (14-0) in the semifinals on Oct. 23 if they are to get past Regis Jesuit. The Mustangs face No. 8 Cheyenne Mountain (3-10-2) Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. on Slater Turf Field.
“From here on out we have a tough route,” Lewis said, “but we will take it one game at a time.”
Liberty 1, Palmer Ridge 0
At Palmer Ridge: Gregg Braha never had to coach with a man down in his 14 years of coachinghigh school soccer. So when the Lancers lost their outside defender due to a red card with five minutes remaining in the first half Tuesdayit was safe to say Liberty was a bit rattled.
Braha and his staff challenged their players during halftime, however, and the Lancers responded despite playing an additional 40 minutes a man down.
Ryan Kenyon banged home a rebound on a scramble in frontthree minutes into the second half, off a good shot by Klinton Spencer, and Liberty (7-6-1) used a 3-4-2 to hold off Palmer Ridge (3-11-1) in a thrilling victory on the road.
“We were very fortunate to be able to refocus in halftime,” Braha said. “We came out with a lot of energy and scored. It’s a good thing because you have only so much energy in 35 degrees.“We were just rolling the dice and playing to win. They really answered the call.”
Widefield 4, Mesa Ridge 3
At Widefield: The Gladiators extended their winning streak to six as four different players scored in a 4A Metro League game.Austin Widner, Sean Creamer, Blaise Balumwa and Kris Guerra all scored for Widefield (10-4, 5-1).
No stats were reported for Mesa Ridge (7-7, 4-2).
TCA 6, CSCS 0
At TCA: The Titans posted their ninth shutout, and Robby Jacobs scored two goals for TCA (14-1, 4-1 3A Region 2).
Manitou Springs 11, Evangelical Christian 0
At Evangelical Christian: Sawyer Lincoln had four goals and four assists as Manitou Springs erupted for 11 goals for the second time this year in a 3A Region 2 victory.
The Mustangs (11-3, 3-2) have scored nine or more goals six times.
Evangelical Christian falls to 0-14.
Salida 4, James Irwin 0
At James Irwin: Nick Thayer scored two goals as Salida (14-0) remains undefeated.
The Jaguars fall to 5-8-1.
St. Mary’s 8, Rye 0
At St. Mary’s: Freshman Diego Zapata scored four of the Pirates eight goals.
After starting the season 1-10, St. Mary’s (5-10, 5-1) has strung together four consecutive victories to stay in contention for the 3A Region 1 title.
No stats were reported for Rye (3-8, 1-4).
Doherty defeats F-FC 25-22, 25-12, 25-12
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Doherty rode the talents of Gabby Simpson to a 5A Metro League victory on the road. Simpson strung together 13 aces, 10 assists, eight digs and seven kills to lead the Spartans (14-3, 3-0) to their fourth straight win.
No stats were reported for Fountain-Fort Carson (4-14, 0-4).
Manitou Springs def. Salida 25-6, 25-7, 25-5
At Manitou Springs: The Mustangs remained undefeated by dominating Salida in three sets at home.
Katie McKiel picked up eight kills and had 10 digs and Angala Jensen had 20 assists for Manitou Springs (19-0, 12-0 Tri Peaks).
No stats were reported for Salida (2-14, 1-9).
Colorado Springs School def. James Irwin 25-14, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16
At James Irwin: Maddy Mason paced Colorado Springs School (17-1) to a nonconference victory with 19 kills. It was the senior’s third-highest kill total of the season.
No stats were reported for James Irwin (10-7).
Mesa Ridge def. Mitchell 26-24, 25-13, 25-14
At Mesa Ridge: Aeryn Quintana had 23 assists out of a possible 58 attempts to lead Mesa Ridge to its fourth straight victory in 4A Metro League action.
Kylee Shook had nine kills for the Grizzlies (13-4, 7-1).
Kyleigh Gonzales (13) and Jaclyn Woods (14) combined for 27 digs for Mitchell (7-10, 3-5).
Pine Creek def. Palmer 25-14, 25-14, 21-25, 25-19
At Palmer: Mackenzie Swan (14) and Kristina Susak (12) powered Pine Creek past Palmer in a 5A Metro League game.
Megan Hamstad had 33 assists as the Eagles (11-5, 3-1) won their third consecutive game.
No stats were reported for Palmer (11-10, 0-4).
CSCS def. Fountain Valley 25-9, 25-13, 25-17
At Fountain Valley: Abby Skrastins had 21 digs and 10 kills to lead CSCS (8-9, 7-3) past Fountain Valley in 3A Tri-Peaks West action.
No stats were reported for Fountain Valley (4-15, 1-11).
Coronado def. Woodland Park 25-15, 25-11, 25-15
At Coronado: Carli Vahsholtz had nine kills as Woodland Park (7-9, 4-4 4A Metro) lost its third straight.
No stats were reported for Coronado (13-4, 8-0).
St. Mary’s def. Dolores Huerta 25-14, 25-15, 25-18
At St. Mary’s: Katie Whitelaw and Taralynn Sweeney helped St. Mary’s end a three-game losing streak with a 3A Tri-Peaks League victory.
Whitelaw posted her seventh double-digit kill total of the season with 10, and Sweeney finished with 20 assists for the Pirates (7-10, 7-4).
No stats were reported for Dolores Huerta (2-17, 0-12).
Discovery Canyon def. Falcon 25-16, 25-12, 14-25, 24-26, 15-8
At Discovery Canyon: The Thunder almost blew a 2-0 lead against Falcon but were able to win the deciding set 15-8 to earn a 4A Pikes Peak League victory.
Aly Fry had a game-high 18 kills for Discovery Canyon (7-9, 3-3) while Megan Orth was right behind her with 15 for Falcon (5-9, 1-5).
Rampart def. Liberty 25-21, 25-11, 25-21
At Liberty: Janice Jin helped Rampart (13-5, 4-1) rack up a three-set 5A Metro League victory with 15 kills.
No stats were reported for Liberty (8-9, 2-3).
Sierra def. Harrison 21-25, 29-27, 15-25, 25-18, 15-10
At Harrison: Sierra (2-15, 0-6) took down Harrison in a 4A Metro League tournament game by rallying for a five-set victory on the road.
Aliea Adams and Lundyn Jackson were strong on the floor with 31 and 22 digs respectively.
No stats were reported for Harrison (2-15, 1-5).
Air Academy def. Palmer Ridge 25-18, 25-23, 25-17
At Palmer Ridge: Ashley Pagan posted 14 kills to lead Air Academy to a road victory between two 4A Pikes Peak League foes.
The Kadets (14-3, 5-2) have now won four straight since losing back-to-back games to Cheyenne Mountain and Lewis-Palmer.
Josie Lopez had 21 assists for Palmer Ridge (10-5, 4-2).