Highlights from Wednesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region
Mesa Ridge 46, Canon City 28
At Canon City: Mesa Ridge stormed out to an 11-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back as it improved to 14-0, on Wednesday night.
Tiffani Jackson and Gabby Purnell combined for 24 points and the Mesa Ridge defense received a strong effort by Kaylee Gatzke, Venessanah Itugbu and Kylee Shook.
Jackson shot 50 percent from the field and has scored in double digits in seven consecutive games since the New Year.
Shook was a force on the glass and grabbed a season-best 10 defensive rebounds. Her 11 total rebounds is the sophomore's third highest-total of the season.
No stats were reported for Canon City (7-6).
Cheyenne Mountain 3, Liberty 1
At Sertich Ice Center: Just leave it to Cheyenne Mountain's scoring leaders to rise to the occasion and deliver the Indians to victory.
Ryan Case and Doug Klopenstine gave the Indians (5-7, 4-2 Peak Conference) a 2-0 lead through two periods of play, and Michael Conner made it a 3-1 game in the third period as Cheyenne Mountain won its second straight.
Case (9 goals, 6 assists) and Klopenstine (10g, 6a) have combined for 19 of the team's 44 goals, while Conner is third on the team in scoring with six goals and four assists.
Greg Liquori assisted on Case's and Klopenstine's goals to increase his team-high assist total to eight.
Jimmy Kellen made 31 saves for Liberty (4-9-1, 2-7), which also received a third-period goal from Logan Houghton, as the Lancers were outshot 34-14.
Ryan McCann finished with 13 saves for the victory.
Kent Denver 5, Rampart 4
At Sertich Ice Center: Rampart rallied to tie Kent Denver twice, but James Hueston put the dagger into the Rams by scoring his third goal of the game with 1:20 remaining.
Hueston's goal came just 40 seconds after Trey Williams tied the contest at 4-4 with two minutes to play. Williams leads Rampart (1-11) with three goals and six assists in 12 games.
It was a tough blow for Rampart, which has lost 10 in a row, after it valiantly rallied from a 3-0 deficit thanks to three unanswered goals by Tyler Adams, Wyatt Benoit and Alex Adams.
Hueston had a monster game for Kent Denver (2-9-1), answering every Rampart rally with a goal of his own. Prior to his game-winner, Hueston had given the Sun Devils a 4-3 lead at 10:48 of the third. He finished with three goals and two assists.
Jimmy Grosklaus had 27 saves in defeat for Rampart, while Jack Friedman stopped 20 shots for the victory.
Air Academy 3, Pine Creek 3
At Sertich Ice Center: Dawson Wright found the back of the net with 3:16 remaining to help Pine Creek earn a tie against Air Academy in Peak Conference action.
Wright also assisted on Austin Webb’s second-period goal for the Eagles (4-5-1, 1-3-1).
Travis Hinton notched two goals for Air Academy (5-6-2, 4-2-2).
Pine Creek’s Conor Chmelka finished with 23 saves and Cole Chiga registered 13 stops for Air Academy.
Discovery Canyon 33, Air Academy 30
At Discovery Canyon: The Thunder edged Air Academy by three points in their home dual meet.
Tyler Oberg picked up the lone pin for Discovery Canyon when he defeated Riley Mustoe in 1:10 during the 145-pound match.
Canin Ritz (160) won in sudden victory against Luke Bautista 6-4, which turned into a valuable three points for Discovery Canyon.
Ben Markworth (106) and Peter Hanenberg (126) performed well for the Kadets with pins.
Lewis-Palmer 82, Palmer Ridge 0
At Lewis-Palmer: The Rangers had seven pins in a sweep of Palmer Ridge.
Luke Fowler (285) led the way by pinning Brandon Oswald in 3:06 during the heavyweight match. Brad Ellis (182), Trevor Wilch (120), Brad Kadlubowski (126), Joey Neumann (132), Azam Ibragimov (145) and Colin Tanner (152) also registered pins for Lewis-Palmer.
Cheyenne Mountain 52, Vista Ridge 28
At Cheyenne Mountain: Mitch White (126) pinned Jason Leong in 1:09 as Cheyenne Mountain won its home dual meet.
Matthew Barela also earned a pin in under two minutes for the Indians by defeating Conor Kennedy at 113 in 1:46.
Vista Ridge's Dylan Holmes won a major decision over Gilbert Archuleta 18-10 in a 160-pound match.
Harrison 42, Mitchell 30
At Mitchell: Gericko Bentley used a pin in 1:57 during his 126 match against Miguel Espinosa to spark Harrison to a road victory.
Godansi Bimenyimena (129) and Miguel Contreras (170) picked up 14-7 and 13-11 victories, respectively.
Mitchell received pins from Tyler Conklin (132) and Jermaine Nelson (145).
Fountain Fort-Carson 57, Doherty 17
At Fountain-Fort Carson: The Trojans used seven forfeits to cruise to victory over Doherty.
The Wininger duo led the way for Fountain-Fort Carson as Josh and Jeremy each picked up victories via pin. Josh Wininger (145) defeated Daytwan Shirley in 1:43, and Jeremy (152) defeated Josh Wilhelm in just under four minutes.
Logan Hammarmeister (5:26) and Nathan Gonzales (2:19) each earned respective pins for Doherty against Michael Lazich and Josh Vise.