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Friday's roundup: Doherty knocks off No. 1 Grandview in volleyball
Highlights from Friday's high school sports action in the Pikes Peak region:
Doherty def. Grandview 25-23, 25-13, 25-22
At Grandview: Everybody figured Doherty was going to be good. They might be the best in the state.
Playing the team ranked No. 1 in a statewide poll conducted by The Denver Post, No. 5 Doherty posted an emphatic straight-set victory.
Newcomer Haleigh Washington, a junior who moved in from Idaho Springs, led the Spartans with 13 kills and five blocks.
Gabby Simpson added eight kills and a team-high 10 digs and Kiara McKibben had 15 assists.
Air Academy def. Westminster 25-13, 25-12, 25-9
At Regis: Chelsea Payne had 12 digs and eight kills to pace Air Academy in a season-opening victory.
Jordan Pingel added five kills and nine digs and Gabby Jones had 24 assists.
Air Academy def. Northridge 25-6, 25-10, 25-17
At Regis: Ashley Nelson had nine kills and Chelsea Payne and Ashley Pagan each added eight kills for Air Academy.
Gabby Johnes had 33 assists for the Kadets.
Cheyenne Mountain 6, Air Academy 1
At Cheyenne Mountain: It speaks to the overwhelming nature of Cheyenne Mountain’s area dominance that this seemed a bit like an upset.
Air Academy’s No. 4 doubles team of Matt Ryan and Michael Scheldon topped the Indians team of Robbie Boe and Will Geisz 6-4, 6-3 at Cheyenne Mountain on Friday.
Cheyenne Mountain took the rest of the matches in straight sets.
“Air Academy is very deep,” said Cheyenne Mountain coach Dave Adams, who couldn’t recall the last time his team didn’t sweep the Kadets but knew it had been at least a few years. “Their four team was impressive.”
The Indians, who have won 16 state titles in the past 25 years, return their three singles players from a year ago but rebuilt all four doubles teams.
The singles players, Stephen Moore, Billy Fielding and Andrew Venner cruised past the Kadets. Venner, who topped Keenan Kaltenbacher 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3 had the only relatively close match.
“We’ve got a strong core up top, but with all new doubles teams this is a work in progress,” Adams said.
Rampart 11, Poudre 9
At Rampart: Kara Jones had three hits – including a triple – and drove in three runs and Rampart scored seven times in the fifth inning to climb out of a four-run hole.
The Rams had also trailed by three runs in the first inning before eventually forcing a tie.
Amy Watkins added two RBIs for Rampart.
Rampart 5, Monarch 0
At Rampart: Alyssa McDowell tossed a shutout for Rampart, working around seven hits, three walks and three Rams errors.
Kaesha Harper drove in a pair of runs for Rampart.
Widefield 12, Regis Jesuit 6
At Fort Collins: Junior catcher Allie McAdoo went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, leading 4A Widefield to a victory over 5A Regis Jesuit in the Triple Crown Tournament.
The Gladiators also had three RBIs from Makenna Johnson and pounded 16 hits.
Jessica Wilson threw a complete game for Widefield, giving up five earned runs.
Standley Lake 6, Widefield 0
At Fort Collins: Jordan Rodriguez had two of the three hits for Widefield, which committed six errors in the shutout.
Pitcher Makenna Johnson pitched a complete game and just two of the six runs allowed were earned.
Discovery Canyon 8, Adams City 1
At Adams City: McKenzie Peters drove in four runs and Kacee Schroeder tossed a two-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks as Discovery Canyon rolled.
Palmer Ridge 6, Fountain-Fort Carson 2
At Palmer Ridge: Libby Acker drove in four runs for Palmer Ridge.
OTHER SOFTBALL SCORES
Castle View 14, Palmer Ridge 1
Castle View 11, Fountain-Fort Carson 0
Falcon 5, Valor Christian 1
Falcon 17, Northglen 7
Florence 10, Elizabeth 2
Fossil Ridge 12, Falcon 7
Pine Creek 9, Florence 5
Ponderosa 6, Lewis-Palmer 0
Tri-Peaks League Tournament
At Hollydot: The area’s 3A teams lost ground in the second of three league meets, as Trinidad won for the second time.
Florence took second on Friday at 244 – four off the pace set by Trinidad – and now trails by 19 strokes in the standings. Manitou Springs and TCA tied at 266, putting the Mustangs in third in the league and TCA in sixth but just two strokes back of a fourth-place tie.
Individually, Florence’s Thomas Mullett was the area’s top finisher Friday in third place with a 79.
Trinidad’s Blake Young won the event at 73 and increased his league lead to 12 strokes over teammate Carlos Sisneros.