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Wednesday's roundup: St. Mary's win sets up battle of unbeatens
St. Mary’s 57, Pueblo Centennial 25
At Pueblo Centennial: Gabi Florek had 14 points and 11 Pirates scored as St. Mary’s (9-0, 5-0 Tri-Peaks East) routed Pueblo Centennial (4-5, 2-2).
St. Mary’s past six wins have been by a combined 221 points (36.8 per game). The closest of those six games was decided by 26. Much of the dominance is due to experience as the Pirates have four seniors in the starting lineup.
“This is a team that has been building over the years,” St. Mary’s coach Mike Burkett said. “Four of these girls have started since they were sophomores and they have a direction and a purpose.
“It’s like having a high-performance car. You just have to open it up and run on all cylinders.”
The Pirates will have their gaudy numbers put to the test Thursday as they face Trinidad, which is also unbeaten, at home. Over the past three years, Trinidad has won league once, St. Mary’s has won it once and the schools have split it once.
“Tomorrow’s a big game for us,” Burkett said. “Both teams are 9-0 and tied for first in the league.We know we’re going to have our work cut out for us.”
Discovery Canyon 37, Vista Ridge 24
At Discovery Canyon: Discovery Canyon improved to 5-8 overall and 3-1 in 4A Pikes Peak League play with a win over Vista Ridge (4-8, 0-3).
It was the third consecutive win for the Thunder.
Discovery Canyon 70, Sand Creek 6
At Sand Creek: Discovery Canyon had three sub-minute pins en route to a dominant victory over Sand Creek.
Sam Turner pinned Tristan Knockel in 53 seconds at 106 pounds, Kyle Arnold pinned John Kelly in 25 seconds at 132 and Adrian Mack pinned Edgar Urguijo in 32 seconds at 170. Ricky Ray also recorded a pin for Discovery Canyon at 160.
“In duals, pins can definitely make a big swing so we get them when we can,” Discovery Canyon coach Ron Sukle said.
Heavyweight Tuli Laulu notched Sand Creek’s only points with a third-round pin of Nick Dulker.
“Their heavyweight is a tough guy; a good wrestler,” Sukle said.
The win sets up a big match for the Thunder, who travel to top-ranked Windsor Thursday.
“It’ll be a fun high school event to go to,” Sukle said. “It’ll be two good programs going at it.”
Palmer 42, Doherty 31
At Palmer: Palmer swept the final five matches.
A technical fall by Doherty’s Brandon Supernaw had the Spartans up 31-15 though 160 pounds. The Terrors got a decision by Jacob Taylor at 170 and then added pins by Taylor Nelson (182), Logan White (195), Richard Huff (220) and Draper Sullivan (285). A forfeit at 195 accounted for the final margin.
Fountain-Fort Carson 72, Rampart 6
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Rampart recorded a pin at 106 pounds, but Fountain-Fort Carson swept every other class.
Rampart’s Alberto Bernal opened the match with a second-round pin of Malachi Redlin, but FFC answered with eight pins, a major decision, a decision, a technical fall and two forfeits.
Recording pins for the Trojans were Sam Cedano (113), Brandon Tate (126), Eli Vradenburg (145), Jason Miller (152), Justice Littrell (160), Nate Lightfield (170), Cody Driver (182) and Jacob Schoenberger (220).
Lewis-Palmer 40, Cheyenne Mountain 23
At Lewis-Palmer: Brad Kadlubowski and Matt Brines recorded pins to lead Lewis-Palmer past Cheyenne Mountain.
The Indians also got a pair of pins, one by Billy Dabney (285) and the other by Jordan Gaskins (195), but Cheyenne Mountain was hurt by forfeits at 145, 170 and 182.
Pine Creek 59, Liberty 18
At Liberty: Pine Creek got wins in 11 of the 14 weight classes, including four pins, to defeat Liberty.
Dustin Virgil (106), Alex Smith (152), Isaac Ortiz (170) and Geoffrey Curtis (182) recorded pins for the Eagles.
All of Liberty’s points came via the pin with Chris Fuller (113), Brandon Poulus (126) and Jonathon Sigley (145) each scoring.
Coronado 2, Rampart 1
At Sertich Ice Arena: Coronado’s Jared Campbell scored the go-ahead goal 12:33 into the first period and the Cougars’ defense made it stand up in a win over Rampart (0-11, 0-7 Peak League).
Cody Johnson’s goal just 40 seconds into the match gave Coronado (2-7, 1-4) the lead. Rampart tied it on an unassisted score by John Meakins at 12:16 of the first period. Campell scored 17 seconds later to give the Cougars a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Air Academy 7, Pueblo County 2
At Sertich Ice Arena: Air Academy (7-2-1, 5-1 Peak League) scored the first seven goals in a rout of Pueblo County (6-3, 3-3).
Six Kadets scored with only Logan Haverstrom getting two goals. Air Academy got two goals in each of the first two periods before scoring three more times in the first 8:05 of the third.
Travis Hinton had four assists for the Kadets, who also got goals from Travis Work, Sam Thrutchley, Everett Valtin (who also had three assists), Alec Ortiz and Connor Nash.
Rampart 121, Liberty 65
At Liberty: Rampart took the top three spots in both the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley in a win over Liberty.
Hannah Mackey, Hannah Smith and Rachel Johnson took the top three spots in the freestyle, and Riley Koldenhoven, Jessica Chen and Jordan Sinclair did the same in the IM.