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Thursday's roundup: Palmer wrestles like a team in win over Cheyenne Mountain
Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Palmer 49, Cheyenne Mountain 25
At Palmer: The Palmer wrestling team is starting to look like a team. A night after besting Liberty, the Terrors were more impressive in their win over Cheyenne Mountain.
Palmer won nine of the 14 matches, including scoring pins in five bouts on Thursday night.
"It was a good win," Palmer coach Martin Davidson said. "It was more of a cohesive team unit, more of a team victory than (Wednesday) night's. We wrestled a little bit better. We were a little bit more active and more in to the match tonight."
Tavares Waldner had the quickest win of the night, pinning his opponent in 41 seconds in the 152-pound division by using an eagle move. Waldner opened the first-half of the season wrestling at 160 pounds. But a switch to 152 has him 2-0 and 11-5 overall.
Ryan Pellow (145), Spencer Matthews (160) and Jacob Taylor (170) all pinned opponent in under 2 minutes.
Cañon City 59, Pueblo County 15
At Pueblo County: Richard Garcia (126), Caleb Coffey (132), Anthony Abbot (182) and Garrett Benell (285) all won by pin to lead Cañon City past Pueblo County.
Florence 52, Buena Vista 27
At Buena Vista: Florence nearly doubled up Buena Vista on the score sheet, winning seven of its nine matches by pin.
Mesa Ridge 58, Harrison 27
At Harrison: Freshman Kylee Shook scored a game-high 15 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, seven on the offensive end, and made 12 blocks to notch a triple-double for Pikes Peak-area 4A No. 1 Mesa Ridge (10-0, 1-0 Metro League.)
Tiffani Jackson added 14 points, as the Grizzlies scored 18 in the first quarter and 21 in the second to take a commanding 39-10 lead at the break. Jackson led the team with three steals.
Sierra 62, Coronado 44
At Coronado: Three players scored in double digits – led by Selina Barnes’ 22 – and Sierra (5-3, 1-0) opened Metro League play with a win over Coronado.
Rebecca Cross posted a double-double with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. TaLeeza Earls scored 13.
The Stallions will have their work cut out for them when they host unbeaten Mesa Ridge on Saturday.
Coronado fell to 2-8, 0-1 in league.
Widefield 50, Mitchell 36
At Mitchell: Kelsey Scurek and Angie Smith each scored 14 points and Meaghan Mahoney added 12 as Widefield (3-7, 1-0 Metro League) outscored Mitchell (2-7, 0-1) in every quarter.
Fountain Valley 135, Platte Canyon 42; Salida 88, Fountain Valley 79; Salida 109, Platte Canyon 40
At Fountain Valley: Fountain Valley split its three-way meet, defeating Platte Canyon, but falling to Salida.
Maia Presti won the diving competition with a state-qualifying score of 205, as the Danes took first, second and third in the event.
Fountain Valley’s Margot Twomey won the 100-yard breaststroke, 100 freestyle and helped the 400-free relay take first. Morgan Berlin, who also swam on the 400-free relay team, won the 100 backstroke.
Lewis-Palmer 106, Air Academy 80
At Lewis-Palmer: Andie Turner won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, and helped the 400-free relay take first in Lewis-Palmer victory over Air Academy at the Monument Hill Country Club.
L-P also won the 200 medley relay.
Air Academy won the 200 free relay, led by Samantha Stiegerwald, who also took the 200 individual medley.
Widefield 78, Mitchell 34
At Mitchell: Widefield opened 4A Metro League play with a blowout win over Mitchell as 12 players registered points.
Anthony Saunders scored a game-high 15 points and Alan Herndon added 14 for the only two players in double figures for the Gladiators (7-3, 1-0).
Torrean Abrams led the Marauders (3-7, 0-1) with 11 points.
Widefield scored at least 19 points in every quarter, jumping out to a 19-9 lead after one, and a 39-19 lead at the break.
The Gladiators grabbed 38 rebounds and nabbed 20 steals.
Manitou Springs 67, Florence 51
At Florence: Chase Megyeri scored a team-high 16 points, James Finsterwald added 11 and eight other players scored for Manitou Springs (4-6, 2-1 Tri-Peaks West).
Finsterwald and Mick Prather each hit three 3s for the Mustangs. Prather finished with nine points.
Sierra 36, Coronado 24
At Sierra: Sierra (6-4, 1-0 Metro League) outscored Coronado (4-5, 0-1) 13-1 in the final quarter to blow open what had been a tied game.
Chandler Robinson led the Cougars with 11 points and Trey Vaughn added seven.
Sierra did not submit stats.
Mountain Vista 5, Rampart 0
At Ice Hall: Mountain Vista broke open a scoreless game with two goals in the second, then tacked on three in the third to put the game out of reach.
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