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This week's Peak Performers: Reagan Biechler and Ryan Warner, Pine Creek baseball
Brent Williams, Liberty – Homered twice in a victory over Fountain-Fort Carson, giving the Oklahoma State-bound catcher eight home runs this year. Only three players in the state have more.
Kylee Sullivan, Cheyenne Mountain – Won again at the fourth stop on the Metro League tour with her fourth round in the 70s (the rest of the field has combined for one such round).
David Shaum, Palmer Ridge – Scored three goals as the Bears posted a 9-8 come-from-behind win over Palmer.
Miranda Beal, Air Academy – Scored 12 goals and added six assists in wins over Palmer Ridge and Cheyenne Mountain that clinched a league title.
Kourtney Guetlein, Lewis-Palmer – Scored two goals in each of Lewis-Palmer’s three victories last week as they advanced to the 4A Metro semifinals. Guetlein also had five assists.
Coronado relays – The Cougars set pool records in their final home dual in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Doherty – Led by No. 1 singles player Regan Simons, the Spartans claimed their second consecutive 5A Metro title.
Simon Hayes, Pine Creek – Won the high jump and long jump at the Liberty Bell Invitational.
TCA 1,600-meter relay team – The Titans ran a 4:06.97, the fastest time recorded in 3A this year. The TCA girls’ now have times or distances that lead 3A in nine of the 20 state events.
While it’s way too early to mention these two hurlers with Glavine and Smoltz or Schilling and Johnson, Reagan Biechler, a junior, and Ryan Warner, a senior, completely mowed down their competition in clinching a third straight 5A Metro title last week.
On Tuesday, Biechler tossed a no-hitter against Palmer, striking out 13 in seven innings. Then on Saturday, Warner had a no-hitter broken up in the fifth inning, but still struck out all 15 batters in a 19-0 run-rule victory over Doherty.
“We’re pretty much best friends, so we’re not trying to outdo each other,” said Biechler, who plays first base when not pitching and has three home runs and 20 RBI. “We just want to have fun, and what we do is what we do.”
The Eagles (14-2, 12-0) close the regular season this week, playing Doherty on Tuesday and Fountain-Fort Carson on Friday and Saturday.
Reagan: Did you feel different prior to Tuesday’s game?
I felt really good when I was warming up. My catcher said the movement on everything was crazy. My fastball was really on and was able to overpower them with it.
Ryan: When did you realize a perfect game was within reach?
After I struck out the first nine guys. After the fourth and striking out the side again, I kind of saw it was getting there. When the fifth inning came around, I gave up a hit, then walked a guy. I just had to bear down and finish strong.
Reagan: You have a unique name, and what’s your affinity for No. 4?
I know only one other guy with my first name, but lots of girls. It was my mom’s maiden name. I wear No. 4 it at Pine Creek since she wore it when she played volleyball in high school. My dad’s family is from Wisconsin, meaning everyone is a fan of Brett Favre.
Ryan: Did you do anything special after Saturday’s performance?
I just had a normal night. My girlfriend brought home a movie, “Titanic,” I hit the wall pretty early and fell asleep. It’s OK, I know how it ended.
Reagan: Besides baseball, what’s in your future?
I want to study pre-med. My mom is a nurse, and my involvement in athletic training this year has me really interested. Plus, biology is one of my favorite subjects.
Ryan: Do you know Pine Creek alumna Nikki Glass, also an N.C. State athlete?
I know her pretty well. My parents got to be friends with her parents when we went on our official visits there. It’s a great campus and felt it was a perfect fit for me.
Most feared animal
( ) lion (xy) shark ( ) snake ( ) bear
Is not a sport
( ) golf (x) auto racing (y) bowling ( ) bass fishing
Best baseball movie
( ) League of Their Own ( ) Major League (y) For Love of the Game (x ) Sandlot
(y) N.C. State ( ) Texas (x) New Mexico ( ) Arizona State