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Tuesday's roundup: Palmer Ridge rolls through first round in girls' soccer
Highlights from Tuesday's high school sports action involving teams from the Pikes Peak region:
GIRLS’ SOCCER STATE TOURNAMENT
Round of 32
No. 3 Palmer Ridge 10, No. 30 Thomas Jefferson 0
At Monument: Palmer Ridge made a semifinal run a year ago, outscoring opponents 5-0 in three playoff victories.
The Bears matched that score in the first half of this one.
Madi Tominello, Taylor Schnorr, Kaylyn Smith, Meagan Watson and Haley Fisher each scored two goals and Palmer Ridge outshot Thomas Jefferson 25-0.
Fisher also had three assists.
The third-seeded Bears, who scored five in each half, have outscored opponents 76-3 this season. The first goal came in the first half of the season’s first game and the others came in a 2-0 loss to top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain.
No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain 10, No. 32 Denver South 0
At Cheyenne Mountain: Janae VanderPloeg's hat trick and two goals from hannah Gerdin were more than enough for top-seeded Cheyenne Mountain (16-0), which scored five goals in each half.
Jade Hilbert, Aspen Peifer, Sarah Rossi, Ellen Smith and Sarah Walters also scored and Hunter Peifer notched the shutout without making a single save in the game that was shortened to 60 minutes.
Denver South finishes at 7-7-1.
No. 10 Centaurus 4, No. 23 Sand Creek 2
At Centaurus: Lauren Esler scored two goals for Centaurus (9-4-2), which led 2-1 at halftime.
Statistics were not available for Sand Creek (7-9), which dropped three of its final four games.
No. 8 Lewis-Palmer 8, No. 25 Canon City 0
No. 5 Air Academy 7, No. 28 Skyline 0
No. 16 Thompson Valley 1, Coronado 0
No. 2 Green Mountain, No. 31 Falcon 0
At Green Mountain: No details were provided as Green Mountain (14-0-1) advanced, ending the season for Falcon (8-8).
BOYS' LACROSSE PLAYOFFS
No. 2 Cherry Creek 15, No. 17 Air Academy 2
At Stutler Bowl Stadium: No statistics were available as Cherry Creek (13-3) advanced, ending the season for Air Academy (10-7).
Air Academy 4, Canon City 3
At Air Academy: Kevin Giordano’s bloop single to right scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Air Academy (17-2) topped Canon City (15-4) to win a district tune-up between two of the top teams in 4A.
Giordano, who pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts, then retired the Tigers in order in the seventh to finish it.
Kadets coach Bernie Moncallo said he wanted to play a real game – as opposed to a scrimmage – this week to stay sharp between the league season and the postseason. He was rewarded with a competitive game and a confidence-boosting victory for a team already riding high after winning the 4A Metro championship on Saturday.
“It was exactly what we wanted,” Moncallo said. “Close game. Good team. Well-played defensively with one error for each team. We’re going into the playoffs with everybody healthy, so we’ll just see where they seed us. Hopefully they seed us high.”
The game wasn’t played entirely cleanly, with one of the few gaffe’s setting up the winning run.
Pinch runner Andrew Conner looked hung out to dry on a line drive to shortstop with one out, but the Canon City first baseman lost track of the number of outs and was on his way to the dugout when the throw came his way. Conner had time to re-touch first and advance to second, where Giordano then drove him in.
“Everybody in the park was shocked,” Moncallo said. “Shortstop jumped to catch the line drive, came down and threw it and no one was there. Bu that’s high school baseball.”
Trevor Goldberg had a two-run single for Air Academy.
Cheyenne Mountain 5, Valor Christian 2
At Cheyenne Mountain: Boy, Cheyenne Mountain (15-4) can't quite duplicate anything from last year's state championship season.
First, the Indians finished second instead of fifth in the 4A Metro crossover tournament. Now, they defeated Valor Christian in a district tune-up instead of heading into the postseason after a loss to the Eagles.
Still, you have to believe these are changes that coach Mark Swope will gladly accept.
Bret Helton and Jerry Lacayo homered and the Indians scored four times in the fifth to close their regular season with a victory.
Michael Levar and Jack Stimple, the winner, each pitched three innings and Bret Helton tossed one inning as the Indians were able rotate in their three primary pitchers and strike out 10.
Valor Christian, which beat Cheyenne Mountain in last year's regular-season finale before losing to the Indians twice in the playoffs, is now 10-9.
Discovery Canyon’s Behr headed to Augustana’s football program
Augustana, a Division III power in Illinois, announced this week that Discovery Canyon’s Garrett Behr will enroll in the fall and plans on being part of the football program.
Behr, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound defensive end, was a three-year letter winner and made 27 tackles this past year with one interception and three forced fumbles.
Also on Tuesday, Falcon held a ceremony for five girls’ basketball signees headed to NAIA and junior colleges. The group included Morgan Cockrum, Nikkita Lester, Nikki Lowry, Janniqua Thomas and Bry Young.