Peak Performer

The Cheyenne Mountain boys lacrosse team is hoping to make it to the state finals this year. Last year they made it to the semifinals. Evan Carter passes a ball during a practice drill on Monday, April 2, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)


Cheyenne Mountain 8, Thompson Valley 6

At Thompson Valley: For the third straight year, the Cheyenne Mountain boys’ lacrosse team is headed back to the Class 4A state semifinal.

But what will it take for the Indians to finally make it to the state’s biggest stage?

“That’s the magic question,” Cheyenne Mountain coach Mike Paige said, “but if we play like we did tonight, we will be in the finals.”

Cheyenne Mountain upset No. 2 Thompson Valley in the second round, redeeming a 13-12 regular-season loss to the Eagles.

The No. 7 Indians held a 5-3 lead at halftime, and thwarted a Thompson Valley comeback in the fourth quarter thanks to a standout performance from sophomore goalie Liam Hybl and the defense.

Hybl had 11 saves, while the defense held back the Eagles’ top scorer Greg Bilek.

“It was just an unbelievable game,” Paige said. “Our defense did their job and Liam made some absolutely key saves. It was a complete team win. They hustled, hustled, hustled. And that’s what so special about this team, there’s not one individual, they all worked hard and played as brothers.”

Jack Paul had two goals and two assists, while Jack Egan found the back of the cage twice and had an assist. Ike Eastburn, Wiley Burkett, James LaCerte and Mark Reynolds also scored.

Cheyenne Mountain will travel 4.5 hours to Aspen to face the Skiers in a Wednesday semifinal game.

Paige said the team will likely make the journey to Aspen on Tuesday and stay the night to avoid any travel fatigue before the game.

“We are peaking at the perfect time,” Paige said. “Right now I think we have a pretty good draw no matter who we face. We will have to travel, but I think we have a good chance. The guys play well and they don’t let the moment get too big for them.

“Our guys are pretty amped right now, and they have worked really, really hard to get here.”


Fountain Valley 2, Del Norte 1, OT

At Fountain Valley: Ani Love scored a golden goal off a penalty kick two minutes into overtime to lift No. 3 Fountain Valley over No. 6 Del Norte in its 2A playoff opener.

The Danes will face either No. 2 Denver Christian or No. 10 Telluride on Wednesday in the semifinals.

The game was scoreless heading into the second half before Del Norte and Fountain Valley traded goals to force overtime. Freshman Eryn Mitchell scored her 13th goal of the year for the Danes in the second half.

Tilly Rahm had four saves in goal for Fountain Valley (13-3).


PPAC League Championships

At Cheyenne Mountain: Coming home with five PPAC gold medals, the Discovery Canyon boys’ swimming and diving team lived up to its Class 4A No. 1 rank, claiming the conference title with 514 points, beating second-place Lewis-Palmer by 18 points.

Cheyenne Mountain took third with 384 points, Air Academy settled into fourth followed by Widefield in fifth.

A pair of pool and PPAC records were broken Friday, as Aric Althouse shattered his 2018 pool record and 2017 PPAC record in one-meter diving with a final score of 591.45. His previous records were 557.65 (pool) and 496.60 (PPAC). Discovery Canyon’s Brendan Byrnes also broke the former PPAC record with a score of 528.85 for second place.

Cheyenne Mountain’s Kyle Leach broke the pool and PPAC record for the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 49.86, nearly three seconds ahead of the field.

Leach also had a dominant victory in the 200 free, beating Discovery Canyon’s Bryan Hobbs by nearly 10 seconds.  

The Thunder won each of the three relays. Andrew McGill, Braden Whitmarsh, Robert Clayton and Adam Voigt raced for a win in the 200 medley. McGill, Vogt, Hobbs and Tommy Rauchut combined for a win in the 200 free relay, and Whitmarsh, Hobbs, Clayton and Rauchut won the 400 free relay.

In addition to their relay victories, Whitmarsh also won the 500 free (4:56.88) and Rauchut won the 50 free (22.29).

Air Academy’s Griffin Ayotte won two individual events, claiming the 200 IM title (1:56.48) and the 100 free (46.35).


Cherry Creek 20, Cheyenne Mountain 5

At Cherry Creek: Mallory Hybl had three goals for the Indians, and Rylie Maready and Emily Gill also scored, but it wasn't enough against No. 1 Cherry Creek.

The Bruins took a 12-2 lead at halftime and continued to keep Cheyenne Mountain at bay in the final 25 minutes.

Lexi Carlson and Sydnee Pinell split time in the cage. They had three saves each.

Cheyenne Mountain's season ends 10-7.


Tri-Peaks League Meet

At Salida: Manitou Springs’ Jayden Omi won three league titles, claiming the boys’ 100-, 200- and 400-meter races at the Tri-Peaks league meet, helping the Mustangs to a sixth-place team finish.

Vanguard girls’ placed third followed by Colorado Springs Christian in fourth, while St. Mary’s, Manitou Springs and Vanguard boys’ placed 5-6-7, respectively, in the team standings of the Tri-Peaks league championships.

CSCS won the boys’ 4x800 in 8:30.17, and Manitou Springs won the 4x200 in 1:35.08, beating Lamar by 0.12 seconds.

St. Mary’s Domenic Hartman won the boys’ Tri-Peaks title in the 800 in 2:08.97.

Hannah Mcreavy of St. Mary’s placed second in the girls 3,200 in 12:39.74, followed by Bria Johnson of Vanguard in 13:27.66. In the other distance race, Vanguard’s Madi Moen claimed the Tri-Peaks title in the 1,600, crossing the line in 5:39.74, followed by Rachel Ingram of CSCS in 5:45.69.

CSCS’ Elisabeth Jensen won the girls’ triple jump with a leap of 34-4.5, followed by Vanguard’s Krysten Gard in second (33-2). Courtney Brown of Manitou Springs placed third with a jump of 31-4.5.

Vanguard girls won two relay races, claiming the 4x00 (10:32.13) and the 4x200 in 1:50.04.

St. Mary’s Ana Muehlbauer won the 800 (2:31.33), Olivia Wren of Vanguard won the 400 (1:00.69) and Seneca Hackley of St. Mary’s claimed the 200 (28.11).

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