Lewis-Palmer boys’ lacrosse coach Dan Mullins doesn’t mince words when discussing senior captain Garrett Ziegler.
“First off, I think he’s probably the best scoring attackman in the state,” Mullins said. “He is an absolute beast.”
The numbers give credence to Mullins’ claim. Before Monday’s game at Castle View, Ziegler was second in the state with 25 assists and 14th in goals with 30, giving him 55 points, good for fifth in the state. Not bad considering opponents have sent extra defenders his way this season.
“They’re sliding two and three people to him, which is exactly what we would like to see because then he can throw it to the other kids who are uncovered,” Mullins said, “like his brother who had five goals last week.”
Ziegler scored twice and dished out four assists in each of the Rangers’ games last week. Monday, the Rangers beat Palmer 13-5 before Ziegler had a hand in six of his team’s goals in a 10-6 win over Chatfield to earn Gazette Preps Peak Performer of the Week.
“I’m just trying to do the best for the team,” Ziegler said.
“I would say my confidence is pretty good right now.”
The same could be said of the Rangers, who have won four straight to bring their record to 5-4.
“As a coaching staff, we think we’re starting to find the right lineup for these guys, and kids are stepping up,” Mullins said.
Ziegler has totaled 29 points during the win streak. He’s also taken on more leadership after the Rangers lost a big senior class that led the way to a Class 5A state tournament appearance in 2017.
Included in that class was Ziegler’s older brother, Dalton, who plays at University of Utah. Now it’s down to Garrett and Cade, a sophomore, who’s third on the team in scoring and has been one of the main beneficiaries of Garrett’s assists.
“There’s definitely a lot of chemistry between us,” Ziegler said of playing with his younger brother. “He knows exactly what I like to do. I know what he likes to do.”
Mullins said the duo is also quick to bring out the best in each other.
“They’re the first ones to coach each other when they screw up, which is great,” the Lewis-Palmer coach said. “They definitely hold each other accountable as brothers.”
The brothers got into lacrosse when they family moved from Arizona when Garrett was in the fifth grade. From that point forward, the trio has trained with their father to maximize potential.
“We all tried it. We all loved it,” Ziegler said. “We just kept playing since then.”
While Garrett attends Palmer Ridge, the results have benefited Mullins and the Ranger lacrosse program.
“He’s the biggest one of the five boys,” Mullins said.
“His size, I think sets him apart from the other kids. He’s quick. He’s definitely two-handed. He can shoot left as well as he can from the right like all Ziegler boys.”
Other Peak Performers
Darrian Escobar-Winter, Falcon
The senior infielder had a day to remember on Tuesday. Escobar-Winter hit for the cycle with a pair of doubles in a 16-12 win over Discovery Canyon. He finished the game with four RBIs and four runs scored for the Falcons.
Lily Bauer, Palmer
Bauer placed second individually at 11-over par 83 at Thursday’s Liberty Invitational at Pine Creek Golf Club, and her score helped the Terrors take third place in the field of 13. She birdied the par 5 No. 12.
Cade Ziegler, Lewis-Palmer
The sophomore hit 20 goals on the season after scoring five times and adding an assist in Wednesday’s 10-6 win over Chatfield. On Monday, he scored twice and had an assist in a 14-5 win over Palmer.
Madelyn Lewis, Cheyenne Mountain
Lewis added 11 points to her total as the Indians rolled to two more wins last week. In Wednesday’s lopsided win over Rampart, the senior had four goals and as many assists before scoring twice and adding an assist in a 15-11 win over Air Academy.
Lauren Lacy, Pine Creek
The freshman keeper came up big when the Eagles played Mountain Vista, the defending Class 5A state champions, on Wednesday. Lacy made 12 saves and kept Mountain Vista out of the goal in a double overtime scoreless draw. She also kept a clean sheet in Tuesday’s win over Palmer.
Nick Sherman, Pine Creek
Sherman helped the Eagles improve to 5-1 in duel competition by winning a pair of freestyle races in Tuesday’s 168-144 win over Coronado. The senior won the 50 freestyle in 21.85 seconds and the 500 freestyle in 4:57.4, beating the rest of the field by nearly a minute.
Savannah Leifer, Coronado
Leifer went 2-0 at No. 1 singles while the Cougars split a pair of duals last week. The senior beat Doherty’s No. 1 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday when the Spartans won 5-2. On Thursday, Leifer led the Cougars to a 4-3 win by winning her match 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
Boys’ track and field
Cole Munoz, Widefield
Munoz swept the distance races in cold conditions at the Fountain-Fort Carson invitational on Saturday. Munoz won the 1,600-meter race in 4 minutes, 37.91 seconds and the 3,200 in 10:10.55, five seconds clear of second place.
Girls’ track and field
Lily Acosta, Rampart
Acosta, a sophomore, helped the Rams to a third-place finish at Saturday’s Dakota Ridge Invitational by winning the 300 meter hurdles. Acosta finished in 48.91 seconds, which beat Battle Mountain’s Emma Reeder by less than .3 seconds.