By Scott Kaniewski firstname.lastname@example.org -
Highlights from Wednesday’s high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Liberty 2, Mountain Vista 1
At Liberty: Liberty coach Gregg Braha and his staff have been pleading with Klinton Spencer to be a little more selfish with the ball.
The senior midfielder complied on Wendesday, netting both goals – including the game-winner with 17 minutes remaining – to give Liberty (2-1-1) the win over Mountain Vista (0-2).
“He’s unselfish to a fault,” Braha said. “We have really tried to tell him his senior season you need to shoot; you need to lead by example.”
Spencer opened the scoring with a 60-yard drive, controlling the ball the entire distance before putting the Lancers up 1-0.
Liberty was playing on short rest, after losing 4-0 to Cheyenne Mountain on Wednesday night. After the win over the Golden Eagles, the Lancers were exhausted.
“My boys were too tired to celebrate,” said Braha, who was excited by the win over a team they lost to last season. “You could not tell from their facial expressions if they won or lost.”
Palmer 7, Sierra 0
At Sierra: Senior Mubarak Abdulai netted a hat trick and Mauro Carreon played two key assists, as Palmer (3-0-1) remained unbeaten with a win over Sierra (0-1).
Dominic Goecker, Efrain Adames, Matt Kourajian and Alex Valdez also scored for the Terrors, who have outscored their first four opponents 21-3. They take on Coronado on Tuesday.
Josh Kourajian made three saves to preserve the shutout.
Fountain Valley 7, Colorado Springs School 0
At Fountain Valley: Fountain Valley swept every match to cruise against CSS.
No. 1 singles Doug Adams cruised 6-1, 6-0, while No. 4 doubles James Gu and Graham Harper had the easiest time, winning 6-0, 6-0.
Rampart 6, Doherty 1
At Doherty: Karan Reddy pulled out a three-set win over Dan Slaugh in No. 3 singles to help Rampart cruise past the league opponent.
Reddy won 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in the only match that went three sets.
No. 3 doubles Tom Niu and Joshua Head won 7-5, 6-3 for the Rams, while David Abillar and Ganesh Natrajan won 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 singles Eli Peterson was Doherty’s lone winner, topping Kellen Malone 6-4, 6-4.
Lewis-Palmer 5, Palmer Ridge 2
At Lewis-Palmer: Lewis-Palmer won all three singles matches and the top two doubles matches to put away Palmer Ridge.
Jared Stuart won at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-1 and No. 3 singles Thomas Gregory won 6-2, 6-4.
TCA def. Salida 25-14, 25-15, 25-19
At TCA: Working behind a pair of setters, The Classical Academy (1-1, 1-0 3A Tri-Peaks West) dominated to win in straight games over Salida (0-1, 0-1).
Senior Claire Mueller and sophomore Sarah Klingensmith combined to post 26 assists in the Titans’ first win of the season.
“Our setters were able to spread the ball out and getting everybody involved in the game,” coach Matt Ferger said. “It’s going to be a huge part of our season.”
Benefiting from those sets were Emma Porter, Kim Krutsinger and Shelby Thayer. Porter had a team-high nine kills, while Krutsinger and Thayer each had six.
Porter also had eight digs. Catherine Lind led the Titans with 14 digs.
Liberty 7, Air Academy 4
At Air Academy: Marlissa Wingett and Julia Elbert each drove in a pair of runs for Air Academy (2-5) but it wasn’t enough against Liberty (4-5).
Wingett went 2 for 4 and Elbert tripled in the loss.
Liberty did not report stats.