Every week, the Colorado Springs Gazette staff will choose the five most intriguing games to keep an eye on. Here’s a glance at this week’s games.
Boys’ Basketball: Lewis-Palmer (6-4 overall, 1-1 4A Pikes Peak) vs. Falcon (8-3, 1-1)
Where: Lewis-Palmer High School
When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Outlook: With one loss already in league play, Lewis-Palmer and Falcon are looking to stay near the top of the league standings with a win Tuesday night. How so? Remains to be seen. But if this season has proved anything for both clubs, it’s that Tuesday will probably come down to a matchup between Lewis-Palmer guard Chase Stone (17 points per game) and Falcon guard Chances Matlock (15). … Stone, who leads the team in scoring, hit five 3s and put in 22 points in the Rangers’ 67-58 win over Chaparral on Saturday, while Matlock has scored in double digits in all but three games this season. … Down low, we’ll see if Falcon’s three-year starter, Shaun Liveechi, can tame junior Jonathan Scott, of the famous Scott clan.
Girls’ Basketball: Mesa Ridge (10-0, 2-0 4A Metro) vs. Widefield (5-5, 1-0)
Where: Widefield High School
When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Outlook: Mesa Ridge has won 32 consecutive regular-season games and 16 straight league games. If there’s any chance at slowing the Grizzlies down in the near future, a rivalry game in Widefield would have to be it. … Double-double machine Kylee Shook (averaging 13.4 points and almost nine rebounds) dominated 4A play last season before an ankle injury forced her out of the Grizzlies’ final two games of the season, including the team’s first loss of the season, a 54-33 drubbing at the hands of Pueblo South. But this, as long as the 6-foot-4 center can stay healthy, Mesa Ridge is one of the favorites to win the title. … Widefield’s Delia Brekken, among others, will be tasked with the almost impossible job of trying to slow Shook down. Brekken has averaged eight points and more than 10 rebounds – both team highs. … “I think we might be able to play some young players, but you never know with a rivalry game,” Mesa Ridge coach Jeff Beatty said. “I think we match pretty well against them though.”
Wrestling: Lewis-Palmer vs. Vista Ridge
Where: Vista Ridge High School
When: Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Outlook: After building a wrestling powerhouse, Lewis-Palmer coach Nick Baker is on his way out at the season’s end. In his last hurrah, the 13th-year coach (who will take over as athletic director in the summer at L-P) has a senior-heavy team led by two returning state qualifiers, Joseph Glenn (120-pound weight class) and Brad Kablubowski (126). … In contrast, second-year coach Nate Hill is continuing to build the program at Vista Ridge, where everything seems to be on the way up as of late. Seniors Austin Mildbrandt, Chriss Mann and Taylor LeBlanc have the best chances on the team to make the state-tournament field in Denver.
Girls’ Basketball: Vanguard (8-1, 1-1 2A Black Forest) vs. Colorado Springs School (5-2, 0-0)
Where: The Vanguard School
When: Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Outlook: Vanguard has a new look from the 25-2 team last season. After losing leading scorer Bailey Haist, who hit 79 of the team’s 105 3s last season, the Coursers have had to rely on more of a defensive approach to get atop the league standings to this point. Led by seniors Angel McNulty and Caitlin Bower, Vanguard has won nine consecutive games since its opening loss to Salida. … Colorado Springs School’s Kendra Baucom has four double doubles this season, and averages more than 14 points and 12 rebounds. She’ll probably have to put up those kind of stats, or better, to help the Lions get by Vanguard.
Boys’ Basketball: Doherty (6-5) vs. Cheyenne Mountain (6-2)
Where: Doherty High School
When: Saturday at 1 p.m.
Outlook: It’ll be interesting to see what Doherty coach James Lane will do with 6-foot-7 transfer Jason Anderson. After moving from TCA to Doherty, Anderson could (might have to) change the look of the Spartans’ offense. He averaged team highs in points (12.2) and rebounds (7) as a Titan last season. … “He’s too good of a player not to tweak our offense to get him involved,” Lane said. “But we aren’t going to overhaul it for one player.” … These past handful of months have been all smiles for the Nehme family. Christian, a junior, hit the game-winning goal to beat Air Academy in the 4A soccer championships, and later, his senior brother, Ghassan, signed with Montana State to play basketball. Now, Ghassan (23 points per game) and Christian (13.2 ppg) lead the offensive attack for Cheyenne Mountain, which has scored 60-plus points in all but one game this season (a 54-39 loss to Air Academy on Friday).