Every week, the Colorado Springs Gazette staff will choose the five most intriguing events to keep an eye on. Here’s a glance at this week’s events.
Event of the Week
Wrestling: 2014 Colorado Springs Metro Championship
Where: Doherty High School
When: Friday from 4:30-10 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Outlook: If you’re a wrestling scout, this is the place you want to be. As of Tuesday: Air Academy, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs Christian School, Coronado, Discovery Canyon, Doherty, Ellicott, Falcon, Fountain-Fort Carson, Harrison, Lewis-Palmer, Liberty, Manitou Springs, Mesa Ridge, Mitchell, Palmer, Palmer Ridge, Peyton, Pine Creek, Rampart, Sand Creek, St. Mary’s, The Classical Academy, Vista Ridge, Widefield and Woodland Park are part of this tournament’s field. … Who to watch? Just turn your head. The Discovery Canyon Thunder’s Sam Turner (106-pound weight class), Tyler Oberg (145) and David Traynor (170) were all runners-up in 4A last season, and should be among the favorites in this tournament. Also, look for Trent Watson (113) and Jess Hankin (135) of Coronado, along with Justin Petrash (285) of Air Academy to also be in the mix in their respective classes.
Boys’ Basketball: Rampart (11-2 overall, 0-0 5A Metro League) vs. Doherty (7-6, 0-0)
Where: Rampart High School
When: Friday at 8 p.m.
Outlook: With such close-knit competition in the 5A Metro League, the deciding factor could come from the smallest of things – that or the biggest, like the 6-foot-8 frame of Jason Anderson (5A Colorado Springs Metro League’s tallest player). Anderson, who transferred from The Classical Academy to Doherty over the summer, has scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his two games since becoming eligible after his school swap. Because of that, however, and because of a roster riddled with youth, Doherty coach James Lane said the identity of his team is still unknown. “We don’t know who we are yet,” he said. … So far so good for Rampart. The Rams, who have won 11 of their first 13 games, are deep and experienced returning three starters and seven varsity players. But now it’s league play, where they are 0-10, 1-9 and 2-8 over the last three seasons under coach Patrick Simpson.
Girls’ Basketball: Rampart (8-3 overall, 0-0 5A Metro League) vs. Palmer (4-9, 0-1)
Where: Palmer High School
When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Outlook: The days of Macy Meyers and her silky-smooth 3-point stroke aren’t coming back. And yet, it hasn’t been doom and gloom for the Rampart girls’ basketball team. The Rams are still winning, still averaging 63 points and junior Cassidy Budge is proving to be one of the best players in the league, going for at least 16 points and three assists on any given night. … Palmer has struggled, but Saturday’s razor-close, 46-45 loss to one-loss Pine Creek proved anything can happen in this league. Jenn Urbaniak averages 18.3 points and 10.6 rebounds for the Terrors as league play gets into full swing.
Girls’ Basketball: The Classical Academy (8-1, 3-0 3A Tri-Peaks West) vs. Manitou Springs (7-3, 3-0)
Where: Manitou Springs High School
When: Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Outlook: TCA started 11-0 last season, but finished just 6-6 and lost in the first round of the 3A state playoffs. Saturday, the Titans will try to bounce back from this season’s first loss, a 60-36 defeat to the same Peak to Peak team that eliminated them from the postseason last year, and try to avoid another stumble during the latter part of their schedule. Hannah Carr averages 12.9 points and 13.7 for TCA. … Freshman Shelby Megyeri, part of the famous Megyeri clan at Manitou Springs High School, is continuing the tradition averaging 16.3 points for the Mustangs.
Boys’ Basketball: Cheyenne Mountain (8-3) vs. Thompson Valley (11-1)
Where: Cheyenne Mountain High School
When: Saturday at 1 p.m.
Outlook: Ghassan Nehme is quickly becoming the most exciting basketball player in the area – and not just because his name is fun to say three times fast. Nehme, a Montana State commit, scored 43 points in a win over Lewis-Palmer on Friday and then hit a game-winning jumper over Doherty on Saturday. … Thompson Valley, led by senior Collin Smith’s 18.9 points and six rebounds a game, is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by the Associated Press.
Brent W. New, The Gazette
Twitter: @brentwnew @gazettepreps