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
Boys’ Basketball: Air Academy (12-3 overall, 5-1 4A Pikes Peak) vs. Falcon (10-5, 3-3)
Where: Falcon High School
When: Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Outlook: Air Academy has beat league foes by more than 10 points per contest this season, as David Louthan has led the way all season with an average of 16 points. As far as the whole season goes, the Kadets have lost only three games this season – their worst loss coming to league-leading Sand Creek 60-51 two weeks ago. … Chances Matlock makes Falcon the most unpredictable team in the league. The 6-foot-2 guard scored 32 points and sank a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to beat the Scorpions on Saturday. It was then that the Falcons looked like they could be a team to beat in the league. A week earlier, however, Matlock was held to seven points and Falcon was sloppy against Lewis-Palmer in a 51-41 loss. … Air Academy held on to beat Falcon in their first meeting 79-76 despite the Falcons’ 36-26 run to close the game. Louthan had 20, Matlock had 18.
Girls’ Basketball: Sand Creek (11-3 overall, 6-0 4A Pikes Peak) vs. Palmer Ridge (13-2, 5-1)
Where: Sand Creek High School
When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Outlook: Former WNBA player Jamie Carey has had Sand Creek rolling from the second she brought her defense-approach philosophy to practice on Day 1. “We didn’t get to touch a ball for like a week,” Oklahoma State commit Mikayla Reese said of it, “it’s helped though.” The Scorpions have held their opponent to less than 40 points in seven games this season. … As Ali Meyer goes, so does Palmer Ridge. And as she goes, other teams usually don’t. Last year’s Girls’ Basketball Peak Performer of the Year is averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Bears’ only two losses came to Elizabeth when Meyer didn’t play most of the game, and to Sand Creek, 60-30, when it only seemed like nobody on Palmer Ridge played too much of the game.
Boys’ Basketball: Liberty (8-5 overall, 2-0 5A Metro League) vs. Doherty (7-9, 0-3)
Where: Pine Creek High School
When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Outlook: AJ Bohuslavksy may only be 5-foot-9 on his tippy toes, but he sure is looking like one of 5A Metro’s most important players so far. The Liberty guard averages nearly 20 points and scored 22 and 18 to lead the Lancers to two razor-thin league wins to start the season. … Pine Creek has lost four consecutive games, which is pretty surprising for a team that had a record above .500 after a very tough nonconference schedule. The silver lining? The Eagles have cool uniforms – a deep forest green lined in white trimming. And on top of that, they can rest easy in the realization that they haven’t been outclassed by anyone in league, as they have lost all three of their 5A Metro games by a combined seven points.
Boys’ Basketball: St. Mary’s (10-1 overall, 7-1 3A Tri-Peaks East) vs. Colorado Springs Christian School (7-3, 5-0)
Where: Colorado Springs Christian School
When: Monday at 7 p.m.
Outlook: The better team so far? It’s a coin flip … and you’d still probably have to make it best of five to decide. CSCS has only three losses this season – 4A Air Academy and Falcon, as well as 3A powerhouse Faith Christian. Since, the Lions have won six, and with the arrival of 6-foot-4 Dante Fewell, who sat out the first half of the season due to CHSAA transfer rules and scored 13 off the bench in his first game back, they have even more talent than they did at the beginning of the season headed toward the home stretch. … Alex Greenly and Jimmy Velten have combined for 32 points per game, and continue to be a nightmare for opposing defenses. The Pirates’ lone loss of the season came to Ellicott, 69-64.
Hockey: Pine Creek (5-5-1) vs. Lewis-Palmer (11-1)
Where: Woodland Park Ice Rink
When: Saturday at 6 p.m.
Outlook: It’s the inaugural High School Winter Classic. The storyline is a pretty good one too. Many players from Pine Creek and Lewis-Palmer grew up in club hockey with one another and are still friends outside of hockey today. Talk to any of them, however, and they will tell you there won’t be any lack of intensity once the game starts. … “There will be more laughing with the other team than usual before the game, but there will also be a lot more hitting than usual too,” Lewis-Palmer’s AJ Schaefer said. … Dustin Jones leads the Rangers with 14 goals and 11 assists; Zach Zimmerman leads the Eagles with nine goals and 11 assists … they are very good friends as well.
Brent W. New, The Gazette
Twitter: @brentwnew @gazettepreps