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5 preps games to watch this week

Published: February 9, 2014, 9:05 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

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

Girls’ swimming: 4A State Swimming Championships

Where: Edora Pool Ice Center

Prelims: Friday at 4 p.m. Finals: Saturday at 2 p.m.

Outlook: In all likelihood, there are two area teams that could take home the 4A girls’ swimming title – and one’s a 3A school. Class 4A Cheyenne Mountain (second in Rob Nasser’s latest girls’ swimming rankings) and 3A Manitou Springs (fourth) should provide a hefty punch at this season’s finale in Fort Collins. … In the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference championships, the Indians lassoed titles in the 200 medley and 400 free relays, as well as individual titles from Rhyann Lowrey (200 and 500 free) and Sydney Buckley (100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke). Buckley, the North Texas commit, could win her third consecutive state title in the 100 butterfly. … Manitou Springs broke six league records and four school records on its way to its second consecutive Independent School League championship. The Mustangs grabbed titles in the 200 medley and 400 free relays, as well as individual titles from Veronica Morin (50 and 100 free), Kethrys Buffa (100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly) and Emily Dolloff-Holt (100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley). Morin has fastest 50-freestyle time in 4A (23.78 seconds) and is second fastest in the 100 freestyle (52.46).


Girls’ swimming: 5A State Swimming Championships

Where: Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center, Thornton

Prelims: Friday at 4 p.m. Finals: Saturday at 2 p.m.

Outlook: Despite taking first, Alan Arata was taken back with Lewis-Palmer’s performance at the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference championships. He didn’t see much energy with his girls’ team, which had just one individual champion. Afterward, however, he said that’s fine with him as long as they were saving their energy for the state meet. … Julie Day, who won the 200 IM over the weekend, should place at state, as should Andie Turner, who will look to repeat in the 100 backstroke at state. … Retiring at season’s end, Rampart coach Pat Burch said he would love nothing more than to go out with a top-15 finish at the state meet. Led by possible state-placers Julie Henninger, Jessica Chen and Lindsay Horning, the Rams could make some noise in Burch’s final meet as head coach.


Wrestling: 5A Region 2 meet

Where: Coronado High School

When: Friday and Saturday, times TBD

Outlook: If you’re scrambling to watch gritty wrestling with technique you can set your watch to (and can’t make it up to Denver in two weeks for the state wrestling championships), then head over to Coronado High School this weekend. Pine Creek (ranked third in 5A by On the Mat) leads a top-tier region that includes Coronado, No. 9 Fruita Monument and No. 10 Grand Junction. … Doherty, Liberty, Palmer and Rampart will also take part in the 16-team region, which has more state-ranked wrestlers than any of the four regions in 5A. …  And if you like sequels, there could be two rematches from the Colorado Springs Metro League Championships finals. Jess Hankin of the Cougars could face Nathan Gonzalez of the Spartans after beating him 2-1 in the 126-pound weight class, and Doherty’s Brandon Supernaw could face Coronado’s Jimmy Weaver once again, after his 5-1 win.


Girls’ basketball: Colorado Springs School (8-4 overall, 3-0 2A Black Forest) vs. Peyton (14-1, 4-0)

Where: Colorado Springs School

When: Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Outlook: Just because two teams are succeeding doesn’t mean they are doing it in the same manner. Peyton and its high-flying offense average 71.9 points, while CSS plays a much slower game and averages 37.5 points. So, yeah, the pace of the game will probably dictate who comes out on top and takes sole possession of first place in the league standings. … Kendra Baucom — who leads the Kodiaks in points (13.8), rebounds (13.6) and steals (5.2) — will have to be extra special if the Kodiaks want to keep up with the Panthers.  … Shelby Patterson averages 19.7 points and Victoria Goodman averages 11.7 points for Peyton, which has only one blemish this season … a one-point blemish really (lost to Lutheran 64-63 on Jan. 4).


Hockey: Lewis-Palmer (16-1), Mountain Vista (16-1)

 Where: CSC East

 When: Friday at 8:15 p.m.

 Outlook: Saving the best for last, Lewis-Palmer and Mountain Vista will go head-to-head in a game that will likely decide who is on top of Peak Conference at the regular season’s end. The Rangers are balanced, talented and relentless from all around the ice. They have 12 players with double-digit points this season, a starting goalie who has 154 saves this season and a backup netminder who has given up just one goal in 255 minutes. … The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, have outscored area teams 76-2 this season. Lewis-Palmer could grab some of the area’s respect back with a win Friday.

Tell us what game you’ll be watching this week!  

 Brent W. New, The Gazette

Twitter: @brentwnew @gazettepreps