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5 preps games to watch this week

Published: March 31, 2014, 11:38 am, by Scott Kaniewski

Every week, The 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

Track and field: Scorpion Invite

Where: Vista Ridge High School

When: Friday, 3:45 pm.

Outlook: Vista Ridge coach Jay Peltier said his boys’ team doesn’t have the same depth it had when it won the Class 4A state title last year. An opportunity like the Scorpion Invite will help decipher where the Wolves actually sit in the 2014 mix. Among the area teams expected to attend are: Air Academy, The Classical Academy, Colorado Springs Christian School, Mesa Ridge, Mitchell, Pikes Peak Christian, Sand Creek, Vista Ridge and Woodland Park. Host throwers Mariah Walker and Nathan Dunivan will try to further their legacy in the Sand Creek High School record books. Respectively, the Colorado commit and Weber State commit continue to get closer and closer to more records, hoping those can go along with state titles in shot put and discus by the end of the year. 

 

Baseball: Cheyenne Mountain (0-5 overall, 0-2 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) vs. Palmer Ridge (4-2, 0-2)

Where: Palmer Ridge High School

When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: In a combined 21 innings, pitchers Jake Grubesic and Jake Weems have been lights out for Palmer Ridge in the early going of the 2014 season. Thing is, Grubesic has been rewarded with a 2-0 start to the year. Weems (0-1) has not. … Grubesic has given up four runs (three earned) while striking out 12 batters in 10.1 innings pitched. Weems, meanwhile, hasn’t been able to log a win despite giving up just six hits and one earned run in 10.2 innings pitched. …Cheyenne Mountain’s pitching has been a different story. The Indians have given up 62 runs in five games (all losses) this season. Cody McCurry has been the Indians best pitcher, giving up 17 runs (11 earned) in 12.1 innings pitched.

 

Baseball: Woodland Park (2-3) vs. Coronado (1-6) 

Where: Coronado High School

When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: The good news for Coronado is the better part of the high school baseball season is in front of them. The bad news is the defending league champion in the 4A Colorado Springs Metro League has made its fair share of mistakes on the way to five losses in the first six games. Under first-year coach Ryan Sheets, the Cougars have 21 errors this season, none more costly than the two committed in a 4-3 loss to Florence and the late-game snafu that led to a walk-off win for Canon City. … Woodland Park, meanwhile, has been catapulted by the senior bat of Kayden Osborn, who has six RBIs and a home run this season.

 

Boys’ swimming: Indian Invite

Where: Cheyenne Mountain High School

When: Friday and Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Outlook: Cheyenne Mountain and Air Academy will be two of the better teams at Saturday’s invite. The Indians, ranked fourth in Rob Nasser’s boys’ swimming rankings, have been led by Kaiden Kimball and Westin Stieglitz this season. Kimball has the team’s top times in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle while Stieglitz has the fastest 100 butterfly and 200 IM times. Air Academy (sixth), which won the 4A crown last season, beat Cheyenne Mountain in a dual earlier this year. Caleb Hicks is back from club sectionals and should be a major force for the Kadets.

 

Baseball: Falcon (4-3, 2-0 4A PPAC) vs. Palmer Ridge (4-2, 0-2)

Where: Palmer Ridge High School

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Outlook: Falcon has yet to lose against in-state competition this season. After losing three consecutive games in Phoenix, the Falcons return to Colorado for their first of back-to-back games against Palmer Ridge.  Benjamin McDowell has led the team in hits, while batting over .500. Trevor Alexander, meanwhile, has led in RBIs, totaling nine of them on four hits. … Falcon averaged more than 12 runs a game in Colorado before spring break. … The two teams play again on April 8.

* Another track and field meet that ranks among the week’s best is the annual Terror Invite at Garry Berry Stadium, with teams from around the state. That meet takes place all day Saturday.

 

Brent W. New, The Gazette

Twitter: @brentwnew @gazettepreps