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5 preps games to watch this week

Published: April 6, 2014, 9:43 pm, 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.

Game of the Week

Girls’ soccer: Cheyenne Mountain (4-0-1) vs. Sand Creek (6-0)

Where: Cheyenne Mountain High School

When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Sand Creek coach Craig Decker isn’t bashful when he talks about playing the 4A defending champions. He said it’s the game his girls have been looking forward to all season. … The Scorpions will try to stay undefeated and grab their first win over Cheyenne Mountain in Decker’s four-year career as Sand Creek’s coach. His team lost 2-1 in 2011, 7-2 in 2012 and 3-2 last year against  Cheyenne Mountain. … The Indians beat 5A powers Liberty and Pine Creek to secure themselves as the 4A favorite — at least up to this point. Led by 12 seniors, Cheyenne Mountain coach Tomas Martinez said he hopes his team can make another “deep run” into the 4A playoffs. … Due to weather cancellations, Sand Creek will play a makeup game against Doherty the day before. “We’ll have a lot of games in a short amount of time thanks to this lovely spring weather we all have been having,” he said.

Boys’ and Girls’ basketball: The Show high school all-star game

Where: Pepsi Center, Denver

When: Saturday, Girls at 1:30 p.m., Boys at 3 p.m.

Outlook:  State champion Kylee Shook of Mesa Ridge will headline area players in this year’s high school basketball all-star game. The 6-foot-3 sophomore will be joined by Sand Creek senior Mikayla Reese on the girls’ white team, and will be opposed by Peyton senior Shelby Patterson on the blue team. … In the boys’ game, Cheyenne Mountain’s Ghassan Nehme and Sand Creek’s Dylan Clark will end their high school careers on the boys’ blue team.

Girls’ soccer: Doherty (1-3) vs. Pine Creek (6-1)

Where: District 20 Stadium

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Outlook: 5A Metro League play begins with Pine Creek looking to bounce back after its first loss of the season came to Cheyenne Mountain last week. The Eagles have one of the best defenses in 5A, giving up only seven shots per game up to this point. Their freshman keeper, Jade Odom, has four shutouts and a .993 save percentage at the core of it. … The Spartans have struggled so far in 2014. After going 9-4-3 last year, and making it to the second round of the postseason, Eryn Gallagher’s offense has struggled to find the back of the net in its first four games. Six of her offense’s seven goals on the season came in a 6-1 win over Pueblo West.

Girls’ soccer: Coronado (2-2 overall, 2-0 4A Metro) vs. Mesa Ridge (3-4, 1-0) 

Where: Mesa Ridge High School

When: Thursday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: Coronado’s defense has made things a little easier for keeper Emily Lambert in the past three games. After allowing 37 shots on net and five goals against Sand Creek in the first game of the season, the Cougars have given up only two goals on 11 shots in their past three games. … The Grizzlies, meanwhile, have been a little more all over the place as they have yet to win back-to-back games this season. Mesa Ridge has lost 10-0 and 6-0, and has won 8-0 and 8-4 this year. Dakota Evans-Cerezo, Kaylee Gatzke and Darby Cross lead the team with four goals apiece.

Baseball: Falcon (4-3, 3-0 4A PPAC) vs. Palmer Ridge (5-2, 3-0)

Where: Palmer Ridge High School

When: Tuesday, 4 p.m.

Outlook: Somebody will lose their first league game of the season. … Carter Thorne has been on a tear for Palmer Ridge this season. The 6-foot-1 senior captain is hitting .500 with nine RBIs and eight runs scored. Last week, he drove in two RBIs to lead the Bears to a 4-2 comeback victory against Cheyenne Mountain. … Falcon, meanwhile, is 4-0 inside of Colorado’s borders. 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 (.500) and RBI-leader Trevor Alexander (9) have led the way for the offense, which has scored more than eight runs a game – and more than 12 runs a game inside of Colorado. … The two teams also play on April 10. 

Brent W. New, The Gazette

Twitter: @brentwnew @gazettepreps