TCA appoints new cross-country coach
The Classic Academy has named Matthew Norton to succeed Alan Versaw as coach of the Titan’s highly successful cross-country programs.
The Titans swept 3A competition last fall, good for the women’s program’s fourth straight title and the men’s team’s seventh championship.
Versaw, who is retiring after more than 20 years coaching TCA runners, was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2017.
Colorado Springs Metropolitan League Meet
At Palmer: The Terrors (265) edged Widefield/Mesa Ridge (254) for the championship title, while Coronado finished third with 196 points.
Palmer senior Isaac Collins won the 100m freestyle (50.05) and 200m individual medley (2:08.14), while Terror rookie Theo Collins won the 100m butterfly in 1:02.25. The Collins duo also helped Palmer win the 200m medley relay (1:56.49) and the 400m freestyle relay (3:49.57).
Black Forest League Championships
Peyton swept the encounter, winning the boys’ title with 196 points, while the girls won their league encounter with 180 points. Thomas MacLaren School finished second in the boys’ standings with 149 points, while Kiowa’s 108 points were good for second place on the girls’ side.
Nathan Schluessler won the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 46.29 seconds and the 3,200 in 11:14.84, while Josh Kearse (800 meters, 2:06.77), Trevor Gregg (110 hurdles, 17.71) and Gunner Graham (high jump, 5-3) also won individual events for the Panthers.
Emme Ratliff doubled for the Peyton girls, winning the 300 hurdles in 52.32 and going 15-1 to win the long jump. Jordan Keairnes (100 yards, 13.79) and Tara Graham (100 hurdles, 17.52) also won runs for the Panthers.
Lewis-Palmer 20, Elizabeth 9
To Elizabeth: Daulton Johnson and Caleb Pepper led the Rangers’ big day at the plate with five RBIs apiece, while Matt Rhoades homered and drove in four runs. Pepper set a program record for triples in a season with his sixth, according to the school’s athletics Twitter account. He also pitched three scoreless innings, striking out six.
Manitou Springs 9-14, Buena Vista 2-7
At Manitou Springs: Andrew Rhoades had four points and scored 3 in Game 2, as Manitou Springs swept the doubleheader to finish undefeated in Tri-Peaks League play.
St. Mary’s 15-21, James Irwin 5-3
At James Irwin: Peter Ghigleri, Cesar Martinez-Diaz and John Clune each made multiple runs in each game, and the Pirates used a few big innings to sweep the league double.
Falcon 13, Classic Academy 3
At Falcon: Mason Hamlin and Zach Howe had three points apiece for the Falcons. Isaiah Sadorus picked up the win after allowing two runs in 4.2 innings.
Colorado Springs Christian School 17, Woodland Park 7
At Woodland Park: A seven-run fifth inning opened the game for the Lions.
Both Ethan Horton and Elisiah Garner made multiple runs for the Panthers.
Peyton 17-17, Dolores Huerta Preparation 0-2
At Dolores Huerta Prep: AJ Lashley drove in four runs, Luke Turner drove in three more and Peyton pitchers Evan Neumaier, Stratton Miller and AJ Kranz combined to limit the Scorpions to one hit in Game 1 of a double scan.
Evangelical Christian 15, Elbert 6
Salida 17, Florence 13
Junta 15, Ellicott 5
St. Mary’s 4, Palmer 3
To Palmer: Trailing at halftime, the Pirates used three second-half goals to claim the victory. Bailey Darneal scored twice for St. Mary’s, while Peyton Priddy and Kylie Borg added goals.
Thomas MacLaren School 7, Colorado Springs School 1
At Thomas MacLaren School: The Highlanders scored five of their second-half goals to improve to 6-9 this season. Kadence Christensen was instrumental in five of the goals, scoring four and assisting another, while Elena Withrow registered five assists and scored her own.
Classic Academy 2, Battle Mountain 0
At Battle Mountain: The Titans used a goal in each half to finish the regular season 9-4-1.
Falcon 10, wide field 0
At Widefield: Seven first-half goals helped the Falcons finish the regular season 11-3-1.
Salida 11, James Irwin 1
Denver East 20, Pine Creek 5