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RANGERS ON HOT STREAK

The Lewis-Palmer ice hockey team defeated Coronado, 6-2, on Jan. 25 at World Arena and is now 3-0-1 over its last four games.

Dmitri Smith scored the game’s first two goals for the Rangers. Nick Pavlik and Blake Thompson also scored a pair of goals for Lewis-Palmer.

The Rangers (6-5-1 overall, 4-2-1 in the Peak Conference), are eight place in the 15-team division.

They travel to Pueblo County on Friday with game time starting at 8:15 p.m., and then host Mountain Vista on Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. start.

Julian Claudio leads the Rangers with 12 goals. Casey McMullin has six goals and a team-leading nine assists.

THUNDER WINS METRO TITLE

The Discovery Canyon wrestling team became the first Class 4A school to win the prestigious Colorado Springs Metro League Tournament since Widefield in 2005.

The 24-team event was held last weekend at Doherty High School.

The Thunder advanced five wrestlers to the finals and placed 12 overall.

It finished with 227.5 points, with 5A powerhouses Coronado second (184.5) and Pine Creek third (169).

Thunder two-time state champion AJ Rees won his 120-pound match for his third Metro League title.

Palmer Ridge’s Tyler Thalhammer lost his 138-pound championship match to Pine Creek senior Geo Martinez. That meant that Martinez became the first-ever four-time champion of the event.

BATES COMMITS TO COLORADO

Former Discovery Canyon runner Heather Bates has committed to run track and cross country for the University of Colorado. Bates was also considering offers from Wisconsin and Vanderbilt, among other schools.

Bates, a senior at Pine Creek, is the defending Class 5A girls state cross country champion.

He also is a two-time state 4A champion in the 3,200 meters while at Discovery Canyon as a sophomore and junior.

She plans on majoring in business and psychology.

TCA NETTERS SUFFER FIRST LOSS

The Classical Academy girls basketball team had its 11-game winning streak snapped on Jan. 25 with a 27-20 loss at Salida.

The Titans (11-1, 5-1 in the 3A Tri-Peaks League), had a team-high eight points from CheyAnn Queener.  Hannah Carr had 10 rebounds to pace the Titans.

It was TCA’s lowest scoring output of the season. The Titans are averaging more than 39 points per game.

 

CHECKING OUT THE COURSE

Beginning this fall, qualifiers for the state cross country meet can walk the course the night before, according to a measure passed last week by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

The measure also included decreasing the number of 4A qualifiers.

In 2012, the 30 teams at the starting line created safety issues. CHSAA is lowering the number of 4A teams to 24.

A NEW CLASSIFICATION?

Last week’s CHSAA meeting also hinted that a new classification - 6A - could be a reality in the future. Windsor athletic director Mark Kanagy gave a 6A classification review report and sought out comments and opinions of other athletic directors and administrators.

FORMER TCA ASSISTANT MOVING ON

Former Classical Academy assistant running coach Randy Scherer is heading up his own program at SkyView Academy, based in Highlands Ranch.

The charter school officially joined CHSAA as a member school last week and will compete at the 2A level. It won’t have its first graduating class until 2015.