PARKER - Ponderosa sophomore pitcher Ally Power learned last week what it takes to face one of the state’s best girls softball teams.
Power, who was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 12 innings before pitching at home against five-time defending Class 5A champion Legacy, struggled against the Lighting in a 12-1 setback.
“I could have done better,” said Power who made the Ponderosa varsity as a freshman outfielder last year. “I learned a lot.”
Power gave up nine hits, five earned runs, walked four and struck out three in the five-inning contest. The Mustangs, with an inexperienced lineup, collected only one hit and make six errors.
“They had nine hits, that’s not a norm for her but she was playing a better caliber team,” said Ponderosa coach Toby Tabola. “This doesn’t happen to her very often.
“I respect the way she handles herself. She’s not good enough to do it alone so we have to support her better, defensively and offensively. She was a little bit tight and we didn’t play a lot of defense. I think she started pressing to try to do more on her own.”
After the Legacy game, Power got back on track with four wins. She pitched 26 innings, allowing 14 hits and striking out 41 batters in the Don McCall
Power’s season totals are impressive with a 6-1 record and a 1.14 earned run average in 43 innings pitched. She has allowed seven earned runs and fanned 63 batters while walking 13.
CHAPARRAL ROLLS - Senior quarterback Max Kuhns had only four incompletions in 17 attempts as he passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns in leading Chaparral to a 34-3 win over Rocky Mountain in Fort Collins.
Kuhns also had a one-yard dive for a touchdown. Zac Guy rushed for 158 yards and two TDs in the win that set the stage for tonight’s game against Grandview.
FIRST HALF PROWESS - Nick Evdos ran for three touchdowns as Legend scored all its points in the first half in the Titans 45-7 romp over Prairie View in Henderson, Co.
SMITH SHOW - Junior Trey Smith rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a scoring pass in Douglas County’s 20-14 win over home-standing Fruita Monument.
LUTHERAN WINS - Sophomore quarterback James Willis threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns as Lutheran whipped Adams City 59-20.
ON THE LOSING END - Brighton shut out Castle View 14-0 . . . ThunderRidge was outscored 21-6 in the fourth quarter in a 37-26 loss to host Vista Murrieta (Calif.), a team that was ranked No. 21 by USA Today . . . Grand Junction lost four fumbles but scored with 25.7 seconds remaining in the game to edge visiting Mountain Vista, 21-17.
MATCH POINT - Hayden Sabatka, the defending Class 5A No. 1 singles tennis champion from Highlands Ranch, dropped only one game in winning his first three matches this season.
RUNNING FIRST - The Mountain Vista boys and girls varsity cross country teams finished first at the Arapahoe Warrior Invitational at DeKoevend Park.
Mountain Vista’s Karlee Schwartzkopt took top honors in the girls race with a time of 19:09 while Andrew Walton was the runner-up in the boys competition, finishing 0:14 of a second out of first place with a time of 16:20.
FAMILY TRADITION - Ponderosa’s Dezmond James has committed to play basketball at the Air Force Academy.
James averaged 16.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game as a junior for the Mustangs.
James’ sister Dymond is a co-captain on the Falcons women’s team and his father, Ray, played basketball at AFA before a knee injury ended his playing career.
GOLD MEDAL - Former Highlands Ranch and University of Connecticut basketball standout Ann Strother was a member of the gold medal winning United States team at the inaugural FIBA 3x3 World Championships in Athens, Greece . . . Maryland senior Taylor Kemp, who played at Mountain Vista High School, is one of 42 players on the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer. Kemp, an attacking defender, has started 70 consecutive matches for the Terps . . . Ultrarunner Hal Koerner, a 1994 Ponderosa graduate, won the Hardrock 100-mile race last month in Silverton, Co.