Meyer paces Bears at Classic
The Palmer Ridge High School girls golf team finished second to Cheyenne Mountain at the April 26 Cougar Classic at Kissing Camels Golf Club. Ridge finished with a 267 - 14 strikes back of Cheyenne Mountain - and was the only team to have all four of its golfers score under 100. Senior Audrey Meyer, a three-time state qualifier, paced the Bears with an 85. Lewis-Palmer finished third with a 274.
Ridge is 58 strokes back of Cheyenne Mountain for the Class 4A Metro League lead with just one regular season tournament to go - the Fountain-Fort Carson Invitational Thursday at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club. Ridge junior Maggie Geolat trails Cheyenne Mountain’s Kylee Sullivan by 21 strokes for the top individual spot in league.
The Colorado Springs state qualifying regional will be held May 7 at the Country Club of Colorado. Ridge, L-P and Discovery Canyon will take part in that regional. The Classical Academy will play in the Southern Regional May 8 at Holly Dot Golf Course in Colorado City.
Milo lending a hand at Pine Creek
Former Lewis-Palmer head baseball coach Chuck Milo is in his first season as an assistant at Class 5A Pine Creek. He is working under his old buddy Glenn Millhauser. The two were previously together at Air Academy in the late 1990s.
“Glenn has been after me the last nine or 10 years to go work with him,” said Milo, who was let go by L-P after the 2011 season. “I wanted to stay in baseball and it was a great opportunity.”
Pine Creek (14-2 overall, 12-0 in the Metro League) is currently ranked No. 4 in the state in the latest MaxPreps.com
rankings. The Eagles play three crossover tournament games this week before finding out their seeding in the upcoming state playoffs. Under Milo, L-P made the playoffs every year from 2004 to 2009. Among the players Milo coached who went on to play professionally are Reid Engel (formerly with the Boston Red Sox organization) and Bobby Hansen (who currently a pitches in the Washington Nationals system).
Palmer Ridge, Discovery Canyon and Lewis-Palmer baseball all qualified for the 4A playoffs and will determine their seeding with the help of this week’s eight-team crossover tournament.
“We really don’t want to be the eighth seed out of here,” said first-year L-P coach Tom McCabe. “For us, it’s important to come out in the middle. I think it would be very hard to go out and beat Cheyenne Mountain or Air Academy, but I want us to go out and play good baseball, regardless.”
The tournament began on Tuesday, with games also scheduled for Thursday and Saturday. The top seeds will get homes games. L-P (5-11 overall, 5-2 in the Metro League) is the third seed on its side of the bracket. Discovery Canyon (9-6), 5-2 is the second seed in the same bracket. Palmer Ridge (9-7, 5-2) is the No. 4 seed on the other side of the bracket.
“I definitely think we have a team that can win state,” said Discovery Canyon interim head coach Mike Barbato. “If we play the way we have been and stay confident, anything can happen.”
Local 4A soccer teams head to postseason
The Palmer Ridge, Discovery Canyon and Lewis-Palmer girls soccer teams will wrap up their Crossover Tournament games on Thursday. Palmer Ridge (13-0 overall, 7-0 in the Metro League) will likely get a top four overall seed in the state playoffs. The Bears advanced to the semifinals in 2011.
Wrestlers go national
Three Discovery Canyon wrestlers competed at the National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Wrestling National Scholastic Duals in early April. Two-time 4A state champion A.J. Rees, a junior, went 3-4 in the 113-pound weight class. Reigning state 120-pound champ Steve Turner, a senior, was also 3-4 at 126 pounds, while sophomore David Traynor - a fourth-place finisher at this year’s state meet at 195 pounds - was 2-5 at the national tournament.
The three Thunder grapplers helped Colorado’s squad win Pool A and finish sixth in the Gold Pool. There were seven Colorado state champs on the team in all. The tournament was held at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., April 13-14.