Highlands Ranch • Junior Drake Nugent, the defending state champion, won the boys shot put with a throw of 51-04.00 at the ThunderRidge Invitational Track Meet on March 17. The boys team finished …
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• Junior Drake Nugent, the defending state champion, won the boys shot put with a throw of 51-04.00 at the ThunderRidge Invitational Track Meet on March 17. The boys team finished fifth and the Falcon girls were sixth but had two individual winners. Junior Shantine DeMasse won the long jump with an effort of 16-07.50 and junior Elena Opp was the discus winner with a throw of 116-00. Opp was third in the shot-put competition.
• Jenna Chun took medalist honors at the Continental League meet held March 15 at Spring Valley with a 1-over-par 73.
• The girls soccer team has played two overtimes in its first three games. The Falcons are 1-1-1 and will host Chaparral on March 27.
• The baseball team is the new top-ranked team in the Class 5A CHSAANow.com poll released March 19. The Golden Eagles, second in the previous rankings, edged No. 1 Cherry Creek, 8-7, on March 16, and flipped positions with the Bruins in the rankings. The team plays at Smoky Hill on March 26.
• The defending state champion girls soccer team is ranked third in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A rankings with a 2-1-0 record. There are four Continental League teams in the top 10 with Vista third, ThunderRidge sixth, Rock Canyon seventh and Castle View ninth.
• The boys lacrosse team is ranked sixth in the CHSAANow.com 5A poll, ahead of league rivals Rock Canyon (seventh) and Highlands Ranch (ninth).
• The baseball team is 3-2 and has a 15-day break in the schedule before playing Fruita Monument March 31 at home. The Jaguars blanked the Wildcats in this season's first game, 11-0, in Grand Junction.
• Junior goalie Jack Thompson has a 2.0 goals against average in 96 minutes of action to lead the Douglas County Lacrosse League. His .846 saves percentage also ranks near the top of league statistics.
• Jamie Tatum's second goal of the game came in overtime as the girls soccer team edged Cherokee Trail 2-1 on March 15. The team takes a 2-1-0 record the spring break.
• The girls soccer team got two goals each from Maddy Etten and Kaedren Close in a 5-1 win over Middle Park and took a 2-1-0 record into spring break. In the past four years, coach Miles Martin's teams have gone 47-20-2.
• The baseball team picked up its first win of the season by scoring six runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 7-3 win over Manual on March 16. The Hawks had only five hits in the game but sophomore Ryan Guerin and junior Andrew Pippin each had two runs batted in.
• The girls soccer team is 4-1-0 to start the season with the lone setback a 1-0 overtime loss to Ralston Valley. Junior forward Mckenna Kercher leads the Continental League in scoring with eight points with four goals. Junior goal keeper Maddie WardBrown has made a league-high 22 saves in 305 minutes of playing time.
• Senior Logan Derosia had six goals in a 13-12 girls lacrosse win over Cheyenne Mountain March 15 and leads the Continental League with 18 goals. She is second in scoring with 19 points.
• MaxPreps has selected the best baseball teams in each state for the 2017 season and the Eagles were the Colorado pick. The MaxPreps story said “The Eagles captured the Class 4A state championship last year and return 4A state Player of the Year Luke Ziegler (3B/RHP). Other All-State players back for Valor Christian (22-5) include catcher Noah Kuzma and infielder Josh Danyliw.” Valor Christian is currently the top ranked 4A team in the CHSAANow.com poll with a 2-0 record.
• The girls soccer team is off for 19 days before challenging Littleton in an April 3 game at Littleton Public Schools Stadium. The team is 2-0-2 and the ties were a pair of scoreless, double-overtime games against Cheyenne Mountain and Palmer Ridge.
• Morgan Hamler tied for ninth place with an 82 at the Valor Girls Golf Invitational March 15 at Highlands Ranch Golf Club. The team finished third behind Windsor and Ralston Valley, which tied for first place.
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