- Written by Leo Paik
Your Standley Lake Lady Gators took on the Centaurus Warriors away on 9/15/17.
In the Freshman match, the match see-sawed the entire way leaving the Gator faithful on the edges of their seats. Tanie Guzman and Victoria Van Dyke had aces, and Van Dyke had a kill along the way, but it was great digs on both teams that got it to 23-22. A Gator service error opened the door for a set point 23-24, but the Warriors returned the favor to tie it. Rae Tasco-Thompson got a timely freeball kill followed by a Vivan Cabajal ace to end the 1st 26-24, and the Gator faithful could breathe. In the 2nd set, the Warriors' defense stiffened, and they surged to a 3-16 lead with 4 aces. Van Dyke responded with 2 aces to make it 7-16, but the deficit proved too large, and the 2nd set ended 12-25. In the 3rd set, the Gators staked out a 3-0 lead with a Cabajal kill and 2 Guzman aces. The Warriors responded with a surge to make it 6-7 despite a Erin Schwaninger ace and an Emma Malouff kill. The Gators revved up their team play and battled to take a 11-8 lead. The Warriors responded with a burst to tie it 12-12. Jaimie Boese-Rhinesmith calmly knocked down a pair of aces to finish off the Warriors 15-12.
(Jaimie Boese-Rhinesmith serves an ace for the match point.)
With the win, the Gators' record improves to 3-1 (0-0).
In the Level III match, the match see-sawed back and forth to 11-11 with freeball kill by Katie DeMink, aces by Hayley Hitchcock, DeMink, and kills by Keiko Tawara and Maria Tersigni. The Gators surged to take a 18-13 lead with aces by Alyssa LeBeck and Hitchcock and kills by DeMink and a block kill by Isabelle Misegadis and held on for a 25-17 win. In the 2nd set, the Gators chomped out a 8-0 lead. Kills by DeMink, Hammack, Tersigni, and Hitchcock and aces by Hitchcock, DeMink, Tersigni, Hammack, and LeBeck gave a well-rounded feel to a well-deserved 25-13 victory.
(Alyssa LeBeck serves an ace for the match point.)
The Gators'record improves to 2-3 (0-0).
In the JV match, the Warriors pulled out to a 4-10 lead. A 9 point run made it 5-19. A downball kill by Jamie Torbet and ace by Solana Brito made it 9-19. Unfortunately, the Warriors fired off another 5 point run for a 10-25 1st set finish. In the 2nd set, the Gators surged for a 9-5 lead with a kill by Ari Walker and aces by Colleen Gill. A Torbet kill made it 10-6, but then the Warriors got a 8 point run. The Gators responded to tie it 14-14. Another 4 point Warrior run didn't discourage the Gators as they pulled to 20-20 and 21-20 after a Warrior timeout. 2 Warrior aces made it 21-23. The Gators tied it up 23-23, but a Warrior sideout and ace ended it 23-25. The Gators' record goes to1-4 (0-0).
In the Varsity match, the Gators tied it 4-4 before the Warriors surged on a 4 point run and doubled up the Gators 7-14 and 8-16. The Gators were unfazed and closed with a 5 point Lauren Willihnganz serving run. With Erin Paik serving the Gators took the lead punctuated with a Zoe Ryan Terra crosscourt kill.
(Zoe Ryan Terra goes crosscourt for the kill.)
After the Warriors retook the lead, 19-20, the Gators steeled themselves and battled for a 22-20 lead and ultimately took the 1st set 25-23 on a Warrior service error. In the 2nd set, the Warriors surged again for a 7-10 lead before the Gators tied it with scrappy play and a Jasmine Cummings freeball kill. The Gators surged to take a 15-11 lead with Willihnganz kill. Raeanne Rothgery got a terrific dig off the net. Another Cummings kill led to a 21-15 Gator lead. A combined Willihnganz/Ryan Terra block kill and a Cummings kill led to set point 24-18. A final Warrior service error ended it 25-18. The 3rd set started with a 4 point Gator run and a 7 point Warrior run. The Gators responded with a 4 point run, but the Warriors tied it 10-10. With Paik serving, Cummings got a kill to make it 14-10. While serving, Ryan Terra got a tip kill and Paik added a backrow kill to make it 18-11. Dani Powell served up a pair of aces to deflate the Warriors' chances making it 22-14. With Willihnganz adding another ace, the Gators took the 3rd set 25-20. The Gators' record improves to 4-5 (0-0).
- Written by Leo Paik
Your Varsity Standley Lake Football team took on the Liberty Lancers (0-4) in Colorado Springs on 9/14/17.
The Lancers took a 21-13 lead after the 1st quarter and increased it to 28-13 at halftime. The Gators came back strong in the 2nd half holding the Lancers to only 7 2nd half points to win 42-35. Alex France went 5-8 for 90 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT, ran for 132 yards on 12 carries with 1 TD. Ty Webber ran for 135 yards on 17 carries with 1 TD and longest run of 41 yards. Jason Van added 73 yards on 13 carries and had 1 TD. Tyler Williams had 2 receptions for 57 yards, Alex Halbeisen caught a 7 yard TD pass. The Gators ran for 433 yards. Ryan Biller led the Gators with 11 tackles and 2 sacks, Brady Kizer had 10 tackles, and Zach Johnstone added 8 tackles. Mickey Garcia added a sack. Logan Heeren had 2 interceptions, and Zach Johnstone and M. Carpentier each recovered a fumble. Jackson Dowis went 4-5 in PATs.
The Gators' record improves to 3-0 (0-0).
- Written by Leo Paik
From the Denver Post and Maxpreps.com:
Your Standley Lake Gators football team took on the Adams City Eagles (Commerce City) at the NAAC in a non-conference game for Homecoming Week.
Your Gators started strong early and never looked back as they won 42-18 for their homecoming week. In the win, Alex France went 3-4 for 75 yards, ran for 44 yards on 7 carries, had a 62 yard punt return, and passed for 2 TDs with a QB rating of 156.3. Ty Webber ran for 118 yards and 2 TDs on 16 carries. Brady Kizer ran for 51 yards on 9 carries. Logan Heeren ran for 36 yards on 2 carries including a 21 yard TD run. Your Gators ran for a total of 336 yards! Tyler Williams and Jackson Dowis caught a 43 yard and 14 yard TD passes, respectively. Ryan Biller led the Gators with 11 tackles. Zach Johnstone contributed 9 tackles and a sack. Justin Baker added a sack. Jason Van, Ryan Biller, and Logan Heeren had an interception each. Ryan Biller recovered a fumble. Jackson Dowis went 6-6 on PATs. With the win, the Gators improve to 2-0 (0-0).
Previously, your Standley Lake Gators football team hosted the Mesa Ridge Grizzlies (Colorado Springs) in their season opener.
Your Gators scored first to take a 7-0 lead at half. The Grizzlies took the lead in the 3rd 10-7 with a rushing TD and 29 yard field goal. The Gators rallied for a 4th quarter TD to win 14-10. In the win, Alex France passed for 2-5 for 52 yards including a 39 yard TD pass, had an interception, and ran for 70 yards on 9 carries. Ty Webber ran for 64 yards on 11 carries, and Brady Kizer ran for 45 yards on 9 carries for a team total of 203 yards. Tyler Williams caught 2 passes for 52 yards. Ryan Biller and Brady Kizer led the Gators with 11 and 10 tackles. Ryan Biller (OLB) and Jaren Cosby had a sack each. Jackson Dowis went 2-2 on PATs. Logan Heeren intercepted an underthrown pass and scored on a 23 yard return. With the win, the Gators start 1-0 (0-0).
Next up is Liberty HS Lancers in Colorado Springs on 9/14/17.
- Written by Leo Paik
Your Standley Lake Lady Gators took on the scrappy Denver South Rebels away on 9/7/17.
In the Freshman match, the scores see-sawed until it was 9-9. Then the Gators ran off a 9 point run including at least 2 aces by Aaliya Luna despite a Rebels timeout to make it 16-9. The Rebels fought back to close it 21-20, but the Gators rallied with a set winning free ball kill for a 25-23 win. In the 2nd set, the Rebels surged for a 7-12 lead. The Gators kept in the game and chipped away to get it to 13-16, With Tanie Guzman serving including an ace, the Gators rattled off a 5 point run to take the lead. With renewed energy, the Gators held off the Rebel rally and took the set 25-21 for the win. Their record improves to 1-1 (0-0).
In the Level III match, the scored also see-sawedto 17-17. It seemed the outcome could go either way. The Rebels surged to a 20-23 lead with a pair of aces. The Gators battled back to tie it 23-23 with a backrow kill, but the Rebels prevailed 23-25 in a match with abundant net calls. In the 2nd set, the Gators surged to take the early lead 7-4, but the Rebels rallied with a 6 point run including an ace. The Gators battled with a Hayley Hitchcock kill, Alyssa LeBeck ace, Hayley Hitchcock ace, and Ravan Hammack kill getting it to 20-20. Despite a Gator timeout, the Rebels got timely serving with a pair of aces to take the set 20-25. Teammates noted Evelynn Brackney's great saves, Ravan Hammack's good hits and blocks, and overall team scrappiness. Their record goes to 1-2 (0-0).
In the JV match, the Rebels kept ratcheting up leads 2-4, 5-8, 7-12, 10-16. The Gators kept battling trying to whittle down the gap and got it to 22-24 with great energy and scrambling, kills by Samantha Trujillo, a Jamie Torbet ace, and an Ari Walker kill, but the outcome of the set was called on a double hit for a 22-25 Rebel win. In the second set, the same ratcheting seemed to recur despite nice kill by Samantha Trujillo, a great block and kill by Ari Walker, and a terrific block by Sean Rumley. With a sense of a potential rally in the air, the Gators unfortunately had 4 missed serves in a row to help seal the deal ending it 15-25. Their record goes to 1-2 (0-0).
(Ari Walker attacks.)
In the Varsity match, the Gators were down early but rallied with an ace and kill by Lauren Willihnganz, block kill by Zoe Ryan Terra, great dig by Dani Powell, backrow kill by Erin Paik, a tip kill by Lauren Willihnganz, and a Dani Powell block kill, to get it to 13-13 as the Gator faithful roared in delight. The Gators got a 16-14 lead with an ace by Dani Powell, but the Rebels got a 7 point run stopped by a Lauren Willihnganz kill. With great energy, the Gators battled back to close it to 23-23, but the Rebels sealed it with an ace floater to make it 23-25. In the 2nd set, the Rebels seemed energized on their home court taking a 5-11 early lead despite a Raeanne Rothgery freeball kill and a sweet Lauren Willihnganz downline kill. A 7 point Rebel run made it 8-18. Dani Powell, tried to spark a Gator rally with a pair of aces, but the deficit proved too large as the 2nd ended 16-25. In the 3rd set, the Gators kept it close early with kills by Lauren Willihnganz and Zoe Ryan Terra getting it to 6-8 before a 4 point Rebel run stopped by a Lauren Willihnganz kill. The Rebels ratched their lead to 11-19 before Jasmine Cummings' kill.
(Jasmine Cummings gets a kill.)
The Gators rallied for 4 points with a nice Cummings save, Powell kill, a combined Cummings and Powell block kill, and a Ariana Elliott ace. Again, the deficit proved too much as the Rebel punctuated their win with a final ace to end it 16-25. The Gators' record goes to 1-2 (0-0).
Next up is Overland HS Invitational on 9/9/17.
- Written by Leo Paik
Your Lady Gator Volleyball teams opened their 2017 season at home against the Aurora Central Trojans on Thursday, August 24 with boisterous and supportive Gator fans.
(The Lady Gators prepare to open their season.)
In the Level III match, the Gators showed their determination handling the Trojans 25-9 and 25-10 to get their first win (1-0, 0-0).
In the JV match, the Gators jumped out to a early lead and held on for a 25-10 first set win. In the 2nd match, the Trojans fought back to get it closer, but the Gators prevailed 25-20 for their first win punctuated with a Jamie Torbet ace (1-0, 0-0).
(Sean Rumley serves.)
In the Varsity match, your Gators played with energy chomping a 14-9 lead before the 1st time out. They carried their momentum forward for a 25-20 win punctuated by a Dani Powell tip kill. In the 2nd set, both teams seemed to struggle with service errors, but Gigi Tucker ran off a 6 point run with good serves to get the Gators a 25-18 win. In the 3rd set, service errors faded, and the Trojans fought to a 14-14 tie. A well-timed timeout by Coach Taylor Hillberry broke a string of serves.
(The Lady Gators regain their focus.)
Your Gators regathered and surged for a 25-18 set win and match win (1-0, 0-0).
Next up is Ft. Morgan in the Swamp on Tues. Sept. 5.
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