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Close to home, Arvada proved to have a potent offense over spring break. The Bulldogs beat Sheridan, Alameda and Thornton in tournament play, but did falter against Berthoud. The game against Thornton on March 31 was a close one, 15-14. The Bulldogs trailed most of the game, until a seven-run explosion in the fifth inning tied things up. Eight players had at least one hit, to help squeak out the win, including seniors Levi Mair and Jayson Peterson. Senior pitcher Andrew Shin earned the win.
Arvada West track
Wildcats raced in the Lyons Invitational, on March 31. The boys team ended the day in 11th place.
Top finishers included Andres Perez, who took second in the 1600 meters; Colin Berndt with a second place finish in the 3200 meters; the 4X100 relay team that earned seventh place; the 4X200 relay team that finished fifth; and the 4X800 team that finished fourth.
For the girls, Katie Doucette finished ninth in the 1600 meters. Claire Pauley finished second in the 3200 meters.
The girls 4X100 relay team came in fourth, as did the 4X800 squad. The 4X400 team finished in sixth. The girls 800 sprint medley finished in second place.
Chris Moon Memorial Invitational
Both Arvada West and Pomona participated in this annual spring break tournament, held March 24 to March 30 in Tuscon.
A-West came away with one win and four losses, including heartbreakers to San Marcos (9-8) and Tucson High Magnet School (9-8).
The sole win was against Arizona team Rio Rico, 11-1. Junior Liam Spaw hit his first home run of the season in that game.
The Wildcats sit at a record of 1-6, entering league play next week.
Pomona fared a bit better, with two wins and three losses. The wins came against Sahuaro (7-2), and Flowing Wells (13-8). Senior J. Ruedaflores went three-for-four with three RBI’s in the Flowing Wells game on March 30. The Panthers come out of the tournament with an overall record of 2-4.
Faith Christian baseball
The Eagles enjoyed a statewide sixth-place ranking in the 3A poll that came out last week. The team also enjoyed a trip south to Arizona for the Greenway Festival tournament.
The team returned to Colorado with two wins and a loss for their trouble.
Friday’s game against Meridian ended in a 8-2 loss, but standout freshman Garrett Everrett had a good game, hitting a triple, scored once and was flawless on his fielding. The team has a 3-1 record and began league play this week.
Green Mountain baseball
The Rams also headed to Arizona for some tournament competition over spring break, this time to the Pride Classic. The resulting three losses and a win leave the team with a 2-4 record. The solo 11-2 win came on March 30 against the Hillsboro Spartans of Oregon. Senior Reece Noel pitched the game for the Rams, allowing zero earned runs.
The Demons hit the road this week, beating the Widefield Gladiators, 14-3 on March 28. The McLauglins — Jack the senior and Ben the sophomore — had similar stat lines, with three hits on four at-bats, with two RBI’s each.
The team had a total of four doubles over the course of the offensive onslaught, including two from senior Jacob Douthit.
Douthit and Jack McLaughlin handled the pitching duties for the Demons, with McLaughlin earning the win after putting in five innings of work. The win moves the Golden dugout to a 4-2 record, as the team split a a pair of March 26 games in Pueblo.
Golden boys lacrosse
The team headed to California for spring break, playing three games over three days. The Demons vanquished Mater Dei 16-5, but fell to Great Oak 9-2.
The third match was March 30 against Los Alamitos, and ended in a 11-10 overtime defeat. Senior Will Abbey made four goals and had two assists in the attempt. Junior Joe Brock added three goals. The team is 5-3, headed into league play, beginning next week.
The Tigers traveled to Arizona to participate in the Greenway Festival tourney over the break. The team came away with three wins and one loss.
Standout performers included junior Simon Baumgardt, who had two doubles and a single, with two RBIs in the March 30 8-4 win against Saint Viator, and senior pitcher Will Gifford, with his 1.0 ERA and seven strikeouts against Libertyville in the 6-3 win on March 29. The Tigers currently hold a 3-4 record.
The team took their sticks down to San Diego for spring break, and brought back three road wins at the expense of Westview, Pacific Ridge and Rancho Bernardo.
The team has a 7-0 record and is ranked second in the state as it enters into league competition, beginning with a road game against Dakota Ridge on April 11.
Wheat Ridge baseball
The Farmers headed to Oregon for some tournament play over spring break, but ended up losing some close games to end the tourney with one win and four losses. The team lost to Wilson 9-8, Sprague 10-9 and West Albany 13-6. The team ended on a high note though, beating Lakeridge 7-0 on March 29.
Sophomore Dominic Bronk earned the shutout on the mound, helped along by his four strikeouts.
Senior Payton Dietrich only had one hit out of four trips to the plate, but he made it count. His triple drove in two runs. The team, 1-5-1, starts league competition next week.
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