New Boys Basketball Rankings Jan 27

Jan 28th @ 7:24 am in News, Sports by Scott Staley

The newest set of rankings released by Colorado Preps is a bit mixed this week.  A few classes experienced only a few changes while the remaining divisions underwent wholesale changes.  The new poll also features a new number one team for the first time in several weeks but features only four new teams across the five divisions.  Below are the new polls in each class and your comments are welcome at the end of the article.

CLASS 5A

1.       Denver East (14-2)

2.       Mountain Vista (14-0)

3.       Chatfield (15-1)

4.       ThunderRidge (11-4)

5.       Regis (12-3)

6.       Eaglecrest (12-3)

7.       Columbine (11-3)

8.       Arapahoe (12-3)

9.       Monarch (13-2)

10.   Fairview (12-3)

NEW:  Fairview

DROPPED OUT:  Highlands Ranch (10-4)

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Rangeview (12-3), Rampart (10-5), Aurora Central (11-6), Loveland (11-4), Fossil Ridge (11-4), Grandview (10-5), Legend (11-3), Grand Junction (12-3), Brighton (8-9), Montbello (9-8), Lincoln (11-5)

NOTES:  It was a very quiet week in Class 5A concerning upsets as only Columbine and Highlands Ranch were ranked teams that suffered losses during the past week.  Columbine played very well in a two point overtime loss to Chatfield that cost the Rebels a share of first place in the Jeffco.  It also dropped them two spots to seventh in this week’s poll.  Highlands Ranch also fell from a share of first in the Continental with their surprising loss to Heritage.  The Falcons were replaced by Fairview who has won four straight since falling to Monarch.  That outcome separates those two atop the Front Range league standings and they will meet again on February 21st.  With Columbine’s loss, Regis and Eaglecrest were each able to bump up one spot.  Regis joins the top five for the first time this season.  They’ve won eight straight and face a huge game with 2nd ranked Mountain Vista on Tuesday.  Those two share the Continental lead with ThunderRidge as all begin the week at 3-0 inside the conference.  In sixth, Eaglecrest is also enjoying their highest ever ranking by Colorado Preps.  The Raptors have a nice two game edge in the Centennial.

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CLASS 4A

1.       D’Evelyn (14-1)

2.       Lewis Palmer (13-2)

3.       Valor Christian (15-3)

4.       Sand Creek (13-0)

5.       Pueblo East (12-1)

6.       Broomfield (11-3)

7.       Denver South (14-3)

8.       Cheyenne Mountain (12-2)

9.       Wasson (14-1)

10.   Thomas Jefferson (10-6)

NEW:  None

DROPPED OUT:  None

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Evergreen (10-5), Golden (9-5), Thompson Valley (10-5), Discovery Canyon (12-3), Windsor (11-5), Sierra (10-5), Eagle Valley (10-2), Palisade (9-4), Delta (8-5), Roosevelt (9-7)

NOTES:  Valor Christian and Thomas Jefferson are among the most difficult teams to rank in any class because the Eagles and Spartans play in Class 4A but play a predominantly 5A schedule.  Both teams suffered losses to 5A opponents in the past week but the damage was minimal because of the competition level.  Valor Christian though dropped two spots because their loss to Rangeview was by 31 points.  That dropped the Eagles to third despite a head-to-head win over D’Evelyn earlier this month.  The Jaguars take over the top spot for the first time this season as they’ve not lost since the Valor game and sit alone in first atop the Jeffco.  Thomas Jefferson fell one spot to tenth but stayed in the rankings because their loss came against top ranked Denver East (5A) which is widely considered the best team in the state this year.  There’s also shuffling in the top five due to strength of conference.  Lewis Palmer and Sand Creek both jump ahead of Pueblo East because at this point, the Pikes Peak league seems to be stronger than the South Central.  Pueblo East is alone in first but they’re the only team in the conference above five hundred for the season.  Lewis Palmer and Sand Creek meantime are just two of three teams from the Pikes Peak ranked again this week plus fourth place Discovery Canyon has posted 12 wins.  Spots six through eight remain unchanged and Wasson bumped to 9th with the loss by Thomas Jefferson.  The T-Birds have won nine a row including a very impressive 31 point win over Widefield last week.

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CLASS 3A

1.       Kent Denver (11-0)

2.       Pagosa Springs (11-1)

3.       Brush (10-1)

4.       Colorado Springs Christian (10-2)

5.       Holy Family (10-2)

6.       Roaring Fork (10-2)

7.       Colorado Academy (11-1)

8.       Alamosa (10-3)

9.       Sterling (10-3)

10.   Peak to Peak (9-4)

NEW:  None

DROPPED OUT:  None

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Moffat County (11-1), University (10-3), James Irwin (10-3), Aspen (8-3), Fort Lupton (9-3), Pinnacle (6-5), Clear Creek (8-5), Denver Science (7-4), La Junta (10-4), Eaton (7-6), Faith Christian (5-8), Jefferson Academy (7-5)

NOTES:  For the second straight week, Brush and Pagosa Springs exchange positions at second and third.  Last week, Brush moved ahead of the Pirates with the loss by Pagosa to Durango.  This week the Beetdiggers lost a hard fought road game at #2 Yuma (2A) while Pagosa Springs moved past Ignacio and Bayfield by a combined 41 points.  Despite staying unbeaten, Colorado Springs Christian is unable to move up.  They’re hurt a bit by strength of conference as Manitou Springs and Classical Academy are the only two other teams in the Tri Peaks with better than five hundred records but they’re a combined 13-10.  Kent Denver again had a difficult week but stayed perfect to remain number one.   The Sun Devils blew past Manual (53-29) but barely survived an upset bid by Faith Christian before sneaking out with a 45-44 decision.  That win continued a string of narrow league wins.  Other than the Manual victory, Kent Denver has won three Metro contests by a total of eight points.  Holy Family also collected a solid league win as they outlasted Peak to Peak in overtime (63-60).  That kept the Tigers in the fifth spot.  For Peak to Peak, it was their second loss of the week as they also fell to Colorado Academy (86-69).  They tumbled from sixth to tenth but stayed in the rankings due to strength of schedule and league.  Roaring Fork, Colorado Academy, Alamosa and Sterling all moved up one spot with the losses by Peak to Peak but Moffat County, despite a sparkling 11-1 record, could not find room in the rankings again this week.

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CLASS 2A

1.       Limon (12-0)

2.       Yuma (11-0)

3.       Lutheran (8-3)

4.       Resurrection Christian (9-3)

5.       Peyton (10-2)

6.       Sanford (9-2)

7.       Ignacio (9-3)

8.       Hayden (10-2)

9.       Heritage Christian (11-1)

10.   Rocky Ford (10-2)

NEW: Rocky Ford

DROPPED OUT:  Haxtun (8-3)

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Meeker (8-3), Denver Christian (7-3), Vanguard (8-4), Crowley County (10-3), Sierra Grande (9-3), Sangre De Cristo (8-4), Holyoke (7-4), Akron (8-4), Telluride (7-2), Byers (7-5)

NOTES:  It was a very impressive week for the top six teams and as a result they remain in the same order as the previous rankings.  Limon picked up a 31 point win over then 9th ranked Deer Trail (1A) in their only game of the week and Yuma picked up two quality wins over Brush (55-49) and Akron (69-59) at home sandwiched around a 33 point road win at Merino last Friday.  Lutheran bounced back in the 3A Metro scoring quality conference wins over Jefferson Academy and Machebeuf.  Resurrection Christian scored a very important Mile High league win over Heritage Christian (63-55).  They’ve now won seven straight.  Peyton scored wins over Calhan (66-55) and Kiowa (55-42) before mowing down Simla (56-33) last Saturday.  Sanford gave up just eight first half points in their league blowout at Del Norte (55-32) on Saturday in their only game of the week.  The bottom four also had an interesting week.  Ignacio and Heritage Christian actually moved up one position despite losses.  The Bobcats fell to 3A #2 Pagosa Springs but bumped to seventh with two losses by Haxtun.  Heritage Christian also bumped to ninth despite the aforementioned loss to Resurrection Christian because they recovered nicely to score an equally important league win over Denver Christian three nights later.  Hayden moves up one spot to eighth.  They are tied with Rangely and Meeker atop the Western Slope.  Haxtun was dropped from the rankings as the Fightin’ Bulldogs are battling a rough stretch where they’ve lost three of four but finding a team to replace them in the poll was a bit difficult.  Most of the teams under consideration suffered losses last week but one of the exceptions was Rocky Ford.  The Meloneers actually took over first place in the Santa Fe when Crowley County suffered back-to-back losses including a one point stunning loss to last place John Mall last Saturday.  The Chargers actually beat Rocky Ford head-to-head and would have gained the tenth spot if not for the weekend loss.  Sierra Grande was also under consideration for the open slot but the Panthers lost in the previous week to Sangre De Cristo.  The T-Birds missed a chance to enter the rankings with a loss to Sargent last Friday.

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CLASS 1A

1.       McClave (12-0)

2.       Shining Mountain (12-0)

3.       Fleming (8-2)

4.       Caliche (9-2)

5.       Cheyenne Wells (11-1)

6.       Otis (10-1)

7.       Hi Plains (9-2)

8.       Elbert (8-4)

9.       Community Christian (7-3)

10.   La Veta (12-2)

NEW:  Community Christian, La Veta

DROPPED OUT:  Vail Christian (8-3), Deer Trail (9-4)

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Denver Jewish Day (6-2), Stratton (6-5), Holly (8-4), Wiley (7-6), Pawnee (6-4), Prairie (8-3), Bethune (7-4), Norwood (8-4)

NOTES:  Other than top ranked McClave, 2nd ranked Shining Mountain and number five Cheyenne Wells, no team is in the same spot as a week ago plus the poll includes two new members.  Fleming made the biggest move jumping three spots to third after an exciting road win over four time defending state champion Caliche.  It was the first win over the Buffs for fifth year Fleming head coach Bob Vandenbark and it allowed his team to receive their highest ever ranking in the ten year history of Colorado Preps.  They were also able to move up that far because of losses by Hi Plains and Cheyenne Wells.  Hi Plains dropped from fourth to seventh because of a loss to Stratton.  We dropped them behind Otis because the Bulldogs toppled Stratton three nights later.  The Patriots and Bulldogs play this Friday in a non-conference game so we’ll find out soon enough if we made the right decision.  Cheyenne Wells remains number five because their loss to occurred to an out-of-state opponent in overtime.  The Tigers could face a stern test against a red hot Holly team on Saturday.  Elbert moved up two spots thanks to wins over Evangelical Christian (2A) and Flagler.  The Bulldogs will be favored in each of their remaining games.  The two newcomers are Community Christian and La Veta.  The Crusaders have won four straight since a four point loss to Sheridan and they’re unbeaten against 1A teams.  They hope to challenge Shining Mountain for the 5280 conference championship with Denver Jewish Day also in the mix.  La Veta has not played a strong schedule but they’ve won 11 straight and control the Southern Peaks race.  They’ll get tested before the end of the season with contests against 2A rivals Sargent and Sangre De Cristo.  They replace Deer Trail which has lost four straight and Vail Christian which dropped a key league contest against Hayden last Friday.