GIRLS BASKETBALL: RANKINGS RELEASED (FEB 3RD)

Feb 5th @ 7:39 am in News, Public Service, Sports by Scott Staley

If not for losses by the top teams in Classes 3A and 1A, there would be almost no movement in the new girl’s basketball rankings released today.  Denver Science lost the top spot in Class 3A with a loss to Holy Family while Caliche along with second ranked Pawnee were both knocked off in Class 1A but otherwise almost every ranked team from last week made it through the last seven days unbeaten or with only a loss to another top ten club.

CLASS 5A

1.       Regis (16-1)

2.       Highlands Ranch (14-3)

3.       Grandview (16-1)

4.       Rock Canyon (15-2)

5.       Palmer (15-2)

6.       Ralston Valley (16-2)

7.       Cherry Creek (12-5)

8.       Arapahoe (15-2)

9.       Chaparral (12-4)

10.   Denver East (16-4) 

NEW:  None

DROPPED OUT:  None

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Poudre (15-2), Grand Junction (14-2), Horizon (11-6), Loveland (14-3), Lakewood (14-4), Mountain Vista (13-4), Prairie View (13-6), Brighton (11-8), Fruita Monument (12-6)

NOTES:  Arapahoe’s loss to Cherry Creek marked the only setback for any team in the top ten last week.  That result left both teams tied for second behind first place Grandview inside the Centennial.  The Warriors fell four spots to eighth with the loss while Rock Canyon, Palmer, Ralston Valley and Cherry Creek each moved up one spot.  All other teams are in the same spot as last week.  Highlands Ranch scored an important win as they clubbed ThunderRidge (77-36) to remain part of a three way tie atop the Continental with Regis and Rock Canyon.  The Falcons face both co-leaders this week so they can stand alone in first with two more quality wins.  Palmer also collected an important “W” beating Doherty on Saturday to take sole possession of the CS Metro lead.  It was their seventh straight win overall.  Ralston Valley started last week with a one game edge on Lakewood in the Jeffco but that margin is now two since the Mustangs finished off a season sweep of the Tigers with a 49-32 decision last Friday.

CLASS 4A

1.       Pueblo South (16-1)

2.       Broomfield (16-1)

3.       Mesa Ridge (17-0)

4.       D’Evelyn (16-1)

5.       Pueblo West (16-1)

6.       Windsor (15-3)

7.       Sand Creek (13-3)

8.       Montrose (12-2)

9.       Delta (12-3)

10.   Palmer Ridge (14-3)

NEW:  None

DROPPED OUT:  None

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Thompson Valley (12-4), Canon City (13-5), Conifer (13-4), Green Mountain (11-6), Sierra (11-5), Air Academy (9-7), Pueblo County (12-6), Elizabeth (11-6)

NOTES: Results from two head-to-head top ten matchups from last week caused only a minor disruption in the new rankings.  Pueblo South picked up an intense 44-39 victory over Pueblo West to gain sole possession of first place in the South Central and Sand Creek opened a two game lead in the Pikes Peak by finishing off a season sweep of league rival Palmer Ridge.  Pueblo West dropped just one spot to fifth while Palmer Ridge tumbled two spots to tenth.  D’Evelyn jumped from fifth to fourth and Montrose and Delta also bumped up one to eighth and ninth respectively.  Otherwise the poll remains intact from last week.  West and Palmer Ridge are also the only two teams in the rankings that do not lead their respective conference.  Windsor has almost wrapped up the Tri Valley title.  They have five games remaining but their win over Roosevelt gave them a huge three game edge in that race.  The Wizards can officially clinch by beating Mead on Friday.  Delta is another team that is very close to celebrating a league championship.  The Panthers downed Eagle Valley (55-30) last Saturday to earn a three game edge over the Devils and Rifle.  A win over either Glenwood Springs (Friday) or Steamboat Springs (Saturday) will earn the Panthers the top trophy.  Montrose has a big week as they visit both Fruita Monument and Grand Junction.  They knocked off both teams in the first round of conference play and two more wins should give them the title.  Atop the rankings, Pueblo South as mentioned has the South Central lead while Broomfield remains in control of the Northern chase by one game over Thompson Valley.  Mesa Ridge can move to a two game edge in the CS Metro if they beat Sierra for a second time on Tuesday.  D’Evelyn is already two games up in the Jeffco.

CLASS 3A

1.       Centauri (14-1)

2.       St Mary’s (13-1)

3.       Holy Family (12-4)

4.       Denver Science (13-2)

5.       Moffat County (11-3)

6.       Pagosa Springs (12-2)

7.       Lamar (12-2)

8.       Valley (12-2)

9.       Sterling (12-3)

10.   Trinidad (13-2)

NEW:  Trinidad

DROPPED OUT:  Olathe (12-3)

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Kent Denver (11-3), Colorado Academy (12-3), Machebeuf (11-3), Clear Creek (9-5), Bennett (11-5), Classical Academy (13-1), Manitou Springs (9-6), Grand Valley (10-4)

NOTES:  For the third straight week, a different team takes over the top spot as Centauri is the new number one.  The Falcons replace Denver Science who held down the top slot for just one week.  The Knights were upset by Holy Family last Monday and dropped from first to fourth this week.  Centauri meantime stretched their winning streak to 11 by holding off Bayfield (59-53).  That win kept the Falcons alone in the IML lead ahead of a rematch at Pagosa Springs on Saturday.  St Mary’s recovered from a loss to Lamar the previous week to bounce Dolores Huerta and Ellicott so they move up one spot to second while Holy Family jumped from fourth to third with the quality win over Denver Science.  The Tigers have an important game with Colorado Academy on Tuesday as they continue to battle Kent Denver for second behind 2A powerhouse Lutheran in the Metro chase.  Spots five through nine remain intact as Moffat County, Pagosa Springs, Lamar, Valley and Sterling all went through the week without loss.  Valley beat Estes Park and Frontier Academy stretching their winning streak to ten while Moffat County picked up a huge win over Olathe to secure sole possession of first in the Western Slope.  Their win over Gunnison the next night was their ninth in a row.  Trinidad returned the rankings and took the open slot created by Olathe’s loss.  The Miners earned the nod over Kent Denver because of one fewer and because both losses are against teams ranked in the top seven (St Mary’s & Lamar).

CLASS 2A

1.       Akron (14-0)

2.       Lutheran (13-0)

3.       Vanguard (140)

4.       Simla (13-0)

5.       Peyton (12-2)

6.       Yuma (11-2)

7.       Paonia (11-3)

8.       Meeker (14-1)

9.       Las Animas (13-2)

10.   Sangre De Cristo (12-2)

NEW:  None

DROPPED OUT:  None

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Evangelical Christian (11-3), Heritage Christian (10-4), Rye (11-4), Holyoke (9-4), Dolores (11-3), Ignacio (7-7), Del Norte (8-5), Limon (10-3), Burlington (8-7), Highland (9-5), Hotchkiss (10-5)

NOTES:  Some fans may think the 2A rankings are a bit boring these days as the order remains virtually the same for another week.  The only alteration from last week involves Peyton and Yuma in the fifth and sixth spot.  Peyton moved up one position while Yuma fell to sixth because of a loss to 1A power Caliche.  The Indians lost in overtime and rallied from an early 17 point hole despite missing their leading scorer and first substitute off the bench.  They hope to heal quickly as they face another showdown with top ranked Akron on the road this Saturday.  Akron rolled past Holyoke (59-40) last Friday before creating a 54-4 halftime lead on Sedgwick County the next night.  Lutheran moved very close to the Metro title by beating Peak to Peak and Faith Christian.  They clinch the championship with a win over Manual or Colorado Academy this week.  Vanguard has not allowed more than 28 points in seven straight games but that mark will be challenged as they face both Simla and Evangelical Christian on the road this weekend.  Simla enters the Vanguard contest tied with the Coursers and ECA for the Black Forest lead.  Peyton allowed 30 total points in wins over Colorado Springs and Pike Peak Christian while Paonia mowed down Vail Christian (70-29) in their only game.  Meeker moved closer to second in the same league with wins over Soroco and Hayden.  Las Animas avenged their only league loss by whipping Rye (49-32) last Thursday and with the win gained sole possession of first in the Santa Fe.  Sangre De Cristo picked up a quality road win at Custer County on Saturday to stay tied with Del Norte for the Southern Peaks top spot.  Those two meet on Friday in Del Norte.

CLASS 1A

1.       Norwood (14-0)

2.       Wiley (14-0)

3.       Kim (13-0)

4.       Caliche (12-1)

5.       Pawnee (11-1)

6.       Jim Elliot (13-0)

7.       Eads (10-3)

8.       Hi Plains (9-3)

9.       Belleview Christian (14-1)

10.   Idalia (11-2)

NEW:  Idalia

DROPPED OUT:  Kit Carson (8-5)

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Prairie (10-3), McClave (7-6), Fleming (8-4), Centennial (11-4), Gilpin County (12-3), Stratton (7-6)

NOTES:  This is the only division this week that experienced major changes as the top two teams from last week’s team suffered upset losses.  Caliche scored a great win at Yuma last Friday but then fell at Holyoke (44-43) the next night.  Pawnee was surprised by Fleming team that entered their game last Friday with two consecutive losses.  The Coyotes had won 23 straight conference games before that loss.  Because there is quality depth in Class 1A with four other unbeaten teams, both the Buffs and Coyotes dropped three spots to fourth and fifth.  Norwood, which lost to Pawnee in the state finals a year ago, takes over the top spot this week.  The Mavericks moved to 14-0 with easy wins over Mancos and Nucla last week.  They lead a pair of 2A teams (Dolores & Ignacio) by one game in the San Juan chase.  Wiley scored a high quality win over Eads last Thursday and moves into second while Kim also jumped two spots to third.  The Mustangs clubbed Granada in their only game of the week and now preps for a huge showdown with Eads on Friday.  Eads fell one spot to seventh because of the loss to Wiley and they basically exchanged positions with Jim Elliot.  Jim Elliot is tied with Belleview Christian for the 5280 lead but that tie will be broken when the two square off on Tuesday.  Idalia won a close battle with Prairie for the open spot left by the loss of Kit Carson.  Both teams are playing well but Idalia has one more consecutive win (5-4) plus they beat the Mustangs head-to-head in December.  Idalia has two difficult road tests this weekend against Hi Plains and Kit Carson.  Prairie meantime is tied with Pawnee and Fleming atop the North Central (both 5-1).