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Gazette Premium Content This week's prep rankings (Feb. 10-16)

The Gazette preps@gazette.com - Published: February 10, 2014

This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings

 

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Team Record Last Week

5A

1. Rampart 15-4 No. 1

2. Doherty 12-7 No. 2

3. Fountain-Fort Carson 9-10 No. 3

4A

1. Sand Creek 15-3 No. 1

2. Air Academy 13-4 No. 2

3. Cheyenne Mountain 13-5 No. 3

3A

1. Colorado Springs Christian School 11-3 No. 1

2. St. Mary's 14-2 No. 2

3. James Irwin 10-5 No. 3

2A & Below

1. Peyton 13-2 No. 1

2. Pikes Peak Christian 6-8 No. 2

3. Evangelical Christian Academy 6-8 NR

Breakdown: All three of the area's top 5A teams won twice last week, but that won't happen this week with Rampart traveling to Doherty on Tuesday, then playing host to Fountain-Fort Carson on Saturday. Both of the Rams' opponents share the CSML lead with 5-1 records. Tuesday's game has been designed an "Orange out" in support of Doherty student Jonah Pfennings, who is battling cancer. His brother, Sam, plays nonvarsity basketball for the Spartans. . Sand Creek controls its destiny in claiming its first PPAC crown after the Scorpions finished a season sweep of Air Academy on Feb. 7. On Thursday, Sand Creek travels to Cheyenne Mountain, a team it beat by two on Jan. 11. In the 4A CSML, Mitchell improved to 10-9 on Saturday. Last year's Marauders went 6-17, followed by a 4-19 campaign. . CSCS extended its winning streak to 10 with a 30-point win against Widefield on Saturday and moved up a spot to No. 6 in the latest AP poll. Right behind the Lions is St. Mary's at No. 7. . Peyton effectively wrapped up the Black Forest League with wins over Kiowa and Calhan last week.

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Team Record Last Week

5A

1. Rampart 12-4 No. 2

2. Pine Creek 17-2 No. 1

3. Liberty 8-10 No. 3

4A

1. Mesa Ridge 19-0 No. 1

2. Sand Creek 15-3 No. 2

3. Palmer Ridge 16-3 No. 3

3A

1. Manitou Springs 10-5 No. 2

2. The Classical Academy 11-4 No. 1

3. St. Mary's 11-5 No. 3

2A & Below

1. Peyton 14-1 No. 1

2. The Vanguard School 12-2 No. 2

3. Colorado Springs School 9-4 No. 3

Breakdown: Rampart defended its home-court advantage against Pine Creek on Feb. 4 to take the inside track to the Metro League title. On Feb. 21, the teams end the regular season with a clash at Pine Creek. In between league wins, Rampart lost at Rock Canyon, a team that Saturday beat 5A power Highlands Ranch for the first time in school history. . Two of 4A's three undefeated teams meet Saturday when Mesa Ridge travels to the Western Slope to play 17-0 Glenwood Springs. While Sand Creek is 10-0 and headed to consecutive PPAC crowns, the race is on for second between Palmer Ridge (7-2), Cheyenne Mountain (6-2) and Falcon (5-3). On Tuesday, Falcon travels to Cheyenne Mountain. . Manitou Springs avenged an earlier loss to TCA to win the second meeting and took charge of the Tri-Peaks West at 5-1. . The Black Forest League's top spot will be up for the taking this week. On Wednesday, Peyton, which took over the No. 1 spot in the AP poll, travels to Colorado Springs School, which is 4-0 in league play, followed up by a matchup against The Vanguard School, which had its 11-game winning streak snapped Feb. 7.

 

HOCKEY

Team Record Last Week

Peak Conference

1. Lewis-Palmer 16-1 No. 1

2. Cheyenne Mountain 8-8 NR

3. Pine Creek 8-7-1 No. 3

Breakdown: Finally. Assuming neither Lewis-Palmer nor Mountain Vista stumble before Friday, the two will meet at the Colorado Sports Center to figure out who goes into the playoffs as the Peak Conference champion and the No. 1 seed from the division. ... Cheyenne Mountain vaults from the unranked to No. 2. Yes, the Indians lost to Lewis-Palmer, but at 5-1, it's nothing to sneeze at. The Indians went 3-0 against their other three opponents and are sitting in fifth in league. ... Pine Creek might be the definition of a "Jekyll and Hyde" team. They blasted Rampart and Palmer by a combined 15-1, then went out and lost to Liberty.

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