Pikes Peak area rankings: Sand Creek-Palmer Ridge add to girls' rivalry

Staff reports Published: January 28, 2013

PIKES PEAK AREA RANKINGS

BOYS' BASKETBALL

5A

1. Fountain-Fort Carson (8-6), No. 1 last week
2. Liberty (7-6), No. 2
3. Rampart (10-5), No. 3

4A

1. Sand Creek (13-0), No. 1
2. Lewis-Palmer (13-2), No. 2
3. Wasson (14-1), No. 3

3A

1. CSCS (10-2), No. 1
2. James Irwin (10-3), No. 2
3. Manitou Springs (7-6), NR

2A

1. Peyton (10-2), No. 1
2. Calhan (5-4), No. 2
3. The Vanguard School (8-4), No. 3

NOTES: The Trojans were the only team to win both 5A Metro League games last week, rallying against Liberty, then holding off Pine Creek. The team to watch this week is Rampart, which plays host to both No. 1 and No. 2 on Tuesday and Friday, respectively. The Rams, who fell to Palmer on Jan. 22 for the Terrors’ first victory after 12 straight losses, outscored Doherty 25-6 in the fourth quarter for a nice comeback win. … 4A stayed the same because the top three all swept its competition handily. Sand Creek has had only two games decided by single digits, with Air Academy giving them a 54-45 game Jan. 18. Then there’s Wasson, led by one of the state’s top scorers in DJ Hanes at 23.1 points. Oh, did we mention Lewis-Palmer is the defending 4A state champs? Combined, the three have won 28 games in a row. … Manitou Springs took over at No. 3 in place of TCA after the Mustangs beat the Titans, 60-46 Jan. 22. We’ll see Manitou Springs in another tough setting on Friday at CSCS, winners of eight in a row … Peyton, Vanguard and ECA all enter the week 2-0 in Black Forest League play. Calhan, at 2-1, can improve its situation with home games Tuesday and Friday against Simla (also 2-1) and Vanguard, respectively, and at ECA on Saturday.

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

5A

1. Palmer (13-2), No. 1 last week
2. Liberty (8-5), No. 3
3. Rampart (8-7), No. 2

4A

1. Mesa Ridge (15-0), No. 1
2. Sand Creek (11-3), No. 2
3. Palmer Ridge (13-2), No. 3

3A

1. St. Mary’s (11-1), No. 1
2. TCA (11-1), No. 2
3. Manitou Springs (7-6), No. 3

2A

1. Vanguard (12-0), No. 1
2. Peyton (10-2), No. 2
3. ECA (8-3), No. 3

NOTES:  Palmer beat Rampart by 21 and Liberty by 41 last week. On Saturday, the Terrors visit Doherty, site of their last 5A Metro League loss almost a year ago — Feb. 4. … It’s early in the short life of the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, but the Sand Creek-Palmer Ridge rivalry is here to stay. Palmer Ridge has won seven straight since losing its league opener, 46-41 Jan. 8 at Sand Creek. While the Bears sport just one senior, the Scorpions counter with ace junior point guard Mikayla Reese to go with freshman starter Oliana Squires and fellow freshman reserve Liah Davis. … Within minutes on Jan. 25, St. Mary’s and TCA both fell from the ranks of the undefeated. The Pirates fell at home to Lamar, while the Titans scored a season-low 20 points at Salida. … Peyton more than made up its rescheduled game against Calhan on Jan. 23, routing the Bulldogs 93-46. The game, originally scheduled for December at UCCS, was postponed by snow and icy weather. Peyton then suffered a tough 66-59 loss Jan. 26 against 11-0 Simla.

HOCKEY

1. Doherty (11-3), No. 2

2. Fountain Valley (9-3), No. 1

3. Air Academy (10-3-1), No. 3

NOTES: Well, that didn't last long. Doherty, which had been the top seed since the start of the hockey rankings, lasted at No. 2 for all of one week. Then the Spartans went out and beat Fountain Valley 5-1, proving they're the best team in the area. They already beat Air Academy earlier this month. ... You can't fault Fountain Valley too much for stumbling against Doherty. Less than 24 hours earlier, the Danes knocked off Peak Conference leader Heritage 4-3 in overtime. Those back-to-back games, especially against high-powered foes, can't hurt a team with 12 skaters. ... Missed it by that much. Air Academy had a 2-1 lead early in the second period against Heritage on Monday and then surrendered the game's next five goals. And that fifth consecutive goal (Heritage's sixth for the game) proved extremely costly, as the Kadets scored three times in the third but came up one short of a tie. Air Academy is still in second place, but has just five games remaining — including matches with Fountain Valley on Feb. 4 and Lewis-Palmer on Feb. 8.

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