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Gazette Premium Content This week's prep rankings (Dec. 23-30)

By Kevin Carmody Published: January 4, 2014

PIKES PEAK AREA RANKINGS

BASKETBALL

BOYS

5A

1. Rampart (7-1), No. 1 last week

2. Doherty (5-3), No. 2

3. Liberty (4-3), No. 3

4A

1. Cheyenne Mountain (5-1), No. 2

2. Sand Creek (5-1), No. 3

3. Air Academy (7-1), NR

3A

1. St. Mary's (3-0), No. 1

2. Ellicott (3-2), No. 2

3. TCA (3-1), NR

2A

1. Peyton (4-1), No. 1 last week

2. Pikes Peak Christian (4-2), NR

3. Colorado Springs School (2-3), No. 3

Breakdown: Rampart ended the fall semester on a five-game winning streak on a pair of close victories at last weekend's Douglas County tournament, beating Castle View and Arvada West by five and two points, respectively. Doherty nearly beat Valor Christian, last year's 4A state runner-up, on its home court before beating Lincoln and Vista Ridge at home to close out the week. . Cheyenne Mountain ran its winning streak to four Thursday with an early start to PPAC play, pulling away from Palmer Ridge. Sand Creek went 2-1 at a tournament at Mullen, highlighted by a triple-OT win over Grand Junction on Friday before falling to host Mullen the next day. Air Academy makes its debut among the area's best. The Kadets have allowed only two of their opponents to score more than 50 points. . TCA won its third straight after an opening-night loss with a 54-48 win over Pueblo Centennial on Friday. . Peyton rebounded off its loss to Rye with a comeback win against 3A Manitou Springs on Saturday.

 

GIRLS

5A

1. Rampart (5-0), No. 1 last week

2. Pine Creek (7-0), No. 2

3. Doherty (3-3), No. 3

4A

1. Mesa Ridge (7-0), No. 1 last week

2. Sand Creek (3-2), No. 2

3. Palmer Ridge (6-1), No. 3

3A

1. TCA (4-0), No. 1 last week

2. St. Mary's (2-2), No. 2

3. Manitou Springs (3-3), No. 3

2A

1. Peyton (6-0), No. 1 last week

2. The Vanguard School (6-1), No. 3

3. Evangelical Christian (1-2), No. 2

Breakdown: How about a little defense: Rampart's last two opponents scored a total of 30 points, while Pine Creek has allowed only one of its foes more than 40 points. It's been more than a decade since Rampart started 5-0; in 2007-08, the Rams won nine out of 10 to start the season. . Mesa Ridge beat Elizabeth, Valor Christian, Fort Collins and Monarch to stay undefeated, stretching its regular-season winning streak to 30. . TCA improved to 4-0 by beating Pueblo Centennial on Friday but will need seven more to match last season's 11-0 start. . Peyton ran its record to 6-0 with wins over Adams City and Manitou Springs last week. Meanwhile, Vanguard also stayed perfect since losing its opener to move to 6-1.

HOCKEY

Team Record Last Week

Peak Conference

1. Lewis-Palmer 7-1 No. 1

2. Doherty 2-3 No. 2

3. Pine Creek 3-2 No. 3

Breakdown: Lewis-Palmer is clearly the class of the area. A 6-0 drubbing of Resurrection Christian on Friday had to have raised eyebrows north of County Line Road — the one that separates El Paso and Douglas counties. And that’s not the only impressive win. The Rangers have outscored opponents 50-12. They’ve posted three shutouts, scored eight goals three times and notched at least six goals another four times. Their only loss came in Monument to perennial power Ralston Valley, a game that saw the Rangers leading 2-1 after the first period. ... Doherty and Pine Creek both went 0-1 last week, with the Spartans dropping a 10-1 league game to Mountain Vista and the Eagles falling in conference play to Bishop Machebeuf. Neither team moves in the rankings because no one else has done enough to warrant a climb. ... That could change soon if Air Academy can play like it did Monday night in a 7-1 win over Rampart. The Kadets, a team not built like they have been in the past, were impressive and dominant in the victory, banking early conference points to help them in their playoff quest.

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