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Gazette Premium Content This week's prep rankings (Jan. 21-Feb. 2)

By Kevin Carmody and Scott Kaniewski preps@gazette.com - Published: January 27, 2014

This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings

 

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Team Record Last Week

5A

1. Rampart 12-3 No. 1

2. Doherty 9-6 No. 3

3. Liberty 8-5 No. 2

4A

1. Sand Creek 11-2 No. 1

2. Air Academy 12-3 No. 2

3. Cheyenne Mountain 9-4 No. 3

3A

1. St. Mary's 10-1 No. 1

2. Colorado Springs Christian School 7-3 No. 3

3. Ellicott 9-4 No. 2

2A & Below

1. Peyton 10-2 No. 1

2. Pikes Peak Christian 5-6 No. 2

3. The Vanguard School 5-7 No. 3

Breakdown: It's rivalry week of sorts in the 5A Metro League, highlighted by Liberty traveling to Pine Creek on Tuesday and Rampart on Saturday in District 20, while Doherty hosts longtime District 11 rival Palmer on Saturday. The doubleheader, starting with the girls' game at 5 p.m. and the boys' game 90 minutes later, fills up the gym at Sparta more than any other occasion. Doherty, which won road games at Pine Creek and Rampart last week, also hosts Fountain-Fort Carson on Tuesday. . Sand Creek had won all five league games by single digits before Friday's 57-56 loss at Falcon. With the Scorpions and Air Academy sporting almost identical records, we're taking the head-to-head win by Sand Creek as a tiebreaker in the rankings this week. In the 4A Metro, Mesa Ridge (10-6) has rolled through the first six games undefeated. . St. Mary's has its work cut out for it this week. In addition to Monday's makeup game at CSCS, the Pirates also host Dolores Huerta Prep on Friday before traveling the next day to Ellicott, which dealt St. Mary's its first loss. . Peyton continues to roll with a five-game winning streak and 2-0 mark in league play. Not listed is 4-7 Evangelical Christian Academy, which has won three straight (1-0 in league) and faces a test at home against Kiowa on Friday.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Team Rec LstWk

5A

1. Pine Creek 14-1 No. 1

2. Rampart 10-3 No. 2

3. Liberty 7-6 NR

4A

1. Mesa Ridge 14-0 No. 1

2. Sand Creek 11-3 No. 2

3. Palmer Ridge 13-2 No. 3

3A

1. The Classical Academy 9-2 No. 1

2. Manitou Springs 8-5 No. 2

3. St. Mary's 8-4 No. 3

2A & Below

1. Peyton 12-1 No. 1

2. The Vanguard School 11-1 No. 2

3. Colorado Springs School 6-3 No. 3

Breakdown: While Pine Creek (3-0) and Rampart (2-0) haven't surprised with undefeated league starts, Liberty has raised eyebrows after winning its first two CSML games. This week, first-year coach Dawn Valentine's Lancers play both Pine Creek and Rampart. . the PPAC begins its second round of games, which means another edition of Sand Creek vs. Palmer Ridge. The two schools meet Tuesday at Sand Creek. In the last meeting, Sand Creek rolled 60-30 in a game in which Palmer Ridge leading scorer and rebounder Ali Meyer injured her knee on a fluky play after the jump ball. She returned the following week. . All three of the area's 3A teams lost at least once last week. TCA beat Manitou to seemingly take control of the Tri-Peak West, then fell at home to Salida on Friday. So now, TCA, Manitou and Salida all have one loss heading into the second half. St. Mary's ran into a buzzsaw at 12-0 Lamar but rebounded by beating La Junta. The Pirates stand third in the East behind Lamar and Trinidad. . Peyton and Vanguard, which has won 11 straight since an opening-night loss, continue on a crash course toward a Black Forest League title clash on Feb. 15.

 

HOCKEY

Team Rec LstWk

Peak Conference

1. Lewis-Palmer 12-1 No. 1

2. Palmer 6-6-1 No. 3

3. Doherty 7-6 No. 2

Breakdown: Lewis-Palmer takes its talented squad outdoors this week. The Rangers and Pine Creek will play at the high school state version of the Winter Classic, playing at Woodland Park Ice Rink on Saturday. ... Palmer scored with less than 20 seconds remaining to knock off Doherty on Saturday. Two bright spots for the Spartans are the game was nonconference, and they'll get another shot at the Terrors on Feb. 8. The Spartans also lost to Lewis-Palmer, a respectable 6-1 defeat.

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