This week's prep rankings (Dec. 16-22)

A weekly ranking of the prep teams in the Pikes Peak region.
The Gazette preps@gazette.com - Published: December 9, 2013 | 8:50 pm 0

This week’s Gazette Preps high school sports rankings (Dec. 16-22)

BOYS' BASKETBALL
Team Record Last Week
5A
1. Rampart 4-1 No. 1
2. Doherty 3-2 No. 2
3. Liberty 3-2 NR
4A
1. Lewis-Palmer 4-1 No. 2
2. Cheyenne Mountain 3-1 No. 1
3. Sand Creek 3-0 No. 3
3A
1. St. Mary’s 3-0 No. 2
2. CSCS 1-2 No. 1
3. Ellicott 4-2 NR
2A
1. Peyton 3-1 No. 1
2. The Vanguard School 2-3 No. 2
3. Colorado Springs School 2-2 No. 3
Breakdown: Rampart rebounded off an overtime loss to Erie with a pair of wins to complete a 2-1 run at the Boulder Valley Invitational. On Tuesday, Liberty hosts two-time 4A state champion Lewis-Palmer, and on Thursday, Doherty is home to Lincoln, which knocked Pine Creek out of last year’s 5A playoffs. … Lewis-Palmer has won four straight since a season-opening loss. Cheyenne Mountain beat Sterling and Rocky Mountain following a loss to Mountain View. While Lewis-Palmer and 5A Liberty square off Tuesday, Cheyenne Mountain will be playing at 5A Pine Creek. … St. Mary’s beat Manitou Springs for the first time since 2009 on Dec. 14, and the Pirates are 3-0 for the first time in more than a decade. CSCS has losses to 3A power Faith Christian and 4A Air Academy. Things won’t get any easier when the Lions play Falcon, a 4A school off to a 5-0 start, on Tuesday.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL
Team Record Last Week
5A
1. Rampart 3-0 No. 1
2. Pine Creek 5-0 No. 2
3. Doherty 2-1 No. 3
4A
1. Mesa Ridge 3-0 No. 1
2. Sand Creek 3-2 No. 2
3. Palmer Ridge 4-1 No. 3
3A
1. The Classical Academy 3-0 No. 2
2. St. Mary’s 2-1 No. 1
3. Manitou Springs 2-2 No. 3
2A
1. Peyton 4-0 No. 1
2. The Vanguard School 4-1 No. 3
3. Evangelical Christian Academy 1-2 No. 2
Breakdown: The top three teams have combined to win their past 10 games. Doherty has an imposing week ahead. On Tuesday, the Spartans host 5-0 ThunderRidge, then on Friday, have a home game against Pueblo South, the defending 4A state champions. … Mesa Ridge plays a pair of undefeated teams this week in Elizabeth (Tuesday) and Valor Christian (Thursday). … Manitou Springs renews two longtime rivalries with St. Mary’s on Thursday and Peyton on Saturday. Both schools opened their doors in the late 19th century. St. Mary’s suffered its first loss of the year Dec. 14 in a 65-35 setback to 3A defending champion Holy Family in a rematch of last year’s title game. … Vanguard has won four straight since dropping its season opener under new coach Larry Blondin.


HOCKEY
Team Record Last Week
1. Lewis-Palmer 3-1 No. 2
2. Doherty 2-2 NR
3. Pine Creek 3-1 No. 1
Breakdown: Lewis-Palmer’s only loss was a respectable 5-2 defeat to Ralston Valley, the defending state champion. ... It was an impressive performance from Doherty early Monday afternoon in rallying from a 2-0 deficit against previously unbeaten Pine Creek to score the next seven goals. ... Going to be interesting to see how Pine Creek will respond, and it will have to be quick, with Bishop Machebeuf up next in a league game.

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