The Colorado High School Activities Association released its weekly polls on Monday with several local teams being mentioned. The polls were posted on the CHSAANow.com website.
After starting the season 6-0 with two tournament championships, the La Junta High School boys' basketball team made its debut in the Class 3A poll in the No. 10 position. Only one other Tri-Peaks League team in in the Top 10; Vanguard, which is ranked ninth.
Sterling is the top-ranked team, followed by Kent Denver, Platte Valley, Alamosa, Faith Christian, Denver Science and Tech-Stapleton, Grand Valley, Resurrection Christian, Vanguard, and La Junta.
Colorado Springs Christian, Manitou Springs, and Buena Vista are Tri-Peaks teams mentioned as "others receiving votes." Also in this category are Lutheran, Coal Ridge, Frontier Academy, Centauri, Strasburg, Fort Lupton, Bayfield, Roaring Fork, The Pinnacle, Arrupe Jesuit, Pagosa Springs, Peak to Peak, Brush, Denver Science and Tech-Green Valley Ranch, Colorado Academy, Jefferson Academy, Ridge View Academy, The Academy, Eaton, Jefferson, and Manual.
In Class 2A, Crowley County has jumped from ninth to second.
Sedgwick County is ranked first, followed by Crowley County, Yuma, Del Norte, Sanford, Ignacio, Meeker, Highland, Simla, and Cripple Creek/Victor.
Fowler and Hoehne are listed as "others receiving votes," along with Hotchkiss, Limon, Sargent, Plateau Valley, Byers, Haxtun, Vail Christian, Twin Peaks, Dawson, Mancos, Merino, Paonia, Dolores Huerta, and Evangelical Christian.
Holly, from the Arkansas Valley League, is the top-ranked team in Class 1A, while Cheyenne Wells and Kit Carson, both from the High Plains League, are ranked second and fifth, respectively. Another AVL team, South Baca, is ranked seventh.
Following Holly are Cheyenne Wells, Peetz, Cotopaxi, Kit Carson, Longmont Christian, South Baca, Front Range Baptist, Sierra Grande, and Heritage Christian.
Cheraw, from the HPL, and Primero, from the Fisher's Peak League, are mentioned as "others receiving votes," as are DeBeque, Fleming, Creede, Sangre de Cristo, Shining Mountain, Arickaree/Woodlin, North Park, and Rocky Mountain Lutheran.
In the Class 2A girls' poll, Swink has risen from the fourth position to the second.
Yuma is ranked first, followed by Swink, Wray, Del Norte, Limon, Ignacio, Simla, Paonia, Holyoke, and Haxtun.
Rocky Ford is mentioned as "others receiving votes." Also in this category are Vail Christian, Akron, Sanford, Ellicott, Soroco, Denver Christian, Burlington, Highland, Hotchkiss, Peyton, Clear Creek, and Lyons.
In Class 1A, Kim/Branson has risen from fifth to third, while Cheraw and McClave debut in the Top 10 at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
Another High Plains League team, Kit Carson, is the top-ranked team, while Wiley, from the Arkansas Valley League, rose from ninth to seventh.
Following Kit Carson are Briggsdale, Kim/Branson, Fleming, Sangre de Cristo, Antonito, Wiley, Heritage Christian, Cheraw, and McClave.
Eads, from the HPL; Holly and Springfield, both from the AVL; and La Veta, from the Fisher's Peak League; are mentioned as "others receiving votes," along with Centennial (San Luis), Centennial, Prairie, Arickaree/Woodlin, and Hi-Plains.
Three Tri-Peaks League teams are in the Class 3A rankings. St. Mary's rose from third to second, Colorado Springs Christian rose from fourth to third, and Lamar dropped from first to fourth.
Centauri is the new No. 1-ranked team, followed by St. Mary's, Colorado Springs Christian, Lamar, Pagosa Springs, Moffat County, Eaton, Kent Denver, Cedaredge, and Alamosa.
Manitou Springs is listed as "others receiving votes," as are Resurrection Christian, Weld Central, Colorado Academy, University, Liberty Common, Brush, Delta, Lutheran, Sterling, Grand Valley, Jefferson Academy, and Gunnison.