Cheraw boys, Rocky Ford girls climb in CHSAA basketball polls

Ken Hamrick
LA Junta Tribune
The Cheraw High School boys basketball team moved up to third on CHSAA Class 1A poll.

The Cheraw High School boys basketball team moved from sixth to third on this week's Class 1A coaches poll, which was released by CHSAA on Monday.

Two other teams from the High Plains League are in the Top 15. Granada is ranked ninth and Eads is 13. Primero represents the Fisher's Peak League at No. 4. There are no Arkansas Valley League teams in the poll.

Belleview Christian is the new No. 1-ranked team, followed by De Beque, Cheraw, Primero, Merino, Evangelical Christian, Mile High Academy, Haxtun, Granada, Denver Jewish Day, Flatirons Academy, Sangre de Cristo, Eads, Briggsdale and Caprock Academy.

McClave and Kim/Branson are local teams on the "others receiving votes" list. Also on this list are Cheyenne Wells and Kit Carson from the High Plains League, while Springfield and Walsh represent the Arkansas Valley League.

Also mentioned are Simla, Genoa-Hugo, Denver Waldorf, Rocky Mountain Lutheran, Longmont Christian, Sierra Grande, Creede, Ouray, Elbert, Fleming, Idalia, Dove Creek, Prairie and Arickaree/Woodlin.

The Fowler High School boys basketball team fell to ninth on the CHSAA Class 2A poll.

After suffering a pair of losses last week, Fowler dropped from fourth to ninth on the Class 2A poll. One other Santa Fe League team, Holly, is ranked at eighth.

Limon remained the top-ranked team, followed by Wray, Mancos, Denver Christian, Sanford, Yuma, Peyton, Holly, Fowler, Wiggins, Sedgwick County, Meeker, Ignacio, Crested Butte and Soroco.

Other Santa Fe League teams mentioned as "others receiving votes" include Rye and Swallows Charter Academy.

Also on the list are West Grand, Monte Vista, Holyoke, Gilpin County, Byers, Clear Creek, Del Norte, Thomas MacLaren, Lyons, Vail Mountain, Dayspring Christian, Center, Vail Christian, Golden View Classical, Dolores, Cedaredge, Atlas, South Park and Heritage Christian.

Two teams from the Tri-Peaks League are in the Class 3A poll. St. Mary's is the new No. 1 team, while Manitou Springs is ranked third.

Following St. Mary's are Lutheran, Manitou Springs, Sterling, Centauri, Faith Christian, Colorado Academy, Resurrection Christian, Manual, Kent Denver, Coal Ridge, Highland, Englewood, The Pinnacle and Strasburg.

Buena Vista, Colorado Springs Christian, Salida, Vanguard and Woodland Park are T-PL teams listed as "others receiving votes." Also mentioned are Eaton, Brush, Aspen, University, Alamosa, Estes Park, Bishop Machebeuf, Gunnison, Bennett, Pagosa Springs, DSST-Byers, DSST-Conservatory Green, Arrupe Jesuit, Basalt, Platte Valley, Moffat County, DSST-Green Valley Ranch, Frontier Academy, Liberty Common, Fort Lupton and Roaring Fork.

Rocky Ford Fourth in 2A girls basketball poll

The Rocky Ford High School girls basketball team is now fourth on the CHSAA Class 2A poll.

Rocky Ford moved from sixth to fourth on the Class 2A girls poll.

One other SFL team, Rye, dropped from first to second.

Sanford is now at No. 1, followed by Rye, Holyoke, Rocky Ford, Wray, Sedgwick County, Cedaredge, Heritage Christian, Limon, Soroco, Paonia, Lotus School for Excellence, Ignacio, Burlington and Del Norte.

Fowler and Swink are local teams on the "others receiving votes" list. Also mentioned are Peyton, Front Range Christian, Center, Meeker, Gilpin County, Olathe, Akron, Sargent, Dayspring Christian, Monte Vista, Mancos, Rangely and Calhan.

Two local teams are in the Class 1A Top 15. McClave rose from sixth to third, while Kim/Branson moved from eighth to sixth.

Kit Carson represents the High Plains League at No. 2, and two additional Arkansas Valley League teams are in the poll. South Baca is eighth and Springfield is 14th.

Briggsdale stayed at No. 1, followed by Kit Carson, McClave, Sangre de Cristo, Flatirons Academy, Kim/Branson, Simla, South Baca, Elbert, Shining Mountain, Sierra Grande, Dove Creek, Fleming, Springfield and Haxtun.

Cheraw is on the "others receiving list" as are Eads, Cheyenne Wells and Wiley. Also mentioned are Cotopaxi, Kiowa, Lone Star, Longmont Christian, Merino, Cripple Creek-Victor, Caliche, Beth Eden Baptist, North Park, Idalia, Belleview Christian, Denver Waldorf, Front Range Baptist, Moffat, Antonito, Centennial and Creede.

Three Tri-Peaks teams are in the Class 3A poll with Vanguard now occupying the top spot. St. Mary's is ninth and Manitou Springs is 14th.

Following Vanguard are Lutheran, Centauri, Eaton, The Academy, Platte Valley, Pagosa Springs, Delta, St. Mary's, Brush, Kent Denver, University, Basalt, Manitou Springs and Coal Ridge.

La Junta is listed as "others receiving votes" along with three other T-PL teams — Ellicott, Lamar and Colorado Springs Christian. Also on the list are Peak to Peak, Resurrection Christian, Faith Christian, Colorado Academy, Alamosa, Moffat County, St. Mary's Academy, Sterling, Bishop Machebeuf, Valley, Fort Lupton, Bennett, Prospect Ridge, Stargate, DSST-Byers and Middle Park.

Tribune-Democrat reporter Ken Hamrick can be reached by email atKHamrick1@gannett.com.