High-SchoolColorado: Basketball

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Final

March, 13, 2012
3/13/12
12:30
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After games ending Sunday, March 11

Some spectacular endings paved the way for Chaparral, Lewis-Palmer and Faith Christian to earn state championships over the weekend and earn high finishes in the POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings. Lewis-Palmer held on to the top spot after a late 3-pointer helped seal the victory for the Rangers. Chaparral took the second spot thanks to a buzzer-beating tip-in by senior Josh Adams. And Faith Christian's narrow one-point win over Kent Denver was enough to bring home the hardware.

1. Lewis-Palmer (27-1) Last week: No. 1

2. Chaparral (25-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Sierra (25-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 12

March, 6, 2012
3/06/12
11:37
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After games ending Sunday, March 4

With the Class 4A and Class 5A teams in the state semifinals, we're down to our penultimate POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings. A Class 4A state title for Lewis-Palmer will keep the Rangers in the top spot in our rankings, but anything short will usher in a new top team. Chaparral is still knocking on the door after advancing to the 5A state semifinals, and some 3A teams join the ranks this week after making some deep runs in their respective tourneys. The finish is shaping up to be a great one.

1. Lewis-Palmer (25-1) Last week: No. 1

2. Chaparral (23-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Sierra (25-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 11

February, 28, 2012
2/28/12
10:15
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 26

Here's why the state tournament is so crazy - you can be the top seed in our POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings one week, and you can be out of them entirely the next. That's what happened to three-time reigning champ Regis Jesuit, which will not be a four-time champ after losing to Poudre by three points early in the tournament. Our new No. 1 is Lewis-Palmer, playing as well as anyone in the state right now after winning its 24th consecutive game. Three teams have fallen out of the top 10 this week, and there may be more depending on how the playoffs continue to shake out.

1. Lewis-Palmer (24-1) Last week: No. 2

2. Chaparral (20-3) Last week: No. 3

3. Sierra (22-1) Last week: No. 8

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 10

February, 21, 2012
2/21/12
1:37
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 19

The end of the regular season provided quite a shakeup, as some teams ended strong while others stumbled down the stretch. The good news is that now it's time to end the hypotheticals and let these teams settle who is best in the state tournament. The brackets were released over the weekend, and now we get to the fun part - letting these teams whittle down to a select few. There's only one team out of the rankings this week, making room for Aurora Central - a team that could be very dangerous in the tournament. We'll find out soon as the tourney tips off this week.

1. Regis Jesuit (20-3) Last week: No. 1

2. Lewis-Palmer (22-1) Last week: No. 3

3. Chaparral (20-3) Last week: No. 4

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 9

February, 14, 2012
2/14/12
2:24
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 12

No week has provided a shakeup quite like this one. Two unbeatens suffered their first casualties, while others suffered similar fates. Highlands Ranch, which just two weeks ago looked like it could run the table and finish unbeaten, has slipped to sixth. And three-time reigning state champ Regis Jesuit, which at one point looked like it could be out of the running entirely, now sits atop our POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings. A salute to Denver East for returning to the top three as well as Lewis-Palmer, a team that hasn't lost since the season opener and now sits third in our rankings.

1. Regis Jesuit (17-3) Last week: No. 6

2. Denver East (17-3) Last week: No. 4

3. Lewis-Palmer (19-1) Last week: No. 7

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 8

February, 7, 2012
2/07/12
12:32
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 5

It looks like more than a blizzard swept through the POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings, as some upsets and strong performances have given us a new No. 1 this week. Sterling takes over the top spot after Highlands Ranch was toppled for the first time this season by reigning 5A champ Regis, which is playing stellar basketball late in the regular season. Chaparral moves up to the No. 2 spot while Highlands Ranch drops to No. 3. Are there more upsets in store before the end of the regular season? We'll find out shortly.

1. Sterling (16-0) Last week: No. 2

2. Chaparral (17-2) Last week: No. 3

3. Highlands Ranch (17-1) Last week: No. 1

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 7

January, 31, 2012
1/31/12
2:02
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After games ending Sunday, Jan. 29

Since none of the teams in our POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings lost again this week, we'll have to look deeper for some of our storylines. For example, how long can our three unbeatens stay that way? Can Highlands Ranch run the table and win a state title? Is Regis playing well enough to make another deep run? Which 4A team will blink first - Sterling or Sierra? What's in the drinking water at Valor Christian? And who among these incredible teams are the dark horses? We've got plenty to keep an eye of, but we'll be honest - a few losses to shake up the mix wouldn't hurt, either.

1. Highlands Ranch (16-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Sterling (15-0) Last week: No. 3

3. Denver East (12-3) Last week: No. 2

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

All-State Stock Watch shows love to players named Austin

January, 25, 2012
1/25/12
12:31
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Austin Haldorson, Highlands Ranch, Senior

Highlands Ranch is 15-0 and is No. 1 in our POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings, and Haldorson is a big reason why. The Wyoming recruit helped his team reach its 15th win thanks to his 22-point night against Douglas County in a 63-43 win. This season he's averaging 17.9 points per night and has been a model of consistency, reaching double figures every game so far.

OTP: Austin LeFebre, Denver Christian, Senior

What LeFebre did on Saturday night is the very definition of filling the stat sheet. In his team's game against Resurrection Christian, LeFebre had 24 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks as his squad earned a 65-46 victory. The team is undefeated this season and LeFebre is averaging 21.8 points per contest.

UTR: J.T. Travis, Pine Creek, Senior

The deeper the season goes, the better Travis gets. He's already cracked the 40-point plateau in a game against Fossil Ridge earlier this season. He's averaging 24.9 points per game. Pine Creek just ended a five-game losing streak thanks to Travis' 27-point effort in a win over Rampart. Perhaps a win streak is in order now, and there's no telling what Travis can accomplish if his team gets rolling again.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 6

January, 24, 2012
1/24/12
12:41
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After games ending Sunday, Jan. 22

How good are the teams in our POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings? Consider this - not one team in our top 10 lost a single game this week. That bodes well for teams like Highlands Ranch, Denver East and Sterling. But squads like Lewis-Palmer, Sierra, Valor Christian and Broomfield, who sorely deserve to move up, will have to wait for now. We're still waiting for a big shakeup, but the way these teams are playing, it might be a while. Want another impressive stat from this week? Not one team dropped off our bubble, either. It's shaping up to be a competitive year.

1. Highlands Ranch (14-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Denver East (10-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Sterling (13-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.


POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 5

January, 18, 2012
1/18/12
1:13
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After games ending Monday, Jan. 16

To get a glimpse of how good our teams in the POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings are, take a look at our squads on the bubble. There's two undefeated teams and five other teams with just one loss. But that's how tough it is to crack the top 10. With very few losses among any of our top 10 teams this week, nobody's dropped out, meaning those bubble teams need to be patient - and keep winning - in order for their chance at a top 10 spot. The season is only at its halfway point. There's plenty of time left.

1. Highlands Ranch (12-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Denver East (9-3) Last week: No. 2

3. Sterling (10-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

All-State Stock Watch finds the best of Class 3A

January, 11, 2012
1/11/12
11:43
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

PTP: Josh Adams, Chaparral, Senior

Chaparral is 10-2, which is pretty good. It's even better when you consider one of its start players, Cory Calvert, was out with a broken wrist for several games. Calvert is back and up to his usual antics (averaging 27.3 points per game) but it's Adams that picked up the slack in his absence. He's averaging 17.9 points per night, and he's had games of 27, 28 and 29 (all wins). With the duo back together, Chaparral is especially dangerous.

OTP: Tanner Schmidt, Valley, Senior

Class 3A power Valley certainly wasn't having its best game of the year when it played host to Northridge last week. But that's when star players rise to the occasion and carry a team, and that's exactly what Schmidt did. The senior scored 22 points and pulled down 10 boards to help Valley earn a 54-42 victory. He's averaging 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season.

UTR: Jesse Megyeri, Manitou Springs, Senior

In a battle between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs Christian, we got to see two of the top scorers in Class 3A. It's not easy for anybody to outscore C.S. Christian star Nate Engesser, who is headed to the University of Denver following this season. But Megyeri stood toe to toe with the star and finished with 30 points — a game high — despite fouling out late. His team went on to lose in OT, but Megyeri proved he's got the skills to hang with Engesser.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 4

January, 10, 2012
1/10/12
3:47
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After games ending Saturday, Jan. 7

We knew Highlands Ranch was going to be good this season, but head coach Bob Caton's charges have been nothing short of extraordinary so far this season, jumping out to a perfect 10-0 mark and taking the top spot from Denver East in this week's POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings. Seniors Austin Haldorson and Brett Brady have led the Falcons this season, and it's looking like it could take a lot to unseat the team from the top spot.

1. Highlands Ranch (10-0) Last week: No. 2

2. Denver East (8-3) Last week: No. 1

3. Sterling (8-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 3

January, 3, 2012
1/03/12
4:31
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After games ending Saturday, Dec. 31

Now that the 2011 slate of games is in the books, teams can turn their attention to the important contests looming in the early part of 2012. January can be a big month for teams looking for make a mark. And teams that got off to slow starts, whether it be due to injuries, tough out-of-state competition or just lackluster performance, will be ready to turn it around. There wasn't much change this week in Colorado, with Denver East still holding down the top spot in our rankings and nobody dropping out. We'll see if that continues.

1. Denver East (8-2) Last week: No. 1

2. Highlands Ranch (9-0) Last week: No. 2

3. Sterling (6-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Colorado Hoops Rankings: Week 2

December, 27, 2011
12/27/11
4:53
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After games ending Sunday, Dec. 25

The top two teams are still intact, but the big story is the unbeaten start for Highlands Ranch. The unbeaten Falcons are led by Austin Haldorson, a stellar big man averaging 18.9 points per contest. Denver East remains supremely talented but has two losses now this season. Also joining the group are two unbeatens - Sierra and Valor Christian - while hot-shooting ThunderRidge is poised to gain ground over the next few weeks.

1. Denver East (7-2) Last week: 1

2. Highlands Ranch (9-0) Last week: 2

3. Sterling (6-0) Last week: 6

Click here for the full POWERADE Colorado Weekly Rankings.

All-State Stock Watch opens CO season with a bang

December, 21, 2011
12/21/11
5:06
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Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

It's the first stock watch of the season, and some players and teams are off to very good starts. Let's get to it.

PTP: Drew Bridges, Fruita Monument, Senior

It's early in the season, but this fourth-teamer is looking like he should have been quite a bit higher on our All-State list. Bridges has yet to score fewer than 18 points in any of his team's first 10 contests, and he's averaging a double-double — 22.7 points and 11.9 rebounds a contest. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are off to an 8-2 start.

OTP: Josh Perkins, Regis Jesuit, Sophomore

Tanner Samson is leading the Raiders in scoring, as expected, but Perkins has emerged as a great second scoring option for the always-dangerous Regis squad. The young star is averaging 16 points a night and has had his share of stellar performances, such as a 24-point effort against Mullen in a 75-64 win on Monday. The more reps he gets, the better he's going to be.

UTR: Nathan Hawley, Montrose, Senior

With Montrose out to a hot start at 9-2, Hawley can take credit for carrying the team offensively. He's scored an average of 23.8 points per night, which includes three 30+ games and a season-high (so far) of 37 against Delta last week. Hawley is also a proficient rebounder and has four double-doubles so far this year.

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