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Posted On: 01/16/17 1:34 PM
There was a lot of shakeup to be had in 4A last week, where the race to the top isn’t for the feint of heart.
Here’s a look at the list this week:
1. Sand Creek (12-1; LW: 3)
The Scorpions tallied wins over Discovery Canyon and Falcon last week by an average of 30 points. Creek is simply cruising right now behind the best player in the state in D’Shawn Schwartz and a strong supporting cast led by 6-4 senior Jeffrey Gary. The dominance with which the Scorpions have played of late has necessitated a jump to the top spot.
2. Pueblo West (10-1; LW: 1)
The Cyclones knotted a pair of victories last week over 3A teams St. Mary’s and Colorado Springs Christian. They open South Central League play Tuesday against Pueblo County.
3. D’Evelyn (10-2; LW: 9)
Any questions about the Jaguars’ legitimacy as a 4A title contender were answered last week with a monster road win over Valor Christian that ranks as one of the best victories for anybody so far this season. Senior CJ Olson continues to impress. The 6-3 guard is averaging 16.8 points per game.
4. Valor Christian (9-4; LW: 2)
The Eagles had their momentum derailed early last week in a 70-60 loss at home to D’Evelyn, then bounced back with a 32-point victory over Wheat Ridge. The Eagles know the path to a repeat JeffCo League title won’t be easy. Luckily, they have the league’s best player in Jalen Sanders.
5. Golden (11-2; LW: 5)
The Demons shook off a loss to rival Valor Christian the week prior by dismantling Standley Lake and Littleton by an average of 44.5 points behind big games from 6-6 junior Adam Thistlewood and 6-5 senior Kayden Sund.
6. Vista PEAK (9-2; LW: 4)
Playing without a couple of their stars, the Bison dropped their second game of the season last Wednesday, 54-40 to Pueblo South. They rebounded by convincingly beating a sound Northridge team on Friday.
7. Mead (11-2; 4-0; LW: 7)
Alex Sandstrom, a 6-6 senior wing, had a career day with 28 points in a big 60-52 win over rival Longmont last Friday. The Mavericks play Windsor on Tuesday then have a huge matchup up Friday with Holy Family, with first place in the Tri-Valley League likely up for grabs.
8. Holy Family (9-4; LW: 6)
The Tigers moved to 4-0 in Tri-Valley League play with a win over Windsor on Friday before falling 71-55 on Saturday to a strong 5A team in Denver South. Sophomore Kyle Helbig was impressive in that loss, scoring 23 points.
9. Sierra (9-3; LW: 8)
The Stallions moved to 5-0 in Colorado Springs Metro League action by cruising to victories last week over Woodland Park, Mitchell and Canon City. Sierra gave up only 34.7 points per game during that stretch.
10. Silver Creek (8-1; LW: unranked)
A one-point loss to Northridge earlier this season is the only thing keeping the Raptors, led by superlative junior Trent Dykema, from a perfect record. They have a big game Tuesday against rival Longmont.