Cherry Creek continues to keep it rolling and this week will surely be tested as they have a game against another Top-10 team in Overland. Creek is led by Julian HammondJulianHammond6'1" | SGCherry Creek | 2021State#209NationCO
(20.3 ppg) and Myles PurchaseMylesPurchase5'11" | PGCherry Creek | 2021StateCO
(14.8 ppg & 4.3 spg). They form a monster backcourt and get at it on both ends of the floor. With Christian HammondChristianHammond6'1" | SGCherry Creek | 2023StateCO
, Blake PurchaseBlakePurchase6'4" | PFCherry Creek | 2023StateCO
and Arden WalkerArdenWalker6'4" | PFCherry Creek | 2021StateCO
also helping out and starring in their roles, this will be a tough team to beat.
ThunderRidge did not get to play this past week due COVID but looks like they might get back up and running. Their game against Regis would’ve been one of the games of the year and it is unfortunate that it was canceled. They do not move at all in their spot and with Nolan MaroldNolanMarold6'7" | CThunderridge | 2021StateCO
, Garrett ArnoldGarrettArnold5'11" | PGThunderRidge | 2021StateCO
, Zach KellerZachKeller6'9" | PFThunderRidge | 2022StateCO
and Joey BilelloJoeyBilello6'7" | SFThunderRidge | 2022StateCO
all leading the way, there might not be a team that matches up with them with size and guard play.
Regis keeps on trekking and looks to be in a rhythm like no other team in 5A right now. The Raiders are 4-0 on the season and just got an easy blowout against the #1 team in 3A, Lutheran, and corralled the No. 1 player in the state regardless of class. The Raiders have an excellent backcourt in Michael WolfMichaelWolf6'0" | PGRegis Jesuit | 2021StateCO
(17.0 ppg), and Alonzo PaulAlonzoPaul5'8" | PGRegis Jesuit | 2021StateCO
(12.8 ppg) to lead the way and create opportunities in others while scoring themselves. The best combo-guard/wings in the state in Blakeley StoughtonBlakeleyStoughton6'3" | SFRegis Jesuit | 2021StateCO
(19.5 ppg) and Kyle SandlerKyleSandler6'5" | SFRegis Jesuit | 2022StateCO
(18.0 ppg) and other players like Archer VanSickleArcherVanSickle6'0" | CGRegis Jesuit | 2023StateCO
and Tarea FulcherTareaFulcher5'9" | CGRegis Jesuit | 2023StateCO
who can enter the game and create a spark as well. This is a loaded team that keeps on progressing.
Mountain Vista continues to pick up wins against every team that I had my eyes on and deemed an under the radar team ready to blow out this season. The way that they get it done has been the part that has got me. Ben BowenBenBowen6'4" | CGMountain Vista | 2021StateCO
is their best player and is one of the best in the state. He is off to 15.5 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.0 rebounds a game and has gotten help around him as well. The Golden Eagles have had junior guard Henry GambleHenryGamble6'1" | CGMountain Vista | 2022StateCO
(12.0 ppg) and Ty StrawbridgeTyStrawbridge6'5" | SFMountain Vista | 2021StateCO
(10.8 ppg) step up and help as well and when all three players are playing well, will continue to roll.
Through three games, George Washington has dominated. They are 3-0 on the season and have won by an average of 43.3 points a game so far. Their guard play has been overwhelming, their big men have had their way, and defense has been insanely tough. Now they are finally going to be challenged – or are they? Douglas County comes in with excellent guard play as well, and that will be fun, but can they keep up with a team like the Patriots that are in a groove? GW is then up against in-conference Thomas Jefferson and Denver East to conclude the week, so this will be an interesting one to see where they fair.
Rangeview continues to find a way. They are a group that plays for one another and come together to win games. While some players in the state are about stats and “getting their own,” the Raiders care about one thing; winning. Rangeview has not lost a game in two years and have been tested along the way. They are 5-0 on the season and should be able to continue rolling before being tested in two weeks. They’ll likely finish out the season in the Top-10 and the play of Cade PalmerCadePalmer5'11" | CGRangeview | 2021StateCO
, Devin Philio and Elijah ThomasElijahThomas5'8" | CGRangeview | 2022StateCO
have been enough to keep the streak alive.
Chaparral has been a pleasant surprise this season, and it goes to tell you the type of coach that Nate Rohnert has done. For the entire core to have left and the Wolverines to only have had Joel Speckman return from last year’s team, and Chaparral not only build around him but keep winning has been a story. Speckman is at a double-double of 14.8 points and 10 rebounds a game and with transfer guard Luke WilliamsLukeWilliams5'9" | CGChaparral | 2022StateCO
(16.3ppg) proving that he is one of the best guards in the 2022 class and should get more respect this is a solid duo to watch out for. Braden BoleyBradenBoley6'1" | SFLegend | 2021StateCO
(10.3 ppg) has been one of the best rebounding guards in the state at 8.8 rebounds a game and knows where to fit in, and with those three playing at this level, have been a tough team to beat. They’re undefeated on the season and do not look to be slowing down.
Overland has been the Jameel WrightJameelWright5'10" | PGOverland | 2021StateCO
(22.7 ppg) and Marzouq Abdur-RazaaqMarzouqAbdur-Razaaq6'6" | PFOverland | 2023StateCO
(15.0 ppg) show. They have been a perfect 1-2 punch and have a connection that not many in the state have with them being brothers. They read each other and know where the other will be, and it has paid dividends. Having players like Remy WedgeworthRemyWedgeworth6'0" | PGOverland | 2022StateCO
, Brian Lamptey, and Kai Ileya also stepping up at moments has opened things up for them.
Doherty has jumped into the Top-10 as they are now 5-0 on the season and have four players in double figures on the year. Schaefer Reichart (19.0 ppg) has been sensational, Brody GishBrodyGish6'1" | CGDoherty | 2021StateCO
(15.0) and AJ GuiaoAJGuiao5'10" | PGDoherty | 2021StateCO
(11.6 ppg) and Christan Drummond (10.6 ppg) have been able able to blitz opposing teams and it has led to wins. This team looks to be in a groove, and other teams will have to figure out a way to slow them down. With how they have played, size has not been an issue, and they are showing that excellent guard play trumps it all.
Fossil Ridge also jumps into our Top-10 with a big win over Eaglecrest, and they are cruising. Fossil Ridge has a talented bunch, and they feed off of each other in games. A dangerous backcourt of Brock MishakBrockMishak6'1" | CGFossil Ridge | 2022StateCO
(22.3 ppg) and Tyce BaldwinTyceBaldwin6'4" | CGFossil Ridge | 2021StateCO
(18.0 ppg) have looked to be one of the most potent duos in the state that can score with relative ease but have also had help in Luke YoderLukeYoder5'10" | CGFossil Ridge | 2021StateCO
(10.5 ppg) and sophomore Nick Randall (6.4 ppg & 5.0 rpg) as well. Getting all on the same page has them looking like the team to watch out for, as they are certainly gunning for the top spot.