Posted On: 02/23/21 4:39 PM

  1. Cherry Creek

  2. Regis

  3. Rangeview

  4. ThunderRidge

  5. Chaparral

  6. George Washington

  7. Mountain Vista

  8. Fossil Ridge

  9. Doherty

  10. Fountain Fort-Carson

Cherry Creek just keeps cruising and is one of the only undefeated teams in the state. The Bruins entered the season as the No.1 team in the state and have not fell at all since the season began as they sit at 9-0 on the season. It’s the usual suspects of Julian HammondJulianHammond6'1" | SGCherry Creek | 2021State#209NationCO (21.0 ppg), Myles PurchaseMylesPurchase5'11" | PGCherry Creek | 2021StateCO(14.4 ppg) and Christian HammondChristianHammond6'1" | SGCherry Creek | 2023StateCO (11.8 ppg) for them. It’s simple;  If you cannot slow them down, you cannot win the game.

Regis is finally at full strength and with that, have looked like a complete team. Getting back Kyle SandlerKyleSandler6'5" | SFRegis Jesuit | 2022StateCO before a big test in Denver East proved worthy as he had 11 points in the game and his 3-ball loosened up the defense. Blakeley StoughtonBlakeleyStoughton6'3" | SFRegis Jesuit | 2021StateCO (18.3 ppg) is leading the way in scoring and Michael WolfMichaelWolf6'0" | PGRegis Jesuit | 2021StateCO (17.2 ppg) has also contributed heavily. With all of those players stepping up and Julian HammondJulianHammond6'1" | SGCherry Creek | 2021State#209NationCO (21.0 ppg), Myles PurchaseMylesPurchase5'11" | PGCherry Creek | 2021StateCO(14.4 ppg) and Christian HammondChristianHammond6'1" | SGCherry Creek | 2023StateCO (11.8 ppg) for them. It’s simple;  If you cannot slow them down, you cannot win the game. Regis is finally at full strength and with that, have looked like a complete team. Getting back Kyle SandlerKyleSandler6'5" | SFRegis Jesuit | 2022StateCO before a big test in Denver East proved worthy as he had 11 points in the game and his 3-ball loosened up the defense. Blakeley StoughtonBlakeleyStoughton6'3" | SFRegis Jesuit | 2021StateCO (18.3 ppg) is leading the way in scoring and Michael WolfMichaelWolf6'0" | PGRegis Jesuit | 2021StateCO (17.2 ppg) has also contributed heavily. With all of those players stepping up and Alonzo PaulAlonzoPaul5'8" | PGRegis Jesuit | 2021StateCO and Tarea FulcherTareaFulcher5'9" | CGRegis Jesuit | 2023StateCO controlling the pace and tempo, this will be a tough team to beat. Rangeview is at 54-wins in a row, and that is quite an impressive feat. Rangeview has made history with their run, and Shawn Palmer seems to have the blueprint for success. Senior captain Cade PalmerCadePalmer5'11" | CGRangeview | 2021StateCO (16.3 ppg) has his team picking up where they have left off for the past few seasons, and this was a year of expected drop off. Having players in Devin Philio (9.3 ppg) and Demajio Merritt (11.0 ppg) bringing it consistently and playing the right way around him as paid off dividends. Rangeview wins, wins, wins. ThunderRidge took a loss without their point guard last week but returned to shape with two bounceback wins after. They now are in the most difficult portion of their schedule and will be tested in every game from here on out. The frontcourt trio of Nolan MaroldNolanMarold6'7" | CThunderridge | 2021StateCO (13.7 ppg), Joey BilelloJoeyBilello6'7" | SFThunderRidge | 2022StateCO (13.5 ppg) and Zach KellerZachKeller6'9" | PFThunderRidge | 2022StateCO (10.8 ppg) have been a bit too much for teams and are seeming to get better with each game. The backcourt with Jason SimentalJasonSimental6'1" | CGThunderRidge | 2021StateCO (10.8 ppg) and Jackson BrennanJacksonBrennan6'2" | CGThunderRidge | 2022StateCO (6.2 ppg) has had to adapt on the fly and it will take some time for them to get on the same page but have been able to find a way to get it done. All will have to be on their A-game with the week that they have but come in as a Top-5 team in the state. Chaparral just took their first loss of the season in a controversial loss to GW this past week but have the opportunity to right the ship. The Wolverines have a dynamic trio in Joel Speckman, Luke WilliamsLukeWilliams5'9" | CGChaparral | 2022StateCO and Braden BoleyBradenBoley6'1" | SFChaparral | 2021StateCO with the surrounding pieces that play the correct way. Speckman is a walking double-double that challenges opponents on both ends of the floor, Williams has been one of the most impressive guards in the state to begin the season, and Boley rebounds with the best of them. As long as those three are playing well, teams are going to have to give it their all to take them down. I expect Chaparral to continue playing with the chip on their shoulder. George Washington has had some impressive games and some where they have started a bit stagnant. Once the consistency portion is handled, they truly have a chance to be state champs. The Patriots are getting better with every single rep they take, and it is a team that seems to be on the right track. GW has been the undefeated slayer in the past two weeks as they seem to love playing spoiler and step up in big games.  Jarmell JohnsonJarmellJohnson6'3" | SGGeorge Washington | 2021StateCO (20.6 ppg), Freddie Edmonds (10.2 ppg) and Eddie McPheeEddieMcPhee6'4" | SFGeorge Washington | 2021StateCO (10.2 ppg) understand the opportunity they have this season and as long as they have players like Kendale JohnsonKendaleJohnson6'5" | SFGeorge Washington | 2021StateCO, Garrett BrownGarrettBrown6'6" | PFGeorge Washington | 2021StateCO, Darian Hammons and others also playing well and being defensive stoppers, they will continue trekking. Mountain Vista is inching away and inching away. They are squeaking by in games and getting the most out of their team, and it is because they have one of the most selfless leaders in the state in Ben BowenBenBowen6'4" | CGMountain Vista | 2021StateCO (20.1 ppg) that is talented enough to get the team by but has immense trust in his teammates and makes others around him better. Henry GambleHenryGamble6'1" | CGMountain Vista | 2022StateCO (10.4 ppg) is one of the toughest defenders in the class and has helped on that end while also scoring when called upon. Ty StrawbridgeTyStrawbridge6'5" | SFMountain Vista | 2021StateCO is filling in the gaps and starting to find a rhythm of his own. When this team is clicking, they are a group that has an understanding and bond like not many other teams in the state. The Golden Eagles are going to find a way every single time. Fossil Ridge has been the surprise team on the year as they sit at 9-1, and the only loss was a 1-point loss in a game where Rocky Mountain has everything going for themselves. The Sabercats have one of the best backcourt duos in the state in Brock MishakBrockMishak6'3" | CGFossil Ridge | 2022StateCO (19.2 ppg) and Tyce BaldwinTyceBaldwin6'4" | CGFossil Ridge | 2021StateCO (17.0 ppg) who have size and the ability to bring it right at you for the entire game with Braiden DishmanBraidenDishman6'6" | PFFossil Ridge | 2021StateCO (10.2 ppg & 6.5 rpg) manning the middle. Having the blend of inside and out with players that can score both in the open and halfcourt is beneficial as it separates them from the pack, and now they are in the portion of the schedule where they will be tested, so this is a moment to prove themselves. Doherty is 7-1 on the season and have a veteran team with leadership from the Seniors on the team. Schaefer Reichart is leading the Spartans with 18.4 points a game and has improved as a rebounder and facilitator. He has been who the team is running through but they also have Brody GishBrodyGish6'1" | CGDoherty | 2021StateCO (15.4 ppg) having a career year and an intelligent guard in AJ GuiaoAJGuiao5'10" | PGDoherty | 2021StateCO leading the way. With Christian DrummondChristianDrummond6'0" | CGDoherty | 2023StateCO getting his feet wet and learning the ropes in only his sophomore season while also being a big part of the team, this is a group that is set up for now and in the future. Doherty has a big game this week that could determine who is the No.1 team in Colorado Springs, so this is a great time to gauge how good the team is. Fountain Fort-Carson is a team headed by their stifling towers. They have Isaiah ThompsonIsaiahThompson6'6" | PFFountain Fort-Carson | 2021StateCO (20.4 ppg and 11.0 rpg) leading the way and putting his team in positions to win every night out with junior big man standout Kaleb MitchellKalebMitchell6'9" | CFountain Fort-Carson | 2022StateCO (13.1 ppg & 9.0 rpg) right beside him holding down the fort. Divante Lynch and Tripp Beatty are the X-factors and will be called upon as the Trojans have a Top-10 battle this week and will also try and separate themselves from the pack.

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