ALAMOSA — The holidays fast approach, most teams are already on break meaning that the rankings should stay stagnant until after New Years. CHSAA updates their RPI rankings daily the rankings are unofficial until the end of the season, for complete listings visit CHSAANow.com.
8. Alamosa (4-2)
There were questions about how well Alamosa would be able to stand without the likes of last year’s seniors Angelo Ramirez, Ry Adams and Noah Romero. And admittedly things got off on the wrong foot in a season opener everyone would rather forget. Moose went south to Sanford (3-2) in an interclass meeting and laid an egg, falling on the road to 2A Sanford in a 46-41 game.
Since then Alamosa is looking a lot more able, knocking off their own higher class opponent in Montrose-4A/5A and two ranked opponents in Lamar-No. 14 and Delta-No. 9. The Moose’s will likely not be expecting a soft return to basketball from their holiday break on Jan. 4th.
Alamosa’s first game back is 3A basketball’s first ranked Kent Denver (5-0). The Kent Denver Sun Devils are not only undefeated but they boast two of the state’s top scorers in James Doyle and Coby Gold, both boys average better than 20 points per game. Alamosa hosts Kent Denver Friday the 4th at 7 p.m.
11. Centauri (7-1)
A 9-10 season in 2017-18 culminated in a state championship berth and a four-point defeat to Faith Christian last year. This year the Falcons started the season hot and ripped off seven straight wins.
The Falcon’s streak was interrupted this past weekend when Delta came to town, Delta taking the meeting by a score of 54-40. While a loss to a ranked opponent will sting, Centauri has a chance to go to the holiday break on a high note. Centauri has faced Sanford once already this season in the Championship finale of the La Junta Holiday Shootout. The Falcons claimed victory by a score of 41-35.
Centauri will play Sanford for a second and final time on the season Friday Dec. 21 at Centauri High School. Tip off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
8. Sanford (3-2)
Last year some late season theatrics boosted Sanford to the state tournament where they would take eighth place. This year Sanford got things going in the right direction with a solid win over Alamosa in their home opener.
Lately the three-win streak that started the season has turned into a two game skid in the opposite direction. Sanford will stay fighting above their weight over the next three games with three straight games in the 3A class. The tour through 3A begins with their meeting with Centauri this Friday.
24. Sargent (3-4)
For the 2017-18 season the Sargent Farmers took third place at the district tournament with a win over Center. The ride ended at the regional level with a loss to Ellicot.
This year Sargent faced a tough start to the season at the Mountain Top Classic. Since then it’s been an up-and-down season with two losses and two wins. Sargent’s load will likely lighten when they return from the break with games against Center and Custer County on consecutive days. Center and Custer County combine for a record of 4-8.
5. Sangre de Cristo
The Thunderbirds look to have picked up where they left off last season. In the 2017-18 season Sangre de Cristo took a loss to Creede in their second game of the season. They would carry that mark in the right column for the next eleven games before taking revenge on Creede Jan. 26 in a 1 point win. T
he Thunderbirds would end up going 14-1 before taking a second loss. At the state tournament Sangre fell to the eventual champions Peetz in the first round.
This year without a hurdle like last year’s Creede team to clear Sangre is off and running with a perfect record. And with all five starters returning from last year there is little reason to think that the Thunderbirds won’t be able to string together wins like they did last year. Sangre de Cristo's next meeting will be after the break they'll fgo to Rocky Ford on Jan. 4th at 5 p.m.