ALAMOSA — For the first week of the basketball season CHSAA has posted the official Rating Percentage Index rankings for each team in high school basketball. Let’s take a look at the top ten in each class.
1. Alamosa Boys (8-1-0)
The Mean Moose have taken some major strides to open with the number one ranking in 3A basketball. As a team they average 50 points per game while allowing 42.2 to their opponents. Offensively they are led by versatile standout Angelo Ramirez. In addition to leading the team in scoring with 121 points, Ramirez also leads the team in rebounds with 84. Putting up numbers like that has lent itself to Ramirez owning all three of Alamosa’s double-doubles.
3. Centauri Girls (11-0-0)
The girls have yet to meet their equal, as they currently own a perfect record. The Falcons currently reside behind two other undefeated teams that own the number two and one spot. Offensively the Falcons rely on a two-pronged attack with Caroline Van Berkum and Melissa Wilson each averaging more than 10 points per game. Defensively they are as stout as ever allowing 27 points per game.
4. Del Norte Boys (8-2-0)
Del Norte looks to be a stalwart at the top of the rankings as the season continues. The Tiger’s leading scorer Carlos Parra isn’t showing any signs of stopping, amassing 31 points per game ranking him at number 3 in the state. And teammate Kade Glover continues to feed Parra with 6 assists per game ranking him at number 5 in the state.
5. Del Norte Girls (7-3-0)
The Tiger girls are keeping pace with the boys quite well and look to be building a respectable post-season campaign in their own right. A similar storyline is unfolding for the girls team, they rely on a Parra to do plenty of scoring as well, Kendra Parra. Parra is good for 19.3 points per game and is ranked 13th in the state for it.
2. Creede Boys (10-0-0)
The Miners have made winning a habit. Between Isaac Borchers and Casper Freedle the Miners have fielded a very effective offensive attack. Borchers leads Creede with 16.8 points per game while Freedle has proven to be a perimeter threat with 28 threes hit at 42 percent accuracy. Both boys have collected 3 double-doubles apiece.
5. Sangre de Cristo Boys (9-1-0)
Since having lost to Creede the Thunderbirds can do no wrong. They are 8-0 since that faithful day and no doubt have the rematch on Jan. 26th circled on the calendar. The Thunderbirds house a three-headed monster as they have three players over the century mark for points on the season.
Cole Christianson, Jake Slane and Manuel Lopez are each totaling more than 12 points per game to fuel Sangre de Cristo to their near perfect season.
4. Sangre de Cristo Girls (10-0-0)
The girls from Mosca have also been on a tear. Sangre de Cristo’s girls have a perfect record they owe largely to Jessica Slane and Kylee Christianson. Slane the leading scorer for the T-birds hitting 18.7 points per game, which has her ranked number 16 in the state. Slane is also ranked near the top of the state in steals picking 5.1 pockets per game.
Freshman Christianson is second on the team in scoring with 131 points and has established herself as the team’s long range weapon leading Sangre de Cristo with 17 three pointers.
9. Antonito Girls (7-2-0)
The Trojans have a thunder and lightning dynamic with Erykah Tallman and Joslyn Garcia. Garcia snipes from the outside owning the team lead in three pointers with 20 which she hits regularly at 67 percent accuracy.
Tallman meanwhile works best inside hitting 40 of her 67 from near the paint and leading the team in rebounds with 116. Averaging 14.5 rebounds per game Tallman has collected 6 double-doubles on the season.