Four area teams among top ten in latest state prep polls
Staff ReportFour area prep teams that opened the fall sports season in the Rocky Mountain News state poll remain in the top ten after week one of play.Rifle, which began the football season with a weather-shortened 21-0 victory over Colorado Springs Harrison, retained its No. 2 spot in the Rocky Mountain News’ 3A state poll.Conference rival Palisade remains the No. 1 team in 3A after blanking Pueblo County, 27-0, on Saturday. Both are also 1-2 in the Denver Post’s football rankings.And both squads open Western Slope Conference play Friday on the road.Rifle takes on Eagle Valley, up from 2A this year, in Gypsum. Palisade is at Steamboat Springs. A third WSC team – Moffat County – moved up two slots in the football poll to No. 5 from No. 7 after defeating Rawlings, Wyo. 55-0 in the Bulldogs’ season-opener. They hold the No. 6 spot in the Denver Post 3A poll and open the WSC schedule Friday at Battle Mountain.Roaring Fork, after a 6-3 win at Glenwood Springs on Jake Bowman’s fourth quarter, 92-yard kickoff return, stays at No. 5 in the News’ 2A football poll and is the Post’s No. 8 team in the classification.The Rams travel to non-conference Bayfield Saturday.After completing a undefeated run while winning its own Invitational Tournament, Glenwood Springs (5-0) is the state’s No. 7 team in this week’s Rocky Preps Class 4A volleyball poll.The Demons have a league match at Rifle Thursday.Meanwhile, Basalt also sports an unblemished 5-0 mark after playing in last weekend’s Grand Valley Invitational in Parachute, dropped five slots to No. 10 in the 3A poll from No. 5.The Longhorns are off until Saturday, when they face Hotchkiss at home for a league match.Basalt’s boys soccer team also slipped a notch down in the 3A poll from No.3 to No. 4 after splitting a two-game road trip in Denver.The ‘Horns have league home games on tap today with Paonia and Roaring Fork on Thursday before wrapping up a a busy week Saturday morning against non-league opponent Pagosa Springs.
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Area prep basketball teams begin their 2019-20 campaigns with tournament action both home and away this weekend.