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Rams, ‘Horns get boost in hoops polls

Buoyed by a pair of Class 3A Western Slope League blowout victories last weekend against Aspen and Olathe, the undefeated Roaring Fork Rams boys basketball team moved up one spot in the Rocky Mountain News prep basketball poll and two places in the Denver Post poll.

Roaring Fork (8-0) is one of just four remaining undefeated teams in the top 10 of the News poll, and sits in the No. 4 spot. The Post has the Rams ranked seventh.

Pagosa Springs (8-0) and Platte Valley (7-0) hold the top two spots in both polls. Pagosa is the leader on the Post board, while Platte Valley is the No. 1 News pick. The other undefeated squad, Valley (9-0), is slotted third by the News and 10th by the Post.



The Rams ” paced by the Colorado’s top assist man in Aaron Markham (8.0 per game), and Class 3A’s fourth-ranked scorer in Dan Markoya (20.9 per game) ” play a pair of league games this weekend. Roaring Fork hosts Hotchkiss (0-3 league, 2-6 overall) tonight at 8 p.m. and travels to Gunnison (1-2, 1-7) for a contest on Saturday.

In the girls Class 3A polls, both Basalt and Roaring Fork also made gains this week.



Basalt (6-2) and Roaring Fork (7-1) are ranked fifth and sixth, respectively, by the Post and sixth and seventh by the News.

The Longhorns’ two losses came in their first two games of the season, falling to Class 4A Rifle and fourth-ranked Class 3A Faith Christian. Basalt also handed Roaring Fork its only loss of the season. The Rams were ranked No. 2 by the Post and No. 4 by the News at the time of the loss.

The Rams play host to league foe Hotchkiss (2-1, 6-2) tonight at 6:30 p.m. and travel to Gunnison (0-3, 1-7) on Saturday.

The Basalt girls play a home game against Cedaredge (2-1, 6-2) tonight at 6:30 p.m. and travel to Aspen (0-3, 2-6) on Saturday. The Longhorn boys team enters the weekend with a 2-1 (2-4 overall) record and also faces Cedaredge (1-2, 3-5) and Aspen (2-1, 3-4).


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