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Rams move up to third in RMN hoops poll

The Roaring Fork Rams boys basketball team keeps inching toward the top of the Class 3A state basketball poll.

Buoyed by a 62-46 victory over No. 10 Eagle Valley and a loss by No. 1 Platte Valley, the undefeated Rams (13-0) moved up one spot to No. 3 in the Rocky Mountain News poll.

Platte Valley’s first loss of the season came to undefeated Valley, which is now ranked second in the state. The other undefeated squad in 3A is Pagosa Springs, tucked in at No. 1 in this week’s poll.

Roaring Fork has a light weekend upcoming and, barring a major upset, should have no problem keeping its perfect record intact. The Rams’ only game this weekend is against winless Olathe on Saturday.

On the girls’ side, Roaring Fork is also faring well in the polls, but isn’t the top Western Slope League team in the state.

The Basalt Longhorns, who earlier handed the Rams their only loss of the season, remain fourth in the News poll. The Longhorns (10-2) had just one game last weekend, routing Hotchkiss 60-36.

Machebeuf (12-0) leads the News poll. Faith Christian (11-1), which defeated Basalt in the Longhorns’ second game of the season, is second and Platte Valley (10-1) is third.

The Rams (12-1) picked up one spot in the polls, moving up to No. 6 in the state.

As important as the battle in the polls, is the battle for league title between the Longhorns and Rams. And, currently, they are the only two teams in the race.

Defending champ Basalt is currently 7-0 in league play and the Rams are 7-1. Cedaredge and Eagle Valley are a distant third, with 4-3 league records. With half the league slate in the books and both Roaring Fork and Basalt handling other opponents with relative ease, it’s a strong possibility the league title won’t be decided until the two teams match up again in their season finale on Feb. 20 in Carbondale.

This weekend, Basalt hosts Olathe (2-5 league, 3-9 overall) tonight at 5:30 p.m. and travels to Gunnison (0-7, 1-11) on Saturday. Roaring Fork’s lone game this weekend at Olathe is Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

In Class 2A girls basketball Grand Valley broke into the News poll at No. 10. The Cardinals (10-3) have won seven-straight contests.

Grand Valley faced Meeker Thursday night. No scores were available at press time. Next up is a contest at home against District 5 opponent Plateau Valley (0-2, 2-9) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

The Rifle Bears grapplers maintained their No. 9 ranking in Class 4A after a solid second-place showing at their home invitational. The only other Western Slope team in the top 10 is Moffat County at No. 5.

Jesse Long, wrestling at 160 pounds, is leading the way for the Bears, currently ranked No. 1 in the state at his weight class.

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