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Rifle No. 1 in state football, Demons high in two polls

Rifle remains at the top of both state-wide, Class 3A prep football polls entering Week 6 of the 2002 season.

This is the fourth straight week the Bears have held the No. 1 spot in Rocky Mountain News and the 9 News/Denver Post high school rankings.

Last Friday’s 34-6 victory over Western Slope Conference foe Delta improved Rifle’s record to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in WSC play.



They are one of two WSC teams currently ranked in the 3A Top 10 by both the Rocky Mountain News and 9 News/Denver Post prep rankings.

Palisade (4-1, 1-1), who Rifle defeated two weeks ago, is the No. 9 team according to the 9 News/Denver Post poll and No. 10 in the Rocky Mountain News.



Roaring Fork (4-1, 3-0) continues to make waves in the 2A state rankings. On the strength of their 44-0 shutout win over Basalt, the Rams have moved a notch up to No. 9 from tenth place in this week’s 9 News poll.

In other prep fall sports polls released by the Rocky Mountain News on Monday, Glenwood Springs is ranked in two sports.

The boys’ cross-country team remains at the No. 3 spot in the Class 4A poll.

A loss to Steamboat Springs dropped the Demon volleyball team two positions in this week’s poll. Glenwood slips to No. 7 from the No. 5 spot.

That spot has been taken by the Sailors.

Sandwiched between the two Western Slope League schools at No. 6 is Montezuma-Cortez, who plays in the Southwestern League during the regular season, but will participate in the 4A regional tournament later this month.

Alpine Christian Academy of Basalt continues it’s grasp on the No. 2 slot among Class 3A girls’ cross-country teams. The Lions will get a stern test of their abilities when they face No. 1 Aspen at the Chris Severy Invitational on Saturday.

Basalt (8-2-0, 6-0-0) is the only area boys’ soccer team to crack the state polls.

The Longhorns are No. 7 in the Class 3A rankings, and hold a commanding two-game first place lead in the 3A Western Slope League standings, heading into back-to-back league contests with Roaring Fork.

Basalt travels to Carbondale for a 6 p.m. night game this evening, then hosts the Rams Saturday morning.

The Denver Post high school cross-country, soccer and volleyball state polls will be released later this week.


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