Legacy, Erie, Sterling on top of preseason softball rankings

(Pam Wagner)

Legacy opens as the No. 1 team in the preseason 5A softball poll. (Pam Wagner)

Two teams that finished runner-up a season ago head CHSAANow.com's preseason softball rankings.

Erie (4A) and Sterling (3A) both fell in the championship games of their respective classifications last season. A year later, they're both the preseason favorites.

In 5A, defending champion Legacy is the unanimous preseason No. 1. Legend, runner-up last year, is No. 2, and is followed by No. 3 Brighton, No. 4 Fossil Ridge and No. 5 Eaglecrest.

Dakota Ridge is sixth, Douglas County is seventh and Loveland is eighth. Rock Canyon (No. 9) and Fort Collins (No. 10) round out the 5A ranking.

Wheat Ridge, the defending 4A champion which is expected to rely on a heavy lineup this season, opens at No. 2 in that class.

Defending 3A champion Strasburg opens at No. 3.

The rankings, voted upon by coaches and select media members, are the official polls of the Association. During the regular season, polls will be released each Monday.

Complete rankings for each class are below.

CHSAANow.com Softball Polls

Voted upon by coaches and select media members around the state. New voters can sign up by emailing rcasey@chsaa.org. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

Go to: 5A | 4A | 3A

Class 5A
RK TEAM PTS
1 Legacy (9) 90
2 Legend 74
3 Brighton 68
4 Fossil Ridge 57
5 Eaglecrest 51
6 Dakota Ridge 39
7 Douglas County 27
8 Loveland 22
9 Rock Canyon 17
10 Fort Collins 10
Others receiving votes:
Chatfield 7, Ralston Valley 6, ThunderRidge 6, Pine Creek 5, Castle View 4, Grandview 4, Arvada West 3, Columbine 2, Rampart 2, Cherokee Trail 1.

Class 4A
RK TEAM PTS
1 Erie (5) 86
2 Wheat Ridge (4) 79
3 Ponderosa 60
4 Mullen 38
5 Frederick 36
6 Valor Christian 32
7 Discovery Canyon 29
8 Mountain View 28
9 D'Evelyn 27
10 Pueblo West 12
Others receiving votes:
Pueblo South 11, Durango 10, Pueblo East 10, Berthoud 9, Palmer Ridge 8, Silver Creek 7, Holy Family 6, Standley Lake 4, Niwot 3, Windsor 1.

Class 3A
RK TEAM PTS
1 Sterling (4) 58
2 Valley (1) 51
3 Strasburg (1) 49
4 Eaton 33
5 Dolores Huerta 29
6 La Junta 25
7 Basalt 19
8 Burlington 15
9 Faith Christian 13
10 Lamar 10
Others receiving votes:
Rocky Ford 7, Florence 6, Brush 5, Cedaredge 5, Platte Valley 3, Gunnison 2.