Girls basketball rankings: Ralston Valley jumps up in 5A

ThunderRidge Ralston Valley girls basketball

Ralston Valley is No. 7 in this week's girls basketball rankings in 5A. (Matt Mathewes/MVPSportsPics.com)

Just like the boys, the top teams in all five CHSAANow.com rankings all held their positions this week.

ThunderRidge, Sand Creek, Manitou Springs, Yuma and Idalia all enter the second the week of the season as the No. 1 teams in their respective classes. But with competition starting off fast and furious in Week 1, it was inevitable that some changes would indeed occur.

In Class 5A, ThunderRidge looked like a top team as they jumped out to a 3-0 start, but it was Ralston Valley that started especially hot, going 3-0 last week and capping the run with a 55-29 win over Cherry Creek, who comes in at No. 7 this week. The Mustangs jumped from No. 7 to No. 4 this week.

Dakota Ridge is the lone newcomer to the rankings on the strength of wins against Rampart and Loveland. The Eagles land at No. 9.

Despite dropping their home opener to Poudre, Sand Creek remains the No. 1 team in 4A. They rebounded nicely with a win over Sierra.

Mesa Ridge looks like they could be returning to their state championship form of 2014 as they jumped from No. 8 to No. 3 and even snagged a first place vote in the process.

Two new teams jumped in the 4A poll this week with Berthoud (No. 9) and Golden (No. 10) all join the party.

Manitou Springs sure played like 3A's  No. 1 team during their 74-34 win over Bishop Machebeuf. They followed that up with a win over Colorado Academy, jumping out to a quick 2-0 start.

The top eight teams in the 3A rankings went for a combined 13-0 last week, easily the best showing for any class.

A couple of 3-0 starts from Lamar and Trinidad helped both teams join the rankings this week, coming in at No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

Like Sand Creek, Yuma held on to their spot in the 2A rankings, despite an early loss. They still garnered nine first place votes this week.

The top six spots from the preseason rankings went unchanged this week. Although there was some shifting in the bottom three spots, Wray was the only new team to the poll as they jumped in at No. 9.

Prairie and Antonio join this week's 1A poll at No. 6 and No. 10. Idalia held on to the top spot, though not unanimously as Kit Carson took one first place vote.

Flagler made the biggest jump in 1A this week, going from No. 8 to No. 4.

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

Complete rankings are below.

CHSAANow.com Girls Basketball Polls

Voted upon by coaches and media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

First-place votes are in parentheses.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

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Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 ThunderRidge (12) 3-0 147 1 3-0
2 Highlands Ranch (2) 3-0 132 3 3-0
3 Grandview (1) 0-0 112 2 0-0
4 Ralston Valley 3-0 93 7 3-0
5 Lakewood 2-2 87 5 2-2
6 Broomfield 2-1 67 4 2-1
7 Cherry Creek 2-1 36 6 2-1
8 Fossil Ridge 2-1 28 9 2-1
9 Dakota Ridge 3-0 24 - 3-0
10 Regis Jesuit 2-2 20 10 2-2
Others receiving votes:
Loveland 14, Fairview 10, Rocky Mountain 9, Rampart 8, Chaparral 6, Monarch 6, Mountain Vista 6, Poudre 5, Pine Creek 4, Arapahoe 3, Fruita Monument 3, Horizon 3, Brighton 1, George Washington 1.
Dropped out
Monarch (8).

Note: The 4A rankings have been updated to correct a mistake where votes for D'Evelyn were incorrectly tabulated for Delta.

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Sand Creek (7) 1-1 130 1 1-1
2 Longmont (4) 1-0 105 4 1-0
3 Mesa Ridge (1) 3-0 102 8 3-0
4 Valor Christian (1) 2-1 96 2 2-1
5 Holy Family 1-2 70 5 1-2
6 Pueblo West 3-1 62 7 3-1
7 Evergreen 2-0 43 9 2-0
8 D'Evelyn (1) 1-3 41 3 1-3
9 Berthoud 4-0 32 - 4-0
10 Golden 4-0 31 - 4-0
Others receiving votes:
Pueblo East 28, Falcon 22, Windsor 16, Montrose 15, Pueblo South 9, Green Mountain 5, Mullen 5, Canon City 4, Palisade 3, Air Academy 2, The Classical Academy 2, Thomas Jefferson 1, Vista Ridge 1.
Dropped out
Pueblo East (6), Montrose (10).

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Manitou Springs (6) 2-0 100 1 2-0
2 Sterling (2) 2-0 97 2 2-0
3 Pagosa Springs (3) 3-0 96 3 3-0
4 St. Mary's 3-0 76 6 3-0
5 Lutheran 0-0 46 5 0-0
6 Eaton 0-0 42 4 0-0
7 Centauri 3-0 30 7 3-0
8 Moffat County 0-0 27 8 0-0
9 Lamar 3-0 26 - 3-0
10 Trinidad 3-0 19 - 3-0
Others receiving votes:
Liberty Common 13, Faith Christian 12, Colorado Springs Christian 7, La Junta 4, Olathe 4, Alamosa 2, Strasburg 2, Grand Valley 1, Platte Valley 1.
Dropped out
Liberty Common (9), Faith Christian (10).

Class 2A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Yuma (9) 1-1 129 1 1-1
2 Paonia (5) 3-0 128 2 3-0
3 Akron 2-0 107 3 2-0
4 Cedaredge 3-0 97 4 3-0
5 Del Norte 2-0 79 5 2-0
6 Peyton 1-0 62 6 1-0
7 Simla 2-0 39 10 2-0
8 Hoehne 2-1 30 7 2-1
9 Wray 2-0 29 - 2-0
10 Ellicott 1-0 25 9 1-0
Others receiving votes:
Calhan 10, Ignacio 9, Sanford 8, Caliche 4, Kiowa 4, Highland 3, Resurrection Christian 2, Union Colony 2, Dayspring Christian 1, Haxtun 1, Swink 1.
Dropped out
Ignacio (8).

Class 1A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Idalia (7) 2-0 79 1 2-0
2 Kit Carson (1) 2-0 70 2 2-0
3 Sangre De Cristo 3-0 51 3 3-0
4 Flagler 2-0 39 8 2-0
5 South Baca 2-0 36 4 2-0
6 Prairie 3-0 29 - 3-0
7 Fleming 2-0 23 10 2-0
8 Norwood 1-1 21 5 1-1
9 Genoa-Hugo 1-1 15 6 1-1
10 Antonito 2-1 14 - 2-1
Others receiving votes:
Kim 13, Jim Elliot 10, La Veta 8, Sierra Grande 8, Briggsdale 7, Eads 7, Springfield 5, Wiley 2, Cheraw 1, Cornerstone Christian 1, Walsh 1.
Dropped out
Eads (7), Briggsdale (9).