Softball rankings: Fossil Ridge moves to top of 5A poll

Pomona Fossil Ridge softball

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Fossil Ridge has ascended to the top of the CHSAANow.com softball rankings in Class 5A this week.

The SaberCats are a perfect 6-0-0 to start the season, and received six of the nine first-place votes in the classification to lead the poll with 77 total points.

Legend is No. 2, having bumped up one spot from No. 3.

ThunderRidge, unranked in the preseason, jumped all the way into the 5A poll at No. 3 this week. The Grizzlies are one of five newcomers to the ranking, which also includes No. 6 Legacy, No. 7 Arvada West, No. 9 Grand Junction Central and No. 10 Rocky Mountain.

D'Evelyn softball team

D'Evelyn joined this week's 4A softball poll at No. 9. (Lance Wendt/LanceWendt.com)

Valor Christian remained atop the 4A ranking, though Erie sits just one point behind the Eagles at No. 2.

The 4A poll added Mullen (No. 4), D'Evelyn (No. 9) and Rifle (No. 10) this week.

In 3A, Strasburg continues to lead the ranking. The poll added No. 8 Fort Lupton, and also saw some major movers: Brush went from seventh to second, and The Academy jumped from eighth to third.

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

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 W-L PTS PVS
1 Fossil Ridge (6) 6-0-0 77 4
2 Legend 5-2-1 69 3
3 ThunderRidge (1) 8-0-0 60 -
4 Broomfield 5-2-0 47 5
5 Mountain Range (1) 3-2-0 43 1
6 Legacy 5-0-0 39 -
7 Arvada West 5-2-1 34 -
8 Eaglecrest 7-1-0 27 5
9 Grand Junction Central 4-1-1 22 -
10 Rocky Mountain 6-1-0 17 -
Others receiving votes:
Loveland 14, Cherokee Trail 13, Smoky Hill 9, Lakewood 8, Castle View 4, Highlands Ranch 3, Pomona 3, Prairie View 3, Fountain-Fort Carson 2, Poudre 1.
Dropped out
Chaparral (2), Pomona (7), Grandview (8), Ralston Valley (9), Loveland (10).

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Valor Christian (6) 6-0-0 85 1
2 Erie (3) 8-0-0 84 2
3 Mountain View 5-0-0 55 3
4 Mullen 4-2-1 44 -
5 Wheat Ridge 6-3-0 42 4
6 Silver Creek 7-1-0 38 6
7 Air Academy 6-2-0 26 8
8 Falcon 4-2-0 23 9
9 D'Evelyn 3-1-0 14 -
10 Rifle 6-0-0 13 -
Others receiving votes:
Windsor 12, Cheyenne Mountain 9, Pueblo County 9, Frederick 8, Thompson Valley 8, Thomas Jefferson 7, Golden 6, Berthoud 4, Evergreen 4, Pueblo West 3, Palmer Ridge 1.
Dropped out
Frederick (5), Berthoud (7), Thompson Valley (10).

Class 3A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS
1 Strasburg (7) 4-0-0 70 1
2 Brush 3-1-0 55 7
3 The Academy 4-1-0 51 8
4 Eaton 6-1-0 43 2
5 La Junta 5-3-0 38 4
6 Rocky Ford 5-1-0 31 3
7 Sterling 5-4-0 28 5
8 Fort Lupton 7-0-0 23 -
9 Valley 2-2-0 21 6
10 Cedaredge 2-0-0 10 10
Others receiving votes:
Meeker 6, Lamar 4, Faith Christian 3, Basalt 1, Weld Central 1.
Dropped out
Lamar (9).