Gazette preps preseason rankings: Where is your team?

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Photo - Preseason Gazette Preps high school sports rankings to start the 2016. (Gazette file)
Preseason Gazette Preps high school sports rankings to start the 2016. (Gazette file)

Preseason Gazette Preps high school sports rankings to start the 2016:

FOOTBALL

Team Record Last Week

5A

1. Doherty 0-0 NR

2. Fountain-Fort Carson 0-0 NR

4A

1. Pine Creek 0-0 NR

2. Mesa Ridge 0-0 NR

3. Liberty 0-0 ......NR

3A

1. Discovery Canyon 0-0 NR

2. Canon City 0-0 NR

3. Falcon 0-0 NR

2A & Below

1. Peyton 0-0 NR

2. The Classical Academy 0-0 NR

3. CSCS 0-0 NR

Breakdown: With Palmer officially moving to 4A, seems a bit lonely in the 5A class for the Pikes Peak region. ... As per usual, until an area team knocks off Pine Creek, the Eagles are at the top of the rankings. Liberty gets to prove its worth with a district-rivalry game Saturday against Rampart. ... All three 3A teams are in the Southern League. Going to be an interesting battle for that league crown. ... By adding some experienced Calhan players, Peyton could be a force in 1A.

Pine Creek forward Andrew Turk and George Washington Josh Rendle fight for the ball during the Pine Creek and George Washington 5A state soccer playoffs at Liberty High School on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

BOYS' SOCCER

Team Record Last Week

5A

1. Pine Creek 0-0 NR

2. Rampart 0-0 NR

3. Doherty 0-0 NR

4A

1. The Classical Academy 0-0 NR

2. Cheyenne Mountain 0-0 NR

3. Air Academy 0-0 NR

3A

1. Fountain Valley 0-0 NR

2. CSCS 0-0 NR

3. Vanguard 0-0 NR

Breakdown: Pine Creek is still the league's best. Though there's a feeling some of the league's teams could be catching up. ... TCA's seniors have been to three consecutive state championship games. Needless to say, they are loaded with experience. ... After reaching the 3A state final last season, Fountain Valley looks like the team to beat in the area. The Danes opens next week against Colorado Springs Christian School.

SOFTBALL

Class 5A

1. Liberty 0-0 NR

2. Fountain-Fort Carson 0-0 NR

3. Vista Ridge 1-0 NR

4A/3A

1. Discovery Canyon 0-0 NR

2. Air Academy 1-0 NR

3. Mesa Ridge 0-0 NR

Breakdown: The battle for the 5A CSML could be fierce. Coaches are expecting the three teams listed to be in the running. But don't sleep on Rampart. ... Air Academy and Mesa Ridge go head to head on Wednesday. Should be a good test for both teams.

Cheyenne Mountain players celebrate winning the first match during the 4A volleyball state tournament championship between Cheyenne Mountain and Lewis-Palmer at the Denver Coliseum on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette 

 VOLLEYBALL

Team Record Last Week

5A

1. Rampart 0-0 NR

2. Coronado 0-0 NR

3. Pine Creek 0-0 NR

4A

1. Cheyenne Mountain 0-0 NR

2. Lewis-Palmer 0-0 NR

3. Air Academy 0-0 NR

3A/2A

1. St. Mary's 0-0 NR

2. CSCS 0-0 NR

3. Manitou Springs 0-0 NR

Breakdown: Coaches around the 5A CSML feel Rampart is the team to beat. We'll have to wait and see if that's the case. ... Cheyenne Mountain is your defending champion. Can it do it again? ... These three 3A teams are so close, it's tough to tell who should be on top until they go head to head. It's a matter of which program returns the most experience.