This week's Gazette Preps high school sports rankings

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BASEBALL

Team Record Last Year

5A

1. Pine Creek 0-0 18-3

2. Fountain-Fort Carson 0-0 13-7

3. Liberty 0-0 10-9

4A

1. Air Academy 0-0 17-7

2. Canon City 0-0 18-3

3. Lewis-Palmer 0-0 15-6

3A and below

1. Manitou Springs 0-0 17-10

2. St. Mary's 0-0 17-7

3. Peyton 0-0 16-4

Breakdown: Pine Creek sailed through the 2016 regular season, winning 17 of 19, then capturing the top seed in the district tournament before falling to No. 17 Rocky Mountain in the final. Glenn Millhauser, entering his eighth season, has not finished a season with fewer than 13 wins. ... Andrew Johnson starts his first year as coach at Fountain-Fort Carson. . Air Academy broke a four-year drought last season by reaching the 4A state tournament. In the district tournament final, the Kadets took out host Canon City. . Manitou Springs finished as the 3A state runner-up last May, falling to Faith Christian but enjoying the best season in school history. 

 

GIRLS' SOCCER

Team Record Last Year

5A

1. Pine Creek 0-0 20-5

2. Doherty 0-0 19-6

3. Liberty 0-0 18-7

4A

1. Lewis-Palmer 0-0 19-1

2. TCA 0-0 13-2-2

3. Cheyenne Mountain 0-0 10-5-2

3A and below

1. Fountain Valley 0-0 11-3

2. CSCS 0-0 11-4-1

3. Manitou Springs 0-0 11-6

Breakdown: Pine Creek has won 52 straight games, part of eight consecutive 5A CSML titles. Doherty and Liberty were mighty close last year, both dropping one-goal games. . TCA was the lone team to defeat Lewis-Palmer last season. Cheyenne Mountain starts the season Saturday at Valor Christian, which fell to Lewis-Palmer in the 4A state championship game. . Of the four 3A teams from the Pikes Peak region that qualified for the playoffs in 2016, only Manitou Springs advanced, then dropped a 4-2 decision to eventual state champion Kent Denver in the second round.

 

BOYS' LACROSSE

Team Record Last Year

1. Cheyenne Mountain 0-0 14-4

2. Palmer 0-0 12-4

3. Air Academy 0-0 11-7

Breakdown: Palmer joined the discussion of the area's lacrosse elite last season by winning 12 of its first 13 games and eventually finishing with a program-best 12 wins. ... Cheyenne Mountain has advanced to the 4A semifinals the past two years, while Air Academy also made the final four before falling to eventual state champion Valor Christian.

 

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Team Record Last Year

1. Pine Creek 0-0 13-3

2. Palmer Ridge 0-0 11-5

3. (tie) Cheyenne Mtn 0-0 8-9

Air Academy 0-0 8-9

Breakdown: Pine Creek broke through in 2016 for its best season since going 14-3 way back in 2008. The next step is advancing in the playoffs like Palmer Ridge did last year, recording a program first with a first-round victory at Regis.

 

* Records through Sunday.