Boys Basketball Class 2A Top 10 Breakdown
I will post Top Ten Breakdowns until we jump full sail into league play then we will move into league predictions and playoff scenarios. Class 2A Boys looks to be wide open again this year. Yuma is the #1 team and has shown the grit to keep winning close games. Yuma has solidified their #1 spot but the rest of 2A is very fluid and is changing week to week. Highland stays #2 for back to back weeks and that is the only other unchanged thing this week. Holly moves up to #3 winning the Lamar Holiday Shootout. Fowler jumps up to #4 after upsetting Limon and Limon falls to #5. Simla holds down the #6 spot with Heritage Christian and Byers each moving up 1 spot. Sanford lost to Escalante NM and falls to #9 and Peyton joins the rankings this week at #10. It seems that teams are not getting consistent yet and I have a feeling more will change this week and weekend.
#1 Yuma (6-0)
Yuma has been the most consistent team in 2A to start. Yuma started the season winning the Goodland Tipoff and then picked up solid wins last week over Brush and #6 Simla. Yuma has not blown any teams out this year but are winning the close games which is better experience for the young guards that Yuma has. With Yuma competing against three KS teams right away it’s hard to judge how good those teams are but a huge quality win over Simla helps them hold down the #1 spot. Yuma competes in District 2. Yuma is the clear favorite to win the District but should get challenged by Sedgwick County, Akron, and Holyoke. Yuma has completed their December schedule but right after break they jump into league play against Akron on 1/4. Yuma also has rival Burlington coming up on 1/12 and that should be a great game.
#2 Highland (5-1)
Highland is off to a very good start at 5-1. Highland lone loss is to Frontier Academy who is a 3A school but as of late Frontier Academy has dipped a bit. Highland followed that loss by blasting 3A Eaton and Denver Academy. Highland best win so far this year is against Eaton, Peyton, and Holyoke. Highland has beaten every 2A opponent by 15+ points this year. Highland competes in District 7 and currently are the slight favorite over Heritage Christian. I do think Dawson School, Dayspring Christian, and Gilpin County could challenge Highland and Heritage Christian but those two currently are the main favorites. Highland has 6 players scoring over 5 ppg and offensively are average 77.2 PPG as a team. Koby Anderson (16.8 ppg) and Tate Bessire (14.3 ppg) lead the Huskie offense. Highland still has two games left in December and will be the heavy favorite in both. Highland plays Custer County on 12/21 and then Hoehne on 12/22. After break Highland jumps into league play with games against Union Colony Prep and Clear Creek.
#3 Holly (6-0)
Holly moved from 1A up to 2A and have proven so far that they are a legit threat in Class 2A. Holly though only has 2 victories over 2A opponents and both are quality wins over Swallows Charter and Rocky Ford. Holly won the Lamar Holiday Shootout for the fifth straight year beating Springfield in the Championship 67-35. Holly so far has performed well but when they jump into league play how will they perform against 2A schools. Holly is in District 6. District 6 currently has 6 teams out of 10 with .500 records or higher. Holly, John Mall, Fowler, and Rye all expect to be in the hunt for the District title but don’t count out any team early on. I got to watch some film on the Holly team and they have a lot of height and speed and should compete well in this District. Holly currently has 6 players scoring over 5 ppg and their offense is averaging 70 ppg. Jared Rushton (15.2 ppg) and Brigden Parker (13.8 ppg) currently are the scoring leaders for Holly. Holly wraps up their December schedule with a game against Swink on 12/21. They will be heavily favored in that game. After break Holly jumps into the fire with back to back tough games against Rye and Fowler. We will learn a lot quickly about Holly right after break.
#4 Fowler (3-2)
Fowler is off to a 3-2 start with losses coming to La Junta and Colorado Springs Christian both 3A -Schools. Fowler picked up their biggest win of the season upsetting Limon 47-46. Fowler still has a lot to prove and keeping a top 5 ranking will require this team to keep improving like they have. Like Holly, Fowler competes in District 6 and if the high rankings for both teams mean anything it should be a battle between Holly and Fowler for the District title. Currently for Fowler they have 6 players scoring over 5 ppg and are led by Johnathan Mobbley (11 ppg) and Val Leone (10 ppg). Fowler has the size to also compete for a great 8 berth but improving as a team is key. Fowler is one of the busier teams in December with 2 games before break and both are critical league games. Fowler plays Rye on 12/21 then play John Mall on 12/22 both are critical battles for Fowler and if they want any shot at a District title a 2-0 start may be needed. After break things don’t slow down for Fowler as they face Holly on 1/5.
#5 Limon (4-1)
Limon started the season at 3-0 picking up a quality win over Kit Carson 50-28. Limon then suffered their first loss to Fowler but were able to rebound with a solid win over Rocky Ford 53-49. Limon is coming off a state championship run for football and adjusting to basketball could take this team sometime. Limon competes in District 4. District 4 should be a battle between Limon and Byers, but you cannot count out Lotus School, Front Range Christian, Burlington, and Denver Christian. Limon will have to quickly adjust into the basketball fold as everyone will be gunning for them. Limon has one last game in December against Calhan after break Limon plays 1A Genoa-Hugo before jumping into league play against Denver Christian on 1/5.
#6 Simla (4-2)
Simla started hot out of the gates winning three straight games including quality wins over ECA and Akron. Simla though has now lost 2 of their past 3 games. The loses are good losses with 1 to 1A Merino and the other to #1 Yuma. Simla played good defense against Yuma but struggled shooting the ball. Simla won’t have a chance to avenge their loss to Yuma until after break. Simla is in District 8 and 4 team have soared to the top of the standings. Simla, Peyton, Dolores Huerta, and Colorado Springs School have taken the lead as the 4 top teams and seeing if those 4 teams come out hot after break will be key. Simla offensively is scoring 58 ppg and are led by Gunner Rapp (12.7 ppg) and Cole Mitchell (9.8 ppg). Like I mentioned above Simla is down playing until January where they open play against #8 Byers and rival Calhan. Simla will have to hit the ground running as they have a difficult schedule right after break.
#7 Heritage Christian (6-1)
Heritage Christian is in their first season of competing in the 2A ranks. Heritage Christian is off to a solid start at 6-1 with their lone loss to #2 1A Cornerstone Christian. Heritage Christian has a lot of quality wins against West Grand, Front Range Baptist, Dayspring Christian, and Estes Park. Heritage Christian though has not played a top 2A team and seeing how they compete against a top 2A team will be very interesting. Heritage Christian is in District 7 and it should be a two-team race for 1st place between them and Highland. Of course, you cannot count anyone out. Offensively Heritage Christian is averaging 61 ppg and are led by Josiah Bowsher (18.7 ppg) and Seth Bruxvoort (9.4 ppg). Heritage Christian has 6 players scoring over 5 ppg as well. Heritage Christian is done with their December schedule and pick things back up after break against Longmont Christian. The first real test in 2A for Heritage Christian will be against Highland on 1/18.
#8 Byers (4-2)
Byers opened their 2018-2019 basketball season with back to back losses to Cornerstone Christian and Strasburg. Since those losses Byers has won four straight including quality wins over Stratton/Liberty, Front Range Christian, and Clear Creek. Byers seems to have figured the problems out from the first two games. Byers as mentioned above is in District 4. Limon and Byers are the two-front runner for District 4 but I listed a few teams who could challenge for a Top 2 spot. Byers 5 players scoring over 5 ppg and are averaging 60.5 ppg. Brady Shelly (14.5 ppg), Zaine Mikita (12.7 ppg) and Hayden Mccuen (12.2 ppg) are the 3 players averaging over 10 ppg. Byers has one game left in December against Elbert. After break Byers battles Simla for a huge Top 10 clash and then faces Genoa-Hugo, and a rematch against Strasburg. We will learn quickly how much Byers has improved as a team.
#9 Sanford (3-2)
Sanford opened their year with an upset victory over Alamosa and quickly jumped into my Top 10. Sanford then had a solid outing in the La Junta shootout beating La Junta, Monte Vista, and falling in a close game against Centauri. The main problem for Sanford is they lost to Escalante NM by 6 and shows some inconsistency from a young Sanford team. Sanford starts 3 seniors, but most are seeing their first starts and it does show at times. Sanford competes in District 1 and it looks like Sargent, Del Norte, Center, and South Park will be the main challengers to Sanford for the title. Sanford has a shot to avenge their loss to Centauri on 12/21 and that is their final game of December. Sanford must get some consistency and must find a leader on the court. After break Sanford plays back to back games against 3A opponents Ellicott and Pagosa Springs. Sanford has three very tough games upcoming and will be interesting to see how they come out of their 3-game stretch. Sanford first league game is a big one against South Park on 1/11.
#10 Peyton (4-1)
Peyton lost their first game of the season to Highland 79-61 but used it as motivation picking up three straight wins including a quality win over Dayspring Christian. Peyton now looks to prove they deserve to keep a top 10 spot and after break will have 3 straight tough games and seeing how they play right after break is key. Peyton is in District 8 and they are 1 of the 4 teams who will look to battle it out for the District crown. Currently Peyton has 5 players scoring over 5 ppg with Brendon Younger (17.2 ppg) and Brennan Meyers (10.8) leading the team in scoring. Peyton must continue playing good basketball and their game against Genoa-Hugo will tell us a lot. Another big game for Peyton is on 1/12 against Colorado Springs School.