We are trying something new at Mile High Prep Report this basketball season. I have reached out to a few people who work/cover High School Sports at Radio Stations or other Media. Most of us Radio Folk watch at least 6 games Boys & Girls a week and see more basketball than most. I have asked for them to write an article for me when they can on their region/school.
I am really looking forward to seeing how these articles progress this season and hopefully can continue this for years to come.
I am still looking for more people to join the coverage and if your interested email me at Anthony5910@gmail.com or message me on Facebook.
Doug Wright is covering the 3A Metro League. Doug is the PA announcer for Colorado Academy and has attended at least 5 straight 3A State Tournaments for boys and girls.
3A METRO LEAGUE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL REPORT #2
By Doug Wright
Here are our current rankings and an update on the 3A Metro League girls’ teams, which are approaching midseason in the league. There are a few changes from our preseason rankings. With every team having played two or three league games this past week, we now have a better picture of how teams other than Lutheran fit in the rankings. Games between teams ranked #4-#9 should continue to be competitive.
#1 (Previously #1) Lutheran (11-1, 5-0 Metro League) made short work of five Metro League opponents, winning by as many as 64 points. Only Faith Christian was competitive in these games, falling by 16 points. Junior Stephanie Schultz leads the league in scoring at 14.5 PPG and has a strong supporting cast. As stated in our initial report, we doubt any Metro League teams will challenge Lutheran and the Lions will breeze into the State tournament. Similar to defending State champion St. Mary’s in the Tri-Peaks League, the question is whether Lutheran coach Mark Duitsman can keep the Lions focused during league play and prepared for the State tournament run.
#2 (Previously #5) Skyview Academy (10-1, 4-0 Metro League). With an unbeaten first two weeks of the league season, the Hawks have shown so far that last season’s strong performance was not a fluke. Skyview Academy is led by second and fourth leading league scorers Hannah Banko and surprising freshman Ekko Hopkins. Still a long way from challenging #1 Lutheran, as evidenced by a 38 point December loss to the Lions, Skyview Academy thus far appears to be the best of the rest of the Metro League.
#3 (Previously #2) Jefferson Academy (9-3, 4-0 Metro League) had a solid first two weeks of Metro League play with road wins at Kent Denver, Manual and Prospect Ridge Academy and a home victory over St. Mary’s Academy. The well-balanced and well-coached Jaguars appear primed to challenge Skyview Academy for the runner-up spot in the Metro League.
#4 (Previously #4) Faith Christian (4-8, 2-2 Metro League) played #1 Lutheran tough for most of the game before falling by 16 points. This was followed by a narrow home win over Colorado Academy. The Eagles, led by an excellent post player in senior Ashley Finch (13.6 PPG, and league-leading 10.7 RPG) have not played with the consistency necessary to win against the better teams thus far, but we expect them to improve through the balance of the Metro League campaign.
#5 (Previously #3) Kent Denver (3-8, 1-4 Metro League) has struggled to open the Metro League, suffering losses to #3 Jefferson Academy, Peak to Peak, Manual and #2 Skyview Academy before righting the ship with a win over Prospect Ridge Academy. Leading scorer Amanda Licht was sorely missed in the losses before returning in the Prospect Ridge victory. She remains a key to the Sun Devils season going forward.
#6 (Previously #6) Colorado Academy (7-5, 2-2 Metro League) lost consecutive close games this week at Faith Christian and home to Machebeuf, indicating the Mustangs are not poised to move into the upper echelon of Metro League teams. A lack of support for leading scorer and rebounder Ella Freimuth (11.3 PPG, 9.8 RPG) has affected the Mustangs’ ability to get over the hump.
#7 (Previously #10) Bishop Machebeuf (5-7, 2-2 Metro League) moves up in the rankings thanks to wins against Stargate School and, in particular, at Colorado Academy. Balanced scoring has been the hallmark of the Buffaloes’ improvement this season.
#8 (Previously #7) Prospect Ridge Academy (4-8, 1-3 Metro League) has had a challenging start to the league season with Losses to #1 Lutheran, #3 Jefferson Academy and Kent Denver while taking down Manual. The jury is still out whether the Miners under new coach Ellie Kempf can challenge for a first division slot in the Metro League.
#9 (Previously #11) Peak to Peak (5-7, 2-2 Metro League) posted a surprising 20 point victory at Kent Denver in their Metro League opener. This followed two strong January non-league wins over Eagle Ridge Academy and Class 5A Boulder. With losses to #1 Lutheran and #2 Skyview Academy out of the way, we shall see if Peak to Peak is able to move up in league standings against some of the lesser teams.
#10 (Previously #8) Manual (3-6, 1-3 Metro League) has started slowly in 2020, dropping a non-league game to Skyview followed by losses in its opening Metro League games to Colorado Academy and #3 Jefferson Academy, all at home in the Thunderdome. Only a win over short-handed Kent Denver gives the Thunderbolts some hope moving into the heart of the league season.
#11 (Previously #12) Stargate School (3-8, 1-3 Metro League) moves out of the basement of the Metro League rankings as a result of a one point home win over St. Mary’s Academy. The Eagles’ only league win last season also came over the same team. We’ll see as the season progresses if Stargate makes more strides to improve its league standing; however, one win may be all this team can achieve in the competitive Metro League.
#12 (Previously #9) Following non-league losses to Eagle Ridge Academy and Englewood High School, St. Mary’s Academy (2-9, 0-4 Metro League) opened its Metro League season with a narrow one point loss to Stargate School and then were walloped by #1 Lutheran, Colorado Academy and #3 Jefferson Academy. After a winless 2018-2019 campaign, league wins may continue to be hard to come by for coach Phil Gentry’s Wildcats.