Class 1A Boys Basketball Breakdown

Class 1A Boys Basketball District Predictions

Class 1A Boys Basketball District Predictions

Basketball practice kicked off November 15th.  We dive into each District and predict who wins each district plus who we think are the 3 teams to qualify for regionals.  We also will give a Player of the League, Dark Horse, and other Contender Predictions.

District 1

1. Caprock Academy

2. Dove Creek

3. Ouray

4. De Beque

5. North Park

6. Nucla

Caprock Academy is my preseason pick to win the District 1 Tournament.  Caprock Academy had a solid run last year reaching the tournament but falling to Mile High Academy in the second round.  Caprock Academy returns their #2 (Johnathon Abshear) and #3 (Andrew Jordan) scorers from a year ago.  Caprock Academy will have plenty of holes to replace but have some upcoming seniors to fill those places.  Dove Creek is my pick to finish second and make it to regionals.  Dove Creek went 7-6 a year ago and did not make it into the State tournament.  Dove Creek returns leading scorer Kade Hankins and most of the team.  Replacing the #2 scorer and rebounder will be a must for Dove Creek.  Dove Creek has the talent to push for the District crown.  Ouray had a tough season a year ago going 4-9 and not making it to the playoffs.  Ouray will return 3 of their top 5 scorers this season and should show improvement.  Ouray has plenty of depth returning as well so look for this team to rebound this season and reach the regional tournament.  De Beque has reached the end of the era with Wes Ryan graduating and his class had a stellar run.  This past season they went 16-2 and fell in the state championship.  De Beque will look to start a new era this year and Logan Wingfield and Dustin Hurst will lead the charge for De Beque.  I still think De Beque can push for a regional spot but without their leaders from a year ago we will see how far they can go.  North Park struggled a bit last year winning just 1 game.  North Park was extremely young starting majority sophomores.  North Park should show improvement and you never know what king of run they could go on this year.  They are my dark horse pick to make it to regionals this year.  I think they are a year away though.  Nucla lost their main scorer from a year ago and could be in rebuilding mode this season.

My predictions for District 1

League Champion: Caprock Academy

Regional Qualifiers: Caprock Academy, Dove Creek, Ouray

Dark Horse: North Park

Player of the League: Kade Hankins Jr. Dove Creek

Others to watch for:

Johnathon Abshear Sr. Caprock Academy, Andrew Jordan Sr. Caprock Academy, Chorbin Cressler Sr. Dove Creek, Ryan Jarmon Sr. Dove Creek, Hayden Hart Sr. Ouray, DC Miller Jr. Ouray, Logan Wingfield Sr. De Beque, Dillon Hurst Sr. De Beque, Troy Gonzales Jr. North Park, Hunter Sessions Jr. North Park, Steele Arnold So. Nucla

District 2

1. Granada

2. Cheyenne Wells

3. Cheraw

4. McClave

5. Wiley

6. Kit Carson

7. Eads

8. Plainview (Let me know if they are playing this year?)

Granada is my pick to win District 2. Granada returns a lot of talent from a 15-2 team a season ago. Granada returns 4 of their top 5 scorers but return their top 3 scorers including potential player of the year in Dominic Coleman. Freshman Maddox Coleman could be a huge piece to this team as well as he played a big role during Football. Cheyenne Wells is my pick to finish second. Cheyenne Wells returns 4 of their top 5 scorers including their top 4. Cheyenne Wells will be coming off some success for Football and should provide some confidence heading into the basketball season. Cheyenne Wells lost just 1 senior from their roster last year so this could be a team to make a deep run. Cheraw is my pick to finish 3rd. Cheraw is my pick to finish 3rd. Cheraw went 14-2 a season ago but lose some key piece from that team. Cheraw returns 3 of their top 5 scorers but lose their #1 and #5 scorers. Braden Harris and Cade Phillips will look to take over as leaders of this team. McClave is my dark horse pick to reach regionals, but I put them in 4th place. McClave went 7-7 a season ago and return 4 of their top 5 starters. McClave will look to Aiden Martinez and Ayden Gomez to lead this team as they become a year older and stronger. Wiley is my pick to finish #5. Wiley was a young team a season ago and showed going just 3-11. Wiley this season returns their top 8 scorers from a season ago so they have plenty of depth. Wiley success will come down to how much they improve heading into this season. Cooper Tixier must step up offensive production, but this could be another team who is a surprise this season. Kit Carson is outside my top 5. Kit Carson went 3-10 a season ago and lose their top scorer from last year. They do return the rest of the team but who become a leader for this team. Brett Mayhan and Daniel Arnold are the two I look to become leaders. This team has some winning tradition but can they reach back into the top 3 and make it to regionals. Eads is another team outside my top 5 in this District. Eads went 11-5 a season ago and had some success. They do lose key pieces from that team including 3 of their top 5 scorers. Returning is #3 scorer Porter Spady and #4 scorer Cade McDowell. These two will be key for them having a big run this season. Eads could have some growing pains this season but I still expect them to be competitive.

My predictions for District 2

League Champion: Granada

Regional Qualifiers: Granada, Cheyenne Wells, Cheraw

Dark Horse: McClave

Player of the League: Dominic Coleman Sr. Granada

Others to watch for:

John Hainer Jr. Granada, Maddax Coleman Fr. Granada, Brandon Gonzales Sr. Granada, Cade Mitchek Sr. Cheyenne Wells, Blake Gilmore Jr. Cheyenne Wells, Ty Scheler Jr. Cheyenne Wells, Braden Harris Jr. Cheraw, Cade Phillips Jr. Cheraw, Aiden Martinez Jr. McClave, Ayden Gomez Jr. McClave, Devon Jacobs Jr. Wiley, Cooper Tixier Jr. Wiley, Daniel Arnold Sr. Kit Carson, Brett Mayhan Sr. Kit Carson, Porter Spady So. Eads, Cade McDowell Sr. Eads

District 3

1. Kim/Branson

2. Manzanola

3. Primero

4. Walsh

5. La Veta

6. Springfield

7. South Baca

8. Aguilar (Let me know if they are playing this year?)

Kim/Branson is my preseason pick to win the district 3 Tournament.  Kim/Branson went 10-5 a season ago and return most of the key pieces from that team.  Kim/Branson returns 7 of their top 8 starters including their top scorer from a year ago.  Joe Buhrle and Cade Smith are the two players to watch from this season.  Kim/Branson returns a talented team who I think can reach the state tournament.  Manzanola is my pick to finish second place.  Manzanola had a tough season a year ago winning just 2 games.  Manzanola, I feel will have more success this season and return a talented team.  Daniel Escarino and Dalton Carroll both come back to lead this team.  Manzanola returns the rest of their roster from a season ago.  I feel as if Manzanola has a big bounce back season this year.  Primero had a big season a year ago going 11-2 and reaching the state tournament.  Primero this season is my pick to finish 3rd in this District.  Primero will lose plenty of key pieces from last year team and return their #2 scorer from a year ago in Michael Damelio.  Who else steps up for Primero is the biggest question mark heading into this season.  Walsh is my dark horse pick to get into regionals.  Walsh had a tough season last year going 3-8 but were young with just 2 seniors on the roster.  Walsh should be better this season and have plenty of size.  Seeing who steps up to be a leader this year is key for Walsh success.  La Veta is another team I think could make a push for regionals.  La Veta returns Gus Andreatta who should lead this team but who else step up around him is key.  Springfield is outside my top 5 and they will be a very young team.  Springfield will be without their top 3 scorers and 4 of their top 5.  Kyler Crane is a name to watch on Springfield roster.  South Baca is also outside my top 5 in District.  South Baca has no roster listed from last year and little information is known.

My predictions for District 3

League Champion: Kim/Branson

Regional Qualifiers: Kim/Branson, Manzanola, Primero

Dark Horse: Walsh

Player of the League: Joe Buhrle Sr. Kim/Branson

Others to watch for:

Cade Smith Jr. Kim/Branson, Daniel Escarino Sr. Manzanola, Dalton Carroll Jr. Manzanola, Michael Damelio Sr. Primero, Gus Andreatta Sr. La Veta, Kyler Crane Jr. Springfield

District 4

1. Briggsdale

2. Haxtun

3. Merino

4. Prairie

5. Fleming

6. Peetz

7. Longmont Christian

8. Caliche

9. Weldon Valley

10. Pawnee (Let me know if they are playing this year)

Briggsdale is my pick to win the District 4 Tournament.  Briggsdale returns their entire roster from a 10-3 season and a state tournament appearance.  Briggsdale will look to Malik Carlson, Tanner Fiscus, Michael Bittinger, and Braden Krise to lead once again and all 4 were double digit scorers a year ago.  Briggsdale, I believe is good enough to reach the State Tournament once again.  Haxtun is my pick to finish 2nd.  Haxtun returns plenty of talent from last years 11-6 team.  Haxtun won two state tournament games last year and look for a return trip.  Haxtun will have to replace their top scorer from a year ago but return the rest of the roster.  Owen Knode and David Avery are the two players I look to step up this season and I also think Haxtun have a shot at the State Tournament.  Merino is my pick to finish 3rd and go to regionals.  Merino will have some holes to fill this season.  Merino returns 2 of their top 5 scorers and will have to have some depth really step up.  Derrick Alber and Chance Everhart are the two players that must step up for Merino to reach regional once again.  Merino had a deep playoff run and could also be in the mix for a state tournament spot if the younger players step up this season.  Prairie is my dark horse pick to get into regionals and I have them finishing 4th.  Prairie went 4-10 last season but return their entire roster from last year.  Andy Long and David Speicher are the two player I think lead Prairie.  I think Prairie will have a shot at regionals, but they will have to unseat one of the top 3 teams.  Fleming is my pick to finish in 5th place.  Fleming return most of their roster from a 7-6 team.  Fleming was young last year and will still mostly be JRs this season.  Fleming will have to replace their #1 and #3 scorers this season.  Braylen Feather is a name to keep an eye on as he scored in double figures a season ago.  Peetz, I have picked to finish 6th.  Peetz is still a young team this season but I believe we see this team take a big step.  Noah Naegel, Aiden Hill, and Chance Segelke are three players I think become leader for a young Peetz team.  Peetz will have to replace their #1 scorer.  Peetz I believe is a year or 2 away from winning this district.  Longmont Christian is outside my top 6.  Longmont Christian went 7-7 a year ago but lose 3 of their top 5 scorers.  Longmont Christian will lean heavily on #2 scorer Christopher Gunlikson to lead this team.  Who else step up will be key for Longmont Christian this season.  Caliche is outside my top 6.  Caliche will lose their top 2 scorers from a year ago and will look to replace around 30 ppg.  Kyser Martinez was the #3 scorer a year ago and he will be tasked with stepping up this season to lead this team.  This could be a slight rebuilding year for Caliche.  Weldon Valley is also outside my top 6.  Weldon Valley lose their top 3 scorers from a year ago and this could be a rebuild year.  Weldon Valley will return some seniors but most scored less than 5 ppg.  Offensively Weldon Valley must improve this season.

My predictions for District 4

League Champion: Briggsdale

Regional Qualifiers: Briggsdale, Haxtun, Merino

Dark Horse: Prairie

Player of the League: Malik Carlson Sr. Briggsdale

Others to watch for: Tanner Fiscus So. Briggsdale, Michael Bittinger Sr. Briggsdale, Braden Krise Sr. Briggsdale, Owen Knode Sr. Haxtun, David Avery III Sr. Haxtun, Michael Gerk Jr. Haxtun, Derrick Alber Sr. Merino, Chance Everhart Sr. Merino, Andy Long Sr. Prairie, David Speicher Sr. Prairie, Brock Dollerschell Jr. Prairie, Braylen Feather Jr. Fleming, Noah Naegele So. Peetz, Ryan Schilz Sr. Peetz, Christopher Gunlikson Sr. Longmont Christian, Kyser Martinez Jr. Caliche

District 5

1. Genoa-Hugo

2. Idalia

3. Arickaree/Woodlin

4. Stratton

5. Otis

6. Hi-Plains

7. Deer Trail

8. Bethune

9. Lone Star

10. Flagler

Genoa-Hugo is my preseason pick to win the district 5 tournament.  Genoa-Hugo went 10-4 last season and reach the State Tournament.  Genoa-Hugo returns their top 2 scorers from that team but lose the remaining top 5 scorers.  Genoa-Hugo will turn to some younger players to fill those holes lost to graduation.  Idalia is my pick to finish 2nd.  Idalia was a very young team last year and went 6-8.  Idalia will return nearly their entire roster including their top 5 scorers from a season ago.  Idalia will return Tarek Glanz and Yahir Enriquez who led the team in scoring and must continue this season.  Idalia should be able to push for the league title but how much they improve will be key.  Arickaree/Woodlin went 5-5 last season and return the core of their team who will look for a regional tournament berth.  Arickaree/Woodlin return their leading scorer Logan Wright.  Arickaree/Woodlin will have to replace their #2 scorer but look for Landy Peeples to move into that spot.  Arickaree/Woodlin will have the returning talent to get to regional but I think will be tested.  Stratton is my pick to finish 4th but also my dark horse pick to get into regionals.  Stratton was young last season, but they do lose their top scorer from last season.  Cyler Notter, Riley Shean, and Charlie Clapper must step up this season and become leaders.  Stratton will still be somewhat young this season but most gained valuable experience as freshman last season.  Otis is my pick to finish 5th.   Otis went 3-11 last season but return 4 of their top 5 scorers including some upcoming freshman who could help boost this team for a regional berth.  Otis will return leading scorer Jack Willeke and he must lead this team once again.  Hi-Plains is my pick to finish 6th place.  Hi-Plains went 8-6 last season but lose their top 2 scorers from last year.  Cody Banks and Cooper Seamon both return, and both scored over 8 ppg and should be leaders from this team.  Hi-Plains will look push for a regional berth.  Deer Trail is outside my top 6.  Deer Trail loses 3 of their top 5 scorers but return their leading scorer Dayne Woodis who will look to push his team into the top 5.  Deer Trail could be hurting for depth this season.  Bethune is not inside my top 6 currently.  Bethune had no stats listed so was not sure where to put this team.  They will be someone to watch and see how they compete this season.  Lone Star is outside my top 6 in District.  Lone Star lose their top 3 scorers from last year and will lean on #4 scorer Dakoda Cox to step up and be a leader this season.  Flagler did not win a game last year but return nearly their entire roster.  Flagler if they show improvement could be a team to watch in a year or two. 

My predictions for District 5

League Champion: Genoa-Hugo

Regional Qualifiers: Genoa-Hugo, Idalia, Arickaree/Woodlin

Dark Horse: Stratton

Player of the League: Wyatt Miller Sr. Genoa-Hugo

Others to watch for: Colby Simmons Sr. Genoa-Hugo, Tarek Glanz So. Idalia, Yahir Enriquez Sr. Idalia, Logan Wright Jr. Arickaree/Woodlin, Landy Peeples Sr. Arickaree/Woodlin, Cyler Notter So. Stratton, Riley Shean So. Stratton, Jack Willeke Jr. Otis, Cody Banks Sr. Hi-Plains, Cooper Seamon Jr. Hi-Plains, Dayne Woodis Sr. Deer Trail, Dakoda Cox Sr. Lone Star, Camden Bledsoe Jr. Flagler

District 6

1. Sierra Grande

2. Cotopaxi

3. Sangre De Cristo

4. Moffat

5. Creede

6. Centennial

7. Antonito

Sierra Grande is my preseason pick to win the District 6 tournament.  Sierra Grande went 8-4 last season but did not make it to the State Tournament.  Sierra Grande will return 6 of their top 8 scorers including their top 2 scorers from last year.  Isiah Chairez will have a shot at POY and #2 scorer Brian Ontiveros must step up for Sierra Grande to make a push for a state tournament appearance.  Cotopaxi is my pick for second place.  Cotopaxi went 6-8 last year and this year will look for a regional appearance.  Cotopaxi will return 3 of their top 5 scorers including their #1 scorer Ty Coleman and #3 scorer Simon Bertolino.  Who else steps up this season is how far Cotopaxi will go.  I do believe they will at least make it to regionals.  Sangre De Cristo is my pick for 3rd place.  Sangre De Cristo was hit hard by graduations/transfers.  Sangre De Cristo will be young and inexperience but have some athleticism back.  Their opening year tournament will give us a good insight into how good this team will be.  Moffat is my pick to finish 4th but my dark horse pick to make it to regionals.  Moffat at time struggled last year but were a young team.  Moffat this season returns nearly their entire roster including #1 scorer Dylan Wingate and #2 scorer Zach Pesqueria.  This team could be a dangerous team with the amount of talent coming back.  Creede is my pick to finish 5th.  Creede lose their leading scorer from last year but return #2 thru #4 scorers.  Ryder Whitehorn will be the main scorer back and must lead Creede.  This could be a rebuild year for Creede.  Centennial was a young team a season ago and could be a year or two away from pushing for a top 3 spot.  Antonito also lost their top scorer last year and must find someone else to step up and score.  Dalton Romero could be that player. 

My predictions for District 6

League Champion: Sierra Grande

Regional Qualifiers: Sierra Grande, Cotopaxi, Sangre De Cristo

Dark Horse: Moffat

Player of the League: Isiah Chairez Sr. Sierra Grande

Others to watch for:

Brian Ontiveros So. Sierra Grande, Ty Coleman Jr. Cotopaxi, Simon Bertolino Jr. Cotopaxi, Dylan Wingate Sr. Moffat, Zach Pesqueria So. Moffat, Ryder Whitehorn Jr. Creede, Dalton Romero Sr. Antonito

District 7

1. Evangelical Christian

2. Simla

3. Hanover

4. Pikes Peak Christian

5. Elbert

6. Kiowa

7. Miami-Yoder

8. Cripple Creek

Evangelical Christian went 10-5 last season and won a game in the State Tournament before forfeiting a game.  ECA this season will be looking for another deep and a state tournament appearance.  ECA returns nearly their entire roster including 4 of their top 5 scorers.  RJ Wagner, Jared Guest, and Michael Mann all return to lead ECA.  Simla is my pick to finish second.  Simla returns 3 of their top 5 scorers but will be looking for a new leading scorer.  Brayden Glover and Brent Bowker both return to lead the offense and some incoming freshman could provide a boost to Simla who hope to reach the regional tournament.  Hanover is my pick to finish 3rd and reach the regional tournament.   Hanover went 6-6 last season and have nearly their entire roster back including their top 5 scorers from last year.  Josh Yoder and Dalton Sweazy are both back to lead the offense and I think this team could push for the #2 spot with the amount of returning talent.  Pikes Peak Christian is my pick to finish 4th and my dark horse pick to reach regionals.  Pikes Peak Christian went 7-5 last season and have 2 of their top 5 scorers return who hope to lead this team to a regional berth.  Leading scorer Ben Schneider and #4 scorer Uriah Wehner both return to lead PPC.  Pikes Peak Christian will have to jump someone to reach regionals.  Elbert is my pick to finish 5th.  Elbert went 6-5 last season but only return 2 of their top 5 scorers.  Logan LaFollette and Braydon Morgan both return to lead the Elbert offense but who else steps up is key for Elbert to push for a regional berth.  Miami-Yoder is outside my top 5 in district.  Miami-Yoder will be very young losing their top 7 scorers.  This could be a rebuilding season for Miami-Yoder.  Kiowa is outside my top 5 and will also be in a rebuilding mode.  They return their #3 scorer along with the rest of the roster.  Replacing their #1 and #2 scorers will be tough but could be big for them going forward.  Cripple Creek was very young last season and still will be this season.  They will be mostly Sophomores and Juniors and could be a year away from pushing for a top 5 spot.

My predictions for District 7

League Champion: Evangelical Christian

Regional Qualifiers: Evangelical Christian, Simla, Pikes Peak Christian

Dark Horse: Pikes Peak Christian

Player of the League: RJ Wagner Sr. Evangelical Christian

Others to watch for:

Jared Guest, Jr. Evangelical Christian, Michael Mann Sr. Evangelical Christian, Brayden Glover Jr. Simla, Brent Bowker So. Simla, Ben Schneider Sr. Pikes Peak Christian, Uriah Wehner Sr. Pikes Peak Christian, Josh Yoder Sr. Hanover, Dalton Sweazy Sr. Hanover

District 8

1. Belleview Christian

2. Denver Waldorf

3. Flatirons Academy

4. Front Range Baptist

5. Mile High Academy

6. Denver Jewish Day

7. Rocky Mountain Lutheran

8. Denver Academy of Torah

9. Beth Eden

Belleview Christian is my preseason pick to win the District 8 tournament.  Belleview Christian won the Class 1A title but will have some holes to fill with their #1 scorer graduating and their #2 scorer transferring.  Belleview Christian still returns plenty of talent with Nathaniel Owen who will have a shot at POY returning and #4 scorer John Cronk also returning.  Belleview Christian will look for depth to step up but this team should still be a threat for a State Title.  Denver Waldorf is my pick to finish 2nd in the District 8 tournament.  Denver Waldorf returns nearly their entire roster from a 7-6 season a year ago.  Will McHenry and Dylan Quinn both return to lead this team.  Denver Waldorf, I believe have a shot at making regionals and a shot at the State Tournament.  Flatirons Academy is my pick to finish 3rd and get into the regional tournament.  Trent Rowan returns as the leading scorer, but depth scoring will be the biggest question.  Flatirons Academy returns their #5 scorer, but a lot of inexperience players must step up for Flatirons Academy to reach the regional tournament.  Front Range Baptist is my pick to finish 4th and my dark horse pick to get to regionals.  Front Range Baptist returns nearly their entire roster but could lack depth.  Front Range Baptist returns leading scorer Daniel Macfarlane who will have to continue to carry the load.  Front Range Baptist must get depth to step up if they plan to upset a top 3 team and get to regionals.  Mile High Academy is my pick to finish 5th.  Mile High Academy return just 1 of their top 5 scorers.  Braden Essex will be the leader this season but who else steps up will be key if Mile High Academy pushes for a top 3 spot and a regional berth.  Denver Jewish Day is my pick to finish 6th but could be a team to push for a top 3 spot as well.  Denver Jewish Day lose their top scorer from a year ago but return 3 of their top 5 scorers including their #2 and #3 scorers.  Gavin Foonberg and Andrew Zimmerman are key to Denver Jewish Day pushing for a regional spot.  Rocky Mountain Lutheran is outside my top 6.  Rocky Mountain Lutheran will be without their top 3 scorers and must replace them.  Could be a bit of a rebuilding year this year for Rocky Mountain Lutheran.  Denver Academy of Torah and Beth Eden are both in rebuild mode as well.

My predictions for District 8

League Champion: Belleview Christian

Regional Qualifiers: Belleview Christian, Denver Waldorf, Mile High Academy

Dark Horse: Front Range Baptist

Player of the League: Nathaniel Owen Jr. Belleview Christian

Others to watch for:

John Cronk Sr. Belleview Christian, Will McHenry Sr. Denver Waldorf, Dylan Quinn Sr. Denver Waldorf, Trent Rowan Sr. Flatirons Academy, Daniel Macfarlane Sr. Front Range Baptist, Gavin Foonberg Jr. Denver Jewish Day, Andrew Zimmerman Jr. Denver Jewish Day,

Regional/State Tournament Predictions

I am going to put the teams down that I think make it to regionals and then give my predictions on which teams make it to the State Tournament.

Super Region 1

District 2: Granada, Cheyenne Wells, Cheraw

District 3: Kim/Branson, Manzanola, Primero

District 6: Sierra Grande, Cotopaxi, Sangre De Cristo

District 7: Evangelical Christian, Simla, Hanover

Super Regional 1 State Qualifiers: Granada, Cheyenne Wells, Sierra Grande, Evangelical Christian

Super Region 2

District 1: Caprock Academy, Dove Creek, Ouray

District 4: Briggsdale, Haxtun, Merino

District 5: Genoa-Hugo, Idalia, Arickaree/Woodlin

District 8: Belleview Christian, Denver Waldorf, Flatirons Academy

Super Regional 2 State Qualifiers: Briggsdale, Haxtun, Merino, Belleview Christian

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