Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of our Colorado Lacrosse Report High School Rankings. The rankings will be released every Sunday beginning the first week of the season. The rankings are based on our staff’s combined opinions and all factors will be considered including but not limited to: Head-to-head, strength of schedule, RPI, and, of course, overall win percentage.

UPDATE (2/7/19): An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Arapahoe lost to Regis Jesuit, not Kent Denver, in the playoffs. It has since been corrected.

THE RANKINGS

Let’s get straight to it. Here’s our 2019 5A Boys High School Preseason Rankings:

RANK

TEAM

RECORD

1

Regis Jesuit

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2

Arapahoe

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3

Kent Denver

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4

Cherry Creek

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5

Mountain Vista

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6

Columbine

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7

Dakota Ridge

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8

Chaparral

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9

Rock Canyon

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10

Valor Christian

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THE EXPLANATION

 

  1. Regis Jesuit: The Raiders enter the season as the defending state champs meaning that they’re the shoe-in for the preseason #1, but that certainly doesn’t mean they haven’t earned it. They’ll be returning two of the most prolific scorers in state history in Jake Taylor and Reed Babcock, as well as faceoff-guru Joe Kassal. So, for another year, one question remains: Can anyone beat the Raiders?
  2. Arapahoe: After a shaky start to 2018, the Warriors ended up peaking at the end of the season, falling short only to Kent in the playoffs. Arapahoe will be returning all four of the team’s top scorers from last season and will get another year out of goaltender Adam Meyer who split time with Ethan Ferie last season. It’s safe to say that experience could be what puts the Warriors over the top in 2019.
  3. Kent Denver: Graduation hit the 2018 Runner-Up hard. The Sun Devils lost key pieces everywhere on the field, but there’s no doubt that this team will still be able to compete at the highest level, especially with Coach Brenneman at the helm.
  4. Cherry Creek: The Bruins are in an awkward spot this year. The potential of this team is undeniable, but there are some serious questions regarding if that potential will be reached. If (and that’s still a big “if”) the Bruins can find a strong leader to take over some games, then expect to seem them in the semifinals yet again in 2019.
  5. Mountain Vista: It’s a little surprising to see the Eagles up this high after losing both Heacock and Govett to graduation, but this is a team no one should overlook in 2019. Coach Plitnick begins his journey with the program this spring and you better believe he’ll have the Eagles ready to compete this season.
  6. Columbine: The Rebels will need to lean on Tanner Hollens (Jr.) this year and it’s clear that he’ll be up for the challenge. Coach Shulzbacher has this team trending in the right direction, but there are just too many gaps in the offense that need to be filled.
  7. Dakota Ridge: The Eagles were one of 2018’s biggest storylines following their remarkable 11-game unbeaten streak to start off the year. Unfortunately, the end of the season didn’t go the way Coach Foote and the rest of the team had planned, but that’s ok. The Eagles are returning over 90% of last year’s starters and are ready to play every week like they have something to prove.
  8. Chaparral: The Wolverines start off 2019 in our top-10 due to this remarkable fact: ALL FIVE of the top-5 scorers from last season are coming back for another year. Jake McIntyre scored 40 goals as a sophomore last year and he’s ready to take on a larger leadership role this Spring.
  9. Rock Canyon: The Jaguars are always a tough team judge early in the year. Will Edell and Jackson Naylor led the team last season and will be looking to finish off their high school careers on a high note following a tough first-round playoff loss to Colorado Academy last season.
  10. Valor Christian: Well Valor…welcome to 5A! We’re glad you could join us. The Eagles lost Coach John Grant Jr. this offseason, but filled the vacancy nicely with Josh Hoffman. It’s clear already that success in 4A really won’t directly translate to 5A titles, but Valor is not a team to be overlooked as they have Juniors Cooper Rich and Ian Acheson ready do some damage in 5A.

 

 

 

 

Check back after week #1 for our updated rankings!