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We're about a month into the boys basketball season so I thought I'd throw out a few things that stood out to me so far now that most teams have played around 10 games, give or take a few.

In the current rankings, Mead (9-2) is at No. 6 in Class 4A and Holy Family (8-3) is at No. 8. These two teams figured to be good coming into the season, especially following impressive playoff runs by their football teams, and have held true to predictions as the only teams ranked in the top 10 at this point. These Tri-Valley League rivals will face each other twice, on Jan. 20 (at Mead) and on Feb. 14 (at Holy Family), and will be competing with one another for the league title from here on out.

Watch out for Silver Creek. The Raptors (7-1) received votes and are on the bubble of the current 4A rankings. I expect them to crack the top 10 at some point this season, and sooner than later. Junior Trent Dykema leads the team in scoring with a 20.6-point average, which is sixth in 4A. The Raptors' strength, however, is in their balance. They have surpassed 70 points in six of their eight games, and have scored 80 or more four times. Their only loss is to No. 9 Northridge, and that was by one point. The Raptors record for wins in a single season in 19 and this year's group expects to challenge that.

A team I expect to be much-improved from now to the end of the season is Erie. The Tigers are 6-5 right now but started the season without 6-foot-9 big man Cameron McCurry. They've played some tough teams already, too. Their scheduled will include Mead again and Holy Family twice but if they can find a rhythm, the Tigers should make a run to crack the playoff bracket.

Many of our area's traditionally stronger big schools — Boulder, Fairview, Broomfield, Longmont and Monarch — are down this season due to graduating a ton of talent after last school year. Legacy, however, seems to be doing pretty well at 8-4 despite graduating their top four scorers from last season and playing with a really young roster under a new coach in Tracy Neely. Already having put together a six-game win streak this season, the future looks bright there, especially with junior Caden Sehr averaging 18.5 points per game.

Off to a 6-3 start through nine games, Skyline so far has capitalized on the momentum the Falcons built during last year's 12-11 campaign, the program's first winning season in a long, long time. In the team's second year under head coach Tyler Cerveny, the Falcons are on their way to breaking the .500 mark in back-to-back seasons and a possible playoff berth.

While many of our area's bigger schools have struggled, plenty of the smaller schools are doing quite well early on.

Longmont Christian is off to a 5-1 start in 1A and the Warriors' only loss is to 4A Battle Mountain. This team had lofty goals last season and has lifted them higher for 2017. Already returning a strong core of players, the Warriors' roster was bolstered this offseason by the addition of starters from rival Faith Baptist School, which closed its doors after last school year. The difference in their depth has been undeniable, which makes them dangerous around sharpshooter Luke Puchino (20.2 ppg), dynamic point guard Cameron Jauregui (12.2 ppg) and tough low-post players Jackson Solem and freshman Dominic Puchino, who at 6-foot-6 doesn't look or play like a freshman and is averaging 11.4 points a game.

Jefferson Academy is off to a 6-2 start in 3A. Dawson School is at 5-1 so far in 2A. Also in 1A, Shining Mountain is already at 5-2, which is no surprise given the Lions' run of recent success during which they have averaged 19.4 wins per season since 2011.

A few other individuals off to good starts:

Mead's Michael Ward (21.7 ppg, fourth in 4A) scored 32 points against Erie last week and became the school's all-time leading scorer. He's also the third player to join the 1,000-point club, which now includes Ward, Ryan Lozinski (2013) and Walker Korell (2016).

Broomfield's Sam Foster set a school record with eight 3-pointers in a win over Poudre last night. He also scored a career-high 28 points. The previous school record for 3-pointers in a single game was seven, set by Beau Smith in 1990 and tied by Aric Kaiser in 2010.

Centaurus guard Eric Gambon is averaging 14.6 points and put up 26 against Greeley Central the other day. He led the Warriors in points, rebounds and assists last season.

Even after his first single-digit scoring outputs of the season coming against Windsor and Holy Family last week, Frederick's Nathan Washington is averaging 17.6 points per game. His season high is 30 against Valley on Dec. 9.

Jefferson Academy guard Trever Ballard is averaging 19.9 points and has scored single digits only once this season. His high is 40 points against Salida before the break.

Longmont's Luke Johnson opened the season with 29 points against Discovery Canyon and hung 27 on Centaurus last week. He's averaging 17.6 points a game.

Shining Mountains' Leo Mason scored 20-plus points in his first three games of the season and is averaging 18.2 points through the five games he has played. Teammate Gopal Zubaedi is 10th in the state with 6.0 assists per game.

A three-sport standout, Dawson School's Gavyn Pure is leading the Mustangs with 21.4 points per game. Teammate Jack Shams 16th in Colorado with 5.5 assists per game.

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