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The Roswell Coyotes and the Santa Fe Demons are the top teams in Class 4A, according to the first MaxPrep.com poll rankings of the 2012-13 season.
The statewide rankings for boys and girls teams were released last Thursday. Rankings are recalculated twice a week but results from the first poll of this week were not available as of press time.
The MaxPrep rankings are based on a mathematical equation factoring in wins, strength of schedule and historical results.
The undefeated Coyotes and Demons, with their nucleus of returners, have been in the conversation of possible state title contenders since the preseason and are both off to impressive starts.
If the early 4A rankings are any indication, the Hilltopper boys and girls will have their work cut out for them.
In the boys rankings, Los Alamos is dead last among the 26 competing 4A teams. Los Alamos, at 0-8 heading into this week’s play, is the only team without a win in Class 3A, 4A or 5A and is the 112th-ranked prep team in the state out of a total of 117 teams.
Roswell, heading into this weekend, was averaging nearly 78 points per game, including a 93-point performance in its season opener against Ruidoso.
St. Pius X finished second in the first 4A rankings of the year. Of the next four slots, three of them are held by District 2-4A teams (Capital, Bernalillo and Española Valley).
The Hilltopper girls, heading into this weekend, were ranked 12th in Class 4A, a ranking that could well slip with their 44-37 loss at 17th-ranked Piedra Vista Friday.
Los Alamos will tangle with a very talented Santa Fe team during the upcoming District 2-4A season, which will begin in late January.
Santa Fe, as of Friday, was the only undefeated team in 4A and its 11 wins are by far the top total in the classification. Santa Fe’s knock so far is that it has played a relatively soft schedule, with only two quality victories — over Taos and Pojoaque Valley — to point to.
The Demons have an overall rating of 30.6, while No. 2 Gallup has an overall rating of 26.8.
Los Lunas, which beat Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy’s tournament earlier this month, Roswell and Miyamura, another team from the Gallup area, round out the girls top five.