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It’s a massive week for teams currently ranked in the top spot in the state’s three smallest classifications.

From Class 3A Faith Christian, to 2A Limon and 1A Belleview Christian, the upcoming week is the ultimate litmus test. The Eagles face two Metro League foes and the top two teams in the 4A Coaches poll in a span of five days, going up against longtime rival Kent Denver and Eagle Ridge Academy.

Limon, which dropped its first game of the season Tuesday night to 3A’s No. 5 Yuma, draws No. 5 Wray and No. 3 Evangelical Christian, with a Union Pacific League clash with Burlington in the middle of those two games.

Finally, Belleview Christian travels to face No. 6 Flatirons Academy as a showdown with No. 2 Denver Jewish Day looms in two weeks.

Those are far from the only big games on the schedule, especially in the 3A classification. No. 3 Highland tangles with 4A No. 3 Eaton on Friday, while No. 8 Platte Valley goes up against 4A No. 4 Resurrection Christian on Tuesday.

Oh, and don’t forget about Monday’s massive Tri-Peaks tilt between No. 2 Salida and No. 6 The Vanguard School.

With the upcoming week in mind, here is a quick look at the 3A, 2A and 1A classifications:

Class 3A

Faith Christian has handled all comers so far this winter, but the early February slate will put the Eagles to the test. Starting with Friday’s game, Faith Christian (14-0, 5-0) goes back-to-back-to-back against ranked Metro opponents. Kent Denver has the league lead with a perfect 8-0 run thus far, but the Sun Devils needed overtime to top both Prospect Ridge Academy and Colorado Academy. The latter was a 100-98 thriller last Saturday in which the Mustangs’ Jason Bratis tallied 24 points and 18 rebounds in defeat.

The Eagles’ three-headed senior monster of Carson Jasa, Keegan Paige and Master Diggins have the team on a tear though. Jasa is averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Paige had a 32-point effort against Middle Park over the weekend.

The Salida-Vanguard School winner will take over sole possession of first place in the Tri-Peaks. Salida (13-1, 9-0) has already defeated No. 10 Colorado Springs Christian, currently third in the league standings. The Vanguard School (11-0, 7-0) face the Lions on Feb. 15.

Highland’s offense has been unstoppable as of late. The Huskies (13-2, 6-0), who average nearly 77 points a game, topped the century mark last Thursday with a 101-55 victory over Frontier Academy. Hyatt Tolle led six players in double figures with 26 points. Two nights later Highland went for 89 points, paced by Colton Steinke’s 23 points, and the team took control of the Patriot League on Tuesday night with a 92-80 victory over Brush. Carson Steinke scored a team-high 24.

Yuma jumped up to fifth in the 3A poll after handling 2A’s fifth-ranked Wray 57-38 last Friday, and the team topped that Tuesday night with a 61-51 victory over previously unbeaten Limon. Yuma (9-2) found its footing in January after starting the new year with a three-point loss to Highland. The team has won six in a row since, but has a loaded schedule down the stretch with eight games in 17 days.

Prospect Ridge (10-4, 2-2) snapped a two-game skid with a victory Monday, and the Miners followed that up with a 45-43 upset over Eagle Ridge on Tuesday night.

Class 2A

Limon’s momentum took a hit with Tuesday’s loss to Yuma. Now the Badgers have to regroup with fifth-ranked Wray coming to town Friday, and a big non-league contest Monday with Evangelical Christian. The Eagles (11, 3-0 in Black Forrest) have two games ahead of the Limon game, with Evangelical Christian one of only two current undefeated teams in 2A (No. 2 Crowley County is 16-0 after a 60-34 rout of Swink on Tuesday). The Chargers were taken to the limit by No. 7 Holly last Saturday before emerging with a 61-60 victory. Gunner Hughes scored 20 points and Elijah McNeil added 17 on 6-of-7 shooting.

Vail Christian ran its winning streak to seven games with a 51-45 victory over No. 8 Plateau Valley. The Saints (10-2, 5-0 in Western Slope) were paced by 14 points from Quinn Downey.

Front Range Christian (10-3, 7-0 in Mile High) cracked the top 10 despite a loss to Belleview Christian. The Falcons have seven of their past eight.

Class 1A

Stratton vaulted to fourth in the 1A poll after the Eagles upended 2A’s No. 6 Merino 49-44 last Thursday. The Eagles (8-3) followed that up by taking care of Kit Carson for the team’s fifth victory in a row. Stratton opens Union Pacific play Thursday at No. 8 Genoa-Hugo/Karval.

The Pirates (9-3, 2-2) snapped a two-game skid with victories over Kiowa and Bethune last week, but go back-to-back with Stratton and No. 7 Fleming this week.

Briggsdale (5-4) endured a three-game losing streak late in January, dropping contests to Otis and Fleming last week. Otis (8-3, 3-0 in YWKC) moved into the top 10 thanks to its current six-game winning streak. Sawyer Packer scored 21 points against Briggsdale to go with seven rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Belleview Christian’s Nathaniel Owen recorded a triple-double in a 101-22 victory over Beth Eden Baptist last Friday, and just missed out on a quadruple-double. Owen had 15 points, 14 rebounds, 18 assists and eight steals.