Wyoming High School Boys Basketball Rankings: January 18, 2017
Teams are settling down into the conference portion of their schedules, and some interesting games are ahead, according to the latest coaches/media rankings.
The only change in the new 4A rankings, is that Gillette and Cheyenne East are tied for #2. The rest stay the same, meaning Kelly Walsh is still #1, Cheyenne South is #4 and Rock Springs is #5. The big game of interest has the Camels visiting the Bison. Last year, South got their first ever win vs. Gillette, in the semi-finals of the state tournament. Meanwhile, the Trojans and Thunderbirds can't over-look their games this week vs. their cross-town rivals.
The 3A rankings are unchanged from last week. For about 1 month now, Riverton is the unanimous #1 team, and Douglas is a near unanimous #2. Torrington holds at #3, Rawlins is #4 and Cody is #5. The Broncs have their eyes set on playing the Wolverines at home on Saturday.
It's clear which teams are the top 2 in 2A, but there's some head-scratching after that. There's no question that Pine Bluffs and Wind River are the unanimous #1 and #2. Last week's results may have confused the voters. Big Horn retains the #3 ranking despite losing home to now #4 Rocky Mountain last week, but then the Grizzlies turned-around and lost home vs. now #5 Wyoming Indian. The Chiefs may feel like they got the raw end of the deal, but if they can pull out a win at home vs. #2 Wind River on Friday, they'll have a stronger argument.
1A saw a shuffle in the rankings thanks to last week's results. After a rough start to the season, 3-time defending champ Burlington has righted the ship, thanks to a big home win vs. former #1 Kaycee. The Huskies are back on top, while the Buckaroos are one vote behind them at #2. Cokeville holds steady at #3, while Lingle-Ft. Laramie drops a couple of spots to #4. After that, it's anyone guess as to which team really is #5. Little Snake River got just enough votes to take the final spot, but there are a number of teams, not far behind them. The Rattlers travel to Cokeville this weekend.
Disclaimer: The rankings have no official say on post-season positioning, and are only to be used as a measuring stick on the regular season. Please don't read too much into the rankings.