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2nd Installment of Boys Basketball Rankings- Dec 5

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Kevin Koile –

What a difference a week makes when voters get to actually see teams in action.

The second installment of the Coaches and Media poll one new #1 team.  Buffalo takes the top spot in 3A after Star Valley fell to an out of state opponent in their only contest of the opening weekend.

Last week you’ll remember that fifteen of the eighteen teams in Class 3A received votes.  That number is down to twelve this week, but more importantly, there is some better separation in the top five from the rest. Buffalo took 11 of the 22 top votes and edged out Star Valley who received 10. Rawlins got the other as the Outlaws rank fourth. Lyman moves into the three spot, with Wheatland ranked fifth.

The rest of the rankings have a few new teams in each poll, but no changes at #1.Gillette, Wyoming Indian and Burlington remain #1 in 4A, 2A, and 1A.The Huskies are a unanimous choice in 1A.

Gillette took 13 of 15 top votes in 4A and stay #1. Riverton got the other two top votes and remains second. Laramie and Natrona make their season debut on the charts at 3 and 4 while Evanston is fifth. Kelly Walsh and East, who were tied with Evanston for third last week, are out of the top five this week. Laramie visits Natrona on Friday, in a matchup of undefeated teams, while #2 4A Riverton plays an interesting inter-class game at #1 3A Buffalo, also on Friday.

Wyoming Indian was idle last week but will test their ranking early this week. On Thursday the Chiefs travel to #2 Lovell for a date with the Bulldogs. They are followed by Big Horn and Burns with Lusk replacing Wind River in the fifth spot. Lusk beat Big Horn last week in Lusk, and the 2 teams will rematch this Friday at the Herder Classic in Glenrock.

Burlington took all 17 #1 votes in 1A. Ten Sleep moved into the 2nd spot as Little Snake River suffered their first loss in two years going 2 and 1 in a tournament in Colorado. The Rattlers are third. Cokeville and Encampment debut in the polls this week at fourth and fifth.

See the complete voting breakdown here.

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