Boys and Girls Basketball Rankings: February 20th, 2013
March Madness is starting a little early in Wyoming.
2A and 1A teams are now in post-season mode, so this is the final rankings of the season for them, while the final 4A and 3A polls come out next week.
Very little change in the rankings in all classes, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a big game here and there.
4A has Gillette at #1, with all but 1 first place vote, which went to Riverton who is still #2, followed by Laramie, Evanston and Kelly Walsh. The Wolverines and the Red Devils have already secured the top 2 spots for the west regional tournament, and an automatic bid to the state tournament, but the Red Devils can swipe the top seed for regionals, if they can win Saturday home vs. the Wolverines.
3A still has Star Valley at #1, despite their loss last week to Lyman who has jumped up to #3. The attention this weekend is on the east, which has Rawlins at #2, Buffalo at #4 and Douglas #5. The Bearcats and Bison both trail the Outlaws by 1 game, and play each other this Saturday at Buffalo, but if either team wants a chance to get the top seed in the east, they both need to cheer for Wheatland to upset Rawlins Friday night. The Outlaws will also play what should be an entertaining non-conference on Saturday at home vs. Lyman.
2A has little change, although Lusk got brought back to earth, and Moorcroft snapped out of their funk last weekend, when they surprised the Tigers. The poll going into regionals has Lovell as the unanimous #1, followed by Wyoming Indian, Big Horn, Lusk and Moorcroft.
1A had no change, and the west regional looks to be very competitive as 4 of the 5 ranked teams will be play in Lander. It’s #1 Burlington (unanimous), #2 Ten Sleep, #3 Little Snake River and #5 Encampment. Meanwhile #4 Guernsey will be at the other regional tournament in Douglas.
Going 1-1 on their northern road trip enabled East to hang on to their #1 ranking, but Sheridan is breathing right down their neck at #2. However, the Lady Broncs have other things to concern themselves with, and that’s taking care of business at home Thursday vs. #4 Gillette. If The Lady Camels win, and the Lady Thunderbirds do their part at home vs. #5 Laramie and South…there would be an interesting 3-way tie for the top seed in the East. Meanwhile Natrona holds steady at #3, heading into Thursday’s Peach Basket game vs. Kelly Walsh.
Nothing changed in 3A, and there’s only one ranked game of interest. Douglas is still the unanimous #1, followed by Star Valley, Rawlins, Powell and Lyman. The Lady Eagles visit the Lady Outlaws on Saturday.
Just a slight change in 2A. Tongue River still locks down the top spot, and Lovell hangs on to #2, despite their loss last week. Southeast and Thermopolis are tied for the #3 ranking, and Wind River rounds things out at #5. Both regional tournaments should prove to be very interesting.
1A didn’t change much either. Cokeville has all but 1 #1 vote, and Lingle-Ft. Laramie has it. They are followed by Little Snake River, Rock River and Upton.