Wyoming High School Boys Basketball Rankings: Dec. 11, 2013
Now that teams have a few games under their belt, the coaches and media have a better idea on how to vote on which teams are tops in the rankings.
It’s close at the top of the 4A rankings. Kelly Walsh impressed the voters enough to grab the top spot, away from now #2 Gillette. The Trojans did not get as many first place votes as the Camels, but they made up for it elsewhere. Too bad these 2 teams are not on each others schedule. East also impressed the voters with their 3-0 start, and check in at #3, after not making the state tournament last year. 2-0 Sheridan will take the #4 ranking, and Rock Springs occupies spot #5. 2-time defending state champ Evanston, was kicked out of the rankings.
The 3A rankings saw the most change, and most of the attention will be on the top 3 teams this weekend. The #1 spot is still in Park County, but it moved along Highway 14A, from Powell to Cody. Defending champ Star Valley holds stead at #2, and got more first place votes than the Broncs, but Cody made up for it, with more #2 votes, plus they’ve played 3 games so far, compared to the Braves’ one. Jackson was another team that emerged unscathed on opening weekend, as they won 3 games in Cody vs. 3A East teams. #1 has to prove they belong, because they host #2 and #3 back-to-back this weekend. Meanwhile, Rawlins slipped one spot to #4, but that is of little concern this early in the season. Lander is getting some attention after a 3-0 weekend at home, and claim the #5 ranking. Pre-season #1 Powell was left out of the top 5, after a 1-2 start to their season.
The 2A ranks will heat up early as well. Lusk climbs over Wyoming Indian to grab the #1 ranking, thanks to a 3-0 weekend, and because the Chiefs didn’t play last weekend. WIHS starts Thursday at Lovell and then heads to Billings. While that’s going on, the Tigers have a huge early season game on Friday in Wright vs. another undefeated team…the currently third ranked Greybull Buffalos. On the other side of the state, Burns swipes the #4 spot ahead of #5 Moorcroft by 1 vote, but they will settle their differences this weekend, in eastern Laramie County.
1A has the least exciting matchups scheduled for this weekend. Burlington is the unanimous #1 after thumping defending 2A state champ Lovell, back on Saturday. 3-time defending state champ, Little Snake River is at #2, after winning 3 games in Colorado. Encampment’s 3-0 start was noticed by the voters, and they can carry the #3 ranking for now, by 1 vote over #4 Meeteetse, while Guernsey now has #5 to themselves, after their runner-up finish at the Upton Tournament, last weekend.