It's not always the best team you have to look out for, rather it's the hottest, and sometimes that's one in the same, in the latest coaches/media rankings.

A new #1 is on top of the 4A ranks. Although former #1 East won both their games last week, some voters felt that the win vs. unranked Gillette was a little too close for comfort, thus the Thunderbirds have dropped to #2, missing out by 1 vote. Natrona is now ranked #1, after an impressive win vs. former #2 Evanston last week, plus the Mustangs beat the T-Birds in Cheyenne last month. The Red Devils dropped to #3 and Kelly Walsh is down to #4, while Sheridan holds at #5. There's nothing on the schedule this weekend, as far as ranked team vs. ranked team is concerned.

Big wins vs. last week's #1 and #2 teams in 3A, means that Worland is now the new #1, according to the voters. The Warriors resume as of late has been impressive, with 2 wins vs. 2 former #1's in the last 2 weeks, with both of them on the road. Rawlins only dropped 1 spot to #2, while Lander holds at #3. The Tigers are the only west team ranked. Glenrock drops 2 spots to #4, while Buffalo and Wheatland share the #5 ranking. It's another big week, with big games in the east. First on Thursday, Worland will travel through the Big Horn Mountains to pay a visit to Bison Country. The Herders have a big weekend as well, hosting Rawlins and Buffalo back to back.

The smaller classes have settled down some. Pine Bluffs remains #1 in 2A, as the Hornets would gather all by 1 first place vote. That 1 went to Wyoming Indian, who holds at #2. Rocky Mountain climbs up 2 spot to #3, while Big Piney holds at #4. Lyman is back in the rankings at #5, after winning at former #3, now unranked Wind River. The Eagles also had WIHS is a deep hole, but let them get out of it. The game of interest this weekend, has BP at Lyman on Friday.

There was no movement at all in the 1A rankings. Burlington is still the unanimous #1, and Little Snake River is the unanimous #2. Lingle-Ft. Laramie got 1 more vote than Kaycee did for #4, and Upton is still #5. The Buckaroos visit the Bobcats on Saturday, for their 2nd meeting in NE Conference play.

Disclaimer: The polls have no official say or use 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.