Wyoming High School Boys Basketball Rankings: January 20, 2016
The latest coaches/media poll has put 2 former #1's back on top, as many teams are now into the conference portion of their schedules.
After a 1-week hiatus, Cheyenne Central is back at #1 in 4A. Even though the Indians have 3 losses on the season, none of them are against Wyoming opponents. This weekend it's a Capital City battle, at Storey Gym between Central and #4 Cheyenne East, who also has not lost against a Wyoming team. Rock Springs (who lost to East 2 weeks ago) jumps up to #2 after their huge win this past weekend vs. previously unbeaten and former #1 Cheyenne South. On the topic of the Bison they slip to #3 heading into conference play at home vs. #5 Gillette. South has never won a game vs. the Camels, but this could be a great time to break that streak. In the past...Gillette has had a history of problems when conference play starts, and it's usually Laramie that's given them the trouble.
There's no change in the 3A polls from last week...but the big game in the state is in this class this weekend. #1 Buffalo visits #2 Douglas on Saturday. Assuming both take care of business vs. Newcastle and #5 Worland respectively the day before, this should be a great game with a great crowd on hand. However the Dogies and Warriors have something to prove themselves and would like to do so, before they face each other on Saturday at the Dogie Dome. Elsewhere, Rawlins and Star Valley holds their places at #3 and #4.
Wind River returned the favor last week against Wyoming Indian, and the Cougars are back at #1 in 2A, and the Chiefs are down to #2. It was a battle, not the war, and they will meet again. Despite losing to unranked Big Horn last week, Greybull stays at #3. Big Piney and Pine Bluffs also maintain their #4 and #5 rankings. The Punchers have a chance to prove themselves on Saturday, when they host WR.
Upton retains the #1 ranking in 1A. The Bobcats start conference play this weekend, and hope to be test at home on Friday vs. #4 Kaycee. The Buckaroos might be smarting a little bit after getting beat at home by now #2 Burlington last week. The win by the defending champs on the road, impressed the voters and they were rewarded by moving up 2 spots. That leaves Encampment and Meeteetse which hold steady at #3 and #5.
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.