Boys Basketball Rankings: Feb. 16th
Basketball fever will pick up big time on the 4A and 3A side of things this weekend, while 2A and 1A action will calm down, in preparation for next weekend's regionals.
Gillette still holds the #1 spot in Class 4A. The Camels host Sheridan this Friday, and the Broncs could be a little sore on the fact, that they dropped from #3 to unranked this weekend. The big game this weekend could clear up the 4A West picture, or cloud it up even more. #2 Rock Springs visits #3 Natrona on Friday, and then head over to Riverton, for a big re-match with the Wolverines on Saturday. You might remember that Riverton pulled off a major upset of then #1 RS, 3 weeks ago. As for Natrona, they get Rock Springs at the orange dungeon on Friday, and then host Green River on Saturday. #4 Evanston only has 1 game this week, which will be on Friday at Star Valley. Laramie finally cracks the polls at #5 and the Plainesmen have all the momentum they need. Their recent wins over Sheridan (last week) and Gillette (last month), gives them a edge in some of the tie-breaker scenarios in the 4A East. Laramie will play at Central on Friday, and host East on Saturday.
3A is hitting a fever pitch this weekend, as several top seeds are still up for grabs. #1 Torrington hopes to wrap up the East on Saturday, when they host #2 Buffalo, but before that, the Trailblazers have a Thursday contest at Glenrock to deal with first. As for the Bison, they have to deal with Newcastle on Friday, before they turn their attention to the defending state champs. Rawlins moves up to #3 in the poll. The Outlaws are home vs. Thermopolis on Friday, and then travel to Newcastle on Saturday. #4 Wheatland and #5 Douglas will renew their rivalry on Thursday evening at the dog house in Platte County. After that, the Bulldogs will visit 2A Burns on Friday, while the Bearcats host their county rivals from Glenrock on Saturday.
Not much excitement as far as ranked team vs. ranked team goes this weekend in 2A and 1A, although their are a few #1 seeds that need to be sowed up. Undefeated and #1 Big Horn already has the northeast taken care of and will wrap up regular season business on Friday at Sundance, and Saturday home vs. Rocky Mountain. Speaking of R.M., the Grizzlies and their rivals from #2 Lovell, will look to settle things on Thursday in Cowley, for the northwest division. Lovell still has another conference game on Saturday, at home vs. Shoshoni. #3 Wyoming Indian and #4 Kemmerer have split their head-to-head meetings and depending on this weekend's results, the southwest division seeds, could come down to a coin flip, like last year. The Chiefs are at Wind River on Friday, while the Rangers host Big Piney. As for #5 Lusk, they have already finished conference play, and will tune up for regionals, by hosting Wright on Friday, and then visit 1A Guernsey on Saturday.
Top seeds are almost set in Class 1A. Undefeated Little Snake River is the unanimous #1, and have already grabbed the #1 seed out of the southwest. The Rattlers host Saratoga on Saturday. Kaycee is now the new #2, and already have the top seed in the northeast. The Buckaroos host Midwest on Thursday, and then play the only ranked team vs. ranked team matchup in 1A this weekend...at #5 Ten Sleep on Saturday. St. Stephens drops to #3 and can wrap up the northwest with a win Saturday at home vs. Meeteetse. #4 H.E.M. hopes to swipe the 2 seed in the southwest, when they host Cokeville on Friday, and then Farson-Eden on Saturday. #5 Ten Sleep will have their hands full on Friday at Burlington, in a game that could decide the #2 seed in the northwest, unless SS gets bumped off again. Then on Saturday, the Pioneers host #2 Kaycee.