One New No. 1 and Small Changes in the New WyoPreps Basketball Rankings
Sometimes there are big changes from the preseason poll to the second rankings, but that’s not the case with the latest WyoPreps Coaches and Media Basketball Polls.
Two teams enter the girls’ ranking, but the top-ranked teams remain the same.
Southeast is the closest to being a unanimous No. 1, and the Cyclones stay on top of Class 1A with 12 of the 13 first-place votes. Upton’s 2-0 start has the Bobcats moving up to second. Burlington remains in third, while Cokeville fell to fourth. One of the new teams is Rock River, which debuts at No. 5 in Class 1A.
The top three stay the same in Class 2A. Rocky Mountain earns nine of the 13 first-place votes to stay on top. The Grizzlies are followed by Wyoming Indian and Tongue River. Shoshoni makes its debut in the rankings at No. 4. Burns fell one spot to fifth, but the Broncs also got a first-place vote.
Class 3A had two teams’ trade spots at the bottom of the poll. Douglas, Lyman, and Newcastle stay as the top three. The Bearcats received 16 of the 20 first-place votes. The Eagles earned a couple of first-place votes, as well. The Dogies are still third, but it’s Mountain View that moves up one spot to fourth after a 4-0 start to their season. That pushed Buffalo down to fifth.
Cody went 3-0 last weekend with a pair of victories over two top-five opponents on the road. The voters noticed as the Fillies received all but two first-place votes. Cheyenne East remains second, but Campbell County and Natrona County both move up on spot to third and fourth, respectively. Thunder Basin fell two positions to fifth.
Each girls’ division had multiple teams receive votes.
There is a new top-ranked team in the boys’ poll. Plus, two new teams enter the rankings.
Saratoga takes over the top spot, and despite fewer first-place votes, the Panthers are nine points ahead of defending champion, Upton. Burlington holds in the third spot, while Southeast, with the aid of three first-place votes, climbs one position to fourth. Dubois fell to fifth, and the Rams are tied with Little Snake River, who enters the rankings for the first time.
Class 2A just shuffles around the top five. Pine Bluffs is still No. 1. The Hornets earn 15 of the 16 first-place votes. The tie for second is broken, as Big Horn is alone in second, while Tongue River sits in third. Rocky Mountain moves up one spot to fourth, while Wind River is pushed down to fifth.
A similar situation occurs in Class 3A. Douglas and Worland stay at No. 1 and No. 2. The Bearcats receive all but one first-place vote. After the top two, Lyman jumps up two spots to third. Powell holds in fourth, while Buffalo drops to fifth.
Finally in Class 4A, two of the Cheyenne schools occupy the top two spots. East remains at the top with 16 of the 21 first-place votes. Central climbs one spot to second. Thunder Basin drops to third, while Sheridan is up one to fourth. Star Valley enters the rankings for the first time at No. 5.
Like the girls, the boys’ poll has multiple teams receiving votes.
The WyoPreps Coaches and Media Basketball Polls are chosen in voting by coaches and media around the state. Every coach and numerous media members have a chance to vote each week throughout the season.