Plenty of Movement in the Latest WyoPreps Coaches and Media Basketball Polls
With some of the losses by ranked teams last week, change was expected in the new WyoPreps Coaches and Media Basketball Polls.
Four new teams entered the rankings, and there is a new No. 1 in the girls’ poll.
More change took place in the guys’ poll.
Cheyenne East remained at the top of Class 4A, but the rest was different. The Thunderbirds got all but one first-place vote. That was 22 of 23. Riverton moved up to second. Sheridan jumped up two spots to third. The Broncs knocked off Cheyenne Central after a close call against East. The Indians fell two positions to fourth. Thunder Basin re-entered the poll for the first time in three weeks at No. 5.
In Class 2A, Tongue River held onto the top spot with eight of the 18 first-place votes. The Eagles are at the top for the fifth straight week. Big Horn’s upset of their county rival pushed the Rams into second with six first-place votes. The other four went to Pine Bluffs, who fell to third. The Wright Panthers make their debut in the poll this week. They are tied for fourth with Rocky Mountain, who stayed in the rankings despite a pair of losses last week.
Saratoga and Burlington stayed first and second in the Class 1A boys’ poll. The Panthers received 14 of the 16 first-place votes. Cokeville climbed one spot to third. The Upton Bobcats rejoined the rankings at No. 4. It’s the first time since the second poll of the season back in December. Southeast dropped two positions to fifth after two losses last week.
Class 3A boys did not change. Douglas held the top spot, followed by Worland, Powell, Lander, and Lyman.
The new top-ranked team in the girls’ rankings was in Class 2A. After the top four all lost a game, the shake-up was not as big. Rocky Mountain regained the top spot with nine of the 16 first-place votes. Wyoming Indian fell just one position to second. Tongue River held onto third and garnered four first-place votes. Lingle-Ft. Laramie rose to fourth, while Kemmerer slid to fifth.
In 4A, Cody and East held the top two spots The Fillies are a near-unanimous No. 1 with 20 of the 22 first-place votes. Campbell County moved up to third. Thunder Basin got back in the poll for the first time since the second rankings of the season. The Bolts are fourth. Laramie fell to fifth after an 0-2 road trip to Gillette.
The other two classes just had two teams’ trade spots.
Class 3A’s top three are still Douglas (a unanimous No. 1), Buffalo, and Mountain View. Newcastle moved up to fourth, and Lyman dropped to fifth.
In 1A, Southeast is a unanimous choice for the top spot. Upton climbed to second by six points in the voting over Burlington, who fell to third. Riverside and Cokeville completed the top five.
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.