Two New No. 1’s are Featured in the New WyoPreps Boys Basketball Rankings
Two changes at the top highlight the second WyoPreps Coaches and Media Boys Basketball Poll.
There are new top-ranked teams in 3A and 2A. Two new teams enter the rankings for the first time this season, and there is at least one difference in all four divisions.
The biggest change came in Class 3A. Douglas jumped to the top spot despite fewer votes for No. 1 than preseason pick Worland. The Bearcats received six first-place votes, but it was the votes for second and third that pushed them to the top. The Warriors fell to second. Worland got seven first-place votes. Rawlins holds in third after a 3-0 start to their season. Buffalo entered the rankings at No. 4. The Bison impressed voters and earned a couple of votes for first. They are just nine points behind the Outlaws. Lyman fell from a tie for fourth to alone in fifth. Lander dropped out of the top five.
The other new No. 1 is in 2A, where the Pine Bluffs Hornets rise to the top. They earned eight first-place votes and had more second-place votes that pushed them to first. Preseason choice and defending 2A champion Rocky Mountain fell to second. Big Piney and Tongue River trade spots. The Punchers moved up to third, while the Eagles fell to fourth. Only six points separate those two schools in the rankings. Wind River held onto the fifth position.
The difference in Class 4A is the order of the teams, but the same five are in the top five. Thunder Basin remained at the top. The Bolts received 16 of the 18 votes for first place. Sheridan, Cheyenne East, and Kelly Walsh all moved up one spot apiece. The Broncs are only three points ahead of the Thunderbirds for the second spot. Defending 4A champion Cheyenne Central, who was a preseason pick at No. 2, fell to fifth.
Finally, in Class 1A, the top four remain the same. Upton is the lone unanimous choice for No. 1 in any division this week. The Bobcats got all 18 first-place votes. Saratoga, Dubois, and Burlington hold in second, third, and fourth, respectively. Two of those teams, the Panthers and Rams, didn’t get a chance to play last weekend. Farson-Eden is the new team at No. 5. The Pronghorns impressed enough voters that they made it into the rankings. That pushed Cokeville and Southeast out of the top five.
There appears to be quite a bit of indecisiveness in the lower two classifications. In 2A, 12 teams received at least one vote, while 13 teams got a vote in 1A.
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The WyoPreps Coaches and Media Basketball Rankings are selected 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.