The first rankings of the upcoming boys basketball season are out.

Teams won't begin play till after the Thanksgiving Holiday, but there is plenty for sports fans to talk about now.

Those with targets on their back this year are Gillette, Star Valley, Wyoming Indian, and Burlington.


For the second year in a row, Gillette is the #1 ranked team in 4A. The Camels lost a double overtime game to Evanston for the title last March 52 to 51. Gillette took 8 of the 11 first place votes to lead the pack. Riverton is second with 2 top votes. Three teams tie for third in Kelly Walsh, East and defending Champion Evanston. Evanston is at East to start the season on Thursday, November 29th while Randy Roden and KW are at East, 2 days later. Sheridan, Natrona, Central, and Laramie also received votes.


Every team but one got a vote in the first poll in 3A. Star Valley leads the way with 15 of the 20 top ballots. The Braves were the runner up to Torrington for the title last year posting a 20-7 record. Powell is 2nd followed by the a tie between Wheatland and Torrington. Lyman and Buffalo are tied for fifth. Again, every other team in the division got votes with the exception of Pinedale. Rawlins and Newcastle got #1 votes but not enough other points to get into the top five. Next week, #1 Star Valley is at #2 Powell on December 8th.


17 of the 20 teams in this division got votes. The team that has won three of the last four championships are on top. Wyoming Indian has played in the last four title games and ranks first with ten of the seventeen #1 votes. The Chiefs are followed by their rivals from the North in Lovell who was runner up last March after going 22 and 5 on the season. The Bulldogs pulled 5 of the top ballots. #1 WIHS does not play on opening weekend but opens the season at #2 Lovell in December. Big Horn is third, Burns fourth and Wind River fifth.   Big Horn and Burns will cross paths at the Lusk Invite. Three teams were not included in the votes to begin the year, but, every other team received at least one vote.


After winning the last two titles and the last in undefeated fashion, Little Snake River is not ranked #1 to begin this year. The Rattlers are 2nd, however. Burlington is the top dog, so to speak, to start things out. The Huskies took 10 of the 14 top votes and rank #1. Ten Sleep is third, St. Stephens is fourth and Lingle-Fort Laramie fifth. The Doggers were consolation champions last year. Dubois, Cokeville, HEM,  Midwest, Guernsey-Sunrise, Rock River, Kaycee, and Meeteetse also received votes.