The games are getting more important, and the latest coaches/media rankings only add to the hype of a big game.

4A underwent a big change, except at the top position. Natrona retains the #1 ranking, while their cross town rivals hold steady at #4. The Peach Basket is on the line, between the 2 Casper schools on Thursday at the Casper Events Center. Meanwhile, Laramie is finally in at #3, thanks to 2 huge wins last week. The voters probably felt that East had been playing things too close to the hilt for too long, and dropped the Thunderbirds to #5. With all the movement going around, Sheridan quietly has moved up to #2, but they have East on their minds in a big conference rematch this Friday, at Sheridan.

For the first time in a few weeks, the #1 ranked team in 3A would stay put. Worland is healthy, and if they stay that, the Warriors could be very difficult to beat. Glenrock and Rawlins reverse spots at #2 and #4, after the Herders clipped the Outlaws last week. That means Lander holds at #3. As for #5, Wheatland has that all to themselves, and have a big week. They visit Glenrock on Friday, then host Rawlins on Saturday.

There was only a tiny amount of change in the 2A rankings. Pine Bluffs, Wyoming Indian and Rocky Mountain are still #1, #2 and #3. Lyman and Big Piney switch spots at #4 and #5, after the Eagles beat the Punchers last week. BP has a big road test this weekend, when they visit the Chiefs, along with unranked Wind River. PB also has a big game Saturday home vs. unranked Lusk. It will decide the Southeast and it's the third time that the Tigers and Hornets have hooked up this season.

Like 2A, 1A teams are trying to lock up #1 seeds for their upcoming regional tournament. Burlington still carries the unanimous #1 banner, and Little Snake River still sits at #2. Kaycee is up to #3 after clinching the Northeast last week. Lingle-Ft. Laramie drops 1 spot to #4, and will try to get their #3 spot back, when they host the Buckaroos on Saturday. Cokeville is in the rankings at #5 and travel to Baggs Friday, in a game that could decide the Southwest.

Disclaimer: The polls have no official say or use on post-season positioning, and are only to be used as a measuring stick on the regular season. Please don’t read too much into the rankings.