Wyoming High School Boys Basketball Rankings: Jan. 28, 2015
A couple of firsts have occurred in the latest boys basketball coaches/media polls and it's thanks to the craziness that happened last weekend.
Since Wyopreps.com started doing rankings back in 2007, Gillette has been ranked in the top 5 in every 4A poll, until now. The defending champs are now on the outside looking in and need to pull off some big conference road wins in Cheyenne, in order to get back in. East is up first. The Thunderbirds remain on top of the rankings, despite losing to unranked Central last week. Some may have thought that now #2 Evanston might move up to the top spot, but some voters probably remembered that the Thunderbirds crushed the Red Devils earlier this season. Evanston will have a chance to prove themselves this weekend, with back to back road games, against now #4 Natrona and now #3 Kelly Walsh. The Trojans managed to stay ahead of the Mustangs by 1 vote, even NC won last week's game. With the craziness that happened last week, Sheridan managed to stay put at #5, but could argue that they should be ahead of Natrona, since they beat the Mustangs 2 weeks ago. The Broncs are also scheduled to go to Cheyenne this weekend, to play unranked Central and the Thunderbirds.
They say you are only as good as your last game...and that's probably the logic in 3A as far as Douglas is concerned. The former #1 ranked team, got kicked out of the top 5, after back to back losses last week. Rawlins is on top of the rankings for the second time in 3 weeks. Glenrock moves up to #2, and the remaining ranked teams were unranked last week. The voters were impressed with Lander's back-to-back road wins against Cody and Powell last week. As a result, the TIgers are now #3, by 1 vote ahead of #4 Worland. Buffalo also got enough votes to take the #5 ranking. All the big games this weekend are in the east. Worland has the tough schedule, facing #1 and #2 back-to-back. They travel to #1 Rawlins on Friday, and then host #2 Glenrock on Saturday. Rawlins will see another ranked opponent on Saturday, when they host Buffalo.
The other first in the rankings happened in 2A. Pine Bluffs has climbed to the top. Having a 6'9" or 6'10" sophomore on your team, sometimes tips the scales in your favor. The Hornets should face some good SEWAC competition this weekend with 1A opponents Guernsey-Sunrise and #3 1A Lingle-Ft. Laramie. Elsewhere Wyoming Indian slips to #2, while Wind River holds at #3. Both teams are focusing on a big conference rematch home vs. unranked Lyman. Remember the Eagles beat both WIHS and WR back to back home, 3 weeks ago. Big Piney is in the ranks, but they get to share the #4 ranking with Rocky Mountain. The Grizzlies are eyeing a big game Saturday, when they host Wind River.
The 1A rankings had a little moving around. Upton dropped a few spots from #2 to #5, and that was mostly it. Burlington is the unanimous #1, while Little Snake River moves up to #2, Lingle-Ft. Laramie to #3 and Kaycee to #4. Not much is on the schedule this week, as far as ranked team vs. ranked team is concerned.
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.