There wasn’t a lot of movement in the rankings this week. Most teams lightened their schedules last weekend, giving players a bit of rest going into the final playoff push.
Class 4A teams weren’t affected at all. The same five teams returned in the standings, some with more solidified standings than others. In any event, all five of those teams can easily fall off their pedestals if they take their foot off the gas this weekend.
The smaller classification saw a little movement at the bottom with Rawlins struggling last week. The West-Conference Wolverines replaced them in the standings but the Outlaws aren’t far off, and can easily return to the standings next week.
Remember that Class 3A doesn’t have qualifiers this year so the top four teams in both conferences advance to state. So while Class 4A squads have just two more weeks of games left for seeding, 3A teams have only three weeks of season left to find out if they’re good enough to end their years in Jackson.
Here’s how it all looks this week:
1. Cheyenne Central (7-1), Last week 1: The Tribe made quick work of rival South and ride a six-game winning streak into a weekend road swing against Sheridan and Gillette.
2. Rock Springs (12-0), LW 2: Another week, another clean sweep for the Tigers. However, they struggled against Evanston on Tuesday and have rival Green River at home Thursday.
3. Thunder Basin (7-3), LW 3: The Bolts took last week off to regroup after a 1-2 spell, and go on the road this weekend to Laramie and South.
4. Cheyenne East (6-2), LW 4: Riding a three-game winning streak, the Thunderbirds carry that momentum into a road swing against Gillette and Sheridan.
5. Kelly Walsh (7-2), LW 5: The Trojans dispatched of last-place Evanston, but will need to be on their game this weekend for a road swing at Jackson and Star Valley.
1. Cody (9-1), LW 1: The two-time defending state champs ride a wave of momentum into what could be a tricky weekend at Douglas and then turning around to host Powell.
2. Buffalo (6-1-1), LW 2: Look out for these Bison. They haven’t lost (or conceded a goal) since a 1-0 defeat to Cody a month ago and head into Worland having just tied the 4A Camels.
3. Worland (6-3), LW 3: The Warriors dispatched a scrappy Lander side 1-0 on Tuesday, setting them up for a potentially proving weekend against Douglas and Rawlins.
4. Douglas (6-3-1), LW 4: A full week removed from clearing Torrington should have the Bearcats ready for Friday’s tilt against Cody.
5. Riverton (6-4), LW not ranked: Including the one-goal loss to Cody, the Wolverines are 4-1 in their last five. They have confidence going into a weekend against rival Lander and Rawlins.
Dropped out: Class 3A No. 5 Rawlins (3-4-2).
— Compiled by staff writer Brady Oltmans.