Broncs at No. 2 in latest poll

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SHERIDAN — Wednesday and Thursday marked the release of the first high school boys and girls basketball rankings of 2018, voted on by media members and coaches. The Sheridan High School boys basketball team jumped up to the No. 2 spot after winning three games in as many days during the Taco John’s Invite in Cheyenne over the weekend.

I’ve voted Sheridan No. 2 in the boys rankings since the start of the season, and the Broncs held that distinction among the majority of media members until right before Christmas break when Laramie leapfrogged Sheridan and Cheyenne East for the top spot. The Plainsmen, however, lost two of their three games at the Taco John’s Invite and fell from No. 1 all the way out of the rankings.

Sheridan’s only losses this season have both come by three-point margins, one against Evanston and the other at Billings Senior.

I voted Cheyenne East as the No. 1 boys team. The Thunderbirds have more losses than any team in the top five (four), but none of those losses have come against a team in Wyoming.

I voted Cheyenne East as the top girls team, as well, and the Lady Thunderbirds resume mirrors that of the boys’ team. Evanston made the largest jump within in the girls’ rankings to the No. 2 spot. The Lady Red Devils only lost to Cheyenne East by two points this past weekend, and their only other loss this season occurred against Thunder Basin — the reason I voted the Lady Bolts No. 2.

Wyopreps rankings


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1. Cheyenne East                     8-3                     1

2. Evanston                              7-2                     5

3. Thunder Basin                      6-3                     4

4. Kelly Walsh                           7-3                     3

5. Natrona                                 6-3                 NR


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1. Cheyenne East                     7-4                   2

2. Sheridan                               7-2                   3

3. Campbell County                 7-2                 T4

4. Green River                          8-1                 NR

5. Evanston                              6-3                 T4

Bud’s rankings



1. Cheyenne East                                               1

2. Thunder Basin                                             NR

3. Evanston                                                         4

4. Natrona                                                        NR

5. Kelly Walsh                                                     3



1. Cheyenne East                                               1

2. Sheridan                                                         2

3. Campbell County                                            4

4. Green River                                                  NR

5. Evanston                                                         5

By |Jan. 12, 2018|

About the Author:

Bud Denega joined The Sheridan Press in November 2017 as the primary sports reporter. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Wyoming. Prior to working in Sheridan, Bud spent time as a sports reporter for the Minot Daily News in Minot, North Dakota, before being a sports reporter for the Laredo Morning Times in Laredo, Texas. Email Bud at:


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