KBCA Rankings (Jan. 9th, 2017) - click here
Holiday break has come and gone and high school basketball action is back in full swing in the State of Kansas with teams hitting the hardwood last week. The Kansas Basketball Coaches Association has released its latest set of rankings and 14 area teams find themselves ranked from Class 4A-DII to 1A-DI.
Five Twin Valley League teams lead the way in the rankings in Class 1A-Division I this week with two in the girl’s rankings and three in the boy’s poll. The lady Centralia Panthers continue to hold the #1 spot in 1A-DI as they are 7-0 after beating Frankfort and then Hanover in overtime last week and have now won 30-straight games dating back to last year. Hanover lady Wildcats suffered that loss to Centralia last week and move to 5-1 on the season but remain ranked just slipping one spot in the polls to #4. In the boys rankings the Hanover Wildcats have fallen two spots from #1 to now #3 in the rankings and sit at 4-2 on the year after beating Centralia last week. The Centralia boys also remain ranked despite a four-game losing streak falling to both Hanover and Frankfort (in overtime) last week to sit at 3-4 on the year and are ranked #8 this week down two spots. The Doniphan West Mustangs who are 4-3 and beat Linn and lost to Onaga last week jump into the 1A-DI polls for the first time this season checking in at #10.
Class 2A houses four area teams in the rankings all of which were ranked in the final 2016 KBCA polls. The Troy Trojan boys remain ranked at #4 and have yet to hit the court in 2017 after a date with West Platte was postponed, while Jackson Heights boys topped Valley Falls and Mclouth last week to move to 5-1 on the year and remain ranked #8. In the girls poll the lady Chargers of Jefferson County North shoot up the rankings three spots to #6 as they are 7-0 on the season after wins over Pleasant Ridge and Maur Hill-Mount Academy last week. The Washington County girls also remain in the rankings at #9 down one spot as they are 6-1 on the year picking up a win over Valley Heights last week.
Nemaha Central Thunder lead the area teams in the latest Class 3A rankings as both the girls and boys teams continue to be in the polls. The lady Thunder sit at 6-1 on the year after a win over Riverside and loss to Jeff West last week and come in ranked #10 down two spots. While the Nemaha Central boys move up three spots to #4 with a 6-1 mark beating Jeff West and Riverside last week. The Marysville boys also remain in the 3A rankings but move down from the #1 spot moving to #3 this week after beating Falls City and falling to Abilene last week to move to 6-1 on the year.
In Class 4A-Division II a pair of girls Big Seven League teams remain ranked and both in the Top five. The lady Tigers of Jeff West move up six spots to #4 after a win over Nemaha Central and Royal Valley last week to improve to 6-1, while the lady Wildcats of Holton are up one spot to #5 with a 6-1 mark after beating Perry Lecompton and Holton last week.
Area teams have more regular season games in the week to come then are set to turn their attention to midseason tournament action which will start this Saturday for area teams.