The fourth edition of the Sparks Tribune 4A North Boys Hoops Power Rankings brings a shakeup at the top.
Spanish Springs, the previous No. 2, handled Galena, the previous No. 1, at home on Friday night and moves back into the driver’s seat.
To view how the rankings have progressed this season, click here.
1. Spanish Springs Cougars (7-2, 4-0)
Coach Kyle Penney said it’s unclear what Friday’s win over Galena will mean at the end of the season.
He’s right. We don’t know. But we have a pretty good idea. It’s going to mean a lot of tiebreaker points.
With the win, the Cougars are the early team to beat in the High Desert League – and the 4A North.
Last week: 2
2. Bishop Manogue Miners (6-3, 3-0)
The Miners have won three straight, including an impressive 47-45 win over Reno on Thursday night.
Two seniors, Aidan Cantwell and Brevon Bansuelo, are both averaging over 16 points per game.
Last week: 3
3. Galena Grizzlies (9-2, 3-1)
The outcome on Friday at Spanish Springs was troubling, but it will be an anomaly. Galena is too talented.
“The great thing about being a human, is you have the ability to change,” Galena coach Brian Voyles said after the defeat. “That’s what we’re counting on.”
Galena remains a legitimate regional title contender.
Last week: 1
4. Reno Huskies (9-3, 2-1)
A narrow two-point loss to a talented Bishop Manogue team doesn’t warrant a drop in this week’s rankings.
This team is learning to play in close games. It’s last three games have been decided by an average of 4.3 points.
Last week: 4
5. McQueen Lancers (6-2, 3-1)
The Lancers have won three of their last four. The lone loss over that stretch was a 57-52 home loss to Galena on Thursday night.
This team lost a lot last year, including its coach. Keith Crawford deserves a ton of credit for leading McQueen to a 6-2 start in his first season.
Last week: NR
Outside looking in: Carson Senators