Posted On: 12/2/18 9:20 AM
After a wild opening week that saw 15 of the 40 teams ranked across the four classes lose, there will be an awful lot of shakeup in the rankings this week. We run down some of the major changes across the four classes below.
-The top two teams in the preseason rankings, Dubuque Senior and Des Moines North, each dropped games to unranked teams, Davenport Central and Ankeny, respectively.
-As a result of those losses, North Scott, Iowa City West, Waukee and Des Moines Hoover each moved up two spots to 1-2-3-4, respectively. They’re followed by the two teams who pulled off those upsets, with Ankeny coming in at No. 5 and Davenport Central at No. 6.
-Another pair of newcomers enter the rankings at Nos. 8 and 9, with Waterloo West and Sioux City West. Waterloo West upset defending champion Cedar Falls in overtime, while Sioux City West won two games by an average of 20 points a game, including a win over then-3A No. 2 Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
-Four teams that were ranked in the preseason rankings lost games in opening week, with each coming to unranked teams.
-The top two teams in this week’s rankings met in last year’s 3A title game, with runner-up Oskaloosa sitting at No. 1 and defending champion Glenwood at No. 2.
-Carroll (3) and Spirit Lake (4) each move up three spots following losses from Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Norwalk and Waverly-Shell Rock.
-Dubuque Wahlert enters at No. 9 with their road win over Davenport Assumption, while Charles City breaks in at No. 10 with a win over Aplington-Parkersburg.
-2A is the class with the least amount of shaking up, as the top six teams in the preseason rankings all took care of business during opening week.
-Defending champion Cascade falls out of the rankings following a loss to No. 6 Camanche. The Cougars are breaking in four new starters and will be heard from, but it’s a work in progress.
-Two new teams enter the rankings at Nos. 9 and 10, with Sioux Center and Forest City.
-Two-time defending champion Grand View Christian dropped a game opening week, but that came on the road against 4A power Iowa City West, so they aren’t being penalized for that. The Thunder were highly competitive in that game, losing 64-54.
-The top three remain the same, followed by New London (previously No. 5) and Montezuma (7) to round out the top five.
-Two new teams enter the rankings at Nos. 9 and 10, with Dunkerton and Calamus-Wheatland coming in. Dunkerton beat Iowa Star rival, and then No. 6 Don Bosco, in their opener, while Calamus-Wheatland has a wins over state qualifier Edgewood-Colesburg and a solid 2A team in Northeast, Goose Lake, with their only loss coming to 2A No. 2 North Linn.