Torrington, Southeast preseason ranked No. 1

TORRINGTON – On Wednesday morning, released their preseason rankings for the upcoming season.

Torrington and Southeast are preseason ranked No. 1 in their respective classes.

The Blazers, last season’s Class 2A runners-up, picked up 11 of the possible 18 first-place votes. Wheatland comes in at No. 2, while Mountain View is third. Lyman is fourth and Lovell fifth.

In the Class 1A 9-Man division, the defending state champion Cyclones are picked to win it again in 2021. They received nine of a possible 15 first-place votes. Last season’s runner-up, the Lusk Tigers, are second, while Shoshoni is third. Pine Bluffs and Rock Mountain round out the top five.

Lingle-Fort Laramie is receiving votes in the 9-Man rankings, earning a fourth and a fifth-place vote.

Torrington opens the season Friday at home against Gering, Nebraska with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Southeast opens the season on the road at Shoshoni, while Lingle-Fort Laramie travels to Wind River on Friday, Sept. 3. Both the Cyclone and Dogger games begin at 5 p.m.

Class 2A

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

1. Torrington (11) 222

2. Wheatland (4) 201

3. Mountain View (3) 180

4. Lyman 99

5. Lovell 33

Receiving votes: Upton-Sundance 27, Big Horn 24, Tongue River 18, Big Piney 3, Thermopolis 3

Class 1A 9-Man

1. Southeast (9) 189

2. Lusk (3) 156

3. Shoshoni (2) 126

T4. Pine Bluffs 84

T4. Rocky Mountain 84

Receiving votes: Wind River (1) 15, Greybull 9, Lingle-Fort Laramie 9, Wright 3