Thanks to marquee games in the Western AA last week, the 406mtsports.com AA rankings saw some reshuffling as Missoula Sentinel took over the top spot. The No. 1 teams in the other three classes remained the same with Columbia Falls leading Class A, Three Forks Class B and Belt Class C.
Defending champ Helena started last week as AA’s top-ranked team, but lost to Helena Capital in overtime and then to Sentinel. Sentinel also handed previously unbeaten and then No. 2 Capital its first loss, capping a big week for the Spartans.
Despite that loss, Capital went from No. 3 to No. 2 and Helena dropped to third.
The bottom third of Class B’s Top 10 continued to see turbulence. Roundup and Rocky Boy dropped out, paving way for the re-entry of Columbus and Eureka’s first appearance in the rankings.
Class B’s top two teams cross paths for the second time this season when Three Forks plays host to No. 2 Townsend on Saturday. Three Forks need a rally to beat Townsend 67-64 when the teams first met in early January.
On the boys side, things were a little less drastic. Missoula Sentinel continues to reign supreme in Class AA while Missoula Hellgate makes the list again, coming in at No. 5. Billings Senior, No. 2 a week ago, falls off of the list after a pair of losses.
Hamilton and Hardin remain Class A's only undefeated teams at Nos. 1 and 2 respectively. Billings Central moves up one spot to No. 4 after splitting two games with Class AA teams over the weekend, while Browning makes its season debut at No. 5. Butte Central drops from the ranks.
The top six teams in Class B stay the same with unfeated Bigfork remaining at No. 1. The Vikings and No. 2 Colstrip are the last two undefeated Class B teams. Choteau makes its season debut, coming in at No. 7 while Anaconda makes the list again at No. 9. Missoula Loyola and Big Timber stay put while Whitehall and Florence both fall from the list.
Class C sees the top seven teams stay put, led by Arlee once again. Chinook moves up one spot to No. 8 while Great Falls Central drops a single spot to No. 9. Fairview makes its debut at No. 10, replacing Park City which lost to Bridger last week.