Boys Basketball: Pelican Rapids takes over top ranking in Class 2A
After a couple years battling and mostly looking up at the Perham boys basketball team in the state rankings, the Pelican Rapids Vikings have returned to the top of the Class 2A poll, according to Minnesota Basketball News and the most recent rankings released December 26.
Pelican Rapids was ranked No. 2 but took over the top spot after Melrose (4-1) lost in overtime to No. 6-2A Litchfield 65-59 last Friday night. Litchfield has since moved up to No. 5. Melrose dropped to No. 6.
Undefeated Hawley (6-0) moves up to their highest ranking of the year at No. 3 giving the Heart O' Lakes Conference two of the three highest rated teams in 2A. St. Peter (5-1) is No. 2 and a school less than friendly with the Yellowjackets, thanks to the cross-country teams, St. Cloud Cathedral comes in at No. 4 undefeated at 6-0.
The Hawley Nuggets are on hiatus until a January 4 meeting with No. 8-1A Ulen-Hitterdal at home as part of a four-game home stand. Hawley will hit the road for two huge games at Perham (4-3) January 8 and back home to duke it out with Pelican Rapids January 11 for the top spot in the HOL and Section 8-2A.
Pelican Rapids has reeled off six straight victories after a season-opening loss to 3A Fergus Falls (4-3).
The Vikings face a stiff match-up with Class 4A Moorhead (4-2) at the Moorhead tournament Friday, Dec. 28. The winner will play either Cambridge-Isanti (2-5) or Roseville (6-0), both 4A schools, in Saturday's championship game.
2A State Rankings:
1 (2) Pelican Rapids Vikings (6-1)
2 (3) St. Peter (5-1)
3 (4) Hawley (6-0)
4 (5) St. Cloud Cathedral (6-0)
5 (6) Litchfield (3-1)
6 (1) Melrose (4-1)
7 (7) Plainview-Elgin-Millville (5-1)
8 (8) Byron (8-1)
9 (NR) Annandale (5-2)
10 (NR) Southland (7-0)