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There will be plenty of buzz in Great Falls on Feb. 8. 

For the first time this year, the 406mtsports.com high school boys basketball rankings will see a new No. 1 team, and it just so happens the new top two teams in Class AA reside in the same city. 

Great Falls CMR vaults up one spot to the new No. 1 position while crosstown rival Great Falls jumps from No. 4 to No. 2. The Rustlers replace Missoula Sentinel, which has been the No. 1 team since the first rankings debuted back on Jan. 1. The Spartans lost to Kalispell Flathead last Tuesday, and fall to No. 3. Bozeman drops one spot to No. 4 after a loss to Butte which also happened on Tuesday. Missoula Hellgate rounds out the top five. 

Great Falls defeated CMR 68-36 back on Jan. 9. The two will meet again on Thursday. 

Hamilton remains the top boys team in Class A and the lone undefeated squad after Hardin lost a double-overtime game to Billings Central on Saturday. The Rams jump from No. 4 to No. 2 while the Bulldogs fall one spot to No. 3. Browning moves up one spot to No. 4 while Belgrade cracks the top five for the first time this year after defeating Livingston 65-61 on Friday. The Rangers, ranked No. 3 a week ago, fall off of this week's rankings. 

No new teams cracked the list in Class B or Class C, with Bigfork (B) and Arlee (C) continuing to reign supreme. In B, Shelby and Choteau dropped a few places while Roundup, Missoula Loyola and Anaconda moved up. Chinook moved up two places to No. 6 in Class C and Fairview moved up to No. 9 while Gardiner, Sunburst and Great Falls Central each dropped one spot. 

There were no major shakeups in the girls basketball rankings as the top teams in Class B and Class C held off serious challenges to unbeaten records last week.

Missoula Sentinel (AA), Columbia Falls (A), Three Forks (B) and Belt (C) all remained at the top of their respective classifications.

Class C could have had some serious reshuffling among its ranks. But No. 2 Box Elder rallied for a 61-58 win over No. 8 Fort Benton after entering the fourth quarter trailing by six points. Belt did the same on Saturday night, overcoming a seven-point deficit in the fourth to beat Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 45-41.

Three Forks took on a challenge from No. 2 Townsend and beat the Bulldogs for the second time this season, 63-54, to remain unbeaten.

In Class A, No. 4 Browning has an interesting week ahead. Browning travels to No. 2 Havre on Friday, then plays host to No. 1 Columbia Falls on Saturday.

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