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AP Illinois girls basketball rankings: Week 7

AP Illinois girls basketball rankings: Week 7

Here are the girls prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record, total points and previous rank.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Montini (10) 18-0 109 1
2. Rock Island 17-1 91 3
3. Homewood-Flossmoor 10-2 87 2
4. Edwardsville (1) 16-0 84 4
5. Benet 17-2 64 5
6. Rockford Boylan 15-0 54 7
7. Springfield 16-2 35 10
8. Hersey 15-2 29 9
9. Geneva 14-1 24 6
10. Evanston Township 15-3 11 8

Others receiving 12 or more votes: None.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Morton (11) 15-1 140 2
2. Chicago Marshall (1) 8-0 116 3
3. Highland (1) 16-3 113 T4
4. Mattoon 20-0 105 T4
5. Bethalto Civic Memorial (2) 16-1 102 1
6. Richwoods 16-3 75 6
7. Effingham 17-1 50 8
8. Rochester 13-3 48 9
9. Peoria Central 12-2 25 10
10. North Lawndale 9-3 20 7

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Normal University 15.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (13) 14-2 155 1
2. Eureka (1) 17-2 120 4
3. Teutopolis 19-2 116 5
4. Sherrard (1) 16-2 113 2
5. Camp Point Central 17-1 95 6
6. Hall 15-3 84 3
7. Hillsboro 15-3 60 7
8. Sesser-Valier (1) 17-0 50 NR
9. Kewanee 17-2 25 NR
10. Auburn 18-2 16 8

Others receiving 12 or more votes: St. Edward 14; Breese Mater Dei 14.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lebanon (14) 16-0 165 1
2. Ashton-Franklin Center 16-1 141 2
3. Winchester (3) 19-0 126 6
4. Calhoun 13-3 111 T4
5 Colfax Ridgeview 17-2 79 8
6. Mount Olive 16-2 77 7
7. Okawville 14-4 68 T4
8. Danville Schlarman 12-5 59 5
9. Princeville 18-2 24 T10
10. Harvest Christian Academy 12-3 22 9

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Annawan 18; Galena 13.

Power Rankings: #11 - Stevenson

Power Rankings: #11 - Stevenson

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Stevenson

Head coach: Josh Hjorth

Assistant coaches: Brent Becker (OL/Assistant Head Coach), Tom Baumann (DBs), Brian Burja (DC), Chris Caballero (OL/DL), Jason Ford (LBs), Pat Grady (WRs/Special Team Coordinator) Erik Jensen (Quality Control Coach), Redelle Lawrence (DBs), Joey Weber (QBs)

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Stevenson made the 8A state playoff field and lost to Hinsdale Central in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Palatine

Aug. 31 @ Neuqua Valley

Sept 7 @ Libertyville

Sept. 14 @ Zion-Benton

Sept. 21 vs Lake Zurich

Sept. 28 @ Mundelein

Oct. 5 vs Waukegan

Oct. 12 @ Warren Township

Oct. 19 vs Lake Forest

[MORE: 29 Days to Kickoff - Palatine]

Biggest storyline: Can the Patriots, under second-year head coach Josh Hjorth, make another run at the North Suburban title --and beyond-- this season?

Names to watch this season: RB JM Eitenne and LB Maema Njongmeta

Biggest holes to fill: The Patriots welcome back 15 returning starters from a season ago including nine back on offense. On defense, they'll be looking to fill holes on the defensive line and in the secondary. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Patriots went young in 2017 as then-first year head coach Josh Hjorth was able to get varsity experience to several key players. That should pay dividends this fall. Stevenson, led by three returning offensive lineman, will look to establish their running game early in the season. Senior QB Cole Okmin will have a deep and experienced group of backs and receivers to utilize. The key in the first few weeks will be the development of the defensive line and secondary. Defensive team leaders such as senior OLB Maema Njongmeta will play a big role in bringing along a younger but very talented group. 

Power Rankings: #12 - Hinsdale Central

Power Rankings: #12 - Hinsdale Central

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Hinsdale Central

Head coach: Dan Hartman

Assistant coaches: Ray Mankowski Todd Koehler Matt McNiff Brian Griffin Preston Letts Tom Dorrance Tim Lambert

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (5-1 West Suburban Silver Conference), Hinsdale Central made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Stevenson then lost to Loyola Academy in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Naperville Central

Aug. 31 @ Willowbrook

Sept. 7 vs Oak Park-River Forest

Sept. 14 @ Downers Grove North

Sept. 22 vs York

Sept. 28 @ Proviso West

Oct. 5 vs Glenbard West

Oct. 12 @ Lyons Township

Oct. 19 vs Hinsdale South

[MORE: 33 Days to Kickoff - Benet]

Biggest storyline: Can the Red Devils, a perennial playoff candidate, make the postseason and play into November? Can they also challenge for the West Suburban Silver conference title?

Names to watch this season: QB Matt Rush and RB Luke Skokna (WIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Red Devils will welcome back 16 returning starters (eight offense, eight defense) but will need to develop some depth in a few key areas to make a deep run in Class 8A. 

EDGY's Early Take: Dan Hartman might have his best Red Devils team since taking over the football program back in 2014. Keep an eye on Central's offense, led by senior QB Matt Rush and WIU commit RB/WR Luke Skokna plus. They also boast four returning starters on the offensive line. The Red Devils' defense is also experienced. Senior DE Sean Kelly, senior LB Vincent Zelisko and senior DB Aiden Cruickshank are names to watch. The Red Devils will need to come firing out of the gates this early season opening. Two big challenges are on deck in August, first on the road at Naperville Central and then at Willowbrook.