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AP Illinois high school boys basketball rankings: Week 12

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AP Illinois high school boys basketball rankings: Week 12

By Associated Press

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters.

Class 4A

No. Team Record Pts Prev
1. Simeon (11) 21-3 119 1
2. Curie (1) 20-4 109 2
3. Evanston 21-2 91 4
4. Kenwood 18-3 86 5
5. Edwardsville 19-4 67 6
6. Benet Academy 23-3 54 7
7. Thornton 19-2 49 3
8. Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights) 18-5 24 T8
9. Homewood-Flossmoor 18-5 21 T8
10. Riverside Brookfield 18-4 18 NR

Others receiving votes: Quincy (6), Glenbard West (4), Rock Island (2), Bradley-Bourbonnais (2), Deerfield (2), East Moline United (2), Hononegah (1), Whitney Young (1), Naperville North (1), Lincoln Way Central (1)

Class 3A

No. Team Record Pts Prev
1. Morgan Park (11) 21-2 145 1
2. Althoff Catholic (4) 23-2 137 2
3. Fenwick 23-2 117 3
4. Galesburg 27-1 96 4
5. Peoria Manual 19-3 82 5
6. Boylan 25-2 63 6
7. Bogan 17-7 35 7
8. LaSalle-Peru 20-1 33 NR
9. Centralia 22-3 32 8
10. Metamora 21-1 16 NR

Others receiving votes: North Lawndale (15), Dixon (14), St. Joseph (13), Lanphier (9), Jacksonville (6), Normal University (4), Washington (3), Bloomington (3), Hyde Park (2)

Class 2A

No. Team Record Pts Prev
1. Orr (11) 18-5 146 1
2. Warrensburg-Latham (4) 21-0 138 2
3. Breese Central 24-4 113 3
4. Rockridge 20-4 95 4
5. Lawrenceville 22-2 66 9
6. Seton Academy 18-8 57 5
7. Newman Central 23-3 42 10
8. Teutopolis 21-6 41 T7
9. Quincy Notre Dame 21-4 35 NR
10. Pleasant Plains 21-3 27 6

Others receiving votes: Bismarck-Henning (18), Reed-Custer (17), Bloomington Central Catholic (13), Winnebago (7), Monticello (4), Kewanee (2), Aurora Christian (2), Williamsville (2) 

Class 1A

No. Team Record Pts Prev
1. Ridgeview (10) 23-2 140 1
2. Okawville (2) 24-3 128 2
3. Leo (3) 17-6 114 4
4. Brimfield 24-2 97 3
5. Newark 22-2 90 5
6. Flanagan 20-4 64 NR
7. Seymour 22-2 63 7
8. Woodlawn 22-3 33 6
9. Liberty 24-3 31 9
10. Arcola 20-3 28 10

Others receiving votes: Metro-East Lutheran (20), Waterloo Gibault (10), Christopher (4), Polo (2), Nokomis (1)

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

63 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

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: Shepard

Head coach: John Rone

Assistant coaches: Andrew Porter, Ron Rivera, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire and Clint Connelly

How they fared in 2017: 8-2 (5-1 South Suburban Red Conference). Shepard made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Astros lost to Marmion Academy in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Leyden

Sept. 1 @ Stagg

Sept 7 vs Hillcrest

Sept. 14 vs Eisenhower

Sept. 21 @ Richards

Sept. 28 @ Oak Lawn

Oct. 5 vs Reavis

Oct. 12 vs Evergreen Park

Oct. 19 @ Argo

Biggest storyline: First-year head coach John Rone. Can the Astros challenge once again for the South Suburban Red conference title under a new head coach?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Chris Harrison and TE/DE Kevin Graham

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros bring back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). Overall depth could also be a concern.  

EDGY's Early Take: Shepard will be led by former Eisenhower assistant Rone, who was able to retain an experienced staff at Shepard. It will help ease the transition from former head coach Dominic Passolano this summer. If the Astros can get off to a good early start they have the overall talent to again make a state playoff appearance in 2018. Can they challenge conference power Richards in the South Suburban Red race?

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

64 Days to Kickoff: T.F. South

Head coach: Bob Padjen

Assistant coaches: Trent Jensen, Jesse Kikkert, Jonathan Hill, Doug Smith, Mike Tisza, Rob Shell and Tim Russell

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (3-3 South Suburban Blue Conference), T.F. South made the Class 6A state football playoff field. The Rebels lost to Danville in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Thornwood

Sept. 1 vs Julian

Sept. 7 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 14 @ TF North

Sept. 21 vs Bremen

Sept. 28 @ Reavis

Oct. 5 vs Hillcrest

Oct. 12 @ Lemont

Oct. 19 @ Tinley Park

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Biggest storyline: T.F. South has advanced to the playoffs 20 times in the past 24 seasons. Can the Rebels get back to the IHSA state playoff field and make more noise this fall?

Names to watch this season: QB Kamron Clayton LB Michael Smith

Biggest holes to fill: The Rebels will need to replace seven starters on each side of the football this fall. 

EDGY's Early Take: T.F. South head coach Bob Padjen was able to keep the Rebels on a winning path in his first season as Rebels head coach after several years serving in an assistant role. South always has talent. If the underclassmen can step up this summer, look for the Rebels to challenge for the top half of the South Suburban Blue conference race.