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AP Preps Basketball Poll: Week 8

AP Preps Basketball Poll: Week 8

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 W-L Pts Prv
1. Simeon (12) 16-0 120 1
2. Evanston Township 14-2 97 2
3. Edwardsville 13-1 90 3
4. Bolingbrook 15-0 75 5
5. Curie 16-2 71  6
6. Joliet West 16-1 47 7
7. Kenwood 11-3 30 4
8. Whitney Young 11-4 27 8
9. Fremd 16-0 23 9
10. East Moline United 18-3 20 10

Others receiving 7 or more votes: Geneva 13, Belleville West 10, Belleville (Althoff Catholic) 10, East St. Louis 9, Willowbrook 9

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Morgan Park (9) 12-3 139 2
2. Springfield Lanphier (5) 13-1 130 1
3. Bloomington 15-3 108 3
4. North Lawndale 13-4 87 4
5. Fenwick 13-4 82 5
6. Benton (1) 15-1 78 6
7. Farragut 7-3 31 9
8. Centralia 9-4 25 10
9. Effingham 13-2 21 NR 
10. Breese 14-3 19 NR 

Others receiving 7 or more votes: Springfield Southeast 18, Burlington Central 13, Morton 11, Mahomet-Seymour 7

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Quincy Notre Dame (9) 14-1 142 1
2. Chicago Uplift (2) 14-4 127 2
3. Teutopolis (1) 16-1 115  5
4. Orr (2) 11-1 106 4
5. Tremont (1) 16-1 98 3
(tie) Eldorado (1) 19-1 98  6
7. Pinckneyville 16-1 53 10
8. Alton Marquette 15-2 47 9
9. Mt. Carmel 15-3 36 8
10. Hoopeston 14-1 17 NR

Others receiving 7 or more votes: Rockridge 14, St. Joseph-Ogden 9

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Quest Academy (7) 20-1 138 2
2. Okawville (6) 15-2 132 1
3. Effingham St. Anthony (1) 17-1 101  5
4. Colfax Ridgeview 17-1  98  4
5. East Dubuque (1) 19-1 97 3
6. DePue 19-0 84 6
7. Newark 14-3 64 7
8. Annawan 15-2 47 8
9. Hope Academy 17-3 30 10
10. Mendon Unity 13-4 10 NR 

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Nokomis 7, St. Anne 7

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

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: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

[MORE: 79 Days to Kickoff - Crete-Monee]

Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed. 

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Andy Brogan, Jeremy Main, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Connor Downs, Zac Sadek, Reggie Cribbs and Mike Harden

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie Conference). Oswego East made the Class 8A state football playoff field. The Wolves lost to St. Charles East in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Plainfield East

Aug. 31 @ Joliet West

Sept. 7 vs Romeoville

Sept. 14 vs Joliet Central

Sept. 21 @ Plainfield South

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield North

Oct. 5 vs Oswego

Oct. 12 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 19 vs Minooka

[MORE: 73 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Central]

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves get out of the rugged Southwest Prairie conference and make a run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: ATH Justin Clark and WR Kieon Battle

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego East head coach Tyson LeBlanc is shooting to make the IHSA playoff field and the fourth straight year in 2018. He has a 36-24 record since coming over from Curie High School back in 2012. Oswego East will rely on a strong group of returning offensive skills led by D-1 recruit Justin Clark, who can --and will-- play multiple positions this season for the Wolves.