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IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll (First Edition)

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll (First Edition)

The season's first poll is out. Here are the rankings of Illinois high school boys basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Belleville West (8) 6-0 89 -
2. Whitney Young (1) 2-0 81 -
3. Bloomington 6-0 47 -
4. Bloom 6-0 43 -
5. Curie 5-0 41 -
T-6.  Danville 8-0 36 -
T-6.  Bolingbrook 5-0 36 -
8. Simeon 1-1 30 -
9. Benet 6-0 24 -
10. Rockford East 6-0 20 -

Others receiving votes: Moline 15, Homewood-Flossmoor 7, Evanston 6, Collinsville 5, Marian Catholic 4, Riverside-Brookfield 4, Rock Island 3, Oswego East 2, Glenbrook South 1, York 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Morgan Park (4) 4-1 100 -
2. Springfield Southeast (1) 4-1 83 -
3. Bogan (6)  5-1 79 -
4. East St. Louis 4-1 56 -
T-5. St. Viator 5-1 42 -
T-5. Kankankee 8-0 42 -
7. DePaul Prep 5-0 39 -
8. Ottawa 6-0 22 -
9. Mount Vernon 6-1 21 -
T-10. Lincoln/Benton 5-0/5-0 19/19 -

Others receiving votes: Highland 12, Hillcrest 12, Peoria Notre Dame 9, Carbondale 9, Metamora 7, Centralia 7, Champaign Central 6, Lanphier 6, St. Rita 4, Morton 3, Mahomet-Seymour 3, Quincy Notre Dame 3, Farragut 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Nashville (3) 5-0 81 -
2. Leo (4) 4-1 65 -
3. Uplift 2-1 51 -
4. Orr (4) 2-3 49 -
5. Rockford Christian 7-0 45 -
6. Casey-Westfield 6-0 37 -
T-7. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 3-2 31 -
T-7. Williamsville 2-0 31 -
9. Aurora Christian 7-1 28 -
10. Deer Creek-Mackinaw 4-2 23 -

Others receiving votes: Fairfield 22, Warsaw West Hancock 21, Monticello 20, Monmouth-Roseville 14, St. Thomas More 12, Farmington 10, Corliss 9, Petersburg PORTA 9, Bureau Valley 9, Marshall 8, Quest Academy 7, Crane 7, Eureka 5, Bloomington Central Catholic 4, Newman Catholic 4, Chicago Marshall 2, Pinckneyville 2.


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Cissna Park (2)  2-0 66 -
2. East Dubuque 7-0 61 -
3. Payson Seymour (1) 5-0 58 -
4. Providence -St. Mel (1) 2-2 44 -
5. Kewanee (Wethersfield) 4-1 39 -
T-6. Concord (Triopia) 7-0 33 -
T-6. Lena-Winslow 2-0 33 -
8. Thompsonville (1) 6-0 30 -
9. Madison (1) 1-1 24 -
10. Cairo 4-3 17 -

Others receiving votes: Moweaqua Central A&M 14, Okawville 10, Springfield Calvary 10, Illini Central 10, Woodlawn 9, Mulberry Grove 8, Elmwood 8, Winchester-West Central 8, Woodland 4, St. Anne 3, Nokomis 3, Camp Point Central 3.

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

39 Days to Kickoff: Providence

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Providence Catholic

Head coach: Mark Coglianese

Assistant coaches: Mike Hryn (D-Coordinator), Matt Hunniford O-Coordinator)

How they fared in 2018: 5-5 (1-3 CCL Blue Conference). Providence made the Class 6A state playoff field and lost to Washington in first round action.
 
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Willowbrook
Sept. 6 vs Morgan Park
Sept. 13 @ Brother Rice
Sept. 20 vs Niles Notre Dame
Sept. 27 vs Carmel
Oct. 4 vs St. Rita
Oct. 11 @ DePaul Prep
Oct. 18 vs St Laurence
Oct. 25 @ Montini Catholic

[MORE: 68 Days to Kickoff - St. Laurence] 

Biggest storyline: Feeling green. How will the Celtics fare in the new CCL/ESCC Green conference in 2019?

Names to watch this season: OL Jake Renfro (Senior, Cincinnati) and TE Jameson Geers (Junior)

Biggest holes to fill: The Celtics played several underclassmen in 2018 and welcome back 16 starters (nine offense, seven defense); that said, overall numbers and depth can always be better.
 
EDGY's Early Take: The Celtics suffered through various injuries last season and found themselves playing several underclassmen. Coule that pay off come August? Look for the Celtics to challenge for the CCL/ESCC Green title. Keep an eye on the Providence offense, which features four starters on the offensive line. The overall group is stacked in the skills department and they boast an experienced backfield. The opener against Willowbrook should be one of the more-interesting games in the state, as Willowbrook is coming off a 7A quarterfinal appearance.

40 Days to Kickoff: De La Salle

40 Days to Kickoff: De La Salle

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: De La Salle

Head coach: Mike Boehm

Assistant coaches: Bill Green, John Grubisich, Jim Brinkley, Nick Henton, Rich Blake, Bob Garrett and Terrence Young

How they fared in 2018: 8-5 (2-2 CCL Green Conference). De La Salle failed to make the IHSA state football playoff field, but entered the Chicago Catholic League playoffs and defeated St. Joseph, St. Ignatius and St. Laurence. They lost to St. Rita in the CCL championship. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Niles West 

Sept. 6 vs Kenwood 

Sept. 13 vs Marmion Academy 

Sept. 20 vs Benet Academy 

Sept. 27 vs St. Joseph 

Oct. 4 @ Nazareth Academy 

Oct. 11 @ Mount Carmel 

Oct. 18 @ Montini

Oct. 25 vs St. Laurence

[MORE: 68 Days to Kickoff - St. Laurence

Biggest storyline: A tale of two conferences. How will the Meteors fare in the newly-realigned CCL/ESCC Orange conference in 2019? 

Names to watch this season: TE Matt Byrne (Sr.) and RB/WR/DB Jason Moore (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Meteors will need to reload at several positions, especially on offense with just two starters back from last year's squad. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Meteors are now in the same league with the likes of St. Laurence, Nazareth Academy and Benet Academy. De La Salle has a handful of key names back this season, but several new faces will need to step up and provide production. De La Salle will also need to come out and take care of business in August and September, as the regular season slate is stacked with traditional power programs from Week 5 thru 9. Five straight home games to start the season should provide a nice boost.