Madison, Gibault highest-ranking local teams in new state basketball polls

News-DemocratJanuary 7, 2014 

The 8-2 Madison Trojans were third in the latest Associated Press state basketball rankings released Tuesday, making them the highest-ranking team in the metro-east that made the polls.

Also in 1A, Gibault (11-1) was fifth and Okawville (8-3) received votes. Gibault was one of seven teams receiving first-place votes in the 1A poll.

Edwardsville (12-0) was sixth in the 4A state rankings while Alton (10-1) was eighth and East St. Louis (10-4) received votes.

Centralia (13-0) was tied for fourth in the 3A state rankings with North Chicago, while South Seven Conference rival Cahokia (9-4) came in at No. 8.

Althoff (8-4) and Alton Marquette each received votes in the 3A rankings.

Nashville (9-5) and Central (9-4) were the only two metro-east teams receiving votes in the 2A rankings.

Earning the No. 1 rankings were Stevenson (13-0) in 4A, Springfield Lanphier (13-0) in 3A, Rockridge (14-0) in 2A and Payson-Seymour (10-1) in 1A.

In the new girls basketball state rankings, Edwardsville (12-0) was third in the Class 4A poll and Civic Memorial received votes in the 3A rankings.

Central (12-0) got one first-place vote and took the No. 3 spot in the 2A rankings while Nashville (10-1) was fourth with Carlyle also receiving votes.

Fort Bowman Academy of Cahokia, Okawville and New Athens all received votes in Class 1A.

The top-ranked girls basketbal teams in the state polls were Whitney Young (12-1) in 4A, Montini (16-1) in 3A, St. Thomas More (15-2) in Champaign in 2A and Annawan (9-4) in 1A.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, or on Twitter @NormSanders

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