High School Sports

Nashville hangs onto top spot in state basketball rankings

The Nashville Hornets (15-1) remained first in Class 2A in the latest Associated Press boys state basketball rankings while Alton (13-2) cracked the Top 10 for the first time in Class 4A and came in at No. 9.

East St. Louis (11-5) was 11th in 4A while Edwardsville (8-6) was 13th and O’Fallon (10-5) was 15th.

Centralia (14-2) moved ahead of South Seven Conference rival Althoff (12-2) in the 3A rankings, taking over the fifth spot while Althoff dropped to eighth. Centralia knocked off Althoff 63-53 last Friday in Centralia.

While Nashville stayed at No. 1 in 2A, Central (13-3) held down the No. 8 spot and Mater Dei (10-6) was 14th. Okawville (8-7) was 11th in Class 1A and Madison (7-6) was 14th.

On the girls side, Central (16-1) dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the 2A rankings following its first loss this season, which came last week to Highland (17-1). That victory helped propel Highland into the 3A Top 10 rankings as the Bulldogs came in at No. 10 this week.

Nashville was 12th in 2A while unbeaten New Athens (17-0) was 13th in the 1A rankings.