High School Sports

New Athens girls crack Top 10 state rankings

After 21 straight wins this season without a loss, the New Athens girls basketball team broke into the Associated Press state rankings as the No. 7 team in Class 1A.

The area’s other unbeaten girls team, the Edwardsville Tigers (20-0), remained fifth in the Class 4A Top 10.

The New Athens Yellow Jackets (21-0) have three tournament wins to their credit and are in the midst of the best season in school history. Central (19-3) dropped from second to third in the Class 2A girls rankings while Highland (21-2) fell out of the 3A top 10, falling to No. 11.

In the boys state rankings, Nashville (20-2) moved from third to second in Class 2A despite losing to third-ranked Teutopolis last week at the Nashville Invitational. Both teams went 3-1 and shared the tourney championship.

Central (16-5) moved from seventh to ninth in 2A while Mater Dei (14-8) moved into the Top 10 at No. 10, giving the Breese area two teams in the Top 10. Okawville (12-8) moved into the No. 9 spot in Class 1A.

Althoff (17-2) remained fifth in the Class 3A boys state rankings and East St. Louis (13-5) moved up a notch from eighth to seventh in Class 4A.