High School Sports

Area teams hanging tough in state basketball Top 10 rankings

Althoff was one of six local boys basketball teams in the top 10 of the latest Associated Press state rankings, with the Crusaders (20-3) holding down the No. 5 slot in the Class 3A state poll.

Althoff was one of three South Seven Conference teams in the 3A Top 10, joined by No. 6 Centralia and No. 8 Carbondale.

East St. Louis (15-6) was eighth in the 4A state rankings while O’Fallon and Alton also received votes. In Class 2A, Nashville (24-2) held strong at No. 2 with Mater Dei (17-8) climbing to seventh after knocking off previously Top 10-ranked Central on Saturday.

That loss helped knock Central out of the Top 10, but the Cougars aren’t far behind at No. 12. Okawville (17-9) was 10th in Class 1A for the second straight week.

On the girls side, Edwardsville (24-0) moved up a spot from fourth to third in the Class 4A state rankings, with Southwestern Conference rival Belleville West also receiving votes in 4A.

Central (22-3) was third in Class 2A and New Athens (24-1) was fifth in Class 1A. New Athens suffered its first loss of the season last week as the Yellow Jackets dropped a game to Centralia Chris Our Rock Lutheran.