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Althoff basketball in national Top 25 rankings for first time in school history

Junior Jordan Goodwin (right) is the top scorer for the nationally ranked Althoff Crusaders,
Junior Jordan Goodwin (right) is the top scorer for the nationally ranked Althoff Crusaders,

For the first time in school history, the Althoff High boys basketball team has reached the top 25 in the national rankings.

Althoff (26-2) came in at No. 25 this week in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings and was one of only two teams from Illinois in the poll. Chicago Simeon, a Class 4A powerhouse, was ranked 24th while Chaminade from St. Louis, the only team to beat a full-squad Althoff team this season, was 19th.

“It’s great to get that kind of recognition,” Althoff coach Greg Leib said. “It’s a wonderful accomplishment by the kids and I don’t know who votes for it. I never dreamt it. Little old Althoff Catholic High School being mentioned with some of these guys is fun.”

The No. 1-ranked team in the country this week is 30-0 Chino Hills, Calif.

I never dreamt it. Little old Althoff Catholic High School being mentioned with some of these guys is fun.

Althoff coach Greg Leib

The Crusaders were ranked first in the final Illinois Class 3A state poll released Tuesday as well. Junior Jordan Goodwin has offers from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Northwestern Purdue, Virginia Tech and St. Louis University, among others.

Senior Brendon Gooch signed with Southern Illinois University Carbondale and senior Tarkus Ferguson signed with Illinois-Chicago. Senior Keenen Young will play Division I football at Jackson State.

Althoff rolled past Civic Memorial 73-48 on Tuesday to reach the championship game of the Class 3A Triad Sectional on Friday.

Edwardsville retained its No. 5 ranking in the final Illinois Class 4A state poll.

Norm Sanders: 618-239-2454, @NormSanders

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