Moline's Brody Harding (2) smiles during the Maroons' Western Big 6 Conference win Monday over Alleman.

Winning the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament helped the Moline boys’ basketball team crack the Top 10 in Tuesday’s first state rankings of the new year from the Illinois Associated Press.

The Western Big 6 Conference-leading Maroons (15-2) are tied for ninth in the latest Class 4A poll with Evanston (16-3). Moline moved up two spots from the top of the receiving votes category in the early-season rankings released between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Rock Island girls and Wethersfield boys also maintained Top 10 perches from the season’s first set of ratings in early December.

Rock Island (17-1) moved up from third to second in 4A. Wethersfield (14-2) dropped back a spot to fifth in 1A.

Led by two-time reigning Illinois Ms. Basketball Brea Beal, Rocky checks in behind incumbent No. 1 Maine West (18-0). The Rocks’ lone loss was to nationally-ranked Union Ryle of Kentucky in the championship game of the State Farm Holiday Classic’s Large-School Division.

Wethersfield’s lone losses have been to 2A honorable mention Sterling Newman and formerly 2A-ranked Bureau Valley.

Still receiving votes from sportswriters and broadcasters around the state are three local girls’ teams — Geneseo (15-4, 3A), Riverdale (14-6, 2A), and Annawan (10-7, 1A).

Also ranked from local conferences are the West Hancock boys (15-1), with the Macomb-Western Holiday champs ninth in 2A.

Besides the Newman boys, among those receiving votes from local leagues are the Spring Valley Hall boys (2A) and girls’ teams from Quincy Notre Dame (2A) and Camp Point Central (2A).

Along with Maine West, also remaining No. 1 from the early-season rankings in boys are Belleville West (17-0, 4A) and Cissna Park (14-1, 1A), and in girls Peoria Richwoods (19-2, 3A) and Danville Schlarman (15-2, 1A).

New No. 1s this week include boys’ teams from Chicago Bogan (14-1, 3A) and Chicago Leo (13-3, 2A), and the Eureka girls (19-2, 2A).

The Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline participates in the nominating and voting process, which becomes weekly now through the start of the postseasons in a respective class.


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