Several area teams are ranked in this week’s AP Prep Basketball Poll.
Sterling Newman (12-0) is ranked No. 4 in the Class 2A boys poll with Kewanee (10-3) sharing the No. 10 sot with Winnebago (10-2). Rockridge (14-0), from the Three Rivers North Conference, heads up the 2A boys.
Wethersfield (12-1) improved three spots to No. 7 in the 1A boys poll. Both Henry and Putnam County were among 17 teams receiving votes. Payson-Seymour (10-1) is ranked atop the 1A poll.
Annawan (9-4) retained its preseason perch atop the 1A girls poll while Putnam County (15-1) made its first appearance at No. 5. Stark County just missed out on the top 10, receiving the 13th most votes (13)
Two members of the Three Rivers Conference are ranked among 2A girls, Sherrard (17-1) at No. 5 and Prophetstown (17-2) at No. 8. Mendota (15-1) received one vote in the 3A girls poll.
• Last-second shots: PC drew the top seed for the Tri-County Conference girls tournament which starts Jan. 18 at Marquette. ... Annawan senior All-Stater Celina VanHyfte became the all-time scoring leader in the State Farm Holiday Classic with 358 career points. She shattered the record by nearly 100 points. The Southern Illinois-signee has scored more than 2,000 career points. …. Tuesday’s Rockridge at St. Bede boys game has been rescheduled for Feb. 4 at the Academy. Tuesday’s Sherrard at Princeton girls game has been rescheduled for Jan. 18 with a 11 a.m. sophomore start.