It’s tournament time for the Little Ten and Tri-County girls.
Newark takes the No. 1 seed into the Little Ten Conference girls basketball tournament which starts Monday at Hinckley-Big Rock. No. 6 LaMoille/Ohio will face No. 3 HBR at 8 p.m. Monday.
The Tri-County Conference girls tournaments tips off Saturday at Ottawa Marquette. No. 7 DePue faces No. 2 Peoria Christian at 12:30 p.m. Top-seed Putnam County draws Saturday’s winner between No. 4 Roanoke-Benson vs. No. 5 Midland at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
• Hoops hysteria: By the time the lights go off for good Saturday night at Prouty Gym, Princeton High School will have hosted six basketball games on the day and 15 for the week.
Saturday’s slate starts with a freshmen girls game at 9:30 a.m. vs. Amboy followed by sophomore/varsity girls games with Sherrard. The boys enter the mix against L-P with the freshmen in the South Gym at 5 and the sophomores and varsity in the north end at Prouty, starting at 5 p.m.
Earlier in the week, PHS has hosted one boys soph/varsity doubleheader, one boys tripleheader and one girls doubleheader.
• Poll watching: Annawan (12-4) held tight atop this week’s AP Class 1A girls poll with Putnam County (17-1) moving up one spot to No. 4. Sherrard (19-2) got its second loss of the season to Alleman, but remained at No. 4 in the 2A girls poll. Mendota received two votes in the 3A poll, 15th overall.
The Putnam County boys are inching closer to the top 10 in 1A, now with 11 votes. Mooseheart (18) is 10th with 18 votes. Payson-Seymour (12-1) is No. 1 with Wethersfield (14-1) at No. 7.
Undefeated Rockridge is a lock at No. 1 atop the 2A boys pool. Kewanee received 15 votes, 12th best overall.