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MOLINE -- The third Illinois Associated Press girls and boys basketball polls were released Tuesday and the Charleston girls' basketball team, one that is 17-1, moved into the top 10 in Class 3A. The Lady Trojans are tied for No. 9 with Burlington Central with 15 points. Last week Charleston was No. 16.

Charleston's only loss is to Effingham (fellow Apollo Conference member), which is ranked No. 7 in 3A. But in the second meeting of the season against Effingham, which took place in the title game of the Charleston Holiday Tournament, the Lady Trojans won the title with a 67-57 win over the rival Flaming Hearts.

In addition Lincoln, also a member of the Apollo Conference, received three votes, good for 13th place. 

In Class 1A, Tri-County, 15-4, moved up two spots from No. 9 to No. 7. The Lady Titans received 36 points and two of its losses were to ranked teams in higher classes in Effingham and Danville (No. 11 in Class 4A). Tri-County played them in the Charleston Holiday Tournament. 

In Class 2A Little Illini Conference member Marshall, which is the same conference as area school Casey-Westfield, received four votes, good for 13th place and Tuscola, a member of the Central Illini Conference, received one vote, good for 16th place. Area schools Sullivan and Shelbyville are also in the CIC.

In Class 4A Edwardsville, coached by Casey grad Lori Blade, is No. 1 with a 15-0 record.

In boys' basketball although no area JG-TC was ranked or received votes there are four connections with teams that were. In Class 2A Teutopolis, coached by former Neoga and Casey-Westfield coach Jason Hanson, is ranked seventh with an 11-1 record, while Monticello, coached by Neoga and Lake Land grad Kevin Roy, is number nine with a 9-1 mark. In addition Effingham St. Anthony coached by Stewardson-Strasburg graduate Cody Rincker, received one vote, good for a tie for 19th place. 

In Class 3A Carbondale coached by 1979 Charleston grad Jim Miller, the twin brother of Charleston girls' basketball coach Jeff Miller, received one vote, good for 15th place.


Sports writer

Mike Monahan covers area sports for the JG-TC.

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