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Rockets, Geese, Titans sole top regional seeds among area boys' cagers


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Posted Online: Feb. 03, 2013, 6:49 pm
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By Terry Duckett, tduckett@qconline.com
Throughout the high-school boys' basketball season, Rockridge, Monmouth-Roseville and Kewanee Wethersfield have consistently proven themselves to be among the area's top teams.

When the seedings for the upcoming Class 1A and 2A regional tournaments were recently announced, the success enjoyed by the Rockets (19-3), Titans (18-4) and Flying Geese (21-3) was rewarded as all were tabbed as No. 1 seeds at their respective postseason gatherings -- the only area teams to be accorded that rank.

In 2A, West Central North leader Rockridge is the top gun at its own regional tourney, edging out the Three Rivers Conference-leading Kewanee Boilermakers (19-3) for that honor. Two of the conference rivals, Orion (15-10) and Sherrard (4-19), were seeded third and fifth, respectively, sandwiched around No. 4 Mercer County (14-9).

Monmouth-Roseville stands a game behind the Rockets in the WCC North race at 6-2, and could move into a first-place tie if it can prevail on Rockridge's home floor Friday night.The Titans earned top billing at their own regional gathering, where they will welcome a field that includes second-seeded Knoxville as well as fourth-seed and WCC North rivla Macomb (5-14).

Wethersfield is the lone area 1A schools to earn top billing, in this case at the ROWVA Regional, an all-Lincoln Trail Conference gathering. The Flying Geese bested Galva (18-4) for the top spot; the two teams are tied atop the LTC standings, and Wethersfield recently topped the Wildcats 57-54 in the LTC Tournament championship game.

Ridgewood (14-10), the LTC tourney's consolation champ, grabbed the No. 3 seed and will open up against sixth-seeded Annawan (9-17). Abingdon was seeded fourth and ROWVA (9-14) fifth, with United (1-19) taking the No. 7 seed.

TRAC-9 rivals Riverdale, Erie settle for No. 2:A pair of longtime Three Rivers Conference rivals had to settle for No. 2 seeds at their respective regional tournaments.

Riverdale (13-11), which at 8-3 is mathematically still in the hunt to defend its TRAC-9 crown, grabbed the No. 2 billing at the 2A West Carroll Regional, which will be held at the middle-school gymnasium in Mount Carroll. Sterling Newman (19-3) was the top seed, with the host Thunder seeded third, followed in order by Fulton (6-20) and Morrison (4-23).

In 1A, Erie (15-12) was seeded second at its own regional gathering behind Paw Paw. Other TRAC-9 teams the Cardinals will welcome to their gym are fourth-seeded Prophetstown (12-13) and fifth-seeded Amboy (6-18).



















 




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1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
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