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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