QC hoops Top 10 ready for `Frantic February?'


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Originally Posted Online: Feb. 20, 2013, 8:19 pm
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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com

All but the big-school boys' basketball teams in Illinois began on the path to postseason glory this week.

So it's time to put up or shut up for the Top 10 teams in the Quad Cities Prep Basketball Power Poll.

Those elite crew's in this week's bi-state boys' ballot have posted a combined record of 204-36 so far this season, with nearly all of those losses coming to another QC-rated squad.

Heading into Wednesday night's local playoff action, seven of this week's Top 10 teams had reached the 20-win plateau, and another (North Scott) needed but a victory to join that club.

However, several rematches loom, and as witnessed by Assumption's loss to unranked Davenport West in last week's regular-season finale, February can be a frantic and frustrating time of the year.

Heck, Wednesday night, after the latest vote was taken, No. 7 Kewanee (beaten in overtime by No. 14 Orion) and No. 12 Galva (upset by Annawan) found themselves postseason victims.

Except for those setbacks, though, last week's Top 10 schedule played out according to the local media rankings.

North Scott was beaten for a second time by top-ranked Bettendorf, and Moline dropped a pair of overtime heartbreakers, to No. 2 Rock Island and at state-rated Lincoln.

As a result of those outcomes, North Scott (3rd to 4th), Assumption (5th to 6th) and Moline (tie for 10th to 11th) took slight steps backwards from last week's local pecking order.

Among those trending upward in Wednesday's second-to-last local vote were Monmouth-Roseville (4th to 3rd) and Rockridge (6th to 5th).

Bettendorf retained the top spot for a fifth straight week over season-starting No. 1 Rock Island.

The unbeaten Mississippi Athletic Conference champs were picked No. 1 on 15.5 of the 19 ballots cast this week for 182.5 of a possible 190 voting points.

Rocky accounted for the other 3.5 top nods, drew closer to the top-ranked Bulldogs in the process, with 173.5 points from local sportswriters and broadcasters.

In all, 18 teams received at least a vote in this week's seventh presentation of the season.

The final girls' vote was last week. The last boys' ballot comes next week.

The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus administers the poll for a sixth straight season. Participating co-sponsors include WQAD-TV 8, MC22, WFXN-AM 1230's Quad Cities Radio Group, Aledo's WRMJ-FM 102.3, the Kewanee-based Regional Radio Group and the Clinton Herald.

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QC Prep Boys' Basketball Power Poll

-– These local media rankings are determined on a descending points system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 points, a second-place vote receiving 9 points, and so on. Presented by The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, WQAD-TV 8, MC22, WFXN-AM 1230's Quad Cities Radio Group, Aledo's WRMJ-FM 102.3, Kewanee-based Regional Media and the Clinton Herald.

Rank. Team (1st) (Rec.) Pts. LWK.

1. Bettendorf (15.5) (21-0) 182.5 1

-- Last week: Won at No. 3 North Scott, 41-28 Friday. Note: The state-ranked Bulldogs completed a perfect 16-0 Mississippi Athletic Conference title run last weekend. That capped a perfect regular-season, too. Now, Bettendorf hopes for a perfect ending by becoming their league's first and only other unbeaten state champ since Davenport West in 1994. Next: Friday hosts Davenport West in Iowa 4A's Sub-State 5 playoffs.

2. Rock Island (3.5) (21-4) 173.5 2
-- Last week: Won at No. 10t Moline, 57-46 Friday; Won at state-ranked Peoria Manual, 65-61 Saturday. Note: No worse than a share of a fourth straight Western Big 6 Conference title already assured, the state-ranked Rocks shoot to avenge an overtime loss at Quincy last month, and claim an outright conference crown this weekend. Next: Friday hosts state-ranked Quincy; Tuesday vs. Moline-UT winner in Illinois 4A's East Moline Regional.

3. Monmouth-Roseville (23-4) 129 4
-- Last week: Beat Sherrard, 75-52 Friday; Beat Macomb, 64-43 Wednesday in Illinois 2A's Monmouth Regional. Note: The state-ranked Titans want more than a regional title repeat. Coach Chuck Grant's club has the school's first sectional title in mind since 2007. Next: Friday vs. Knoxville-Farmington winner in Illinois 2A's Monmouth Regional championship.

4. North Scott (19-3) 108 3
-- Last week: Lost to No. 1 Bettendorf, 41-28 Friday. Note: The only trips to state came in 1993 and 2003, so who's to say 2013 still won't prove to be North Scott's year? Trouble is, unbeaten foil Bettendorf is a Substate title roadblock, with the Bulldogs having already bitten the state-ranked Lancers twice this season. Next: Friday hosts Davenport Central in Iowa 4A's Sub-State 5 playoffs.

5. Rockridge (22-4) 100 6
-- Last week: Won at Macomb, 55-41 Friday; Beat Mercer County, 75-36 Wednesday in Illinois 2A's Taylor Ridge Regional. Note: After sharing the last West Central North title with rival Monmouth-Roseville, the Rockets have the school's first regional title since 2003 in their sites. Next: Friday vs. No. 14 Orion in Illinois 2A's Taylor Ridge Regional.

6. Assumption (16-6) 89 5
-- Last week: Lost at Davenport West, 52-50 Friday; Beat Central DeWitt, 62-43 Monday in Iowa 3A's District 8 playoffs. Note: The state-ranked Knights failed to defend their MAC title this season, but Billy Daniel and Company still have their sites set on a return trip to state, and the school's first state title since 2000. Next: Tonight vs. Dubuque Wahlert (at PV) in Iowa 3A's District 8 playpffs.

7. Kewanee (22-5) 72 7
-- Last week: Lost to No. 13t Orion, 55-53 (OT) Wednesday in Illinois 2A's Taylor Ridge Regional. Note: The state-ranked Boilermakers held such high postseason hopes, too, after an unbeaten romp to the Three Rivers Conference crown. Next: SEASON OVER.

8. Danville (23-0) 51 9
-- Last week: Beat New London, 89-34 Thursday & Beat Keosauqua Van Buren, 80-40 Tuesday in Iowa 1A's District 9 playoffs. Note: In an amazing 50-1 run so far over the last two seasons, the only loss by the top-ranked Bears came in last season's state title game, 63-45 to state-rated Boyden-Hull. Those two could meet again, each two wins from returning to state. Next: Tonight vs. Pekin (at Muscatine) in Iowa 1A's District 9 championship.

9. Sterling Newman (23-4) 45 8
-- Last week: Beat Morrison, 67-48 Wednesday in Illinois 2A's Savanna Regional. Note: The state-rated Comets might've come up a Kewanee-loss short of winning the TRAC title this season, but Newman reached 1A's Elite Eight last season without the benefit of wearing a conference crown. Next: Friday vs. Riverdale in Illinois 2A's Savanna Regional.

10. Pleasant Valley (14-6) 25 10t
-- Last week: Beat Clinton, 69-50 Friday. Note: The Spartans are spoling for a shot to avenge their worst setback of the season, a 19-point road loss last month at Dubuque Senior. Iowa's fourth-ranked 4A squad looms as a season-ending roadblock if PV reaches the Sub-State title game. Next: Friday hosts Linn-Mar Marion in Iowa 4A's Sub-State 4 playoffs.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES:

11. Moline (17-12) 21 10t

-- Last week: Lost to No. 2 Rock Island, 57-46 (OT) Friday; Lost at state-ranked Lincoln, 49-46 (OT). Note: The Maroons didn't get paid for working overtime in either of their games last weekend. But as if anybody was doubting, the Maroons are much-improved and pose a serious threat when the postseason opens next week. Next: Friday hosts United Township; Monday vs. United Township in Illinois 4A's East Moline Regional.

12. Galva (23-5) 16 12
-- Last week: Won at Monmouth United, 52-39 Friday; Beat Monmouth United, 68-53 Tuesday & Lost to Annawan, 51-46 Wednesday in Illinois 1A's ROWVA Regional. Note: The confounding Wildcats clinched a second straight Lincoln Trail Conference crown last week by finishing unbeaten in league play. Eight days later, the season is over, with another first-round postseason flameout. Next: SEASON OVER.

13. Wethersfield (24-6) 11 15
-- Last week: Beat Annawan, 74-60 Friday; Beat Abingdon, 62-45 Wednesday in Illinois 1A's ROWVA Regional. Note: The LTC Tournament champions have rebounded from a three-game losing streak right after winning that title. Now, Wethersfield takes aim at its first regional crown since 2008. Next: Friday vs. Annawan at Illinois 1A's ROWVA Regional.

14. Orion (18-12) 9 13t
-- Last week: Lost to Carthage Illini West, 38-36 Friday; Beat No. 7 Kewanee, 55-53 (OT) Wednesday in Illinois 2A's Taylor Ridge Regional. Note: Dylan Schultz should run for Mayor after a dramatic buzzer-beating overtime layup for the upset. The Chargers also overcame a nine-point, second-half deficit. Next: Friday vs. No. 5 Rockridge in Illinois 2A's Taylor Ridge Regional championship.

15. Galesburg (17-13) 7 NR
-- Last week: Won at United Township, 58-37 Friday; Won at Norridge Ridgewood, 59-52 Saturday. Note: A share of the Big 6 title remains a possibility this weekend. A Rocky loss and Galesburg win gives the Streaks a share of the league crown for the first time since Joey Range led the 'Burg downstate in 1998. Next: Friday at Alleman (Don Morris Gym); Tuesday vs. Canton in Illinois 3A's Galesburg Sectional.

16. Northeast Goose Lake (17-7) 3 13t
-- Last week: Beat Bellevue, 51-36 Thursday & Lost to state-ranked Stanwood North Cedar, 62-39 Tuesday in Iowa 2A's District 9 playoffs. Note: Of those seven losses this season, five unfortunately came in the season's final nine games, including a pair of blowouts at the hands of state-tested North Cedar. Next: SEASON OVER.

17. Preston (20-3) 2 16
-- Last week: Beat Calamus-Wheatland, 69-43 Thursday & Beat Bellevue Marquette, 69-64 Tuesday in Iowa 1A's District 6 playoffs. Note: Hammered last month by No. 9 Newman (53-34). Shamed in the regular-season closing setback at seven-win Durant (50-43). Yet, neither loss kept the Trojans from playing for a District title. Next: Tonight vs. state-ranked Lone Tree (at Bettendorf) in Iowa 1A's District 6 championship.

18. Erie (18-13) 1 NR
-- Last week: Beat Fulton, 78-59 Friday; Beat Shabbona Indian Creek, 72-69 (2 OT) Wednesday in Illinois 1A's Erie Regional. Note: Jacob Johnston better get a bus driver's license. After a 49-point explosion in the regional semis, it's clear the Cardinals hope to ride him to only the third regional crown in school history, and first since 2005. Next: Friday vs. Paw Paw in Illinois 1A's Erie Regional championship.

ALSO ON THE RADAR:

NR. Riverdale (15-13) NR

-- Last week: Beat West Carroll, 61-47 Wednesday in Illinois 2A's Savanna Regional. Note: If the Rams avenge a recent setback this weekend, they'll return to the sectional for a second straight season, seeking their first sectional title since 1976. Next: Friday vs. No. 9 Sterling Newman in Illinois 2A's Savanna Regional championship.

NR. Bureau Valley (19-12) NR
-- Last week: Lost to Peru St. Bede, 77-40 Wednesday in Illinois 2A's Manlius Regional. Note: Pity the poor Storm's playoff-opening draw. Under-rated Peru St. Bede just beat traditional state power Peoria Manual. Next: SEASON OVER.


-- Dropped out: None.

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INDIVIDUAL VOTES


Marc Nesseler, mnesseler@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus sports editor
United Township beat writer


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. Monmouth-Roseville
4. Rockridge
5. Kewanee
6. North Scott
7. Galesburg
8. Sterling Newman
9. Moline
10. Assumption


Matt Randazzo, Matt.Randazzo@WQAD.com
WQAD-TV 8 Sports Director


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. Danville
4. North Scott
5. Monmouth-Roseville
6. Assumption
7. Rockridge
8. Kewanee
9. Galesburg
10. Galva


Steve Tappa, tappa@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus poll coordinator
Moline beat writer


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. Monmouth-Roseville
4. North Scott
5. Assumption
6. Rockridge
7. Pleasant Valley
8. Kewanee
9. Sterling Newman
10. Moline


Kory Kuffler, Kory.Kuffler@WQAD.com
WQAD-TV 8 sports anchor


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. Assumption
4. Danville
5. Monmouth-Roseville
6. Kewanee
7. Rockridge
8. Northeast Goose Lake
9. Galva
10. Sterling Newman


Pete Ivanic, pwivanic36@gmail.com
MC22 broadcast play-by-play/analyst


BOYS:
1. Bettebdorf
2. Rock Island
3. Sterling Newman
4. Monmouth-Roseville
5. Kewanee
6. Rockridge
7. Danville
8. North Scott
9. Assumption
10. Pleasant Valley


Fred Klauke, fklauke@mediacomcc.com
MC22 production manager


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. Danville
4. Monmouth-Roseville
5. North Scott
6. Assumption
7. Rockridge
8. Kewanee
9. Sterling Newman
10. Galva


John Hoscheidt, john@wrmj.com
WRMJ-FM 102.3 owner & operator


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. North Scott
4. Assumption
5. Pleasant Valley
6. Moline
7. Monmouth-Roseville
8. Rockridge
9. Sterling Newman
10. Danville


Mike Cocquit, sports@regionaldailynews.com
Regional Media Sports Director
WJRE-FM 102.5 play-by-play


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Monmouth-Roseville
3. Rock Island
4. North Scott
5. Sterling Newman
6. Rockridge
7. Kewanee
8. Assumption
9. Moline
10. Galva


Ken Jacoby, ken.jacoby@mchsi.com
WYEC-FM 93.9 play-by-play


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. North Scott
4. Assumption
5. Monmouth-Roseville
6. Sterling-Newman
7. Rockridge
8. Pleasant Valley
9. Kewanee
10. Moline


Kurt Ritzman, kritzman@clintonherald.com
Clinton Herald, Assistant Sports Editor


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. Danville
4. Sterling Newman
5. North Scott
6. Kewanee
7. Monmouth-Roseville
8. Rockridge
9. Preston
10. Assumption


Jeff Wendland, jwendland@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus lead sports layout


Did not vote


Tom Johnston, tbone@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus college beat writer


BOYS:
1 (tie). Rock Island
1 (tie). Bettendorf
3. Rockridge
4. Monmouth-Roseville
5. Kewanee
6. Assumption
7. North Scott
8. Orion
9. Galva
10. Moline


Daniel Makarewicz, Danmak@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus Big 6 boys/Rock Island/Alleman beat writer


BOYS:
1. Rock Island
2. Monmouth-Roseville
3. Rockridge
4. Bettendorf
5. Wethersfield
6. Moline
7. Kewanee
8. Orion
9. Galva
10. Erie


Dan Tomlin, dtomlin@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus Big 6 girls/Geneseo beat writer


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. North Scott
4. Assumption
5. Monmouth-Roseville
6. Rockridge
7. Kewanee
8. Pleasant Valley
9. Moline
10. Wethersfield


Terry Duckett, tduckett@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus area beat writer


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. Monmouth-Roseville
4. Rockridge
5. North Scott
6. Kewanee
7. Galva
8. Assumption
9. Sterling Newman
10. Wethersfield


Chris Steele, chrissteele@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus prep reporter


BOYS:
1. Rock Island
2. Monmouth-Roseville
3. Rockridge
4. Bettendorf
5. Assumption
6. Kewanee
7. North Scott
8. Orion
9. Wethersfield
10. Moline


D.J. Jarvis, djarvis@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus Scoreboard page/online results


BOYS:
1. Rock Island
2. Bettendorf
3. Monmouth-Roseville
4. Rockridge
5. North Scott
6. Assumption
7. Kewanee
8. Sterling Newman
9. Galva
10. Wethersfield


Anthony Sandoval, asando@qconline.com
Dispatch/Argus prep reporter


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. North Scott
4. Monmouth-Roseville
5. Assumption
6. Rockridge
7. Sterling Newman
8. Kewanee
9. Pleasant Valley
10. Moline


Brett Nowack, Brett.Nowack@wqad.com
WQAD-TV 8 Sports Reporter


Did not vote


Scott Weas, Scott.Weas@wqad.com
WQAD-TV 8 Score photographer


1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. North Scott
4. Danville
5. Assumption
6. Monmouth-Roseville
7. Rockridge
8. Pleasant Valley
9. Kewanee
10. Galesburg


Jenny Hipskind, Jenny.Hipskind@wqad.com
WQAD-TV 8 Score photographer


Did not vote


Anthony Panicucci, Anthony.Panicucci@wqad.com
WQAD-TV 8 Score Photographer


BOYS:
1. Bettendorf
2. Rock Island
3. Danville
4. North Scott
5. Assumption
6. Monmouth-Roseville
7. Rockridge
8. Pleasant Valley
9. Kewanee
10. Galva

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QC Prep Basketball Power Poll glance 

-– These local media rankings are determined on a descending points system, with a first-place vote receiving 10 points, a second-place vote receiving 9 points, and so on. Presented by The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, WQAD-TV 8, MC22, WFXN-AM 1230's Quad Cities Radio Group, Aledo's WRMJ-FM 102.3, Kewanee-based Regional Media and the Clinton Herald.

BOYS
Rank. Team (1st) (Rec.) Pts. LW

1. Bettendorf (15.5) (21-0) 182.5 1
2. Rock Island (3.5) (21-4) 173.5 2
3. Monmouth-Roseville (23-4) 129 4
4. North Scott (19-3) 108 3
5. Rockridge (22-4) 100 6
6. Assumption (16-6) 89 5
7. Kewanee (22-5) 72 7
8. Danville (23-0) 51 9
9. Sterling Newman (23-4) 45 8
10. Pleasant Valley (14-6) 25 10t

-- Also receiving votes: Moline (17-12) 21; Galva (23-5) 16; Wethersfield (24-6) 11; Orion (18-12) 9; Galesburg (17-13) 7; Northeast Goose Lake (17-7) 3; Preston (20-3) 2; Erie (18-13) 1.

-- Dropped out: None.

-- Note: Records through Wednesday night; LW denotes last week's poll position; Last girls' vote was last week.
















 



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