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Originally Posted Online: Feb. 28, 2013, 9:49 pm
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By Steve Tappa, stappa@qconline.com

The final Quad-Cities Prep Basketball Power Poll of the campaign looks a lot like the first boys' vote this season.

Nine of today's Top 10 teams were in a similar perch when the local media rankings made their sixth season debut back in early January.

The exception is Kewanee (22-5), which was surprised by No. 15t Orion in regional action after last week's boys-only ballot, precipitating a fall from seventh to 11th in the final poll of local sportswriters and broadcasters.

There's good reason for the lack of movement the last two months, with the Top 10 boys' teams combining on a dominating 223-41 record heading into today's "March Madness" of sectional and regional championship games in Illinois, and Elite Eight state tournament berths in Iowa.

Eight of the final boys' Top 10 already have reached the 20-win plateau, not including receiving votes Kewanee, Galva (23-5) or Preston (20-4). Six also remain alive for state championships, with four falling deep into postseason play Wednesday or Thursday.

Bettendorf (23-0) barely closed the season's final six weeks as the top-ranked local boys' team, surviving double overtime Wednesday against No. 4 North Scott (20-4) to secure an Elite Eight berth in Iowa Class 4A.

The Bulldogs received 15.5 of the 19 first-place votes cast for 183.5 of a possible 190 voting points.

Rock Island (23-4), which opened the season at No. 1, earned the other 3.5 top nods to settle for second in the ratings with 173.5 points.

Of the final top six, five were similarly regarded at the poll's start, with only No. 3 Monmouth-Roseville (25-4) pushing into that distinction, as the poll's biggest mover this season, jumping up from a No. 9 season-starting perch.

North Scott (fourth in both), Rockridge (third to fifth) and Assumption (fifth to sixth) were deemed the area's other elite boys' teams in comparing the starting and ending polls.

Sterling Newman (10th to seventh), Wethersfield (seventh to ninth) and Pleasant Valley (sixth to 10th) also survived the season as Top 10 teams in both sets of rankings.

Newman (ninth to seventh) and Wethersfield (13th to ninth) both jumped from last week's ratings because of Kewanee's early playoff exit.

In all, 18 teams received votes in the final boys' vote of the season.

The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus administered the poll again this season. Participating co-sponsors included 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) (23-0) 183.5 1

-- Last week: Beat Davenport West, 63-26 Friday in Iowa 4A's Sub-State 5 semifinals; Beat No. 4 North Scott, 59-51 (2 OT) Wednesday in Iowa 4A's Sub-State 5 championship. Note: The state-ranked Mississippi Athletic Conference champs are seeking more than a third state boys' basketball crown in school history. The Bulldogs have a chance at securing history, too, as the MAC's first and only other unbeaten state champ since Davenport West in 1994. Next: Wednesday vs. state-rated Urbandale in Iowa 4A's Elite Eight.

2. Rock Island (3.5) (23-4) 173.5 2
-- Last week: Beat state-ranked Quincy, 61-47 Friday; Beat No. 11 Moline, 72-55 Wednesday in Illinois 4A's East Moline Regional. Note: A fourth straight Western Big 6 Conference crown secured, the state-ranked Rocks seek so much more now in the postseason, starting with the 34th regional title in school history, and seventh in state title-winning coach Thom Sigel's 12 seasons. Next: Friday vs. Pekin in Illinois 4A's Easy Moline Regional championship.

3. Monmouth-Roseville (25-4) 130 3
-- Last week: Beat Knoxville, 62-41 Saturday in Illinois 2A's Monmouth Regional championship; Beat Tremont, 74-48 Wednesday in Illinois 2A's Farmington Sectional. Note: The state-ranked Titans want more than a regional title. The West Central North co-champs are looking for their first sectional title since 2007 and a little postseason revenge, too, on the school that ended their season last year. Next: Friday vs. state-rated Fieldcrest in Illinois 2A's Farmington Sectional championship.

4. North Scott (20-4) 106.5 4
-- Last week: Beat Davenport Central, 64-41 Friday in Iowa 4A's Sub-State 5 semifinals; Lost to No. 1 Bettendorf, 59-51 (2 OT) Wednesday in Iowa 4A's Sub-State 5 championship. Note: The poor Lancers. Three of their four losses this season were to their top-ranked MAC rivals. But a sophomore core will be back for more next season, fighting for that No. 1 spot locally and the school's first Elite Eight state date since 2003. Next: SEASON OVER.

5. Rockridge (23-5) 103 5
-- Last week: Beat No. 14 Orion, 57-37 Friday in Illinois 2A's Taylor Ridge Regional; Lost to state-rated Fieldcrest, 56-52 Thursday in Illinois 2A's Farmington Sectional. Note: For the 11th time since 1974, the Rockets came up short of the school's first sectional title and Elite Eight appearance. Don't worry, though. Wisconsin-bound Ethan Happ should have the state-ranked West Central North co-champs back in the conversation next season. Next: SEASON OVER.

6. Assumption (18-6) 99 6
-- Last week: Beat Dubuque Wahlert, 67-57 Thursday in Iowa 3A's District 8 championship; Beat Marion, 51-47 Monday in Iowa 3A's Sub-State 4 championship. Note: The state-ranked Knights are hoping to score the school's fourth state boys' basketball title, and first since back-to-back crowns in 1999-2000. That other title? That came in 1982, when current star Billy Daniel's dad was Assumption's inside anchor. Next: Tuesday vs. state-rated Dallas Center Grimes in Iowa 3A's Elite Eight.

7. Sterling Newman (25-4) 63 9
-- Last week: Beat Riverdale, 63-52 Friday in Illinois 2A's Savanna Regional; Beat Seneca, 45-27 Wednesday in Illinois 2A's Byron Sectional. Note: The Three Rivers Conference runners-up are an upset away from reaching the state's Elite Eight for the second straight season. Next: Friday vs. state-rated Winnebago in Illinois 2A's Byron Sectional championship.

8. Danville (25-0) 59 8
-- Last week: Beat Pekin, 88-58 Friday in Iowa 1A's District 9 championship; Beat Sigourney, 61-29 Saturday in Iowa 1A's Sub-State 5 championship. Note: In an amazing 52-1 run the past two seasons, the top-ranked Bears' only loss was 63-45 to state-rated Boyden-Hull in last year's 1A state championship game. Next: Monday vs. Fairbank Wapsie Valley in Iowa 1A's Elite Eight.

9. Wethersfield (25-7) 30.5 13
-- Last week: Beat Annawan, 63-41 Friday at Illinois 1A's ROWVA Regional; Lost to Mendon Unity, 65-54 Thursday in Illinois 1A's Mount Sterling Sectional. Note: The Lincoln Trail Conference Tournament champs rebounded from a late-season, three-game losing streak to win a regional for the first time in five seasons. Too bad the state-ranked Geese came up just short of their first and only other sectional title since 1979. Next: SEASON OVER.

10. Pleasant Valley (15-7) 27 10
-- Last week: Beat Linn-Mar Marion, 54-40 Friday in Iowa 4A's Sub-State 4 playoffs; Lost to state-rated Dubuque Senior, 55-53 (OT) Wednesday. Note: The Spartans came up just short of scoring sweet revenge for a 19-point January blowout. That also would have meant PV's fourth Elite Eight state trip, and first since 2006's second-place showing. Next: SEASON OVER.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES:

11. Kewanee (22-5) 23.5 7

-- Last week: SEASON OVER. Note: After an unbeaten 14-0 run to the Three Rivers Conference crown, the Boilermakers fell short of their first regional title since 2010. Next: SEASON OVER.

12. Galesburg (19-13) 14 15
-- Last week: Won at Alleman, 55-43 Friday; Beat Canton, 63-45 Wednesday in Illinois 3A's Galesburg Sectional. Note: After coming within a whisker of sharing, or even winning the Western Big 6 Conference crown, the Streaks have a shot to win a regional title for just the second time since 2006. Next: Friday vs. Quincy Notre Dame in Illinois 3A's Galesburg Sectional championship.

13. Moline (19-12) 13.5 11
-- Last week: Beat United Township, 64-43 Friday; Beat United Township, 52-47 Monday in Illinois 4A's East Moline Regional; Lost to No. 2 Rock Island, 72-55 Wednesday in Illinois 4A's East Moline Regional. Note: Hard to believe the Maroons have won a regional title just once since the last of their 22 state finals appearances in 2004. That's not a knock on Jeff Schimmel's first season as head coach, though. Moline made steady improvement this season and expects so much more next year. Next: SEASON OVER.

14. Erie (19-14) 7 18
-- Last week: Beat Paw Paw, 73-65 Friday in Illinois 1A's Erie Regional championship; Lost to state-rated Lanark Eastland, 62-41 Wednesday in Illinois 1A's Lanark Sectional. Note: The Cardinals still haven't won a sectional title in school history. But claiming a regional for only the third time, and the first time since 2005, will make this a memorable season in Erie. Next: SEASON OVER.

15 (tie). Galva (23-5) 4 12
-- Last week: SEASON OVER. Note: The confounding Wildcats flamed out of a second straight postseason, with a regional-opening loss, despite successfully defending their LTC title with a 10-0 league run. Next: SEASON OVER.

15 (tie). Orion (18-13) 4 14
-- Last week: Lost to No. 5 Rockridge, 57-37 Friday in Illinois 2A's Taylor Ridge Regional championship. Note: The Chargers came up short of their sixth regional crown since 2006. Next: SEASON OVER.

17. Preston (20-4) 3 17
-- Last week: Lost to state-ranked Lone Tree, 57-46 Friday in Iowa 1A's District 6 championship. Note: Hammered in January by No. 7 Newman (53-34). Shamed in the regular-season closing setback at seven-win Durant (50-43). Yet, neither embarrassing loss kept the Trojans from playing for a District title. Next: SEASON OVER.

18. Riverdale (15-14) 1 NR
-- Last week: Lost to No. 9 Sterling Newman, 63-52 Friday in Illinois 2A's Savanna Regional championship. Note: The feisty Rams were ultimately unable to defend both the TRAC title and their regional crown. Next: SEASON OVER.

ALSO ON THE RADAR:

NR. Northeast Goose Lake (17-7) 0 16

-- Last week: SEASON OVER. 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 tournament-tested North Cedar. Next: SEASON OVER.

NR. Bureau Valley (19-12) 0 NR
-- Last week: SEASON OVER. Note: This season's champions of Erie's Warkins Cardinals Classic unfortunately peaked at that annual Christmas tournament. Next: SEASON OVER.

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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. North Scott
5. Rockridge
6. Assumption
7. Moline
8. Sterling Newman
9. Wethersfield
10. Pleasant Valley


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. Sterling Newman
9. Galesburg
10. Wethersfield


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. Sterling Newman
9. Kewanee
10. Moline


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


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


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


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


Fred Klauke, fklauke@mediacomcc.com
MC22 production manager


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


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


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


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. Danville
9. Pleasant Valley
10. Kewanee


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. Monmouth-Roseville
7. Rockridge
8. Preston
9. Assumption
10. Kewanee


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. Assumption
6. Wethersfield
7. Sterling Newman
8. Galesburg
9. Kewanee
10 (tie). Moline
10 (tie). North Scott


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


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


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. Pleasant Valley
8. Moline
9. Galesburg
10 (tie). Wethersfield
10 (tie). Kewanee


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


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


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


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


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. Galesburg
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


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


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. Wethersfield
10. Sterling Newman

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Q-C 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) (23-0) 183.5 1
2. Rock Island (3.5) (23-4) 173.5 2
3. Monmouth-Roseville (25-4) 130 3
4. North Scott (20-4) 106.5 4
5. Rockridge (23-5) 103 5
6. Assumption (18-6) 99 6
7. Sterling Newman (25-4) 63 9
8. Danville (25-0) 59 8
9. Wethersfield (25-7) 30.5 13
10. Pleasant Valley (15-7) 27 10

-- Also receiving votes: Kewanee (22-5) 23.5; Galesburg (19-13) 14; Moline (19-12) 13.5; Erie (19-14) 7; Galva (23-5) 4; Orion (18-13) 4; Preston (20-4) 3; Riverdale (15-14) 1.

-- Dropped out: Northeast Goose Lake (17-7).

-- Note: Records through Thursday night; LW denotes last week's poll position; Last girls' vote was Feb. 13.
















 



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