This is a new season. ABV Projections are finished for the 2014-15 campaign. Although it isn't a lock some of the northern teams in my rankings will be heading south in the postseason, here is a look at the ABV previewed schools.
ABV Class 1A Rankings
Class drop puts the Warriors in the hunt for a Peoria trip. Tough schedule will help.
2. OKAWVILLE (23-8)
One of the top sophomores in the state plus strong backcourt puts the Rockets in the hunt.
3. DIETERICH (23-9)
Four starters back and deep bench give the Maroons another shot at Peoria.
4. WOODLAWN (23-4)
The Cardinals ran into a hot team that kept them from another trip to Peoria last year.
5. MERIDIAN (24-4)
New coach will have plenty of talent to work with. Athletic as usual.
6. CAIRO (19-12)
The Pilots weren't far from a trip to SIU last season. They have a lot back for a second try.
7. MADISON (15-10)
Disappointing finish last season at Bunker Hill, Coach Cotto has reloaded the club.
Even with graduation losses, in 1A they belong on this list. Strength of schedule.
9. TRICO (18-12)
The Pioneers have some good ones back with just tough enough of a schedule.
10. SESSER-VALIER (22-12)
The surprise team in the South last season, Coach Garner got them playing well at the right time.
Honorable Mention in Alphabetical Order
Altamont, Carrier Mills, Christopher, Christ Our Rock Lutheran, Cowden-Herrick, Crab Orchard, Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran, Effingham St. Anthony, Hardin County, New Athens, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield, North Clay, Odin, Patoka and Steeleville.
ABV Class 2A Rankings
1. NASHVILLE (27-5)
The Hornets were oh so close last season. Three starters return for Coach Weathers.
All five starters back and a wealth of talent and size. Schedule will have them ready late.
3. TEUTOPOLIS (21-10)
The Wooden Shoes have just the right mix of size and quickness, but that is every year.
4. MARSHALL (16-11)
The Lions were going to be strong anyway, transfer from Indiana makes them a contender.
The Cougars' program is built for the long haul.
The Lions were second best in the SIRR Mississippi. Lot's of talent back for another shot.
The Red Birds' have veterans who have gotten better the past two seasons.
8. GREENVILLE (19-13)
The Comets have everyone back from a sectional title game appearance.
9. HILLSBORO (17-13)
Having a D-I 6-foot-9 senior center gets the Hiltoppers some notice here.
10. FAIRFIELD (20-9)
The Mules have one of the top big men in the Deep South.
Honorable Mention in alphabetical order.
Anna-Jonesboro, Benton, Carlinville, Carlyle, Carmi-White County, Flora, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Mount Carmel, Pinckneyville, Piasa Southwestern, Robinson, Sparta, Vienna, and Wesclin.