02-12-2019
BY JACK BULLOCK
The basketball season is winding down and everything that has been needed to be said, has been said.

Unlike pro, college and some other high school sports like football, the regionals will start with all member schools eligible for a run at the state championship.

The IHSA calls it “America's Original March Madness.”

I'm not sure we, Illinois, originated it and we sure didn't perfect it.

But it is the time of year that fans of this sport get a “fever” for the culmination of a season.

The games starting on February 18 for 1A and 2A teams will actually matter.

Teams will take the floor knowing that this could be the end of the season or, in many cases, the end of a career.

All of the work, all of the games played, the practices, the road trips, the juggling of basketball and academics, will hopefully bare it's championship fruit.

Regional, sectional, supersectional and state finals hardware will be earned in the three weeks it takes to crown a champion.

Best of luck to everyone involved.

See you at the gym.

Jack

1. MOWEAQUA CENTRAL A&M (24-3)
The Raiders are looking for another trip to SIU and beyond.
2. NOKOMIS (24-6)
The Redskins are looking at a sectional rematch from last year with A&M.
3. SESSER-VALIER (21-5)
The Red Devils are looking strong heading into their own regional.
4. WOODLAWN (22-4)
Despite injuries, the Cardinals have the weapons to reach the sectional.
5. THOMPSONVILLE (26-2)
These Tigers would love another shot at the Cardinals next week.
6. ALTAMONT (18-10)
The Indians are the top seed at the regional and host the sectional the following week.
7. COBDEN (20-9)
These Appleknockers are looking for their first regional crown 1964.
8. NORTH CLAY (21-8)
The Cardinals are also the top seed in their regional.
9. MOUNDS MERIDIAN (12-16)
Forget about the won/loss. The Bobcats have been in with some tough competition.
10. CAIRO (11-16)
The Pilots have also been in some wars. A postseason threat.
Knocking on the door in alphabetical order
Arcola (11-17)
Christopher (10-16)
Crab Orchard (19-10)
Dieterich (14-14)
Egyptian (19-10)
Elverado (21-8)
Gallatin County (19-9)
Goreville (16-13)
Hardin County (11-14)
Mulberry Grove (19-4)

Neoga (13-12)
Norris City-Omaha-Enfield (11-13)
Odin (14-14)
Pope County (19-10)
St. Elmo/Brownstown (18-11)
Steeleville (15-13)
Tri-County/Hume (Shiloh) (15-14)
Waltonville (11-13)
Wayne City (19-9)
Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg (15-13)

1. MADISON (15-11)
The Trojans have the horses to make it to Peoria
2. WINCHESTER WEST CENTRAL (CO-OP) (22-6)
The Cougars continue to impress. Favored to get to Okawville Sectional.
3. ELMWOOD (20-2)
The Trojans are the top overall seed in the Lewistown Sectional.
4. MARISSA/COULTERVILLE (22-2)
The Meteors host a tough regional.
5. CONCORD-TRIOPIA (26-2)
Also part of the Lewistown Sectional.
6. OKAWVILLE (15-10)
The Rockets would love to get to the sectional at home.
7. CAMP POINT CENTRAL (20-7)
Will have to beat Payson-Seymour on the Indians home floor to get to Okawville.
8. JACKSONVILLE ROUTT (16-8)
The Rockets are top seeds at Carrollton with Barry Western.
9.
BARRY WESTERN (17-9)
The Wildcats and Rockets will make for an interesting regional title game.
10. PAYSON-SEYMOUR (20-6)
Lost to CPC on the road Jan 26, 47-44. Indians looking for revenge factor.

Knocking on the door in alphabetical order
Abingdon/Avon (CO-OP) (14-8)
Brimfield (16-7)
Brussels (12-10)
Carrollton (10-17)
Delavan (15-11)
Hardin Calhoun (16-7)
Lewistown (19-6)
Lovejoy (15-14)
Mason City-Illini Central (14-8)
Metro-East Lutheran (13-15)
Mt. Sterling-Brown County (11-13)
New Athens (10-14)
New Berlin (12-15)
Springfield Lutheran (16-10)
Springfield Calvary (16-10)
Waterloo Gibault (14-15)

1. NASHVILLE (28-2)
The Hornets are clearly the favorites. They have wins over three on this list by double digits.
2. TEUTOPOLIS (23-5)
The Wooden Shoes will have to beat rival Bulldogs at St. A to reach the sectional.
3. CASEY-WESTFIELD (23-3)
The Warriors will go to Shelbyville as the top seed there.
4. FAIRFIELD (27-2)
The Mules will head to Harrisburg for a very winnable regional.
5. PINCKNEYVILLE (23-5)
The Panthers are licking their wounds with key injuries to deal with.
6. CHESTER (23-5)
The Yellow Jackets are regional favorite at home.
7. ALTON MARQUETTE (24-3)
The Explorers will like 2A a lot better than 3A.
8. WEST FRANKFORT (18-10)
The Red Birds have dealt with a tough schedule as well. At Chester next week.
9. MT. CARMEL (12-14)
The Aces won/loss record isn't pretty but they are postseason ready at home.
10. EFFINGHAM ST. ANTHONY (18-9)
The Bulldogs host a regional with rival Teutopolis as the top seed.

Knocking on the door in alphabetical order
Cumberland (17-11)
Du Quoin (12-13)
Edwards County (12-13)
Eldorado (19-8)
Greenville (16-12)
Hillsboro (16-12)
Johnston City (13-15)
Lawrenceville (12-14)
Litchfield (18-7)
Marshall (18-7)
Red Hill (20-8)
Shelbyville (22-4)
Sparta (11-16)
Vandalia (17-11)
Vienna (11-18)
Wesclin (13-15)