Highland Holiday Hoopfest - Andrean vs Highland

Highland's Isaac Sytsma is guarded by Andrean's John Carrothers on Friday.

John J. Watkins, The Times

As the Region boys basketball season enters 2018, state contenders are starting to emerge in Class 1A.

Class 3A and 4A? We'll have to get back to you.

Gary 21st Century and Washington Township maintained their holds on the Nos. 6 and 7 rankings in the latest state poll released by The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon. Andrean jumped back into the rankings after a two-week stay in "others receiving votes" purgatory, ascending to No. 9 in 2A following a Highland Holiday Hoopfest championship.

The only Region peep out of the state's bigger classifications, however, came in the form of a few votes sent Hammond's way in 3A.

Thus, we enter the new year in the same place we began the season, with the Region's bigger schools having something to prove to the rest of the state.

The rankings:

Class 4A

1. S. Bend Riley (7)9-02461
2. Hamilton Southeastern (3)11-02322
3. New Albany (2)8-12063
4. Warren Central (1)8-01905
5. Zionsville8-01406
6. Indpls Ben Davis10-21208
7. Floyd Central8-11164
8. Center Grove9-11009
9. Bloomington South10-2947
10. Jeffersonville9-06310

Others receiving votes: Indpls Cathedral 34. Ft. Wayne North 19.

Class 3A

1. Ev. Bosse (7)9-12463
2. New Castle (5)10-02305
3. Indianapolis Attucks (1)8-21811
4. Greensburg10-11454
5. Tri-West6-11432
6. Culver Academy4-31097
7. Marion8-110510
8. Indpls Brebeuf5-3946
9. Danville7-268NR
10. Beech Grove7-255NR

Others receiving votes: Silver Creek 40. S. Bend Washington 37. Heritage Hills 27. Mishawaka Marian 19. Brownstown 19. Princeton 12. NorthWood 10. W. Lafayette 8. Hammond 6. Evansville Memorial 6.

Class 2A

1. Westview (9)9-02502
2. Covington (1)9-02103
3. Frankton (2)8-11961
4. Forest Park (1)9-01666
5. Tipton7-11645
6. Oak Hill8-31294
7. Paoli9-01228
8. LaVille11-163NR
9. Andrean7-260NR
10. Linton-Stockton8-2509

Others receiving votes: Southwestern (Jefferson) 43. Indpls Howe 41. Henryville 22. Indpls Arlington 19. Eastern Hancock 19. Indpls Irvington 6.

Class 1A

1. Tindley (5)10-22322
2. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk (3)9-12165
3. Tri-County (2)6-02103
4. Barr-Reeve (3)9-11971
5. University10-11624
6. Gary 21st Century11-31146
7. Washington Twp.7-0997
8. Morristown10-1938
9. Lafayette Catholic5-35510
10. Wood Memorial6-341NR

Others receiving votes: Southwood 34. Springs Valley 34. S. Newton 28. Hauser 26. Covenant Christian 13. Christian Academy 6.

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Matt is a web editor for The Times. He came to the Region after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Longview Daily News, Lincoln Journal Star and Peninsula Daily News. He is a graduate of Arizona State University.