Gallery: Valparaiso at Lowell boys basketball

Valparaiso's Colin Walls directs a teammate during a game against Lowell last week. The Vikings are still on the outside looking in of the state rankings, but they continue to creep closer to the Class 4A top 10.

Kale Wilk, The Times

Three weeks into the season, and the Region is still looking for an obvious boys basketball state title contender.

Could it be Westville in Class 1A? The Porter County Conference power found itself in the AP state rankings for the first time this season Wednesday, with the state's prep sportswriters slotting the Blackhawks in at No. 8 following a 4-0 start to season.

Only two other area teams were in the latest edition of the rankings — Andrean (No. 10 in 2A) and 21st Cenury (No. 9 in 1A).

Valparaiso has been steadily rising up the "others receiving votes" ladder, but the Vikings are still three spots shy of getting a number next to their name. Still plenty of time to turn a few heads. March is still months away.

The rankings:


Class 4A

 W-LPtsPrv
1. Indpls Ben Davis (12)4-03542
2. S. Bend Riley (4)6-03323
3. Hamilton Southeastern5-02775
4. New Albany (3)4-12501
5. Warren Central3-01976
6. Floyd Central4-0187NR
7. Zionsville4-01808
8. Bloomington South4-11159
9. Ft. Wayne North4-21104
10. Center Grove5-163NR

Others receiving votes: Lawrence North 52. Brownsburg 47. Valparaiso 44. Jeffersonville 27. Lafayette Jeff 13. Lawrence Central 12. McCutcheon 8. Penn 6. Carmel 6.


Class 3A

 W-LPtsPrv
1. Indianapolis Attucks(15)4-03721
2. Ev. Bosse (4)3-03402
3. Tri-West4-02744
4. Brownstown4-02366
5. Silver Creek6-01958
6. S. Bend Washington4-01559
7. Greensburg5-014810
8. Culver Academy3-21427
9. Indpls Brebeuf3-2955
10. NorthWood3-2663

Others receiving votes: New Castle 62. Danville 54. Beech Grove 45. Northwestern 27. Mishawaka Marian 21. Evansville Memorial 13. Salem 8. W. Lafayette 8. Indpls Manual 7. Glenn 6. Sullivan 6.


Class 2A

 W-LPtsPrv
1. Oak Hill (13)5-03641
2. Frankton (5)5-03502
3. Westview (1)5-02914
4. Covington6-020110
5. Tipton5-1186T7
6. Shenandoah4-1142T7
7. Linton-Stockton4-11313
8. Indpls Howe3-21246
9. Forest Park4-0102NR
10. Andrean3-2775

Others receiving votes: Southwestern (Jefferson) 64. Wapahani 58. Paoli 55. Milan 34. Heritage Christian 22. Indpls Scecina 16. Indpls Irvington 15. Eastern Hancock 12. Clarksville 8. LaVille 8. Monroe Central 7. River Forest 7. Michigan City Marquette 6.


Class 1A

 W-LPtsPrv
1. Barr-Reeve (14)4-03641
2. Tri-County4-03142
3. Tindley (5)4-13003
4. University6-02734
5. Ft. Wayne Blackhawk4-12275
6. S. Newton5-01707
7. Wood Memorial3-11236
8. Westville4-074NR
9. Gary 21st Century4-3678
10. Morristown4-164NR

Others receiving votes: Lanesville 63. Hauser 59. Southwood 51. Washington Twp. 40. Lafayette Catholic 30. Christian Academy 14. Edinburgh 13. N. Vermillion 12. Covenant Christian 10. Springs Valley 6. Vincennes Rivet 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.