By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
The Quincy High School boys basketballteam is back in the top 10.
Coming off a weekend sweep of UnitedTownship and Champaign Central, the Blue Devils climbed into theClass 4A state poll at No. 9. Quincy (15-4) was No. 8 three weeks agowhen the first new poll of 2013 was released.
However, losses on back-to-backSaturdays to Chicago Heights Marian Catholic and Hinsdale South leftQuincy among the others receiving votes.
This week, the Blue Devils picked up 15points from a panel of sports writers statewide to climb to No. 9.Rock Island, which trails Quincy by two games in the Western Big SixConference race, is among others receiving votes with 10 points.
Potential postseason foes BellevilleEast and Edwardsville remain in the top 10. Belleville East, whichbeat Edwardsville last Friday and is the only team to beat the Tigersthis season, is ranked fourth, while Edwardsville is now sixth.
Chicago Simeon received all 11first-place votes and took over the No. 1 spot from Chicago WhitneyYoung. Simeon beat Whitney Young 44-41 last Saturday in a showdown atChicago State University.
Quincy is the only area team in therankings.
Quincy Notre Dame (15-5) is among theothers receiving votes in Class 3A, while West Hancock (19-5) isreceiving votes in Class 2A and Payson Seymour (16-5) is garneringvotes in Class 1A.
On the girls side, Quincy Notre Dameremains undefeated but once again fell in the poll.
Last week, the Lady Raiders (18-0) weretied for second with Chicago Morgan Park. This week, Morgan Park issecond and QND is third, separated by four points. QND did receiveone first-place vote, while No. 1-ranked Lombard Montini received theother 10 first-place votes.
Unity (22-4) is the only other areateam to receive mention, getting votes in Class 1A.