Unbeaten Hawks stick at No. 7 in 2A rankings

WEBSTER CITY — Still one of a handful of unbeaten teams in Class 2A, the South Hamilton boys’ basketball team held firm at No. 7 in the latest Associated Press rankings that were released yesterday afternoon.

The Hawks (13-0) received 57 voting points from the statewide panel of sports media members.

Defending state champion Western Christian remained entrenched in the top spot with 11 of the 13 first-place votes. No. 2 Van Meter received the other two top votes.

Aplington-Parkersburg and Cascade sit in the Nos. 3 and 4 spots. Sheldon is fifth and Sioux Center, which was No. 2 last week but lost twice, slipped down to No. 6.

Treynor, Northeast Goose Lake and East Marshall fill the Nos. 8-10 spots.

South Hamilton, which hosted Saydel last night, remains in the driver’s seat in its quest for a second straight Heart of Iowa Conference championship. The Hawks hold a one game lead over Prairie City-Monroe.

All of the top-ranked teams remained in place from last week. Iowa City West, the only unbeaten 4A team, picked up all 13 first-place votes. Oskaloosa stayed in the top spot in 3A despite its first loss last week to No. 8 Dubuque Wahlert. North Linn and Grand View Christian are Nos. 1 and 2 in 1A with eight and five first-place votes, respectively.

Webster City (6-3) received two voting points in the 3A poll.