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Central Catholic held steady while Hartsburg-Emden climb-ed back into the rankings when the final Associated Press Class A boys basketball poll of the season was announced Tuesday.

The Saints (22-4), who face Heyworth in regional play at today at Clinton, remained No. 14 in the statewide poll of writers and broadcasters. Hartem (24-3) rejoined the rankings at No. 16 when Serena dropped out.

No. 12 CPCI (25-2) also held its position from the previous poll.

Seneca (27-0) received 21 of 22 first-place votes and easily retained the No. 1 ranking it has held since January.

No. 2 Pinckneyville (26-1) and No. 3 Chicago Hales Franciscan also held their previous positions in the poll. Hales received the other first-place vote.

The most notable change involved Teutopolis (24-3), which tumbled four places to No. 8 following a loss last week to unranked Madison.

Fourth-ranked Elmhurst Timothy Christian (26-1), No. 5 Winnebago (24-2), No. 6 Macomb (24-1) and No. 7 Chicago North Lawndale (26-2) each climbed one position.

Dakota (25-0), which joins Seneca as the only undefeated teams in Class A, remained at the No. 9 spot.

No. 10 Nokomis (26-2), No. 11 Riverton (23-2), No. 13 Lawrenceville (25-2) and No. 15 Warrensburg-Latham (22-4) each retained their previous rankings as well.

Marshall No. 1 in Class AA poll for sixth-consecutive week

Marshall is entering its sixth consecutive week in command of the No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Class AA boys basketball state poll. But the Commandos' hold on the top spot received one challenge and could get at least two more in the Chicago Public League tournament.

Marshall (25-1), which held off upstart Carver 75-69 in Sunday's Public League quarterfinals, received 15 of 18 first-place votes from a statewide panel of writers and broadcasters. Next up for Marshall is today's semifinal at DePaul against 14th-ranked Washington (22-2), which is making its first trip in school history to the Public League's final four.

"This team is doing something that no Washington team has ever done and they are still hungry," said Washington coach Kenneth Crump.

Fourth-ranked Simeon (23-4) also advanced to the semifinals with a 71-46 win over Crane (21-5). The two teams had split their first two meetings, but Simeon took control with a 23-4 third quarter as junior standout Derrick Rose had 18 points and seven assists.

Simeon will meet No. 9 Von Steuben (23-4) for a berth in Saturday's title game.

Westchester St. Joseph (24-1) and Northbrook Glenbrook North (23-2) held the second and third spots respectively. Glenbrook North faces rival Glenview Glenbrook South (22-3) in the Central Suburban League championship game Friday night.

West Aurora (21-1) and Edwardsville (22-0) are fifth and sixth respectively after being tied for sixth last week. Edwardsville plays No. 11 Alton (25-2) for the Southwestern Conference crown Friday.

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