The Latest 1st Alliance Volleyball Club/ Boys High School Rankings

Neuqua Valley’s Gabe Scharosch slams a kill past New Trier’s Emmett Burnside (24) and Zachary Salberg (11) Saturday at North Central College. (Photos by Dave Ruggles).

The rankings are becoming a roll of the dice, darts thrown at the wall, drawing pieces of paper out of a hat and a multiple-guess exam.

No. 2 Lincoln-Way East loses to unranked Lincoln-Way Central. No. 3 Lincoln-Way West falls to No. 23 Sandburg. No. 4 New Trier tumbles to No. 11 Barrington. No. 10 Loyola is beaten by No. 14 St. Rita. No. 8 Deerfield is stopped by No. 9 Boylan. No. 21 Bartlett loses to unranked West Chicago. No. 22 Glenbard East loses its way.

Who knows what surprises lay ahead when the IHSA tournament begins a week from today?

Here are the top 25 teams (as best we can reckon) heading into the final week of the regular season.

(previous ranking in parentheses)

1. Marist 32-2 (1)
East Suburban champions wrap up regular season Tuesday with visit to St. Patrick.

Glenbard West 30-3 (6)
Henry Curtis, Hilltoppers travel to Lyons Tuesday, host St. Charles North Thursday.

3. Boylan Catholic 31-2 (9)
Andrew Crouch, Titans could see Deerfield again in sectional championship.

4. Lincoln-Way East 25-7 (2)

Griffins visit rival West Tuesday, host streaking Sandburg Thursday.

5. Lincoln-Way West 29-4 (3)
Warriors host rival Lincoln-Way East Tuesday, visit Bolingbrook Thursday.

6. Barrington 25-9 (11)

Broncos re-invent themselves (again) to beat New Trier, Neuqua Valley.  

7. New Trier 24-8 (4)

Sue Ellen Haak’s faith in tournament run unshaken by loss to Barrington.

8. Oak Park-River Forest 28-4 (5)

Lucas Schattauer, Huskies close regular season with Thursday visit to Loyola. 

9. Minooka 26-7 (7)
AJ Lewis, Indians visit Joliet West Tuesday, hosts Oswego East Thursday.

10. Deerfield 23-4 (8)
Warriors go the distance, but lose to Boylan in Evanston’s Spring Fling finale.

11. St. Francis 27-5 (13)

Bryce Walker leads Spartans to Metro Suburban title with win over R-B.

12. St. Rita 23-11 (14)
Cam Bartmann, Joe Horn lead Mustangs to Catholic League Blue championship.

13. Sandburg 23-9 (23)

Richards’ MVP Luka Vukanic leads Eagles to Richards title, nine straight wins.

14. Palatine 28-4 (12)

After Mid-Suburban crossover Tuesday, Pirates visit Stevenson Thursday.

15. Loyola 26-7 (10)

Ramblers fall in Catholic League title game, close with Oak Park Thursday.

16. Stevenson 25-6 (15)
Thomas Finn, Patriots tune up for postseason push Monday at Grant.

17. Riverside-Brookfield 25-8 (19)

Vejay Cuplinskas, Bulldogs save their best for first at Willowbrook tournament.

18. Niles West 21-10 (16)
Despite loss to New Trier, Niles West trending in right direction for tournament.

19. Neuqua Valley 17-12 (17)
Gabe Scharosch, Wildcats acquit themselves well despite absence of Kevin Kauling.

20. Lake Forest 20-10 (18)
Scouts should get Kevin Lamp back for showdown with Stevenson Wednesday.

21. O’Fallon 21-8 (20)
Downstate hopefuls wrap up regular season with visit to Belleville East Tuesday.

22. Bartlett 23-4 (21)
Hawks cannot seem to solve Upstate Eight Conference rival West Chicago.

23. Hersey 26-7 (24)
Seeks Mid-Suburban League title Wednesday against reigning champ Barrington.

24. Edwardsville 17-8 (25)
Tigers avenge earlier loss to Vianney, travel to Belleville West Monday.

25. Providence 25-8 (NR)
Surging Celtics could cause a little havoc in the Belleville East sub-sectional.

Dropped out:
Glenbard East 18-15 (22)

On the bubble:
Bolingbrook, Downers Grove North, Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South, Hinsdale Central, Lake Park, Lincoln-Way Central, Lockport, Maine South, Naperville Central, Plainfield North, Richards, West Aurora, West Chicago, Wheaton North, Wheeling.

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