The Jeffersonville boys’ basketball team remained in the fourth spot in the final Associated Press Class 4A poll of the 2005-06 season, which was released on Monday.

It was the fifth straight week the Red Devils have been ranked fourth. They concluded their regular season last Friday with a 70-57 victory over Louisville Eastern at Johnson Arena, which was their 19th consecutive win.

Jeff (19-1) will start Class 4A sectional play tonight at Seymour with a first-round matchup against Jennings County.

Providence received 30 honorable-mention votes in the 2A poll. The Pioneers (15-5), who have won five in a row, will face Charlestown tonight in the first round of the Class 2A Providence Sectional.

Borden (15-5) got six honorable-mention votes in the Class A poll. The Braves are hosting the Class A sectional this week and will play New Washington in the first round Wednesday.

Lawrence North stayed the unanimous No. 1 in the 4A poll. The Wildcats, led by Ohio State-bound Greg Oden and Mike Conley, swept through an unbeaten regular season and extended its two-year winning streak to 38 games. It’s the state’s longest streak in 20 years and well within sight of the record 45 wins by Indianapolis Attucks a half-century ago.

Lawrence North (22-0) will open the tourney sectionals Tuesday night against unranked Indianapolis Arlington, which lost to the Wildcats by 26 points early in the season but went on to a respectable 17-5 record.

Arlington was the state’s No. 1 team in 4A last year but lost to Lawrence North in the second round of sectionals.

Evansville Bosse, which had one loss in 21 regular-season games, was also the unanimous pick for No. 1 in the final Class 3A voting by the AP’s statewide media panel on Monday. The Bulldogs will open the tournament against Boonville on Tuesday night.

Forest Park (19-3), ranked second last week, moved up to No. 1 in 2A after two losses by previously top-ranked Brownstown. The Rangers received a first-round tournament bye and will play either Tell City or Southridge in Friday’s sectional semifinals.

In Class A, Orleans (19-1) remained No. 1 and will open the tournament against Medora on Wednesday.

There were few changes in the polls from last week.

The top eight 4A teams were the same as a week ago, including No. 2 Indianapolis Pike, which held its ranking despite a 74-67 loss to Lawrence North.

Anderson remained third. Shelbyville — the state’s only other unbeaten besides Lawrence North — was fourth, followed by Indianapolis North Central, Huntington North and Valparaiso.

Penn moved up one spot to ninth, while newcomer Merrillville was voted 10th. Elkhart Memorial, ninth last week, dropped out after a loss to South Bend Clay in its final regular-season game.

Plymouth and New Castle rejoined the 3A poll this week in place of Lakeland and Andrean.

Bosse again was followed by Connersville and Batesville, while NorthWood moved ahead of Vincennes into fourth and Wawasee moved up two spots to sixth. Plymouth was picked seventh, Indianapolis Brebeuf and Evansville Mater Dei dropped two spots each to eighth and ninth, respectively, and New Castle was voted 10th.

In Class 2A, Brownstown dropped from first to fifth after its losses to Jennings County and Orleans.

That moved Forest Park and Tri-West up one spot each to first and second and North Montgomery up two places to third. Northwestern and Knightstown remained fourth and sixth, respectively, Shenandoah rose one spot to seventh, Heritage Christian climbed two places to eighth, Frankton fell two spots to ninth after a loss to Pendleton Heights and Rochester moved into the rankings at No. 10.

Glenn, which was ninth last week, dropped out after a loss to Plymouth.

The biggest changes in Class A were by Lanesville, which dropped from second to sixth after a loss to unranked Crawford County, and by Lapel, which fell five spots to 10th after a loss to Wes-Del.

Elsewhere, Blue River moved up two spots to second behind Orleans, Hauser remained third, Tri-Central rose two spots to fourth, Oregon-Davis moved up two places to fifth, Madison Shawe rose two spots to seventh, Lafayette Catholic remained eighth and Barr-Reeve rose one spot to ninth.



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