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Four teams from the Cedar Valley and northeast Iowa are featured in the first Iowa high school boys basketball rankings of the season released by the Associated Press Monday afternoon.

Aplington-Parkersburg is the highest rated squad from the region, rated No. 2 in Class 2A. The Falcons (2-0) opened their season with a pair of impressive wins, beating Oelwein, 82-29, on Nov. 30 and Grundy Center, 79-57, Friday night.

Coach Aaron Thomas' team has three starters back from a 2020-21 team that advanced to the state semifinals and finished the season 22-4.

Aplington-Parkersburg's top competitor in the new North Iowa Cedar League Central Division is expected to be Denver. The Cyclones (3-0) are ranked one spot behind the Falcons at No. 3.

Other rated teams from the region are: Janesville (No. 4 in Class 1A), Cedar Falls (No. 7 in Class 4A) and Waterloo West (No. 10 in Class 4A).

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

1. Johnston (4)2-078--
2. Ames (5)2-076--
3. West Des Moines Valley2-049--
4. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln2-047--
5. Iowa City High2-041--
6. Cedar Rapids Jefferson1-030--
7. Cedar Falls1-028--
8. Sioux City East2-022--
9. Waukee Northwest1-019--
10. Waterloo West1-015--
(tie) Mason CIty2-015--
(tie) North Scott1-015--

Others receiving votes: Pleasant Valley 14. Iowa City West 9. Dubuque Senior 8. Burlington 7. Cedar Rapids Prairie 6. Ankeny 4. Waukee 4. Urbandale 3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 3. Des Moines Hoover 1. Dubuque Hempstead 1.

1. Ballard (4)2-074--
2. Pella (4)2-067--
3. Dallas Center-Grimes2-052--
4. Carroll2-040--
5. Estherville-Lincoln Central (1)2-035--
6. Denison-Schleswig2-034--
(tie) Clear Lake2-034--
8. Glenwood2-030--
9. Clarke1-024--
10. Cedar Rapids Xavier2-023--

Others receiving votes: Bondurant-Farrar 18. Fort Madison 12. Newton 9. Sioux Center 7. Harlan 7. Boone 6. Western Dubuque 5. Nevada 5. Marion 4. Grinnell 3. Hampton-Dumont 2. Humboldt 1. West Delaware 1. Davenport Assumption 1. Spencer 1.

1. Western Christian (6)2-060--
2. Aplington-Parkersburg2-050--
3. Denver3-044--
4. Dyersville Beckman Catholic (1)2-038--
5. Anamosa1-034--
6. Des Moines Christian1-028--
7. Boyden-Hull1-125--
8. Cardinal1-022--
9. Van Meter1-021--
10. Northeast Goose Lake3-020--

Others receiving votes: Osceola Clarke 16. Central Lyon-GLR 11. Bloomfield Davis County 5. Orange City Unity Christian 4. Monticello 3. Williamsburg 3. Clarion-Goldfield-Downs 2.

1. North Linn (5)6-01181
2. Montezuma (1)6-01052
3. Grand View Christian6-0864
4. Janesville (2)6-0853
5. Easton Valley6-0635
6. Le Mars Gehlen6-0506
7. Remsen St. Mary's6-0497
8. Martensdale St. Marys6-040T8
9. CAM5-12810
(tie) Keota5-122T8
(tie) AHSTW, Avoca5-122T8

Others receiving votes: Moville Woodbury Central 13. Lake Mills 12. Mason City Newman 11. Tri-Center 10. New London 9. Belle Plaine 8. Gladbrook-Reinbeck 7. Springville 7. Winfield-Mount Union 5. South Winneshiek 5. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 5. West Harrison 4. South O'Brien 3. WACO 2. Nashua-Plainfield 2. Danville 2. Dunkerton 1. Mount Ayr 1.

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