INDEPENDENTS AND OTHERS
Okawville, Gibault, Central A&M are 1A strong
Alton Marquette, Mt. Carmel, Teutopolis 2A Peoria threats
BY JACK BULLOCK
The ABV Independents in southern Illinois and also teams that are in conferences in which not all of the teams come south reside here.

A few teams sent me information from out of the ABV area.

But the policy is if the coach fills out the questionnaire, ABV will find a spot for them.

Usually the teams that fall into this category are going to be pretty good each season.

Okawville won a state championship last season in 1A and now Waterloo Gibault is back down to 1A.

Alton Marquette is now back to 2A after being undefeated in the regular season in 2017-18.

Moweaqua Central A&M is loaded for another potential 1A postseason run.

Mt. Carmel has become a basketball power in the last few seasons.

Teutopolis has a new coach but the program is still on the top shelf.

Cairo and head coach Larry Wood is rebuilding after some graduation losses and transfers left him with a new group to suit up.

The Mater Dei Knights are always on a basketball crusade as they will march into a tough schedule like they always do as a 3A team.

Three schools from the Little Okaw Valley Conference; Arcola, Cumberland and Villa Grove/Heritage, sent me questionnaires so ABV puts them here.

Longtime ABV friend Coach Zach Essex is doing a great job at Varna Midland, which is north of Peoria.

But he sent the info and he has a home here.

Metro East Lutheran and head coach Anthony Smith sent the info and I wrote the preview, but I forgot to post the link to it.

ABV errored.

The teams are listed in alphabetical order.