The Mendota football team gradually worked its way back to statewide acclaim after the Trojans' Week 4 loss to Chillicothe IVC.

Mendota fell out of The Associated Press top 10 after Week 4, but Mendota is back in the top 10 this week for the first time since Week 4.

The AP ranked Mendota No. 10 in Class 4A. Mendota improved to 7-1 last week with a 55-13 win against Princeton.

Three other area teams grace this week's AP rankings.

La Salle-Peru climbed two spots to No. 8 in Class 5A. Amboy-LaMoille remained the No. 5-ranked team in Class 2A. Bureau Valley improved one spot to No. 8 in Class 2A.

La Salle-Peru and Amboy-LaMoille both are 7-1. Bureau Valley is 6-2.

Ranked teams from area conferences include Chillicothe IVC (No. 5 in Class 4A), Geneseo (No. 6 in Class 4A), Morrison (No. 1 in Class 2A), Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (No. 7 in Class 2A) and Lexington (No. 4 in Class 1A).

Storm runners No. 12

The final Class 1A cross country coaches' poll of 2009 ranked the Bureau Valley boys cross country No. 12 in the state. The poll was released Tuesday.

This is the year's final poll because the cross country postseason starts Saturday.

Two other area boys teams received votes this week in the coaches' poll - Hall and Ottawa Marquette.

Bureau Valley received the No. 12 ranking this week after not being ranked last week. The coaches' poll was not released until Wednesday last week because of the Columbus Day holiday, and it was the only poll of the season that did not include the Storm among the top 15.

Bureau Valley ran well Saturday during the Patriot Invitational at Detweiller Park. Bureau Valley's boys finished sixth out of 37 teams.

No area girls cross country teams were ranked in the coaches' poll.

Erik Hall can be reached at 223-3200, ext. 195, or at sports@newstrib.com.

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