Three area teams were ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll, including Bloomington South at No. 3 in Class 5A.

The Panthers are coming off three straight 11-win seasons and have won sectional championships in each of those campaigns. Three junior all-state players return on offense: quarterback Gavin Yeskie, receiver Chris Bomba and running back Kristian Pechac.

Bloomington North was not ranked in the top 10 but was also receiving votes in Class 5A.

Linton, state title winners in Class 1A last year, debuted at No. 5 in Class 2A in the AP poll. The Miners finished last season 15-0 but move up to Class 2A this year because of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s postseason success factor.

Eastern Greene also cracked the top 10. The Thunderbirds came in at No. 10 in Class 1A; they are the reigning sectional champions after beating West Washington in the sectional final last season. West Washington came in at No. 9 in the AP’s first poll of the season.