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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Final edition


CSN Preps Power Rankings: Final edition

With the IHSA boys basketball season coming to a close, it's time to take a look at the final edition of the @CSNPreps Power Rankings.
The Curie Condors and head coach Mike Oliver captured their first boys basketball state title in school history and they're the only area team to win a state title. The area also had Benet, Simeon, St. Joseph and Lincoln-Way West all make it to Peoria while some great teams fell short like Morgan Park, Notre Dame and Fenwick. 
Here's a final look at the Power Rankings
1. Curie (28-5) — Senior guard and DePaul commit Devin Gage capped a great high school career with a  Class 4A state title as the Condors can now be viewed among the city's truly elite programs.
2. Benet (31-4) — The Redwings didn't have a Division I player, but they still made the Class 4A state title game with one of the most balanced teams in the area in the last few years. 
3. Simeon (30-4) — Taking home third place was not the goal for the Wolverines, but they still won the Public League Playoffs and senior guard Zach Norvell was tremendous this season.
4. St. Joseph (25-10) — Not many expected the Chargers to return to Peoria in Class 3A with star center Nick Rakocevic as the only senior, but the team's young guards -- led by freshman starter Marquise Walker -- stepped up.
5. Lincoln-Way West (22-10) — The giant killers of the Class 3A playoffs, the Warriors knocked off Hillcrest, Morgan Park and Peoria Manual before falling to Belleville Althoff for the state title. 
6. Morgan Park (26-4) — It felt odd not seeing the Mustangs in Peoria this season, but head coach Nick Irvin has plenty of talent returning as sophomore Ayo Dosunmu could be a star next season.
7. Notre Dame (25-7) — The Dons finished an up-and-down season with a loss to Curie but made a nice late-season push to play their best basketball. 
8. Fenwick (28-3) — One of the area's best teams to not win a sectional title, the Friars have some promising juniors returning for next season like Jacob Keller and Jamal Nixon.
9. Kenwood (22-5) — Kenwood firmly put itself on the map this season by making the Public League Playoff title game and proving that they could hang with the big boys. 
10. Joliet West (21-10) — Joliet West fell to Benet in super-sectionals but still had a great season and they'll be one of the major contenders next season with a ton of returning talent.
11. Conant (23-7) — The Cougars were the class of the Mid-Suburban League this season and junior Jimmy Sotos and some good returning big men means this team will be good again next season.
12. Thornton (14) (25-4) — Things could not have gone much better for first-year head coach Tai Streets as he's made the Wildcats a program to watch the South Suburbs.
13. Deerfield (15) (28-4) — A dream season for Deerfield as they were a team that played well together led by senior Jordan Baum.
14. North Lawndale (9) (22-8) — North Lawndale was one of the best teams in the city this season as the Phoenix were Red-West champs.
15. Marian Catholic (10) (23-6) — Saving some of their best ball for the end of the season, Marian Catholic returns most of its lineup next season and should be a title contender.
16. Whitney Young (11) (19-9) — The Dolphins are another team who could be even better next season as junior Lucas Williamson and sophomore Xavier Castenada both return.
17. Vocational (13) (21-9) — Vocational had a very solid season in the Red-South as they continue to quietly be one of the better programs in the city.
18. Evanston (16) (23-6) — Evanston fell short of expectations by sputtering down the stretch but with a star junior in Nojel Eastern, they could be a threat next season.
19. Stevenson (18) (24-7) — Another team that found its stride late in the season, Stevenson will have one of the area's premier players next season in junior Justin Smith.
20. York (NR) (20-13) — Not many predicted this good of a season from the Dukes but they won their own 32-team Jack Tosh Holiday Classic before making a sectional final in 4A.
21. Glenbard West (21) (25-4) — The Hilltoppers captured their first conference title in 43 years behind a senior-laden group led by All-Area player Justin Pierce. 
22. Leo (NR) (24-9) — The Lions made a run to the Class 1A proceedings in Peoria but ultimately fell short to LeRoy in the championship game.
23. Hales Franciscan (NR) (20-14) — Hales earned an impressive late-season win over Orr and then finished in fourth place in Class 2A.
24. Orr (12) (20-4) — The Spartans fell short of making it to Peoria in Class 2A but they have a very talented sophomore in Raekwon Drake coming back for next season.
25. Ridgewood (NR) (18-13) — Ridgewood made a surprising run to super-sectionals where they fell to Conant but Zac Rzewnicki is a talented junior coming back.

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

The Class 1A and 2A regionals begin this week and the regular season is finishing up for every other team in the state. We're getting that much closer to state titles being decided in Peoria. Simeon remains the clear No. 1 in the latest Power Rankings after beating No. 4 Whitney Young and No. 2 Orr by double digits on the way to earning a third straight Public League Playoff title, while a couple of familiar faces are back in the tail end of the rankings.

1. Simeon (25-3, 9-0) (1) -- Simeon stays at No. 1 after winning the Public League Playoffs for the third consecutive year. The Wolverines have now defeated teams No. 2 through No. 6 in the Preps Power Rankings for a 6-0 record on the season in which the average margin of victory has been 14.5 points per game. The clear No. 1 in the state of Illinois, Simeon has the week off before the Class 4A playoffs.

2. Orr (22-4, 9-0) (2) -- Orr put up a good fight but they ultimately fell short to No. 1 Simeon in the Public League Playoff title game. The Spartans did gain revenge on No. 3 Curie, however, with a big semifinal win on Friday. Orr has to forget the title loss ahead of the Class 2A Playoffs that begin this week as the Spartans try to repeat as champions.

3. Curie (23-4, 8-1) (3) -- The Condors have only lost to No. 1 and No. 2 when it comes to in-state losses as they remain one of the most complete and balanced teams in the state. Curie has the week off before the IHSA Playoffs.

4. Whitney Young (22-7, 7-2) (4) -- Whitney Young earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park before falling to Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals. The Dolphins also have the week off before they attempt to repeat as Class 4A champions. 

5. Morgan Park (18-9, 7-2) (5) Disappointing result for the Mustangs as they lost on a buzzer-beater in the Public League Playoffs to Whitney Young. Defending champions in Class 3A, the Mustangs will rest this week before the playoffs begin.

6. Fenwick (18-7, 8-0) (8) -- The Friars earned two wins during the week as they beat Marmion while also getting a huge conference road win at Loyola. Fenwick will battle Taft during the week.

7. New Trier (22-3, 8-1) (9) -- New Trier had one of the best weeks of any team in the area as they picked up wins over Maine South and Evanston. Now the leaders in the rugged CSL South, the Trevians have some more tough games against Niles North and Glenbrook North this week. 

8. Evanston (20-5, 8-2) (6) -- Evanston's red-hot recent play was finally slowed down as they fell to rival New Trier. The Wildkits will try to bounce back when they play Vernon Hills in a Central Suburban crossover this week.

9. Oak Park-River Forest (21-5, 12-0) (11) -- The Huskies finished the West Suburban Silver season unbeaten following wins over York and Proviso West. OPRF gets a great test right before the playoffs when they face Hinsdale South in the West Suburban championship game.

10. Benet (21-4) (6-1) (12) -- Two wins for the Redwings this week when they beat Joliet Catholic and Stevenson. Things aren't easy for Benet this week as they head to Marian Catholic before hosting Carmel in two tough ESCC games. 

11. West Aurora (19-4, 8-0) (13) -- The winning streak is now 11 for the Blackhawks after beating South Elgin. West Aurora will play Bartlett and crosstown rival East Aurora this week as they try to keep the momentum going into the playoffs. 

12. Marist (23-4, 6-2) (15) -- Marist picked up a double-digit win over St. Patrick during the week as they prepare for the Class 4A draw. The RedHawks will have an ESCC game against Marian Central this week. 

13. Niles North (22-4, 5-4) (8) -- The Vikings fell to CSL South rival Maine South and followed that up with an overtime win over a tough Wisconsin team in St. Catherine's. The Vikings get a crack at conference leader New Trier this week before playing Maine West in a tough Central Suburban crossover. 

14. Marian Catholic (20-4, 5-3) (16) -- Three wins for the Spartans during the week as they knocked off Nazareth, Rich Central and Marian Central. Marian Catholic gets a tough test this week when they host Benet in its final ESCC game.

15. Naperville North (23-2, 14-1) (17) -- The Huskies have won eight straight games as they clinched at least a share of the DuPage Valley Conference with a win over Waubonsie Valley this week. Naperville North hosts Wheaton-Warrenville South this week to decide the DVC title.

16. DePaul Prep (20-6, 5-3) (19) -- Picking up a convincing double-digit win over Mount Carmel, the Rams got back on track after the loss to Brother Rice. DePaul Prep will host Montini during the week as they prepare for Class 3A. 

17. Loyola (21-6, 5-3) (10) -- Tough recent stretch for the Ramblers as they fell to St. Joseph and Fenwick to fall out of the Catholic League Blue race. Loyola hosts Steinmetz for a tune-up this week. 

18. Hillcrest (21-5, 13-0) (21) -- Hillcrest survived a tight win over T.F. North before winning convincingly against Oak Forest. The Hawks have the week off as they prep for Class 3A. 

19. Leo (19-5, 8-0) (22) -- Finishing the regular season with a big win over Marmion, the Lions will be one of the area teams to watch in the Class 2A playoffs as they are in the Marshall Regional. 

20. Homewood-Flossmoor (16-6, 7-1) (23) -- Another huge win for Homewood-Flossmoor as the Vikings took down Bolingbrook to keep a lead in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. Homewood-Flossmoor goes on the road this week to battle Sandburg and Lockport. 

21. Hinsdale South (20-5, 10-2) (24) -- The Hornets stayed hot with wins over Addison Trail and Proviso East as they clinched the West Suburban Gold. Hinsdale South has a tough battle against Oak Park-River Forest in the West Suburban championship game this week. 

22. St. Viator (22-5, 8-0) (25) -- The Lions picked up some wins against Carmel and Bartlett. St. Viator will try to close out the ESCC with an undefeated record when they play Nazareth this week. 

23. Bolingbrook (17-6, 5-3) (18) -- Bolingbrook fell out of the SouthWest Suburban Blue conference race when they lost to Homewood-Flossmoor. The Raiders still have some tough games to close out the regular season when they play Lincoln-Way East and Stagg.

24. Maine South (20-7, 6-4) (NR) -- Huge win for Maine South as they knocked off Niles North after losing to New Trier in overtime earlier in the week. The Hawks close out the regular season with a Central Suburban Crossover against Highland Park.

25. Willowbrook (22-5, 9-3) (NR) -- Willowbrook is back in the rankings by earning three double-digit wins over Morton, Leyden and Downers South. The Warriors have only lost to ranked teams like West Aurora and Hinsdale South lately as they've been playing well. 

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

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No. 1 Simeon holds off No. 4 Whitney Young

No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

Oswego East upsets No. 20 Joliet Central

Andrew shuts down Thornridge

Sandburg tops Lockport in OT

Richards runs by Shepard

Maine West captures second straight girls basketball regional title