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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 10


CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 10

1. Loyola Academy (9-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Mount Carmel, 49-21

This Week: vs. West Aurora

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers have been impressive all season long and closed out the regular season with a win over the Caravan.

2. Glenbard West (9-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Addison Trail, 48-28

This Week: vs. Moline

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers wind up in 7A but those first few rounds? Wow that's a rough draw to say the least.

3. Libertyville (9-0) (4)

Last Week: Beat Lakes, 40-6

This Week: vs. Downers Grove North

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats might have drawn the toughest opening round game of any high seed in the run happy Trojans.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (8-1) (1)

Last Week: Lost to Bolingbrook, 22-21

This Week: vs. O'Fallon

EDGY's Take: OK, now it's time to get back to work. Trust me no one in Homewood or Flossmoor will take the Panthers lightly.

5. Montini Catholic (9-0) (6)

Last Week: Beat Marmion Academy, 35-0

This Week: vs. Wauconda

EDGY's Take: The Broncos get a new view on the IHSA playoff bus in 6A...and still remain one of the favorites to play in DeKalb.

6. Naperville Central (8-1) (8)

Last Week: Beat Lake Park, 28-7

This Week: vs. Bolingbrook

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks didn't draw anything easy here in Bolingbrook. 

7. Phillips (9-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Perspectives, 55-0

This Week: vs. Genoa-Kingston 

EDGY's Take: The only question these days is how healthy are the Wildcats? 

8. Brother Rice (8-1) (9)

Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 37-21

This Week: vs. Bartlett

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders have a good chance to make a nice run in 8A.

9. Oak Park-River Forest (8-1) (11)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 39-7

This Week: vs. Fremd

EDGY's Take: The Huskies are getting it done with defense and a strong running game.

10. Lincoln-Way East (7-2) (12)

Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 25-21

This Week: vs. Jacobs

EDGY's Take: The Griffins defense will need to contend with Jacobs QB Chris Katernick.

11. Mount Carmel (7-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 49-21

This Week: vs. Glenbard North

EDGY's Take: Did anyone in the state draw a tougher opening round game? Run versus run here. 

12. Joliet Catholic (8-1) (13)

Last Week: Beat Marist, 35-28

This Week: vs. Vernon Hills

EDGY's Take: The Hillmen seem to be getting healthy at the right time of the year. VH QB Connor McNamara is a player. 

13. Hinsdale Central  (7-2) (10)

Last Week: Lost to OPRF, 39-7

This Week: vs. Neuqua Valley

EDGY's Take: Big loss last week to OPRF in several ways. The Red Devils will need to bring their A game in Round 1.

14. Huntley (9-0) (14)

Last Week: Beat Dundee-Crown, 43-6

This Week: vs. Minooka

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders defense will need to slow down Minooka QB Johnny Carnagio this week.

15. Nazareth Academy (7-2) (15)

Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 49-22

This Week: vs. Sycamore

EDGY's Take: Not an easy draw at all playing the Spartans in Round 1.

16. Batavia (8-1) (16)

Last Week: Beat Streamwood, 51-7

This Week: vs. Pekin

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs are sick of me telling them they haven't won a 7A state playoff game, and I'm sick of saying it as well.

17. Simeon (7-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Collins, 47-6

This Week: vs. Lincoln Park 

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines seem to be under several radar screens for now in 7A. Big mistake my friends. 

18. Glenbard North (7-2) (19)

Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 42-28

This Week: @ Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: Again not an easy draw at all here, yet the Panthers have won seven straight and seem to be clicking.

19. Cary-Grove  (8-1) (20)

Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 43-0

This Week: vs. Belleville West

EDGY's Take: The Trojans are just build for post-season football regardless of the class. 

20. Lincoln-Way North (9-0) (21)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 28-21 OT

This Week: vs. Champaign Centennial

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix have been playing on emotions all season and can that continue through the post-season? 

21. Notre Dame (8-1) (22)

Last Week: Beat Carmel, 25-13

This Week: vs. Marist

EDGY's Take: Well at least the Dons get another shot at the Redhawks who beat them 49-42 back in Week 4.

22. Neuqua Valley (6-3) (18)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard North, 42-28

This Week: @ Hinsdale Central

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have talent and playoff potential but the turnovers need to stop immediately.

23. Barrington (8-1) (23)

Last Week: Beat Hoffman Estates, 29-18

This Week: vs. Plainfield South

EDGY's Take: A game like this one is exactly why we all wanted to see the 1-32 seeding. Did anyone fathom Plainfield South at Barrington?

24. Maine South (7-2) (24)

Last Week: Beat Evanston, 34-31

This Week: vs. Plainfield North

EDGY's Take: The Hawks always seem to just find a way to win. Sophomore RB Fotis Kokosioulis strikes fear in every opposing defense and sports writer this season.

25. Geneva (8-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat Larkin, 41-27

This Week: vs. Oswego East

EDGY's Take: The Vikings have the potential to make a nice run in Class 7A.

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

High School Lites had a busy show as it was the final week of the regular season for IHSA boys basketball Class 3A and 4A. The Class 1A and 2A playoffs also tipped in boys basketball as the show has some thrilling regional titles that were decided in the final minute. And finally, the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals were played on Friday as the state's top teams played in Bloomington.

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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Richards wrestler Mia Palumbo

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Simeon boys basketball


Marshall shocks Leo in Class 2A regional final

Aurora Christian runs past Harvert Christian for 1A regional title

Buzzer-beater lifts Monticello over Gibson City for regional title

Jacobs goes unbeaten in Fox Valley with win over Dundee-Crown

West Aurora gets by rival East Aurora

Yorkville completes season sweep of DeKalb

Lemont escapes past T.F. North

Marshall needs OT to get past Teutopolis in girls 2A semifinals

Harlan takes down Eureka in 2A semifinals

Stockton runs by Okaw Valley in 1A

Schlarman races by Lebanon

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

High School Lites is down to the final week of the regular season in local high school hoops as the Class 3A and 4A schools finish up conference play. The boys basketball playoffs have also started as the Class 1A and Class 2A regional championships will be played on Friday night.

The girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals will also be featured. You can catch all of those games on NBC Sports Chicago on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. with the 1A semifinals. High School Lites will air Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago

East Aurora at No. 11 West Aurora, 7:00 p.m. -- These two rivals meet for the 225th time. The Blackhawks (20-4, 9-0) won the first matchup by 22 points as they try to finish the season on a 12-game winning streak. 

Jacobs at Dundee-Crown, 7:00 p.m. -- Fox Valley rivals match up as Jacobs tries to go unbeaten in the conference. The Eagles (23-3, 15-0) has been playing very well as they've won 20 of 21 games heading into this one -- including an earlier win against Dundee-Crown. The Chargers (14-11, 10-4) has won seven consecutive games since dropping to the Golden Eagles as they're second in the Fox Valley heading into this one. 

Yorkville at DeKalb, 7:00 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East play in this one. DeKalb (16-11, 11-1) has already clinched a share of the conference title as the team's only league loss has come against Yorkville. The Foxes (17-8, 10-2) knocked off DeKalb at their place on Feb. 3 as they try to win again to get a piece of the division title. 

T.F. North at Lemont, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the better teams in the South Suburban Blue battle on the eve of the playoffs. Lemont (17-8, 9-3) has picked up three straight wins entering this one. T.F. North (11-9, 9-3) is trying to build some momentum after recent close losses to Hillcrest and T.F. South.

Carmel at No. 10 Benet, 7:30 p.m. -- The ESCC closes out its season with this one. Benet (22-4, 7-1) is coming off a nice road win at Marian Catholic earlier this week. Carmel (17-10, 4-4) knocked off Joliet Catholic during the week as they've been a dangerous team in the ESCC. 

Class 2A Boys Basketball Regional Championships

Leo vs. Marshall, 6 p.m. -- The Lions are the favorites but the Commandos are the host of this regional title game. Leo (20-5, 8-0) has a 13-game winning streak as they won the Catholic League White. Marshall (8-17, 4-5) struggled in the win column but they were a competitive 4-5 in a very deep Public League Red-South. 

Uplift vs. Northridge, 7 p.m. -- This should be an interesting battle as Uplift is playing on the road at Northridge. Uplift (17-9, 6-3) has played an extremely competitive schedule that includes a recent close loss to No. 1 Simeon as Kansas commit Markese Jacobs and senior forward Toraze Dobbs are one of the best combinations in the Class 2A field. Northridge (22-5, 12-0) went unbeaten in the Independent School League this season as they're riding a 13-game winning streak.

Class 1A Boys Basketball Regional Championships 

Aurora Christian vs. Harvest Christian, 7 p.m. -- These two teams play for the third time this season in what should be an interesting regional title game. Aurora Christian (23-1, 10-0) is the host as they only lost to Winnebago this season. The Eagles beat Harvest Christian twice in a six-day span in December. Harvest Christian (18-8, 8-2) finished third in the Northeastern Athletic as they played the second game within two points. 

Class 1A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Okaw Valley vs. Stockton, 11 a.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Okaw Valley (29-5) is making its first state appearance after winning its first regional title in school history. Stockton (31-2) finished under .500 last season (13-15) and had an amazing turnaround that includes a current 15-game winning streak. 

Lebanon vs. Schlarman, 12:45 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- These two teams have combined for two losses this season as this should be a good one. Lebanon (31-1) just won its first sectional title in school history as they've now moved on to state. Schlarman (31-1) is led by junior Anaya Peoples, a Notre Dame commit and five-star prospect in the Class of 2019. 

Class 2A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Harlan vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two red-hot teams play in the first semifinal in Class 2A. Harlan (25-6) is riding a 12-game winning streak as this is its first appearance at state for girls basketball. Eureka (28-3) has a 19-game winning streak as they make their first state appearance since 1988.

Marshall vs. Teutopolis, 7:15 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two storied programs in the state match up in this one. Marshall (20-7) will be making its 21st state appearance as head coach Dorothy Gaters is one of the most storied coaches in Illinois. Teutopolis is making its 17th appearance at state as the Lady Shoes (28-6) seek their first title since 1995.