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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 11

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 11

1. Loyola Academy (10-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat West Aurora, 31-0

This Week: vs. Stevenson

EDGY's Take: Can the Ramblers turn the tables this time around? Both played each other in the 8A second round a season ago, a Loyola 24-21 loss.

2. Glenbard West (10-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Moline, 49-10

This Week: vs. Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers will get to host the Caravan in one of the state's elite games this week.

3. Libertyville (10-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 56-24

This Week: vs. Lincoln-Way East

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will get their biggest test so far this season in the Griffins.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (9-1) (4)

Last Week: Beat O'Fallon, 55-17

This Week: vs. New Trier

EDGY's Take: Can the Vikings take care of business in this North suburban versus South suburban battle?

5. Montini Catholic (10-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Wauconda, 35-7

This Week: vs. Kaneland

EDGY's Take: The Broncos defense will get another test this week in the Knights.

6. Naperville Central (9-1) (6)

Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 14-7

This Week: @ Warren Township

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks defense has been very strong all season long.

7. Phillips (10-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Genoa-Kingston, 41-7

This Week: @ Johnsburg 

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will have deja vu when they travel to Johnsburg for a second straight back to back 4A Round 2 game. Phillips beat the Skyhawks a year ago, 41-0.

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

Last Week: Beat Bartlett, 49-21

This Week: vs. South Elgin

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders defense will need to defend a very potent Storm offense this week.

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

Last Week: Beat Fremd, 26-17

This Week: vs. Palatine

EDGY's Take: The Huskies need to clean up the penalties from last week's win over Fremd. 

10. Lincoln-Way East (8-2) (10)

Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 40-6

This Week: @ Libertyville

EDGY's Take: The Griffins had their own Riley Lees a few years back in All State Tommy Fuessel.

11. Mount Carmel (8-2) (11)

Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 42-15

This Week: @ Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: The Caravan just seem to find another gear in the postseason, and trust me it's not reverse or neutral. 

12. Joliet Catholic (9-1) (12)

Last Week: Beat Vernon Hills, 48-29

This Week: vs. Marian Central Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Hillmen will take on the Hurricanes for the second time this season.  

13. Huntley (10-0) (14)

Last Week: Beat Minooka, 49-7

This Week: vs. Oswego

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders continue their tour of the Southwest Prairie conference when hosting Oswego.

14. Nazareth Academy (8-2) (15)

Last Week: Beat Sycamore, 38-6

This Week: @ Solorio

EDGY's Take: It took the Road Runner a half before kicking things into gear in beating Sycamore.

15. Batavia (9-1) (16)

Last Week: Beat Pekin, 56-7

This Week: @ Simeon

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs finally get that first elusive win in 7A, and can the Bulldogs play well on the road at Gately this week?

16. Neuqua Valley (7-3) (22)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 29-26

This Week: vs. Waubonsie Valley

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats unsung hero all season has been senior RB/LB Nick Osicowicz.

17. Simeon (8-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln Park, 51-6

This Week: vs. Batavia

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines will get their biggest test in weeks when they host Batavia.

18. Cary-Grove  (9-1) (19)

Last Week: Beat Belleville West, 48-7

This Week: vs. Benet Academy

EDGY's Take: The Trojans will face a Benet Academy defense that has seen CG's style of offense more than once this fall. 

19. Lincoln-Way North (10-0) (20)

Last Week: Beat Champaign Centennial, 41-0

This Week: @ Richards

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix beat Richards 30-29 back in Week 1. Expect another close game here. 

20. Barrington (9-1) (23)

Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 41-12

This Week: @ Marist

EDGY's Take: A Broncos also get their biggest test to date this week on the South side.

21. Hinsdale Central (9-1) (13)

Last Week: Lost to Neuqua Valley, 29-26

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will just simply reload.

22. Maine South (8-2) (24)

Last Week: Beat Plainfield North, 35-20

This Week: @ Normal Community

EDGY's Take: The Hawks hit the road this week to take on the Ironmen.

23. Geneva (9-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 36-19

This Week: @ Bradley

EDGY's Take: The Vikings will take on a Boilermaker team that is just very tough at home.

24. Benet Academy (8-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 21-14

This Week: @ Cary-Grove

EDGY's Take: The Redwings defense will be asked to slow down the Cary-Grove power running game.

25. Prairie Ridge (9-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 56-12

This Week: vs. Lake Forest

EDGY's Take: The Wolves have been one of the most potent offenses in Chicagoland all season. 

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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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Palatine's Eduardo Orozco

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball

Highlights

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