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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 12


CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 12

1. Loyola Academy (11-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 49-0

This Week: vs. Homewood-Flossmoor

EDGY's Take: Make sure to watch this game live this Saturday 1 p.m. kickoff on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

2. Glenbard West (11-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Mount Carmel, 7-0

This Week: @ Rockford Auburn

EDGY's Take: It's just Sam Brodner being Sam Brodner for the Hitters, along with a tough as nails defense.

3. Libertyville (11-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way East, 27-17

This Week: vs. Normal Community

EDGY's Take: Yes fans, QB Riley Lees can indeed can throw the football a bit. 

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-1) (4)

Last Week: Beat New Trier, 55-7

This Week: @ Loyola Academy

EDGY's Take: Can the Vikings beat Loyola at Loyola on Saturday on CSN?

5. Montini Catholic (11-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Kaneland, 42-7

This Week: @ DeKalb

EDGY's Take: The Broncos are hoping this week will be the first of two trips to DeKalb in November.

6. Naperville Central (10-1) (6)

Last Week: Beat Warren Township, 49-28

This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks just didn't play well in it's Week 4 15-14 loss to Waubonsie Valley. I expect that will change this time around.

7. Phillips (11-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Johnsburg, 28-6

This Week: vs. Geneseo at Gately Stadium

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will host Geneseo and its vaunted power running game on Saturday night at Gately Stadium.

8. Brother Rice (10-1) (8)

Last Week: Beat South Elgin, 34-28

This Week: vs. Palatine

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will need to have all hands on deck this week against the upstart Pirates.

9. Joliet Catholic (10-1) (12)

Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 47-15

This Week: @ Nazareth Academy

EDGY's Take: The Hillmen now need to beat ESCC rival Nazareth Academy for the second time this season. That's never an easy task.  

10. Nazareth Academy (9-2) (13)

Last Week: Beat Solorio, 43-3

This Week: vs. Joliet Catholic Academy

EDGY's Take: Can the Road Runners find some answers from it's 38-35 Week 7 loss to JCA?

11. Batavia (10-1) (15)

Last Week: Beat Simeon, 35-14

This Week: vs. Cary-Grove

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs defense will get another big test this week against Ty Pennington and the Trojans option game.

12. Mount Carmel (8-3) (11)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 7-0

This Week: CCL Playoffs TBA

EDGY's Take: The Caravan had chances but just couldn't find the end zone against the Glenbard West defense.

13. Lincoln-Way East (8-3) (10)

Last Week: Lost to Libertyville, 27-17

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Griffins just couldn't slow down the big play ability of Libertyville. 

14. Cary-Grove  (10-1) (18)

Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 35-17

This Week: @ Batavia

EDGY's Take: The Trojans are getting another All State caliber season from junior FB/LB Ty Pennington. 

15. Lincoln-Way North (11-0) (19)

Last Week: Beat Richards, 17-10 OT

This Week: vs. Hinsdale South

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix keep its last football season ever alive in beating rival Richards in overtime. 

16. Prairie Ridge (10-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat Lake Forest, 40-13

This Week: vs. Riverside-Brookfield

EDGY's Take: The Wolves sophomore QB Samson Evans is a very viable candidate for Player of the Year.

17. Palatine (9-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Oak Park-River Forest, 41-26

This Week: @ Brother Rice

EDGY's Take: The Pirates keep proving the doubters wrong and will now zero in on taking down Brother Rice in Chicago.

18. Oswego  (9-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Huntley, 17-14

This Week: vs. Marist

EDGY's Take: Panthers senior QB Steven Frank came up big in beating Huntley. 

19. Oak Park-River Forest (9-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Palatine, 41-26

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Huskies welcome back several key names for 2016. 

20. Huntley (10-1) (13)

Last Week: Lost to Oswego, 17-14

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Sophomore RB Eric Mooney is one of several underclassmen names to know next fall for the Red Raiders.

21. Bradley (8-3) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Geneva, 41-22

This Week: @ Niles North

EDGY's Take: The Boilermakers crash the party as QB Owen Star and WR Camron Harrell connect to stun Geneva.

22. Hinsdale South (8-3) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Oak Forest, 47-7

This Week: @ Lincoln-Way North

EDGY's Take: The Hornets big play ability has been on full display in the postseason.

23. Marist (7-4) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Barrington, 59-56

This Week: @ Oswego

EDGY's Take: Redhawks senior QB Brendan Skalitzky passed for 440 yards and accounted for all eight touchdowns in a 59-56 win over Barrington.

24. Waubonsie Valley (7-4) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 21-14

This Week: vs. Naperville Central

EDGY's Take: The Warriors get payback on rival Neuqua Valley and ride senior RB Max Ihry into the quarterfinal round.

25. Neuqua Valley (8-3) (16)

Last Week: Lost to Waubonsie Valley, 21-14

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have a ton of talent back for 2016 including WR Isaiah Robertson and WR Owen Piche.

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. 

Check out the AP boys basketball polls as regular season winds down


Check out the AP boys basketball polls as regular season winds down

Here is the latest AP boys basketball polls. The girls basketball polls are done with the playoffs underway in all four classes.

Class 4A

School                                 W-L       Pts   Prv

1. Simeon (9)                      25-3      90    1

2. Belleville West                23-2      75    3

3. Curie                                22-3      74     2

4. Danville                           23-2      67      4

5. Whitney Young               22-7     52     T5

6. Normal West                   21-6     28     T5

7. Quincy                              19-4      21     T10

8. Bloomington                   18-7      15     8

9. Evanston                          20-5      14     7

10. New Trier                       22-3       12     NR

Others receiving votes: Moline 11, Niles North 10, Lisle (Benet Academy) 10, St. Viator 5, Naperville North 4, Maine South 2, Rockford Jefferson 1.

Class 3A

School                                            W-L          Pts    Prv

1. Morgan Park (7)                       18-9         88     2

2. Springfield Southeast (2)        22-3         82     1

3. Marian Catholic                        20-4         67     4

4. Hillcrest                                      21-5         57     5

(tie) Springfield Lanphier             22-3         57     3

6. Alton Marquette                       28-0         44      6

7. Centralia                                    21-4          32      7

8. DePaul College Prep                20-6          31      8

9. Champaign Central                  17-7          13      10

10. Decatur MacArthur                 18-8         9        NR

Others receiving votes: Lincoln 6, Burlington Central 6, Bogan 3.

Class 2A

School                                       W-L          Pts     Prv

1. Orr (11)                                 23-4         110     1

2. Warsaw West Hancock      22-2         83       3

3. Pinckneyville                       25-3         76       T4

4. Winnebago                          24-2         75       2

5. Monticello                            22-1         69       6

6. Leo                                        19-5         65       T4

7. Bloomington Central Catholic       21-6         42   8

8. Effingham St. Anthony                    25-3         23   7

9. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley               24-3         12   NR

10. Trenton Wesclin                             24-4         9     NR

Others receiving votes: Eldorado 7, Corliss 6, St. Joseph-Ogden 6, Bureau Valley 5, Uplift 5 Teutopolis 4, Williamsville 3, Quincy Notre Dame 2, Farmington  2, Casey-Westfield 1

Class 1A

School                                      W-L          Pts      Prv

1. Aurora Christian (9)            22-1        108      1

2. DePue (1)                              24-2        85        2

3. East Dubuque (1)                26-3        80        4

4. Annawan                              25-3        75        5

5. Payson Seymour                 26-2        68        3

6. Sterling Newman                 23-4       57        6

7. Colfax Ridgeview                  24-4       48        7

8. New Berlin                             25-3       33        8

9. Cairo                                       21-5       22        9

10. Nokomis                              21-7         9        NR

Others receiving votes: Newark 8, Quest Academy 5, Milford 4, Cissna Park 2. Okawville 1.