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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 13

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 13

1. Loyola Academy (12-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat H-F, 34-28

This Week: @ Palatine

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers pull out the win over H-F to advance. Can the Ramblers beat upstart Palatine on the road?

2. Glenbard West (12-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Auburn, 45-14

This Week: vs Cary-Grove

EDGY's Take: You'll be hard pressed to find a more physical game in the semifinals than this Saturday at Duchon Field.

3. Libertyville (12-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Normal Community, 41-27

This Week: @ Bradley

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats hit the road to take on the surging Boilermakers in Bradley. 

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2) (4)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola Academy, 34-28

This Week: Season completed

EDGY's Take: The Vikings graduate a ton from the 2015 team yet H-F can also reload as well as anyone in Illinois.

5. Montini Catholic (12-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat DeKalb, 49-14

This Week: vs Prairie Ridge

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will now get a huge test at home on Saturday against the Wolves.

6. Nazareth Academy (10-2) (10)

Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 35-21

This Week: @ St. Laurence

EDGY's Take: Good things happen when Notre Dame commit ATH Julian Love gets as many touches as possible. 

7. Phillips (12-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Geneseo, 24-7

This Week: vs. Marengo

EDGY's Take: Phillips gets a big emotional win over Geneseo but will now need to focus heavily on beating Marnego at Gately Stadium.

8. Cary-Grove (11-1) (14)

Last Week: Beat Batavia, 42-21

This Week: @ Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: Talk about a battle of two heavyweight programs this week. Can the Trojans run the ball against the Hitters?

9. Palatine (10-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Brother Rice, 28-24

This Week: vs Loyola Academy

EDGY's Take: Down 17-0 only to rally and win 28-24 over Brother Rice? These Pirates just never say die. 

10. Waubonsie Valley (8-4) (24)

Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 17-0

This Week: @ Marist

EDGY's Take: The Warriors just ground and pound rival Naperville Central out of the state playoffs. 

11. Marist (8-4) (23)

Last Week: Beat Oswego, 38-35

This Week: vs Waubonsie Valley

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks now host Waubonsie Valley in the semifinals. Did anyone outside of these two schools see this coming?

12. Prairie Ridge (11-1) (17)

Last Week: Beat Riverside-Brookfield, 42-13

This Week: @  Montini Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Wolves advance beating R-B but will need to clean up the turnovers and penalties this week.

13. Naperville Central (10-2) (6)

Last Week: Lost to Waubonsie Valley, 17-0

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks only two losses came at the hands of the Warriors in 2015.  

14. Brother Rice (10-2) (8)

Last Week: Lost to Palatine, 28-24

This Week: CCL Playoffs

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will reload for 2016 starting with WR Ricky Smalling. Plenty of talent still remains at Rice. 

15. Joliet Catholic (10-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 35-21

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers just couldn't avoid the turnover monster to end the season. 

16. Batavia (10-2) (11)

Last Week: Lost to Cary-Grove, 42-21

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs are another program that will just reload for 2016.

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

Last Week: CCL Playoffs

This Week: CCL Playoffs

EDGY's Take: The Caravan have plenty of names to watch in 2016 including sophomore QB/DB Houston Griffith.

18. Lincoln-Way East  (8-3) (13)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: With the closing of LW North, the 2016 Griffins could be a monster 8A program to watch. 

19. Hinsdale South (9-3) (22)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way North, 42-35

This Week: vs Crete-Monee

EDGY's Take: The balance on offense has been the real story for the Hornets. Hinsdale South is just very tough to defend  this post-season.

20. Bradley (9-3) (21)

Last Week: Beat Niles North, 28-17

This Week: vs Libertyville

EDGY's Take: Take away the passing game and the Boilermakers running game is more than ready. 

21. Crete-Monee (10-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Sacred Heart Griffin, 38-35

This Week: @ Hinsdale South

EDGY's Take: Was the 38-35 win over SHG the biggest non-state championship win in Crete-Monee program history?

22. Oswego (9-3) (18)

Last Week: Lost to Marist, 38-35

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Panthers will graduate a terrific senior class in the spring.

23. Lincoln-Way West (11-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Peoria, 40-13

This Week: @ Champaign Central

EDGY's Take: The Warriors running game led by senior RB Gabe Montalvo is legit. 

24. Lincoln-Way North (11-1) (15)

Last Week: Lost to Hinsdale South, 42-35

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix never quit and played hard on every down in it's loss to Hinsdale South. Still hard to believe this was the last football game ever for this school. 

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Huskies have been a consistent winner under John Hoerster.

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