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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 14

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 14

1. Loyola Academy (13-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Palatine, 24-22

This Week: vs Marist Class 8A State Final (Sat 7:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers hang on to beat Palatine to advance. Can the Ramblers defense contain the Marist offense and QB Brendan Skalitzky?

2. Glenbard West (13-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 21-6

This Week: vs Libertyville Class 7A State Final (Saturday 4:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: RB Sam Brodner carried the ball 50 times on Saturday in the Hilltoppers win. Can the Hitters defense contain Riley Lees?

3. Libertyville (13-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Bradley, 22-17

This Week: vs Glenbard West Class 7A State Final (Saturday 4:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats pull it out on the last play of the game for the win over Bradley to advance. Wow.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Sophomore DB Justin Hall.

5. Montini Catholic (13-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Prairie Ridge, 35-27

This Week: vs Crete-Monee Class 6A State Final (Saturday 1:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: The Broncos put up 22 unanswered second half points to advance to the 6A state title game. 

6. Nazareth Academy (11-2) (6)

Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 34-0

This Week: vs Lincoln-Way West Class 5A State Final (Saturday 10:00 AM)

EDGY's Take: Julian Love is good. Really good. Can the Road Runners win a second straight state title this week? 

7. Phillips (13-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Marengo, 47-13

This Week: vs. Belleville Althoff Class 4A State Final (Friday 7:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: Belleville Althoff presents a brand new challenge for the Wildcats, who will make back-to-back 4A state title game appearances. 

8. Marist (9-4) (11)

Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 31-16

This Week: vs Loyola Class 8A State Final (Saturday 7:00 PM)

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks ended up being the team that controlled time of possession in their win over Waubonsie Valley. Can Marist upend the state's No. 1 ranked team?

9. Cary-Grove (11-2) (8)

Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 21-6

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Smile, Trojan fans. All State RB/LB Ty Pennington is back for 2016.

10. Palatine (10-3) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 24-22

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Did anyone play harder in the postseason than the Pirates?  

11. Waubonsie Valley (8-5) (10)

Last Week: Lost to Marist, 31-16

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Warriors had a great postseason run and very few No. 30 seeds make it to the semifinals.

12. Prairie Ridge (11-2) (12)

Last Week: Lost to Montini Catholic, 35-27

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Is Prairie Ridge sophomore QB Samson Evans the next Riley Lees?

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Junior OL Trevor Campbell.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take:  Underclassman Name to Watch? Junior WR Ricky Smalling.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Sophomore RB Ke'Von Johnson.

16. Batavia (10-2) (16)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Junior TE Glen Albanese.

17. Mount Carmel (9-3) (17)

Last Week: Beat St. Rita 7-6

This Week: vs. Curie at Gately (Friday 12:00 PM Prep Bowl)

EDGY's Take: The Caravan take on Curie in the annual Prep Bowl game on Friday.

18. Lincoln-Way East  (8-3) (18)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Most interesting storyline for 2016? How well the Griffins and the Phoenix mesh as one program.

19. Crete-Monee (11-2) (21)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 40-37

This Week: vs Montini Catholic Class 6A State Final 1PM Sat

EDGY's Take: The Warriors once again get a big game from senior QB/RB Clint Ratkovich. Can Crete-Monee contain the Montini read option offense this week?

20. Bradley (9-4) (20)

Last Week: Lost to Libertyville, 22-17

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Tough, tough loss to Libertyville on the last play of the game for the Boilermakers.  

21. Hinsdale South (9-4) (19)

Last Week: Lost to Crete-Monee, 40-37

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Hornets come up just short in a terrific semifinal loss to Crete-Monee.

22. Lincoln-Way West (12-1) (23)

Last Week: Beat Champaign Central, 42-14

This Week: vs Nazareth Academy Class 5A State Final 10AM Sat

EDGY's Take: The Warriors handle business downstate and now take on Nazareth Academy in the school's first state final appearance.  

23. Oswego (9-3) (22)

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: The Panthers don't rebuild, they just reload.

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: How well can the North kids mesh in at East in 2016? 

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

Last Week: Season Completed

This Week: Season Completed

EDGY's Take: Underclassman Name to Watch? Junior QB Jeremy Hunt.

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

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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.