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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 2


CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 2

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (1-0) (1)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove South, 56-15
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: One rival coach called the Vikings, "The Machine."

2. Mount Carmel (1-0) (2)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 21-14
This Week: vs. Morgan Park
EDGY's Take: The Caravan find a way to slow down a very potent Marist offense to get the win.

3. Glenbard West (1-0) (3)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 28-7
This Week: vs. Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: West handles the muddy conditions for the win over Bolingbrook on Saturday.

4. Naperville Central 1-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 13-12
This Week: vs. Neuqua Valley
EDGY's Take: I have a feeling the Redhawks will need to win more tight games in the DuPage Valley conference this fall.

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5. Stevenson (1-0) (6)
Last Week: Beat Palatine 26-24
This Week: vs. Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will need to ramp things up this week against top ranked H-F.

6. Nazareth Academy 1-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Bloomington, 34-6
This Week: vs. Leo
EDGY's Take: The Road Runners take care of business in Bloomington.

7. Libertyville (1-0) (8)
Last Week: Beat Elk Grove, 55-28
This Week: @ Lake Forest Academy
EDGY's Take: QB Riley Lees accounted for 454 yards of offense and six touchdowns against Elk Grove.

8. Phillips 1-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 40-16
This Week: @ Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will travel to Carmel to challenge the Corsairs’ option offense up close. It's the offense of choice of several 4A state playoff programs.

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9. Loyola Academy (1-0) (11)
Last Week: Beat Marquette, Wisc, 35-0
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers defense will need to contend with the “Wall of Park Ridge” this week.

10. Joliet Catholic Academy 1-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 35-13
This Week: vs. Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers will win several games this fall.

11. Montini Catholic (1-0) (14)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 20-17
This Week: @ East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Broncos might have one of the state's fastest and most explosive shotgun read option offenses in 2015.

12. Hinsdale Central 1-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat O'Fallon, 41-14
This Week: vs. Downers Grove South
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils defense contained one of the state's best running backs in O'Fallon's Kentrail Moran.

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13. Oak Park-River Forest 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way East, 41-14
This Week: @ Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: Keep an eye on Huskies junior QB Jeremy Hunt.

14. Lincoln-Way East (0-1) (8)
Last Week: Lost to Oak Park-River Forest, 14-13
This Week: vs. Lincoln Park
EDGY's Take: The Griffins will go back to work this week and will undoubtedly see better days this fall.

15. Simeon (0-1) (4)
Last Week: Lost to East St. Louis, 28-21
This Week: @ Greenville, Miss.
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines had a 21-6 halftime lead but couldn't answer 22 straight second half points by the Flyers.

16. Wheaton South 1-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 10-7 2-OT
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Tigers needed double overtime to hold off rival Wheaton North.

17. Batavia 1-0 (20)
Last Week: Beat Oswego, 36-28
This Week: vs South Elgin
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs went toe-to-toe and down to the wire in a thrilling win over Oswego.

18. Lincoln-Way West (1-0) (21)
Last Week: Beat Sycamore, 35-31
This Week: @ Bloom Township
EDGY's Take: Who’da thunk that West and Sycamore would become a rivalry game?

19. Providence Catholic 0-1 (12)
Last Week: Lost to Joliet Catholic, 35-13
This Week: @ Oswego
EDGY's Take: The Celtics are still a work in progress; that progress will need to be sped up Friday in Oswego.

20. Glenbard North (0-1) (15)
Last Week: Lost to Naperville Central, 13-12
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: The Panthers will be just fine. Trust me, kids.

21. Barrington 1-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 50-23
This Week: @ Hersey
EDGY's Take: The Broncos and senior QB Johnny Davidson come out of the gates strong in beating the Titans.

22. Brother Rice (1-0) (NR)
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice (Mich), 56-20
This Week: @ Crete-Monee
EDGY's Take: Huge win for the Crusaders against a traditional power from Michigan.

23. Maine South 0-1 (18)
Last Week: Lost to Montini Catholic, 20-17
This Week: vs. Loyola Academy
EDGY's Take: The Hawks left side of the offensive line with Liam O'Sullivan and junior Kevin Jarvis is now the “Wall of Park Ridge.” If the Hawks can clean up a few things, beware.

24. Neuqua Valley (1-0) (25)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 38-14
This Week: @ Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have one of the state's better receiver groups.

25. Lemont 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 21-6
This Week: @ Danville
EDGY's Take: The Indians defense is a real strength this 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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Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball


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