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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 3


CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 3

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (2-0) (1)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 43-29
This Week: @ Stagg
EDGY's Take: Can any defense contain 'The Machine" for four quarters?

2. Mount Carmel (2-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat Morgan Park, 48-0
This Week: vs. Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Caravan will look to knock rival Providence Catholic down to an 0-3 record with a win this week.

3. Glenbard West (2-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 50-31
This Week: vs York
EDGY's Take: It took the Hilltoppers three quarters but once they caught fire against Hinsdale South, look out.

4. Naperville Central (2-0) (4)

Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 14-7
This Week: vs Metea Valley
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks will look to establish its running game first and foremost this season.

5. Loyola Academy (2-0) (9)

Last Week: Beat Maine South, 49-8
This Week: vs Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers are getting a big season so far from senior QB Emmett Clifford.

6. Nazareth Academy (2-0) (6)

Last Week: Beat Leo, 42-12
This Week: vs St. Patrick
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners will look to get off on the right foot in ESCC play on Friday night.

7. Libertyville (2-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Lake Forest Academy, 48-0
This Week: @ Zion-Benton
EDGY's Take: Libertyville cannot overlook the Zee-Bees (2-0) this Friday.

8. Phillips (2-0) (8)

Last Week: Beat Carmel, 41-7
This Week: vs Simeon at Gately
EDGY's Take: This week's showdown against Simeon might be the best CPL regular season showdown in several years.

9. Stevenson (1-1) (5)

Last Week: Lost to H-F, 43-29
This Week: vs Lake Zurich
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will look to rebound after a tough loss to top ranked H-F. The Bears always plays Stevenson tough.

10. Joliet Catholic Academy (2-0) (10)

Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 34-14
This Week: vs. Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers had over 200 yards in penalties and still handled a very good Wheaton North team.

11. Montini Catholic (2-0) (11)

Last Week: Beat East St. Louis, 24-14
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Broncos get a huge win on the road against the Flyers. Senior QB Justin Blake has been on a roll.

12. Hinsdale Central (2-0 )(12)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove South, 42-7
This Week: vs. Downers Grove North
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will look for the Downers Grove sweep this week.

13. Oak Park-River Forest (2-0) (13)

Last Week: Beat Addison Trail, 35-7
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Huskies are quietly putting together another conference title-contending team (and beyond) this fall.

14. Lincoln-Way East (1-1) (14)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln Park, 48-0
This Week: @ Joliet West
EDGY's Take: The Griffins had issues at times against Joliet West last season and this could be a potential trap game.

15. Simeon (1-1) (15)

Last Week: Beat Greenville, Miss., 42-6
This Week: vs Phillips at Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines will need to contend with Phillips’ speed. Huge CPL bragging rights are up for grabs this week.

16. Batavia (1-0) (17)

Last Week: Beat South Elgin, 35-28
This Week: @ Larkin
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs just keep winning game and look ready to make another deep run this fall.

17. Lincoln-Way West (2-0 )(18)

Last Week: Beat Bloom Township, 27-13
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way Central
EDGY's Take: The Warriors line gets all the pub but RB Gabe Montalvo is also the real deal.

18. Barrington (2-0) (21)

Last Week: Beat Hersey, 46-7
This Week: vs Elk Grove
EDGY's Take: The Broncos have a strong passing game with QB Johnny Davidson and the running game isn't too shabby either.

19. Brother Rice (2-0) (22)

Last Week: Beat Crete-Monee, 49-21
This Week: @ Loyola Academy
EDGY's Take: Senior QB Cam Miller is off to a very strong start this season.

20. Waubonsie Valley (2-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 14-7
This Week: @ Neuqua Valley
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get a huge win on Friday and now comes the annual showdown against rival Neuqua Valley.

21. Oswego (1-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 14-13
This Week: @ Plainfield Central
EDGY's Take: Can anyone in the Southwest Prairie beat the Panthers?

22. Cary-Grove (2-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 30-15
This Week: vs Grayslake North
EDGY's Take: So much for easing into this whole reload phase for the Trojans. Still the kings of the Fox Valley.

23. Lemont (2-0) (25)

Last Week: Beat Danville, 15-9
This Week: vs. Richards
EDGY's Take: The Indians defense is on-point and if the offense can come around, Lemont could make another deep run this season.

24. Bolingbrook (1-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Romeoville, 55-6
This Week: @ Sandburg
EDGY's Take: One rival coach told me the Raiders might have one of the best defensive lines in the state. If the offense can round into shape, look out.

25. Fremd (2-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Elk Grove, 45-28
This Week: vs Prospect
EDGY's Take: Fremd senior Kenney Lyke (Michigan State) is playing running back this fall. Beware.

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


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

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

High School Lites has a huge lineup in place for this week's show as we'll feature five matchups between top-25 teams. With the Public League Playoff semifinals, Catholic League Blue, CSL South and SouthWest Suburban Blue. 

Catch the newest edition of High School Lites this Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. 

Public League Semifinals at Chicago State

No. 2 Orr vs. No. 3 Curie, 5 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the first semifinal puts these two top-3 teams against each other. Curie (23-3, 8-1) won the first matchup between the two teams early in the season as they were playing without senior guard Maurice Commander. Junior guard Marquise Walker and senior big men Traevon and Tyree Martin stepped up in that one. Orr (22-3, 9-0) has been on a roll lately as seniors Raekwon Drake, Dannie Smith, Ty Mosley and Chase Adams are playing at a high level. 

No. 1 Simeon vs. No. 4 Whitney Young, 7 p.m. -- The second semifinal puts two Public League titans against each other. The Wolverines (23-3, 9-0) will be the favorite as they're still unbeaten against Illinois competition. Senior Talen Horton-Tucker is the leading Player of the Year candidate and he's surrounded by talented teammates. Whitney Young (22-6, 7-2) earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park earlier this week as the Dolphins are playing with a lot of confidence. Seniors Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda are experienced while sophomore Tyler Beard has elevated his play.

Friday's Other Games

No. 9 New Trier at No. 6 Evanston, 7:00 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the CSL South that could ultimately decide a tight conference race. Evanston (20-4, 8-1) won the first matchup in overtime on the road on Jan. 12 as they've won six straight games. New Trier (20-3, 7-1) has won 10 straight games since that loss to the Wildkits as they picked up an important overtime win over Maine South earlier this week.  

No. 8 Fenwick at No. 10 Loyola, 7:00 p.m. -- Two Catholic League powers battle here. Fenwick (17-7, 7-0) is trying to stay unbeaten in the conference as they picked up a win over Marmion earlier this week. Loyola (21-5, 5-2) has dropped two straight games on the road but the Ramblers are still trying to gain some momentum before the postseason starts. 

No. 18 Bolingbrook at No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the top teams in the SouthWest Suburban Blue face in this one. The Vikings (15-6, 5-1) have recent wins over Hillcrest and Lincoln-Way East as they've been playing better basketball the past few weeks. The Raiders (17-5, 5-2) won the first matchup between these two teams on Jan. 19 as they beat Sandburg in their last game. After a 10-day layoff, it'll be interesting to see how Bolingbrook looks in such an important game. 

Lockport at Sandburg, 6:00 p.m. -- We stay in the SouthWest Suburban Blue in this one as Sandburg look to get back on track. The Eagles (15-8, 2-5) have dropped two straight games, including a recent loss to Bolingbrook. Lockport (7-14, 1-6) recently knocked off Bolingbrook but they've also lost two straight heading into this one. Sandburg won the first matchup between these two teams with an overtime win on Jan. 19. 

Thornridge at Andrew, 6:30 p.m. --  Heading over into the SouthWest Suburban Red, Andrew tries to stay ahead of the pack for the league title. The Thunderbolts (16-8, 8-2) have won three straight games as they won on the road at Thornridge on Jan. 12. Thornridge (14-9, 3-6) has gone on a lot of runs this season as they've won two straight on the road after a five-game losing streak. 

Richards at Shepard, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the best teams in the South Suburban Red matchup here. Shepard (15-7, 7-4) lost to Oak Lawn last week to snap a seven-game winning streak. Richards (11-12, 8-3) has played significantly better lately after a slow start. Both of these teams are battling with Oak Lawn for league supremacy. 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

No. 20 Joliet Central at Oswego East, 6:30 p.m. -- Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week heads to the Southwest Prairie. Joliet Central (19-4, 11-0) is trying to go unbeaten in league play as they've won three straight games. Oswego East (16-7, 8-3) is coming off a big win over Romeoville earlier this week. The Steelmen won this first matchup between these two teams on Dec. 15.