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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 5

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 5

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (4-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 60-0

This Week: @ Lockport

EDGY's Take: The Vikings just keep rolling along and at this stage is the lack of punch in the schedule a concern here? 

2. Mount Carmel (4-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 35-14

This Week: @ DeLaSalle

EDGY's Take: The Caravan get the win over St. Rita as the defense continues to shine.

3. Glenbard West (4-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 41-0

This Week: @ Lyons Township

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers will get a good test on the road this week against the under the radar Lyons.

4. Loyola Academy (4-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 54-16

This Week: vs. St. Ignatius

EDGY's Take: Many seem to feel that the Ramblers are the best potential challenger in 8A. I wouldn't argue that point too much to be honest. 

5. Libertyville (4-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Lake Forest, 42-7

This Week: @ Stevenson

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats schedule gets much better starting this Friday. Game of the Year in the North suburbs?

6. Joliet Catholic (4-0) (10)

Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 48-0

This Week: vs. Marian Central Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers defense has also played at a very high level this season. Coach (Dan Sharp) vs. player (Mike Maloney) this week.

7. Montini Catholic (4-0) (11)

Last Week: Beat DeLaSalle, 38-0

This Week: @ Leo

EDGY's Take: The Broncos can argue that they have been playing as strong so far this season than anyone in Chicagoland.

8. Phillips (3-0) (8)

Last Week: Beat Julian, 40-0

This Week: vs. Vocational

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will need to just stay focused and healthy from here on out. 

9. Stevenson (3-1) (9)

Last Week: Beat Wauconda, 20-7

This Week: vs. Libertyville

EDGY's Take: Can the Patriots defense contain Riley Lees this Friday night?

10. Naperville Central (3-1) (4)

Last Week: Lost to Waubonsie Valley, 15-14

This Week: vs. Wheaton South

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks lost a tough one on the road at Waubonsie Valley. Can the offense kick things into another gear?

11. Neuqua Valley (3-1) (19)

Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 28-14

This Week: @ Bartlett

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats could very well be the last team standing in the crowded DuPage Valley Conference race. 

12. Waubonsie Valley  (3-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 15-14

This Week: @ Metea Valley

EDGY's Take: Beat Naperville Central and then get ranked behind them? It's called EDGY Core math kids follow along it's fun.

13. Hinsdale Central (4-0) (12)

Last Week: Beat York, 52-21

This Week: vs. Proviso West

EDGY's Take: The Red Devils are just putting up silly points and offense so far this season. The second half of the schedule will tell us more.

14. Oak Park-River Forest (4-0) (13)

Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 41-0

This Week: vs. Downers Grove North

EDGY's Take: Potentially one of the best defenses in Chicagoland here?

15. Lincoln-Way East (3-1) (14)

Last Week: Beat Stagg, 50-0

This Week: @ Bolingbrook

EDGY's Take: The Griffins will travel to Bolingbrook to play in the Forever Thankful for the I-355 Extension Bowl.

16. Batavia (4-0 ) (15)

Last Week: Beat St. Charles East, 28-0

This Week: @ St. Charles North

EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs will have its hands full this week against the better than you think North Stars.

17. Lincoln-Way West (4-0) (16)

Last Week: Beat Andrew, 50-12

This Week: vs. Thornton Township

EDGY's Take: The Warriors also will need to bring its A game against a surging Thornton Township (4-0) squad.

18. Barrington (4-0) (17)

Last Week: Beat Wheeling, 42-21

This Week: @ Schaumburg

EDGY's Take: The Broncos begin a very tough portion of the regular season schedule starting this week on the road at Schaumburg (3-1).

19. Cary-Grove (4-0) (18)

Last Week: Beat Woodstock North, 34-0

This Week: @ Huntley

EDGY's Take: Huge game in the FVC Valley side of the conference. Two distinct styles of offense here. 

20. Oswego (3-1) (20)

Last Week: Beat Minooka, 42-7

This Week: @ Romeoville

EDGY's Take: The Panthers have now won 30 straight Southwest Prairie conference games. 

21. Simeon (2-2) (21)

Last Week: Beat Lane Tech, 56-0

This Week: vs. Curie

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines took care of business against Lane Tech and get a good test this week against the Condors.

22. Fremd (4-0) (22)

Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 59-20

This Week: @ Conant

EDGY's Take: Another huge game in the Mid Suburban as Conant (4-0) could very well be the best team in the Mid Suburban West.

23. New Trier (4-0) (23)

Last Week: Beat Highland Park, 40-13

This Week: @ Evanston

EDGY's Take: The Trevians also need to turn up the intensity this week on the road against the Wildkits.

24. Marian Central Catholic (4-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Nazareth Academy, 34-19

This Week: @ Joliet Catholic

EDGY's Take: If anyone knows the ins and outs of the JCA offense it's Hurricanes head coach and former All State JCA linemen Mike Maloney.

25. Brother Rice (3-1) (25)

Last Week: Beat St. Francis, 46-33

This Week: @ St. Laurence

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders bounce back well from last week's loss to Loyola in beating a good St. Francis team. 

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.