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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Lockport, 48-0

This Week: @ Joliet West

EDGY's Take: At what point do Vikings fans begin to wonder if, and when, this team will be tested? 

2. Mount Carmel (5-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat DeLaSalle, 63-0

This Week: @ Brother Rice

EDGY's Take: The Caravan defense will get a test on the road this week against pass-happy Brother Rice. 

3. Glenbard West (5-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 35-0

This Week: vs Hinsdale Central

EDGY's Take: Senior RB Sam Brodner can make a 7-yard run look spectacular. 

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

Last Week: Beat St. Ignatius, 35-7

This Week: @ Providence Catholic

EDGY's Take: Could this be a trap game on the road Friday night against the Celtics, who are fighting to get back to .500?

5. Libertyville (5-0) (5)

Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 35-7

This Week: vs Lake Zurich

EDGY's Take: QB Riley Lees gets the hype (and deservedly so) yet the Wildcats defense also is a real strength this fall.

6. Joliet Catholic (5-0) (6)

Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 41-3

This Week: @ Marian Catholic

EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers have been making it look pretty easy so far in 2015. 

7. Montini Catholic (5-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Leo, 41-0

This Week: @ St. Joseph

EDGY's Take: The Broncos also have been cruising, and the defense is taking shape nicely. 

8. Phillips (5-0) (8)

Last Week: Beat Vocational, 62-0

This Week: vs King

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats led Vocational 62-0 at halftime. 

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

Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 20-8

This Week: @ Batavia

EDGY's Take: Hands down one of the most intriguing non-conference matchups all season here. The Redhawks will walk into a hostile Dawg Pound on Friday night.

10. Neuqua Valley (4-1) (11)

Last Week: Beat Bartlett, 21-7

This Week: vs Naperville North

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats just get the job done week in and week out.

11. Hinsdale Central (5-0) (13)

Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 48-7

This Week: @ Glenbard West

EDGY's Take: No question this week presents the Red Devils' biggest challenge of the 2015 season on the road at Duchon Field.

12. Oak Park-River Forest (5-0) (14)

Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 44-20

This Week: @ York

EDGY's Take: The Huskies can beat teams with the pass and the run, and senior RB Antonio Cannon leads a deep group of running backs.

13. Lincoln-Way East (4-1) (15)

Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 28-0

This Week: vs. Lockport

EDGY's Take: The Griffins defense has been strong all season, including last Friday's 28-0 win over Bolingbrook, holding the Raiders to just 55 rushing yards. 

14. Stevenson (3-2) (9)

Last Week: Lost to Libertyville, 35-7

This Week: @ Warren Township

EDGY's Take: The Patriots just couldn't get their offense in full gear in Friday's loss to Libertyville. That will need to change this week against the Blue Devils on the road.

15. Batavia (5-0) (16)

Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 48-28

This Week: vs Naperville Central

EDGY's Take: While the annual rivalry game against Geneva is always huge in Batavia, this week against Naperville Central will come pretty close to matching that excitement.

16. Barrington (5-0 ) (18)

Last Week: Beat Schaumburg, 35-28

This Week: @ Conant

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will get a huge test this week on the road against the surging Cougars.

17. Huntey (5-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 29-8

This Week: vs Jacobs

EDGY's Take: Huntley beat Cary-Grove for the first time in school history at the varsity level. Time to get back to work against Jacobs (5-0) this week.

18. Oswego (4-1) (20)

Last Week: Beat Romeoville, 50-14

This Week: vs Oswego East

EDGY's Take: The Panthers won their 31st straight Southwest Prairie conference game last Friday over Romeoville.

19. Simeon (3-2) (21)

Last Week: Beat Curie, 33-21

This Week: vs North Lawndale

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines needed to come from behind to beat Curie as QB Dakota Turner threw four touchdown passes in the win.

20. New Trier (5-0) (23)

Last Week: Beat Evanston, 14-12

This Week: vs Waukegan

EDGY's Take: The Trevians win the 106th meeting with Evanston and now set their sights on ending The Streak soon.

21. Brother Rice (4-2) (25)

Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 52-35

This Week: vs Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will look to upset rival Mount Carmel on Friday night. Expect a packed house at Brother Rice.

22. Nazareth Academy (4-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Marian Catholic, 49-7

This Week: vs Benet Academy

EDGY's Take: The Road Runners will get another big test this week hosting Benet Academy. Senior RB Ivory Kelly-Martin is having an All-State caliber season.

23. Glenbard North (3-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 46-6

This Week: @ Wheaton North

EDGY's Take: The Panthers have bounced back well since starting the season at 0-2. Junior RB Vittorio Tricase is a name you need to know.

24. Cary-Grove (4-1) (19)

Last Week: Lost to Huntley, 29-8

This Week: @ McHenry

EDGY's Take: The Trojans will go back to work this week after a tough loss last Friday to Huntley. 

25. Conant (5-0) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Fremd, 26-17

This Week: vs Barrington

EDGY's Take: The Cougars go back to the running game to upset Fremd last Friday night. Beware of this Conant team, folks.

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