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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (8-0) (1)

Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 55-21

This Week: vs. Bolingbrook

EDGY's Take: The Vikings got out of the gates slow but finished strong in beating Sandburg. H-F's rival Bolingbrook is up next.

2. Loyola Academy (8-0) (2)

Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 56-14

This Week: vs. Mount Carmel

EDGY's Take: The Ramblers will try for a rarity this week in the CCL Blue, a rare undefeated regular season record.

3. Glenbard West (8-0) (3)

Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 42-0

This Week: @ Addison Trail

EDGY's Take: The Hitters have now won the West Suburban Silver conference title in seven of the past eight seasons.

4. Libertyville (8-0) (4)

Last Week: Beat Mundelein, 34-7

This Week: vs. Lakes

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are all setting themselves up for a high seed in the upcoming IHSA state playoffs. 

5. Montini Catholic (8-0) (6)

Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 48-7

This Week: @ Marmion Academy

EDGY's Take: The Broncos backfield is as good as anyone's in the state this season. 

6. Naperville Central (7-1) (8)

Last Week: Beat Wheaton North, 34-14

This Week: @ Lake Park

EDGY's Take: The Redhawks better be ready this week for a hungry Lake Park team looking to secure a state playoff spot. 

7. Phillips (7-0) (7)

Last Week: Beat Solorio, 63-13

This Week: vs. Calumet Perspectives Friday @ Mandrake Park 

EDGY's Take: Whether it's 3A or 4A, the Wildcats will be considered one of the favorites to win a state title.

8. Brother Rice (7-1) (9)

Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 31-24

This Week: @ St. Rita

EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will look to finish off the regular season with a win this week against longtime rival St. Rita.

9. Mount Carmel (7-1) (10)

Last Week: Beat Hales Franciscan, 1-0 (forfeit)

This Week: @ Loyola Academy

EDGY's Take: The Caravan healed up after getting a forfeit win last Friday. Will Mount Carmel be rusty or ready this week?

10. Hinsdale Central  (7-1) (12)

Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 45-38 OT

This Week: @ Oak Park-River Forest

EDGY's Take: The Red Devils needed overtime to beat district rival Hinsdale South. This week doesn't get any easier at OPRF.

11. Oak Park-River Forest (7-1) (13)

Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 35-7

This Week: vs. Hinsdale Central

EDGY's Take: Despite a late season rash of injuries the Huskies just keep marching forward. Beware of senior RB Antonio Cannon.

12. Lincoln-Way East (6-2) (14)

Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 70-0

This Week: vs. Sandburg

EDGY's Take: The Griffins are starting to get standout RB Liam Morrissey back in time for the state playoffs. 

13. Joliet Catholic (7-1) (5)

Last Week: Lost to Benet Academy, 24-21

This Week: vs. Marist

EDGY's Take: JCA is also dealing with a handful of key injuries late in the season. Can the Hilltoppers defense slow down Marist?

14. Huntley (8-0) (15)

Last Week: Beat McHenry, 62-19

This Week: @ Dundee-Crown

EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders are getting a big season from QB Anthony Binetti this fall.

15. Nazareth Academy (6-2) (18)

Last Week: Beat Marist, 62-45

This Week: @ St. Viator

EDGY's Take: The Road Runners can score a bunch of points this season when needed. RB Ivory Kelly-Martin is dangerous at all times.

16. Batavia (7-1) (19)

Last Week: Beat Geneva, 24-14

This Week: @ Streamwood

EDGY's Take: Huge win over rival Geneva for the Bulldogs. QB Kyle Niemiec is an All State candidate.

17. Simeon (5-2) (17)

Last Week: Beat Taft, 1-0 (forfeit)

This Week: vs. Collins Thursday @ Gately 

EDGY's Take: The Wolverines also get a forfeit win last Friday and should be rested and ready for the post-season.

18. Neuqua Valley (6-2) (11)

Last Week: Lost to Lake Park, 28-21

This Week: vs. Glenbard North

EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will need to clean up the penalties and mistakes this week hosting Glenbard North.

19. Glenbard North (6-2) (21)

Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 45-9

This Week: @ Neuqua Valley

EDGY's Take: The Panthers are getting a big season from RB Devion Hodges and RB Vittorio Tricase. 

20. Cary-Grove  (7-1) (22)

Last Week: Beat Dundee-Crown, 48-6

This Week: vs. Crystal Lake South

EDGY's Take: The Trojans are getting another huge season from FB Ty Pennington.

21. Lincoln-Way North (8-0) (23)

Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 45-18

This Week: vs. Lincoln-Way West

EDGY's Take: The Phoenix will host rival Lincoln-Way West in the school's last regular season home game on Friday. How weird does that sound?

22. Notre Dame (7-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Marian Catholic, 50-12

This Week: vs. Carmel

EDGY's Take: QB Tyler Tsagalis is an All State candidate as well this fall for the Dons.

23. Barrington (7-1) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Fremd, 49-28

This Week: vs. Hoffman Estates

EDGY's Take: The Broncos will also get a Week 9 test against Hoffman Estates who is fighting for a state playoff spot.

24. Maine South (6-2) (NR)

Last Week: Beat Niles West, 52-21

This Week: vs. Evanston

EDGY's Take: The Hawks have now won 74 straight conference games and will get another big test this week from the Wildkits.

25. Geneva (7-1) (22)

Last Week: Lost to Batavia, 24-14

This Week: @ Larkin

EDGY's Take: The Vikings will bounce back after a tough loss to Batavia. QB Sean Chambers remains a key for the Vikings.

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.