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CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 11 Lyons Township

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 11 Lyons Township

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Lyons Township

Head Coach: Kurt Weinberg

Assistant Coaches: Bryan Bergman, Jon Beutjer, Mike Morrison, Tim McAlpin, Jason Brauer, Shedlon Harris, Kevin Diete

How they fared in 2016: 8-3 (4-2 West Suburban Silver Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Naperville North then lost to Palatine in second round action.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th @ Sandburg

September 1st vs Hinsdale South

September 8th @ York

September 15th vs Proviso West

September 22nd @ Leyden

September 30th vs Glenbard West

October 6th @ Downers Grove North

October 13th @ Hinsdale Central

October 20th vs Oak Park-River Forest

Biggest storyline: Are the Lions ready to make a long run this coming season?

Names to watch this season:  Senior QB Ben Bryant, senior OL Kevin Skonning, senior DE Andrew Ezell

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions will need to reload in the defensive back seven this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: Lyons Township has a lot to offer this coming season, starting with it's senior QB Ben Bryant (Cincinnati) along with the Lions entire starting offensive line  from a season ago. The defense also has some play makers on the defensive line in senior DT Mickey Brown and senior DE Andrew Ezell. If Lyons Township can fill in some important openings at the linebacker and defensive backfield this could be a team that can make a deep run this season.

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Orr

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Orr

2016-17 record: 23-5, 8-2 Public League Red-West

Postseason results: Won Class 2A State Championship.

Players to watch: Seniors Dannie Smith and Raekwon Drake are both major All-Area threats after strong junior seasons. Another senior, Ty Mosley, might actually be the best long-term college prospect of the group as he's pledged to Milwaukee for next season. Sharpshooter Brian Hernandez is another seasoned veteran who has a knack for making big plays.

Why they're in the power rankings: The Spartans return most of last season's Class 2A title team and they also added some key transfers in former Marian Catholic point guard Chase Adams and former Clark wing Demarius Splunge. While the Spartans should be the heavy favorites to repeat in Class 2A, they haven't made as much noise in the Public League Playoffs, which is why they're still behind some of the other schools in the preseason Power Rankings.

Did you know? Orr was absolutely dominant during its Class 2A title run last March as the Spartans won by an average of 21 points. Only one team, Uplift, even played Orr to within single digits and that was still a nine-point margin of victory. 

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 5 Curie

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 5 Curie

2016-17 record: 25-4, 10-0 Public League Red-Central

Postseason results: Lost to OPRF in Class 4A sectional semifinals

Players to watch: The frontcourt of twin brothers Treavon and Tyree Martin are both back as the seniors have been varsity mainstays the past few seasons. Curie also added a lot of weapons via transfer as reigning East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year Maurice Commander (UT-Chattanooga) joined the Condors from Marist.

Why they're in the power rankings: The Martin twins should be one of the bigger and better frontcourts in the area this season and Commander should receive plenty of help from UP-Englewood transfer Jayden Gasby and St. Joseph transfer Marquise Walker. The Condors are just a step below the four other Public League powers who are ahead of them in the preseason Power Rankings, but they have a chance to still be a title threat.

Did you know? The new-look Condors looked very impressive at times this summer as they dominated the annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout in June. Curie earned blowout wins over Simeon and Whitney Young in the final two games to capture the championship.