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Edgy Tim's 16th annual IHSA football All-State team


Edgy Tim's 16th annual IHSA football All-State team

The 16th annual All-State team selects the top players from the 2015 season state-wide in the larger classes (5A through 8A).

Here is my 2015 IHSA Football season All-State team.


- Zach Oles, Palatine: A terrific junior season.
- Emmett Clifford, Loyola Academy: Great skills and overall game.
- Brendan Skalitzky, Marist: Wow. Just wow. Great season.
Riley Lees, Libertyville: Has weak FIFA game skills and that's about it.
Justin Blake, Montini Catholic: Big-time run and pass threat.
- Cam Miller, Brother Rice: Put up huge passing numbers in 2015.
- Bryce Gray, Homewood-Floosmoor: Unquestioned team leader.

Running backs

- Gabe Montalvo, Lincoln-Way West: Tough runner.
Sam Brodner, Glenbard West: Old school throwback type of player. 
Tyler Pennington, Cary-Grove: Seems like this junior has been on this team since 7th grade. Or not.
Ivory Kelly-Martin, Nazareth Academy: 2017 runner has big-time skills.
- Marcus Curry, Hinsdale South: One of the toughest runners I saw live in 2015.
Clint Ratkovich, Crete-Monee: Simply a football player. A great football player.

Wide receivers

Emmanuel Rugamba, Naperville Central: Manny has game.
Isaiah Robertson, Neuqua Valley: This junior could have also made this team at safety.
- Drew Slager, Lincoln-Way North: Great hands and tools.
Eric Eshoo, Loyola Academy: Northwestern commit has size length and big-time TE upside.
- Liam Keffer, Marist: As productive as productive can be in 2015.
Kendric Pryor, Homewood-Flossmoor: Two-way standout for the Vikings.
Ricky Smalling, Brother Rice: Class of 2017 recruit just gets better and better.

Offensive line

Tyler Witt, Joliet Catholic Academy: Hard nosed and strong inside linemen.
Justin Witt, Lincoln-Way West: NC State commit just gets better.
Jeff Scott Peoria: Leader on the Lions' offensive line in 2015.
Kevin Jarvis, Maine South: This junior had a very impressive 2015.
Austin Warner, Oswego: NIU commit just does it the hard way.
Sean Foster, Carmel: Minnesota commit just gets better.
Bryan Brokop, Lincoln-Way West: Love this Nebraska commit's overall game. 
Erik Swenson, Downers Grove South: Third straight year on this team.
Matt Allen, Hinsdale Central: Drew nothing but praise from opposing linemen. 

Special teams/athletes

- K/P Tucker McCann, O'Fallon: One of the state's top specialist in many years.
- KR/PR Jeff Thomas, East St. Louis: I'll take this junior on my team any day.
- ATH Sam Sergent, Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin: Grinder who did it all for SHG in 2015.
- ATH Samson Evans, Prairie Ridge: Only a sophomore. Be very afraid.
- ATH Andrew Gregory, Normal Community: NIU commit just gets better.
- ATH Steven Wirtel, Mount Carmel: Multi-purpose player for the Caravan in 2015.

Defensive line

Ben Kimpler, Libertyville: Key defender for the Wildcats.
Ben Leroy, Loyola Academy: NIU commit can be dominant at times.
Ken Aguirre, Joliet Catholic: Western Michigan commit showed a terrific motor.
Mike Panasiuk, Lake Park: Michigan State is getting a mauler.
A.J. Epenesa, Edwardsville: One of the top 2017 names got better in 2015.
- Allen Stallings, Oak Park River Forest: Had a huge senior year for the Huskies.
- Ben Christensen, Lincoln-Way East: Had a big-time 2015 season for the Griffins.


Tuf Borland, Bolingbrook- Ohio State commit is a no-brainer on every All-State team.
- Nico Gagliano, Glenbard West- Great hitter and productive defender here.
- Max Ihry, Waubonsie Valley- one of the state's top two way starters in 2015.
Drake Spears, West Aurora- Illinois commit. Mr. Cool. Makes it look easy.
Nick Niemann, Sycamore: Iowa pledge has big-time upside.
Brendan O'Hara, Providence Catholic: Just a great inside linebacker.
- John Embrey, Montini Catholic: Heart and soul on the Broncos' defense.

Defensive backs

Palmer Graham, Conant: Has speed and is exceptionally versatile.
Julian Love Nazareth Academy: Notre Dame commit is simply one of the best overall players in this state. 
Juwuane Parchman, Rockford Auburn: Illinois commit had a big 2015 season.
Travion Banks, Evanston: Miami (OH) pledge easily was one of the best overall players I saw in 2015.
Jeremy Fejedelem, Lemont: Air Force commit had a huge 2015 season and is two-way standout. 
- Andrew Kamiensky, South Elgin: Pound-for-pound one of toughest kids in 2015.
Kenney Lyke, Fremd: Michigan State commit played at a top level at RB and DB in 2015.

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


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