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High School Lites roundup: Week 16

High School Lites roundup: Week 16

The last weekend of IHSA playoff hoops was absolutely thrilling, as the Class 3A-4A state champions were crowned. Follow CSNPreps year round for the latest scores, analysis and news. 


Whitney Young gets revenge on Simeon, wins Class 4A crown

Morgan Park rallies to beat Fenwick in overtime for Class 3A crown

Highlights: Whitney Young knocks off Simeon for Class 4A title

Highlights: Morgan Park pulls off epic comeback to beat Fenwick in Class 3A championship

IHSA Class 3A trophy ceremony

IHSA Class 4A trophy ceremony

Highlights: Bolingbrook edges Fremd for third place in Class 3A

Bolingbrook edges Fremd in 4A consolation game

Players, coaches talk Whitney Young's revenge win

Whitney Young's Javon Freeman soars for sick dunk 

Morgan Park's Nick Irvin, Nimari Burnett talk state championship win

Highlights: Bloomington beats Lanphier in Class 3A consolation game

In the Gym at EFT: Dexafit body fat testing

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Dannie Smith

Crowning champions in Battle of the Fans

Top plays from wild IHSA basketball season

Highlights: New Trier wins Blackhawk Cup over Providence

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

School: Simeon

2016-17 record: 30-4, 8-2 Public League Red-South

Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A Title Game

Players to watch: Senior Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State) is one of the area's premier two-way players. Senior forward Messiah Jones (Drake) is an elite leaper and rebounder. Talented junior guard KeJuan Clements is also back. The Wolverines also added some intriguing transfers in Xavier Pinson (St. Pat's) and Northwest Indiana native Zion Young. Both Pinson and Young have Division I interest and add even more perimeter firepower. 

Why they're in the power rankings: On paper, you could argue that Simeon is the most talented team in the state this season. The Wolverines have proven veterans who have won city titles and Division I transfers at multiple positions. But how will all of the pieces fit together? This is a fascinating group with a high ceiling.

Did you know? Making it back to Peoria last season, Simeon has now made 13 state finals appearances.

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.