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Week 4: Top 25 Power Rankings

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Week 4: Top 25 Power Rankings

1. Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0) (1)
Last Week: Beat Stagg, 67-6
This Week: vs. Joliet Central
EDGY's Take: The Vikings now prepare for what looks to be a very challenging latter half of the conference slate.

2. Mount Carmel (3-0) (2)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 13-0
This Week: vs. St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Caravan defense has been great this season. The offense? Hey how about that defense!

3. Glenbard West (3-0) (3)
Last Week: Beat York, 41-14
This Week: @ Downers Grove North
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers defense will need to go old school this week in preparing for the Downers Grove North option offense.

4. Naperville Central (3-0) (4)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 27-7
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks took about a half or so before they took care of business against Metea Valley last Friday. That can't happen this week.

5. Loyola Academy (3-0) (9)
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice, 28-0
This Week: @ Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers might have one of the state's biggest, strongest and most physical teams in the state this season.

6. Nazareth Academy (3-0) (6)
Last Week: Beat St. Patrick, 56-28
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners will get a big road test this week in Woodstock.

7. Libertyville (3-0) (7)
Last Week: Beat Zion-Benton, 41-0
This Week: vs. Lake Forest
EDGY's Take: Libertyville will also face its biggest challenge so far this season hosting Lake Forest.

8. Phillips (3-0) (8)
Last Week: Beat Simeon, 29-18
This Week: @ Julian
EDGY's Take: QB Quayvon Skanes (UConn) is just special.

9. Stevenson (2-1) (9)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 38-35
This Week: vs. Wauconda
EDGY's Take: The Patriots defense will need to shore things up starting this week against Wauconda.

10. Joliet Catholic Academy (3-0) (10)
Last Week: Beat Carmel, 41-21
This Week: @ St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers has one of its best teams over the past handful of seasons. Unfortunately this is also one of its least deep teams as well.

11. Montini Catholic (3-0) (11)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 38-7
This Week: vs. DeLaSalle
EDGY's Take: The Broncos have been just quicker on offense so far this season. Any win in any sport over St. Rita is huge.

12. Hinsdale Central (3-0 )(12)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 43-0
This Week: @ York
EDGY's Take: Senior QB Michael Sessa (6-foot-7, 200 pounds) is a name to watch for the Red Devils.

13. Oak Park-River Forest (3-0) (13)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 42-12
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Huskies defense has been drawing raves from opposing coaches so far this season.

14. Lincoln-Way East (2-1) (14)
Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 35-12
This Week: vs. Stagg
EDGY's Take: Griffins QB Brandon Bauer is quickly becoming a big time key for East this season.

15. Batavia (3-0) (16)
Last Week: Beat Larkin, 49-20
This Week: vs. St. Charles East
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs started a bit slow but finished strong over Larkin last Friday.

16. Lincoln-Way West (3-0 )(17)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 28-0
This Week: vs. Andrew
EDGY's Take: Warriors RB Gabe Montalvo is primed to put up big, big numbers this season.

17. Barrington (3-0) (18)
Last Week: Beat Elk Grove, 42-18
This Week: @ Wheeling
EDGY's Take: The Broncos have big play abilities and used that last Friday in beating the Elk Grove.

18. Cary-Grove (3-0) (22)
Last Week: Beat Grayslake North, 68-12
This Week: @ Woodstock North
EDGY's Take: Remember way back in the preseason when we all wondered aloud of the Trojans could reload?

19. Neuqua Valley (2-1) (NR)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 28-7
This Week: @ Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: Expect more DVC teams to knock each other off the rest of the regular season, and Neuqua Valley remains one of the best to watch in the DuPage Valley Conference race.

20. Oswego (2-1) (20)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield Central, 46-13
This Week: vs. Minooka
EDGY's Take: The Panthers defense will need to have a big game this week against the never say quit Indians and junior QB Johnny Carnagio.

21. Simeon (1-2) (15)
Last Week: Lost to Phillips, 29-18
This Week: @ Lane Tech
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines will go back to work this week and try to find some answers especially on the offensive side of the football. Mark my words, this team will still be very dangerous come state playoff time.

22. Fremd (3-0) (25)
Last Week: Beat Prospect, 42-35
This Week: vs. Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: No question senior ATH Cordell Finley is a big time player and a major sleeper recruit for the Vikings.

23. New Trier (3-0) (NR)
Last Week: Beat Maine West, 29-14
This Week: vs. Highland Park
EDGY's Take: The Trevians and head coach Brian Doll look to be on path for another huge season. Junior QB Clay Czyzynski leads the offense.

24. Huntley (3-0) (NR)
Last Week: Beat Gary West Side, 47-6
This Week: @ Hampshire
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders have a terrific senior QB in Anthony Binetti and the Huntley offense is as explosive as any in the Fox Valley Conference.

25. Brother Rice (2-1) (19)
Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 28-0
This Week: vs. St. Francis
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders just had issues generating much offense in its loss on Saturday to Loyola. The Crusaders also better not overlook St. Francis at home on Friday night.

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.