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CSN's Top 20 Preps rankings - Week 4

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CSN's Top 20 Preps rankings - Week 4

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
Posted: 10:00 p.m.
By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 - Maine South (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated Niles North 42-6

Next Game: Friday at New Trier, 7:30pm

QB Matt Alviti racked up another four touchdowns (three passing) in the victory. The Hawks, who enter conference action next week, will play three of their next four games on the road. Will that even matter? Maine South continues to be a football machine.

2 - Glenbard West (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Hinsdale Central 45-14
Next Game: Saturday at Oak Park-River Forest, 1:00pm

The Hilltoppers scored on seven of their first eight possessions, which included the first play from scrimmage: a 75-yard touchdown from Justice Odom to Avery Balogh. Penn State-bound defensive lineman Tommy Schutt even got in on the act, scoring on a one-yard touchdown run.

3 - Mount Carmel (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated St. Joseph 62-8

Next Game: Friday vs. Brother Rice, 7:00pm at Gately Stadium

Head coach Frank Lenti becomes the states all-time winningest coach in Illinois (307), passing former Richards coach Gary Korhonen. Don Butkus threw three touchdowns as the Caravan put the game away early. Now the fun begins: back-to-back Catholic Blue showdowns with Brother Rice, then Loyola.

4 - Lincoln-Way East (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 38-21

Next Game: Friday vs. Sandburg, 7:30pm

Illinois-bound wide receiver J.J. Robertson helped the Griffins carve up the Vikings defense. He had 230 yards on five receptionstwo of them went for touchdowns. LWE cant afford to coast, as a tilt against undefeated Sandburg awaits. Bolinbgrook (4-0) lurks the following week.

5 - Joliet Catholic (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated St. Viator 63-3

Next Game: Saturday at Benet Academy, 7:30pm

For the second straight game, the Hilltoppers put 63 on the scoreboard. Mailn Jones and Tyler Reitz chipped in with two rushing touchdowns apiece. Ty Isaac also rushed for a touchdown and added another on a punt return. JCA is averaging 50 points per game.

6 - Glenbard North (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Glenbard East 49-0

Next Game: Friday vs. West Aurora, 7:30pm

A five-touchdown second quarter lifted the Panthers in the western suburbs Friday night. QB Brian Murphy accounted for three touchdowns, while running back Phil Jackson tallied two more. The Panthers have now shutout three straight opponents.

7 - Loyola (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 8): Defeated Providence 32-6

Next Game: Saturday vs. Gordon Tech, 1:30pm

Quarterback Malcolm Weaver and running back William Palivos rushed for two touchdowns each as the Ramblers earn their first Catholic Blue victory. Loyola has to take care of business this week against Gordon Tech before the October 1st showdown against Mt. Carmel.
8 - Downers Grove South (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Leyden 49-0

Next Game: Friday vs. Downers Grove North, 7:30pm

Can anybody stop running back Josh Williams? he Mustang senior running back was menacing Friday night, scoring six touchdowns on 282 yards. He is averaging 12.5 yards per carry on the season. Like Glenbard North, DGS has shutout three straight opponents.
9 - Homewood-Flossmoor (3-1)

Last Week (Ranked 6): Lost To Lincoln-Way East 38-21
Next Game: Friday vs. Bolingbrook, 7:30pm

The Vikings could not overcome five turnovers, including four interceptions by quarterback Tim Williams. H-F cant stew over the loss for too long, as another ranked team (13 Bolingbrook) comes into town Friday night.

10 - Carmel (3-1)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Defeated Marian Catholic 44-20

Next Game: Friday vs. Wayzata (MN), 6:30pm at the University of Dubuque

Who needs a passing game? Not the Corsairs, who rolled up 332 yards of offense against Marian Catholicall of it on the ground. Running backs Jordan Kos and Mike Panico had 131 yards apiece.
11 - St. Rita (3-1)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated Brother Rice 21-17

Next Game: Friday vs. Providence, 7:30pm

The Mustangs get a nice win on the road in the Catholic Blue, thanks in part to Charles Elmore. The senior DB intercepted a pass in the final minute to preserve the St. Rita victory. Kenny Golladay had a nice night, tallying 137 yards receiving with a touchdown.
12 - Prairie Ridge (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Dundee-Crown 55-0

Next Game: Friday vs. Crystal Lake Central, 7:15pm

Jordan Getzelman ran wild against the Chargers, scoring four touchdowns in the victory. The Wolves defense let up a mere three yards in the first half. Prairie Ridges opponents have only scored 14 points on them this season.
13 - Bolingbrook (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Joliet West 49-12

Next Game: Friday at Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30pm

Junior quarterback Aaron Bailey accounted for five touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) as the Raiders triumphed. They face a challenge in going for 5-0, as a date with Homewood-Flossmoor awaits.

14 - Crete-Monee (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Glenbard South 64-19

Next Game: Friday at Kankakee, 6:00pm

The Warriors finally had a chance to show their home crowd why they deserve to be ranked. Quarterback Marcus Terrell threw for 317 yards and five touchdowns in C-Ms first home game of the season.
15 - Lake Zurich (3-1)

Last Week (Ranked 15): Defeated Lakes 28-0
Next Game: Friday at Mundelein, 7:30pm

Quarterback Zach Till and running back Mike Shield had two touchdowns apiece as the Bears cruised. Till went 9-12 for 168 yards and also rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries.

16 - Crystal Lake South (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Huntley 48-12

Next Game: Friday at McHenry, 7:15pm

The Gators tallied 229 yards on the ground in the first half, en route to a 42-6 lead and never looked back. Austin Fowler also threw three touchdowns. CLS cannot afford to look past McHenry to the Prairie Ridge game on September 30th.
17 - Morris (4-0)
Last Week (Ranked 18): Defeated Ottawa 34-14
Next Game: Friday at Yorkville, 7:30pm

Running back Collin Grogan and QB Austin Feeney helped guide the Redskins to their 20th straight win over Ottawa, a streak that dates back to 1973. They face a big challenge Friday night in 4-0 Yorkville.
18 - Cary-Grove (3-1)

Last Week (Ranked 19): Defeated Hampshire 35-6

Next Game: Friday at Jacobs, 7:15pm

Junior quarterback Quinn Baker came off the bench to spark the Trojans, scoring four touchdowns in the victory. Baker finished with 193 yards on 12 carries. An intriguing opponent (4-0 Jacobs) awaits.
19 - Lemont (4-0)
Last Week (Unranked): Defeated T.F. South 30-0
Next Game: Friday vs. Tinley Park, 7:00pm

Another game, another shutout. The Indians cruise past the Rebels thanks in large part to capitalizing off turnovers. Something has to give next week: Lemont has given up only six points on the season, while Tinley Park (also 4-0) is averaging over 48 points per game.

20 - Geneva (4-0)

Last Week (Unranked): Defeated Elgin 45-14
Next Game: Friday at St. Charles North, 7:30pm

Senior quarterback Matt Williams went 9 for 15 for 221 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Parker Woodworth found the end zone twice as well as Geneva gets their first taste of the Top 20.

Looming and Lurking: Brother Rice, Stevenson, Addison Trail, Antioch, Wheaton North, Naperville Central, Simeon, Streamwood, Sandburg, Marian Central, Bremen, Conant, Batavia, Glenbrook South, Oak Forest.

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

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Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.

Javy Baez should be the frontrunner for NL MVP heading into the All-Star Break

Javy Baez should be the frontrunner for NL MVP heading into the All-Star Break

If the season ended today, Javy Baez may be your National League MVP.

Of course, the season isn't ending today, only the first half of the 2018 campaign is.

He flashed his skills again over the weekend — scoring the game-winning run Friday, posting a 5-RBI game Saturday and then drove in the Cubs' first run in their 7-4 victory Sunday to close out a sweep of the Padres.

Entering the All-Star Break, Baez should be the frontrunner for Most Valuable Player.

For starters, he's the best player on the best team in the league.

Thanks to a recent hot surge by the Cubs and an ugly weekend for the Brewers (who have lost 6 straight), Baez and Co. will go into the break with the best record in the NL. 

Baez, meanwhile, leads the Cubs in WAR and nearly every offensive category — OPS, slugging percentage, homers, RBI, runs scored, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases and hits.

And that's not even saying anything about his glovework at any position on the infield or dynamic baserunning.

He's on pace to become the first Cubs player to drive in 125 runs since Sammy Sosa in 2001.

Baez also is on track for a 30-30 season — something only Sosa accomplished in a Cubs uniform in 1993 and 1995. 

El Mago will enjoy his week in the Home Run Derby and as the NL's starting second baseman in the All-Star Game, but those shouldn't be the end of his accolades this year if he can find a way to keep this pace up in the second half.

What other NL candidate would be a better choice for the MVP right now?

Baez is tied for the league lead in RBI. Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar is just behind Baez with 70 RBI, but he also has 70 fewer at-bats than the Cubs star due to a platoon to begin the year. 

Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett are also having great years, but the Reds are nowhere close to a playoff spot. 

Nolan Arenado, Freddie Freeman and Paul Goldschmidt are also having very good seasons on teams that are currently in the playoff hunt, but how do you deny the best player on the league's best team?

After all, where would the Cubs be without Baez this season? 

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo have battled through injuries and bouts of ineffectiveness, the pitching staff has had all kinds of consistency/health woes and Willson Contreras has yet to find his power stroke at the plate.

At the very least, "El Mago" has been the most important player on the North Side of Chicago during the first 3.5 months of 2018.