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CSN's Top 20 preps rankings - Week 5

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CSN's Top 20 preps rankings - Week 5

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
Posted: 8:11 p.m.

By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 - Maine South (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated New Trier 40-24

Next Game: Friday at Niles West, 7:30pm

The last team to beat Maine South in conference play was New Trier back in 2000. The Hawks prevented history from repeating itself by scoring 26 unanswered points in the second half after trailing by 10 at the break. A blocked punt by Frank Perrone helped swing the momentum. QB Matt Alviti chimed in with four touchdowns.

2 - Glenbard West (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Oak Park-River Forest 41-6

Next Game: Saturday vs. Proviso West, 1:30pm

A huge second quarter carries the Hilltoppers as they cruise to another West Suburban Silver victory. QB Justice Odom collected four touchdowns (three through the air) and Joe Zito rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown.

3 - Mount Carmel (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated Brother Rice 35-24

Next Game: Saturday at Loyola, 1:30pm

A career-best 240 rushing yards by Brandon Greer helped propel the Caravan on the south side Friday night. The Central Michigan-bound Greer scored three touchdowns (46, 25 and 51) while QB Don Butkus added two more scores. Next weeks game against Loyola is a must-see.

4 - Lincoln-Way East (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Sandburg 31-7

Next Game: Friday at Bolingbrook, 7:30pm

Homewood-Flossmoor? Check. Sandburg? Check. Bolingbrook? To be decided Friday. If the Griffins defense can complement the high-powered offense next week, just as it did against Sandburg, then its possible to get their third straight victory over an undefeated team.

5 - Joliet Catholic (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated Benet 35-0

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

The Hilltoppers win thanks to another ground assault. Ty Isaac rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns, while Northwestern-bound Malin Jones added 95 more yards and two scores. JCAs defense held Benet to only eight yards rushing.

6 - Glenbard North (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 6): Defeated West Aurora 31-21

Next Game: Friday at Naperville Central, 7:30pm

The Blackhawks were pesky enough to stop GBNs streak of shutout quarters (15) and hang around in the second half, but they couldnt contain Panther running back Phil Jackson. The senior rushed for 141 yards and had the go-ahead score in the third quarter. He also had an 18-yard scoring run.

7 - Loyola (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Gordon Tech 33-7

Next Game: Saturday vs. Mount Carmel, 1:30pm

Well-rounded effort by the Ramblers, highlighted by backup quarterback Peter Pujals three touchdowns (two passing). Starting quarterback Malcolm Weaver got plenty of rest in advance of Saturdays duel against Mount Carmel. Loyolas defense forced four fumbles.

8 - Downers Grove South (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Downers Grove North 24-14

Next Game: Friday at Willowbrook, 7:30pm

Running back Josh Williams got it going in the second half, gaining 225 of his 244 yards. His two touchdowns after halftime helped put the game away. South beat North for the sixth consecutive year.

9 - St. Rita (4-1)

Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated Providence 19-0

Next Game: Friday at Hales Franciscan, 7:30pm

The Mustangs put on a defensive clinic on the south side Friday, intercepting the Celtics five times. Ryan Leonard and Max Kurugar each had a pick-six. St. Rita will step out of conference play for two weeks (Hales, Bishop McNamara) before hosting Mount Carmel October 14th.

10 - Prairie Ridge (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Crystal Lake Central 29-0

Next Game: Friday at Crystal Lake South, 7:15pm

The Wolves took care of business in advance of next weeks rumble with the Gators. Prairie Ridge held CLC to 78 total yards. Quarterback Nick Nissen found Jordan Getzelman for a 40-yard touchdown and also tallied two rushing TDs.

11 - Bolingbrook (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 41-28

Next Game: Friday vs. Lincoln-Way East, 7:30pm

The Raiders prove theyre for real, sprinting out to a 27-0 lead and leaving a talented H-F team in its wake. Quarterback Aaron Bailey had three rushing touchdowns, the last one a 66-yard scamper to make it 41-7 in the second quarter. Which Southwest Suburban Blue team will remain undefeated after week six: The Brook or LW East?
12 - Crete-Monee (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Kankakee 35-7

Next Game: Friday vs. Bloom, 6:00pm

Quarterback Marcus Terrell and LaQuan Treadwell hooked up for two long first quarter touchdowns (59 and 53) as the Warriors cruised in Southland Conference play. Kenneth Kidd added two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to put the game out of reach.

13 - Lake Zurich (4-1)

Last Week (Ranked 15): Defeated Mundelein 41-7

Next Game: Friday at Libertyville, 7:30pm

The Bears carved up the Mundelein defense early and often. Quarterback Zach Till scored three touchdowns and running back Connor Schrader added two more. The meat of the North Suburban Lake conference is on deck: at Libertyville, at Stevenson and then a home date against Lake Forest.

14 - Crystal Lake South (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 16): Defeated McHenry 46-6

Next Game: Friday vs. Prairie Ridge, 7:15pm

Six sacks and a steady ground attack paced the Gators in the Fox Valley. Fullback Karl Mikulec rushed for 84 yards and three touchdowns. The stage is set for Fridays battle against Prairie Ridge. CLS beat the Wolves in the 2010 regular season 24-20, but lost to them in the playoffs 37-10.

15 - Morris (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Yorkville 35-7

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

It was the (QB) Austin Feeney and (RB) Jake Ruettiger show in the Big 12 East conference. Feeney passed for 161 yards and three touchdowns while Ruettiger added two more scores. The Redskins gave Yorkville their first loss and Friday theyll welcome another 4-1 team (Sycamore).

16 - Lemont (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 19): Defeated Tinley Park 49-20

Next Game: Friday at Bremen, 7:00pm

Quarterback Damon Aleman (150 yards, 3 TDs) and Jay Taylor (2 receiving TDs) helped Lemont in a battle of unbeatens. The cream has risen to the top in the South Suburban Blue. The Indians take on fellow 5-0 team Bremen Friday for control of the conference.

17 - Geneva (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 20): Defeated St. Charles North 54-7

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

Senior running back Parker Woodworth found the end zone three times as the Vikings were never seriously threatened, leading 27-7 after the first quarter. The 5-0 Batavia Bulldogs await with Streamwood (also 5-0) following in week seven.
18 Marian Central (5-0)

Last Week (Unranked): Defeated Aurora Central Catholic 50-7

Next Game: Friday at St. Edward, 7:30pm

The Hurricanes join the CSN Top 20 after a couple of marquee wins. They defeated Montini in week four and trounced ACC Friday. Marian must now learn to be road warriors, as each of their four remaining regular season dates are away from Woodstock.

19 - Homewood-Flossmoor (3-2)

Last Week (Ranked 9): Lost To Bolingbrook 41-28

Next Game: Friday at Lockport, 7:00pm

The Vikings dug themselves a 41-7 hole at halftime and could not recover. Quarterback Tim Williams went 14 for 30, with 212 yards and three touchdowns. Another tough test awaits, as H-F must now travel to Lockport to take on the 4-1 Porters.

20 - Carmel (3-2)

Last Week (Ranked 10): Lost to Wayzata (MN), 33-27

Next Game: Friday at St. Patrick, 8:00pm

The Corsairs got two touchdowns from Michael Panico, one off them via kick return, but could not trip up the Minnesota Class 5A state champs. Brian Brennan hooked up with tight end Alex Young on a 12-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to six but Carmel could come no closer.

Looming and Lurking: Brother Rice, Stevenson, Addison Trail, Antioch, Wheaton North, Simeon, Streamwood, Bremen, Batavia, Glenbrook South, Oak Forest, Jacobs, Kaneland, Grayslake Centray, Cary-Grove.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: A sprained MCL and Trubisky's performance. vs the Pats

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: A sprained MCL and Trubisky's performance. vs the Pats

David Haugh, Jordan Cornette, Shae Peppler join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- Mark Schanowski joins SportsTalk Live to discuss Kris Dunn’s sprained MCL, Fred Hoiberg’s tough luck and Zach LaVine postgame criticisms of the coaching. Plus they’ll discuss another 0-3 team- LeBron’s Lakers.

20:00 – The panel discusses Mitchell Trubisky’s performance vs. the Patriots. Jordan makes the case that the media is giving the former No. 2 pick a pass.

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Bulls bracing for a Kemba Walker onslaught

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Bulls bracing for a Kemba Walker onslaught

Through the opening week of the NBA season, Hornets' All-Star point guard Kemba Walker and former Bull Niko Mirotic share the league scoring lead, averaging 33 points per game.

Bulls' fans have seen these hot stretches from Niko before, and chances are he'll start moving down to the mid to high-teens before long. But Walker is a big-time scorer who's quietly emerged as one of the most consistently productive point guards in a league loaded with stars at that position. He's averaged over 20 points and 5 assists in each of the last three seasons, making the Eastern Conference All-Star team twice.

Last season, Walker lit up the Bulls for 47 points in an overtime loss at the United Center in November, making some of the most difficult shots you can imagine to keep his team in the game. He seems to be as this best when facing the Bulls and you can bet Fred Hoiberg and his staff will pull out all the stops to try to slow him down, especially with defensive ace Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks after suffering a sprained left MCL in his season debut on Monday.

The Hornets made some personnel changes since last season. The one-year experiment with Dwight Howard at center is over. Howard put up solid numbers for Charlotte a year ago, but didn't make much difference in the win-loss column, so he's moved on to Washington in his NBA odyssey. Cody Zeller is now the starting center, backed up by Bismack Biyombo and former Benet Academy and University of Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky.

Charlotte tried to improve the athleticism on their roster by selecting Malik Monk and Miles Bridges in the first rounds of the last two drafts. Monk is getting more playing time this season, averaging 13.5 points in the Hornets' first four games. Bridges is averaging just under 16 minutes a game as a backup to starting forwards Marvin Williams and Nic Batum. Just like he did at Michigan State, Bridges is providing those highlight reel putback dunks, but it remains to be seen whether he'll develop a consistent enough outside shot to be a quality starter in the NBA.

The well-traveled Jeremy Lamb is now starting in the backcourt with Walker, and the Hornets brought in long-time Spurs' point guard Tony Parker to add some much needed experience and veteran savvy off the bench. Given the current state of the Eastern Conference (post-LeBron), it's not out of the question for this group to contend for one of the final playoff spots.

Here's what the Bulls need to do for a shot at their first win of the season. This also applies to the rematch in Charlotte on Friday.

1. CORRAL KEMBA. For whatever reason, seeing that Bulls' logo turns Walker into an almost unstoppable scoring machine. Walker is adept at working off his big men, either in straight pick and rolls or cutting through the post on give-and-go plays. He's one of the league's most creative scorers, and doesn't require much room to get his shot off. The Bulls' bigs will have to provide help on Walker whenever he comes off screens to keep him from taking over the game.

2. PUT THE BALL IN ZACH'S HANDS. Whether he's playing shooting guard or point guard, Zach LaVine needs to be the primary facilitator with Dunn sidelined. LaVine scored 34 points against Dallas Monday night on just 15 shots, which led to him questioning some of the offensive sets that were run in the 2nd half. LaVine told reporters on Tuesday that he smoothed things over with his head coach, explaining his comments were the result of the frustration he was feeling after a third-straight loss to open the season. Still, LaVine is on a major hot streak, joining Bulls' all-time greats Michael Jordan and Bob Love as the only players to start the year with three straight games scoring at least 30 points. The Bulls will need to ride that hot hand for as far as LaVine can carry them.

3. DEFEND THE 3-POINT LINE. You knew I would eventually get to this, right? Dallas made 15 of 47 3-point attempts on Monday after the Pistons knocked down 18 of 40 in a two-point win last Saturday. The Hornets have all kinds of capable 3-point shooters in Walker, Lamb, Monk, Batum and Williams (they're shooting .397 as a team on 3's), so guarding the arc will be crucial for the Bulls to have a chance at their first win.

Don’t forget you can catch Wednesday's game on NBC Sports Chicago and the new MyTeams by NBC sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 pm when Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Kelly Crull join me for Bulls Pregame Live from the United Center Atrium. Neil Funk and Stacey King have the play-by-play call at 7 pm, then stay tuned after the final buzzer for Bulls Postgame Live and the always entertaining Bulls Outsiders.