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79 Days To Kickoff: Antioch

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79 Days To Kickoff: Antioch

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Antioch

Head coach: Brian Glashagel

Assistant coaches: Del Pechauer, Mike Gordy, Neil Farlow, Ryan Shifley, Mike Karner, Pat Swanson, Rico Ellis, Vinny Juiditta, Matt Larsen, Steve Baum, Dave Schodin, Jordan Eder

How they fared in 2016: 10-1 (7-0 North Lake County Conference), the Sequoits made the Class 6A playoffs. Antioch defeated Wauconda, then lost to DeKalb in second-round action.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Tremper (Kenosha, Wisc)

Sept. 1 – vs. Woodstock North

Sept. 8 – @ Wauconda

Sept. 15 - @ Grant

Sept. 22 - vs Grayslake Central

Sept. 29 – vs Round Lake

Oct. 6 - vs Lakes

Oct. 13 - vs North Chicago

Oct. 20 - @ Grayslake North

Biggest storyline: Can the Sequoits repeat as conference champs and make a deeper run in 6A?

Names to watch this season: Senior QB Brandon Gallimore, Junior DL Xavier Sanchez, Senior WR Zach Grindley

Biggest holes to fill: While the Sequoits are loaded with returning starters on offense, they are looking to fill some holes in the front seven.

EDGY's early take: Antioch is coming off a 10-1 season, and on paper, could be even stronger this fall. If the Sequoits can reload a bit on defense, beware. 

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Bogan

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Bogan

Bogan

2017-18 record: 21-9, 6-3 in Public League Red-South/Central

Postseason results: Lost to Class 3A sectional finals to Morgan Park

Players to watch: The Bengals have one of the deepest rosters in the state this season. Seniors Jordan Booker and Jeremiah Washington are both proven performers in the backcourt while senior big man Rashuan Agee is a double-double threat coming off of a solid summer.

Why they're in the power rankings: Although Bogan doesn't have the Division I star power of other Public League powerhouses, they make it for it with grit and toughness. The Bengals are never phased to play programs like Simeon and Morgan Park. But this season, they have the talent to be the best team in the area if they put it all together. 

Did you know? Bogan has won five consecutive regional titles, but they've only won one sectional during that span. This season, the Bengals have high hopes that they'll be able to make a run to Peoria. 

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 5 Evanston

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 5 Evanston

Evanston

2017-18 record: 27-6, 8-2 in Central Suburban South

Postseason results: Finished in third place in Class 4A.

Players to watch: Senior guards Lance Jones, Jaheim Holden and Ryan Bost all return and give the Wildkits one of the best perimeter groups in the state. Jones is committed to Southern Illinois while Holden is a big-time scorer. Bost is the underrated member of the trio who makes a lot of winning plays. Sophomore Blake Peters is also back after acting as one of the team's premier perimeter options a season ago. 

Why they're in the power rankings: On a team with mostly non-seniors last season, the Wildkits exceeded expectations by making a run to Peoria. Now, with a team loaded with perimeter firepower, Evanston is hoping for another potential deep run in Class 4A. Finding stability on the interior will be a key for this team.

Did you know? Evanston was a state finals qualifier for the 11th time last season as the Wildkits are one of the most tradition-rich programs in the state.