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92 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

92 Days to Kickoff: St. Edward

NBCSportsChicago.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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: St. Edward

Head coach: Mike Rolando

Assistant coaches: Steve McShane, Scot Brockner, Eloy Diaz, Mike Childers, Mike Holte, Tim Wood, Zack McQueen and Andrew Yarwood

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (2-3 Metro Suburban Blue Conference). St. Edward failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. Tinley Park

Aug. 31 @ Wheaton Academy

Sept 7 @ Hope Academy

Sept. 14 vs. Elmwood Park

Sept. 22 @ Guerin Prep

Sept. 28 @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 5 vs. IC Catholic Prep

Oct. 12 vs. Fenton

Oct. 19 vs. Ridgewood

Biggest storyline: Can the Green Wave reload and replace several multi-year starters lost to graduation this spring?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Nick Wright and WR/DB Sidney Muhammed

Biggest holes to fill: The Green Wave will need to replace several graduated starters including standout QB Dylan Mlinarich.

EDGY's Early Take: The Green Wave just missed out on the 2017 state playoff because of low playoff points and will need to reload for this coming season with just two starters back on both sides of the football. Look for St. Edward to get the football into the hands of RB Nick Wright quite a bit this fall while WR Sidney Muhammed will also be another experienced playmaker this fall. 

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 10 Bloom

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 10 Bloom

Bloom

2017-18 record:
16-11, 6-4 Southland

Postseason results: Lost to Marist in Class 4A regional finals.

Players to watch: The perimeter trio of juniors Donovan Newby, Keshawn Williams and Dante Maddox Jr. are all worth watching as they form one of the best backcourts in the state. Junior big man Martice Mitchell provides size inside at 6-foot-9 while Kevin Vance was an intriguing forward this summer. 

Why they're in the power rankings: A year ago, Bloom had the talent to compete with anyone in the area. But with four sophomores and one junior in the starting lineup, the Blazing Trojans were too young. Now, a year later, Bloom looks like a very dangerous team after a strong summer. The Blazing Trojans have multiple Division I prospects on a team with huge aspirations. 

Did you know? Bloom will play one of the elite schedules in the area this season. The Blazing Trojans are scheduled to take part in the Chicago Heights Classic, Chicago Elite Classic, Pontiac Holiday Tournament and When Sides Collide Shootout -- to name a few marquee events.   

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 11 Benet

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 11 Benet

Benet

2017-18 record: 27-5, 8-1 East Suburban Catholic

Postseason results: Lost to Larkin in Class 4A super-sectionals.

Players to watch: Returning starters include senior forward Will Engels and junior center Colin Crothers while the program also received a surprising Division I prospect transfer in 6-foot-6 forward Kendrick Tchoua.   

Why they're in the power rankings: Benet would probably be ranked without the addition of another Division I prospect, but the frontcourt of Engels, Crothers and Tchoua figures to be one of the area's best. The Redwings should once again be a major factor in the East Suburban Catholic Conference as long as their guard play can match teams like St. Viator.

Did you know? Benet has nine consecutive 20-win seasons under head coach Gene Heidkamp as he's built a consistent winner. The Redwings have won four sectional titles and made two state finals appearances during that nine-year run.