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CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 1 Morgan Park

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CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 1 Morgan Park

School: Morgan Park

2014-15 record: 23-7 (8-2 Red-South)

Postseason results: Finished third place in Class 3A.

Players to watch: Senior point guard Charlie Moore is the state's top player entering the season and the Memphis commit is a favorite for Player of the Year. Jarrin Randall and Jamal Burton are talented and experienced senior guards. 

[POWER RANKINGS: No. 2 Simeon]

Did you know?: Morgan Park has made it to Peoria three consecutive seasons, winning back-to-back Class 3A state titles before last season's third-place finish.

Why they're in the Power Rankings: With tremendous senior guards, state championship experience and emerging front-court depth, Morgan Park is the top dog entering the 2015-16 season. Moore is the state's best player and head coach Nick Irvin has built one of the most consistent programs in Illinois.

10 Days to Kickoff: Mount Carmel

10 Days to Kickoff: Mount Carmel

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Mount Carmel

Head coach: Jordan Lynch

How they fared in 2018: 11-2 (4-0 CCL Green Conference). Mount Carmel made the Class 7A state playoff field and defeated T.F. South, Lake Zurich and East St. Louis. They advanced to the semifinal round where they lost St. Charles North.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Calumet New Tech (Indiana) 
Sept. 6 @ Maine South
Sept. 13 vs Montini 
Sept. 20 vs Loyola
Sept. 27 @ Marmion Academy
Oct. 4 @ Marist
Oct. 11 vs De La Salle
Oct. 18 @ St. Viator
Oct. 25 vs Brother Rice

[MORE: 14 Days to Kickoff - Montini] 

Biggest storyline: The new field. So long, Gately Stadium. Hello, Barda-Dowling Stadium at Carey Field. Can the Caravan continue their winning tradition with the first full season on campus at their new facility?

Names to watch this season: OL Jalen Grant (Sr.) and RB/LB Kenenna Odeluga (Jr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Caravan will need to replace several graduated starters on both sides of the football this summer including nine starters on offense. 

EDGY's Early Take: The changes to Mount Carmel football have been extensive. In just a few shorts years, the Caravan went from (1) playing under Hall of Fame head coach Frank Lenti, (2) with all of their home games at Gately Stadium and (3) participating in the historical Chicago Catholic League. Now? Second-year head coach Jordan Lynch will lead the Caravan into the newly-realigned CCL/ESCC Blue conference while playing on true home field turf at Barda-Dowling Stadium at Carey Field. The Caravan will feature several new starters but the talent level will remain very high. The stacked underclassmen group is worth noting. Keep an eye on senior OG Jalen Grant. But also, RB/LB Kenenna Odeluga, QB Justin Lynch and ATH Benjamin Perry --all juniors-- are just a few of the many underclassmen to watch this fall. This team will be a bit inexperienced on, but they also have the makings of a team that will get better each week in 2019. 
 

11 Days to Kickoff: Lake Zurich

11 Days to Kickoff: Lake Zurich

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Lake Zurich

Head coach: Ron Planz

How they fared in 2018: 7-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Lake Zurich made the Class 7A state playoff field and defeated DeKalb in the opening round. They lost to Mount Carmel in second round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Fremd
Sept. 6 vs Marist
Sept. 13 @ Zion-Benton
Sept. 20 @ Lake Forest
Sept. 27 vs Stevenson
Oct. 4 vs Libertyville
Oct. 11 vs Warren Township
Oct. 18 vs Mundelein
Oct. 25 vs Waukegan

[MORE: 95 Days to Kickoff - Fremd

Biggest storyline: New head coach Ron Planz. Can the Bears make the adjustment to their new head coach and keep up their winning ways in 2019?

Names to watch this season: QB/DB Jack Moses (Sr.), LB Bryan Sanborn (Jr.), TE Hunter Welcing (Sr., Northwestern)

Biggest holes to fill: In the trenches. The Bears will need to reload on both the offensive and defensive lines.
 
EDGY's Early Take: The Bears have a new leader in former Elmhurst College head coach Ron Planz, who originally took the head coaching position at Larkin then took the job at Lake Zurich after Luke Mertens surprisingly stepped down late this spring. LZ welcomes back some key names from a season ago including senior QB Jack Moses, senior TE Hunter Welcing (Northwestern) along with Power Five recruit in junior LB Bryan Sanborn. The Bears schedule is certainly no gimme. Early nonconference tests against Fremd and Marist will great tests right out of the gate. Getting five straight home games to close the regular season is a big plus. This team is hungry to get back into the playoffs and make some noise later this fall.