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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 1

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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 1

The 2015-16 boys basketball season appeared to be wide open entering the season and with nine new teams entering the CSN Preps Power Rankings after the first week of the season, it looks like it could be a while before a group of teams begins to separate themselves. 

While the top eight teams stayed the same, the rest of the Power Rankings had quite a bit of changes. Here's a look at the latest Chicagoland rankings.

1. Morgan Park (0-0) (1) - The Mustangs open the season with Bowen on Tuesday and get tested Saturday against No. 8 Evanston in the Chicago Elite Classic.

2. Simeon (0-0) (2) - Things don't start easy for the Wolverines as they play No. 10 Whitney Young on Saturday in the Chicago Elite Classic.

3. Kenwood (1-0) (3) - The Broncos opened the season with a win over Julian as they travel to Lake Forest Academy this week.

4. Fenwick (4-0) (4) - Fenwick took care of business at Morton with a 4-0 record as they face nearby rival Oak Park-River Forest in the Chicago Elite Classic on Friday at UIC.

5. Bogan (3-0) (5) - Bogan won all three games by at least 25 at Rock Island as they started the season in impressive fashion.

6. Riverside-Brookfield (4-0) (6) - Riverside-Brookfield won its own event by beating some talented teams, including Oak Park-River Forest. The Bulldogs get Wheaton Academy and Gonzaga (D.C.) this week.

7. Curie (1-0) (7) - It was a big win over Proviso West that started Curie's season as they travel to the Marshall County Hoop Fest next weekend.

8. Evanston (4-0) (8) - Some nice wins for Evanston, including Notre Dame and Mount Carmel as they prepare for No. 1 Morgan Park in Saturday's Chicago Elite Classic.

9. St. Joseph (4-0) (11) - The Chargers are off to a 4-0 start after beating St. Charles East and senior center Nick Rakocevic is off to a great start. On Friday, St. Joseph gets No. 19 De La Salle in the Catholic Red.

10. Whitney Young (0-0) (17) - The Dolphins make their season debut on Saturday against No. 2 Simeon in the Chicago Elite Classic.

[RELATED - Chicago Elite Classic to take place on Dec. 4-5]

11. Bradley-Bourbonnais (3-0) (18) - Things went easily for the Boilermakers with three big wins at Oliver Nazarene. Bradley-Bourbonnais gets Thornridge this week.

12. Joliet West (5-0) (19) - Impressive 5-0 start for Joliet West as they beat Crete-Monee in overtime to win their own event before beating Foreman on Sunday. Bolingbrook will be a test on Friday.

13. Oswego (4-0) (23) - Oswego trailed after the first three quarters against Naperville North before rallying to claim their own title and start 4-0.

14. Homewood-Flossmoor (3-1) (NR) - The Vikings dropped their opener against T.F. South only to rally and beat No. 15 Marian Catholic for an impressive win.

15. Marian Catholic (4-1) (9) - The Spartans need a buzzer-beater to beat Thornwood and also beat T.F. South, Bloom and Westinghouse while losing to No. 14 Homewood-Flossmoor.

16. Benet (4-0) (NR) - Quality start for Benet as they went 4-0 with good wins over Lincoln Park and St. Ignatius. 

17. Notre Dame (3-1) (10) - The Dons fell to No. 8 Evanston last week, but otherwise looked good in the opening week.

18. Glenbard West (4-0) (NR) - Senior wing Justin Pierce is putting up huge numbers as Glenbard West had an impressive first week.

19. De La Salle (4-0) (NR) - The Meteors knocked off Niles West and St. Patrick for a great first week and they get tested against No. 9 St. Joseph on Friday.

20. Hyde Park (4-0) (NR) - After just missing the preseason power rankings, Hyde Park put up four double-digit wins in Rockford and looked like a threat in the Red-Central.

21. Uplift (5-0) (NR) - Winning Mundelein with a 5-0 mark was Uplift, who has a star in junior guard Demarius Jacobs. 

22. Hinsdale South (3-1) (24) - Hinsdale South lost to No. 18 Glenbard West, but still had a great win over Stevenson as senior center Barret Benson put up big numbers.

23. Downers South (3-1) (NR) - Downers South just missed the preseason power rankings but proved they were real by winning three and making it tough for No. 9 St. Joseph.

24. Farragut (4-1) (NR) - After losing to Rockford Auburn, Farragut rattled off four wins, including a very solid takedown of Crete-Monee on Sunday.

25. Deerfield (4-0) (NR) - Deerfield won the tournament at Palatine by coming back to defeat a very talented Jacobs team.

Previously ranked: 12. Stevenson, 13. Bolingbrook, 14. Proviso East, 15. Loyola Academy, 16. Oak Park-River Forest, 20. Larkin, 21. Neuqua Valley, 22. St. Ignatius, 25. Niles West

IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 9

IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 9

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (9) 8-0 98 1
2. Maine South 7-1 87 2
3. Marist (1) 7-1 79 3
4. Oswego 8-0 74 4
5. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 60 5
6. Bolingbrook 7-1 43 7
7. Naperville Central 6-2 25 8
8. Warren 7-1 23 NR
9. Glenbard West 6-2 21 6
10. Hinsdale Central 6-2 15 10

Others receiving votes:  Oswego East 8, Oak Park-River Forest 5, Neuqua Valley 4, Edwardsville 3, Plainfield South 3, West Aurora 2.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Batavia (6) 8-0 102 1
2. Brother Rice (2) 8-0 96 2
3. East St. Louis (3) 6-2 81 3
4. Nazareth  7-1 77 T-4
5. Mt. Carmel 7-1 64 T-4
6. Simeon 8-0 63 6
7. Hononegah 8-0 43 7
8. Normal Community 7-1 31 8
9. Glenbard East 8-0 23 NR
10. St. Charles North 6-2 7 10

Others receiving votes: Rolling Meadows 6, Belleville West 4, Moline 4, Wheaton Warrenville South 2, Lincoln-Way West 1, Hoffman Estates 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Cary-Grove (7)  8-0 106 T-1
2. Richards (4) 8-0 102 T-1
3. Willowbrook 8-0 76 3
4. Phillips 6-2 73 5
5. Glenwood 8-0 62 6
6. Prairie Ridge 6-2 48 4
7. Niles Notre Dame 7-1 47 7
8. Normal West 7-1 38 8
9. DeKalb 7-1 33 9
10.  Providence 5-3 8 10


Others receiving votes: Sacred Heart-Griffin 8, Kenwood 3, Bloomington 1.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Washington (9) 8-0 107 1
2. Montini (1) 8-0 98 2
3. Sterling (1) 8-0 89 3
4.  Hillcrest 8-0 75 4
5.  Highland 8-0 63 5
6. Antioch 8-0 58 6
7. Decatur MacArthur 6-2 39 8
8. Metamora 7-1 31 7
9.  Payton 8-0 21 10
10.  Kaneland 6-2 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Marion 4, Sycamore 3, St. Francis 2, Carbondale 1.


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (12) 8-0 147 1
2. Rochester (3) 7-1 136 2
3. Rockford Boylan 7-1 111 4
4. Taylorville 8-0 109 3
5. Cahokia 7-1 76 6
6.  Coal City 7-1 69 5
7.  Richmond-Burton 7-1 50 7
8. Columbia 7-1 48 8
9. Pontiac 7-1 42 9
10. Marengo 6-2 23 NR

Others receiving votes: Freeburg 4, Breese Mater Dei 3, Fairbury Prairie Central 3, Urban Prep Charter/Bronzeville 2, Herrin 1, Murphysboro 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (6) 8-0 144 1
2. Bishop McNamara (7) 7-1 137 2
3. Carlinville (2) 8-0 130 3
4. Monticello (1) 8-0 125 4
5. Farmington 8-0 96 5
6. Williamsville 7-1 78 6
7. Lisle 8-0 55 7
8. Beardstown 7-1 44 9
9. West Frankfort 7-1 30 10
10. Paris 8-0 22 NR

Others receiving votes: Fairfield 9, Anna-Jonesboro 2, Monmouth-Roseville 2, North Boone 1, Rock Island Alleman 1, Vandalia 1, Breese Central 1, Dunbar 1, Elmwood-Brimfield 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Maroa-Forsyth (10) 8-0 145 1
2. Orion (4) 8-0 133 2
3. Decatur St. Teresa (1) 8-0 118 3
4. Sterling Newman 7-1 98 4
5. Eastland-Pearl City 8-0 93 5
6. Illini West (Carthage) 8-0 72 6
7. Pana  7-1 53 7
8. Hope Academy 6-2 51 8
9. Nashville 7-1 39 10
10. Eldorado 6-2 6 NR

Others receiving votes: Rockridge 5, Knoxville 4, Bismarck-Henning 4, Collins 2, Clifton Central 1, Mercer County 1


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (15) 8-0 168 1
2. Lena-Winslow 7-1 142 2
T-3. Tuscola 7-1 114 3
T-3. Princeville 8-0 114 T-4
5. Ottawa Marquette (1)  8-0 113 T-4
6. Camp Point Central 7-1 75 6
7. Argenta-Oreana 8-0 68 8
8. Concord (Triopia) 7-1 53 7
9. Milledgeville 8-0 39 9
10. Aurora Christian 5-3 19 10

Others receiving votes: Athens 10, Sesser-Valier 6, Madison 5, Fisher 4, Carrollton 2, Red Hill 2, Orr 1.

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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NBC Sports Chicago

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. 

Week 9 is “Bubble Week” for many teams fighting to stay on the right side of the postseason bubble. Who moves on? Whose bubble will burst? Will Wauconda advance to the playoffs after finishing 2-7 last year? Or will Grant end their season on a winning note? Schaumburg and Fremd both stand at 4-4. The winner goes to the postseason. The winner stays home for November. Zion-Benton hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003. A win over Libertyville gets them there. But for the Wildcats, this ‘is’ their playoff game. Who wins in the North Suburban conference? We’ll send our cameras to one of the following:

Grant at Wauconda, 7:15 p.m.

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

Libertyville at Zion-Benton, 7:30 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.