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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 8

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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 8

The @CSNPreps Power Rankings are had more movement during the week as some Top 10 teams lost and some new teams entered the spotlight.

Morgan Park stays at No. 1 as they picked up two more wins against top ten teams while Curie lost to an unranked conference rival.

[MORE - High School Lites Roundup: Week 8]

This week has some important games that should shake up the rankings like Morgan Park taking on Simeon and Fenwick playing St. Joseph.

1. Morgan Park (15-1, 7-0) (1) - Another week and two more Top 10 wins for Morgan Park as they beat Bogan and St. Joseph. The Mustangs are rolling and will try to close out Simeon and the Red-South this week.

2. Kenwood (15-1, 9-0) - Solid win for Kenwood over Champaign Central and they've also opened up a two-game lead in the Red-Central after Curie's loss to Hyde Park. Things are looking good for the Broncos right now.

3. Fenwick (17-2, 6-0) (4) - Fenwick had an impressive week, as they beat Simeon and Riverside-Brookfield for two more legitimate top-25 wins. The Friars have an important conference game against St. Joseph on Thursday.

4. Simeon (15-3, 7-1) (6) - Simeon fell to Fenwick but bounced back with a huge win over Julian. The Wolverines now get to see if they can match up with Morgan Park after falling in the first meeting.

5. Evanston (17-2, 6-0) (7) - The Wildkits continue to quietly pile up victories as Evanston beat Loyola, Waukegan and Whitney Young during the week. The only Illinois loss for Evanston this season came against Morgan Park.

6. Thornton (14-1, 6-0) (8) - Thornton's winning streak has hit 14 games after a win over Thornridge. With a sectional that isn't very deep, could Thornton be a darkhorse to make it to Peoria?

7. Curie (15-4, 7-2) (3) - Curie tripped up a little bit as they were upset by Hyde Park in Red-Central conference play, putting them two games behind Kenwood for first. The Condors need to figure things out before the city tournament.

8. Bogan (15-5, 6-3) (5) - Bogan fell to Morgan Park and just can't get over the Mustangs or Simeon in the Red-South. The Bengals are still a dangerous threat in the city tournament.

9. St. Joseph (13-5, 6-0) (10) - The Chargers lost to Morgan Park in a showcase event at Hinsdale Central but they have a huge conference game against Fenwick this week.

10. Benet (17-3, 3-1) (11) - Dan Sobolewski made a huge 3-pointer to lift the Redwings past St. Viator in the ESCC. Benet continues to play one of the area's toughest schedules.

11. Notre Dame (16-4, 2-2) (12) - The Dons picked up a big win over Carmel as they try to make a move up the ESCC standings. 

12. Marian Catholic (16-4, 3-0) (13) - Marian Catholic is the only unbeaten team in the ESCC as they get another solid opponent in Marist this week. 

13. Naperville North (14-3, 7-1) (14) - Winners of nine of the last 10 games, Naperville North is tied for the DuPage Valley Conference lead and playing great ball. 

14. Glenbard West (16-1, 4-1) (9) - The unbeaten season was finally snapped by Proviso West but Glenbard West is still a talented, senior-laden team with a star in Justin Pierce.

15. Riverside-Brookfield (14-3, 6-0) (15) - Riverside-Brookfield took a tough loss to Fenwick but they played with one of the best teams in the area and it was a positive showing.

16. Orr (14-2, 9-0) (18) - Orr continues to go through the White-West unbeaten and they host a shootout -- and play U-High -- on Saturday.

17. North Lawndale (16-6, 7-2) - Huge wins in the Red-West for North Lawndale this week as they beat Whitney Young and Farragut.

18. Whitney Young (13-7, 7-2) (16) - The Dolphins fell to North Lawndale and Evanston but still remain a factor in the Red-West and city title race.

19. Homewood-Flossmoor (12-4, 5-1) (20) - The Vikings took down Lockport this week but they have three games this week, including a big matchup with Hillcrest this weekend.

20. Proviso East (10-5, 5-1) (21) - Proviso East won three games by double digits this week as they continue to play very well since the holiday season. They have a big game at Downers South on Friday.

21. Vocational (14-6, 3-5) (24) - The Cavaliers picked up two tight wins during the week and they still get another shot at No. 1 Morgan Park in Red-South play.

22. Deerfield (18-3, 5-1) (25) - Senior Jordan Baum is one of the area's underrated seniors and the do-it-all guard is a big reason Deerfield has 18 wins. This team has a lot of shooters who help space the floor.

23. Hyde Park (15-5, 6-3) (NR) - Huge win for Hyde Park over Curie in Red-Central play as this team could be peaking at the right time. They have three games this week, so that should help determine if Hyde Park is a city title contender.

24. Hillcrest (14-4, 8-0) (NR) - The Hawks are quietly putting together another great season in the south suburbs as they've gone unbeaten in 2016. 

25. Lake Zurich (16-4, 4-1) (NR) - Lake Zurich has a big week as they face Lake Forest and Batavia at the Batavia Night of Hoops. After winning their own event last weekend, the Bears play more good competition.

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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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.