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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 15

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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 15

The boys basketball season is winding down as the Class 3A and Class 4A state semifinals are this weekend after supersectional play on Tuesday.

The season is over for most basketball teams in the state and many of the teams in the latest @CSNPreps Power Rankings are done, but we still have plenty of important games to go before the final rankings next weekend. 

Here's a look at the Top 25 heading into the final week of the season.

1. Simeon (1) (28-3) — The Wolverines took down Marian Catholic and Thornton to advance to supersectional play in Class 4A. Simeon plays United Township at Illinois State on Tuesday.

2. Morgan Park (3) (26-3) — Morgan Park is heading back to supersectionals, where they'll face Lincoln-Way West at Joliet Central. The Mustangs beat rival Bogan for another sectional title at St. Laurence during the week.

3. Curie (5) (23-5) — The Condors beat rival Kenwood to win a sectional title on a thrilling buzzer-beater as they move on to face Notre Dame at Northwestern in Class 4A. 

4. St. Joseph (6) (24-8) — St. Joseph deserves a ton of credit for making another supersectional in Class 3A with a win over Fenwick as the team got a balanced effort. The Chargers play Ridgewood at the Sears Centre on Tuesday.

5. Benet (8) (29-3) — Benet advanced to the DeKalb Supersectional with a win over York as their tremendous season continues. The Redwings will face Joliet West at Northern Illinois on Tuesday night.

6. Notre Dame (21) (25-6) — Notre Dame rolled through a tough Glenbrook South Sectional with wins over Evanston and Deerfield as they get to face Curie in the Class 4A Evanston Supersectional at Northwestern. 

7. Fenwick (2) (28-3) — After a great season, it's all over for Fenwick, who lost to St. Joseph in the Class 3A Westinghouse Sectional. The Friars have an All-Area point guard in Mike Smith and some solid juniors like Jacob Keller and Jamal Nixon returning.

8. Kenwood (4) (22-5) — Also eliminated is Kenwood as they were bounced by rival Curie  finishing the season series at 2-2. The Broncos had great play from its seniors this season and are an emerging city presence. 

9. Joliet West (NR) (21-9) — Joliet West was able to take down Joliet Central for the Class 4A Lockport Sectional as this team filled with juniors and sophomores is a year ahead of schedule. Now the Tigers get a shot at Benet in the DeKalb Supersectional.

10. Conant (NR) (23-6) — Conant is having a tremendous season as they've moved on to the Hoffman Estates Supersectional at Sears Centre with a win over Lake Zurich in Class 4A. Now the Cougars get Rockford Auburn on Thursday. 

11. Lincoln-Way West (NR) (20-9) — Lincoln-Way West is a sectional champion in Class 3A as they came back to beat Hillcrest. In the Class 3A supersectional, Lincoln-Way West will get Morgan Park. 

12. Thornton (14) (25-4) — It was a very successful season for first-year coach Tai Streets and his team as Thornton fell to Simeon for a sectional title. Sam Taylor and Patrick Rucker had great senior seasons.

13. Deerfield (15) (28-4) — Deerfield's dream season has come to an end as they went down to Notre Dame. This was a fun group to watch as senior Jordan Baum and company made a lot of big shots and beat some great teams.

14. North Lawndale (9) (22-8) — North Lawndale went down to St. Joseph in the Westinghouse Sectional as it was a great season for Lewis Thorpe's team. The Phoenix were one of the breakout teams of the season.

15. Marian Catholic (10) (23-6) — The young Spartans played mostly juniors and sophomores and played some very good ball at the end of the season before losing to Simeon in the Bloom sectional semifinals. With a backcourt of Chase Adams and Brandon Hurt returning, the Spartans will be back next season.

16. Whitney Young (11) (19-9) — Talented but likely a year away, Whitney Young lost to Curie in the Class 4A Riverside-Brookfield sectional. The Dolphins still won a regional and have a lot of talent returning next season.

17. Vocational (13) (21-9) — Good season for Vocational, as they lost to Bogan in the Class 3A St. Laurence sectional. The Cavaliers had to play through a tough conference but handled it pretty well to make a postseason run.

18. Evanston (16) (23-6) — The Wildkits were one of the stronger teams in the area in the middle of the season before dropping a couple of games late and falling to Notre Dame in the Glenbrook South sectional semifinals. 

19. Stevenson (18) (24-7) — Stevenson surged towards the end of the regular season and ultimately came up short of repeating by falling to Deerfield in the Glenbrook South sectional semifinal. Junior Justin Smith could be a monster next season.

20. York (NR) (20-13) — York exceeded expectations by winning their own Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament and then making the sectional championship in Class 4A at East Aurora.

21. Glenbard West (21) (25-4) — Great season for Glenbard West, as they captured their first conference title in decades and had a special senior in Justin Pierce. The Hilltoppers also won a regional title and beat a lot of solid teams.

22. Leo (NR) (24-9) — Leo lost in the Class 1A state title game to LeRoy but they still had a great run and a solid season. Darias Branch opened a lot of eyes late this season with his play.

23. Hales Franciscan (NR) (20-14) — Very good state tournament run for Hales, who finished in fourth place in Class 2A. The Spartans were able to beat Orr in the supersectional, which was a big accomplishment.

24. Orr (12) (20-4) — Orr wasn't able to make a run to Peoria, but they were still sectional title winners in Class 2A. Sophomore Raekwon Drake is returning and should be a major factor next season.

25. Ridgewood (NR) (18-12) — Ridgewood is the surprise team in the Class 3A supersectional mix as they made a huge shot against St. Patrick to play St. Joseph at the Sears Centre. 

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.


DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin

FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES

(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

High School Lites Preview: Week 9

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NBC Sports Chicago

High School Lites Preview: Week 9

NBC Sports Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 9 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can Perspectives beat Solorio and get a shot at the state playoff field? Can Bolingbrook upset the Big Cobalt Blue Machine at Lincoln-Way East? Can Marist post a perfect ESCC season and beat Benet Academy in Lisle? Can Wheaton North upset Batavia and sneak into the state playoffs with a win? And who wins the CCL Blue championship game? Brother Rice? Montini?

Solorio vs. Perspectives, 3:45 p.m. at Stagg Stadium

EDGY's Take: Both Solorio (5-3, 2-2) and Perspectives (4-4, 0-4) are in must-win mode. They are both seeking a Week 9 win. Solorio is in with a win. Should Perspectives win, both teams will then await their state playoff fate on Saturday night when the IHSA pairings are released. Solorio head coach Bill Ziemba has playmakers in NIU commit WR/DB Messian Travis and with QB Tyrell Williams. Will the Sun Warriors be ready for an equally-hungry Perspectives team? The Warriors, with head coach Terry Jones at the helm, also have talent this season. It includes senior OL/DL Dominic Moore (6-foot-7, 290 pounds). He is one of the state's top uncommitted names. Can the Perspectives defense slow down and contain Solorio's skills department and overall big play ability?

EDGY's Pick: Solorio 28 Perspectives 16 

Dundee-Crown at Huntley, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Dundee-Crown (4-4, 3-4) is looking for their first playoff berth since 2013. A win by the Chargers would get them, at least, in the postseason conversation. Head coach Michael Steinhaus has a strong passing attack this fall led by under-the-radar QB Joshua Raby. TE/DE Justin Prusko is a name to watch as well. Huntley (5-3, 5-2) head coach Matt Zimolzak has also gotten a big season from his quarterback. Chris Raffin and the Red Raiders have several weapons on offense including WR Connor Fitzgerald. Can the Huntley defense get a consistent pass rush against the Dundee-Crown line? Can Dundee-Crown keep their offense on the field and win in a shootout?

EDGY's Pick: Huntley 34 Dundee-Crown 24

Lisle at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lisle (8-0, 4-0) is having a terrific season under Hall of Fame head coach Paul Parpet. They are conference champs for the first time since 1981. Coach Parpet will rely on a very productive offense led by QB Jay McGrath and top receiver Jake Kowal. This is an Interstate Eight crossover against Coal City (7-1, 4-0), who will be going to the postseason for the eighth year in a row. Head coach Dan Hutchings has a balanced offensive attack led by junior QB Payton Hutchings, RB Connor Skubc and RB Dan Jezic. On defense, the Coalers defense have allowed just 42 points on the season. Can the Lisle offense consistently move the chains against the Coal City defense?

EDGY's Pick: Coal City 31 Lisle 27

Payton vs Kenwood, 7:15 p.m. at Gately Stadium

EDGY's Take: Payton (8-0, 4-0) and Kenwood (8-0, 4-0) are playing for the Chicago Public League Illini Prairie State conference title. Head coach George Klupchak has his Grizzles rolling behind QB Sage Shindler and RB Damien Goodman. The Payton defense has also been strong all season. Kenwood and head coach Sinque Turner has also an All-State caliber playmaker in senior WR/DB Mark Aitken (NIU). He is joined by a ton of speed on both sides of the football. Last possession wins?
 
EDGY's Pick: Kenwood 35 Payton 21

(16) Bolingbrook at (1) Lincoln-Way East, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lincoln-Way East (8-0, 6-0) hasn't lost a regular season game since September 9, 2016. The 2018 Griffins are --once again-- stacked on both sides of the football. Keep an eye on QB Jack Baltz (Illinois State), RB Devon Williams, WR Jackson Ritter and WR Matt Judd. Bolingbrook (7-1, 5-1) have won four straight after a Week 4 loss to H-F. The Raiders, under head coach John Ivlow, have talent in the backfield with senior RB Anthony Williams Jr. (Michigan State) along with senior RB Quentin Pringle (Eastern Kentucky). The Bolingbrook defense has allowed just 80 points in 2018. Can Bolingbrook run the football consistently against the Lincoln-Way East defense?

EDGY's Pick: Lincoln-Way East 28 Bolingbrook 20

(4) Marist at Benet, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Marist (7-1, 6-0) has won the East Suburban Catholic Conference. They are looking to finish with a win and earn a high seed in Class 8A. Marist head coach Ron Dawczak has received a huge season from senior QB Mike Markett. He has several weapons including WR Billy Skalitzky and WR Jadon Thompson. The Redhawks defense has been a strength as well. Keep an eye on senior S Kendric Nowling (Easter Michigan). Benet Academy (6-2, 4-2) and head coach Pat New will look towards QB Collin Gillespie and RB Ben Hickey as the keys on offense. The Redwings defense is also a strength. Watch for DL Jacob Snell and DE Jack Benish to make plays. Can the Benet defense limit the amount of Marist offensive touches? 

EDGY's Pick: Marist 34 Benet Academy 21

(2) Batavia at Wheaton North, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Batavia (8-0, 6-0) has locked up the DuKane Conference title, but they still have plenty to play for here including a high seed in the 7A playoff field. That, and a perfect 9-0 regular season, of course. Batavia last earned such a mark in 2015. The Bulldogs and head coach Dennis Piron will rely on a balanced offense with QB Jack Meyers and RB Art Taylor. The defense is anchored by LB Michael Jansey (Northwestern) and LB Luke Weerts (North Dakota State). Wheaton North (4-4, 3-3) and head coach Joe Wardynski are in must-win mode. The Falcons will look to the offense to be a catalyst. The unit is led by RB Antowon Tolbert and QB Nathan Love. On defense, the Falcons will need to slow down a very balanced Batavia offense. Can Wheaton North's defense force Batavia into turnovers? 

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 41 Wheaton North 20

(3) Brother Rice at (17) Montini, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: The Chicago Catholic Blue conference championship game features Brother Rice (8-0, 3-0) taking on Montini Catholic (8-0, 3-0). Crusaders head coach Brian Badke features an offense led by QB John Bean, RB Jessi Plunkett and WR Dylan Summers. They have big and physical offensive line as well. On the other side of the ball, Rice's defense has allowed just 52 points all season. Montini Catholic and second year head coach Mike Bukovsky feature a two quarterback system. Deontay Brown and Robert Brazziel have shared the position quite well. RB Nick Fedanzo (Illinois) and WR Nate Muersch are names to watch. The Montini defense has also been strong this season, allowing just 46 points in eight games. Can the Montini defense slow down the Crusaders running game? Can the Rice defense limit the Broncos' multiple offensive weapons?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 21 Montini Catholic 14

Viewers' Choice Game 

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Schaumburg (4-4, 1-3) and Fremd (4-4, 3-1) are playing for their IHSA playoff lives. Head coach Lou Sponsel and the Vikings got out of the gates slow (0-3 record) but the Vikings found a spark behind RB-converted-to-QB Nick Rattin. That, along with a big and physical offensive and defensive lines could help reverse a 1-8 season quite nicely should Fremd win. Schaumburg, under head coach Mark Stilling, will be trying to get the Saxons on track. They have dropped three of their last four games. The Saxons have lots of speed and big play potential with senior WR/DB Heze Trotter along with sophomore RB Michael DiGioia. Can the Fremd defense limit the big play ability of Schaumburg?

EDGY's Pick: Fremd 24 Schaumburg 17