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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (10-1)
PrepsTalk: The Dolphins make a huge national statement, winning the Beach Ball Classic tournament in South Carolina. They defeated Myrtle Beach, Bishop Gorman (NV), Scott County (KY) and Bishop OConnell (VA) along the way.

2. Simeon (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Just like old times? The Wolverines win another title in Pontiac (third straight). Tournament MVP Jabari Parker scored 14 points and 13 rebounds in the title game against West Aurora.

3. Morgan Park (13-1)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs simply dominated the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. They beat Proviso East 82-57 in the championship behind 24 points and 16 rebounds from Josh Cunningham.

4. Marian Catholic (13-1)
PrepsTalk: Tyler Ulis, donning pink shoes in the title game, scored 29 points as the Spartans beat Bloom 61-58 in front of a packed house at Rich South. Its the first Dipper title for M-C in 37 tries.

5. Notre Dame (13-1)
PrepsTalk: More East Suburban Catholic power, as the Dons took down Niles North 54-52 for the Wheeling Hardwood Classic trophy. Matt Mooney secured tournament MVP honors.

6. North Chicago (14-1)
PrepsTalk: The Warhawks make a statement in Bloomington, winning the State Farm Holiday Classic. JaVairius Amos-Mays, Kurt Hall, and JayQuan McCloud each had a great tournament.

7. Neuqua Valley (14-0)
PrepsTalk: The Wildcats secured the East Aurora tournament championship, defeating Pleasure Ridge Park (KY) in the title game. They held Ridge, a team averaging 82 points per game, to only 55.

8. Proviso East (10-3)
PrepsTalk: No, the Pirates were not impressive against Morgan Park (an 82-57 loss). But East did have a few marquee wins at the Proviso West Tourney, including Benet and Oswego.

9. Oswego (11-2)
PrepsTalk: The Panthers placed third at Proviso West last week. Miles Simelton scored 28 points against Stevenson; Elliott McGaughy, Darion Reddick and Zach West each had solid contributions.

10. Benet (14-3)
PrepsTalk: The Redwings could not get past Proviso East, but came back to beat a talented Bogan team for fifth place at Proviso West. Sean OMara turned in another fine performance: 26 points, seven boards against Bogan.

11. West Aurora (10-2)
PrepsTalk: Another strong showing at Pontiac (2nd place). The Blackhawks defeated Lockport, St. Charles North and Warren. West Aurora now faces Naperville North on Saturday.

12. Orr (9-2)
PrepsTalk: A fine performance by the Spartans at the Motor City Roundball Classic in Detroit. Orr defeated Detroit Community 46-34 on Sunday and now come home for Red-West play (vs. Marshall 19).

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2)
PrepsTalk: The Vikings won the early round games at Proviso West, but could not figure out Oswego and Benet. H-F travels to Bolingbrook to play the Raiders Friday night.

14. Bloom (10-3)
PrepsTalk: Johnny Griffin tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds, but Bloom could not stop Tyler Ulis and Marian Catholic at the McDipper. The Blazing Trojans second place showing was punctuated by wins over Phillips, Hales and Crete-Monee.

15. Lemont (13-1)
PrepsTalk: The Indians were the kings of the Romeoville Tournament over the holidays. MVP Juozas Balciunas paced Lemont with 24 points in the championship game against Plainfield Central.

16. Niles North (10-3)
PrepsTalk: North was impressive in wins over Vernon Hills, Loyola and St. Viator at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic. BJ Beckford, Malachi Nix and Lorenzo Dillard were huge contributors for the Vikings.

17. Larkin (14-2)
PrepsTalk: A huge win on many fronts for Larkin over the holidays. They won the Elgin Tournament championship over the host schooland bitter rival-Maroons with Quentin Ruff leading the way with 21 points in the finale.

18. Providence-St. Mel (11-3)
PrepsTalk: The Knights fell to Rockford Lutheran at the State Farm Holiday Classic, but bounced back to defeat Minonk Fieldcrest to secure third place honors.

19. Stevenson (10-4)
PrepsTalk: The Patriots finished in fourth place at Proviso West. They defeated Hinsdale Central, St. Charles East and Maine South, but fell to Proviso East and Oswego

20. Brother Rice (11-2)
PrepsTalk: The Crusaders bring home first place in the Hinsdale South Tournament, thanks to stellar play of Alex Majewski (tournament MVP) and Cal Kennedy.

Looming and Lurking: Curie, St. Rita, Naperville Central, De La Salle, Bogan, Maine South, Montini, North Lawndale, Crete-Monee, Zion-Benton, Lake Forest, Dundee-Crown, Geneva, Marist, Leyden, York, Oak Park, St. Patrick, New Trier, St. Joseph

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68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

68 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Andy Brogan, Jeremy Main, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Connor Downs, Zac Sadek, Reggie Cribbs and Mike Harden

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (7-2 Southwest Prairie Conference). Oswego East made the Class 8A state football playoff field. The Wolves lost to St. Charles East in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Plainfield East

Aug. 31 @ Joliet West

Sept. 7 vs Romeoville

Sept. 14 vs Joliet Central

Sept. 21 @ Plainfield South

Sept. 28 @ Plainfield North

Oct. 5 vs Oswego

Oct. 12 vs Plainfield Central

Oct. 19 vs Minooka

[MORE: 73 Days to Kickoff - Joliet Central]

Biggest storyline: Can the Wolves get out of the rugged Southwest Prairie conference and make a run in the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: ATH Justin Clark and WR Kieon Battle

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Oswego East head coach Tyson LeBlanc is shooting to make the IHSA playoff field and the fourth straight year in 2018. He has a 36-24 record since coming over from Curie High School back in 2012. Oswego East will rely on a strong group of returning offensive skills led by D-1 recruit Justin Clark, who can --and will-- play multiple positions this season for the Wolves. 

69 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln-Way West

69 Days to Kickoff: Lincoln-Way West

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: Lincoln-Way West

Head coach: Dave Ernst

Assistant Coaches: Luke Lokanc, Larry Lokanc, Mike Villa, Eric DoornKaat, George Czart, Bob Lombardi, Sean Lucas, Rob Glielmi, Steve Bauer and Al McKellar

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (6-1 Southwest Suburban Conference), Lincoln-Way West made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Knights defeated Jacobs and Alton and then lost to Batavia in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. Racine Case (Wisc.)

Aug. 31 @ Lincoln-Way Central

Sept. 7 vs. Bradley-Bourbonnais

Sept. 14 vs. Thornridge

Sept. 21 @ Homewood-Flossmoor

Sept. 28 @ Sandburg

Oct. 5 vs. Thornton Township

Oct. 12 @ Stagg

Oct. 19 @ Andrew

Biggest storyline: Can the Warriors get back to the 7A playoffs and make a deeper run this season?

Names to watch this season: OL Martin Bender and RB Caleb Marconi

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors welcome back 10 returning starters but just three are back on the defensive side of the football. In particular, they will need to replace their entire starting secondary from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Ernst has guided the Warriors to the IHSA playoffs in each the past six seasons. If West can reload a bit on the defensive side of the football they have a good chance of getting to the postseason again this fall. The good news is that the offense brings back four starting offensive linemen along with bruising RB Marconi. Look for the running game to pace the offense. It should be a big strength this fall.