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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings


CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (3-0)
PrepsTalk: With coaches Mike Krzyzewski and John Groce looking on, Jahlil Okafor put on a clinic. The 6-11 junior scored 27 points with nine boards and six blocks in a 98-48 win over Westinghouse on Friday night.

2. Simeon (2-1)
PrepsTalk: Sophomore Edward Morrow was the hero Saturday, scoring 18 points in a 55-44 victory at Arlington (TN). Jabari Parker, who chooses his college destination Thursday, continues to nurse a foot injury.

3. Morgan Park (6-0)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs make a strong statement in Indianapolis Saturday as they take down national power Lawrence North, 67-58. Lamont Walker collected 18 points and 17 boards.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (9-0)
PrepsTalk: Maurius Hill netted 19 points and Jason Scott added 13 more as the Vikings blow past Lincoln-Way East Friday 72-42. They will be tough to beat at Proviso West.

5. Marian Catholic (8-1)
PrepsTalk: Tyler Ulis was stellar Friday (26 points, seven rebounds, three assists) as the Spartans beat Nazareth. M-C now faces Lemont (Saturday) and then competition at the Big Dipper at the end of the month.

6. Notre Dame (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Senior point guard Jake Maestranzi guided ND to a 54-37 win over Leo on Saturday. The Dons will catch a breath and rest up for the Wheeling Hardwood Classic December 26th.

7. Benet (10-2)
PrepsTalk: An impressive win for the Redwings Saturday as they take down St. Ignatius 44-31. Sean O'Mara racked up 17 points and eight boards while Eddie Eshoo hit four three-pointers.

8. Proviso East (6-2)
PrepsTalk: The Pirates cruised past Addison Trail and then picked up a win over Mishawaka Marian Saturday at the Indy Legacy Showcase. Up next-- the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

9. North Chicago (8-1)
PrepsTalk: A 23-5 fourth quarter run proved to be the difference in a 78-61 victory over Lakes on Thursday. How about JaVairius Amos-Mays: 13 points and 20 rebounds.

10. Neuqua Valley (10-0)
PrepsTalk: Did you have Neuqua Valley among the first to Chicagoland teams to reach 10 wins? The defense has been stellar, holding opponents to less than 40 points per game.

11. Hillcrest (7-2)
PrepsTalk: The Hawks steamroll Oak Lawn and Thornton this week and have now won five in a row. Jovan Mooring scored 19 points Saturday against the Wildcats.

12. St. Rita (6-2)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs picked up a 53-45 win over Leo Friday night as Dominique Matthews scored 19 points. 'Rita plays at Loyola Friday and then at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach December 26-31.

13. West Aurora (6-1)
PrepsTalk: Jontrel Walker tallied 27 points as the Blackhawks took care of Glenbard North 75-59 Friday. West plays at Wheaton North Friday and then the Pontiac Holiday Tournament over the break.

14. Zion-Benton (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Junior forward Milik Yarbrough nailed five threes to lift the Bees to a 53-44 win over Warren Saturday night. A huge game awaits Friday against Mundelein.

15. Lemont (7-0)
PrepsTalk: Five players scored in double-figures Friday --including 24 from Juozas Balciunas-- as the Indians ran over the Grinnell system-based Eisenhower Cardinals.

16. St. Viator (7-1)
PrepsTalk: Huge weekend for junior guard Ore Arogundade-- 18 points, 10 rebounds Saturday against Loyola; 18 points, eight rebounds the night before against Marist.

17. St. Ignatius (7-1)
PrepsTalk: Connor Cronin (18 points) and Brandon Snower (10) played well on offense, but the Wolfpack could not tame Benet. Iggy will play at Hales Friday night.

18. Lake Forest (6-1)
PrepsTalk: The Scouts kept Warren off the scoreboard in the second quarter Friday en route to a 38-26 win. Sophomore forward Evan Boudreaux dominated, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds.

19. Oswego (6-1)
PrepsTalk: They have gone from Proviso West dark horse to a legitimate contender for the prestigious holiday tourney title. Miles Simelton and Elliot McGaughy can play.

20. Orr (5-1)
PrepsTalk: Several Chicagoland teams made waves in Indianapolis this weekend-- and don't overlook Orr. Louis Adams' 30 points helped the Spartans take down Indiana's Warren Central in overtime.

Looming and Lurking: Bloom, Andrew, Montini, Foreman, Maine South, Providence-St. Mel, Morton, Geneva, De La Salle, Glenbard East, Fenwick, St. Charles East, Marist, T.F. North, Brother Rice, Crete-Monee, St. Patrick, York, Dundee-Crown.

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39 Days to Kickoff - Downers Grove South

39 Days to Kickoff - Downers Grove South 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: Downers Grove South

Head coach: Mark Molinari 

Assistant coaches: Mark Molinari - Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator, Dan Bielawski - Defensive Coordinator, Troy Michalek - Defensive Line, Matt Quatman - Linebackers, Jon Orech - Offensive Line, Chris Wild - Offensive Line, Paul Maggiore - Running Backs, Tony Nevrly - Wide Receivers

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (4-2 West Suburban Gold Conference). Downers Grove South failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Bolingbrook

Sept. 1 vs Oak Park-River Forest

Sept 8 @ Proviso East

Sept. 14 @ Hinsdale South

Sept. 21 vs Addison Trail

Sept. 28 @ Morton

Oct. 5 vs Leyden

Oct. 12 @ Downers Grove North

Oct. 19 vs Willowbrook

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Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs contend for the West Suburban Gold title and get back to the IHSA state playoffs?

Names to watch this season: WR/DB Jaelynn Blecke, OL/DL Shawn Lee and ATH Jayden Lambert

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will have some graduation holes to fill-- especially at the quarterback position. Multi-year starter Matt Greenwald leaves big shoes to fill under center.

EDGY's Early Take: Downers Grove South just missed making the 2017 IHSA state playoff field. While the Mustangs will be a bit younger in 2018, it could work to their advantage. They have some very talented underclassmen names to watch this fall. The Mustangs' overall depth will be tested in a few spots this season; however, if South can stay relatively healthy, this team has a chance to challenge for a conference title and a state playoff spot. 

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science

40 Days to Kickoff: Chicago Ag Science 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: Chicago Ag Science

Head coach: Shawn Finnin

Assistant coaches: Craig Dovich, Vince Patterson, KJ Jones and Richard Price

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-1 CPL Chicago Great Lakes Conference). Chicago Ag made the Class 4A state playoff field and lost to Rochelle in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Lindblom

Aug. 31 vs Hubbard

Sept 7 vs King

Sept. 14 @ Harlan

Sept. 21 @ Julian

Sept. 28 vs Marshall

Oct. 4 vs Goode

Oct. 13 @ Urban Prep Englewood

Oct. 19 vs Orr

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Biggest storyline: Can the Cyclones keep winning in a new conference (CPL Illini Windy City) starting this year?

Names to watch this season: TE Tony Stafford and OL Kam Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Cyclones will need to replace 8 starters on defense lost to graduation.

EDGY's Early Take: The Cyclones had a historic season in 2017 making the IHSA state playoff field for the first time in school history. With the recent success comes a "move up" to the Illini division this fall. Look for Ag Science to rely on an experienced offense (seven starters) including four returning starters on the Cyclones offensive line from a year ago.