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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Quarterfinal Round

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Quarterfinal Round

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.

1. Lincoln-Way East 11-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard West, 45-0
This Week: vs Edwardsville
EDGY's Take: The Griffins will now focus on slowing down Edwardsville. The Tigers feature a Notre Dame commit, QB Kendall Abdur-Rahman.

2. Batavia 11-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Moline, 59-32
This Week: vs Willowbrook
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs post their second straight postseason blowout win. Up next: a battle with Willowbrook's Tumilty brothers.
 
3. Brother Rice 11-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat OPRF, 27-17
This Week: vs Warren Township
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get another big performance from QB John Bean and WR Dylan Summers.

4. Marist 10-1 (4)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 38-35
This Week: @ H-F
EDGY's Take: Road warriors. The Redhawks hang on to beat Naperville Central. And they have another huge road test on deck: Homewood-Flossmoor, who beat Barrington 30-7. 

5. Mount Carmel 10-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 17-14
This Week: vs East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Caravan get revenge on last year's semifinal loss to L-Z. Now, another rematch. This time, it's a quarterfinal game against East St. Louis. Mount Carmel defeated the Flyers in last year's quarterfinal 21-18.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 10-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 30-7
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: The Vikings defense hasn't been too kind to the Mid-Suburban West in the postseason. First it was Fremd. This time, they locked down Barrington. 

7. Cary-Grove 11-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Kaneland, 38-6
This Week: vs Phillips
EDGY's Take: The Trojans will now focus on slowing down Phillips and their do-it-all playmaker, Jahleel Billingsley (Alabama).

8. Nazareth Academy 10-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Hersey, 49-14
This Week: @ Simeon
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners offense is so explosive. Now, can Nazareth travel well and win on the road? Big game at Gately this Saturday.

9. Maine South 10-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 41-14
This Week: vs Loyola Academy
EDGY's Take: The Hawks got out of the gates quickly and never looked back in beating Waubonsie Valley. Next up for Swagger High? Loyola.
 
10. Simeon 11-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 48-35
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines had a battle on their hands but pulled away late to advance. Huge quarterfinal showdown this Saturday against Nazareth.

11. Warren Township 10-1 (16)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 17-14
This Week: @ Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense plays lights-out once again. On offense, RB Martin Walker Jr. carries Warren to the second round.

12. Loyola Academy 8-3 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Oswego, 22-0
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers defense forces four Oswego turnovers in shutting out the Panthers.

13. Richards 11-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 35-21
This Week: vs Normal West
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs' do-it-all star Sebastian Castro showed why he's the man. He carried the load in beating Yorkville.
 
14. Phillips 9-2 (13)
Last Week: Beat Prairie Ridge, 24-19
This Week: @ Cary-Grove
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats found a way to slow down Prairie Ridge's power running game. The Wildcats now hit the road this Saturday in Cary.

15. Willowbrook 11-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Maine West, 36-26
This Week: @ Batavia
EDGY's Take: The Warriors defeated Maine West and now Willowbrook --and the Tumilty brothers-- will prepare to invade Batavia. 

16. Oak Park-River Forest 8-3 (15)
Last Week: Lost to Brother Rice, 27-17
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will be a force to be reckoned with in 2019. They will be led by sophomore QB Jaden McGill. 

17. Wheaton South 10-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Hononegah, 20-14
This Week: vs St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: Next up is a rematch against Dukane Conference foe St. Charles North. In Week 9, the Tigers defeated the North Stars 13-11.

18. Oswego 10-1 (11)
Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 22-0
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Panthers just couldn't get the offense in gear as they finish their season in Wilmette.

19. Montini Catholic 10-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Sycamore, 21-17
This Week: @ Evergreen Park
EDGY's Take: The Broncos started slow but finished strong in beating Sycamore.

20. Naperville Central 7-4 (20)
Last Week: Lost to Marist, 38-35
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks hung tough but came up a little short in losing to Marist, ending the Payton Thorne era at Central.
 
21. Hillcrest 11-0 (21)
Last Week: Beat Decatur MacArthur, 40-7
This Week: vs Cahokia
EDGY's Take: The Hawks handled Decatur MacArthur to advance. What's the best part of this week's Hillcrest game against the Commanches? Not having to make the 281 mile one-way drive trip to suburban St. Louis.

22. Glenbard West 8-3 (17)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln-Way East, 45-0
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers just couldn't muster much offense in their season ending loss to Lincoln-Way East.
 
23. IC Catholic Prep 11-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Stillman Valley, 31-0
This Week: vs Marengo
EDGY's Take: The Knights took control and beat run-heavy/ball control Stillman Valley.

24. Notre Dame 9-2 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 17-7
This Week: vs Antioch
EDGY's Take: The Dons get another strong defensive performance in beating Crystal Lake South.

25. St. Charles North 8-3 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Rolling Meadows, 24-17
This Week: @ Wheaton South 
EDGY's Take: The North Stars hang tough and beat Rolling Meadows for the win. Next up is a much-anticipated rematch with Dukane Conference foe Wheaton South.

High School Hoops Holiday Tournament Primer

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High School Hoops Holiday Tournament Primer

The Holiday Tournament season is quickly approaching as we're two weeks away from all of them getting started. Now that some fields for events have been released, we take a look at some local holiday tournaments to watch in the upcoming weeks. We'll be adding more holiday tournaments to this list as fields come out as High School Lites and the @NBCSPreps Twitter account will have plenty of coverage of holiday events. 

Pontiac Holiday Tournament

Dates: Dec. 27-29

Team to Watch: The always-loaded field includes Public League powerhouses like Simeon and Curie along with suburban greats like Bloom, Benet and Oak Park-River Forest. It'll be fascinating to see if Bloom can emerge victorious after the strong start as the young Blazing Trojans have already won some huge early-season games.

Must-see First-Round Matchup: Oak Park-River Forest matching up with West Aurora could be a semifinal in some events, but it falls on 9 p.m. on opening night as two former top-25 teams with plenty of senior star power do battle.

Proviso West Holiday Tournament

Dates: Dec. 26-29

Team to Watch: Plenty of great teams highlight this field, including top 25 teams like Whitney Young, Bogan, Uplift and Leo. Some really good teams in the middle of the field include Hillcrest, Fenwick and Proviso East. But the Dolphins are the No. 1 team in the area with the starpower to back it up. They'll be favorites to claim this title.  

Must-see First-Round Matchup: Fenwick and Dunbar has a chance to be pretty intriguing. As of this writing, Dunbar stand at an unbeaten 7-0 and leaders of the Public League White-Central. The Friars will still be the favorites behind sophomore Bryce Hopkins, but if Dunbar remains unbeaten this one could be a ton of fun. 

Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic 

Dates: Dec. 26-29

Team to Watch: A holiday event with five ranked teams (Willowbrook, Oswego East, Homewood-Flossmoor, Marian Catholic, DePaul Prep), this might be the most wide-open field of any. DePaul Prep is the team to watch here among the ranked teams. The Rams would love to win a big event to gain some confidence for the postseason, as this team would love to play in Peoria. 

Must-see First-Round Matchup: St. Charles East and Stevenson should be two pretty even teams off to pretty good starts this season. The Patriots are in the mix in the North Suburban while the Saints have some solid early wins.

Wheeling Hardwood Classic

Dates: Dec. 26-29

Team to Watch: Wheeling has a resurgence this year as ranked teams include Waukegan, Glenbrook South and St. Viator. Niles North is another team to keep an eye on as this field could have a lot of potential winners. The Lions will be the team to track the most, as they're a top-ten team who lost their Thanksgiving event earlier this year to Evanston. 

Must-see First-Round Matchup: Deerfield battles Buffalo Grove as both teams are off to 2-0 starts in conference play after sluggish starts. If both of these teams continue clicking then this might be the closest first-round matchup. 

State Farm Holiday Classic

Dates: Dec. 26-29

Team to Watch: Kenwood is the top seed at the large-school field in Bloomington, as they have tough competition from all over the state. The Broncos have Joliet Central, Metamora, Rock Island to contend with among a field that has hopefuls from Class 3A and 4A. 

Must-see First-Round Matchup: Rock Island will get a major test against North Lawndale. Don't be fooled by the Phoenix's 3-3 record -- they're a very tough out. 

 

EDGY: Top 5 Class of 2019 uncommitted prospects

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EDGY: Top 5 Class of 2019 uncommitted prospects

With the early National Letter of Intent day fast approaching a week from tomorrow (December 19th) here is an update on the Top 5 Uncommitted names in the State of Illinois Class of 2019.

Crystal Lake South four star ranked offensive tackle Trevor Keegan (6-foot-3, 2310 pounds)- Keegan, the state's top ranked name in the Class of 2019 has narrowed down his extensive list of scholarship offers to a Top 3 schools (in no order Michigan, Georgia and Penn State) is set to make his announcement this Friday at 6PM at a press conference at his high school. Keegan has already made official visits to all three schools and has been very hush hush on which school has the inside lead for his services.

Momence three star ranked defensive end Jason Bargy (6-foot-5, 240 pounds)- Bargy was arrested for domestic battery on October 11th and his verbal commitment to Minnesota back in May has since been dropped by the Gophers. Bargy was arraigned on December 5th and according to Kankakee County Court records his case will be heard on January 9th, 2019.

Belleville West three star ranked defensive end Keith Randolph (6-foot-5, 250 pounds)- Randolph, who has been playing football for just the past two years was a standout on the basketball court for the 2017 state championship Maroons. Randolph made his first football official visit to Michigan State this past weekend. Randolph is also expected to make a second official visit this coming weekend to either Illinois or Iowa and it's still not clear if Randolph will sign on December 19th or wait and make more official visits then sign on February 6th, 2019.

Phillips three star ranked wide receiver Fabian McCray (6-foot-2, 180 pounds)- McCray, who committed to Illinois back in early July decided to reopen his recruiting process and decommitted from the Fighting Illini on November 4th. McCray, who took an official visit to Toledo this past weekend is looking hard at schools such as Toledo, Cincinnati, Iowa State and Cal and it's unclear for now on whether McCray will make any other official visits and/or sign a letter of intent on December 19th or wait until the traditional Signing Day on February 6th, 2019.

Perspectives three star ranked defensive tackle Dominic Moore (6-foot-7, 287 pounds)- Moore is literally the biggest uncommitted name left on the recruiting radar screen. Moore, who has drawn recent late interest from a handful of schools but for the most part has been focused on Wyoming, Illinois, Central Michigan and New Mexico. Moore has yet to set up any official visits but is planning to take official visits in January. Moore, who has NFL level size and potential could also draw more late recruiting attention after the early signing period is completed on December 19th.