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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 2

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 2

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East (1-0) (1)
Last Week: Beat Crete-Monee, 41-13
This Week: vs Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Griffins roll on but when will four-star ranked athlete AJ Henning start playing? 

2. Loyola Academy (1-0) (2)
Last Week: Beat Rockford MI, 27-7
This Week: @ New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers now look forward to the War on the North Shore.

3. Phillips (0-1) (3)
Last Week: Lost to Pickerington Central Ohio, 49-18
This Week: vs Chaminade Mo. @ East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats had its moments early against nationally ranked Pickerington Central, but too many turnovers and a tough end of the first half spelled doom for Phillips.

4. Batavia 1-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Lemont, 22-15
This Week: vs. Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The defense will help carry the Bulldogs early this season. 

5. Lake Zurich (1-0) (5)
Last Week: Beat Fremd, 20-7
This Week: vs. Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The defense will help carry the Bears early this season.

6. Nazareth Academy 1-0 (6)
Last Week: Beat Lutheran North, Mo., 20-6
This Week: @ Lake Zurich
EDGY's Take: The Road Runners get a big win over Missouri power Lutheran North and get another tough game at Lake Zurich.

7. Maine South (1-0) (14)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard West, 35-14
This Week: vs Mount Carmel @ Gately
EDGY's Take: The Hawks come out and impressed in its win over Glenbard West. Nothing comes easy this week either in Chicago.

8. Homewood-Flossmoor 1-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Michigan City , IN., 34-30
This Week: vs Lutheran North Mo. @ East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Vikings get a nice win over a top Indiana program last Friday and now play in East St. Louis against Lutheran North on Saturday. 

9. Hinsdale Central (1-0) (11)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central 35-34
This Week: @ Willowbrook
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils never quit a rally from a 28-7 deficit and beat Naperville Central 35-34. Will RB Luke Skonka be back after an early third quarter injury last week?.

10. Brother Rice 1-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 20-16
This Week: vs. Crete-Monee
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get a huge win over Marist and can't overlook the Warriors this week.

11. Naperville Central (0-1) (10)
Last Week: Lost to Hinsdale Central, 35-34
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: QB Payton Thorne showed an All State caliber game in its loss to Hinsdale Central last Friday.

12. Stevenson 1-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Schaumburg, 35-7
This Week: @ Neuqua Valley
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will look to hit the road and take on one of the top DuPage Valley teams in Naperville this Friday.

13. Cary-Grove 1-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake South, 29-22
This Week: @ Crystal Lake Central
EDGY's Take: The Trojans out battle Crystal Lake South for the win last Friday. 

14. Marist 0-1 (8)
Last Week: Lost to Brother Rice, 20-16
This Week: vs Mishawaka IN.
EDGY's Take: Despite the loss to rival Brother Rice, the Redhawks will win a lot of games this season.

15. Mount Carmel 1-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Hope Academy, 42-7
This Week: vs Maine South @ Gately
EDGY's Take: The Jordan Lynch era has begun with a win over Hope Academy. Next up is Air Inserra and the always explosive Hawks. 

16. New Trier 1-0 (16)
Last Week: Beat York, 21-13
This Week: vs Loyola Academy
EDGY's Take: This week is the game that New Trier fans have been wanting for a long time. 

17. Oswego 1-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield Central, 35-0
This Week: @ Minooka
EDGY's Take: The Panthers have quite the offense back this season and defense is always a priority in Oswego.

18. Glenbard West 0-1 (7)
Last Week: Lost to Maine South, 35-14
This Week: @ Proviso East
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers will need to go back to work this week and limit the penalties and turnovers. 

19. St. Charles North 1-0 (20)
Last Week: Beat Schaumburg, 23-16
This Week: @ Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: Can the North Stars keep winning if standout QB Peyton Brown can't return from injury?

20. Barrington 1-0 (21)
Last Week: Beat Warren Township, 31-14
This Week: @ Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: The Broncos get a big road win over Warren Township and has any program reload year in and year out as well as Barrington?

21. Neuqua Valley 1-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 27-6
This Week: vs Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats RB Will Chevalier is off and running this fall. Big test this week in hosting Stevenson.

22. Richards 1-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice (Mich), 56-20
This Week: @ St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs will look to make CCL Blue power St. Rita winless so far this year on Friday.

23. Montini Catholic 1-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Hyde Park, 53-0
This Week: vs. Chris The King
EDGY's Take: The Broncos have a good shot at getting off to a strong early start this fall.

24. Prairie Ridge 1-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake Central, 58-27
This Week: @ Hampshire
EDGY's Take: The Wolves offense kicked into high gear in a big win over Crystal Lake Central last Friday. 

25. Simeon 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 30-20
This Week: @ Trotwood Madison Ohio
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines now hit the road and take on Ohio Division III power Trotwood Madison.

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 boys basketball 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 Friday night’s "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m on NBC Sports Chicago. 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 on NBC Sports Chicago. This week: it's bracket time! We are highlighting some of the 2A boys basketball regional championships around the Windy City.

Which boys basketball sectional title game would you want to see the most?

2A Latin, 7:00 p.m. (poss. teams: Latin, Uplift, Parker, Disnery, Christ The King and ASPIRA)

2A UCCS/Woodlawn, 7:00 p.m. (poss. teams: UCCS/Woodlawn, Leo, CICS/Ellison, Noble/Baker, ACE Amandla)

2A Dunbar, 7:00 p.m. (poss. teams: Dunbar, Urban Prep/West, Chi. Military Acad./Bronzeville, Wells, Phoenix, Horizon/McKinley)

We will update this article after Tuesday's/Wednesday's semifinal games conclude.

To participate in the poll, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
 
The poll will start at 12:00 p.m. Monday. 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.

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 13

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 13

The latest Preps Power Rankings see a ton of changes this week thanks to a lot of top-25 matchups in the Public League Playoffs. With eight ranked city teams facing up to three games this week, there was a lot to keep tabs on as we're only a week away from the Class 3A/4A boys basketball state playoffs from starting.

Here's a look at the latest Power Rankings as we head into the home stretch. 

1. Curie (29-1) (1) -- The state's best team by a wide margin (based on regular season accomplishments) Curie put the icing on the cake by winning the Public League Playoffs. The Condors have the rare mix of star power and balance as they're the favorites in 4A right now.

2. Morgan Park (26-4) (3) -- Morgan Park finally saw its winning streak snapped during the Public League Playoff finals as they'll be the favorites to win again in Class 3A.

3. Evanston (25-4) (5) -- Beating rival New Trier for another solid win, the Wildkits are rolling as they try to make it back down to Peoria. 

4. Bloom (23-3) (6)  -- Solid wins over Thornton and Rich South during the week as Bloom prepares for a postseason being a hunted team.

5. Simeon (16-14) (15) -- Figuring things out after an up-and-down season, Simeon broke through with a win over rival Whitney Young before giving Morgan Park a huge scare in the semis.

6. Bogan (22-3) (2) -- The Bengals fell to Orr in the Public League Playoffs as they'll try to regroup for the Class 3A playoffs.

7. Whitney Young (22-7) (4) -- Whitney Young fell to Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals as the Dolphins continue to lack major tournament titles this season.

8. Orr (19-11) (14) -- The Spartans made a huge impression by knocking off Bogan in the city quarterfinals as they Class 2A champs will be a tough out in the state playoffs.

9. Geneva (27-1) (9) -- Quietly, Geneva continues to pile up wins as they have 12 straight after their only loss to Lake Park. 

10. Lincoln Park (20-7) (10) -- The Lions fell in the Public League Playoff quarterfinals to Morgan Park as they prepare for the State Playoffs. 

11. Providence-St. Mel (23-6) (16) -- Monster week for Providence-St. Mel by handily beating St. Rita and also holding off Leo. They look like the team to beat in Class 1A. 

12. Bolingbrook (19-6) (17) -- Sweeping Homewood-Flossmoor should give Bolingbrook a ton of confidence as the Raiders are 

13. St. Viator (23-5) (23) -- The Lions look like they're back as point guard Trey Calvin's return makes them a 3A favorite. The win over Marian Catholic was huge.

14. Marian Catholic (24-4) (7) -- Falling on the road to St. Viator in ESCC play, the Spartans finish the regular season with Joliet Catholic. 

15. St. Rita (21-8) (11) -- The Mustangs saw their recent hot-streak stopped by Providence-St. Mel but they bounced back with an important Catholic League win over DePaul Prep.

16. OPRF (17-8) (19) -- OPRF maintained its pace with a tight win over Downers North. This week sees Proviso East and the West Suburban title game.

17. Farragut (17-7) (18) -- The Admirals lost in the quarterfinals of the Public League Playoffs to Curie as Aaron Strong and company will be tough in 3A.

18. Homewood-Flossmoor (19-7) (8) -- Homewood-Flossmoor lost again to Bolingbrook while also dropping a game to Maine South. The Vikings don't have a top-25 win since December.   

19. York (26-4) (20) -- Earning two wins in conference play, York continues to beat the teams they should.

20. St. Laurence (24-5) (22) -- Three wins for the Vikings last week after some recent losses. St. Laurence remains an intriguing Class 3A team. 

21. Riverside-Brookfield (25-4) (24) -- Twelve consecutive wins for the Bulldogs as they now have the most regular-season wins in school history.

22. Benet (21-7) (NR) -- Back in the Power Rankings after a notable win over Stevenson, the Redwings get a crack at St. Viator in ESCC play this week.

23. Stevenson (23-4) (12) -- After a strong North Suburban overtime win over Waukegan, the Patriots finally fell to Benet on the road.

24. Waukegan (23-5) (13) -- Senior Bryant Brown became the Bulldogs' all-time leading scorer last week, but the Bulldogs fell to Stevenson in overtime during the week.

25. Maine South (21-9, 5-5) Peaking at the right time, Maine South has eight straight wins -- including a notable win over Homewood-Flossmoor over the weekend.