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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 3

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 3

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East 2-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 38-19
This Week: vs. Andrew
EDGY's Take: Griffins senior QB Jack Baltz put up some impressive numbers in beating the Redhawks on Saturday.

2. Loyola Academy 2-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 40-3
This Week: vs. Mount Carmel at Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers, led by senior QB Matt Schlitz, are still the bad boys on the block.

3. Phillips 1-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Chaminade (Mo.), 34-21
This Week: vs. Simeon at Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: On Saturday I saw Jahleel Billingsley — a four-star Alabama TE commit — playing running back. Be afraid. Be very afraid. 

4. Batavia 2-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 41-24
This Week: vs. Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs found a new weapon in sophomore Trey Urwiler against Naperville North.

5. Nazareth Academy 2-0 (6)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 25-0
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: While sophomore QB JJ McCarthy gets the ink (and deservedly so), the Roadrunners defense has allowed just six points against two ranked teams. 

6. Maine South 2-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Mount Carmel, 21-13
This Week: vs. Barrington
EDGY's Take: The Hawks, led by QB Bobby Inserra, keep soaring. Getting a road win at Gately against the Mount Carmel Caravan is big.

7. Homewood-Flossmoor 2-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lutheran North (Mo.), 34-14
This Week: vs. Stagg
EDGY's Take: The Vikings’ defense and running game, which included senior RB Leon Tanna, came up big in the win Saturday in East St. Louis.

8. Brother Rice 2-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Crete-Monee, 42-16
This Week: vs. Fenwick
EDGY's Take: Mr. (John) Bean to the Class 8A state finals? Ok sure — it's very early but still...the Crusaders are on an early roll. 

9. Stevenson 2-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 23-15
This Week: @ Libertyville
EDGY's Take: The Patriots get a big Friday road win at Neuqua Valley.

10. Lake Zurich 1-1 (5)
Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 25-0
This Week: vs. Zion-Benton
EDGY's Take: The Bears need to find their offense. Sooner rather than later is preferred. 

11. Cary-Grove 2-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Crystal Lake Central, 42-7
This Week: vs. Hampshire
EDGY's Take: The Trojans keep winning. They’re getting ready for much larger FVC games down the road.

12. Marist 1-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Mishawaka (IN.), 27-24
This Week: @ Niles Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks get a much needed win on the road and now begin ESCC play this week at Notre Dame.

13. Oswego 2-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Minooka, 35-20
This Week: vs. Plainfield North
EDGY's Take: The Panthers have some weapons this season including senior WR/RB/S Jamal Fomby and senior RB/DE Charles Coleman.

14. Barrington 2-0 (20)

Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 37-0

This Week: @ Maine South

EDGY's Take: The Broncos get a big win over Buffalo Grove on Friday. Junior QB Tommy Fitzpatrick is off to a strong start this season.

15. Mount Carmel 1-1 (15)
Last Week: Lost to Maine South, 21-13
This Week: vs. Loyola Academy @ Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: The Caravan struggled after the rain/weather delay in the loss to Maine South on Friday. It doesn't get any easier this week as they host Loyola.

16. Bolingbrook 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 34-24
This Week: vs. Sandburg
EDGY's Take: The Raiders have one of the state's best backfields in senior RB Anthony Williams Jr. (Michigan State) and senior RB Jordan Pringle (Eastern Kentucky).

17. Glenbard West 1-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Proviso East, 42-0
This Week: vs. Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers get back on track in beating Proviso East.

18. Richards 2-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 14-0
This Week: @ Evergreen Park
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs shut out the Mustangs in a rain-delayed game on Saturday afternoon. Senior QB Marquel Porter is back and adds another huge piece for the Bulldogs offense this season.

19. Simeon 2-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Trotwood Madison (OH), 33-6
This Week: vs. Phillips @ Gately Stadium
EDGY's Take: Don't look now, but the Wolverines just beat one of the top programs from Ohio on the road in the Buckeye State. Huge CPL showdown this week against Phillips. 

20. Benet Academy 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Moline, 28-14
This Week: vs. St. Patrick @ Triton College
EDGY's Take: The Redwings get a nice road win on Friday in Moline. 

21. Willowbrook 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 21-17
This Week: vs. Leyden
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are starting to embrace this whole underdog deal. They pulled off a stunning 21-17 win over Hinsdale Central on Friday.

22. Montini 2-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat Chris The King, 42-0
This Week: vs. Marmion Academy
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will get more of a test this week when they host the Cadets. 

23. Prairie Ridge 2-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 57-6
This Week: vs. Huntley
EDGY's Take: The two-time defending Class 6A state champs are averaging 57 1/2 points so far in 2018.

24. Hinsdale Central 1-1 (8)
Last Week: Lost to Willowbrook, 21-17
This Week: vs. Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will need to rally after a tough 21-17 loss to Willowbrook on Friday.

25. Naperville Central 0-2 (11)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln-Way East, 38-19
This Week: vs. Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks have played two state-ranked teams in the first two weeks and now here comes their biggest rival in Naperville North this Friday.

High School Lites Roundup: Week 12

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High School Lites Roundup: Week 12

HIgh School Lites had plenty of intriguing storylines to follow this week with some great matchups from all over the area. The Public League Playoffs are underway in the city for boys basketball while conference rivalry games were heating up all over the Chicagoland area.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Rashaun Agee

Team of the Week, presented by Saint Xavier: Schaumburg Saxons Girls Bowling Team

HIGHLIGHTS

Mid-week Mixtape: Public League Quarterfinals

THURSDAY'S GAMES

GIRLS: Marshall knocks off Walther Christian in the Class 2A Sectional Championship 

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Crystal Lake Central nets close win over rival Crystal Lake South

Burlington Central picks up close win over Johnsburg

Providence-St. Mel's gets big win over St. Rita.

Stevenson beats Warren on night of Jalen Brunson's jersey retirement

Evanston blows out New Trier

Curie knocks Orr in Public League Playoff Semifinals

Fremd beats Schaumburg in Mid-Suburban-West match-up

Providence-St. Mel gets big blowout win in battle with St. Rita

Bolingbrook nets close 5-point win over Homnewood-Flossmoor

Morgan Park outlasts Simeon in Public League battle

High School Lites Preview: Week 12

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High School Lites Preview: Week 12

High School Lites has a packed show this week as the final full week of the boys basketball regular season is here. The girls basketball IHSA State Playoffs are also here as we'll have important games from all over the area. High School Lites airs at 11 p.m. on Friday night on NBC Sports Chicago.

Public League Playoff Semifinals, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Curie vs. Orr -- This should be an intriguing matchup. The Condors (27-1) haven't lost to an Illinois opponent so far this season as they've been one of the top teams in the nation. Orr (19-10) just earned a huge win over Bogan in the quarterfinals as Sherif Kenney stepped up his play. Long and athletic, the Spartans have a chance to hang with Curie if they can limit the Condors from the perimeter.

Simeon vs. Morgan Park -- In another rivalry rematch, these two teams just played a few weeks back. Now the Battle for Vincennes is for a shot at the City Title. Simeon (16-13) is playing its best ball of the season after knocking off Whitney Young on Wednesday. Senior Antonio Reeves is playing very well as he makes his All-Area case. Morgan Park (25-3) hasn't lost since December as they are led by junior guard Adam Miller and versatile wing DeShawndre Washington. 

Friday's Games

3A Kaneland Girls BB Regional, 7 p.m. -- Sandwich will face Kaneland for a chance to advance to the Class 3A sectional semifinals. Sandwich (31-0) is the unbeaten No. 1 seed coming off of a win over St. Francis. Kaneland (19-11) is the No. 4 seed who dispatched St. Edward in the previous round.

Marian Catholic at St. Viator, 7 p.m. -- The ESCC could get decided in this one. Marian Catholic (24-3, 7-0) is atop the standings as junior guard Ahron Ulis and senior forward Chris White make up a strong one-two punch. St. Viator (21-5, 6-1) just saw point guard Trey Calvin return to the lineup as he had a broken left hand that sidelined him for a month. 

Providence-St. Mel at St. Rita, 7 p.m. -- Two top-25 teams from the Catholic League face here. Providence-St. Mel (22-6, 11-3) is the top Class 1A team in the state as they're led by a solid guard in senior Tim Ervin. St. Rita (21-7, 12-1) hasn't lost to an Illinois opponent since December as they've earned impressive recent wins over Leo and Mount Carmel. Senior Jeremiah Oden is starting to play well as he has a balanced group of veterans around him. 

Johnsburg at Burlington Central, 7 p.m. -- The Kishwaukee River's top two teams will play on Friday night. Johnsburg (16-10, 8-2) is led by senior Zack Toussaint as he's been one of the state's most prolific three-point shooters during his career. Burlington Central (18-8, 6-2) has dropped two straight games as they try to avenge a road loss to the Skyhawks back in January. 

Evanston at New Trier, 7 p.m. -- A classic rivalry in the CSL South. Evanston (24-4, 8-1) won the first matchup at home as they are led by a strong senior perimeter group that includes Lance Jones and Jaheim Holden. New Trier (22-4, 7-2) is trying to overcome some recent injuries as they lost in conference play to Niles North last week. 

Warren at Stevenson, 7 p.m. -- North Suburban leader Stevenson gets a test here from a familiar rival. Warren (13-14, 5-7) lost in the first matchup as they're stuck in a pack of teams tied for fourth in the conference. Stevenson (22-3, 11-1) is riding a 13-game winning streak after a notable overtime win over Waukegan earlier this week. 

Crystal Lake Central at Crystal Lake South, 7 p.m. -- Crosstown rivals also meet in a huge Fox Valley tilt. Crystal Lake Central (15-11, 9-4) won the first matchup between these teams as senior big man Alex Timmerman is a force on the interior. Crystal Lake South (21-6, 10-3) leads the conference with a surprising season. They have a balanced group that has the school's first 20-win season since 2015. 

Aurora Christian at Riverside-Brookfield, 7 p.m. -- The Metro Suburban Blue's top two teams play in this one. Aurora Christian (23-6, 9-2) won the first matchup between these teams in OT as junior Will Wolfe is a Division I prospect. Riverside-Brookfield (23-4, 10-1) is peaking at the right time as they try to hold on to the conference lead.

Homewood-Flossmoor at Bolingbrook, 7 p.m. -- A huge top-25 matchup in the Southwest Suburban Blue. Homewood-Flossmoor (19-5, 7-1) lost the first game between teams as they have seven consecutive wins since then. Bolingbrook (18-6, 7-1) has bounced back with four-straight wins after a three-game slide as they're led by a talented backcourt that includes Joseph Yesufu and Tyler Cochran.

Fremd at Schaumburg, 7:30 p.m. -- An important clash in the MSL West division title. Fremd (18-4, 8-1)) has won six straight games since losing the first matchup as they come in hot. The Saxons (20-5, 8-1)) are playing even better ball as they're riding an eight-game winning streak. The winner of this game will represent the West in the MSL Title game next week.

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

This week's Viewers' Choice heads to the girls basketball Class 2A state playoffs in the Timothy Christian Sectional. Marshall (24-8) is a No. 1 seed trying to add to its legacy with another sectional title. Walther Christian (28-0) is another No. 1 seed as they haven't fallen yet this season.