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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 7

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 7

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East 6-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Homewood-Flossmoor, 48-6
This Week: @ Lockport
EDGY's Take: Can anyone slow down the Griffins in 2018? 

2. Nazareth Academy 6-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Carmel, 55-17
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: It'll be a big, big test this week for the Roadrunners. Last year was ugly against Marist. Expect Nazareth to be ready for this one on Friday.

3. Batavia 6-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Geneva, 48-0
This Week: @ St. Charles East
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs take care of Geneva. Does this week's game at St. Charles East have "trap game" written all over it?  

4. Brother Rice 6-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 21-14
This Week: @ Marmion Academy
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders snuck by rival St. Rita in a close win on Friday.

5. Mount Carmel 5-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat St. Ignatius, 49-0
This Week: vs Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Caravan will look to keep rolling this week as the Celtics come to Gately Stadium.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 5-1 (4)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln-Way East, 48-6
This Week: @ Bradley-Bourbonnais
EDGY's Take: The Vikings will need to get back to work this week after a rough loss at Lincoln-Way East.
 
7. Cary-Grove 6-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat McHenry, 63-21
This Week: @ Jacobs
EDGY's Take: The Trojans' offense has been putting up big points all season long.

8. Simeon 6-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Raby, 42-0
This Week: vs Hubbard
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines have a very good chance at winning out the remainder of the regular season, but long-time rival Hubbard stands in the way this week.

9. Marist 5-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Marian Catholic, 42-0
This Week: @ Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: Can the Redhawks' defense slow down and contain Nazareth's spread offense? Can the Marist offense, led by QB Mike Markett, be its best defense this week? 

10. Maine South 5-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat Niles North, 42-7
This Week: @ Glenbrook South
EDGY's Take: Coach Dave Inserra's Maine South Hawks continue to get a big season from backup senior QB Cole Dow.
 
11. Oswego 6-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Romeoville, 56-6
This Week: @ Oswego East
EDGY's Take: The Battle of Oswego is this week. You better get those tickets in advance. 

12. Glenbard West 5-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 41-7
This Week: @ Hinsdale Central
EDGY's Take: Hilltoppers senior RB Tyquan Cox is having an All-Area/All-State caliber season so far.  

13. Richards 6-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Argo, 50-0
This Week: vs Lemont
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs look forward to taking on South Suburban crossover rival Lemont this week.
 
14. Phillips 4-2 (14)
Last Week: Beat Curie, 42-0
This Week: @ Lane Tech
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats defense has allowed just six points over the last three weeks.

15. Willowbrook 6-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat York, 28-14
This Week: vs Morton
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are now 6-0 for the first time since 2000.

16. Naperville Central 4-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 50-21
This Week: vs Neuqua Valley
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks offense is clicking behind QB Payton Thorne.
 
17. Bolingbrook 5-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 39-7
This Week: @ Thornridge
EDGY's Take: The Raiders take care of Lockport and will take on Thornridge in a rare Thursday game this week in Dolton. 

18. Montini 6-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Loyola, 28-27
This Week: @ Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The "never-say-quit" Broncos trailed Loyola 21-0 but fought their way back to victory. It was Montini's first-ever win over Loyola.
 
19. Hinsdale Central 5-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 47-8
This Week: vs Glenbard West
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will get a big test on Friday against the Hilltoppers.
 
20. Stevenson 5-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Mundelein, 43-0
This Week: vs Waukegan
EDGY's Take: The Patriots are back on a roll. But more tests await, including this Friday at they host the Bulldogs.

21. New Trier 5-1 (23)
Last Week: Beat Evanston, 35-28
This Week: @ Niles North
EDGY's Take: The Trevians get a big boost from injured RB Brian Sitzer in their win over rival Evanston on Friday.
 
22. St. Charles North 5-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles East, 28-7
This Week: @ Glenbard North
EDGY's Take: The North Stars have also gotten a nice season so far from sophomore QB Kyler Brown as North topped East last in the annual "Battle of St. Charles."

23. Hillcrest 6-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Tinley Park, 59-0
This Week: @ T.F. South
EDGY's Take: A lot of people seem to be sleeping on the Hawks. Don't be one of them. 

24. Notre Dame 5-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat St. Viator, 28-0
This Week: @ St. Patrick
EDGY's Take: The Dons now square off against bitter longtime rival St. Pats this Friday at Triton College. 

25. Neuqua Valley 4-2 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 47-16
This Week: @ Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a nice win over rival Waubonsie Valley, but now comes another tough test at Naperville Central.

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 8

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High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 8

High School Lites has a show full of highlights from important conference games this week as we feature plenty of unique conferences. We have top teams from the SouthWest Suburban and Public League Red Division while also featuring plenty of top games from the White Division of the Public League.

For the first time ever, High School Lites also has a girls basketball game featured in the Viewers' Choice Game of the Week.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Curie's DaJuan Gordon

Team of the Week, Presented by Saint Xavier: Stevenson girls basketball team

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week: 

Marengo 68, Burlington 52 (Girl's)

This Week's Highlights:

Whitney Young gets close win over the Uplift in this week's mixtape series

Bolingbrook dominates Homewood-Flossmoor in blowout victory 

St Laurence takes care of business against DePaul Prep

Cary Grove gets win over Huntley in back-and-forth game 

Whitney Young knocks off North Lawndale in close win 

Dunbar gets blowout win over DuSable

Westinghouse has great energy in 4-point win over Clark

Geneva picks up OT win over Naperville North

Thornwood overpowers Bradley Bourbonnais

Fremd gets 20-point win over Barrington

Cary Grove gets one-point win against Huntley

High School Lites Preview: Week 8

High School Lites Preview: Week 8

High School Lites has plenty of action this week as the show will feature some interesting leagues. The Public League's White Divison will be specially focused in this one, with three big games from the city. The show also features Public League Red, SouthWest Suburban and the first ever girls basketball Viewers' Choice Game of the Week. High School Lites airs on NBC Sports Chicago at 11 p.m. on Friday night!

Thursday's Games

DuSable at Dunbar, 5:00 p.m. -- We head to the Public League White Central for this game. DuSable (7-9, 4-3) is coming off of a close loss to Solorio earlier in the week. Dunbar (14-4, 6-1) is trying to hang with unbeaten Lindblom at the top of the conference as they got off to an 11-0 start this season.

Brooks at Fenger, 6:45 p.m. -- Sticking in the Public League's White Division in the South, this one is also among two conference leaders. Brooks (8-8, 7-0) is the unbeaten leader as they're riding a three-game winning streak. Fenger (11-6, 6-1) lost to Ag. Science in conference play as they try to keep pace with both of those teams with a win here at home.

No. 16 Geneva at Naperville North, 7:00 p.m. -- Non-conference play gets interesting in this one. The Vikings (16-1, 5-1) are coming off of a loss to Lake Park that ended their unbeaten season as they try to bounce back. Naperville North (11-6, 3-1) counters with Loyola commit Tom Welch as he's a big All-Area candidate.

Friday's Games

Clark at Westinghouse, 5:00 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Public League White-South play here. Clark (12-7, 6-1) and head coach Terry Head have a lot of young talent as they try to stay in the conference mix after an early loss to Collins in league play. Westinghouse (12-7, 7-0) has also played a tough schedule like Clark as they're hoping to put a two-game cushion on their conference lead late in the season.

Barrington at Fremd, 6:00 p.m. -- An intriguing clash in the Mid-Suburban West for this game. Barrington (13-6, 2-3) lost the first matchup between these two teams on Nov. 30 as they look for revenge. Fremd (13-4, 4-1) lost to Schaumburg to drop out of the Preps Power Rankings, but they've started to make up for it with a win over Maine East earlier this week. 

No. 5 Whitney Young at North Lawndale, 6:30 p.m. -- The Public League Red North/West is arguably the toughest conference from top-to-bottom as we head there for this one. The Dolphins (15-6, 5-1) are coming off of a thrilling overtime win over Uplift as they remain in the mix at the top of the conference. North Lawndale (10-7, 3-4) lost a close game to ranked Orr earlier in the week as they get a shot at another top-25 team in this one.

No. 21 St. Laurence at No. 10 DePaul Prep, 7:00 p.m. -- The best two teams in the Catholic League Blue play here. St. Laurence (18-3, 6-2) earned their way back into the Preps Power Rankings after an impressive win over Leo in conference play last week. DePaul (13-4, 7-0) is unbeaten in Catholic League play behind All-Area candidate Perry Cowan and his talented and veteran teammates.

No. 7 Bolingbrook at No. No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:00 p.m. -- The night's best game is in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. Bolingbrook (12-3, 2-0) hasn't lost to an Illinois opponent all season as they feature a top-notch backcourt in Tyler Cochran and Joseph Yesufu. Homewood-Flossmoor (12-4, 3-0) counters with great length and athleticism as senior Isaac Stanbeck and junior R.J. Ogom lead the charge. These teams play again on Feb. 15. 

Bradley-Bourbonnais at Thornwood, 7:00 p.m. -- The SouthWest Suburban Red also has a contest to watch on Friday night. Bradley-Bourbonnais (9-9, 3-1) has dropped two straight, as they try to hang with the conference's elite with a win. Thornwood (10-6, 4-0) leads the division over Thornton and the Boilermakers as they try to maintain a lead. These two teams also play again on Feb. 19.

Huntley at Cary-Grove, 7:00 p.m. -- The Fox Valley race is wide open with six teams within one game of the conference lead. Two of those teams face here. Huntley (10-6, 5-3) lost to Cary-Grove on Dec. 5 at home as they look to get revenge in this one. Cary-Grove (13-5, 5-3) won the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs as they're trying to make a move on conference leaders Crystal Lake Central and Dundee-Crown.

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Marengo at Burlington Central, -- For the first time, we had a girls Viewers' Choice Game as this one had a close victory with over 2,051 total votes. Marengo (17-5) lost to Burlington Central the first time these two teams played on Dec. 7. Marengo is riding a five-game winning streak heading into this one. Burlington Central (15-5) has won three of their last four as they try to win this important Kiswaukee River contest.