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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 8

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East 7-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 63-0
This Week: Thursday @ Thornwood
EDGY's Take: The Griffins defense has allowed just 38 points so far this season.

2. Batavia 7-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles East, 21-0
This Week: vs St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs pick up the win on the Saints' home field but it wasn't easy. Neither will this week against the North Stars. 

3. Brother Rice 7-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Marmion Academy, 40-0
This Week: vs Leo
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders are on track for earning a high seed in the IHSA state playoffs.

4. Marist 6-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Nazareth Academy, 34-13
This Week: vs Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks defense and QB Mike Markett came through in a big way in a statement win at Nazareth. 

5. Mount Carmel 6-1 (5)
Last Week: Forfeit win over Providence Catholic, 1-0
This Week: @ St. Laurence
EDGY's Take: The Caravan will look to get back to on the field action this week. They face a St. Laurence team that now features Frank Lenti as an advisor.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Bradley, 48-14
This Week: vs Andrew
EDGY's Take: The Vikings will look to beat an up-and-coming Andrew team this week. 

7. Cary-Grove 7-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 49-14
This Week: @ Prairie Ridge
EDGY's Take: The Fox Valley Super Bowl is this Friday.

8. Simeon 6-0 (8)
Last Week: vs Hubbard, 6:00 p.m. Monday at Gately
This Week: @ Taft
EDGY's Take: Simeon will need to play two games this week. And if any team in the CPL is ready for that test, it's the Wolverines. 

9. Nazareth Academy 6-1 (2)
Last Week: Lost to Marist, 34-13
This Week: vs Joliet Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners will need to get back to work and repair a few leaks that developed in their loss to Marist. 

10. Maine South 6-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 44-7
This Week: vs New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Hawks will look to get closer to winning the Central Suburban South. Big test with rival New Trier this week.

11. Oswego 7-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 32-0
This Week: vs Joliet Central
EDGY's Take: The Panthers are on a serious roll. QB Noah Parker is a name you need to know. 

12. Glenbard West 6-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale Central, 21-7
This Week: vs Oak Park-River Forest
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers get a big win over Hinsdale Central. But another big test awaits on Saturday with OPRF. 

13. Richards 7-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Lemont, 33-3
This Week: @ Reavis
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs defense simply locked down Lemont last Friday. 

14. Phillips 4-2 (14)
Last Week: @ Lane Tech, 12:00 p.m. Monday 
This Week: vs Westinghouse
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are also ready for two games this week: Lane Tech and then Westinghouse.

15. Willowbrook 7-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 42-0
This Week: @ Proviso East
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are on pace for a high seed in the IHSA state playoff field.

16. Naperville Central 5-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 21-14
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks pulled out a last minute win on Saturday over Neuqua Valley. 

17. Bolingbrook 6-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Thornridge, 60-0
This Week: vs Thornton Township
EDGY's Take: The Raiders will get a much bigger test this week against the Wildcats. 

18. Montini 6-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 42-0
This Week: @ Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Broncos beat Fenwick on Sunday; now they face Providence Catholic on Friday. That's two games in a week kids. 

19. Stevenson 6-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Waukegan, 42-0
This Week: @ Warren Township
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will need to hit the road and take on up-and-coming Warren Township in Gurnee.

20. New Trier 6-1 (21)
Last Week: Beat Niles North, 42-7
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Trevians will try to beat longtime rival Maine South this week. 

21. St. Charles North 6-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 38-14
This Week: @ Batavia
EDGY's Take: The North Stars hit the road and take on Batavia in a huge Dukane Conference game.

22. Hillcrest 7-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat TF South, 49-7
This Week: @ TF North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are also on pace to earn a high seed in the IHSA state playoff field. 

23. Notre Dame 6-1 (24)
Last Week: Beat St. Patrick, 41-20
This Week: @ Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Dons get a nice win against rival St. Patrick. Sophomore QB Anthony Sales is another top name to add to an already-impressive Class of 2021 QB group.

24. Hinsdale Central 5-2 (19)
Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 21-7
This Week: @ Lyons Township
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will need to get their offense back in gear this week as they take on their bitter rival, L-T.

25. Prairie Ridge 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 21-19
This Week: vs Cary-Grove
EDGY's Take: Coach Chris Schremp and the Wolves have us all where they wants us: making two-time defending 6A state champion Wolves as an underdog. 

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.