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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Playoffs/Second Round

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Playoffs/Second Round

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings as teams embark on the IHSA quarterfinals.

1. Lincoln-Way East 11-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Notre Dame, 23-13
This Week: vs Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get to host Southwest Suburban rival H-F for the second time this year. East won the weather-postponed Week 5 game 28-14.

2. Mount Carmel 11-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 34-14
This Week: vs Phillips
EDGY's Take: The Chicago Bowl is lurking. The Caravan will look to take care of business against their Public League foes on Saturday.

3. Nazareth Academy 11-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Thornton, 49-21
This Week: vs Batavia
EDGY's Take: Huge game for Derrick Strongs against Thornton. The Roadrunners now square off against Bataiva, a team they beat in last year's 7A semifinals 47-28.

4. Warren Township 11-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Fremd, 31-6
This Week: @ Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils' offense has kicked things into a higher gear in the postseason. On 'D, they've only given up 34 points all year.

5. Homewood-Flossmoor 10-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat Neuqua Valley, 38-22
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: And now, the rematch. Can the Vikings win on the road at Lincoln-Way East on Saturday?

6. Loyola 8-3 (8)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard West, 28-27
This Week: vs Marist
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers simply refused to quit. A healthy Vaughn Pemberton helped matters. The Ramblers needed a power runner to bost the offense and he has certainly stepped up.

7. Minooka 11-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Edwardsville, 34-17
This Week: @ Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Indians looked strong against Edwardsville; winning at Brother Rice in the quarterfinals will be a tall task.

8. Bolingbrook 8-3 (10)
Last Week: Beat Oswego, 31-30 2-OT
This Week: vs Warren Township
EDGY's Take: The Raiders get another big performance from RB Antonio King. His TD in the second overtime helped secure the win.

9. Glenbard West 10-1 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Loyola, 28-27
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers gave Loyola everything they could handle on Saturday and simply fell short.

10. Neuqua Valley 9-2 (7)
Last Week: Lost to H-F, 38-22
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The H-F power running game/offense kept the Wildcats' offensive playmakers on the sideline.

11. Batavia 9-2 (11)
Last Week: Beat Hononegah, 48-0
This Week: @ Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs now look to get a win on the road. Can they figure out a way to get the Batavia Water Tower to LaGrange Park?

12. Hillcrest 10-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Fenwick, 28-7
This Week: vs St Rita
EDGY's Take: All of Hawks Nation is wondering just how injured RB Mar'Kiese Irving was in Saturday's win over Fenwick.

13. Willowbrook 10-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 33-24
This Week: @ Lake Zurich
EDGY's Take: The Warriors will make their fourth straight quarterfinal appearance. Should be a great game against Lake Zurich.

14. Prairie Ridge 10-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Simeon, 49-0
This Week: vs Cary Grove
EDGY's Take: Well...well...well. Look at who the Wolves face next: Fox Valley Conference rival Cary-Grove. 

15. Rolling Meadows 11-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Prospect, 26-14
This Week: @ Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs get the rematch win over Prospect. Chris Divito carried 22 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns.

16. St. Rita 8-3 (21)
Last Week: Beat Sterling, 32-0
This Week: @ Hillcrest
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs get a huge road win against a previously-undefeated Sterling team to advance. Rita will stay on the road this week (at Hillcrest).

17. Brother Rice 7-4 (NR)
Last Week: Beat South Elgin, 25-7
This Week: vs Minooka
EDGY's Take: South Elgin's defense was the story going on, but Brother Rice's defense earned the spotlight in this one.

18. Marist 7-4 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Huntley, 14-7
This Week: @ Loyola Academy
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks, who beat the Ramblers in Week 9 to get into the state playoff field, now get to take on Loyola in Wilmette for the second time in a month.

19. Huntley 9-2 (15)
Last Week: Lost to Marist, 14-7
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders went toe-to-toe with heavyweight Marist for four quarters on Saturday.

20. Maine South 7-3 (13)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed 

21. Phillips 9-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Normal Community, 20-0
This Week: @ Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats have been eyeing a big-time playoff game against the Caravan ever since moving "up" to Class 7A. They will get their wish.

22. Wheaton South 8-3 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 28-7
This Week: vs Rolling Meadows
EDGY's Take: The Tigers have now made back-to-back quarterfinal appearances after three straight two-win seasons.
23. Providence Catholic 8-3 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Crete-Monee, 61-37
This Week: vs Glenwood
EDGY's Take: The Celtics get a huge showing from the offense, led by sophomore RB Aaron Vaughn Jr. He ran for 366 yards and four touchdowns in the win.

24. Fremd 8-3 (20)
Last Week: Lost to Warren Township, 31-6
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Vikings just couldn't get the offense on track against one of the state's top defenses.

25. Notre Dame 8-3 (22)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln Way East, 23-13
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Don wrap up a very strong 2019 season and will look to QB Anthony Sayles to led the way in 2020.

High School Lites Week 1 basketball roundup


High School Lites Week 1 basketball roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great basketball action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA basketball scores and highlights.

Midweek Mixtape: Bogan 73, Vocational 42

Team of the Week: Mount Carmel and Lincoln-Way East football

Athlete of the Week: Marian Catholic's Ahron Ulis

Friday's Scores

Evanston 62, Notre Dame 53

Fenwick 55, Oak Park-River Forest 48

York 51, Lyons 41

 Brother Rice 61, St. Rita 58

Hillcrest 72, Oak Lawn 65

Richards 72, Tinley Park 59

Lake Park 58, Batavia 48

Leo 49, St. Joseph 46

(Girls): Hersey 71,  Prospect 46

Rolling Meadows 70, Elk Grove 37

High School Lites: Basketball season tips with the Chicago Elite Classic


High School Lites: Basketball season tips with the Chicago Elite Classic

High School Lites transitions to basketball season with a loaded first Friday of games for the show. 

The annual Chicago Elite Classic remains a huge early-season event at DePaul’s Wintrust Arena as we’ll have highlights from two marquee matchups there. 

We’ll also cover games from all over the Chicagoland area, including some intriguing South Suburban crossovers. 

High School Lites begins at 11 p.m. this Friday night on NBC Sports Chicago. 

GIRLS: Prospect at Hersey, 6:00 p.m. -- We get a rivalry matchup in the Mid-Suburban East in this one. Hersey (5-2) won four straight games to take home the Bison Classic after a sluggish start. Prospect (4-2) earned a road win at Conant earlier this week as they try to earn two away from home this week. 

No. 20 Hillcrest at Oak Lawn, 6:30 p.m. -- A fascinating South Suburban crossover between two talented teams. The No. 20 Hawks are trying to earn a tough win as they've played a difficult early schedule. The junior class for Hillcrest is special, led by wing Julius Rollins. Oak Lawn (5-0) has a high-scoring senior in guard Sami Osmani as he gets scoring help from senior lead guard Trey Ward. They're a team just outside of the Power Rankings who can get in with a win. With a number of scorers on the floor in this one, it could be an up-and-down contest. 

No. 25 St. Rita at Brother Rice, 7:00 p.m. -- The unbeaten Mustangs take the road in this Catholic League crossover. St. Rita (5-0, 1-0) beat St. Ignatius while also winning the Riverside-Brookfield title last week. Christian Henry is off to a strong start for the Mustangs. Brother Rice (3-2, 1-0) is coming off of two straight wins, including a road win at Montini earlier this week. 

Leo at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m. -- We head to the Catholic League as St. Joe's plays its first home game without legendary head coach Gene Pingatore -- who passed away over the summer. The night will honor the legacy of Pingatore in-part. On the floor, Leo (1-3, 0-1) tries to bounce back from a loss to Loyola earlier this week. The Chargers (1-3) couldn't find their footing at St. Charles East during Thanksgiving week.

Batavia at No. 12 Lake Park, 7:15 p.m. -- The DuKane Conference features a really intriguing early-season showdown in this one. Batavia (3-1) is led by high-scoring senior Jayden Johnson as he's coming off of a strong opening week to the season. The No. 12 Lancers (4-0) took the crown at Wheaton Academy as they're undefeated. Senior Luke Sgarbossa leads a balanced group.

Lyons at York, 7:30 p.m. -- The West Suburban Silver opens play in this one. Lyons (3-0) is quietly off to an unbeaten start by winning their own event, beating Maine South, Fenger and Plainfield North. York (3-1) opened some eyes with a week-one win over previously-ranked Cary-Grove before falling to top-five Stevenson in the finals at Palatine. Senior guard Nate Shockey (North Dakota) is a potential All-Area candidate.

Rolling Meadows at Elk Grove, 7:30 p.m. -- An early look at star junior Max Christie and the Mustangs in a Mid-Suburban East battle. Rolling Meadows (4-0) won the title at Fenton to open the season. Christie, one of the best juniors in the country, dropped 51 points on Elk Grove in an overtime win last season. Elk Grove (0-4) is trying to build after a tough opening week at Palatine that saw them go winless. 

(13) Evanston vs. (8) Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. -- The second Friday matchup at Wintrust Arena has two top-15 teams with a ton of talented juniors battling. The No. 13 Wildkits (4-0) are led by some college prospects in the junior class as wing Jaylin Gibson and guard Blake Peters are a strong combination. The No. 8 Dons (5-0) have been one of the season's major early storylines. Notre Dame beat DePaul Prep for the Battle of the Bridge title and looks like a major contender. The junior group of Anthony Sayles, Troy D'Amico and Louis Lesmond (who played for the Wildkits last season) is strong while senior Jason Bergstrom is another talented option as a scorer.

No. 24 Fenwick vs. OPRF, approx 9:00 p.m. -- Tipping after the Evanston and Notre Dame clash is this inner-town rivalry of Oak Park schools. The annual Friday night closer of the Chicago Elite Classic, this matchup has a lot of talent on the floor once again. The No. 24 Friars (3-1, 1-0) are led by star junior forward and Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins. Sophomore guard Trey Pettigrew is another talented weapon to watch for Fenwick. OPRF (2-2) is trying to figure things out after a sluggish start at Riverside-Brookfield last week. Senior forward Justin Cross was solid this summer and the junior group of Isaiah Barnes and Joshua Smith has a lot of promise. 


Tinley Park at Richards, 7 p.m. -- Our first Viewer's Choice matchup goes to a South Suburban crossover. Tinley Park (3-2) has the state's top sophomore in forward A.J. Casey. The high-major prospect is off to a solid start this season for the Titans. Richards (3-1) only has an overtime loss to Marist against them with a solid start at their own event.