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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Quarterfinal Round

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Quarterfinal Round

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings as teams embark on the semifinal round of the IHSA playoffs.

1. Lincoln-Way East 12-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Homewood-Flossmoor, 26-7
This Week: @ Marist
EDGY's Take: The Griffins go two-for-two against H-F and make the 8A semifinal round for the third straight season.

2. Mount Carmel 12-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Phillips, 24-8
This Week: @ Willowbrook
EDGY's Take: Justin Lynch had 169 total yards and two touchdowns in the win. The Caravan will hit the road and take on Willowbrook this Saturday.

3. Nazareth Academy 12-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Batavia, 38-24
This Week: @ Rolling Meadows
EDGY's Take: Michigan-bound quarterback J.J. McCarthy threw for three touchdowns and the Roadrunners never looked back. They'll have an undefeated Rolling Meadows team to contend with next week.

4. Warren Township 12-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 18-6
This Week: vs Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils have given up only 40 points on the season. And now, a rematch against Brother Rice-- the team that ended Warren's season in 2018.

5. Brother Rice 8-4 (19)
Last Week: Beat Minooka, 38-21
This Week: @ Warren Township
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders look like a new team in the postseason; sophomore QB Jack Lausch is a big part of the transformation. 

6. Marist 8-4 (18)
Last Week: Beat Loyola, 41-27
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks beat Loyola twice. In Wilmette. In one season. In less than a month. Wow.

7. Willowbrook 11-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 28-10
This Week: vs Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get another All State-caliber performance on Saturday from QB Sam Tumilty; Warriors advance to the IHSA semis for the first time since 1975.

8. Rolling Meadows 12-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 20-3
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs continue to get a strong postseason from their defense while QB Cason Schiller has also been a major key on offense.

9. Prairie Ridge 11-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 14-13
This Week: @ Deerfield
EDGY's Take: The Wolves beat C-G handily in the regular season but had to hang on for dear life in this one.

10. Homewood-Flossmoor 10-2 (5)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln Way East, 26-7
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Vikings and head coach Craig Buzea will have a nice core of underclassmen coming back in 2020. 

11. Loyola 8-4 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Marist, 41-27
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers started several key underclassmen this season on both sides of the football. They will be a force in 2020.

12. St. Rita 9-3 (16)
Last Week: Beat Hillcrest, 35-8
This Week: vs Boylan
EDGY's Take: Kaleb Brown had two touchdowns in the win. The Mustangs have rolled so far in 5A and get to host Rockford Boylan on Saturday.

13. Minooka 11-1 (7)
Last Week: Lost to Brother Rice, 38-21
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Indians will graduate 17 senior starters this spring but the numbers remain up in Minooka.

14. Bolingbrook 8-4 (8)
Last Week: Lost to Warren Township, 18-6
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Raiders also will look to reload a bit in 2020. Having two FBS-level underclassmen back in (S) Justin Walters and (LB) Tyler McLaurin is a good place to start. 

15. Glenbard West 10-1 (9)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers also welcome back some key underclassmen for 2020 including RB Jalen Moore.

16. Neuqua Valley 9-2 (10)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will need to reload in the offensive skills department for 2020 but the Wildcats always have talent in the program.

17. Batavia 9-3 (11)
Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 38-24
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs also will return some key names in 2020 led by WR Trey Urwiler and QB Kyle Oroni.
 
18. Hillcrest 10-2 (12)
Last Week: Lost to St. Rita, 35-8
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Hillcrest head coach Morgan Weaver has built the Hawks into a top South Suburban power and having RB Mar'Kiese Irving back for another year is huge.

19. Huntley 9-2 (19)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed

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

21. Phillips 9-2 (21)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 24-8
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are a perennial contender. They will reload the roster again and be a force in the CPL and Class 7A in 2020.

22. Wheaton South 8-4 (22)
Last Week: Lost to Rolling Meadows, 20-3
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Tigers also will look to QB Parker Brown being back in 2020.
  
23. Deerfield 10-2 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lake Forest, 21-20
This Week: vs Prairie Ridge
EDGY's Take: The Warriors beat Lake Forest and are in the IHSA semifinals for the first time since 1990. Is Steve Winiecki Coach of the Year?

24. Fremd 8-3 (24)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed

25. Notre Dame 8-3 (25)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed

High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

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High School Lites Week 2 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.

Windy City Legends: Kendrick Nunn

Team of the Week: Catalyst Maria Soccer

Athlete of the Week: Halle Douglass

Friday's scores:

Stevenson 57, Zion-Benton 44

No. 8 Evanston 50, New Trier 40

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

No. 14 Thornton 58, Rich Central 34

No. 4 Whitney Young 56, No. 11 Lincoln Park 50

Loyola 34, Notre Dame 31

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

Francis W. Parker 55, Latin 47

GIRLS: Evanston 59, New Trier 33

 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Mather 61, Foreman 57

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos said he’d never been surprised, until the day the school, his players and even family from Chile let him know he won the SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition Award.

“It means a lot to me because of the recognition we have for the kids,” Burgos said. “As I try to think all in, and think about this, I think my initial inclination is to think about them, about the fact that what we’re doing is seen, that their hard work will pay off and those values that I’m trying to instill in them are reaching them. And I’m very humbled about the whole experience.

"I’ve never been thanked publicly and it’s new, but it’s obviously something positive for the community, which the work I do is centered around.”

The school held a ceremony to honor Burgos, whose nomination bested more than 300 others to win. His team at Catalyst Maria won $2,500. Burgos’ friend and former colleague, Joel Farran, nominated him for his countless works in the community. Just some of the acts Burgos was noted for in the nomination include helping facilitate college scholarships for students, building relationships for students who were struggling to find proper housing, reaching out to students on the middle school levels, inviting parents to come together through events like potluck picnics and organizing a tournament for sixth through eighth-grade students as a way to provide a safe and fun environment for local children.

“He puts people first, and he puts people before himself, and he’s all about elevating others,” Farran said. “Whether it’s on the field or off the field, soccer is just one of the ways he does that. But it is the way he knows best. And it’s about creating opportunities — not only on the field — but when you fail on the field, learning to adjust from that and create solutions, but off the field, creating opportunities for scholar-athletes to continue to excel.”

Burgos’ students agree.

“He’s more than just a coach,” soccer player Alondra Gonzalez said. "He’s like another father-figure to me. When it comes to coaching, he does more than beyond. He created a webpage so everyone could see us. He created a ‘Go Fund Me’ [page] so we could have money for our uniforms, like jackets, because we play in the cold, and he wants us to do a lot more than just play and practice almost every day to be better.”

Another student-athlete, Angel Santillan, said Burgos is an “amazing person.”

“He means everything to me,” Santillan said. "Like the sport, it’s just a passion that he does everything for us. It’s a great experience to be coached by Mr. B. He’s just an amazing coach and he does everything for us.”

Three-time Olympian Kara Winger presented Burgos with the award, as a representative of TrueSport.

“Coach Burgos is clearly taking the time and effort to make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Winger said. “I was very blessed to have amazing coaches growing up who taught me how to be not only the best athlete I could be, but to be the best person I could be, and it’s clearly his mission here at Catalyst Maria schools, so TrueSport is so excited to honor him with the Champion Coach Award.”

Burgos, who was visibly moved by the surprise celebration, said he appreciated his work being recognized.

“I know there’s a lot of joy when you give, when you simply give without thinking about what’s going to happen next,” he said. “I do it because it’s the way that I continue to grow; it keeps me alive. I think we humans are here on Earth to take care of each other, to respect each other, to love each other, to cheer each other up. And those are values that I defend, and I have defended always.

"And now that I’m here, and I see that they are recognized, it validates what I knew. It will ultimately — if you are kind to people, if you’re loving, this is what happens. And it’s wonderful to see it for myself.”