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

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

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings as teams embark on state championship weekend in DeKalb.

1. Lincoln-Way East 13-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 24-7
This Week: vs Warren Township IHSA State Finals @ NIU
EDGY's Take: The Griffins will now try to score on one of the state's best defenses on Saturday against Warren Township.

2. Mount Carmel 13-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Willowbrook, 27-6
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy IHSA State Finals @ NIU
EDGY's Take: The Caravan will look to slow down the Nazareth Academy potent offense led by QB JJ McCarthy on Saturday.

3. Nazareth Academy 13-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Rolling Meadows, 42-14
This Week: vs Mount Carmel 7A IHSA State Finals @ NIU
EDGY's Take: The Road Runners will look to win back to back 7A state titles on Saturday against the Caravan.

4. Warren Township 13-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Brother Rice, 28-0
This Week: vs Lincoln Way East 8A IHSA State Finals @ NIU
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils will attempt to win the school's first ever IHSA state football title on Saturday.

5. Brother Rice 8-5 (5)
Last Week: Lost to Warren Township, 28-0
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders will look towards it's strong core of underclassmen led by RB Willie Shaw to reload for the 2020 season. 

6. Marist 8-5 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln Way East, 24-7
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks also have some key underclassmen names to rely on for the 2020 season including junior OT Pat Coogan.

7. Willowbrook 11-2 (7)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 27-6
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Warriors made history in 2019 and QB Sam Tumilty will go down as the program's greatest player in school history.
 
8. Rolling Meadows 12-1 (8)
Last Week: Lost to Nazareth Academy, 42-14
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs wrap up another strong season and this program under Matt Mishler truly reloads year in and year out.

9. Prairie Ridge 12-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Deerfield, 49-16
This Week: vs East St. Louis 6A IHSA State Finals @ NIU
EDGY's Take: The Wolves now face it's biggest challenge in slowdown down the state's top ranked team in East St. Louis on Saturday. 

10. Homewood-Flossmoor 10-2 (10)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed 

11. Loyola 8-4 (11)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed

12. St. Rita 10-3 (12)
Last Week: Beat Boylan, 42-21
This Week: vs Rochester 5A IHSA State Finals @ NIU
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs get yet another impact performance from sophomore RB Kaleb Brown and look to win the 5A state title against Rochester on Saturday morning.

13. Minooka 11-1 (13)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed.

14. Bolingbrook 8-4 (14)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed. 

15. Glenbard West 10-1 (15)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed.

16. Neuqua Valley 9-2 (16)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed.

17. Batavia 9-3 (17)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed. 

18. Hillcrest 10-2 (18)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed.

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: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed.

22. Wheaton South 8-4 (22)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed

23. Fremd 8-3 (23)
Last Week: Season Completed
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: Season Completed

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

25. Deerfield 10-3 (23)
Last Week: Lost to Prairie Ridge, 49-16
This Week: Season Completed
EDGY's Take: The loss to Prairie Ridge on Saturday won't take away from the impressive state playoff run for the Warriors this season.

Breaking: NIU adds it's first 2021 commitment

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Breaking: NIU adds it's first 2021 commitment

Northern Illinois head coach Thomas Hammock was able to get an early start on the Huskies Class of 2021 as Solorio junior S/WR Brian Whitsey (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) was extended a scholarship offer today at the Huskies Junior Day recruiting event and later gave the Huskies his verbal commitment. 

"I visited NIU today for the Junior Day and NIU has been recruiting me since my sophomore year," Whitsey said. "After being at NIU and getting to know everyone better, I just feel like NIU is where I belong so I committed."

Whitsey, who was also drawing early recruiting attention from the likes of Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Eastern Illinois, Illinois and SIU discusses what stands out to him about NIU after his Junior Day visit.

"NIU has a great coaching staff. I also like the direction of the program and they have been a winning program for the most part over the last several years. I just feel that NIU has a lot to offer and that it's the best fit and the best place for me. That's why I decided to commit early."

Whitsey is the first known verbal commitment for NIU in the Class of 202.

High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7

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High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7

Check out our high school hoops highlights from some of the best games around the state, and be sure to follow @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest scores, highlights, and analysis

Windy City Legends: Candace Parker

Athlete of the Week: Lake Park West's Darrione Rodgers

Team of the Week: Saint Viator hockey

Highlights: Sandburg 63, Stagg 56

Highlights: Marist 57, St. Rita 46

Highlights: Benet 55, St. Charles East 44

Highlights: Morton 67, Leyden 55

Highlights: Sycamore 53, Kaneland 47

Mid-week Mixtape:  Thornton 55, Homewood-Flossmoor 43

Highlights: Buffalo Grove 80, Rolling Meadows 70

Highlights: Senn 73, Amundsen 67

Highlights: Clark 74, Crane 57

Highlights: Whitney Young 80, North Lawndale 41

Highlights Bolingbrook 79, Lincoln-Way East 66