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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Four

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Four

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after four weeks of play.

1. Lincoln-Way East 4-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Bolingbrook, 20-10
This Week: vs Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: East held Bolingbrook to 83 yards of total offense. The Griffins get another tough test this week as they host H-F.

2. Mount Carmel 4-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Loyola, 17-14
This Week: @ Marmion Academy
EDGY's Take: Mount Carmel has several key names to watch this season, yet no one is as valuable as senior OL/DL Jalen Grant.

3. Nazareth Academy 3-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 56-28
This Week: vs Leo
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners offense is clicking. J.J. McCarthy went 22-33 for 308 yards and 5 TDs in the win.
  
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 4-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 40-0
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Vikings will need to find a way to put the clamps on a very strong Lincoln-Way East ground game this Friday.

5. Loyola Academy 2-2 (2)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 17-14
This Week: @ St. Ignatius
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers are still trying to sort out some issues-- especially on the offensive side of the football. But despite the record, do NOT overlook this team.

6. Warren Township 4-0 (6)
Last Week: Beat Libertyville, 34-0
This Week: vs Lake Forest
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense has posted back-to-back shutout wins and has allowed just 12 points so far on the season.

7. Batavia 3-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 24-21
This Week: @ Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs blocked a potential game-tying field goal to hang on for the win over Glenbard North.
  
8. Glenbard West 4-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Addison Trail, 49-0
This Week: vs York
EDGY's Take: The Hitters ground attack continues to chew up yards. Does a bigger test loom in York this week?

9. Notre Dame 4-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 28-7
This Week: vs St. Patrick
EDGY's Take: The Dons are getting a big season from QB Anthony Sayles and RB Julian Schurr. 

10. Hinsdale Central 4-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Oak Park-River Forest, 22-15
This Week: vs Downers Grove North
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils defense has also been strong all season. They will look to retain the Old Oaken Bucket this Friday.

11. Phillips 4-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Raby, 54-0
This Week: @ Morgan Park
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats led 40-0 at half and never looked back. They will now take on an up-and-coming Morgan Park Mustangs squad.
  
12. Bolingbrook 3-1 (9)
Last Week: Lost to Lincoln-Way East, 20-10
This Week: @ Bradley-Bourbonnais
EDGY's Take: The Raiders just couldn't get the ground game in gear Friday against the Griffins.
 
13. Providence Catholic 3-1 (10)
Last Week: Lost to Notre Dame, 28-7
This Week: vs Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Celtics outgained Notre Dame in last Friday's 28-7 loss but the turnovers need to be cleaned up. 

14. Brother Rice 3-1 (13)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 17-14
This Week: @ Joliet Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get bragging rights for the year after beating Marist in the annual South Side Super Bowl. 

15. Hersey 4-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook North, 42-24
This Week: @ Wheeling
EDGY's Take: The Huskies got out of the gates slow and trailed Glenbrook North 14-0 early, but then the offense woke up and rolled to the win.
 
16. Minooka 4-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 47-0
This Week: @ Oswego East
EDGY's Take: The Indians will get a much needed test this week on the road at Oswego East (4-0). 

17. Montini Catholic 3-1 (16)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 45-35
This Week: vs St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The Broncos also needed to come from behind to secure a win. 508 total yards for QB Deontay Bell.

18. Oswego 4-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield East, 37-6
This Week: vs Plainfield North
EDGY's Take: The Panthers also get a big Southwest Prairie test this Friday in hosting an undefeated Plainfield North squad.

19. St. Charles North 3-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Geneva, 31-6
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The North Stars get that quick start they've been longing for as they beat Geneva. 

20. Neuqua Valley 3-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat DeKalb, 34-30
This Week: @ Waubonsie Valley
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats needed to rally from behind to escape with a win over DeKalb.

21. Barrington 3-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 41-15
This Week: @ Palatine
EDGY's Take: Senior WR EJ Darlington set the tone. He ran the opening kickoff back for a touchdown in the Broncos win over the Titans.

22. Maine South 2-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat Palatine, 35-27
This Week: @ Niles West
EDGY's Take: Junior QB Luke Leongas is back from an early season injury. Now, the Hawks will look to maintain their stranglehold on the Central Suburban South.

23. Hillcrest 3-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Bremen, 36-13
This Week: @ Oak Forest
EDGY's Take: The Hawks have one of the top underclassmen running backs in Mar'kiese Irving but also keep an eye on junior QB Robert Myles.
 
24. Willowbrook 3-1 (24)
Last Week: Beat Leyden, 42-7
This Week: @ Addison Trail
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are rolling. Now they look forward to taking on Addison Trail this Friday.

25. Huntley 3-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Cary-Grove, 21-14
This Week: vs Crystal Lake South
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders made school history in beating Cary-Grove in Cary last Friday for the first time in school history. 
 

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.”