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In The Gym at EFT: Basketball Explosive Power Development

In The Gym at EFT: Basketball Explosive Power Development

In this week's edition of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Landon Cox demonstrates basketball explosive power development with Nojel Eastern of Evanston Township High School.

Check out key techniques in the video above, and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.

Seventh heaven? Phillips elects to play 7A football

Seventh heaven? Phillips elects to play 7A football

Chicago's Phillips Academy (4-0), who is currently state-ranked in Class 6A, will play this season and next in Class 7A according to the IHSA and its recently published IHSA State Playoff Weekly Outlook. The rundown was updated and released earlier Monday on the IHSA website

The Wildcats are the only football team in the state that has petitioned "up" to play in a higher class.

"The IHSA reached out to us a few weeks ago," Phillips head coach Troy McAllister said. "They planned to void our last year of petitioning up to play in 6A because of the district system that is coming. So we were given the option of staying and playing at our current enrollment level or reapplying to move up again for another two years. We feel that playing in 7A is where we want to be  as a program. We want to play in 7A for several reasons including playing in the 1-32 true seeding system and 7A also features several state powerhouse programs. We believe that's where we want to be as a football program. We just felt as a staff that the time to make this move is now."

Phillips, listed with an enrollment of 575 students on the IHSA website, is the only Chicago Public League team in the history of the IHSA state football playoff system schools to win a state football title. The Wildcats won a Class 4A title in 2015 and a 5A state title in 2017. They volunteered to play "up" in enrollment last season to Class 6A and lost to Cary-Grove in the 6A state quarterfinal round. 

A move up starting this season for the Wildcats from 6A to 7A would now put Phillips in the same class as defending 7A state champion Nazareth Academy along with state-ranked Mount Carmel, Batavia. Glenbard West and Brother Rice.

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.