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NBC Sports Chicago Basketball Preps Power Rankings: Six new teams enter the mix

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NBC Sports Chicago Basketball Preps Power Rankings: Six new teams enter the mix

Chaos in the Power Rankings this week as six new teams enter the mix while a host of others suffered losses and moved some spots. With most of the teams in the Rankings moving to a new spot, it makes for some fun storylines to follow during a busy Martin Luther King Day weekend of basketball.

High School Lites will feature a handful of these teams during the week as the show airs Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.

1. Curie (18-1) (1) -- Taking down Bogan to stay unbeaten in the Public League Red South/Central, the Condors are the clear No. 1 in the area.

2. Bloom (17-1) (3) -- Continuing to blaze through the Southland, Bloom is winning most games by double digits.

3. Bogan (17-2) (2) -- The Bengals dropped a conference game against Curie but they still remain in the conference and city mix as they remain a major threat.

4. Morgan Park (15-3) (4) -- A busy week for the Mustangs, piling up solid wins over DePaul Prep and Rich East in the process.

5. Whitney Young (14-6) (6) -- Busy week for the Dolphins with two conference road games (Uplift, North Lawndale) and a trip to the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield.

6. Evanston (17-3) (7) -- The Wildkits started a hectic stretch with a quality win over New Trier as they prepare to face Glenbrook South and Bolingbrook.

7. Bolingbrook (11-3) (10) -- Unbeaten against Illinois competition, the Raiders will soon be tested by an upcoming schedule that includes H-F, Evanston and Morgan Park.

8. Marian Catholic (16-2) (5) -- Falling to Loyola over the weekend, Marian Catholic suffered its first defeat with a full lineup. 

9. Homewood-Flossmoor (12-4) (11) -- Riding a three-game winning streak, the Vikings have a huge clash with Bolingbrook this week.

10. DePaul Prep (13-4) (12) -- The Rams lost a tight one to Morgan Park, but they have to look ahead to a busy week that includes St. Laurence and New Trier.

11. Providence-St. Mel (15-4) (18) -- The Knights have looked strong since the holidays as they continue to stay in the Catholic League White race.

12. Benet (14-3) (19) -- The Redwings are still undefeated in the ESCC and they'll be a favorite in the Wheaton-Warrenville South tournament during the weekend.

13. Simeon (9-9) (20) -- The state's best .500 team is starting to figure things out as the Wolverines are very dangerous.

14. Loyola (15-4) (22) -- Impressing with a win over Marian Catholic over the weekend, the Ramblers continue to climb the Power Rankings.

15. New Trier (15-3, 5-1) (17) -- Losing to rival Evanston, the Trevians had a strong comeback before falling short. New Trier has some good games with Maine South and DePaul Prep this week.

16. Geneva (16-1) (8) -- Finally dropping a game to Lake Park, the Vikings will try to recover quickly to stay in the competitive DuKane Conference mix.

17. St. Rita (13-6) (23) -- Atop the Catholic League White, the Mustangs have quietly played very well over the last month.

18. Lincoln Park (12-6) (NR) -- Playing an incredibly difficult schedule has paid off for the Lions, who are battle-tested and one of the area's best road teams.

19. Oak Park-River Forest (11-6) (NR) -- Ranked in the preseason, it looks like OPRF is rounding into form as the Huskies are playing balanced team ball during a dominant win over York.

20. York (15-2) (14) -- The Dukes earned a West Suburban Silver win over Glenbard West before a blowout loss to OPRF.

21. St. Laurence (17-3) (NR) -- Quickly back in the rankings following a notable Catholic League win over Leo, St. Laurence has a dangerous offense.

22. Leo (13-5) (13) -- Dropping two games during the week, Leo needs to regroup before two games this week against St. Francis de Sales and Crete-Monee.

23. Orr (13-7) (NR) -- The Spartans are the only unbeaten team in the Public League Red North/West as they knocked off Uplift last week.

24. Stevenson (13-3) (NR) -- Taking down previously-ranked Waukegan demonstrates how dangerous the Patriots are now that they are getting healthy.

25. Aurora Christian (16-3) (NR) -- An impressive win over Riverside-Brookfield lands Aurora Christian in the Power Rankings.

Illinois AP football rankings: Week 8

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Illinois AP football rankings: Week 8

The Illlinois high school football AP polls are out. Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (8) 8-0 80 1
2. Loyola 6-2 66 2
3. Warren 8-0 59 3
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 54 5
5.  Neuqua Valley 7-1 52 T-6
6. Minooka 8-0 36 8
7.  Niles Notre Dame 7-1 35 4
8. Oswego 8-0 24 9
9. Hinsdale Central 7-1 19 T-6
10. Bolingbrook 6-2 5 10

Others receiving votes: South Elgin 4, Maine South 3, Edwardsville 1, Huntley 1, St. Charles East 1.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. (Chicago) Mt. Carmel (7) 8-0 79 1
2. Nazareth (1) 8-0 69 2
3. Glenbard West 8-0 67 3
4.  Hersey 8-0 49 4
5.  Phillips 7-1 47 5
6. Batavia 6-2 37 7
7.  Rolling Meadows 8-0 34 6
8. Willowbrook 7-1 27 9
9. Normal Community 7-1 21 10
10. Benet 6-2 4 8

Others receiving votes: Glenbard East 4, DeKalb 1, Maine West 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chatham Glenwood (7) 8-0 79 1
2.  Crete-Monee (1) 8-0 71 2
3.  Simeon 6-1 62 3
T-4. Prairie Ridge 7-1 54 6
T-4. Richards 7-1 54 5
6. Antioch 7-1 31 7
7. Providence  6-2 30 8
8. Cary-Grove 6-2 19 4
9. Normal West 6-2 17 NR
10.  Peoria Central 7-1 10 NR


Others receiving votes: Lemont 8, Yorkville 3, Kaneland 2.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. East St. Louis (9) 8-0 90 1
2. Sterling 8-0 77 2
3.  Hillcrest 7-1 68 T-3
4.  Boylan Catholic 8-0 60 T-3
5.  Montini 6-2 51 5
6.  Sycamore 7-1 43 6
7. St. Rita 5-3 35 8
8. Kankakee 7-1 24 9
9.  Carbondale 7-1 20 10
10.  Dunlap 7-1 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Cahokia 7, Joliet Catholic 6, Marion 2.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Rochester (7) 8-0 88 2
2. Coal City (2) 8-0 82 3
3. Richmond-Burton 8-0 58 4
4. St. Francis 7-1 52 10
5. IC Catholic Prep 7-1 51 1
6.  Mt. Zion 8-0 49 6
7.  Stillman Valley 8-0 48 5
8. Columbia 8-0 30 8
9. Illinois Valley Central 8-0 15 NR
10.  Effingham 7-1 7 7

Others receiving votes: Tolono Unity 6, Murphysboro 4, Bishop McNamara 2, Prairie Central 2, Genoa-Kingston 1.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Williamsville (7) 8-0 97 2
2. Byron (1) 7-1 87 3
T-3. Wilmington (1) 7-1 69 1
T-3. Beardstown (1) 8-0 69 4
5. Vandalia 8-0 65 5
6. Fairfield 8-0 54 7
7. Princeton 7-1 37 9
8. DuQuoin 8-0 32 NR
9. Breese Mater Dei 7-1 14 NR
10. Pana 7-1 12 8

Others receiving votes: Nashville 9, Mt. Carmel 4, Eureka 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Fieldcrest (6) 8-0 95 1
2. Clifton Central (3) 8-0 92 2
3. Maroa-Forsyth 7-1 78 3
4. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (1) 7-1 73 4
5.  St. Teresa 7-1 62 5
6.  Knoxville 8-0 50 6
7. Newman Central Catholic 7-1 38 7
8. Bismarck-Henning 7-1 32 8
9. Auburn 6-2 20 9
10. Flora 6-2 7 NR

Others receiving votes: Chester 3.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (9) 8-0 90 1
2.  Moweaqua Central A&M 8-0 79 2
3. Annawan-Wethersfield 8-0 68 3
4.  Morrison 8-0 55 4
5.  Aquin 8-0 53 7
6. Hope Academy 7-1 45 8
7. Camp Point Central 7-1 31 9
8. Forreston 6-2 20 6
9. Athens 6-2 15 10
10. Carrollton 7-1 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Greenfield-Northwestern 9, Kirkland Hiawatha 5, Tuscola 4, Ottawa Marquette 3, Arcola 2, Argenta-Oreana 2.

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants is more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school football followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

For the regular season football finale, it's all about "Bubble Week." We're featuring games with teams who are fighting to reach the playoffs. For some, a win means a playoff berth. Which game deserves our coverage Friday night? Sandwich is looking for their first playoff berth since 2013. A win gets them in. Same goes for St. Laurence. Can they win on the road at De La Salle? And how about the Leo-Marian Catholic game? The winner not only clinches a playoff berth but a conference championship.

Sandwich (4-4) at Morris (6-2), 7:00 p.m.

Leo (3-5) at Marian Catholic (4-4), 7:30 p.m.

St. Laurence (4-4) at De La Salle (3-5), 7:30 p.m.

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Friday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.