The Preps Power Rankings are starting to settle towards the final countdown of the season. With Class 1A and Class 2A state champions being crowned, and sectional finals of Class 3A and 4A getting decided, there was a lot of movement and plenty of new teams entering the picture this week. Next week will be the final Power Rankings of the season after we finish things in Peoria. That list will have a more in-depth look at what each team accomplished during the season.
1. Curie (33-1) (1) -- The Condors escaped with a close win over Whitney Young in Class 4A as they try to go the full season without losing to an Illinois opponent. Another major test looms against Simeon on Tuesday.
2. Evanston (30-4) (3) -- Trying to make Peoria for a second straight year, the Wildkits continue to roll in the playoffs with a win over Loyola. A matchup with Stevenson looms in the Supersectionals in Class 4A at Sears Centre on Tuesday.
3. Simeon (20-14) (5) -- Proving doubters wrong with a 4A sectional title win over Homewood-Flossmoor, Simeon is hoping a rematch with Curie goes better than the first game. Tuesday's Supersectional at Northwestern will be highly-anticipated.
4. Bogan (28-3) (6) (3A) -- The Bengals earned a huge win over Morgan Park as they remain a favorite in Class 3A. Bogan will face Normal U-High in Supersectionals as they remain a state title favorite.
5. Whitney Young (25-8) (7) -- Whitney Young is out after a memorable clash with Curie at Proviso West. The Dolphins had a tremendous season as they'll be a top contender once again next season.
6. Orr (26-11) (8) (2A) -- Class 2A state champions for a third straight season, the Spartans looked like one of the state's best teams -- regardless of class -- once they had their full roster.
7. Morgan Park (29-5) (2) (3A) -- Morgan Park fell short of another trip to Peoria in Class 3A as they fell to Bogan. Adam Miller and company will definitely be a factor next season.
8. Geneva (32-1) (9) -- A dream season for Geneva continues following a win over Downers North. The Vikings will get a major test in Rockford East on Tuesday in Class 4A.
9. Bolingbrook (23-7) (11) -- Bolingbrook has played very well down the stretch as they took down Oswego East for a sectional title. The Raiders have a major test against defending Class 4A champion Belleville West on Tuesday.
10. Providence-St. Mel (30-6) (10) (1A) -- Champions in Class 1A, the Knights were clearly the best team in that division all season. But with 30 wins and an impressive Catholic League season, Providence-St. Mel was one of the area's best teams -- regardless of class.
11. Stevenson (27-5) (22) -- The Patriots continued their domination over Waukegan with another win in sectionals. The Patriots will play Evanston at the Sears Centre on Tuesday.
12. DePaul Prep (25-9 (23) (3A) -- DePaul Prep is heading to Peoria in Class 3A after their opponent(s) were disqualified in the previous found. The Rams should be a factor this weekend.
13. Homewood-Flossmoor (23-8) (13) -- A great season for the Vikings as they fell short to Simeon in the Class 4A sectional finals at Eisenhower. H-F had one of the area's most balanced teams this season.
14. St. Viator (26-7) (14) (3A) -- Falling to DePaul Prep in Class 3A, it was a strong season for St. Viator. The Lions overcame injury to make a deep run behind one of the area's best backcourts.
15. Waukegan (28-6) (19) -- Waukegan just couldn't figure out Stevenson this season as they fell to the Patriots once again in the sectional finals. Senior Bryant Brown concluded a memorable career with a great team around him.
16. Bloom (26-4) (4) -- The Blazing Trojans fell short of their goals as they fell to Homewood-Flossmoor in sectional semifinals. Bloom has a chance to be the No. 1 team next preseason if everyone returns.
17. Marian Catholic (27-5) (12) -- Marian Catholic lost a close one to Simeon as they fell short of making Peoria for a second straight season. The Spartans should be a factor next season if all the pieces return.
18. Loyola (22-13) (21) -- Getting healthy at the right time, Loyola was impressive in its Class 4A run to the sectional finals. Falling to Evanston a second time, the Ramblers also have players to build with for next season.
19. York (29-5) (16) -- The Dukes came up short against Whitney Young in sectional semifinals but they fought with one of the area's best teams. York was one of the most balanced, cohesive and well-coached teams in the area this season.
20. Oswego East (24-8) (NR) -- The Wolves ultimately lived up to preseason hype by making the sectional finals before falling to Bolingbrook in a close game. Senior RayJ Dennis had a memorable season as he's an All-Area candidate.
21. Downers North (23-12) (NR) -- Downers North figured things out in its Class 4A playoff run as they pushed Geneva to the limit in the Class 4A sectional finals. The program made history by reaching levels they haven't reached in nearly 20 years.
22. Glenbard South (25-6) (NR) (3A) -- Still alive as a surprise team in Class 3A, Glenbard South took down Burlington Central for a sectional title. Peoria Manual will be a tough one on Tuesday at a Supersectional at NIU.
23. South Elgin (25-9) (NR) -- One of the surprise teams in the postseason, the Storm made it to a Class 4A sectional final before falling short to Rockford East. South Elgin finished with 25 wins and a deeper playoff run than most in the area.
24. Corliss (20-10) (NR) (2A) -- Coming up with a fourth-place finish in Class 2A, Corliss exceeded expectations on the season. The win over Simeon earlier this season also continues to look more-and-more impressive.
25. Farragut (20-7) (15) (2A) -- An unfortunate end to Farragut's bright season as they've been eliminated by disqualification. The Admirals showed they were one of the city's best this season while being a factor in Class 3A.