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Power Rankings: #10 - Homewood-Flossmoor

Power Rankings: #10 - Homewood-Flossmoor

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Homewood-Flossmoor

Head coach: Craig Buzea

Assistant coaches: Tom Cicero, Zac Wells, Alex Pratt, Daron Williams, Eric Schreiber Jr., Bart Czachor, David James, Josh Blair, Josh Forney and Matt Ramos

How they fared in 2017: 9-2 (6-1 Southwest Suburban Conference). H-F made the 8A state playoff field, defeated Lake Park then lost to Naperville Central in second round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Michigan City (IN)

Sept. 1 vs Lutheran North (MO.) at East St. Louis

Sept. 7 vs Stagg

Sept. 14 @ Bolingbrook

Sept. 21 vs Lincoln-Way West

Sept. 28 @ Lincoln-Way East

Oct. 5 @ Bradley

Oct. 12 vs Andrew

Oct. 19 vs Sandburg

[MORE: 69 Days to Kickoff - Lincoln-Way West]

Biggest storyline: Can the Vikings, now without their dynamic WR/RB Justin Hall (NIU), get back to the postseason and play deeper into November?

Names to watch this season: QB Dominick Jones and DB Wynston Russell (Oregon State)

Biggest holes to fill: The Vikings have a good number of returning starters back in 2018 (five offense, six defense). The team boasts plenty of talent. But who can step up and be the go-to guy? Who replaces Justin Hall?

EDGY's Early Take: The Vikings have become a traditional power in Chicago's south suburbs and in the overall Class 8A field. Head coach Craig Buzea is looking for a breakout season and he has the ingredients in the program. The offense will be led by junior QB Dominick Jones. He has some firepower behind him in senior RB Leon Tanna. Keep an eye senior TE Jack Schmitz as well. The defense is also talent-heavy. Look for senior DL Isaiah Coe and senior DE/OLB Charlie Brooks to help carry the load. Oregon State commit senior DB Wynston Russell is the lone returning starter in the secondary.

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

Here are the rankings of Illinois high school boys basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Curie (8) 29-1 89 1
2. Belleville West (1) 26-3 82 3
3. Normal Community 23-3 62 4
4. Danville 26-3 53 5
5. Whitney Young 23-7 52 2
6.  Evanston 26-4 39 7
7. Bloom 23-3 29 T-8
8. Simeon 16-14 28 NR
9.  Collinsville 27-4 22 T-8
10. Rockford East 29-3 21 10

Others receiving votes: Marian Catholic 13, Moline 2, Lincoln Park 2, Geneva 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Morgan Park (11) 26-4 110 2
2. Bogan 22-3 91 1
3. Springfield Southeast 24-2 90 3
4. East St. Louis 23-5 81 4
5. Peoria Notre Dame 21-4 61 5
6. Rock Falls 26-2 48 7
7. St. Viator 23-5 35 9
8. Lincoln 25-3 32 6
9. Ottawa 22-2 28 8
10.  St. Laurence 24-3 15 10

Others receiving votes: Farragut 5, Kankakee 4, Herrin 3, DePaul College Prep 1, Peoria Manual 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Nashville (7) 29-2 105 1
2. Orr (4) 19-11 95 2
3. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 27-2 89 3
4. Leo 20-8 67 4
5. Alton Marquette 27-3 60 5
6.  Bloomington Central Catholic 23-7 53 6
7.  Teutopolis 29-5 49 7
8. Fairfield 29-2 29 9
9. Sterling Newman 28-3 22 10
10. Dunbar 18-5 14 8

Others receiving votes: Corliss 7, Casey-Westfield 5, Warsaw West Hancock 3, Pinckneyville 3, Chester 2, Williamsville 1, Aurora Christian 1.


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Providence -St. Mel (10) 23-6 100 1
2. Kewanee (Wethersfield) 26-2 80 3
3.  Moweaqua Central A&M 27-3 74 4
4. East Dubuque 27-1 64 5
5. Cissna Park 26-4 63 2
6. Ottawa Marquette 26-2 47 6
7.  Winchester-West Central 23-6 43 7
8. Madison 16-11 22 NR
T-9.  Thompsonville 29-2 17 T-9
T-9. Elmwood 24-2 17 T-9

Others receiving votes: Concord Triopia 14, Nokomis 5, Champaign Judah Christian 2, Payson Seymour 1, Sesser-Valier 1.

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more? 

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area boys basketball fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." 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 Friday night’s "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m on NBC Sports Chicago. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. 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. This week: it's bracket time! We are highlighting some of the 2A boys basketball regional championships around the Windy City.

Which boys basketball sectional title game would you want to see the most?

2A Latin, 7:00 p.m. (poss. teams: Latin, Uplift, Parker, Disnery, Christ The King and ASPIRA)

2A UCCS/Woodlawn, 7:00 p.m. (poss. teams: UCCS/Woodlawn, Leo, CICS/Ellison, Noble/Baker, ACE Amandla)

2A Dunbar, 7:00 p.m. (poss. teams: Dunbar, Urban Prep/West, Chi. Military Acad./Bronzeville, Wells, Phoenix, Horizon/McKinley)

We will update this article after Tuesday's/Wednesday's semifinal games conclude.

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

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
 
The poll will start at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. 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 this season.