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

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

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after two weeks of play on the IHSA slate.


1. Lincoln-Way East 2-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 31-10
This Week: vs Bradley
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get a big night from senior RB Devon Williams in beating Naperville Central last Friday.
 
2. Loyola Academy 1-1 (2)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 34-3
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers bounce back from their opening week loss and beat their next door neighbors on the North Shore. 
 
3. Nazareth Academy 1-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Curie, 35-0
This Week: vs Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners also bounce back with a shutout win over Curie on Friday night.
  
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 2-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Penn, 35-7
This Week: vs Andrew
EDGY's Take: The Vikings are getting a big season so far from senior RB Sean Allen.

5. Batavia 1-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 35-7
This Week: @ Lake Park
EDGY's Take: The Batavia backfield with Art Taylor and Quinn Urwiler get rolling in beating Naperville North last Friday night.
 
6. Warren Township 2-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 26-6
This Week: @ Waukegan
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense has allowed just six points per game so far this season.

7. Brother Rice 2-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Perspectives, 45-6
This Week: vs Providence Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get a big test on Friday hosting Providence Catholic.

8. Glenbard West 2-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Leyden, 55-8
This Week: vs Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Hitters' power running game/offense has been on fire so far this season. 

9. Mount Carmel 2-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 21-14
This Week: vs Montini
EDGY's Take: The Caravan get two passing touchdowns from junior QB Justin Lynch in beating Maine South.

10. Bolingbrook 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 21-6
This Week: vs Stagg
EDGY's Take: The Raiders, once again, stun St. Charles North for the upset win. 

11. Phillips 2-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat St. Mary Mo., 28-26
This Week: vs Taft
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats return home from their successful World Tour. They host Taft at Mandrake Park this week.
  
12. Montini 2-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Collins, 55-0
This Week: @ Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will now see the schedule ramp up. It starts this week at Carey Field as they battle the Caravan.
 
13. Hinsdale Central 2-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Morton, 48-10
This Week: @ Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: Time for the Doings Cup. The Red Devils will take on district rival Hinsdale South.

14. Hersey 2-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Fremd, 35-14
This Week: vs Maine East
EDGY's Take: The Huskies are getting a huge season from first year QB Jordan Hansen.

15. Minooka 2-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield South, 46-7
This Week: vs Plainfield East
EDGY's Take: The Indians' offense has been on fire through two games. 

16. Prairie Ridge 2-0 (16)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 59-0
This Week: @ Huntley
EDGY's Take: The Wolves have actually brought the forward pass into the equation this season. Be afraid...be very afraid.

17. Oswego 2-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 23-14
This Week: vs Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Panthers break open a 14-14 game in the second half for the 23-14 win over an improved Joliet West squad.

18. St. Charles North 1-1 (4)
Last Week: Lost to Bolingbrook, 21-6
This Week: @ Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The North Stars will need to forget about the Bolingbrook loss. An upset-minded Wheaton North team (2-0) is on deck.
 
19. Neuqua Valley 2-0 (19)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 28-21
This Week: vs East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a strong 28-21 road win over Stevenson last Friday. 

20. Barrington 1-1 (21)
Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 42-0
This Week: vs New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Broncos notch their 500th win in school history as the take care of Buffalo Grove.

21. Waubonsie Valley 2-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat Libertyville, 40-20
This Week: @ Trinity High School, Kentucky
EDGY's Take: The Warriors also get an impressive 40-20 win last Friday in Libertyville. Ethan Nelson threw a trio of TD passes.

22. Richards 2-0 (23)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 35-28
This Week: @ Hillcrest
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs have a major impact player in RB Leshon Williams. QB Javon Robinson is also a big key to the Bulldogs' success this fall.
 
23. Marist 2-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-17 OT
This Week: vs Niles Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks needed overtime but get the road win over the Bears. Winning at Lake Zurich is never an easy task.

24. Providence Catholic 2-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Morgan Park, 42-8
This Week: @ Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: Should be a good one Friday night. The Celtics travel to the South Side and battle the 7th-ranked Crusaders.

25. Maine South 0-2 (18)
Last Week: Lost to Mount Carmel, 21-14
This Week: @ Fremd
EDGY's Take: The Hawks keep fighting and are hoping to heal up soon from an early rash of injuries. How will they fare at Fremd?

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

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

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after one week of play on the IHSA slate.

1. Lincoln-Way East 1-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 30-7
This Week: @ Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Griffins take care of business and beat Stevenson. Another big test awaits this week on the road in Naperville.

2. Loyola Academy 0-1 (1)
Last Week: Lost to St. Ignatius Ohio, 27-10
This Week: vs New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers lose to one of the top programs in Ohio; next is the War on The North Shore Saturday afternoon.
 
3. Nazareth Academy 0-1 (2)
Last Week: Lost to Cardinal Ritter, 32-21
This Week: vs Curie
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners rallied but came up short against Cardinal Ritter.
 
4. St. Charles North 1-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Palatine, 24-14
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The North Stars needed a second half rally to beat Palatine on Friday night. 
  
5. Homewood-Flossmoor 1-0 (7)

Last Week: Beat TF North, 54-20
This Week: @ Penn (Indiana)
EDGY's Take: The Vikings take care of T.F. North and cross the border this week in taking on Penn.

6. Batavia 1-0 (5)
Last Week: Lost to East St. Louis, 31-17
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs found themselves down 19-0 in the middle of the first quarter against East St. Louis. Getting back in the game was an uphill battle.
 
7. Warren Township 1-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 16-6
This Week: vs Glenbard North
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense is still nasty.

8. Brother Rice 1-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Hillcrest, 26-20
This Week: vs Perspectives
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders get a big performance from junior QB Ben Somers in beating Hillcrest.

9. Glenbard West 1-0 (12)
Last Week: Beat Maine South, 45-28
This Week: vs Leyden
EDGY's Take: The Hitters looks like a state title contending teams at times during the win over Maine South on Saturday. West showed an impressive power running game led by junior RB Jalen Moore. 

10. Mount Carmel 1-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Calumet New Tech, 42-0
This Week: @ Maine South
EDGY's Take: The Caravan break in their new on campus stadium on Friday with a win over Calumet.
 
11. Phillips 1-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Detroit Cass Tech, 26-9
This Week: vs St. Mary (Mo.) @ East St. Louis
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a nice win over Cass Tech on Saturday; they were one of the few in-state teams to show well against out of state opponents this weekend. 
  
12. Montini 1-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Hudson (WI), 22-7
This Week: vs Corliss
EDGY's Take: The Broncos also get a road win out of state on Saturday. Now they head home to host Corliss.
 
13. Hinsdale Central 1-0 (21)
Last Week: Beat Naperville Central, 14-6
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils defense was evil in locking down the Naperville Central offense Friday night.

14. Naperville Central 0-1 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Hinsdale Central, 14-6
This Week: vs Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks' schedule doesn't get any easier. This week they host top-ranked Lincoln-Way East.

15. Minooka 1-0 (16)
Last Week: Beat Joliet West, 48-7
This Week: @ Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Indians get off to a strong start on their new field turf surface. Next up is the Battle of Ridge Road.

16. Prairie Ridge 1-0 (17)
Last Week: Beat Grayslake Central, 40-0
This Week: vs Hampshire
EDGY's Take: The Wolves take care of business in handling Grayslake Central.

17. Oswego 1-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield Central, 42-3
This Week: @ Joliet West
EDGY's Take: The Panthers defense forced several turnovers in their win over Plainfield Central.

18. Maine South 0-1 (15)
Last Week: Lost to Glenbard West, 45-28
This Week: vs Mount Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Hawks lost some momentum when junior QB Luke Leongas went down with an injury against Glenbard West.

19. Neuqua Valley 1-0 (20)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard North, 27-10
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats get a nice performance from RB Armani Moreno in the win over Glenbard North on Friday. 

20. Fremd 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-6
This Week: @ Hersey
EDGY's Take: The Vikings stun Lake Zurich as junior QB Ryan Saxe goes off in the win.

21. Barrington 0-1 (19)
Last Week: Lost to Warren Township, 16-6
This Week: vs Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: The Broncos lost to Warren Township but also showed some flashes of better days ahead. Iowa commit DE Lukas VanNess was as advertised. 

22. Waubonsie Valley 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Oak Park-River Forest, 23-14
This Week: @ Libertyville
EDGY's Take: The Warriors defense got after it. They limited Oak Park-River Forest in an upset win on Friday night. QB Ethan Nelson is a name to watch.
 
23. Richards 1-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 14-7
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs get a big win on the road against Lincoln-Way Central and now host another hot team in St. Rita on Friday.

24. Marist 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Dunbar, 42-0
This Week: @ Lake Zurich
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks get a nice win over Dunbar. They'll have to ramp up their game as they hit the road against Lake Zurich.

25. Providence Catholic 1-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Willowbrook, 14-7
This Week: vs Morgan Park
EDGY's Take: The Celtics hang on and get a 14-7 win over Willowbrook. Next up is Morgan Park as the Mustangs make the trip to the Emerald Isle.

NBC Sports Chicago Boys Basketball Preps Power Rankings: Final Rankings

NBC Sports Chicago Boys Basketball Preps Power Rankings: Final Rankings

The final edition of the NBC Sports Boys Basketball Preps Power Rankings is here for the 2018-19 season. While some final rankings place more of an emphasis on the regular season, we like to take postseason accomplishments first while also accounting for things that happened during the regular season -- similar to how the AP poll treats the NCAA tournament and college basketball's final rankings.

Listed beside each team is the final record for the season as well as the preseason ranking we gave them as we take a look at some of the big accomplishments for each program during the season. With no area team winning a Class 3A or 4A state title for the first time in the four-class era, it made for an interesting final ranking as a lot of things were considered for the top spots.

1. Curie (35-2) (8) -- The Condors close the season at No. 1 in the area after a memorable season that defied expectations. Many other Public League teams had significantly more preseason hype, but a balanced Curie team beat every team they faced in Illinois except for Class 4A champion Belleville West. Curie had a remarkable 10 wins over IHSA teams with sectional titles this season -- and that doesn't even include wins over Whitney Young, Bloom, New Trier, two wins over Morgan Park and numerous quality out-of-state wins. Public League Playoff champions and winners of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, this is one of the best IHSA teams of the past decade that didn't win a state title. DaJuan Gordon had a tremendous senior season as he was flanked by strong senior leadership from Trevon Hamilton, Justin Harmon and Damari Nixon. Head coach Mike Oliver should be mentioned among the city's elite coaches for the job he did this season.   

2. Evanston (32-5) (5) -- Making Peoria for a second straight season, Evanston lived up to enormous preseason expectations. The Wildkits placed second in Class 4A after pushing Belleville West to the limit as their only other in-states losses came to Glenbrook South, Bolingbrook and Alton. The senior trio of Lance Jones, Jaheim Holden and Ryan Bost is one of the most accomplished perimeter trio of the decade as they made two state appearances while beating a high number of quality teams. The Wildkits beat New Trier, Maine South and Loyola twice and also knocked off St. Viator, Stevenson, OPRF and Uplift during the season. The future also looks bright for Evanston as a slew of quality sophomores and juniors return for next season.

3. Bogan (30-4) (4) -- Falling just short of a Class 3A state title, Bogan had a season worth remembering. The Bengals won the Proviso West Holiday Tournament and Rock Island Thanksgiving Tournament, beating Whitney Young, Leo, Simeon, Morgan Park, Proviso East, Corliss, Farragut and St. Laurence during the season. Senior Rashaun Agee was the best big man in the area this season as his dunks and double-doubles came on a near-nightly basis. Guards Jordan Booker and Antoine Bloxton were two of the city's premier perimter threats. The Bengals don't get as much local or national publicity as some of their Public League counterparts but head coach Arthur Goodwin has built a steady top-25 mainstay who is always a major threat in Class 3A. 

4. Simeon (20-15) (3) -- Despite a high number of losses, Simeon figured things out in time to finish as one of the state's best teams this season. Navigating a ridiculous national schedule, the new rotation of Wolverines took awhile to figure things out with so many new pieces. But seniors Antonio Reeves and KeJuan Clements stepped up late in the season while younger players like Ahamad Bynum and A.J. Casey showed how bright the future is for Simeon. The Wolverines beat Homewood-Flossmoor twice while also earning wins over Whitney Young, Marian Catholic and Bolingbrook. Simeon also pushed Curie to the limit in supersectionals -- nearly ending the Condors' season in Evanston. 

5. Orr (26-11) (16) -- Class 2A champions for a third consecutive season, the Spartans replaced a senior nucleus with new players and still found a way to win another state title. Head coach Lou Adams deserves recognition for getting a team of inexperienced varsity players and transfers to come together for another run. Seniors Tujaute Williams and Greg Outlaw Jr. are both great college prospects while the emergence of transfer Sherif Kenney took Orr to another level. Besides for the Class 2A title, the Spartans knocked off Bogan, Lincoln Park and Farragut. In the 2A playoffs, Orr won every game by double-digits during another dominating postseason run. 

6. Morgan Park (29-5) (2) -- The Mustangs fell short of another trip to Peoria but they still had a strong season. Champions at the Big Dipper Holiday Tournament and making the finals of the Public League Playoffs, the Mustangs had wins over Simeon, DePaul Prep, Bolingbrook, Corliss and Lincoln Park. Junior guard Adam Miller is the area's most talented player as the Mustangs have a lot to look forward to for next season. 

7. Whitney Young (25-8) (1) -- Playing another tough national schedule, Whitney Young came very close to knocking out Curie in the Class 4A sectional finals. The Dolphins had quality local wins over York, Orr, Uplift and Farragut as the junior backcourt of D.J. Steward and Tyler Beard was one of the best in the area. Senior Myles Baker also had some big games during the season as he remains an intriguing college prospect entering the spring. Whitney Young could find itself at No. 1 next preseason if all the pieces return. 

8. Geneva (32-2) (NR) -- Setting a school record for wins, Geneva fell just short of making it to Peoria in Class 4A with a loss to Rockford East. The senior duo of point guard Jack McDonald and sharpshooter Mitch Mascari was one of the area's strongest one-two combos as the Vikings only lost to Lake Park and the E-Rabs during the season. Winning the DuKane Conference, Geneva has become one of the state's more consistent programs over the last five years. 

9. Bolingbrook (23-8) (9) -- Bolingbrook started the season on a high note by winning the Decatur Thanksgiving Tournament before rolling to another good season. The Raiders dealt with some injuries but the backcourt of Joseph Yesufu and Tyler Cochran were as strong as any in the state when healthy the past few seasons. During the season, Bolingbrook swept Homewood-Flossmoor while also beating Oswego East, Evanston, West Aurora and Springfield Southeast. The Raiders were only stopped by eventual Class 4A champions Belleville West in supersectionals. 

10. DePaul Prep (25-10) (13) -- DePaul Prep reached Peoria as they hoped as the Rams figured out a mid-season slump to make a run to finish third in Class 3A. Senior Perry Cowan is one of the state's most accomplished players in this class and he had other solid players around him like Raheem Anthony, Lance Mosley and Pavle Pantovic. The future also looks solid at DePaul Prep as sophomores TY Johnson and Brian Matthews are both promising prospects. 

11. Providence-St. Mel (30-6) (25) -- State champions in Class 1A, the Knights had a target on their back and still delivered. Even though Providence-St. Mel played in the state's smallest class, they made a huge impression on the Catholic League by beating bigger schools during most of the season. Tyriel Nelson, Deion Jackson and Eric Jordan II all had strong scoring seasons while center Taeyon Neal and point guard T.J Ervin also deserve recognition.  

12. Stevenson (27-6) (NR) -- Surprising many with its strong season a year ahead of schedule, Stevenson scared Evanston in 4A supersectionals before losing. The Patriots won the North Suburban Conference and had a 14-game winning streak in 2019 as they beat Waukegan three times during the season. Next season looks very promising for the Patriots as nearly the entire core should be back. 

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (23-8) (12) -- Making a strong push in the Class 4A state playoffs, the Vikings played their best basketball at the end of the season. Knocking out Bloom and St. Rita in the state playoffs, Homewood-Flossmoor had a very balanced team led by Isaac Stanbeck, Trace Williams and R.J. Ogom -- to name a few. 

14. St. Viator (26-7) (6) -- One of the best Class 3A teams in Illinois this season, the Lions were built around two great seniors in Jeremiah Hernandez (Kent State) and Trey Calvin (Wright State). Although St. Viator lost to DePaul Prep in the sectional finals, they had quality wins over Marian Catholic, Loyola and Oswego East. 

15. Waukegan (28-6) (24) -- Waukegan had a great season in which they ultimately couldn't get past Stevenson. The Bulldogs lost three times to the Patriots during the season -- going 28-3 against the rest of the schedule and only losing to Providence St. Mel, Marian Catholic and Fremd. Senior Bryant Brown closed out a historic career with the Bulldogs by scoring over 2,000 career points and becoming the program's all-time leading scorer in the process. 

16. Bloom (26-4) (10) -- The junior-laden Blazing Trojans ultimately fell short of the enormous expectations but they still had a great season. Only falling to Homewood-Flossmoor (after beating them twice), Curie, Kankakee and Urbana, Bloom has a team that could compete for No. 1 in the state next season. The junior group of Keshawn Williams, Martice Mitchell, Donovan Newby and Dante Maddox Jr. will be one of the state's most talented groups. 

17. Marian Catholic (27-5) (14) -- Moving up to 4A after making Peoria in Class 3A last season, it was another strong season for Marian Catholic. The Spartans were led by senior forward Chris White and junior point guard Ahron Ulis as they fell short to Simeon in the sectional finals. Marian Catholic beat Homewood-Flossmoor, DePaul Prep, Benet and Thornton during the season. 

18. Loyola (22-13) (19) -- The Ramblers finally got healthy and rolling in the postseason as they lived up to preseason expectations. Winning the Hoopfest in Naples yet again, Loyola also beat DePaul Prep, Maine South and Marian Catholic. Senior Connor Barrett getting healthy was key for this team and the junior duo of twins Bennett and Jordan Kwiecinski should lead a promising group for next season. 

19. York (29-5) (NR) -- One of the area's most balanced teams, York had an incredible season. The Dukes only lost to OPRF (twice), Stevenson, Rockford East and Whitney Young as they gained revenge on the conference-rival Huskies by beating them for a 4A regional title. Nick Kosich, Erik Cohn and Sam Walsh all played tons of varsity minutes during their careers at York and it showed with how in-sync this team was during the season. 

20. Oswego East (24-8) (21) -- Strong season for Oswego East as they matched preseason expectations with an appearance in the sectional finals. Senior guard Ray J Dennis, a Boise State commit, was one of the area's best players this season as his clutch shooting in the state playoffs helped save the season for the Wolves. Oswego East won the season-opening Hoops for Healing Tournament with wins over Naperville North and West Aurora while also picking off quality teams like St. Rita, DePaul Prep and Waubonsie Valley during the season. 

21. Downers North (23-12) (NR) -- Reaching sectional finals for the first time since 1999, the Trojans peaked at the right time behind a great backcourt of Semaj Henderson and Trey Boston. Although Downers North had an up-and-down season, they pushed Geneva to the limit during supersectionals while also earning a notable win over Lake Park during the sectional semifinals. 

22. South Elgin (25-9) (NR) -- Quietly setting a school record for wins, South Elgin was one of the most surprising sectional finalists in Class 4A. The Storm were led by an underrated senior forward in Vince Miszkiewicz as the double-double machine had some big games against great competition. South Elgin gave Rockford East a good run in the sectional finals while also knocking off Proviso East, Oswego East and Cary-Grove.

23. Glenbard South (25-7) (NR) -- Class 3A's biggest surprise, Glenbard South peaked at the right time as they completed a strong season in both boys and girls (Class 3A second-place finish) basketball. Winning 10 of their last 11 games before falling to Peoria Manual in supersectionals (with the only loss coming to South Elgin) the Raiders closed out the season on a major hot streak. Glenbard South only lost two games all season to teams who didn't at least 20 games -- one of those being Peoria Manual. 

24. Corliss (20-10) (NR) -- Surprising many with its play this season, the Trojans defied expectations by placing fourth in Class 2A -- despite losing one of the area's best players last season in big man George Conditt IV (Iowa State). Besides for the deep postseason run, Corliss earned a great win over Simeon in conference play while also blowing out Class 1A finalist Central A&M. Senior Dhason Dyson was fun to watch and one of the city's more underrated guards. 

25. Farragut (20-7) (NR) -- One of the city's best teams this season, Farragut's season was cut short due to the unfortunate circumstances at North Lawndale. The Admirals were set to claim a Class 3A sectional title while also earning notable wins this season over Riverside-Brookfield, Lane Tech, Thornton and a full-strength Uplift before Markese Jacobs was injured. Senior Aaron Strong also deserves recognition for an outstanding season as he's a fascinating Division I prospect to track this spring.