CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings


CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

By Joe Collins & Taylor Bell

1 Simeon (2-0)

Results: Defeated Hillcrest Saturday 69-51 and Notre Dame 73-53 on Sunday. Jabari Parker had 26 points in the victory over Hillcrest and 22 against Notre Dame.

This Week: Friday vs. No. 13 Farragut.

2 Warren (5-0)

Results: Darius Pauls 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists helped the Blue Devils take down 16th-ranked New Trier on Saturday, 64-46.

This Week: Tuesday at Stevenson; Friday at Mundelein

3 Whitney Young (1-0)
Results: Defeated Kinston High School (NC) 82-61 Friday. Tommy Hamilton has a torn patella tendon and will miss six weeks. How will that impact the Dolphins?

This Week: No games scheduled. Next game 1214 vs. Orr.

4 Proviso East (5-0)

Results: Defeated Raby 79-53 in Springfield Saturday. The Pirates got 13 points and five assists from Keith Carter in the victory.
This Week: Friday vs. Addison Trail

5 Curie (1-0)

Results: The Condors got a scare from Bowman (IN) HS, but survived in an 81-71 overtime thriller Saturday. Devin Foster led all scorers with 30.

This Week: Tuesday vs. Uplift; Saturday vs. Champaign-Centennial (Shootout At The HallChampaign)

6 Downers Grove South (5-1)

Results: Defeated Hinsdale South 58-46 Friday and Oak Park-River Forest 54-44 Saturday.

This Week: Jerron Wilbut, who did not play in the OPRF victory (coaches decision), should be back for Fridays contest at Morton

7 Bogan (4-0)

Results: No games played.

This Week: No games scheduled. Next game 1214 vs. Chicago Vocational.

8 St. Rita (2-0)

Results: Defeated Lake Forest Academy Tuesday 79-61 and De La Salle 66-64 (OT) Friday. Tony Hicks was unstoppable in a huge win against the Meteors.

This Week: Tuesday vs. Marist; Friday at Gonzaga DC Classic

9 Homewood-Flossmoor (4-1)

Results: Defeated Joliet West 60-53 Friday and No. 15 Morgan Park 57-47 Saturday. Maurius Hill, Tyrone Sherman and Delvon Rencher pace the Vikings.

This Week: Friday at Lockport

10 De La Salle (4-1)

Results: Lost to No. 8 St. Rita 66-64 (OT) Friday. Alvin Ellis tallied a double-double (24 points, 12 rebounds), but could not outlast St. Rita. Tough schedule awaits.

This Week: Tuesday vs. No. 13 Farragut; Friday at No. 12 St. Joseph

11 Crete-Monee (3-1)

Results: Defeated Tinley Park 67-45 Saturday. Michael Orris (19 points) and Laquon Treadwell (14 points, 10 rebounds) guide the Warrior attack.

This Week: Friday vs. Rich East, Saturday vs. Notre Dame (Shootout At The HallChampaign)

12 St. Joseph (3-2)

Results: Defeated Hales 59-42 Wednesday. A.J. Patty and Reggie Johnson contained Hales. Can they do the same against De La Salle?

This Week: Friday vs. No. 10 De La Salle

13 Farragut (2-1)

Results: Lost To Harlan 74-72 Saturday, defeated Thornton 71-45 Sunday. No rest for the Admirals as a top 10 team awaits.

This Week: Tuesday at No. 10 De La Salle; Friday vs. No. 1 Simeon

14 Crane (1-0)

Results: Defeated St. Charles North 52-45 Saturday. Willie Conner tallied 28 points and nine rebounds as the Cougars get their first win of the year.

This Week: Tuesday at Seton Academy, Saturday at Peoria HS (River City Shootout)

15 Morgan Park (1-1)

Results: Lost to No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 57-47 Saturday. Billy Garrett scored a game-high 18, but it was not enough to corral the Vikings.

This Week: Saturday at Soldan International (St. Louis, MO)

16 New Trier (5-1)

Results: Defeated Deerfield 46-31 Tuesday, lost to No. 2 Warren 64-46 Saturday. Dartmouth-bound Connor Boehm scored 10 points in the loss to the Blue Devils.

This Week: Tuesday vs. Niles West, Thursday vs. Glenbrook South

17 Andrew (4-0)

Results: Defeated Thornton 58-56 Friday. Jawad Adekoya netted 18 points in a nice road win for the Thunderbolts.

This Week: Friday vs. Stagg

18 Bloom (5-0)

Results: Defeated Plainfield North 62-44 Saturday. The Blazing Trojans outrebounded the Tigers 38-14.

This Week: Tuesday at Thornwood, Friday vs. Rich Central

19 Evanston (7-0)

Results: Defeated Maine East 77-65 Tuesday and Maine South 36-35 Saturday.

This Week: Friday vs. Waukegan, Saturday at Loyola

20 Morton (4-0)

Results: Defeated Willowbrook 68-38. Rocco Belcaster and Walter Perez help the Mustangs get off to a 4-0 start.

This Week: Friday vs. No. 6 Downers Grove South

Looming and Lurking: Oak Park-River Forest, Hyde Park, Oswego, Waukegan, St. Charles North, Notre Dame, Riverside-Brookfield, Seton, North Chicago, Metea Valley

Trevor van Riemsdyk out about a month as Blackhawks host Toronto

Trevor van Riemsdyk out about a month as Blackhawks host Toronto

Trevor van Riemsdyk will miss about a month with an upper-body injury he sustained in the Blackhawks’ 3-2 loss to Columbus on Friday night.

Van Riemsdyk was injured late in the second period when he slid into the net, his right arm/shoulder colliding with the post. Coach Joel Quenneville said van Riemsdyk’s injury, as of now, doesn’t require surgery. Quenneville wasn’t sure if van Riemsdyk would be put on injured reserve. The defenseman played all 82 games for the Blackhawks last season but had injury problems prior to that.

In good news, Marian Hossa is now “likely” to play Saturday night, Quenneville said. Hossa has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury he sustained on Tuesday night.

Scott Darling will get the start vs. the Maple Leafs. The Blackhawks have had an up-and-down start to the season. Once again, their penalty kill hasn’t helped. It allowed two more goals to the Blue Jackets and has now allowed 11 through the first five games.

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“We can’t say much about our PK right now. It’s definitely a sore spot and it’s almost like let’s look at it as a fresh beginning and look at trying to get through one kill, and the first 20 seconds get through that rotation,” Quenneville said. “Let’s take baby steps in our approach, whether it’s a four-man pressure, denying entries or up-ice pressure, in the shooting lanes, make sure we’re clearing, all the things that go into it. It’s been tough right now and certainly we have to repair it and fix it tonight.”

Meanwhile, there’s nothing new to report on Andrew Desjardins, who suffered a lower-body injury in the Blackhawks’ preseason finale in St. Louis. Quenneville said it’ll still be a few weeks until Desjardins skates.


Time: 6 p.m.


Radio: WGN

Projected lineups


Tyler Motte-Jonathan Toews-Richard Panik

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Nick Schmaltz-Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger-Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Brian Campbell

Scott Darling

Injuries: Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body), Andrew Desjardins (lower body)

Toronto Maple Leafs

William Nylander-Auston Matthews-Zach Hyman

James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Mitchell Marner

Milan Michalek-Nazem Kadri-Leo Komarov

Matt Martin-Peter Holland-Connor Brown

Morgan Rielly-Connor Carrick

Jake Gardiner-Roman Polak

Matt Hunwick-Nikita Zaitsev

Frederik Andersen

Cubs hoping Kyle Schwarber can make World Series comeback

Cubs hoping Kyle Schwarber can make World Series comeback

As if the possibility of clinching their first National League pennant in 71 years didn’t create enough drama and excitement in Wrigleyville, the Cubs have sent Kyle Schwarber to the Arizona Fall League, hoping he can add another chapter to his October legend.
Schwarber earned this chance after beating every expectation in his recovery from major surgery on his left knee in April. The Cubs haven’t ruled anything in or out – and still need to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers one more time this weekend – but they want to see how he responds on Saturday with the Mesa Solar Sox and ultimately decide if he would be a viable designated-hitter option for the World Series.
Schwarber gained clearance on Monday from Dr. Daniel Cooper, the head team physician for the Dallas Cowboys who reconstructed his ACL and repaired his LCL after a devastating outfield collision during the first week of the regular season. Schwarber immediately phoned president of baseball operations Theo Epstein after the six-month checkup.   
“I wasn’t expecting the call,” Epstein said. “We got news that was beyond better than we could have expected by any reasonable standard. 
“He asked for a chance to do this. And with as hard as Kyle has worked and as much as this means to him – and potentially to us – we wanted to give him that opportunity.”

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Schwarber flew from Dallas to Los Angeles, where he hit in the cage at Dodger Stadium that night. As the Cubs continued with what has been a classic NL Championship Series, Schwarber hit again on Tuesday and then left for Arizona on Wednesday to ramp up his baseball activities and prove whether or not he could again be a difference-maker in October.
Schwarber, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, generated 16 home runs in 69 games last season and then set a franchise record with five homers in the playoffs. 

The Cubs still have to deal with Clayton Kershaw on Saturday night in Game 6, and judge whether or not a this layoff is too long, even for one of their best young hitters, especially against what would be a dynamic Cleveland Indians pitching staff.
But the Cubs would also never bet against Schwarber.

“We’ll see where this goes,” Epstein said. “We’re not getting ahead of ourselves. We have a lot of work to do here before this becomes pertinent. But it’s a testament to how hard Kyle has worked to even be in this position where it’s a possibility.”