CSN's Top 20 preps rankings - Week 5

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CSN's Top 20 preps rankings - Week 5

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011
Posted: 8:11 p.m.

By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 - Maine South (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated New Trier 40-24

Next Game: Friday at Niles West, 7:30pm

The last team to beat Maine South in conference play was New Trier back in 2000. The Hawks prevented history from repeating itself by scoring 26 unanswered points in the second half after trailing by 10 at the break. A blocked punt by Frank Perrone helped swing the momentum. QB Matt Alviti chimed in with four touchdowns.

2 - Glenbard West (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Oak Park-River Forest 41-6

Next Game: Saturday vs. Proviso West, 1:30pm

A huge second quarter carries the Hilltoppers as they cruise to another West Suburban Silver victory. QB Justice Odom collected four touchdowns (three through the air) and Joe Zito rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown.

3 - Mount Carmel (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated Brother Rice 35-24

Next Game: Saturday at Loyola, 1:30pm

A career-best 240 rushing yards by Brandon Greer helped propel the Caravan on the south side Friday night. The Central Michigan-bound Greer scored three touchdowns (46, 25 and 51) while QB Don Butkus added two more scores. Next weeks game against Loyola is a must-see.

4 - Lincoln-Way East (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Sandburg 31-7

Next Game: Friday at Bolingbrook, 7:30pm

Homewood-Flossmoor? Check. Sandburg? Check. Bolingbrook? To be decided Friday. If the Griffins defense can complement the high-powered offense next week, just as it did against Sandburg, then its possible to get their third straight victory over an undefeated team.

5 - Joliet Catholic (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated Benet 35-0

Next Game: Friday vs. Nazareth, 7:30pm

The Hilltoppers win thanks to another ground assault. Ty Isaac rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns, while Northwestern-bound Malin Jones added 95 more yards and two scores. JCAs defense held Benet to only eight yards rushing.

6 - Glenbard North (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 6): Defeated West Aurora 31-21

Next Game: Friday at Naperville Central, 7:30pm

The Blackhawks were pesky enough to stop GBNs streak of shutout quarters (15) and hang around in the second half, but they couldnt contain Panther running back Phil Jackson. The senior rushed for 141 yards and had the go-ahead score in the third quarter. He also had an 18-yard scoring run.

7 - Loyola (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Gordon Tech 33-7

Next Game: Saturday vs. Mount Carmel, 1:30pm

Well-rounded effort by the Ramblers, highlighted by backup quarterback Peter Pujals three touchdowns (two passing). Starting quarterback Malcolm Weaver got plenty of rest in advance of Saturdays duel against Mount Carmel. Loyolas defense forced four fumbles.

8 - Downers Grove South (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Downers Grove North 24-14

Next Game: Friday at Willowbrook, 7:30pm

Running back Josh Williams got it going in the second half, gaining 225 of his 244 yards. His two touchdowns after halftime helped put the game away. South beat North for the sixth consecutive year.

9 - St. Rita (4-1)

Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated Providence 19-0

Next Game: Friday at Hales Franciscan, 7:30pm

The Mustangs put on a defensive clinic on the south side Friday, intercepting the Celtics five times. Ryan Leonard and Max Kurugar each had a pick-six. St. Rita will step out of conference play for two weeks (Hales, Bishop McNamara) before hosting Mount Carmel October 14th.

10 - Prairie Ridge (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Crystal Lake Central 29-0

Next Game: Friday at Crystal Lake South, 7:15pm

The Wolves took care of business in advance of next weeks rumble with the Gators. Prairie Ridge held CLC to 78 total yards. Quarterback Nick Nissen found Jordan Getzelman for a 40-yard touchdown and also tallied two rushing TDs.

11 - Bolingbrook (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Homewood-Flossmoor 41-28

Next Game: Friday vs. Lincoln-Way East, 7:30pm

The Raiders prove theyre for real, sprinting out to a 27-0 lead and leaving a talented H-F team in its wake. Quarterback Aaron Bailey had three rushing touchdowns, the last one a 66-yard scamper to make it 41-7 in the second quarter. Which Southwest Suburban Blue team will remain undefeated after week six: The Brook or LW East?
12 - Crete-Monee (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Kankakee 35-7

Next Game: Friday vs. Bloom, 6:00pm

Quarterback Marcus Terrell and LaQuan Treadwell hooked up for two long first quarter touchdowns (59 and 53) as the Warriors cruised in Southland Conference play. Kenneth Kidd added two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to put the game out of reach.

13 - Lake Zurich (4-1)

Last Week (Ranked 15): Defeated Mundelein 41-7

Next Game: Friday at Libertyville, 7:30pm

The Bears carved up the Mundelein defense early and often. Quarterback Zach Till scored three touchdowns and running back Connor Schrader added two more. The meat of the North Suburban Lake conference is on deck: at Libertyville, at Stevenson and then a home date against Lake Forest.

14 - Crystal Lake South (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 16): Defeated McHenry 46-6

Next Game: Friday vs. Prairie Ridge, 7:15pm

Six sacks and a steady ground attack paced the Gators in the Fox Valley. Fullback Karl Mikulec rushed for 84 yards and three touchdowns. The stage is set for Fridays battle against Prairie Ridge. CLS beat the Wolves in the 2010 regular season 24-20, but lost to them in the playoffs 37-10.

15 - Morris (4-0)

Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Yorkville 35-7

Next Game: Friday vs. Sycamore, 7:30pm

It was the (QB) Austin Feeney and (RB) Jake Ruettiger show in the Big 12 East conference. Feeney passed for 161 yards and three touchdowns while Ruettiger added two more scores. The Redskins gave Yorkville their first loss and Friday theyll welcome another 4-1 team (Sycamore).

16 - Lemont (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 19): Defeated Tinley Park 49-20

Next Game: Friday at Bremen, 7:00pm

Quarterback Damon Aleman (150 yards, 3 TDs) and Jay Taylor (2 receiving TDs) helped Lemont in a battle of unbeatens. The cream has risen to the top in the South Suburban Blue. The Indians take on fellow 5-0 team Bremen Friday for control of the conference.

17 - Geneva (5-0)

Last Week (Ranked 20): Defeated St. Charles North 54-7

Next Game: Friday vs. Batavia, 7:30pm

Senior running back Parker Woodworth found the end zone three times as the Vikings were never seriously threatened, leading 27-7 after the first quarter. The 5-0 Batavia Bulldogs await with Streamwood (also 5-0) following in week seven.
18 Marian Central (5-0)

Last Week (Unranked): Defeated Aurora Central Catholic 50-7

Next Game: Friday at St. Edward, 7:30pm

The Hurricanes join the CSN Top 20 after a couple of marquee wins. They defeated Montini in week four and trounced ACC Friday. Marian must now learn to be road warriors, as each of their four remaining regular season dates are away from Woodstock.

19 - Homewood-Flossmoor (3-2)

Last Week (Ranked 9): Lost To Bolingbrook 41-28

Next Game: Friday at Lockport, 7:00pm

The Vikings dug themselves a 41-7 hole at halftime and could not recover. Quarterback Tim Williams went 14 for 30, with 212 yards and three touchdowns. Another tough test awaits, as H-F must now travel to Lockport to take on the 4-1 Porters.

20 - Carmel (3-2)

Last Week (Ranked 10): Lost to Wayzata (MN), 33-27

Next Game: Friday at St. Patrick, 8:00pm

The Corsairs got two touchdowns from Michael Panico, one off them via kick return, but could not trip up the Minnesota Class 5A state champs. Brian Brennan hooked up with tight end Alex Young on a 12-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to six but Carmel could come no closer.

Looming and Lurking: Brother Rice, Stevenson, Addison Trail, Antioch, Wheaton North, Simeon, Streamwood, Bremen, Batavia, Glenbrook South, Oak Forest, Jacobs, Kaneland, Grayslake Centray, Cary-Grove.

Cubs: Can Jason Hammel sustain All-Star-level performance this time?

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Cubs: Can Jason Hammel sustain All-Star-level performance this time?

ST. LOUIS — Jason Hammel is pitching like an All-Star again — the way he did as a sign-and-flip guy in 2014 and a rotation anchor for last year’s playoff team — so the question for the Cubs now becomes: Is this sustainable?

Hammel doesn’t look at it that way, not after clearing his head during the offseason, altering his training program and refocusing for a World Series contender. He wants more.

Hammel 2.0 handled the St. Louis Cardinals during Tuesday night’s 12-3 victory at Busch Stadium, working into the eighth inning for the first time this year, allowing only one run and tying his season-high pitch count (103).

“I do feel different,” said Hammel (6-1, 2.17 ERA). “I’m definitely not happy with the walks. I know I can do better, as long as I clean that up. I still think the timing’s off with the delivery that I’ve adapted to now.

“But I’m not thinking that far down the road right now. I’m just going game by game, pitch by pitch. I think that’s going to be the right mentality for me. Instead of: ‘Don’t falter.’

“I’m not a negative thinker anymore. I’m just going to stay positive. We’re going to stay here and now and be present.”

Hammel described his outing as “effectively wild” and joked about his second three-game hitting streak: “Who’s counting?” It also helped that the Cubs built a six-run lead before he threw his first pitch, so manager Joe Maddon wouldn’t be so quick to turn the game over to the bullpen.

Hammel excelled for the Cubs in 2014, going 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA in his first 17 starts before getting packaged with Jeff Samardzija in the Addison Russell blockbuster trade with the Oakland A’s. But Hammel found it difficult to uproot his family midseason and struggled to make a quick adjustment to Oakland, finishing at 2-6 with a 4.26 ERA in the American League.

Hammel got off to another hot start last season (2.86 ERA in 103-plus innings) before a leg injury messed with his mechanics and led to a breakdown after the All-Star break (5.10 ERA in 67 innings).

“I believe it’s sustainable, absolutely,” Maddon said. “The biggest thing, again, is if he knows where his fastball is going, he will pitch deeply into a lot of games, because his ball’s got great movement on it. So there’s a lot of mishits, and also his breaking ball is really good.”

Hammel understands his importance to this team, how carrying this momentum all the way through to the finish line would be huge for the 2016 Cubs.

“I don’t see why not,” catcher David Ross said. “He was our best starter last year in the first half. That says a lot with the group that’s in this room.

“He does a good job of keeping those guys off-balance and making the pitches when he needs to. He just looks a lot more sound mechanically. Even when he gets out of whack, he finds his way back into the count.”

Sky drop third straight game with loss to Sparks

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Sky drop third straight game with loss to Sparks

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Candace Parker scored 17 of her 26 points in the first half and the Los Angeles Sparks used a decisive second quarter to cruise to a 93-80 win over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night.

Chicago was within two with 3:55 left before halftime, but Los Angeles closed the opening 20 minutes with an 18-2 run for a 53-35 lead. Kristi Toliver started the spurt with a 3-pointer and Parker scored the final six points.

Parker scored the first five Los Angeles points of the third quarter, including a coast-to-coast layup and a 3-pointer, and the Sparks led by double figures for the entire second half.

Nneka Ogwumike had 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists and Jantel Lavender scored 16 on 7-of-9 shooting for Los Angeles (4-0), which was ranked No. 2 in the AP WNBA power poll. Kristi Toliver had 11 points and 10 assists and the Sparks finished with 27 assists on 30 field goals. Parker was just 6 of 15 from the field but hit 12 of 14 free throws and grabbed nine rebounds.

Jamierra Faulkner scored 17 points with a career-high 10 assists for No. 7 Chicago (1-3), which was without point guard Courtney Vandersloot for a second straight game. The Sky turned it over 15 times and Elena Delle Donne was held to eight points.

Chris Sale's win streak snapped at nine as White Sox fall to Tribe

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Chris Sale's win streak snapped at nine as White Sox fall to Tribe

Chris Sale’s bid to win his first 10 starts of the season ended in spectacular enough fashion on Tuesday night for him to look at video.

The White Sox pitcher isn’t a big fan of reviewing footage of his starts.

But that’s exactly what Sale did after he endured the longest inning of his career and then some in a 6-2 White Sox loss to the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field in front of 21,550.

Cruising through two-plus innings, Sale needed 43 pitches to escape the third inning. He only recorded one more out and allowed six earned runs. Vying to become only the eighth pitcher in baseball history to win his first 10 starts, and just the second since 1920, Sale was tagged with his first loss for the White Sox, who have lost 10 of 14.

“I had to see what’s going on,” Sale said. “Just trying to get a feel for where I was at in my mechanics and all that, seeing what was going on. I saw some stuff and (I’ll) build on that and learn and move forward.

“I don’t know if it was more (command issues) or just being bad.

“I couldn’t really pinpoint anything. I couldn’t tell you this or that. I stunk. I was bad. It was embarrassing.”

Sale said he didn’t review footage because he thought he might have tipped his pitches against the Indians, against whom he’s now 5-7 with a 4.07 ERA.

Instead, he wanted to see why he “ran into a buzzsaw.”

With two outs in the third inning, Sale’s pitch count stood at 32, including only five in the frame. He had retired eight of the first 10 batters faced.

But what appeared to be another chapter in a spectacular start to Sale’s season quickly unraveled. He walked Jose Ramirez on 10 pitches and Francisco Lindor singled him to third. Mike Napoli followed with a two-run triple that fell in between Austin Jackson and Melky Cabrera and put the Indians ahead for good.

But the inning wasn’t yet over.

Sale walked Carlos Santana on seven pitches and Juan Uribe won a nine-pitch battle when he dumped a 2-2 changeup into right for an RBI single.

Chris Gimenez started the fourth inning with a solo homer off Sale — only the sixth he has allowed in 71.2 innings this season. Sale issued two more walks and an RBI single by Lindor knocked him out of the game.

“Any time you see that, you are surprised,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “This is an off night for him. The best part is it’s not anything physical as far as he was hurting. He had velocity. He probably had too much of it.”

Sale’s attempt to become the first starting pitcher to win 10 straight since San Diego’s Andy Hawkins in 1985 ended with his shortest start since Sept. 13, 2015. He allowed seven hits, walked four and struck out seven.

The biggest disappointment for Sale isn’t the loss of the streak but that he followed a doubleheader with his shortest outing of the season. Zach Putnam, Tommy Kahnle, Matt Purke and Dan Jennings combined for 5.2 scoreless innings in relief of Sale.

“That’s what gets me the most,” Sale said. “We played two yesterday — I had to be big for the guys tonight and was the exact opposite.”

“I stunk. I was bad. I was terrible.”

Sale’s offense had to reverse its latest trend to save him from a loss.

Despite a nice showing from Jose Abreu, it didn’t.

Adam Eaton jumpstarted the White Sox with a leadoff solo homer against Josh Tomlin.

But Tomlin retired 23 of the next 28 batters he faced, including 12 in a row, to improve to 7-0.

The White Sox finished with six hits and scored three or fewer runs for the eighth time in 11 contests. They’ve produced three or fewer runs in 23 of 47 games this season and dropped to 7-16 in those contests.

“Right now it seems that way that we are streaky,” Ventura said. “Nice night by Jose, that’s a good sign to see him swinging it the way he did. You definitely want to see some more runs and things like that.

“But seeing him get going would be a nice shot inn the arm for us.”