Top 20 Rankings, Playoffs - Semifinals

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Top 20 Rankings, Playoffs - Semifinals

1 Lincoln-Way East (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated Edwardsville 40-10
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Benet
PrepsTalk: NIU recruit Tom Fuessel sprinted past Edwardsville to the tune of 263 yards and three scores. Sean Doherty's 25-yard INT-TD was the cherry on top of a successful Griffins defensive effort.

2 Glenbard West (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Wheaton North 3-0
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Lake Zurich
PrepsTalk: It was all defense on a muddy field in Glen Ellyn. Joe Marconi picked off two passes and Charlie Sweeny added another to seal the win. Hayden Lekacz was the offensive showcase (32-yard FG).

3 Loyola (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Palatine 19-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Glenbard North
PrepsTalk: Linebacker Cody Sullivan dominated the game. His three interceptions helped shut down a once-dominant Palatine offense. A Danny Rafferty pick also led to an early Ramblers score.

4 Mount Carmel (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 6): Defeated Lyons 45-10
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Neuqua Valley
PrepsTalk: The option attack, fueled by QB Don Butkus and running backs Matt Domer and Draco Smith, paved the way. A 10-10 game was broken open by a trio of Lyons turnovers which led to MTC points.

5 Crete-Monee (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Ottawa 42-6
Next Game: 6A Playoffs at Lemont
PrepsTalk: The Warriors defense produced three sacks, three fumbles and limited Illinois-bound Miguel Hermasillo from reaching the end zone. Laquon Treadwell had two scores for C-M.

6 Neuqua Valley (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 9): Defeated Waubonsie Valley 23-20
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Mount Carmel
PrepsTalk: Ryan Mulhern's 20-yard field goal was the difference in another heart-stopping Neuqua-Waubonsie tilt. Joey Rhattigan: 41 carries, 278 yards and three touchdowns.

7 Glenbard North (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Maine South 29-23
Next Game: 8A Playoffs at Loyola
PrepsTalk: Panthers workhorse Justin Jackson rushed 36 times for 212 yards and four touchdowns. The defense was also able to limit the damage by Northwestern-bound QB Matt Alviti.

8 Maine South (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 1): Lost to Glenbard North 29-23
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Matt Alviti accumulated 227 yards (115 passing), but the defense could not hold Justin Jackson. The Hawks had the ball late, but could not convert on a fourth down in GBN territory.

9 Cary-Grove (12-0)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Defeated Crystal Lake Central 7-0
Next Game: 6A Playoffs at Lake Forest
PrepsTalk: Ryan Mahoney's eight-yard run to the end zone just before halftime was all the Trojans would need. Cary-Grove's defense stopped multiple Central attacks in C-G's territory.

10 Benet (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Downers Grove North 26-24
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Lincoln-Way East
PrepsTalk: Another dramatic win for the Redwings, this time it came on a Jack Beneventi five-yard TD pass to Jack Toner with no time left. Beneventi: 26-42, 236 yards, two TDs.

11 Waubonsie Valley (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Lost to Neuqua Valley 23-20
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Austin Guido rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown, but the Warriors could not stave off a late Neuqua drive and a late field goal. Demario Webb also scored for Waubonsie.

12 Lemont (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 15): Defeated Oak Forest 21-14
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Crete-Monee
PrepsTalk: Running back Christos Giatras simply owned the game. He tallied 119 yards and all three of Lemont's touchdowns. The defense kept a potent Oak Forest offense in check.

13 Wheaton North (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 13): Lost to Glenbard West 3-0
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Quarterback John Peltz tossed three interceptions and the rushing attack could never get going on a rain-soaked field. The Falcons missed a field goal attempt in the first half.

14 Montini (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 18): Defeated Marian Central Catholic 42-27
Next Game: 5A Playoffs at Joliet Catholic
PrepsTalk: Mark Gorogianis had the game of his life Saturday, rushing for 240 yards and five touchdowns on only eight carries. The Broncos defeated MCC in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

15 Lake Zurich (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 19): Defeated Boylan 21-6
Next Game: 7A Playoffs at Glenbard West
PrepsTalk: The Bears put a stop to a 39-game Boylan winning streak, thanks to two Noah Allgood touchdown passes and a 55-yard run to paydirt from Sean Lynch.

16 Morris (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Washington 28-27 (OT)
Next Game: 5A Playoffs vs. Sacred Heart-Griffin
PrepsTalk: The Redskins erased a late 14-point deficit in 49 seconds (Zach Cinnamon and Collin Grogan TDs). Fernando Del Toro's extra point after a Cinnamon TD sealed the win in OT.

17 Palatine (10-2)
Last Week (Ranked 8): Lost to Loyola 19-7
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Quarterback Ethan Olles could not get anything going against Loyola, throwing four interceptions. Palatine's lone score came on a 47-yard punt return TD by Cam Kuksa.

18 Marian Central Catholic (11-1)
Last Week (Ranked 5): Lost to Montini 42-27
Next Game: Season Over
PrepsTalk: Minnesota-bound quarterback Chris Streveler racked up 360 yards of offense (251 passing) and three touchdowns, but the Hurricanes fell victim to Montini. Again.

19 Lake Forest (9-3)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Notre Dame 31-19.
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Cary-Grove
PrepsTalk: How about the game for Trent Williams-- 6 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Andrew Clifford found Nick Giordono on two TD receptions; Stephen Cirame had two rushing TDs.

20 Joliet Catholic (8-4)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Lincoln-Way West 21-20 (OT)
Next Game: 5A Playoffs vs. Montini
PrepsTalk: Michael Ivlow produced the game-winning touchdown run in overtime and Zach Rezin saved the game with a tackle on a two-point conversion attempt. Ty Isaac: 178 yards, two TDs.

Looming and Lurking: Aurora Christian, Evergreen Park, Oak Forest, Lyons, Notre Dame, Brooks, Downers Grove North, Crystal Lake Central, Lincoln-Way West, Kaneland, Bolingbrook, Providence, Lakes, Richards, Coal City, Wilmington, Simeon.

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Chicago Mag is right: The Bulls will be must-watch in 2016 with Wade, Rondo

Chicago Mag is right: The Bulls will be must-watch in 2016 with Wade, Rondo

No one knows how all the new pieces the Bulls brought in this offseason - eight, to be exact - will fit together.

The team opened training camp on Tuesday, and it should come as no surprise that everyone seems to be getting along just fine. It won't be until the real games get going close to Halloween that we see how the new team, built by GM Gar Forman and VP John Paxson, fares. And realistically, the squad won't be a finished project until well into 2017.

But as Chicago Mag's Adam Waytz wrote earlier this week, no matter how the new faces - particularly two veteran champions in Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo - mesh together, the Bulls will be must-watch television and live streaming in 2016-17.

Yet for all of Rondo’s outward absurdity, a similar strangeness lurks just below Wade’s surface, manifesting in an occasional thrown elbow and, this summer, in his erratic exit from the Miami Heat. Wade had no reason to leave Miami, where he led the team in 2006 to its first championship and holds franchise records for points, games played, assists, and steals. Yet the looming presences of Shaquille O’Neal and Pat Riley on the 2006 team, followed by LeBron James’s arrival in Miami (and subsequent departure!) overshadowed Wade’s steadfast tenure as the most successful athlete in South Florida history. Then came this summer’s contract quibbles.

But Wade’s departure had little to do with money. It was about the Heat, and the league more broadly, slowly wallpapering over his relevance as a top five all-time shooting guard.

This slow burn of Wade’s ego is the flame to Rondo’s fuse. Rondo also unwillingly tumbled into obscurity, with each setback—a 2013 ACL injury, his acrimonious 48-game Dallas stay, and a purgatorial last season in Sacramento (where a national audience ignored his career bests in rebounding and 3-point shooting)—fueling his resolve. For both Wade and Rondo, arriving in Chicago signaled a pressure release—they have already vocally deferred team leadership duties to Jimmy Butler—yet their pride still smolders.

Bulls fans now get to sit back and watch the Wade-Rondo redemption tour, a revenge fantasy that Tarantino could not have stunt-cast better. If all goes as planned, Rondo’s eccentric aggression will allow Wade to access the strange spite he secretly harbors, and Wade’s polish will set an example for Rondo, guiding him to restore luster to his recently tarnished reputation. If nothing else, watching their rejuvenation will be way more fun than pondering the sadness behind Rose’s eyes or wondering whether Noah and Taj Gibson can play together.

One has to wonder, too, about how much Wade's decision to return home had to do with his best friend, LeBron James, doing the same in Cleveland two years ago. And even though he's already dubbed the Bulls as Jimmy Butler's team, it thrusts him back into the spotlight playing for the team he dreamed about ever since he was a kid.

For both Wade and Rondo, it's also an opportunity to rebound from sub-par years. Wade played in 74 games, his most since 2010, but shot a career-worst 45.6 percent from the field, and his 19.0 points and 4.6 assists were the lowest since his rookie season 13 years ago. That's not to say the future Hall of Famer doesn't have plenty left in the tank - he does, at witnessed by his stellar playoff performance - but some added motivation in a new jersey will serve him well.

Rondo has even more to prove. The Bulls will be his fourth team since the start of the 2013 season, and while he led the NBA in assists per game last year (11.7) his shot and defense remain liabilities. Both Rondo and Wade can opt out of their deals after this season, and while that doesn't mean leaving the Bulls per se, there are financial games to be made by the pair having dominant seasons.

Combine that with Jimmy Butler attempting to prove he can play nice with a pair of Alphas, and as Waytz wrote, there will be something new to watch for every night.

Time will tell if Fred Hoiberg can harness the egos, talent and attitudes in the Bulls locker room. But one thing's for certain: no matter the outcome, it'll be worth watching and streaming.

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