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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Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

Wrigley Field named one of the happiest places in the world by CNN

In terms of overall satisfaction for a fanbase in total, it'd be hard for any team could beat the Cubs' faithful right now.

Ending a 108-year drought will make even the most pessimistic of fans ecstatic.

So it's no surprise Wrigley Field would be considered one of the happiest places on Earth.

To counteract "Blue Monday," CNN discussed 15 of the world's happiest places and Wrigley was included.

But the kicker is — CNN doesn't even mention the World Series championship.

Here's the rationale:


"Wrigley Field, on a warm summer night when the breeze off Lake Michigan makes the flags flutter and your cheeks flush with relief from the damp heat.

"No matter where you sit, you are close to the field, which makes you feel both the intimacy of the game and the immensity of it.

"The players, standing just feet away from you, feel like giants. And the vendors in the stands hawking hot dogs and beers and Italian ice really are a study in that particular species of Chicago native."


Don't know many people who would argue with that.

The only other American location on the list was Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Other worldwide locations include Bangkok, Japan, New Zealand and Copenhagen.

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Report: Bears set to hire Curtis Modkins as running backs coach

Bears Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard will have a new positional coach in 2017.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Bears are expected to hire former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins as their running backs coach.

Before joining the 49ers in 2016, Modkins served as the Detroit Lions running backs coach from 2013-15. Modkins broke into the NFL as a running backs coach with Kansas City Chiefs in 2008. After serving one year in Kansas City, Modkins left for the same job with the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. The following season Modkins took a promotion with the Buffalo Bills, becoming the team's offensive coordinator from 2010-12.

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Modkins will be reunited in Chicago with reported new Bears offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn. The duo worked together for three seasons with the Lions from 2013-15.

The Bears were in need of a new running backs coach after Stan Drayton departed to take an associate head coaching job under Tom Herman at the University of Texas.