CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Simeon (18-2)
PrepsTalk: The Wolverines plant their flag on the top of the CSN Top 20 once again with an exciting 44-41 victory over Whitney Young. Illinois-bound stars Jaylon Tate (12 points) and Kendrick Nunn (10 points, six rebounds) stole the show.

2. Whitney Young (18-2)
PrepsTalk: The Dolphins made a furious second half comeback, but it wasnt enough to beat Simeon. L.J. Peaks 20 points (14 in the third quarter) led Young. Possible Simeon rematches in the Public League and IHSA playoffs would be must-watch games.

3. Morgan Park (19-2)
PrepsTalk: It was a week of blowouts for the Mustangsfirst, an 84-30 win over Julian on Wednesday. Then, a 96-36 mauling of Carver on Friday. Billy Garrett Jr. and company will be a tough out in the Public League playoffs.

4. North Chicago (22-1)
PrepsTalk: The Warhawks cruise to an 86-51 win over Vernon Hills on Saturdays senior night. Travaris Knox and Jarrod Coleman, both seniors, scored in double-figures. Junior JaVairius Amos-Mays led the way with 19.

5. Proviso East (16-3)
PrepsTalk: The fans in the Bloomington-Normal got an up-close look at Illinois State recruit Paris Lee on Saturday. Lee scored seven points, six steals and five assists as the Pirates cruised past Normal U-High 74-47.

6. Oswego (18-2)
PrepsTalk: Elliot McGaughys 18 points, backed up by 13 more from Miles Simelton, propelled Oswego over Plainfield South Friday. Busy week on tap for the Panthers: at Plainfield East (Tuesday), vs. Oswego East (Friday) and at Yorkville (Saturday).

7. Benet (19-3)
PrepsTalk: 13 was the lucky number for Pat McInerney Saturday against Naperville Central. The senior forward tallied that number in points and rebounds in a 46-35 win. St. Viator, who beat Marian Catholic on Friday, is on deck for Benet Friday.

8. Notre Dame (18-2)
PrepsTalk: The Dons pick up another quality win Saturday, this time over East Suburban Conference foe St. Viator at the Sears Centre. Air Force-bound guard Matt Mooney scored 22 points.

9. Orr (17-2)
PrepsTalk: The Spartans walloped Farragut 85-55 this week, with Tyquone Greer, Louis Adams Jr. and Armani Ousley leading the way. A showdown with Whitney Young looms later in the week.

10. Bloom (17-3)
PrepsTalk: Zerell Jacksons 18 points, with good support from Johnny Griffin (16 points) and James Coleman (14 points), paved the way for a 74-69 win over Rich Central Friday. Up next: at Rich East.

11. Marian Catholic (20-3)
PrepsTalk: The Spartans were tripped up against St. Viator on Friday. Expect a focused team on the floor Tuesday in Chicago Heights as they take on Brother Rice, a game between two Top 20 teams.

12. Niles North (19-3)
PrepsTalk: Senior guard Malachi Nix became Niles Norths all-time leading scorer Friday against Highland Park, a game in which North went on a 26-0 run. Make that nine wins in a row for the Vikings.

13. Neuqua Valley (21-2)
PrepsTalk: Jabari Sandifer was the cornerstone in a big third quarter for the Wildcats in a 74-46 win over Lake Park on Thursday. He scored 18 points on the night. Neuqua will host Bartlett on Friday.

14. West Aurora (16-3)
PrepsTalk: Jontrel Walker and Spencer Thomas each scored 16 points as the Blackhawks took down St. Joseph 56-47 on Saturday. West Aurora now faces Naperville Central on Tuesday.

15. Stevenson (15-4)
PrepsTalk: The Patriots are on a roll. Jalen Brunson scored 23 points and Matt Morrissey racked up another 20 as Stevenson cruised past Prospect, a first place team in the Mid-Suburban East, 75-58 on Saturday.

16. Brother Rice (18-2)
PrepsTalk: Two down, one to go. Yes, every opponent is important and cannot be overlooked, but you have to tip your cap to the Crusaders, who beat Marist and Seton last weekwith their third consecutive tough opponent (Marian Catholic) on Tuesday.

17. Curie (14-5)
PrepsTalk: After cruise-control wins over Phillips and Harper this week, the Condors will face stiff tests against York (Sunday) and St. Rita (Tuesday). Can Cliff Alexander carry this team on his back deep into the playoffs?

18. Maine South (20-3)
PrepsTalk: The Hawks rolled on Friday, 50-29 over Niles West. Now its time for some home cooking. Three of the next four are in Park Ridge, starting with Tuesdays matchup against Hersey.

19. Larkin (18-3)
PrepsTalk: The Royals keep surging in the Upstate Eight, the latest victory came against St. Charles North on Saturday. Kendale McCullum (game-high 20 points) was integral during a 10-0 third quarter run.

20. St. Rita (14-5)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs are back in the top 20, thanks to a 90-66 win over Bishop McNamara on Friday. St. Rita will face Curie on Tuesday and travel to Hales on Friday.

Looming and Lurking: Lemont, New Trier, Providence-St. Mel, Hillcrest, Waubonsie Valley, York, Hinsdale Central, Oak Park-River Forest, St. Benedict, Immaculate Conception, Crystal Lake Central, St. Edward, St. Viator.

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33 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

33 Days to Kickoff: Shepard

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. You can view Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: Shepard

Head coach: Dom Passolano

Assistant Coaches: AJ Porter, Kris Korhonen, Chris Lewis, Ryan McGuire, Brad Sievers, Gary Korhonen, Brendan Meany, Clint Connelly, Joe Krawisz, Dan Ludwig, Todd Barham

How they fared in 2015: 5-5 (3-3 South Suburban Red). Shepard made the 2015 Class 5A state playoff field and lost to Sacred Heart Griffin in opening round action.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Astros blast off into the state playoffs and make a run?

Names to watch this season: QB/ATH Jack Carberry, RB/S Demetrius Harrison

Biggest holes to fill: The Astros welcome back just one starting defensive linemen in senior Jamir Dunbar.

EDGY's Early Take: Look for Shepard to challenge for the South Suburban Red conference title this season. The Astros welcome back 12 starters this fall and several of those players are multi-year starters for head coach Dom Passolano.

34 Days to Kickoff: Bremen

34 Days to Kickoff: Bremen

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. You can view Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: Bremen

Head coach: Dan Stell

Assistant Coaches: Pete Luby, Matt Verble, Amir Ross, Derek Hitt, Rey Lang, Kevin Donegan, Mike Cline, Kevin O'Sullivan, Joe DeLarme, Andy French, Brad Johnson, Jeremy Cline

How they fared in 2015: 1-8 (0-6) South Suburban Blue Conference. Bremen failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state football playoffs.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Braves get back to it's winning ways in the always rugged South Suburban Blue?

Names to watch this season: OL Chris Clark, DL Shane London

Biggest holes to fill: The Braves welcome back 18 starters for this season, yet overall depth is always needed in the South Suburban Blue.

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few years for the Braves and head coach Dan Stell (2-7 in 2014 and 1-8 last season) after winning the conference title in 2013. The good news is that Bremen welcomes back a ton of experience including a very good junior class this fall. I expect Bremen to compete hard for a state playoff spot this season.

35 Days to Kickoff: Lake Zurich

35 Days to Kickoff: Lake Zurich

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 1, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 26. You can view Edgy Tim's other football previews here.

School: Lake Zurich

Head coach: Dave Proffitt

Assistant Coaches: Tony Wolanski (OC), David Proffitt (DC), Shane Williams (ST)

How they fared in 2015: 4-5 (3-3) North Suburban Lake Conference. Lake Zurich failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state football playoffs.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Bears get back into the IHSA State playoff field?

Names to watch this season: LB Jack Sanborn, RB Kyle Roth

Biggest holes to fill: The Bears welcome back just one starting offensive linemen from a season ago in senior Eric Brown.

EDGY's Early Take: Whenever a Dave Proffitt coached team welcomes back eight starters on defense, expect good things to happen. If the Bears defense can allow a less experienced offense to develop early on this is a definite team that could rise quickly in the polls.