CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings


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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In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In this week's edition of In the Gym at EFT, physical therapist Emily Sluis tackles muscle activation. 

Sluis enlists the help of Super Bowl XLIX Champion Darius Fleming to demonstrate dynamic stretches that get an athlete ready to compete. 

Check out key techniques in the video above, and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Curie's Elijah Joiner

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Curie's Elijah Joiner

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Curie senior basketball player Elijah Joiner. 

After playing a big role on last year's Class 4A state championship team, Joiner is back to lead the Condors on their quest to repeat. The senior guard, who is committed to play at Tulsa next year, is the first option for top-ranked Curie, and boasts a myriad of skills.  

Learn more about Joiner in the video above.