CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (10-1)
PrepsTalk: The Dolphins make a huge national statement, winning the Beach Ball Classic tournament in South Carolina. They defeated Myrtle Beach, Bishop Gorman (NV), Scott County (KY) and Bishop OConnell (VA) along the way.

2. Simeon (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Just like old times? The Wolverines win another title in Pontiac (third straight). Tournament MVP Jabari Parker scored 14 points and 13 rebounds in the title game against West Aurora.

3. Morgan Park (13-1)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs simply dominated the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. They beat Proviso East 82-57 in the championship behind 24 points and 16 rebounds from Josh Cunningham.

4. Marian Catholic (13-1)
PrepsTalk: Tyler Ulis, donning pink shoes in the title game, scored 29 points as the Spartans beat Bloom 61-58 in front of a packed house at Rich South. Its the first Dipper title for M-C in 37 tries.

5. Notre Dame (13-1)
PrepsTalk: More East Suburban Catholic power, as the Dons took down Niles North 54-52 for the Wheeling Hardwood Classic trophy. Matt Mooney secured tournament MVP honors.

6. North Chicago (14-1)
PrepsTalk: The Warhawks make a statement in Bloomington, winning the State Farm Holiday Classic. JaVairius Amos-Mays, Kurt Hall, and JayQuan McCloud each had a great tournament.

7. Neuqua Valley (14-0)
PrepsTalk: The Wildcats secured the East Aurora tournament championship, defeating Pleasure Ridge Park (KY) in the title game. They held Ridge, a team averaging 82 points per game, to only 55.

8. Proviso East (10-3)
PrepsTalk: No, the Pirates were not impressive against Morgan Park (an 82-57 loss). But East did have a few marquee wins at the Proviso West Tourney, including Benet and Oswego.

9. Oswego (11-2)
PrepsTalk: The Panthers placed third at Proviso West last week. Miles Simelton scored 28 points against Stevenson; Elliott McGaughy, Darion Reddick and Zach West each had solid contributions.

10. Benet (14-3)
PrepsTalk: The Redwings could not get past Proviso East, but came back to beat a talented Bogan team for fifth place at Proviso West. Sean OMara turned in another fine performance: 26 points, seven boards against Bogan.

11. West Aurora (10-2)
PrepsTalk: Another strong showing at Pontiac (2nd place). The Blackhawks defeated Lockport, St. Charles North and Warren. West Aurora now faces Naperville North on Saturday.

12. Orr (9-2)
PrepsTalk: A fine performance by the Spartans at the Motor City Roundball Classic in Detroit. Orr defeated Detroit Community 46-34 on Sunday and now come home for Red-West play (vs. Marshall 19).

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-2)
PrepsTalk: The Vikings won the early round games at Proviso West, but could not figure out Oswego and Benet. H-F travels to Bolingbrook to play the Raiders Friday night.

14. Bloom (10-3)
PrepsTalk: Johnny Griffin tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds, but Bloom could not stop Tyler Ulis and Marian Catholic at the McDipper. The Blazing Trojans second place showing was punctuated by wins over Phillips, Hales and Crete-Monee.

15. Lemont (13-1)
PrepsTalk: The Indians were the kings of the Romeoville Tournament over the holidays. MVP Juozas Balciunas paced Lemont with 24 points in the championship game against Plainfield Central.

16. Niles North (10-3)
PrepsTalk: North was impressive in wins over Vernon Hills, Loyola and St. Viator at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic. BJ Beckford, Malachi Nix and Lorenzo Dillard were huge contributors for the Vikings.

17. Larkin (14-2)
PrepsTalk: A huge win on many fronts for Larkin over the holidays. They won the Elgin Tournament championship over the host schooland bitter rival-Maroons with Quentin Ruff leading the way with 21 points in the finale.

18. Providence-St. Mel (11-3)
PrepsTalk: The Knights fell to Rockford Lutheran at the State Farm Holiday Classic, but bounced back to defeat Minonk Fieldcrest to secure third place honors.

19. Stevenson (10-4)
PrepsTalk: The Patriots finished in fourth place at Proviso West. They defeated Hinsdale Central, St. Charles East and Maine South, but fell to Proviso East and Oswego

20. Brother Rice (11-2)
PrepsTalk: The Crusaders bring home first place in the Hinsdale South Tournament, thanks to stellar play of Alex Majewski (tournament MVP) and Cal Kennedy.

Looming and Lurking: Curie, St. Rita, Naperville Central, De La Salle, Bogan, Maine South, Montini, North Lawndale, Crete-Monee, Zion-Benton, Lake Forest, Dundee-Crown, Geneva, Marist, Leyden, York, Oak Park, St. Patrick, New Trier, St. Joseph

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High School Lites Week 8 basketball capsules

High School Lites Week 8 basketball capsules

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school basketball games across Chicagoland for another basketball edition of High School Lites. Catch the show live at 11 p.m. Friday on CSN and streaming at CSNChicago.com. This week's show has a lot of action between ranked teams as we have some important conference matchups on High School Lites. I'll be between two games this week with a solid rematch in the Mid-Suburban West between No. 20 Conant and No. 10 Fremd while No. 9 Marist heads to No. 24 Benet for a good game in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. We'll also have highlights from the Red-South, Central Suburban South, SouthWest Suburban Red, South Suburban Blue and Kishwaukee River. Our's Viewer's Choice Game of the Week heads to the Catholic League South as No. 23 Brother Rice heads to Bishop McNamara. And this week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek as the Harvard commit is coming off of a career-high 29-point performance last week.

THURSDAY

No. 1 Simeon at Bogan, 5:00 p.m. -- The Wolverines (17-0, 7-0) are already coming off of two wins this week over Fenwick and Harlan as the starters rested over Harlan in that win. The Bengals (12-6, 4-3) remain a dangerous team as they've played better ball since Jerome Bynum became eligible. 

FRIDAY

No. 20 Conant at No. 10 Fremd, 6:00 p.m. -- A big rematch in the Mid-Suburban West that saw Fremd win on the road earlier this season. The Vikings (16-0, 5-0) have one of the best defenses in the area as Ryan Martin did a great job defending Jimmy Sotos from Conant in the last matchup. The Cougars (15-3, 4-1) are trying to bounce back after a loss to Prospect as they're hoping to tie the MSL West race.

No. 9 Marist at No. 24 Benet, 7:30 p.m. -- The East Suburban Catholic Conference remains one of the toughest conferences in the Chicagoland area as this one should be good. Marist (19-1, 3-0) had their unbeaten streak broken on Tuesday against Brother Rice but senior big man Justin Brown had a huge game and should be a factor. Benet (14-5, 2-1) is trying to stay in the ESCC picture as seniors Jack Nolan and Liam Lyman are both playing good ball.

No. 16 Thornton at Thornwood, 6:30 p.m. -- The SouthWest Suburban Blue rivalry game should be a good one. Thornton (12-4, 4-0) is led by senior Alonzo Verge as he's putting together some big performances this season. Thornwood (7-8, 1-2) is trying to stay in the conference race at this point as they're coming off a loss to T.F. North.

Hillcrest at T.F. South, 7:00 p.m. -- Two 7-0 teams clash in the South Suburban Blue in this one. Hillcrest (12-5, 7-0) is looking to climb back into the CSN Preps Power Rankings as they're still a big threat in Class 3A. T.F. South (10-7, 7-0) is the surprise team in the mix in the conference as both teams are tied with T.F. North in the standings.

Marengo at Burlington Central, 7:00 p.m. -- We make a trip to the Kishwaukee River as the top two teams in the conference clash. But this game comes with a twist: Marengo (14-4, 2-0) lost at Burlington Central (16-1, 2-0) on Monday in the championship game of the Rockets' annual event. This time, the game counts in the standings as Burlington Central stopped Marengo's seven-game winning streak earlier this week.

No. 2 Evanston at Niles North, 7:30 p.m. -- The Wildkits (14-2, 4-0) are still unbeaten against Illinois teams as they have one of their tougher Central Suburban South games on the road at Niles North. Senior Nojel Eastern has plenty of weapons around him this season as Evanston continues to look very balanced. The Vikings (12-7, 2-2) are coming off of a 1-1 Monday at the Lake Zurich tournament as they try to stay with the Wildkits in league play.

Viewer's Choice Game of the Week

No. 23 Brother Rice at Bishop McNamara, 7:15 p.m. -- Our Viewer's Choice Game of the Week goes to the Catholic League South as the red-hot Crusaders (16-3, 4-0) head to Bishop McNamara. Brother Rice earned a huge win over previously-unbeaten Marist  on Tuesday as Mike Shepski and Josh Niego continue to have strong seasons. McNamara (13-4, 3-1) is right there with Brother Rice and Leo in the Catholic South race as they try to make a move here.

AP Illinois girls basketball rankings: Week 8

AP Illinois girls basketball rankings: Week 8

Here are the girls prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record, total points and previous rank.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Montini (12) 21-0 120 1
2. Rock Island 22-1 96 2
3. Edwardsville 20-0 94 4
4. Homewood-Flossmoor 13-2 82 3
5. Benet 18-2 67 5
6. Rockford Boylan 19-1 48 6
7. Springfield 17-2 41 7
8. Hersey 18-2 33 8
9. Geneva 14-3 22 9
10. Oswego East 19-3 21 NR

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Bradley-Bourbonnais 12, Evanston Township 11

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chicago Marshall (7) 18-0 132 2
2. Morton (4) 19-2 123 1
3. Mattoon (1) 21-0 92 4
4. Highland (2) 16-3 87 3
5. Bethalto Civic Memorial 17-3 85 5
6. Richwoods 18-3 73 6
7. Rochester 14-3 56 8
8. Effingham 18-2 34 7
9. Normal University 16-3 32 NR
10. North Lawndale 14-3 13 10

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Litchfield 13, Peoria Central 8

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (11) 19-2 127 1
2. Eureka (1) 19-2 105 2
3. Teutopolis 20-2 96 3
4. Sherrard 20-2 92 4
5. Camp Point Central 19-2 72 5
6. Kewanee 21-3 50 9
7. Hall 18-5 47 6
8. Sesser-Valier (1) 19-1 41 8
9. Hillsboro 18-4 35 7
10. Gilman Iroquois West 18-2 11 NR

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Auburn 11, Arthur-Lovington-Hammond-Atwood 9, St. Edward 8

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lebanon (12) 19-0 135 1
2. Winchester (2) 20-0 123 3
3. Ashton-Franklin Center 18-2 97 2
4. Colfax Ridgeview 19-2 87 5
5 Mount Olive 19-2 81 6
6. Okawville 16-4 58 7
7. Danville Schlarmann 13-5 40 8
8. Calhoun 13-4 34 4
9. Princeville 21-2 29 9
10. Heyworth 20-1 26 NR

Others receiving 12 or more votes: Annawan 21, Galena 15