CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (5-1)
PrepsTalk: The Dolphins finish 2-1 at the City of Palms tournament in Fort Myers, with wins over Omaha Central (NE) and Chester (PA)-- good for fifth place. Up next: the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC.

2. Simeon (2-1)
PrepsTalk: After dispatching Brooks Friday night, the Wolverines set their sights on the Pontiac Holiday tournament, where Duke-bound Jabari Parker could return to action.

3. Morgan Park (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Morgan Park won the third place game at the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, defeating Our Savior (NY) 79-63. MP fell short against Bishop Gorman (NV) in the semis, 83-80 in OT.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (10-0)
PrepsTalk: Their 88-26 victory over Ellison was the largest winning margin in the Proviso West Tournament since 1992. An intriguing matchup against Westinghouse is on-deck for Wednesday.

5. Marian Catholic (9-1)
PrepsTalk: The Spartans get a "resume-building" win over Lemont Saturday at the Crete-Monee shootout. Tyler Ulis led the charge with 25 points; three others in double-figures for M-C. The McDipper is next.

6. Notre Dame (9-1)
PrepsTalk: After a lengthy break, the Dons return to action Wednesday against Alcott at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic. Other teams competing at Wheeling: Niles North, Naperville Central, St. Viator and others.

7. Benet (11-2)
PrepsTalk: After defeating Urban Prep, the Redwings set their sights on Morton in the second round at Proviso West. It is possible that a Benet-Proviso East matchup could take place on Friday.

8. Proviso East (6-2)
PrepsTalk: Speaking of the Pirates, they forced 27 turnovers en route to a 71-40 victory over T.F. South Saturday at Proviso West. The defending tourney champs will now face Auburn on Thursday.

9. North Chicago (10-1)
PrepsTalk: After walloping Round Lake by 60 on Friday, the Warhawks head down I-55 to Bloomington's State Farm Holiday Classic. They open against Chillicothe's IVC High School on Wednesday.

10. Neuqua Valley (10-0)
PrepsTalk: There's no place like home for the holidays. Well, close enough. Neuqua will play at the nearby East Aurora Tournament over the break. First up: a tilt against Geneva on Wednesday.

11. Hillcrest (7-3)
PrepsTalk: Jovan Mooring scored 25 points, but the Hawks could not overcome Arsenal Tech at the Midwest Basketball Showcase in Indianapolis on Saturday. Up next: Maine South at Proviso West.

12. St. Rita (7-2)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs snuck by Loyola 36-35 on Friday night. The Mustangs will join Whitney Young in spending holiday week in Myrtle Beach SC at the Beach Ball Classic, December 26-31.

13. West Aurora (7-1)
PrepsTalk: The Blackhawks moved to 4-0 in DVC by defeating Wheaton North 68-52 on Friday. Now, can they make noise in Pontiac? West Aurora, Simeon and Peoria Manual could all make deep runs.

14. St. Viator (7-1)
PrepsTalk: The Lions open play at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic against Libertyville Wednesday morning. Should they advance, they'll face the winner of FremdMaine West.

15. St. Ignatius (8-1)
PrepsTalk: The Wolfpack downed Hales 45-31 on Friday. Iggy heads west to York High School for the Jack Tosh Tournament over the break. Their first game will be against Conant on Wednesday.

16. Lake Forest (7-2)
PrepsTalk: Sam Downey's double-double (15 points, 13 boards) helped the Scouts defeat Libertyville on Friday. Lake Forest is the top seed at the Hinsdale South tournament this week.

17. Oswego (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Guards Elliot McGaughy and Miles Simelton each scored 21 points as Oswego defeated Lincoln Park Saturday in the opening round at Proviso West. Steven Cook and the Trevians await on Thursday.

18. Orr (6-2)
PrepsTalk: Orr should make waves this year in the Red-West. They'll have a good tune-up for conference play over the break as they take on Detroit's Community High School (1230).

19. Lemont (9-1)
PrepsTalk: The Indians could not keep up with Marian Catholic But Juozas Balciunas and company are in a good position to make some noise at the Romeoville Christmas Classic this week.

20. Providence-St. Mel (6-1)
PrepsTalk: The Knights will be playing in Bloomington at the State Farm Classic this week. They have an opening round 'small school' game against Cissna Park on Wednesday night.

Looming and Lurking: T.F. North, Bloom, Andrew, Foreman, Morton, Geneva, De La Salle, Glenbard East, St. Charles East, Marist, Crete-Monee, St. Patrick, Dundee-Crown, Mundelein, New Trier.

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29 Days to Kickoff: Prospect

29 Days to Kickoff: Prospect

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.

School: Prospect

Head coach: Mike Sebestyen

Assistant Coaches: Brock Collins, Tim Beishir, Tom Whalen, Nick Lussow, Don Sebestyen, Jeff Collier, Lance Burmeister

How they fared in 2015: 3-6 (2-3) Mid Suburban East Conference. Prospect failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state playoff field.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Is this the Year of the Knights in the Mid Suburban East?

Names to watch this season: OL Billy Matzek; OL Alex Palczewski

Biggest holes to fill:  Can anyone pick up the slack from graduated RB Bobby Jarosz?

EDGY's Early Take: With 14 starters back (six on offense, eight on defense) from a season ago will Prospect be able to convert that experience into a few more wins and a state playoff bid? If the Knights can find some answers in a few key spots, including the offensive skills department, this team could do some big things this fall.

30 Days to Kickoff: St. Viator

30 Days to Kickoff: St. Viator

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: St. Viator

Head coach: Dave Archibald

Assistant Coaches: OL Jackson King, RB Al Panzeca, WR Casey Lynde, DC/DB Dan Fitzpatrick, LB Jason Churak, DL Kyle Jenkins, Def. Assistant Bob Lamick, K-Fr. Dan Hall, DFO Mr. Mike Tubridy

How they fared in 2015: 1-8 (0-7) East Suburban Catholic Conference. St. Viator failed to qualify for the 2015 IHSA state playoff field.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Lions get back to their winning ways this season?

Names to watch this season: TE Cole Kmet, LB Austin Ruetsche

Biggest holes to fill: The Lions have just four starters back on defense this fall including just one starter on the defensive line in senior Anthony Barcal.

EDGY's Early Take: New head coach Dave Archibald comes to St. Viator from Wisconsin Lutheran and can hopefully bring some new life into the Lions after struggling last season. St. Viator has experience in the offensive skills department and that group will be asked to produce early and often this season. 

31 Days to Kickoff: Minooka

31 Days to Kickoff: Minooka

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: Minooka

Head coach: Paul Forsythe

Assistant Coaches: Bert Kooi, Frank Yudzentis, Paige Schoolman, Matt Harding, Mic Resner

How they fared in 2015: 5-5 (3-4) Southwest Prairie Conference. Minooka made the 2015 Class 8A state playoff field and lost to Huntley in opening round action.

Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Indians get back to the state playoffs and advance?

Names to watch this season: QB Johnny Carnagio, WR/DB Isaiah Hill

Biggest holes to fill: The Indians will need to replace their entire starting defensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: With 13 starters back (8 offense 5 defense) from their 2015 state playoff team the Indians have high hopes this fall. The pass/catch combo of QB Carnagio to WR Hill is one of the tops in the conference. If Minooka can find a few answers up front on defense they could make a return state playoff push.