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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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