CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings

1. Whitney Young (3-0)
PrepsTalk: With coaches Mike Krzyzewski and John Groce looking on, Jahlil Okafor put on a clinic. The 6-11 junior scored 27 points with nine boards and six blocks in a 98-48 win over Westinghouse on Friday night.

2. Simeon (2-1)
PrepsTalk: Sophomore Edward Morrow was the hero Saturday, scoring 18 points in a 55-44 victory at Arlington (TN). Jabari Parker, who chooses his college destination Thursday, continues to nurse a foot injury.

3. Morgan Park (6-0)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs make a strong statement in Indianapolis Saturday as they take down national power Lawrence North, 67-58. Lamont Walker collected 18 points and 17 boards.

4. Homewood-Flossmoor (9-0)
PrepsTalk: Maurius Hill netted 19 points and Jason Scott added 13 more as the Vikings blow past Lincoln-Way East Friday 72-42. They will be tough to beat at Proviso West.

5. Marian Catholic (8-1)
PrepsTalk: Tyler Ulis was stellar Friday (26 points, seven rebounds, three assists) as the Spartans beat Nazareth. M-C now faces Lemont (Saturday) and then competition at the Big Dipper at the end of the month.

6. Notre Dame (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Senior point guard Jake Maestranzi guided ND to a 54-37 win over Leo on Saturday. The Dons will catch a breath and rest up for the Wheeling Hardwood Classic December 26th.

7. Benet (10-2)
PrepsTalk: An impressive win for the Redwings Saturday as they take down St. Ignatius 44-31. Sean O'Mara racked up 17 points and eight boards while Eddie Eshoo hit four three-pointers.

8. Proviso East (6-2)
PrepsTalk: The Pirates cruised past Addison Trail and then picked up a win over Mishawaka Marian Saturday at the Indy Legacy Showcase. Up next-- the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

9. North Chicago (8-1)
PrepsTalk: A 23-5 fourth quarter run proved to be the difference in a 78-61 victory over Lakes on Thursday. How about JaVairius Amos-Mays: 13 points and 20 rebounds.

10. Neuqua Valley (10-0)
PrepsTalk: Did you have Neuqua Valley among the first to Chicagoland teams to reach 10 wins? The defense has been stellar, holding opponents to less than 40 points per game.

11. Hillcrest (7-2)
PrepsTalk: The Hawks steamroll Oak Lawn and Thornton this week and have now won five in a row. Jovan Mooring scored 19 points Saturday against the Wildcats.

12. St. Rita (6-2)
PrepsTalk: The Mustangs picked up a 53-45 win over Leo Friday night as Dominique Matthews scored 19 points. 'Rita plays at Loyola Friday and then at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach December 26-31.

13. West Aurora (6-1)
PrepsTalk: Jontrel Walker tallied 27 points as the Blackhawks took care of Glenbard North 75-59 Friday. West plays at Wheaton North Friday and then the Pontiac Holiday Tournament over the break.

14. Zion-Benton (9-1)
PrepsTalk: Junior forward Milik Yarbrough nailed five threes to lift the Bees to a 53-44 win over Warren Saturday night. A huge game awaits Friday against Mundelein.

15. Lemont (7-0)
PrepsTalk: Five players scored in double-figures Friday --including 24 from Juozas Balciunas-- as the Indians ran over the Grinnell system-based Eisenhower Cardinals.

16. St. Viator (7-1)
PrepsTalk: Huge weekend for junior guard Ore Arogundade-- 18 points, 10 rebounds Saturday against Loyola; 18 points, eight rebounds the night before against Marist.

17. St. Ignatius (7-1)
PrepsTalk: Connor Cronin (18 points) and Brandon Snower (10) played well on offense, but the Wolfpack could not tame Benet. Iggy will play at Hales Friday night.

18. Lake Forest (6-1)
PrepsTalk: The Scouts kept Warren off the scoreboard in the second quarter Friday en route to a 38-26 win. Sophomore forward Evan Boudreaux dominated, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds.

19. Oswego (6-1)
PrepsTalk: They have gone from Proviso West dark horse to a legitimate contender for the prestigious holiday tourney title. Miles Simelton and Elliot McGaughy can play.

20. Orr (5-1)
PrepsTalk: Several Chicagoland teams made waves in Indianapolis this weekend-- and don't overlook Orr. Louis Adams' 30 points helped the Spartans take down Indiana's Warren Central in overtime.

Looming and Lurking: Bloom, Andrew, Montini, Foreman, Maine South, Providence-St. Mel, Morton, Geneva, De La Salle, Glenbard East, Fenwick, St. Charles East, Marist, T.F. North, Brother Rice, Crete-Monee, St. Patrick, York, Dundee-Crown.

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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