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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63 Days to Kickoff: Warren Township

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63 Days to Kickoff: Warren Township

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 Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant Coaches: Brandon Schild, Josh Williams, Ross Purchatzke, Justin Van Schaik, Jim Voutiritsas, Clay Kovak

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (4-3 North Suburban Lake conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ Barrington

Sept. 1 – vs New Trier

Sept. 8 – vs Libertyville

Sept. 15 - @ Lake Forest

Sept. 22 - @ Lake Zurich

Sept. 29 – vs Mundelein

Oct. 6 - vs Waukegan

Oct. 13 - @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 20 - @ Stevenson

Biggest storyline: Can the Blue Devils survive a brutally tough schedule in 2017?

Names to watch this season: Senior WR Micah Jones (Notre Dame), Senior TE Ryan Short 

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils have 11 starters back (5 offense 6 defense) and a ton of underclassmen talent, but can that talent develop into needed depth this season?

EDGY's Early Take: The Warren Township schedule is brutal and is also front loaded so the Blue Devils will need to come out clicking immediately. If the Blue Devils can get big production from it's seniors while a very good underclassmen group gels, this could be a team that surprises this fall. 

64 Days To Kickoff: Crystal Lake South

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64 Days To Kickoff: Crystal Lake South

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 Jul. 31, we'll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Crystal Lake South

Head Coach: Rob Fontana

How they fared in 2016: 3-6 (2-6 Fox Valley conference), failed to qualify for the 2016 IHSA state playoffs.

[MORE: 65 Days To Kickoff: Taft]

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 25 – @ McHenry

Sept. 1 – vs Crystal Lake Central

Sept. 8 – @ Jacobs

Sept. 15 - vs Prairie Ridge

Sept. 22 - @ Dundee-Crown

Sept. 29 – vs Hampshire

Oct. 6 - @ Cary-Grove

Oct. 13 - vs Huntley

Oct. 20 - vs West Chicago

Biggest storyline: Can the Gators get out of the gate quicker in 2017?

Names to watch this season: Junior OL Trevor Keegan and Senior RB/LB Kyle Leva

Biggest holes to fill: The Gators will need plenty of guys to step up, especially in the offensive skills department. Senior RB Kyle Leva the only returning starter back from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: With an offensive line that --at least size-wise-- could double as a major college line, it's safe to say that Crystal lake South will look to run the football a bit in 2017. If the newer offensive skills players can develop and help the Gators avoid a slow start (0-4 out of the gate in 2016), this team has the potential to be as strong as the upper tier FVC teams this fall.