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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings: Week 8

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CSN Top 20 IHSA basketball rankings: Week 8

1.Whitney Young (13-1)

PrepsTalk: Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors in Saturdays win against White Station (TN) at the Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest in Memphis. It'll be a busy week for the Dolphins: Monday at Crane, Wednesday at Marshall, then home Friday vs. Farragut.

2. Morgan Park (16-1)

PrepsTalk: Two more wins for the Mustangs, who look to put an exclamation point on south side supremacy. Billy Garrett Jr, Kyle Davis and company will have a golden chance for just that on Wednesday.

3. Simeon (11-2)

PrepsTalk: Jabari Parker scored 21 points and grabbed six boards as the Wolverines beat Memphis Southwind 55-53 in Tennessee Saturday night. Three games this week, with the Battle of Vincennes (at Morgan Park) Wednesday.

4. Marian Catholic (16-1)

PrepsTalk: M-C won their 14th straight game Saturday --a school record-- as they took down Quincy, 60-39. Thursdays road game at Benet could be a must-see East Suburban Catholic duel.

5. North Chicago (16-1)

PrepsTalk: JaVairius Amos-Mays, JayQuan McCloud (18 and 8) and Big Kurt Hall helped overwhelm Wauconda and Libertyville this week. Up next: a Friday tilt against North Suburban foe Grant.

6. Proviso East (12-3)

PrepsTalk: The Pirates defeated Morton Friday 68-43, but a late-game skirmish between the two teams could leave Proviso East with a thin lineup Friday against Willowbrook.

7. Oswego (13-2)

PrepsTalk: The Panthers made an emphatic statement on the Southwest Prairie conference race Friday with a road win at Minooka. Darion Reddick was impressive, scoring 23 points.

8. Benet (17-3)

PrepsTalk: The Redwings walloped Joliet Catholic 47-18 Friday night behind Eddie Eshoos 11 points. Can they slow down Tyler Ulis and Marian Catholic? The winner seizes first place in the ESCC.

9. Notre Dame (15-2)

PrepsTalk: Two wins in back-to-back games. The first victory was a 63-53 decision Friday over Nazareth. Then Saturday, Matt Mooney and Eddie Serrano (12 points apiece) paced the Dons against Conant, 46-32.

10. West Aurora (13-2)

PrepsTalk: Saturday's 59-19 win over Lockport marked the first of four true road games for the Blackhawks. The fun continues Friday in what should be a fine matchup at Glenbard East.

11. Orr (11-2)

PrepsTalk: Tyquone Greer scored 12 points as the Spartans defeated Shiloh (GA) 50-43 at the Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee on Saturday. They face Ford Power Houses elite scorer Elliot Cole on Wednesday.

12. Bloom (12-3)

PrepsTalk: Johnny Griffin tallied 22 points as Bloom took down 12-win Crete-Monee 61-45 on Friday. Two home games for the Blazing Trojans this week: Tuesday vs. Joliet Central, Friday vs. Kankakee.

13. Niles North (12-3)

PrepsTalk: Malachi Nix scored 18 points, JJ Myles and BJ Beckford scored 14 apiece as the Vikings dispatched Deerfield 67-55 Friday. Niles North faces Prospect Tuesday. Friday's game vs. Glenbrook North should be entertaining.

14. Neuqua Valley (15-1)

PrepsTalk: The undefeated streak is over for the Wildcats. Jabari Sandifer scored 19 points but Neuqua could not contain Sean Davis and Metea Valley, falling 55-49 Saturday.

15. Larkin (15-2)

PrepsTalk: The Royals won their 10th straight game Thursday night as they rolled St. Charles East 67-53. Quantice Hunter scored 21 points to lead Larkin, who faces Streamwood Friday.

16. Providence-St. Mel (13-3)

PrepsTalk: St. Mel overwhelmed Christ The King 79-29 this week. It figures to be a good matchup Tuesday as Tevin King and company face Seton Academy on the west side.

17. Stevenson (12-4)

PrepsTalk: Jalen Brunsons 21 points led the Patriots in a 73-55 win Saturday over Vernon Hills. Pecking order in the North Suburban Lake is up-for-grabs Friday as Zion-Benton comes to town.

18. Brother Rice (15-2)

PrepsTalk: Alex Majewski scored 27 points to lead his team past Hales 53-38 on Friday. It was the first Brother Rice victory over Hales since 2004. Road games at Nazareth (Tuesday) and St. Rita (Friday) await.

19. Curie (9-5)

PrepsTalk: Curie earned our Muscle Milk Team of the Week honors last week. Cliff Alexander showed some muscle indeed Thursday in a win against Robeson: 23 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

20. Zion-Benton (14-3)

PrepsTalk: A Tuesday out-of-state match against Tremper (WI) and a potential statement game at Stevenson Friday night. Milik Yarborough (30 points against Lakes on Saturday) has been nothing short of unstoppable.

Looming and Lurking: Lemont, St. Patrick, St. Viator, Maine South, Marist, St. Benedict, Riverside-Brookfield, Montini, Oak Park-River Forest, Bolingbrook, Lake Forest, Woodstock, Crystal Lake Central, Leyden, St. Edward, St. Rita, Dundee-Crown

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30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

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30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

School: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant Coaches: Steve Piha, Mike Smith, Russ Swenson, Dan Wilson, Mike O'Brill, Matt Boswell, Tony Manicke, Ryan Willett, Trent Greco, Rashad Daviston, Joe Duszynski

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Streamwood

September 1st @ Larkin

September 8th vs Buffalo Grove

September 15th @ Wheeling

September 22nd @ Glenbrook North

September 29th vs Maine East

October 6th @ Vernon Hills

October 13th @ Highland Park

October 20th vs Deerfield

Biggest storyline: Can Maine West become playoff eligible in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior TE Matt Kentgen Senior DL Walter Hutt

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to reload on both sides of the football with just 7 starters back (3 offense 4 defense) this fall. .

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West is looking to continue to take positive steps forward after just missing out on a five win season in 2016. Look for the Warriors to get the football into the hands of senior TE Matt Kentgen as much as possible and if the underclassmen can develop West could again challenge for a state playoff slot in 2017.

31 Days to Kickoff: Wheaton North

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31 Days to Kickoff: Wheaton North

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 July 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Wheaton North

Head coach: Joe Wardynski

Assistant Coaches: Jack Schomig, Nick Reicher, Evan James, Paul Connor, Travis Cherry, Mike Oleszek, Jeff Butikofer

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (3-5 DuPage Valley Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th @ Wheaton South

September 1st @ Joliet Catholic

September 8th @ Naperville North

September 15th vs Metea Valley

September 22nd @ Lake Park

September 29th vs Glenbard North

October 6th vs Neuqua Valley

October 13th @ Naperville Central

October 20th vs Waubonsie Valley

Biggest storyline: Can Wheaton North reload and replace kids in a few key spots for 2017?

Names to watch this season: Senior TE Tyler Johnson, Senior DB Jackson Gray

Biggest holes to fill: The Falcons will need to replace graduated three-year starting QB Luke Anthony this summer.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out Wheaton North and head coach Joe Wardynski always seems to find a way to compete in the rugged DuPage Valley. North welcomes back 11 starters (four offense, seven defense) and while the defense has experience the biggest question remain under center and also on the offensive line with just one starter back in senior J'Kolbi Grant. If the Falcons can get its offense in gear, Wheaton North can challenge in the DVC and also for a state playoff spot in 2017.