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High School Lites basketball roundup: Week 15

High School Lites basketball roundup: Week 15

IHSA playoff hoops was epic this weekend, as high school squads advanced to keep the dream alive. Follow CSNPreps for the latest scores, analysis and news. 


St. Anthony beats Chicago Hope Academy

Okawville advances to 1A championship with win over Newark

Orr keeps the dream alive with win over Monticello

Mt. Carmel fends off Bishop McNamara

Fenwick takes down North Lawndale

Morgan Park holds off St. Rita

Whitney Young runs past Oak Park-River Forest

Simeon eliminates Thornton

Fremd squeaks one out over Conant

Bolingbrook advances with win over Joliet West

Marengo wins thriller over Sycamore

Naperville North beats Wheaton North

In the Gym at EFT: Quarterback Mechanics

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Ayo Dosunmu

Battle of the Fans: Elite 8

IHSA Class 4A playoff bracket

IHSA Class 3A playoff bracket

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 2 Maine South

CSN Preps Preseason Power Rankings: No. 2 Maine South 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: Maine South

Head Coach: Dave Inserra

How they fared in 2016: 11-3 (4-1 Central Suburban South Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated West Aurora, Barrington, Lincoln-Way East, Palatine and Loyola Academy to win the 2016 Class 8A state title. 

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 26 @ Glenbard West

Sept. 1 vs Lincoln-Way East

Sept. 8 vs Fremd

Sept. 15 @ Palatine

Sept. 22 vs Evanston

Sept. 29 @ Niles North

Oct. 6 vs Glenbrook South

Oct. 13 @ New Trier

Oct. 20 @ Niles West

Biggest storyline: Can the Hawks reload and also survive a rugged regular season schedule in 2017?

Names to watch this season: Senior RB Fotis Kokosioulis (NIU), Senior WR/DB Cam Stacy, Senior QB John O'Sullivan

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks return just five returning starters (two offense, three defense) this season. 

EDGY's Early Take: No question the Hawks will have to fill several spots this summer, but Maine South always finds a way to get the job done. The Hawks will look towards it's leader in senior RB Fotis Kokosioulis, who is verbally committed to NIU, to get several touches this fall. Maine South also has a young but very promising offensive linemen group and the backs and receivers are never in short supply. The Hawks biggest foe in 2017 could be a schedule that includes two top ranked teams (No. 4 ranked Glenbard West and No. 5 ranked Lincoln-Way East) to start the season.

2017 AP preps football rankings: Preseason


2017 AP preps football rankings: Preseason

The high school football season kicks off this weekend, meaning the Associated Press has revealed its preseason poll for all eight classes.

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

Others receiving votes: Huntley 17, Brother Rice 13, Hinsdale Central 10, St. Charles East 10, New Trier 9, Oswego 6, Naperville North 2, Barrington 2, Aurora West 1, Naperville Neuqua Valley 1.

Class 7A

Others receiving votes: Bradley-Bourbonnais 16, Plainfield North 13, Batavia 12, Simeon 11, Rolling Meadows 10, St. Charles North 6, Pekin 5, Rockford Auburn 5, Libertyville 4, Glenbrook North 3, Hoffman Estates 3, Wheaton Warrenville South 3, Belleville West 1, Geneva 1, Prospect 1.

Class 6A

Others receiving votes: Providence 13, Lake Forest 12, St. Laurence 11, Crete-Monee 10, Normal West 7, Rockford Boylan 7, Oak Lawn Richards 6, Grayslake North 5, Vernon Hills 5, Crystal Lake South 1, Riverside-Brookfield 1.

Class 5A

Others receiving votes: Mahomet-Seymour 19, Peoria Notre Dame 15, Antioch 14, Joliet Catholic 8, Chicago (Solorio Academy)  8, Marion 5, Rich Central 3, Normal University 2, Hillcrest 2, Cahokia 2, Woodstock North 2, Glenbard South 1, Decatur MacArthur 1.

Class 4A

Others receiving votes: Genoa-Kingston 24, Breese Mater Dei 22, Geneseo 16, Richmond-Burton 13, Rockford Lutheran 9, Mt. Zion 9, Manteno 4, Coal City 3, Herrin 2, Quincy Notre Dame 1.

Class 3A

Others receiving votes: Decatur St. Teresa 21, Elmwood-Brimfield 15, Mt. Carmel 13, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 11, Newton 9, Bishop McNamara 4, Champaign St. Thomas More 4, St. Joseph-Ogden 4, Breese Central 4, Marshall 4, Greenville 3, St. Bede 3, Beardstown 2.

Class 2A

Others receiving votes: Mercer County 20, Momence 17, Rockridge 11, Chicago (Hope) Academy 9, Aurora Christian 5, Eldorado 4, Pana 4, Illini West (Carthage) 3, Red Bud 2, Orion 2, Auburn 2.

Class 1A

Others receiving votes: Camp Point Central 23, Aquin 21, LeRoy 14, Shelbyville 13, Hardin (Calhoun) 13, Dakota 9, Warrensburg-Latham 7, Carrollton 7, Kirkland Hiawatha 7, Stockton 2, Greenfield-Northwestern 2, Sidell (Jamaica)-Salt Fork 2, Fithian Oakwood 1.