CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 15

CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 15
March 10, 2014, 11:45 am
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Scott Phillips

Some major shake-ups in the CSN Preps Power Rankings this week as we see seven new teams enter the picture after some surprising playoff losses. Plenty of those names should be familiar if you've kept up with the Power Rankings all season, however, as six of those teams have been in our rankings at some point during this season.

The new kid on the block? The Highland Park Giants. Point guard David Sachs is playing great ball and it helped the Giants knock off previously-ranked Lake Forest as Highland Park plays the spoiler role in the loaded Lake Zurich Sectional.

Stevenson is also the new No. 1 team in the area following Curie's elimination from the Class 4A playoffs. The Patriots are cruising through the playoffs, but the Lake Zurich Sectional will be a major test.

We'll have many of these teams and more of the top Chicago matchups on this week's edition of High School Lites on CSN Chicago and streaming on the website at CSNChicago.com.

1. Stevenson (28-1) (2)

The Patriots got through the McHenry and Warren in the McHenry Regional and they'll face a tough test against No. 10 St. Viator on Tuesday. Zion-Benton is still the only team to beat Stevenson all season and St. Viator beat them for the Rolling Meadows Regional Title on Friday, so Tuesday's game at Lake Zurich should be a good one.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 1 seed, Lake Zurich Sectional

2. Marian Catholic (26-2) (3)

Tyler Ulis and the Spartans got past Plainfield Central and Providence to win a regional and will now have to face Bloom in the Thornton Sectional semifinal. A potential game with No. 9 Thornwood looms in the sectional final.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 1 seed, Thornton Sectional

3. Whitney Young (24-5) (4)

Are the Dolphins the state title favorite following Curie's early departure from the playoffs? Now that Cliff Alexander and the Condors are out, that would certainly appear to be the case. But now Whitney Young has to face No. 6 Simeon in the Marist Sectional semifinal and potentially faces No. 18 St. Rita for the sectional title. It won't be easy, but Whitney Young is playing really good ball.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, Marist Sectional

4. Orr (22-4) (5)

The big question for the Spartans will be how they handle the absence of senior forward Tyquone Greer, who was shot at a party Sunday morning. Thankfully, Greer is okay, but it appears he's out for the Class 3A playoffs and the Spartans will have to see if they can make it back to Peoria without him. They still have a chance, as Orr is very deep, but the Spartans could potentially face No. 11 Fenwick or No. 12 St. Joseph in the sectional final at Westinghouse if Orr can get past Marshall.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 1 seed, Westinghouse Sectional

5. Fremd (27-0) (6)

Fremd knocked off Hersey and Lake Zurich to remain unbeaten on the season. Now the Vikings will face Highland Park in the Lake Zurich Sectional with a chance at No. 1 Stevenson or No. 10 St. Viator for a potential sectional title.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, Lake Zurich Sectional

6. Simeon (22-4) (8)

The Wolverines escaped with a win over Stagg and they'll have to face No. 3 Whitney Young in the Marist Sectional semifinal now if they want to continue a run at their fifth consecutive state title. Can the Wolverines overcome Jahlil Okafor and the Dolphins?

Sectional Seed: Class 4A*, No. 3 seed, Marist Sectional

*Defending four-time Class 4A champions

7. Morgan Park (18-6) (9)

Morgan Park moves on in Class 3A after a regional title win at Thornridge over Hillcrest, who had won 15 straight games. The Mustangs now have a very winnable Rich East Sectional where the best game might be the semifinals in which they have to play the host school.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A*, No. 1 seed, Thornridge Regional

*Defending Class 3A champions

8. Bogan (23-5) (11)

The Bengals bounced back from the IHSA controversy to win a regional title with wins over St. Laurence and Lindblom. Now Bogan has to face U-High in the sectional semifinal at Vocational with a potential sectional final against Hyde Park or Harlan.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 1 seed, Vocational Sectional

9. Thornwood (24-4) (13)

The Thunderbirds took down Sandburg and Oak Forest to win a regional as Thornwood has now won 15 consecutive games. If Thornwood can get past No. 6 seed Homewood-Flossmoor in the Thornton sectional semifinal, then they'll have a potential shot at No. 2 Marian Catholic.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, Thornton Sectional

10. St. Viator (23-5) (13)

The Lions won a difficult Rolling Meadows Regional by taking down Palatine and previously-ranked Zion-Benton and now have to face No. 1 Stevenson in Tuesday's Lake Zurich Sectional semifinal. Roosevelt Smart is playing some great ball right now and he's helped out by a balanced guard-oriented lineup that can really play.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 5 seed, Lake Zurich Sectional

11. Fenwick (21-8) (14)

Fenwick knocked off Farragut on the road to win a Class 3A regional title and now the road for the Friars gets very difficult. Fenwick faces No. 12 St. Joseph in the sectional semifinals and if they get past the Chargers, they could be in-line to face No. 4 Orr for the Westinghouse Sectional title.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 3 seed, Westinghouse Sectional

12. St. Joseph (23-6) (15)

The Chargers got past Little Village and Timothy Christian to win a regional and they'll have a tremendous sectional semifinal game against No. 11 Fenwick on Wednesday night. If St. Joseph can win that one, they could potentially face No. 4 Orr in the sectional title game at Westinghouse.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 2 seed, Westinghouse Sectional

13. West Aurora (24-4) (16)

Oswego and Plainfield North fell to West Aurora last week as the Blackhawks took care of business to win a regional title. Now the Blackhawks move on the East Aurora Sectional where they'll have a slight hometown advantage. The game against Geneva in the sectional semifinal this week should be a good one.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, East Aurora Sectional

14. Morton (21-5) (19)

Morton went uptempo in a win over Glenbard West and then grinded out an ugly win over Conant, but now the Mustangs get a crack at No. 1 seed York in the Bartlett Sectional. Morton should be the favorite, but it'll be a close game.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 4 seed, Bartlett Sectional

15. Hinsdale Central (23-6) (21)

The Red Devils continue to play good ball as they've won eight straight games and appear to be peaking at the right time. Hinsdale Central had wins over Hinsdale South and Naperville Central and now get a crack at No. 1 seed Benet in the East Aurora Sectional semifinal.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 4 seed, East Aurora Sectional

16. Proviso East (23-6) (22)

Proviso East took down Elk Grove and Riverside-Brookfield to win its regional and now has Glenbard North in the Bartlett Sectional semifinal. Proviso East has been laying kind of low, but they have the talent to make a run in Class 4A.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, Bartlett Sectional

17. North Chicago (24-4) (23)

The Warhawks got back on the right track with playoff wins over Elmwood Park and Grayslake Central and now they'll move into the Class 3A Antioch Sectional as the heavy favorite. North Chicago will have St. Patrick in the sectional semifinal on Tuesday.

Sectional Seed: Class 3A, No. 1 seed, Antioch Sectional

18. St. Rita (20-7) (24)

Big statement win for the Mustangs on Friday night as they took down previously-ranked Mount Carmel by 20 points to win its first regional since 2003. St. Rita now has a battle with King in the Marist Sectional semifinal and could face No. 3 Whitney Young and No. 6 Simeon for the sectional title.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 4 seed, Marist Sectional

19. Benet (21-7) (NR)

The Redwings are the No. 1 seed in the East Aurora Sectional but they'll be tested by No. 15 Hinsdale Central in a sectional semifinal game on Tuesday. Can Sean O'Mara lift Benet to a sectional title?

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 1 seed, East Aurora Sectional

20. Loyola (23-5) (NR)

The Ramblers got past Taft and Maine West to win a regional title and now Loyola moves on as the No. 1 seed in the Maine South Sectional. Loyola lost some tough games late in the season to tough competition, but they should be the favorite to win the sectional.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 1 seed, Maine South Sectional

21. Maine South (24-6) (NR)

Tony Lavorato has his team playing really good ball and the Hawks are a real threat to win a Class 4A sectional on their home floor. Maine South will have to get past Evanston and Loyola to do so, but the Hawks bested the Wildkits in the Central Suburban South and the game with Loyola should be close.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 2 seed, Maine South Sectional

22. Geneva (24-5) (NR)

Big win for the Vikings over No. 3 seed Bolingbrook as Geneva captured its first regional title since 1986. Junior forward Nate Navigato is legit and his ability to score inside or outside makes Geneva a real threat. The sectional semifinal clash with No. 13 West Aurora should be a good one on Wednesday.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 6 seed, East Aurora Sectional

23. York (25-5) (NR)

The Dukes re-enter the power rankings after winning a regional title and now as the No. 1 seed they head into the Bartlett Sectional. York will have to get past No. 14 Morton though, and the Mustangs picked up a win over York late in the season by double-digits. Can the Dukes and senior center Frank Toohey get revenge?

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 1 seed, Bartlett Sectional

24. Highland Park (22-7) (NR)

The Giants earned a huge win over previously-ranked Lake Forest to win a regional title as they've played a bit of the spoiler role in the loaded Lake Zurich Sectional. Junior point guard David Sachs is playing tremendous ball and he's one of the more underrated college prospects in the area.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 6 seed, Lake Zurich Sectional

25. Glenbard North (22-5) (NR)

Glenbard North got past West Chicago and John Konchar while also taking down Lake Park for a regional title last week and now they get a crack at Proviso East in the Bartlett Sectional.

Sectional Seed: Class 4A, No. 6 seed, Bartlett Sectional


Previously ranked: No. 1 Curie (0-26), No. 7 Zion-Benton (26-4), No. 11 Lake Forest (22-7), No. 17 Larkin (23-5), No. 18 Mount Carmel (21-9), No. 20 Hillcrest (20-7), No. 25 De La Salle (14-11)