More shakeups in latest CSN Preps Power Rankings

More shakeups in latest CSN Preps Power Rankings
January 20, 2014, 10:15 am
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Scott Phillips

There was some movement in the latest edition of the CSN Preps Power Rankings, as the Red-South saw a major shakeup thanks to Bogan and Whitney Young taking down Orr in the Red-West.

There was also movement in the North, West and South Suburbs with key games in each region as three new teams entered the Power Rankings this week.

We'll have many of these teams and more of the top Chicago matchups on this week's edition of High School Lites live at 11 p.m. on Friday on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and streaming on the website at

1. Marian Catholic (14-1) (1)

The Spartans won against a strong Dunbar team from Ohio as Tyler Ulis scored 30 points in the senior's return to his home state as part of the nationally-recognized Flyin' To The Hoop event.

2. Curie (15-1) (2)

Cliff Alexander and the Condors rolled through Red-Central opponents, Dunbar and King. Alexander continues to put up monster numbers and the Condors are among the favorites for a city title.

3. Stevenson (14-1) (4)

The Patriots bounced back from the loss to Zion-Benton with a solid North Suburban Lake home win over No. 19 Lake Forest. Stevenson is still a favorite in Class 4A.

4. Zion-Benton (15-1) (6)

The Zee-Bees survived a scare from Libertyville in North Suburban Lake play and they'll face Round Lake and Warren this week.

5. Bogan (18-2) (8)

Big, big week for the Bengals with a huge road win at No. 7 Simeon and a home win over No. 8 Morgan Park. Luwane Pipkins is a legitimate player-of-the-year candidate and Bogan is leading the Red-South, arguably the toughest conference in Chicago.

6. Orr (10-2) (3)

The Spartans fell to Red-West rival, No. 12 Whitney Young on Wednesday, but Orr still has a ton of talent and has only lost to the Dolphins among Illinois opponents.

7. Simeon (11-3) (5)

Losing to No. 5 Bogan at home isn't the worst loss for Simeon since they'll get another crack at the Bengals, but it's odd for the Wolverines not to be in the driver's seat in the league. However they always prepare for the city and state tournament the most, so there is time.

8. Morgan Park (12-4) (7)

The Mustangs have some slow starts and against No. 5 Bogan, it burned Morgan Park as they couldn't overcome a large second-half deficit for the win. Kain Harris has cooled down a bit since a scorching December and can Morgan Park get him more involved?

9. Fremd (15-0) (10)

Fremd won a low-scoring affair with Palatine and the 15-0 Vikings will face Downers South and Schaumburg this week. Can Fremd remain unbeaten long enough until they face a top-25 caliber opponent?

10. Loyola (14-2) (11)

The Ramblers took a nice road win at St. Rita in Catholic League North play and then rolled by Leo. James Clarke, Kevin Kucera and Jack Morrissey can all really play at guard for Loyola and they're talented and experienced. St. Patrick and No. 20 Fenwick looms this week for the Ramblers.

11. St. Joseph (14-2) (12)

The Chargers earned a really solid victory over No. 20 Fenwick as Glynn Watson and Jordan Ash both continue to play well. St. Joseph faces Brother Rice and Niles West this week. The top of the Catholic League North with Loyola (7-0) and St. Joseph (6-0) is tough at the top.

12. Whitney Young (9-4) (13)

Big win for the Dolphins against Orr on the road in Red-West play as Jahlil Okafor, Paul White and the Dolphins stepped up in a big local game. The Dolphins have Oak Hill Academy and Farragut this week.

13. West Aurora (12-3) (16)

The Blackhawks had a nice week with wins over Naperville North and Lockport as West Aurora steadily climbs the rankings. West Aurora has Lake Park and rival East Aurora this week.

14. St. Viator (13-3) (18)

The Lions picked up a win over Northridge Prep and this week they'll have a big week against Glenbrook North and No. 21 Benet this week.

15. York (16-2) (19)

The Dukes continue to win and they're atop the West Suburban Silver, but can they hold off Oak Park-River Forest in a big game for both teams this week?

16. Proviso East (12-4) (14)

The Pirates split this weekend with a big road win at West Suburban Gold rival Morton and followed that up with a loss to No. 20 Fenwick. The Pirates have some depth at guard between Jevon Carter, Kalin Fisher and Antonio Williams.

17. North Chicago (13-2) (9)

The Warhawks continue to slide after winning against Wauconda but losing to former Class 3A playoff rival, Marshall, on Saturday. Can North Chicago turn it around against Antioch this week?

18. Larkin (14-3) (15)

The Royals fell to No. 21 Benet, but Larkin has done a nice job challenging itself in the non-conference portion of the schedule and is still the favorite in the Upstate Eight River.

19. Lake Forest (12-4) (17)

The Scouts lost to No. 3 Stevenson on the road in a tough North Suburban Lake clash but will have a few games against Vernon Hills and Lake Zurich this week to correct their course.

20. Fenwick (13-5) (20)

The Friars split contests with No. 11 St. Joseph and No. 16 Proviso East. They'll have two more difficult games this week with No. 10 Loyola and formerly-ranked Hinsdale Central.

21. Benet (9-4) (25)

Nice week for the Redwings as they earned wins over Notre Dame and a non-conference win No. 18 Larkin. Benet has a big road game at No. 14 Saint Viator this Friday.

22. Bolingbrook (11-2) (NR)

The Raiders had a solid win over Homewood-Flossmoor and Bolingbrook is playing really good ball since losing to Thornton in the third-place game at the McDipper.

23. Glenbard North (12-3) (NR)

Joining the rankings for the first time this season is Glenbard North, after their defeat of recently-ranked Hinsdale Central last week. Chip Flanigan and Jeremiah Fleming are both solid players and Glenbard North will face Geneva and Wheaton North this week.

24. Oak Park-River Forest (13-4) (NR)

The Huskies are back in the rankings after a solid win over previously-ranked Evanston. Simmie Cobbs is one of the best dual-sport athletes in the area and the Purdue commit for football is getting a lot of results for basketball.

25. Morton (8-4) (22)

The Mustangs took a tough home loss to West Suburban Gold opponent No. 16 Proviso East, but Greg Carter and Weisner Perez are a tough duo and Morton has a lot of talent.

Previously ranked: No. 21 Maine South (13-4), No. 23 Evanston (14-5), No. 24 Hinsdale Central (12-5)