New teams at the top of this week's power rankings

New teams at the top of this week's power rankings
January 26, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The newest edition of the CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings features two top teams coming off a tremendous week.

New No. 1 Curie knocked off national No. 1 Montverde in the Hoophall Classic on Monday to start the week, and new No. 2 Stevenson knocked off previous No. 1-in-the-area Marian Catholic in the When Sides Collide Shootout at Glenbard East on Saturday.

The rankings also receive some new blood this week as four new teams enter the 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. Friday on CSN Chicago and streaming on

1. Curie, 18-1 (Previous ranking: 2)

Big week for the Condors as they knocked off the No. 1 team in the country in Montverde (Fla.) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Curie is also 9-0 in the Red-Central after a narrow victory over Hyde Park.

2. Stevenson, 17-1 (3)

The Patriots earned a huge win over previous No. 1 Marian Catholic at the When Sides Collide Shootout on Saturday at Glenbard East. Curie beats the No. 1 team in the country, and Stevenson knocks off the previous No. 1 in the state. Not a bad week for our new top two teams.

3. Zion-Benton, 18-1 (4)

The Zee-Bees are still unbeaten (7-0) in the North Suburban Lake and the only team to beat Stevenson — though it came with Stevenson's third option, Matt Johnson, suspended. Milik Yarbrough is at 2,358 career points, 49 short of the Lake County record.

4. Marian Catholic, 15-2 (1)

The Spartans lost a tough one to Stevenson at the When Sides Collide Shootout, but they're still atop a loaded East Suburban Catholic Conference and have defeated a lot of tough competition throughout the year. Once Tyler Ulis is fully healed from the sprained right shooting wrist, he could be lethal from the perimeter.

5. Bogan, 20-2 (5)

One of the first teams in the area to 20 wins, Bogan is currently atop the Red-South with a perfect 7-0 record in the ridiculously tough league. LuWane Pipkins is a Player of the Year candidate and one of the better juniors in the state.

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6. Orr, 14-2 (6)

Interesting week for the Spartans as they blew out No. 15 St. Joseph and North Lawndale but barely knocked off Farragut in a Red-West battle. Orr also won a game in Memphis on Saturday. Orr has Marshall and Westinghouse this week.

7. Whitney Young, 14-4 (12)

The Dolphins had a big week, knocking off No. 5 national team Oak Hill Academy (Va.), winning in Memphis and also knocking off Farragut. Whitney Young is playing great ball right now, and multiple players are carrying it to victory against great competition.

8. Fremd, 16-0 (9)

The Vikings are 6-0 in the Mid-Suburban West, and they've remained the only unbeaten team in the area. Fremd keeps games low-scoring and grinds out victories in the MSL, and it's stuck to the formula and won much of the time.

9. Loyola, 16-2 (10)

After earning a solid home win over Fenwick, Loyola is 8-0 in the Catholic League North and in the driver's seat. The senior guard trio of James Clarke, Kevin Kucera and Jack Morrissey can play, and junior Griffin Boehm is solid as well.

10. Simeon, 14-4 (7)

The Wolverines had a solid week in the Red-South, knocking off Morgan Park and Brooks and also splitting a pair of games against Memphis opponents down in Tennessee.

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11. Morgan Park, 13-5 (8)

The Mustangs fell to Simeon but beat Vocational to move to 6-3 in the Red-South. It will be interesting to see if Morgan Park can rebound in the city tournament and make a run.

12. West Aurora, 14-3 (13)

The Blackhawks breezed by crosstown rival East Aurora, and Jontrell Walker is looking like an All-Area player after a 28-point performance against the Tomcats. The Blackhawks have Glenbard East this week.

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

What a comeback for the Lions against Benet at home on Friday night. It pushes St. Viator to 3-1 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, and its guard play is dynamic and sound. Mark Falotico is slowly getting back into game shape and gives the Lions an extra option along with Ore Arogundade, Roosevelt Smart and Pat McNamara.

14. York, 19-2 (15)

Big win for York over Oak Park-River Forest on Friday night in the West Suburban Silver, even though star senior center Frank Toohey battled second-half foul trouble. The Dukes defend and make free throws, and they're winning a lot of games as they moved to 6-0 in the league.

15. St. Joseph, 16-3 (11)

The Chargers were badly beaten by Orr on Monday but bounced back with Catholic League North wins over St. Laurence and Gordon Tech. It appears the leg injury to junior guard Jordan Ash isn't as serious as some believed, and he should return to action in a few weeks according to reports.

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16. Proviso East, 14-4 (16)

Nice week for the Pirates, going 2-0 in West Suburban Gold play against Willowbrook and Downers Grove South. Proviso East has very talented guard play, and Detallion Jackson has really improved in the post.

17. North Chicago, 15-3 (17)

The Warhawks soundly beat Antioch on Friday night without JayQuan McCloud, who is still missing with an ankle injury. North Chicago can probably get through the North Suburban Prairie unscathed, but it'll need to get healthy for the playoffs.

18. Larkin, 16-3 (18)

Christian Negron makes plays that freshmen shouldn't make. The 6-foot-5 forward is having a solid season for Larkin, who picked up an easy win against Batavia. The Royals have three games against Streamwood, St. Charles East and St. Charles North this week.

19. Lake Forest, 14-4 (19)

Evan Boudreaux joined the 1,000-point club as the junior scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a win over Lake Zurich. The Scouts need to get some wins over some tough competition to bolster their seeding for the playoffs.

20. Fenwick, 14-6 (20)

The Friars lost a tough one to No. 9 Loyola on Friday night but rallied nicely with a victory over Hinsdale Central in the High School Hoops Showdown. Scott Lindsey is continuing to make his way back into the lineup, and sophomore point guard Mike Smith was 17-for-17 from the free throw line for 26 points against Hinsdale Central.

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21. Mount Carmel, 15-6 (not ranked)

The Caravan have quietly built a strong record and have now won five straight games to improve to 6-2 in the Catholic League North. Mount Carmel has a crack at a top-two team in the conference on Friday when they face No. 15 St. Joseph.

22. Bolingbrook, 13-3 (22)

The Raiders lost to Mount Carmel but beat Romeoville and Lockport for a nice recovery during the week. Bolingbrook (6-0) is still in the driver's seat of the Southwest Suburban Blue, with a two-game lead on Lockport.

23. Thornton, 11-4 (NR)

Thornton makes an appearance in the Power Rankings for its strong play in the month of January following their loss to Marian Catholic at the McDipper. Justin Taylor hasn't been talked about enough for his strong season, and he's on the All-Area radar for his recent play.

24. Thornwood, 13-4 (NR) 

The leader of the Southwest Suburban Red, Thornwood is playing great ball despite the loss of senior and Bradley commit Donte Thomas to knee surgery for a torn meniscus. The Thunderbirds have balanced scoring efforts and play hard.

25. Geneva, 16-4 (NR)

Geneva has won eight of nine games, and junior forward Nate Navigato is one of the area's best at performing in the clutch. The Vikings are trying to be a factor in the Upstate Eight River but remain three games behind Larkin.

Previously ranked: No. 21 Benet (11-6), No. 23 Glenbard North (13-4), No. 24 Oak Park-River Forest (13-5), No. 25 Morton (10-5)