Big Tim's Elite 25 in Chicago Area Week 8!!!!
There's been lots of movement since my last poll. There will be a new #1 in my poll. Here we go:
1) Curie(Chicago)(19-1): New #1 beat Farragut, Corliss, and Hazelwood Central(MO). They are preparing for the Chicago Public League Playoffs starting next week. They have a big one before that with Morgan Park coming in on Tuesday and at Vashon(MO) on Saturday.
2) Thornton Township(Harvey)(21-0): The only undefeated team in the Chicago Area they have a big one in the return match with Bloom(Chicago Heights) at their house on Tuesday. They are at Rich Central on Friday.
3) Evanston Township(20-1): Drops from #1 with home loss to Zion Benton but bounced back with wins at New Trier(Winnetka) and Bloom(Chicago Heights) at the When Sides Collide. The brutal part of the schedule continues with #9 Loyola(Wilmette) on Tuesday, at #19 Glenbrook South(Glenview) on Thursday and Oak Park River Forest on Saturday.
4) Bogan(Chicago)(19-2): Moves up this week and is getting ready for the Chicago Public League Playoffs starting next week. They have a game vs Bosse(Evansville,IN) at the Alton(IL) Shootout on Saturday.
5) Notre Dame College Prep(Niles)(21-3): Beat Morgan Park(Chicago) at the MLK Shootout at Fenwick then lost to Simeon(Chicago) at When Sides Collide. They've had a great run before the loss to Simeon. The key is senior forward Joe Bergstrom who did not score double figures vs Simeon but had 21 vs Morgan Park. They are at home vs Nazareth(Lagrange Park) on Friday.
6) DePaul Prep(Chicago)(18-2): 3-0 week for this team that has been steadily moving up the rankings. Junior center Brian Matthews has come on lately in the paint area. They are at home vs Brother Rice(Chicago) and at Benet Academy on Saturday.
7) Homewood Flossmoor(17-2): Lost at Thornton(Harvey), beat Lockport and Loyola Academy(Wilmetter) at the War on the Shore. They play Sandburg on Friday and at Hillcrest(Country Club Hills) on Saturday.
8) Whitney Young(Chicago)(13-7): Beat Mount Vernon(NY) at the Hoophall Classic, and Lane Tech(Chicago). Lost at Vashon(MO). They are getting ready for the Chicago Public League Playoffs that start next week. They play Orr(Chicago) on Tuesday, J'Serra(CA) on Friday, and Mater Dei(CA) at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei(CA).
9) Loyola Academy(Wilmette)(20-2): Lost to Homewood Flossmoor at War on The Shore. They are at #3 Evanston Township on Tuesday then DeLaSalle(Chicago) on Friday.
10) Bloom(Chicago Heights)(19-5): Lost to #3 Evanston Township at When Sides Collide. They are still trying to find their way with 5 division one prospects as starters. They play at home vs #2 Thornton Township(Harvey) on Tuesday, then #15 Marian Catholic(Chicago Heights) on Saturday. Both are rematches and the Battle of Chicago Heights round 2. Brutal stretch of games for the Blazing Trojans.
11) Lincoln Park(Chicago)(19-3): They are 6-0 without their head coach and junior guard Ismail Habib has been on a tear. They beat Joliet West in overtime at the Spotlighters MLK Classic. They are off till the Chicago Public League Playoffs starting next week.
12) Fenwick(Oak Park)(18-4): Beat Simeon(Chicago) and Rolling Meadows at When Sides Collide. Junior Bryce Hopkins and sophomore Trey Pettigrew are on their game. Friday at St Laurence(Burbank), Saturday at Riverside Brookfield.
13) Stevenson(Lincolnshire)(16-3): Getting their groove back and playing like the contenders they were expected to be to start the season. They are at Lake Forest on Wednesday, at Zion Benton on Saturday.
14) Waubonsie Valley(Aurora)(19-2): Can they recover from surprising loss to Lyons(Lagrange)? They play Minooka on Tuesday, and North(Naperville) on Friday.
15) Marian Catholic(Chicago Heights)(15-6): Went 1-1 in Quincy. They play Tuesday vs Nazareth(Lagrange Park) on Tuesday, at Marian Central on Friday and at #10 Bloom(Chicago Heights) on Saturday.
16) West(Joliet)(19-3): Tough loss in overtime to #11 Lincoln Park(Chicago) at the Spotlighters MLK Classic. Toledo commit senior guard Jamere Hill is very underrated with an excellent mid range game. They are at home vs Romeoville, then Saturday vs Bolingbrook at Lewis University.
17) Oak Forest(18-1): A real threat in Class 3A with underrated senior guard Jayson Kent and the Avila brothers(Juan,Robbie). They are at Southland College Prep today, Tinley Park on Friday and Lincoln Way East at the Lincoln Way West Shootout.
18) Kankakee(16-2): Lost to #2 Thornton(Harvey). Host Rich East(Park Forest) Tuesday, Thornridge(Dolton) on Friday, vs Marshall(Chicago) at Kankakee Comunity College.
19) Glenbrook South(Glenview)(18-3): Lost to Cary Grove in MLK Classic at Lake Zurich. Big week for the Titans as they play at Prospect(Mount Prospect) on Wednesday, then #3 Evanston Township on Thursday for Central Suburban South lead.
20) Morgan Park(Chicago)(15-8) : Lost to Notre Dame College Prep at MLK Classic at Fenwicjk, Simeon(Chicago) and beat Leo(Chicago) at Orr Breast Cancer Shootout. They are at #1 Curie(Chicago) on Tuesday, then Chicago Public League Playoffs starting next week.
21) Mundelein(17-3): Lost to Glenbrook South at MLK Classic at Lake Zurich. They are at Warren(Gurnee) on Wednesday, at Waukegan on Saturday.
22) York(21-3) : Lost to Hinsdale Central. They are at Lyons(Lagrange) on Friday.
23) Schaumburg(18-3): At Fremd(Palatine) on Thursday and Larkin(Elgin) on Saturday.
24) Hinsdale South(Darien)(21-2) : Morton(Cicero) at home on Friday.
25) Simeon(Chicago)(15-8): Tough and rugged schedule has toughened up this team. They lost to #12 Fenwick(Oak Park) but beat #20 Morgan Park(Chicago) on the road and #5 Notre Dame College Prep at When Sides Collide. They have Hazelwood Central(MO) at Vashon(MO) on Saturday, then Chicago Public League Playoffs next week.
St Charles North drops out this week.