Big Tim's Elite 25 in Chicago Area Week 9!!!!!
Lots of movement in this poll and one team drops out because the season has been suspended(Lincoln Park).
1) Curie(Chicago)(20-1): Beat Vashon(MO) on their homecourt. Senior wing Ramean Hinton is ready to lead this team to a repeat City Championship. Next game Tuesday at home vs Harlan in first round of Chicago Public League Playoffs. If they advance Thursday vs Longwood/Marshall winner.
2) Bogan(Chicago)(20-2): Beat Bosse(Evansville,IN) at the Alton(IL) Shootout to prepare themselves for the City Playoffs. Senior guard Antoine Bloxton closed out a tremendous regular season with 31 points and MVP honors vs Bosse. Next game Tuesday at home vs Urban Prep Englewood in the first round of the Chicago Public League Playoffs. If they advance Thursday vs winner of Phillips/Lane Tech.
3) Loyola Academy(Wilmette)(22-2): Beat Evanston Township and DeLaSalle(Chicago). They have a stranglehold on the #1 seed in the Elk Grove Village Sectional. The meeting will be held in 10 days. Senior forward Bennett Kwiecinski has taken as the man on this team. Next game is Friday vs St Laurence(Burbank) and Saturday vs Stevenson(Lincolnshire) at the ETown Showdown at Northwestern University.
4) Bloom Township(Chicago Heights)(21-5) : Beat Thornton Township(Harvey) and Marian Catholic(Chicago Heights) at home. This team looks like it's coming around and will be favored in the Bloom Sectional on thie home floor. Next game is at Kankakee on Friday.
5) Notre Dame College Prep(Niles)(22-3): Beat Nazareth. They have a big game against their rival St Patrick(Chicago) this Friday at home.
6) Thornton Township(Harvey)(22-1): Suffered their first loss at #4 Bloom Township but still has the inside track for #2 seed in the Bloom Sectional. Next games are Kankakee on Tuesday Rich South(Richton Park) Friday and Cardinal Ritter(MO) at The Ville Shootout Lewis University on Saturday.
7) Evanston Township(21-3): Lost to #3 Loyola Academy(Wilmette), Glenbrook South(Glenview) and beat Oak Park River Forest. Brutal stretch in schedule has caught up with them. They have likely dropped to a #3 or #4 seed in the Elk Grove Village Sectional. Next game Maine South(Park Ridge) on Friday, then Sussex Hamilton(WI) at the Etown Showdown on Saturday at Northwestern University.
8) DePaul Prep(Chicago)(19-3): Lost to Brother Rice(Chicago) and beat Benet Academy(Lisle). They are a big time threat to get back to the State Finals in Class 3A. Next game they are at home vs St Joseph(Westchester).
9) Homewood Flossmoor(18-3): Beat Sandburg and lost to Hillcrest(Country Club Hills) at the buzzer. Next game Tuesday at Lincoln Way West, Friday vs Bolingbrook at home.
10) Whitney Young(Chicago)(15-8): Lost to Orr(Chicago) without DJ Steward, Tyler Beard, and Grant Newell. Won two games at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei(CA). They beat J'Serra and Mater Dei(CA). Next game at home vs Taft in first round of Chicago Public League Playoffs. If they advance Thursday vs winner of Schurz/Brooks.
11) West(Joliet)(20-4): Beat Romeoville and lost to Bolingbrook shorthanded without Jamere Hill and Jaiden Lee. Next game Friday Plainfield East at home.
12) Oak Forest(21-1): Senior guard Jayson Kent is a legit division one prospect. Next game Agriculture Science at home, Thursday at Thornton Fractional North(Lansing).
13) Glenbrook South(Glenview)(20-3): Beat Prospect(Mount Prospect) and #7 Evanston Township. Inside track for #2 seed in the Elk Grove Village Sectional. Next game Tuesday Waukegan at home, Friday Glenbrook North at home in the Battle of Glenbrook.
14) Kankakee(19-2): Won vs Rich East, Thornridge and Marshall(Chicago). They have a tough schedule this week as they play at #6 Thornton Township(Harvey) on Tuesday, and #4 Bloom Township on Friday.
15) Morgan Park(Chicago)(15-8): Idle last week as their games vs #1 Curie(Chicago) and #6 Thornton were cancelled. Darkhorse for City Playoffs. Next game Tuesday vs Agricultural Science at home. If they advance Thursday vs winner of Uplift/Westinghouse.
16) Fenwick(Oak Park)(19-5): Beat St Laurence(Burbank) lost to Riverside Brookfield. SOme puzzling loses by this team. Next game Friday at Brother Rice(Chicago).
17) Stevenson(Lincolnshire)(17-4): Lost to Lake Forest, beat Zion Benton. Next game is Saturday vs #3 Loyola Academy(Wilmette) at the Etown Showdown at Northwestern University.
18) Waubonsie Valley(Aurora)(20-3): Beat Minooka, lost to North(Naperville). Not the greatest schedule but owns a big win over Marian Catholic(Chicago Heights). Next game Tuesday Oswego at home, Friday at Neuqua Valley.
19) Marian Catholic(Chicago Heights)(16-7): Beat Marian Central, lost to Bloom(Chicago Heights) in round two for Battle of Chicago Heights. They are 0-2 vs Bloom but could get another shot at them in the Bloom Sectional. Next games Tuesday at Brother Rice, Friday vs Benet at home, Saturday at the Battle of the Borders vs Madison East(WI).
20) Mundelein(19-3): Beat Warren(Gurnee) and Waukegan. Next games are Tuesday at Conant(Schaumburg) and Saturday at Lake Forest.
21) York(22-3): Best Lyons. Next game East(Oswego) at the Ernie Kivisto Shootout at Aurora(East).
22) Schaumburg(20-3): Beat Fremd(Palatine) and Larkin(Elgin). Tuesday Glenbrook North(Northbrook) at home vs Von Steuben(Chicago) on Saturday. They have a chance at a #3 or #4 seed at the Elk Grove Village Sectional.
23) Hinsdale South(Darien)(22-2): Beat Morton(Cicero). Next games Tuesday at Montini Catholic(Lombard), Friday South(Downers Grove) at home, Saturday at Kaneland.
24) Simeon(Chicago)(16-8): Beat Hazelwood Central(MO). Next game Tuesday vs King at home Chicago Public League Playoffs. If they advance Thursday vs winner of Walter Payton/Farragut, Saturday vs Collinsville at the Bank of O'Fallon Shootout.
25) Bolingbrook(19-4): Back in the poll. Quick team at every position. Next games Tuesday vs Sandburg, Friday at Homewood Flossmoor, Saturday vs Aurora(West) at Ernie Kivisto Shootout at Aurora(East).