Monday, November 18, 2013

The quarterfinals are now... the rearview mirror. That makes 25 games and 37 different teams for me in 2013. I dropped four schools from my rankings this week but added two, Montini and Richards.

A lot happened over the weekend. In 6A, Providence was edged by East St. Louis, 27-26; in 4A, Phillips got beat by Geneseo, 41-8, the week after the Wildcats eliminated No. 1 seed and previously-undefeated Evergreen Park; and the Leo Lions advanced to the semifinals in 1A. Leo?

(I have half a mind to go out and see the South Siders as they travel to Lena-Winslow this week. Both teams were No.6 seeds that knocked off No. 1 seeds. Great story. Depending on how the games are scheduled, I could see Batavia at Rockford Boylan and then just drive a little farther up the road for the 1A contest. We'll see.)

Oh, and all three Lincoln-Way schools went down to defeat this weekend.

So of the 37 teams I've seen this year, only eight are still alive. Bartlett, Niles North, Taft, Willowbrook, St. Francis, Glenbrook South, Niles West, Benet, Whitney Young, Crete-Monee, Aurora Central, IC Prep, Glenbard North, Bolingbrook, Homewood-Flossmoor,  Wheaton Warrenville South, St. Patrick, De La Salle, Glenbard South, Notre Dame, Warren, Fenwick, St. Rita, Neuqua Valley, Wheaton North, Providence, Phillips, Joliet Catholic and Lincoln-Way North are all done for the year.* Wow!

And I saw plenty of guys wearing shorts on days that anyone watching Romper Room would know called for long pants.

Here's how I would rank the teams left standing after the quarterfinals:


1. Stevenson (10-2)
2. Naperville Central (9-3)
3. Loyola (11-1)
4. Marist (9-3)


1. Mount Carmel (11-1)
2. Lake Zurich (11-1)


1. Richards (11-1)


1. Montini (12-0)

* Still can't find much info on the Prep Bowl tournament.

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