Monday, December 1, 2014

While we're at it... well did the three news services rank the top ten teams at the beginning of the 2014 season? Here they are, to refresh your memory:


1. Loyola
2. Mount Carmel
3. Sacred Heart-Griffin
4. Joliet Catholic
5. Montini
6. Naperville Central
7. East St. Louis
8. St. Rita
9. Stevenson
10. Schaumburg

Chicago Tribune

1. Bolingbrook
2. Stevenson
3. Loyola
4. Homewood-Flossmoor
5. Mount Carmel
6. Naperville Central
7. Glenbard West
8. Lincoln-Way East
9. St. Rita
10. Nazareth


1. Bolingbrook
2. Loyola
3. Stevenson
4. Homewood-Flossmoor
5. Glenbard West
6. Neuqua Valley
7. Mount Carmel
8. Cary-Grove 
9. Naperville Central
10. Richards

As you can see, all three had Stevenson somewhere in the mix. In fact, the Tribune and the Sun-Times had both 8A finalists, Homewood-Flossmoor and the Patriots, ranked in their top four. That's pretty good. But where was 7A winner Providence and 5A champ Sacred Heart-Griffin? (Only MaxPreps had the Cyclones ranked, but, in fairness, the Chicago papers only rate schools from the metropolitan area.)

The Trib had 6A champ Nazareth at No. 10, Montini was ranked No. 5 in MaxPreps, and Cary-Grove sneaked in at No. 8 in the Sun-Times. But Lemont and Phillips, runners-up, respectively, in 6A and 4A? As George Carlin would say, "Nowhere, mon frere."

All of the teams listed above made the playoffs except one, Schaumburg. The Saxons finished the 2014 season at 1-8 and ranked No. 225 in the state by MaxPreps.

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