Lake in the Hills, IL- The REAL season begins now. The regular season was as good as advertised and some. #1 ranked Brother Rice (32-3) and #2 O’Fallon (30-5) topped our rankings after fantastic 2016 campaigns. #3 Prairie Ridge (29-6) was red hot down the stretch and looks formidable again. The IHSA does as well as possible with it’s seeding and the Sub-Sectional format is fair to strong conferences with great depth. The ‘Killer’ Sectional has to be the St. Rita Sectional with #1 Brother Rice,  #11 St Laurence,  #13 Mt Carmel, #6 St Rita and #7 Nazareth Academy. Does the eventual 4A champ come from this sectional? This is gonna be a blast!!!

The following is how we see the Sectionals play out. The three teams listed are our favorites, in order, plus a Dark Horse. Disagree? Let us know.

3A Sectionals

  • Brooks: St Ignatius, Harlan, Jones. Dark Horse: Simeon
  • Lincoln-Way West: Oak Forest, Lemont, Morgan Park. Dark Horse: L-W West
  • St Viators: Carmel, Richmond-Burton, St Viators. Dark Horse: Wauconda
  • Fenwick: Ridgewood, Fenwick, Montini. Dark Horse: Glenbard South
  • Morton: Peoria Notre Dame, Morton, Pontiac. Dark Horse: Limestone
  • Rochelle: Rock Falls, Kaneland, Rockford Christian. Dark Horse: Burlington Central
  • Springfield: Springfield, Sacred Heart- Griffin, Champaign Centennial. Dark Horse: Mt Zion
  • Troy/Triad: Mt Vernon, Waterloo, Freeburg. Dark Horse: Benton

4A Sectionals:

  • Bloomington: O’Fallon, Normal, Moline. Dark Horse: Edwardsville
  • New Lenox: Providence Catholic, Lincoln-Way North, Sandburg. Dark Horse: Marist
  • St Rita: Brother Rice, St Laurence, Mt Carmel. Dark Horse: St Rita
  • Oswego: Plainfield North, Hinsdale South, Naperville Central. Dark Horse: Downers Grove South
  • Schaumburg: St Charles North, Glenbard East, Geneva. Dark Horse: Lake Park
  • Loyola: Oak Park-River Forest, New Trier, Niles Notre Dame. Dark Horse: Elk Grove Village
  • Huntley: Prairie Ridge, Crystal Lake South, Cary-Grove. Dark Horse: Jacobs
  • Stevenson: Mundelein, Warren, Stevenson. Dark Horse: Glenbrook North

 

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