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A big loss for Chicago's basketball scene and a state playoffs update

High School Sports Weekly
Good morning,
The news of JJ Taylor’s departure from Kenwood wasn’t shocking to anyone at this point. He’s the third national top 25 player to leave the state from the Class of 2023. It was a little different that he’s heading to Kanye West’s new school that doesn’t appear to have a building or a basketball coach yet. 
Best wishes to Taylor in California. We will be keeping an eye on him, just as we have with Nimari Burnett and Amari Bailey. 
The transfer is a real loss to the state. Taylor was a top 10 player in the country. That just doesn’t happen very often, even in Chicago. Taylor is an electric player, the type that would fill stands and make headlines. I was looking forward to covering him the next two seasons. 
Chicago basketball will survive. Other players will step up and take his place. That process starts in just a few weeks.
Michael O'Brien, High School Sports Editor

Super 25 rankings
We’ve reached the point in the season where the rankings are pretty easy to do. At least for this week. First round losing teams drop out for good and everyone moves on. That eliminates Bolingbrook, York and Naperville North this week.
No one will be shocked that I’ve added Glenbard North back into the rankings. I haven’t seen the Panthers play this season, but I keep ranking them whenever possible. It’s because of the schedule. Glenbard North has beaten Naperville North, Geneva and St. Charles North and now Bolingbrook. Nice wins, but nothing spectacular. But the losses are intriguing. The Panthers lost 21-20 at Batavia and 21-20 vs. Wheaton North. Those are two of the area’s best teams.
Glenbard North lost at Wheaton Warrenville South 10-7 in Week 9. That dropped them out of the rankings, but doesn’t look so bad now after what the Tigers did on Saturday at Brother Rice.
Can Glenbard North finally get a major win? Beating Warren in the second round would certainly qualify.
Glenbard West is also back after beating Oswego and Crete-Monee makes its season debut.
1. Loyola (10-0) 1
2. Joliet Catholic (10-0) 2
3. Brother Rice (8-2) 3
4. Maine South (10-1) 4
5. Cary-Grove (10-0) 5
How the Super 25 fared in Week 10
Four Downs: News and notes from Week 10 in high school football
Playoff game stories
From Loyola’s 44-0 whooping of Downers Grove South to Tri-Valley’s tight win over Rockridge, check out the scores for every playoff game across all eight classes over the weekend.
Michael O'Brien
Wow and wow. Wheaton Warrenville South scores on a 59-yard TD pass with :46 left. Brings it to 27-26. They go for two and the lead and this is the result: https://t.co/jju0rKLBZG
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