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Glenbard West passes early test, Young stumbles as shootout season in full swing

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The December shootout season is in full swing. The Chicago Elite Classic drew a large crowd over the weekend and provided fans with looks at several of the area’s top teams
Illinois recruit Ty Rodgers arrived at Thornton in November with a load of hype. He’s the state’s highest-rated player in the Class of 2022 and showcased the all-around game that makes him a winner, not just a college prospect. He led his high school in Michigan to a state title last season. 
While Thornton impressed, Young was dominated by a team from Washington, D.C. Not the start the Dolphins had in mind. 
This weekend the best action will be at Mount Carmel, where Curie coach Mike Oliver hosts his annual Team Rose Classic. Twenty-four of the area’s best teams will matchup in 12 games.
Michael O'Brien, High School Sports Editor

Super 25 rankings
Thornton’s Ty Rodgers (23), Vincent Rainey (2), Wadell Bell (3) and Ariohn Herring (0) return to their team after winning the game against St Rita. | Kirsten Stickney/For the Sun-Times
Thornton’s Ty Rodgers (23), Vincent Rainey (2), Wadell Bell (3) and Ariohn Herring (0) return to their team after winning the game against St Rita. | Kirsten Stickney/For the Sun-Times
Two teams earned their way into the Super 25 this week.
Batavia, which was firmly on my radar in the preseason, is off to a 6-0 start. The Bulldogs beat previously unbeaten Huntley 67-66 on Saturday. Trent Tousana scored 30 points.
Wheaton-Warrenville South’s overall resume is undeniably solid. The Tigers are always strong defensively and have already beaten Naperville Central, St. Charles North, Rolling Meadows and Fremd.
Lyons drops out after losing to Riverside-Brookfield and Glenbard West this week. Obviously there is no shame in losing to either of those teams, but the margin of defeat against the Hilltoppers (71-34) is a little concerning. I expect Tavari Johnson and the Lions to return to the rankings at some point this season.
Tinley Park is the other team that slides out of the Super 25 this week. The Titans lost to Stagg. It might take awhile for all the new transfers to fit in. There’s still a lot of potential on coach DJ Brown’s team.
Proviso East has been sidelined due to COVID and didn’t play this week. I kept the Pirates in for now but another week of inactivity and they will probably have to drop out.
I was impressed with Oak Park at the Chicago Elite Classic on Friday, but the Huskies’ season is currently suspended due to COVID. It’s hit a number of teams around the area this week.
Also keep an eye on Leo. The Lions knocked off St. Ignatius in their first game of the season. The Wolfpack is reeling a bit and I’ll get a look at Leo this weekend so I decided to keep them out for now since there wasn’t really a team that needed to be replaced.
1. Glenbard West (6-0) 1
2. Kenwood (3-0) 3
3. Simeon (3-0) 4
4. Young (0-1) 2
5. Glenbrook South (6-1) 5
Top-ranked Glenbard West beats Glenbrook South, passes its first test
St. Ignatius loses to Chaminade, continues early-season slump
All-Area football team and Player of the Year
Before we move on from the 2021 football season for good, it’s time to celebrate the best players from the area. Below, check out my All-Area football team as well as my Player of the Year: Brother Rice’s Jack Lausch. You can also view this year’s All-Public League team here.
2021 Chicago Sun-Times All-Area football team
2021 Chicago Sun-Times High School Football Player of the Year: Brother Rice’s Jack Lausch
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