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Team Rose Classic recap: Curie, Glenbard West among winners

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Good morning,
The basketball season rolls on this week but things are a bit subdued compared to the packed schedules of the last few weeks. There are some intriguing conference games this week and the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs starts on Saturday. 
You’ve probably noticed that all the holiday tournament brackets are starting to be released on Twitter. The anticipation is building for the first holiday tournament season in two years. I’ll collect them all for a story and have a quick preview on the new-look Proviso West later this week. 
The early signing period for football is on Wednesday. Dozens of players all over the area are expected to sign their letters of intent. Coaches, ADs and parents, if you have a football player signing please email Mike Clark at He’s compiling a list for the newspaper. 
Michael O'Brien, High School Sports Editor

Super 25 rankings
Glenbard West’s Andrew Dauksas (12) reacts after drawing a file as the Hilltoppers play Yorkville Christian. | Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times
Glenbard West’s Andrew Dauksas (12) reacts after drawing a file as the Hilltoppers play Yorkville Christian. | Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times
This was a tough week with the rankings. I’ve seen most of the teams that are in the Super 25 play now and it hasn’t always been very instructive.
What do you do when a ranked team loses by 30 at home? New Trier survives this week despite that loss.
I don’t like penalizing teams for losing to good opponents. But it gets tricky when a team has lost to pretty much all of its good opponents. Basically, it is really early and every team is still figuring themselves out. I would bet we aren’t going to see too much consistency until after the holiday tournaments, if at all.
Hyde Park, Batavia and Yorkville Christian all dropped out this week. Batavia lost two games and Hyde Park lost to Yorkville Christian by 16 points.
Bloom is back in the rankings and jumps into the top 10. The Blazing Trojans beat Thornton in Harvey and then took down Evanston a night later at the Team Rose Classic.
Oak Forest and Leo join for the first time this season. I was able to see both teams this weekend and was impressed. The Bengals are a really solid group with two excellent players, Robbie Avila and Fred Robinson. It will be interesting to see how they hold up against some better competition.
1. Glenbard West (9-0) 1
2. Kenwood (5-1) 2
3. Simeon (5-0) 3
4. Glenbrook South (7-1) 5
5. Young (2-1) 4
Team Rose Classic notebook: Scores and highlights from all 12 matchups
Game recaps from the Team Rose Classic
While you can read my full overview from Mount Carmel above, here are game recaps for some of the biggest matchups from the Team Rose Classic over the weekend:
Chikasi Ofoma transforms from home-schooled unknown to Curie star in win against Leo
Braden Huff’s block helps Glenbard West survive Hillcrest
‘Robbie Buckets’ does it again as Oak Forest takes down Lane
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