Presenting the final 2024 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys H.S. Rankings

Marist defeated two-time defending champion Glenbard West and West Suburban Silver powerhouse York to win its first IHSA championship since 2019. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorFour years in a row and counting … After the IHSA tournament last year, we argued that the IHSA boys’ tournament should be seeded so that the two best teams could potentially meet in the championship game. Clearly, that is not the IHSA’s intention.Two years ago, the two best teams in Illinois -- Barrington and Glenbard West – met in a sectional final. L...

Presenting the latest Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys H.S. Rankings

Matthew Muehlnickel (10) and his Lincoln-Way East teammates would face rival Lincoln-Way West in a sectional semifinal should both teams advance in the Collinsville sectional. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com Editor Only one more week remains in the regular season before we get to that one-and-done portion of the program. Looking ahead to the IHSA tournament, we know Marist should have next to no difficulty advancing to the semifinals at Hoffman Estates. Their possible (probable? likely? inevitable?...

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Aris Maurukas (10) and the No. 18 Benet Academy Redwings went 4-0 at last weekend's tournament at Metea Valley. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorWhat’s going on?No sooner had the ink dried on last week’s rankings than five teams in the top 20 went down in flames. When the dust settled, only a handful escaped unscathed.That’s been the nature of the beast this season, however.Teams are trending upward. Teams are trending downward. Every team has flaws, blemishes, minor imperfections. No team is unbeatable. ...

Here are the latest Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys H.S. Rankings

Loyola (far court) will look to avenge its only loss of the season Thursday when the Ramblers visit St. Francis. (File photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorProm.Every player’s dream. Every coach’s nightmare. Every pundit’s quandary.I remember prom (which was shortly before Nixon’s re-election and long before the days of boys’ volleyball). Spending hours waxing dad's Grecian green '68 Bel Air. A foot race between two classmates – each with a broken leg, one right and the other left – across the underlit dance ...

Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys H.S. Rankings for week ending April 21

Eddie Muller (2) and St. Francis finished third in perhaps the deepest field of any tournament in Illinois this season last weekend at Downers Grove South. (Photo by Dave Ruggles). By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com Editor There was a major shakeup in the rankings after last weekend. Breaking into the rankings proved none too fortuitous for several teams, who had no sooner joined the top 20 than they were bounced out, while disaster struck other rankings mainstays via injury and surprising losses. Even the top five were not i...

Presenting the latest Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys H.S. Rankings

Junior middle hitter Ben Boyce (10) and Wheaton North finished fifth at last weekend's 20th Annual Tiger Classic. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorThe eyes of the boys’ volleyball world will be on Brother Rice this weekend (OK, not all, but quite a few), where Glenbard West and Marist could be headed to a showdown for early (or is it midway?) bragging rights at the annual Smack Attack.  Elsewhere this weekend, Downers Grove South will also play host a strong field for the annual Rick Griesheim Invitationa...

Here are the latest Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepb.com Boys H.S. Rankings

Adam Janowiak and Downers Grove North travel to Glenbard West on Tuesday. (File photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorIt was a relatively quiet week with most teams taking advantage of spring (?) break to relax, refocus and reflect. However, there were a few teams in action last week, and the season resumes in earnest beginning today.Meanwhile, here are the latest 2024 Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys High School Rankings (with preseason ranking in parenthesis) with our comments about the IHSA’s grossly im...

Fusion, Club IV, Prime Time rock MEQs; see latest Michio/Illprepvb.com rankings

Club IV 17-Boost out of Quincy, Illinois, went 11-0 in the 17 American division at last weekend's Mideast Qualifier to punch its ticket to Las Vegas this summer. Notice: You may not distribute, modify, transmit, reuse, re-post, or use the content of the Site for public or commercial purposes, including the text, images, audio, and video, without Illprepvb.com, LLC’s written permission. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorClub Fusion 18-1 National took a step up in class at the 2024 Nike Mideast Qualifier last weekend in Indianapoli...

Presenting the preseason Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com boys H.S. rankings

Adam Graham and Glenbard West will be seeking their second IHSA championship three-peat in nine years when the 2024 IHSA boys high school season opens Monday. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Notice: You may not distribute, modify, transmit, reuse, re-post, or use the content of the Site for public or commercial purposes, including the text, images, audio, and video, without Illprepvb.com, LLC’s written permission. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorFive out of eight?Last year’s boys’ high school preseason rankings accurately predicted ...

Movers, shakers in latest Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Girls Club Rankings

Josilyn Wadas (16) and her Mission 18 Elite teammates wrapped up 2024 Windy City Power League play on Sunday, finishing 7-5 overall and seventh among the 18s. teams. On the home page is Fusion 18-1 National's Gabby Rendina. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorCongratulations to 1st Alliance 17 Gold after wrapping up the 2024 Windy City Power League championship over the weekend and finishing second in the 17 & Under division at the 2024 Triple Crown NIT in Kansas City on February 17-19.There were a few cha...