(Last week's ranking in parentheses; games through Wednesday)
1. Bloom Twp. (1) 9-0
The Blazing Trojans beat Leo and Rich East on Saturday, two teams they could see at the McDipper. Bloom is the top seed and faces Corliss on Tuesday afternoon at the McDipper. Donald Moore has had a great start, and Lajavious Johnson has done a good job scoring and on the boards. This team is playing well and should be something if they can put four full quarters together.
2. Seton Academy (2) 11-0
The Sting get Rich Central on Tuesday morning at the McDipper, and they could make a nice run in the tournament. There is a lot of talent on this team, and Seton may be the best in the Catholic South and could make a deep run in the Class 2A tourney. For right now, they will play bigger schools in the McDipper, and coach Brandon Thomas' squad is on a pretty good roll.
3. Homewood-Flossmoor (3) 7-2
The Vikings beat Lincoln-Way East on Dec. 16 and are off until Tuesday when they take on Von Steuben at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Delvon Rencher, Tyrone Sherman and Tim Williams lead a very good squad that could be something when it puts it all together. They can make a run at the Proviso tourney, and they will have to do it against a tough field.
4. Crete-Monee (4) 7-2
This team struggled against Thornridge on Tuesday night and is not just together. Mark Conner came off the bench to save the day with 15 points, including seven in overtime as the Warriors eked out a win. It's time to start playing, and the McDipper will test Crete. It plays Tinley Park, a team it beat handily at the Crete-Monee shootout. That can be a trap game.
5. Thornwood (5) 6-3
The Thunderbirds have played some quality teams and are doing it with defense and keeping scores down. They make the trip to the Bloomington-Normal area for the State Farm Classic. This may be the year they make a run in the big school field.