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The "Big 30"

Rankings 2002

Final Rankings

Rank
Last
Week
Team

Record

Last Game Score
Comments
1
1
New Lenox (Providence)
14-0
42-0 over #17 Pontiac (12-2) 5A Finals Celtics allow only 22 points in the playoffs with 3 shutouts.
2
2
Lockport (Twp.)
13-1
35-14 over Lincolnshire (Stevenson) (11-3) 8A Finals Porters have the right of passage to their 1st title.
3
3
Hinsdale (Central)
12-1
41-38 loss to #4 Lockport (Twp.) (12-1) 8A Semifinals Red Devils fans will have plenty to cheer about the next 4 years, as this team will supply many colleges with top rate talent.
4
5
13-1
31-0 over #12Bloomington (HS)(13-1) 6A Finals Caravan tieJoliet (Catholic)for the most state titles in the state with 10. Caravan was also the last team to beat #1New Lenox (Providence).
5
7
12-2
24-7 over #10Edwardsville (H.S.) (12-2) 7A Finals Kinghts should be able to apply for an undefeated season after they evenged their only losses of the season in the playoffs.
6
11
Lincolnshire (Stevenson)
11-3
35-14 loss to #2 Lockport (Twp.) (13-1) 8A Finals .
7
10
Downers Grove (South)
11-1
40-20 loss to #2 Lockport (Twp.) 8A Quarterfinals Top preseason team tops off top 10, but falls short of finishing #1.
7
12
Wheaton (North)
12-1
23-22 loss to #6 Lincolnshire (Stevenson) 8A Semifinals Falcons just as good as Mustangs finish tied for a top 10 spot.
9
16
Buffalo Grove
11-1
17-14 loss to #5 Mt. Prospect (Prospect) 7A Quarterfinals Bisons could have been the 7A Champs
10
6
Edwardsville (H.S.)
12-2
24-7 loss to #5 Mt. Prospect (Prospect) (12-2) 7A Finals Tigers play close at first, but have to settle for second a second time.
11
19
13-1
55-22 over Chicago (Dunbar) (10-5) Prep-Bowl Finals Corsairs still end the season as Champions, will be a top team next season.
12
4
Bloomington (HS)
13-1
31-0 loss to #4Chicago (Mt. Carmel)(13-1) 6A Finals .
13
9
Lansing (Thornton Fractional South)
11-2
21-14 loss to #12Bloomington (HS)6A Semifinals Talented squad was more than just Thomas.
14
13
Oak Lawn (Richards)
11-1
32-14 loss to #13Lansing (Thornton Fractional South) 6A Quarterfinals .
15
15
Rochelle
12-1
34-14 loss to #1New Lenox (Providence)5A Semifinals Hubs fall one game short of finals for the second year in a row. Prove they belong in the Big 30.
16
20
Naperville (North)
9-2
24-21 loss to Lockport (Twp.) 8A 2nd round Huskies talented squad just had to play Lockport before anyone else had to.
17
8
Pontiac
12-2
42-0 loss to #1New Lenox (Providence)(14-0) 5A Finals After a strange season in Pontiac, this team has no reason to not to hold it's head up high.
18
22
Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East)
10-2
21-17 loss toHinsdale (Central)8A Quarterfinals .
19
23
Roselle (Lake Park)
10-2
29-23 loss to Wheaton (North) 8A Quarterfinals .
20
14
Belleville (Althoff)
12-1
27-21 loss to #11 Pontiac (12-1) 5A Semifinals .
21
18
11-1
21-6 loss to Rochelle 5A Quarterfinals Redskins only loss the possibly surprise of the season. The Tribe will return next year.
22
24
Palos Hills (Stagg)
10-2
14-7 loss to #10 Edwardsville (H.S.) (12-1) .
23
21
Springfield (S.H.G.)
11-1
35-31 loss to #20Belleville (Althoff) 5A Quarterfinals .
24
25
Lake Zurich
11-2
41-18 loss to #5 Mt. Prospect (Prospect) (11-2) Bears show a new side of the Fox Valley.
25
26
Rock Island (H.S.)
11-2
48-20 loss to #4Chicago (Mt. Carmel)(12-1) .
26
NR
Addison (Driscoll)
13-1
42-0 over Mt. Carmel (13-1) .
27
28
Joliet (Catholic)
9-3
41-0 loss to #1New Lenox (Providence)5A Quarterfinals .
28
29
Libertyville
10-2
24-21 loss to #24 Lake Zurich 7A Quarterfinals .
29
NR
South Beloit
13-1
50-22 overEl Paso (E.P.-Gridley)(13-1) 1A Finals Sure the Sobos only have an enrollment of 252 kids, but a passing game like theirs is tough to defend at any level.
30
17
Chicago (Hubbard)
10-2
22-20 loss to Chicago (Dunbar) (9-4) Prep Bowl playoffs. Greyhounds had tons of talent, but fell short. Should be back in the title hunt in 2003.

 

On the verge

Carthage(13-1)41-40 OT loss toAledo(14-0) 2A Finals.
Aledo(14-0) 41-40 OT overCarthage(13-1) 2A Finals.

Out for now

#27 DuQuoin (12-2) 21-14 loss to Elmhurst (Immaculate Conception) (13-1)
#30 Metamora (10-2) 18-17 loss to Pontiac 5A Quarterfinals

 

Past Big 30's

2002 Week #14

2002 Week #13

2002 Week #12

2002 Week #11

2002 Week #10

2002 Week #9

2002 Week #8

2002 Week #7

2002 Week #6

2002 Week #5

2002 Week #4

2002 Week #3

2002 Week #2

2002 Week #1

2002 Preseason Rankings

 

2001 Season Final Rankings

2001 Season Preseason Rankings

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