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The Hit List 2002

The "Hit List" is a quick look at numbers and stats from around the state.

Week #10

Number of consecutive years of playoff appearances shared by the ten teams who've been in the playoffs making the playoffs consistently over that period of time. Those schools are;Bloomington (HS),Chicago (Mt. Carmel), DuQuoin,Hardin (Calhoun) , Kankakee (McNamara) , Lincolnshire (Stevenson), McHenry ,Monmouth (M.-Roseville) , Mt. Carmel, Oak Lawn (Richards) & Rushville . Wheaton (W. Warrenville South), Chicago (Mather) & Orland Park (Sandburg) are three more teams that would have made this list had they made the playoffs.

Number of consecutive playoff appearances by down state Mt. Carmel. Followed closely by DuQuoin with 19. DuQuoin's run of 19 playoff appearances is also the same of their total number of playoff appearances.

19 or less
Number of total playoff appearances total byBloomington (HS),Chicago (Mt. Carmel), DuQuoin, Hardin (Calhoun) , Lincolnshire (Stevenson), McHenry ,Monmouth (M.-Roseville) & Rushville .

Number of playoff teams faced during the regular season by Winnetka (North Shore Country Day) (5-4). The only team to make the playoffs and not face a playoff team. In defense of NSCD they did play Williams Bay, WI. (7-1) &Lake Forest (L.F. Academy)(6-3) who is not eligible for the IHSA playoffs.

Last playoff appearance by Lawrenceville, which is the longest gap between playoff appearences by any team that has made the playoffs this year. West Chicago (H.S.) would be next with it's last post season game in 1978.

Number of playoff teams Chicago (Simeon) faced during the regular season. The most by any school this year.

Highest point differential by a playoff team, by 2A Tremont (9-0). The lowest is -10.2 by 6A's Galesburg (5-4).


Week #7

Number of undefeated teams left in the state after week #6.

Number of teams who haven't won a a game this year.

Number of teams who are 0-6 that could still make the playoffs, but more than likely it would take an act of God. Those teams that could still hustle out a spot by winning their remaining games, while the right other teams lost their games, then becoming the conference champ are; Wheeling,Hoffman Estates (H.S.),Streator (Woodland),Winnebago , Wauconda, Westville , Chicago (Flower Vocational). Wheeling has probably the most impossible chance. They would have to knock off both Big 30 ranked #11Buffalo Grove& 2001 7A Champs #16 Mt. Prospect (Prospect) as well as hope those two teams choked the rest of their games. Others might argue that the long shot award goes to Streator (Woodland), not that they have any ranked teams for their remaining games (the teams they face are a combined 7-11), but still as of week 6 they have yet to score a point.

Week #6

Average number of undefeated teams at the end of the regular season over the last 6 seasons. 34 being the most in any of the 6 previous seasons, happening in 2001 & 1999. 27 was the least, happening in the fall of 1997. Back when the fans would hold signs reading "the Road to Normal".

Number of undefeated teams at the end of week 5, eligible for the IHSA state playoffs, just past midway through the regular season. 16; Number of matchups between undefeated teams before the season end. 48; possible number of undefeated teams at the end of week #9.

Number of points scored byPearl City [Eastland-P.C. Coop]in a game againstFreeport (Aquin). Although this falls short of 97 which is the state record for most points scored in a game in the modern era, held by Olympia Fields (Rich Central) . It surpasses the national mark of 71, held by Indianola, Ms., which is the highest point total by a loosing team, which is what Pearl City did as Aquin scored 78 points.

Total number of points scored in a theFreeport (Aquin)/Pearl City [Eastland-P.C. Coop]game in week #5. Setting the state record for most points combined points scored in a non-shutout game. Surpassing the the old record of 130, set by Oblong (123) & Effingham (H.S.) (7) in 1921.

Number of points scored by Streator (Woodland) so far this season.

Total number of points given up byGalenaso far this season, fewest by any team. #2New Lenox (Providence)& #1 Downers Grove (South) follow closely with 9 total.Carthageis next allowing only 13.

Points given up by Mendon (Unity), most by any team so far.

Points racked up by Sciota (West Prairie), most by any team. Followed closely byPearl City [Eastland-P.C. Coop]with 255 & 2001 2A State CahmpsAledowith 254. Northwestern will face off with West Central rivalCarthagethis week who is 4th on the list of most points by a team so far with 246.

Week #5

Number of overtimes played before a winner was decided in the week #4 regular season varsity matchup betweenChicago (Brother Rice)&Chicago (St. Rita). St. Rita won 51-48.

Week #2


Combined record ofChicago Catholic (Blue)leadingChicago (Brother Rice)(2-0) &Burbank (St. Laurance)(2-0) who are playing a little role reversal. Although no conference games have been played yet, Brother Rice & St. Laurance (both had a combined 2001 record of 2-16) are the only undefeated teams left in the CMC Blue. A conference that was won by 6A state champsNew Lenox (Providence)in 2001, and includes 2001 playoff teams this season,Wilmette (Loyola Academy),Chicago (St. Rita)& Chicago (St. Patrick) who are a combined 1-5.


Number of teams who's defense hasn't given up a single point. Those schools are, Newton ,Joliet (Catholic),Jacksonville (Routt),Chicago (Mt. Carmel),Coal City, Tuscola , Elmhurst (Immaculate Conception) & Sciota (West Prairie). All are 2-0.


Number of schools who haven't crossed the endzone on either side of the ball.


Points scored by Hamilton (2-0). Which is the most points scored by any team going into week #3 Followed closly by Midlothian (Bremen) (2-0) &Alton (Sr.)(2-0) each with 114.


Highest point differential in the state. Held byAlton (Sr.)(2-0) who has outscored opponents 114-8.


Points given up by Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central) (0-2). Most by any team.


Average Chicago (Juarez) (0-2) has been outscored so far this season (0-103). Highest for any school.



Most playoff appearances by a team, held byGeneseo.


Longest consecutive playoff streak currently.
Held by 4A State Runner-up Mt. Carmel


Number of teams that have made consecutive playoffs appearances for at least the past 13 years and are more than likely sure bets for the 2002 playoffs. (Teams include;Chicago (Mt. Carmel), DuQuoin, Lincolnshire (Stevenson), McHenry ,Monmouth (M.-Roseville) , Mt. Carmel, Oak Lawn (Richards) , Orland Park (Sandburg), Wheaton (W. Warrenville South))







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