Covering High School Sports in America
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Can Simeon play its way back into the national title race? The Wolverines beat No. 7 Southwind of Memphis on Saturday night and have upcoming games against Oak Hill Academy and rival Whitney Young.

A pair of Top 10-ranked programs from Chicago took the floor in Memphis as part of the Penny Hardaway Hoop Fest on Saturday.

Both will return to the Windy City with victories against local foes also ranked in the Top 10 of's Xcellent 25.

In the first Chicago-Memphis showdown, MVP Jahlil Okafor provided 16 points as No. 4 Whitney Young beat No. 10 White Station 61-40. The victory improved Whitney Young's record against ranked teams to 5-1. The Dolphins are 13-1 overall and have won their last five games by 20 points or more.

White Station suffered its second loss in five days and will likely be knocked out of the Xcellent 25 for the first time this season next week.

In the nightcap, No. 8 Simeon escaped with a 55-53 win over No. 7 Southwind. A late 3-point attempt by Marquette signee JaJuan Johnson rimmed out as Chicago improved to 2-0 on the day.

Jabari Parker, a recent Duke commitment, led Simeon with 21 points. The Wolverines began the season as the nation's top-ranked high school team but a pair of losses (due in part to a less-than-100 percent Parker) have put a lid on much of the early hype.

Whitney Young and Simeon meet Jan. 26 in what may be the most highly-anticipated meeting ever between the Chicago Public Schools League rivals. Both teams will also participate in next weekend's Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Whitney Young will face No. 3 Long Beach Poly (Calif.) on Saturday while Simeon meets storied Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) on Monday.

Around the country

* A special season continued Saturday for No. 13 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.), who stayed unbeaten (19-0) with a 74-63 win over No. 14 St. John Bosco (Bellflower). The Knights also manhandled a solid Serra (Gardena) program 58-34 on Friday night, allowing just two points in the fourth quarter.

* No. 2 Lone Peak (Highland, Utah) overcame a halftime deficit to notch a 63-59 victory over a talented Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) squad at the Brandon Jennings Invitational outside of Milwaukee. BYU-bound sharpshooting guard Nick Emery led the Knights with 20 points.