Phillips and Simeon have talent all over their roster and should be competitive for years to come. Pictured above is 6-4, 225lb jr defensive end Devin Jones of Phillips. Jones - despite his height, size, and skill does not even start for Phillips. For over 90% of CPS schools, a talent like Jones would be a definite starter.
No team, I don't care who you are makes it to the state finals every year. Even Simeon's basketball team got bounced out of the state playoffs last year before making it downstate.
So the expectation should be not to win state every year, but to field and prepare your team, so your team is in the hunt. Phillips and Simeon have built their program so that their varsity level is ready every year. They may not advance to the semi-finals of state every year, but if they keep up their program, they will be in the picture to advance in the state playoffs every year.
This year, Phillips and Simeon are a "story". The CPS seems to be gaining momentum in the right direction. If we keep putting the effort, there could be a day (soon) when the CPS advances two teams to the state semi-finals and it is not a major story.
King, Curie, and other programs seem to be headed in that direction. Others like Harper, Hubbard, Morgan Park, North Lawndale, Payton, and the other CPS schools will have an opportunity this off season to keep moving in the right direction.