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CSN to carry live coverage of the 2016 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships

CSN to carry live coverage of the 2016 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships

CSNChicago.com to air highlight packages of all games throughout each weekend;

CSNChicago.com & IHSA.tv to live stream every post-game press conference 

Comcast SportsNet’s “MASCOT MADNESS” tournament champion to be recognized during halftime of the Class 4A Boys title game on Saturday, March 19

Chicago, IL (March 9, 2016) -- Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com, the television & digital home of the IHSA Championships, will be airing LIVE on-air/digital coverage of “America’s Original March Madness,” the 2016 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys Basketball State Championships, on Friday, March 11 & Saturday, March 12 (Class 1A & 2A) and Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19 (Class 3A & 4A) from the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena in Peoria, IL.  Over the next two weekends, Illinois preps hoops fans can look forward to seeing every action-packed semifinal, consolation and championship battle starting Friday at 12 NOON CT featuring four, live semifinal match-ups, along with a pair of consolation and two huge state championship title games on Saturday.  Plus – EVERY game will be telecast in a high-definition (HD) format.  The 2016 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships will be produced by the IHSA & PlayOn! Sports.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  •  Several IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship telecasts will air on CSN+ (available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for ALL games throughout the state. 
  • In addition to CSNChicago.com, IHSA.tv will also provide a live stream of every IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship telecast.
  • Fans can interact via Twitter throughout the entire weekend by utilizing the hashtag #IHSA to share their comments and showcase their school spirit for their favorite teams.   In addition, fans are urged to visit Comcast SportsNet’s official preps Twitter handle (@CSNPreps) for up-to-the-minute tournament news, scores, and more 24/7.

CSNChicago.com & IHSA.tv will also be providing fans with a live stream of every IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship post-game press conference.  In addition, CSNChicago.com’s IHSA Preps section (csnchicago.com/preps) will feature highlight packages from all games over the next two weekends, plus – Comcast SportsNet viewers can look forward to special championship editions of High School Lites on Friday, March 11 at 11:00 PM & Saturday, March 19 at 11:00 PM for a complete rundown of every boys championship game, including expanded highlights and player/coaches interviews. 

In addition, the champion of Comcast SportsNet’s wildly-popular “Mascot Madness” tournament, determining the state’s most popular high school sports team nickname, will be officially recognized during halftime of Boys Class 4A title game on Saturday, March 19.

The following schedule details Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the 2016 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships over the next two weekends (all times Central Time) (play-by-play/color analyst/sideline reporting teams are in parentheses), plus – Matt Rodewald will be the host at the IHSA’s “March Madness Experience” area at Carver Arena, featuring interviews with key IHSA experts, coaches, and more between games and during half-time segments:

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

12:00 PM –      Class 1A Semifinal #1: LEROY vs. LIBERTY(Lee Hall/Telly Hughes/Zach Kerker)

2:00 PM –        Class 1A Semifinal #2: LEO (Chicago) vs. WOODLAWN(Lee Hall/Telly Hughes/Zach Kerker)

6:30 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #1: CENTRAL (Breese) vs. ST. JOSEPH-OGDEN (St. Joseph) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

8:15 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #2: HALES FRANCISCAN (Chicago) vs. ROCKRIDGE (Taylor Ridge)(Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, MARCH 12

12:00 PM –      Class 1A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Telly Hughes/Zach Kerker)

2:00 PM –        Class 1A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Telly Hughes/Zach Kerker)

6:30 PM –        Class 2A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull)

8:15 PM –        Class 2A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull)

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

12:00 PM –      Class 3A: SEMIFINAL #1 (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/TBA)

2:00 PM –        Class 3A: SEMIFINAL #2 (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/TBA) (NOTE: This game will air on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location until 3:00 PM before cutting away to live White Sox vs. Cubs spring training baseball action…this game will air in its entirety on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

6:30 PM –        Class 4A: SEMIFINAL #1 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Kelly Crull) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

8:15 PM –        Class 4A: SEMIFINAL #2 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Kelly Crull) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

12:00 PM –      Class 3A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/TBA)

2:00 PM –        Class 3A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Tom Dore/TBA) (NOTE: This game will air on the main Comcast SportsNet channel location until 3:00 PM before cutting away to live White Sox spring training baseball action…this game will air in its entirety on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

6:30 PM –        Class 4A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Kelly Crull)

8:15 PM –        Class 4A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Camron Smith/Kelly Crull)

White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

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White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

The White Sox freed up a spot on their 40-man roster Sunday, outrighting pitcher Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey pitched in 18 games last season, making 12 starts for the South Siders. Things did not go well, with Covey turning in an 0-7 record and a 7.71 ERA in 70 innings.

While there was an outside chance that Covey could have provided at least some starting-pitching depth heading into the 2018 season, the team's recent additions of Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago — not to mention Covey's results from last season — wiped out that idea.

At the moment, the White Sox starting rotation figures to look like this by Opening Day: James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer, with Santiago seeming like a good option to provide depth as the long man in the bullpen.

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

The Class 1A and 2A regionals begin this week and the regular season is finishing up for every other team in the state. We're getting that much closer to state titles being decided in Peoria. Simeon remains the clear No. 1 in the latest Power Rankings after beating No. 4 Whitney Young and No. 2 Orr by double digits on the way to earning a third straight Public League Playoff title, while a couple of familiar faces are back in the tail end of the rankings.

1. Simeon (25-3, 9-0) (1) -- Simeon stays at No. 1 after winning the Public League Playoffs for the third consecutive year. The Wolverines have now defeated teams No. 2 through No. 6 in the Preps Power Rankings for a 6-0 record on the season in which the average margin of victory has been 14.5 points per game. The clear No. 1 in the state of Illinois, Simeon has the week off before the Class 4A playoffs.

2. Orr (22-4, 9-0) (2) -- Orr put up a good fight but they ultimately fell short to No. 1 Simeon in the Public League Playoff title game. The Spartans did gain revenge on No. 3 Curie, however, with a big semifinal win on Friday. Orr has to forget the title loss ahead of the Class 2A Playoffs that begin this week as the Spartans try to repeat as champions.

3. Curie (23-4, 8-1) (3) -- The Condors have only lost to No. 1 and No. 2 when it comes to in-state losses as they remain one of the most complete and balanced teams in the state. Curie has the week off before the IHSA Playoffs.

4. Whitney Young (22-7, 7-2) (4) -- Whitney Young earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park before falling to Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals. The Dolphins also have the week off before they attempt to repeat as Class 4A champions. 

5. Morgan Park (18-9, 7-2) (5) Disappointing result for the Mustangs as they lost on a buzzer-beater in the Public League Playoffs to Whitney Young. Defending champions in Class 3A, the Mustangs will rest this week before the playoffs begin.

6. Fenwick (18-7, 8-0) (8) -- The Friars earned two wins during the week as they beat Marmion while also getting a huge conference road win at Loyola. Fenwick will battle Taft during the week.

7. New Trier (22-3, 8-1) (9) -- New Trier had one of the best weeks of any team in the area as they picked up wins over Maine South and Evanston. Now the leaders in the rugged CSL South, the Trevians have some more tough games against Niles North and Glenbrook North this week. 

8. Evanston (20-5, 8-2) (6) -- Evanston's red-hot recent play was finally slowed down as they fell to rival New Trier. The Wildkits will try to bounce back when they play Vernon Hills in a Central Suburban crossover this week.

9. Oak Park-River Forest (21-5, 12-0) (11) -- The Huskies finished the West Suburban Silver season unbeaten following wins over York and Proviso West. OPRF gets a great test right before the playoffs when they face Hinsdale South in the West Suburban championship game.

10. Benet (21-4) (6-1) (12) -- Two wins for the Redwings this week when they beat Joliet Catholic and Stevenson. Things aren't easy for Benet this week as they head to Marian Catholic before hosting Carmel in two tough ESCC games. 

11. West Aurora (19-4, 8-0) (13) -- The winning streak is now 11 for the Blackhawks after beating South Elgin. West Aurora will play Bartlett and crosstown rival East Aurora this week as they try to keep the momentum going into the playoffs. 

12. Marist (23-4, 6-2) (15) -- Marist picked up a double-digit win over St. Patrick during the week as they prepare for the Class 4A draw. The RedHawks will have an ESCC game against Marian Central this week. 

13. Niles North (22-4, 5-4) (8) -- The Vikings fell to CSL South rival Maine South and followed that up with an overtime win over a tough Wisconsin team in St. Catherine's. The Vikings get a crack at conference leader New Trier this week before playing Maine West in a tough Central Suburban crossover. 

14. Marian Catholic (20-4, 5-3) (16) -- Three wins for the Spartans during the week as they knocked off Nazareth, Rich Central and Marian Central. Marian Catholic gets a tough test this week when they host Benet in its final ESCC game.

15. Naperville North (23-2, 14-1) (17) -- The Huskies have won eight straight games as they clinched at least a share of the DuPage Valley Conference with a win over Waubonsie Valley this week. Naperville North hosts Wheaton-Warrenville South this week to decide the DVC title.

16. DePaul Prep (20-6, 5-3) (19) -- Picking up a convincing double-digit win over Mount Carmel, the Rams got back on track after the loss to Brother Rice. DePaul Prep will host Montini during the week as they prepare for Class 3A. 

17. Loyola (21-6, 5-3) (10) -- Tough recent stretch for the Ramblers as they fell to St. Joseph and Fenwick to fall out of the Catholic League Blue race. Loyola hosts Steinmetz for a tune-up this week. 

18. Hillcrest (21-5, 13-0) (21) -- Hillcrest survived a tight win over T.F. North before winning convincingly against Oak Forest. The Hawks have the week off as they prep for Class 3A. 

19. Leo (19-5, 8-0) (22) -- Finishing the regular season with a big win over Marmion, the Lions will be one of the area teams to watch in the Class 2A playoffs as they are in the Marshall Regional. 

20. Homewood-Flossmoor (16-6, 7-1) (23) -- Another huge win for Homewood-Flossmoor as the Vikings took down Bolingbrook to keep a lead in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. Homewood-Flossmoor goes on the road this week to battle Sandburg and Lockport. 

21. Hinsdale South (20-5, 10-2) (24) -- The Hornets stayed hot with wins over Addison Trail and Proviso East as they clinched the West Suburban Gold. Hinsdale South has a tough battle against Oak Park-River Forest in the West Suburban championship game this week. 

22. St. Viator (22-5, 8-0) (25) -- The Lions picked up some wins against Carmel and Bartlett. St. Viator will try to close out the ESCC with an undefeated record when they play Nazareth this week. 

23. Bolingbrook (17-6, 5-3) (18) -- Bolingbrook fell out of the SouthWest Suburban Blue conference race when they lost to Homewood-Flossmoor. The Raiders still have some tough games to close out the regular season when they play Lincoln-Way East and Stagg.

24. Maine South (20-7, 6-4) (NR) -- Huge win for Maine South as they knocked off Niles North after losing to New Trier in overtime earlier in the week. The Hawks close out the regular season with a Central Suburban Crossover against Highland Park.

25. Willowbrook (22-5, 9-3) (NR) -- Willowbrook is back in the rankings by earning three double-digit wins over Morton, Leyden and Downers South. The Warriors have only lost to ranked teams like West Aurora and Hinsdale South lately as they've been playing well.