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30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West


30 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

School: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant Coaches: Steve Piha, Mike Smith, Russ Swenson, Dan Wilson, Mike O'Brill, Matt Boswell, Tony Manicke, Ryan Willett, Trent Greco, Rashad Daviston, Joe Duszynski

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (2-3 Central Suburban North Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th vs Streamwood

September 1st @ Larkin

September 8th vs Buffalo Grove

September 15th @ Wheeling

September 22nd @ Glenbrook North

September 29th vs Maine East

October 6th @ Vernon Hills

October 13th @ Highland Park

October 20th vs Deerfield

Biggest storyline: Can Maine West become playoff eligible in 2017?

Names to watch this season:  Senior TE Matt Kentgen Senior DL Walter Hutt

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to reload on both sides of the football with just 7 starters back (3 offense 4 defense) this fall. .

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West is looking to continue to take positive steps forward after just missing out on a five win season in 2016. Look for the Warriors to get the football into the hands of senior TE Matt Kentgen as much as possible and if the underclassmen can develop West could again challenge for a state playoff slot in 2017.

Preps recruiting: Illinois adds first 2019 in-state commitment

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Preps recruiting: Illinois adds first 2019 in-state commitment

Bloomington two star ranked tight end Griffin Moore (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) decided to give Illinois and head coach Lovie Smith his early verbal commitment. 

"The coaching staff (at Illinois) has been great to me," Moore said. "I haven't met a coach at Illinois that I don't like yet, plus I've always wanted to play at Illinois. Other recruits are really buying in so I'm trying to help get the football program back to the top."

Illinois has been very aggressive so far in recruiting the 2019 in-state class, having extended 18 verbal scholarship. The Fighting Illini have been very active in attracting the attention of several top names and have drawn positive feedback from several of those offered in-state names so far this winter. 

Moore is the first known in-state commitment and the second known overall in the Fighting Illini Class of 2019. Moore joins Dallas Bishop Dunne four star ranked Marquez Beason (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) in the Illinois 2019 recruiting class. Beason is ranked as the 79th best recruit in the nation according to the latest Rivals 100 Nation Recruit Rankings for the Class of 2019. 

High School Lites finishes the season with Class 3A/4A boys basketball state finals

High School Lites finishes the season with Class 3A/4A boys basketball state finals

This weekend will see a busy final stretch of the IHSA boys basketball calendar as the Class 3A and 4A state semifinals and finals are on NBC Sports Chicago.

Friday sees the Class 3A and 4A state semifinals with four games on NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago+ with the coverage beginning at 11 a.m.

Saturday, state championships in Class 3A and 4A will be decided as NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Chicago+ will continue its live coverage starting once again at 11 a.m.

After the Class 4A state championship game and the Bulls vs. Cavaliers coverage ends, the season finale of High School Lites will also air around 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.

Whitney Young (4A) and Morgan Park (3A) are both trying to win back-to-back state titles after winning in Peoria last season. And can anyone stop Belleville West in Class 4A? The Maroons have yet to lose to an Illinois opponent this season.

Here's a rundown of the weekend's action.


Class 3A

Morgan Park (23-9) vs. Marian Catholic (25-5), 11:00 a.m., NBCSCH

Southeast (28-3) vs. North Chicago (22-8), 12:45 p.m., NBCSCH+

Class 4A

Belleville West (30-2) vs. Larkin (24-8), 5:30 p.m., NBCSCH+

Whitney Young (27-7) vs. Evanston (26-5), 7:15 p.m., NBCSCH


Class 3A

Third Place Game, 11:00 a.m., NBCSCH

State Title Game, 12:45 p.m., NBCSCH

Class 4A

Third Place Game, 5:30 p.m., NBCSCH+

State Title Game, 7:15 p.m., NBCSCH+