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EDGY: Can these teams with 3-0 records last?

EDGY: Can these teams with 3-0 records last?

After three weeks of IHSA football in the books, several teams have turned around their fate from a year ago and have gotten off to impressive 3-0 starts. Which programs could have staying power the rest of the regular season?

St. Joseph

Biggest win to date: Last Friday's 41-19 win at East Moline United.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Saturday at Lake Forest Academy (1-2). When your program has never made the IHSA state playoff field, your biggest game is the next game.

Biggest question facing the Chargers: What about their overall strength of schedule? So far, it hasn't been good (opponents are 0-9 combined), meaning the Chargers will most likely need six wins to secure a state playoff spot. Head coach Rich Petroski has the Chargers playing well and is easily one of Chicagoland best stories so far.

Fenwick

The Friars biggest win to date? Last Friday's dominating 38-6 win over defending CCL Green and 6A state champion Montini Catholic.

Biggest game left on the schedule? Week 9 hosting De La Salle. It could have major CCL Green and state playoff implications.

Biggest question facing the Friars? Can they survive the remaining regular season schedule and stay healthy? The Friars have the likes of Loyola, Marmion Academy (3-0) and De La Salle (3-0) still left to play.

De La Salle

The Meteors biggest win to date: A 26-16 win over Niles North (0-3) the opening week of the season.

Biggest game left on the schedule: Week 7 at Mount Carmel. The Caravan always get the Meteors blood boiling. Plus, this kicks off three straight tough games for De La Salle.

Biggest question facing the Meteors: Are the Meteors battle tested yet? De La Salle is in dire need to win a few tough tests as their opponent’s combined records are 0-9. 

Marmion Academy

The Cadets biggest win to date: Last week’s 21-0 win over St. Francis

Biggest game left on the schedule: Week 5 at Montini Catholic. The Cadets could face off against a “need-to-win-or-else” Broncos team.

Biggest question facing the Cadets: Once again, how is their strength of schedule? We should begin to get a better feel this Friday when Marmion travels to Bishop McNamara (0-3), a team that is much tougher than its record indicates.

Naperville North

The Huskies biggest win to date: Last Friday, beating Wheaton North 33-7.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Friday at Lake Park (2-1). The Lancers could be a huge test for the Huskies and they can't afford to look past anyone in the DuPage Valley.

Biggest question facing the Huskies? Can Naperville North stay healthy and how will they fare, particularly, over the next four weeks?

Woodstock North

The Thunder's biggest win to date: Last Friday beating Harvard 41-0.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Friday at Marengo (3-0). Marengo will undoubtedly be North's biggest test to date.

Biggest question facing the Thunder: How well can Woodstock North match up with some of the heavyweights still left on the schedule (Marengo/Johnsburg/Woodstock/River Falls)?

[RELATED: Edgy's Top 25 Power Rankings for Week 4]

Aurora Central Catholic

The Thunder's biggest win to date: Week 1, beating Aurora Christian 22-9.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Friday at Riverside-Brookfield (3-0). This Metro Suburban crossover will be a big test for the Chargers.

Biggest question facing the Chargers: Can Aurora Central Catholic continue to pound the remaining teams on the schedule with their strong running game? Having a Hall of Fame head coach like John Belskis on board is a huge advantage down the road.

Hoffman Estates

The Hawks biggest win to date: Week 2-- a 28-14 win over Buffalo Grove

Biggest game left on the schedule: Week 6 at Conant. The Hawks will need to find a conference win and Conant (0-3) has been struggling.

Biggest question facing the Hawks: Can they survive the second half of the regular season schedule? The Mid-Suburban West is absolutely loaded this fall and just getting to five wins is an accomplishment for anyone in that conference.

Shepard

The Astros biggest win to date: Last Friday’s 24-7 win over Evergreen Park.

Biggest game left on the schedule: This Friday at Richards (1-3). You could argue that Reavis in Week 7 might be a bigger game, but Shepard really wants this one over the Bulldogs.

Biggest question facing the Astros: Can Shepard play well against the bigger names still left (Richards/TF South/Reavis) and show some playoff potential?

Morris

The Redskins biggest win to date: Last week’s 20-3 win over 5A state-ranked Washington (2-1).

Biggest game left on the schedule: Either at DeKalb (2-1) in Week 6 or at Kaneland (2-1) in Week 7.

Biggest question facing the Redskins: Can Morris continue to play consistently good football week in and week out? Turnovers and inconsistent play has hurt Morris over the past few seasons.

Lockport

The Porters biggest win to date: Last Friday 16-14 win over Lincoln-Way Central (2-1).

Biggest game left on the schedule: Week 7 hosting Lincoln-Way West. The Porters will see where they stand against the Warriors, not to mention against teams outside of the Southwest Suburban's Big Three (H-F/Bolingbrook/LW East).

Biggest question facing the Porters: Can Lockport continue to win the close games? The Porters struggled all last season in close games. This year they are 3-0 in tight games. 

St. Charles East

The Saints biggest win to date: Last Friday 30-0 win over Geneva (1-2).

Biggest game left on the schedule: This week at St. Charles North (3-0). Nothing announces your arrival better than upsetting your rival on their home field. 

Biggest question facing the Saints: Can they hang in and play tough over the next three weeks? They’re at St. Charles North (3-0), then host Batavia (3-0) and Bartlett (2-1).

Edgy Tim is here to talk about Week 4 of the High School Football season! Have a question about your favorite program or a big game this week? Ask and he'll answer it on-air!

Posted by NBC Sports Chicago on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

High School Lites is down to the final week of the regular season in local high school hoops as the Class 3A and 4A schools finish up conference play. The boys basketball playoffs have also started as the Class 1A and Class 2A regional championships will be played on Friday night.

The girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals will also be featured. You can catch all of those games on NBC Sports Chicago on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. with the 1A semifinals. High School Lites will air Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago

East Aurora at No. 11 West Aurora, 7:00 p.m. -- These two rivals meet for the 225th time. The Blackhawks (20-4, 9-0) won the first matchup by 22 points as they try to finish the season on a 12-game winning streak. 

Jacobs at Dundee-Crown, 7:00 p.m. -- Fox Valley rivals match up as Jacobs tries to go unbeaten in the conference. The Eagles (23-3, 15-0) has been playing very well as they've won 20 of 21 games heading into this one -- including an earlier win against Dundee-Crown. The Chargers (14-11, 10-4) has won seven consecutive games since dropping to the Golden Eagles as they're second in the Fox Valley heading into this one. 

Yorkville at DeKalb, 7:00 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East play in this one. DeKalb (16-11, 11-1) has already clinched a share of the conference title as the team's only league loss has come against Yorkville. The Foxes (17-8, 10-2) knocked off DeKalb at their place on Feb. 3 as they try to win again to get a piece of the division title. 

T.F. North at Lemont, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the better teams in the South Suburban Blue battle on the eve of the playoffs. Lemont (17-8, 9-3) has picked up three straight wins entering this one. T.F. North (11-9, 9-3) is trying to build some momentum after recent close losses to Hillcrest and T.F. South.

Carmel at No. 10 Benet, 7:30 p.m. -- The ESCC closes out its season with this one. Benet (22-4, 7-1) is coming off a nice road win at Marian Catholic earlier this week. Carmel (17-10, 4-4) knocked off Joliet Catholic during the week as they've been a dangerous team in the ESCC. 

Class 2A Boys Basketball Regional Championships

Leo vs. Marshall, 6 p.m. -- The Lions are the favorites but the Commandos are the host of this regional title game. Leo (20-5, 8-0) has a 13-game winning streak as they won the Catholic League White. Marshall (8-17, 4-5) struggled in the win column but they were a competitive 4-5 in a very deep Public League Red-South. 

Uplift vs. Northridge, 7 p.m. -- This should be an interesting battle as Uplift is playing on the road at Northridge. Uplift (17-9, 6-3) has played an extremely competitive schedule that includes a recent close loss to No. 1 Simeon as Kansas commit Markese Jacobs and senior forward Toraze Dobbs are one of the best combinations in the Class 2A field. Northridge (22-5, 12-0) went unbeaten in the Independent School League this season as they're riding a 13-game winning streak.

Class 1A Boys Basketball Regional Championships 

Aurora Christian vs. Harvest Christian, 7 p.m. -- These two teams play for the third time this season in what should be an interesting regional title game. Aurora Christian (23-1, 10-0) is the host as they only lost to Winnebago this season. The Eagles beat Harvest Christian twice in a six-day span in December. Harvest Christian (18-8, 8-2) finished third in the Northeastern Athletic as they played the second game within two points. 

Class 1A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Okaw Valley vs. Stockton, 11 a.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Okaw Valley (29-5) is making its first state appearance after winning its first regional title in school history. Stockton (31-2) finished under .500 last season (13-15) and had an amazing turnaround that includes a current 15-game winning streak. 

Lebanon vs. Schlarman, 12:45 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- These two teams have combined for two losses this season as this should be a good one. Lebanon (31-1) just won its first sectional title in school history as they've now moved on to state. Schlarman (31-1) is led by junior Anaya Peoples, a Notre Dame commit and five-star prospect in the Class of 2019. 

Class 2A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Harlan vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two red-hot teams play in the first semifinal in Class 2A. Harlan (25-6) is riding a 12-game winning streak as this is its first appearance at state for girls basketball. Eureka (28-3) has a 19-game winning streak as they make their first state appearance since 1988.

Marshall vs. Teutopolis, 7:15 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two storied programs in the state match up in this one. Marshall (20-7) will be making its 21st state appearance as head coach Dorothy Gaters is one of the most storied coaches in Illinois. Teutopolis is making its 17th appearance at state as the Lady Shoes (28-6) seek their first title since 1995. 

Check out the AP boys basketball polls as regular season winds down

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Check out the AP boys basketball polls as regular season winds down

Here is the latest AP boys basketball polls. The girls basketball polls are done with the playoffs underway in all four classes.

Class 4A

School                                 W-L       Pts   Prv

1. Simeon (9)                      25-3      90    1

2. Belleville West                23-2      75    3

3. Curie                                22-3      74     2

4. Danville                           23-2      67      4

5. Whitney Young               22-7     52     T5

6. Normal West                   21-6     28     T5

7. Quincy                              19-4      21     T10

8. Bloomington                   18-7      15     8

9. Evanston                          20-5      14     7

10. New Trier                       22-3       12     NR

Others receiving votes: Moline 11, Niles North 10, Lisle (Benet Academy) 10, St. Viator 5, Naperville North 4, Maine South 2, Rockford Jefferson 1.

Class 3A

School                                            W-L          Pts    Prv

1. Morgan Park (7)                       18-9         88     2

2. Springfield Southeast (2)        22-3         82     1

3. Marian Catholic                        20-4         67     4

4. Hillcrest                                      21-5         57     5

(tie) Springfield Lanphier             22-3         57     3

6. Alton Marquette                       28-0         44      6

7. Centralia                                    21-4          32      7

8. DePaul College Prep                20-6          31      8

9. Champaign Central                  17-7          13      10

10. Decatur MacArthur                 18-8         9        NR

Others receiving votes: Lincoln 6, Burlington Central 6, Bogan 3.

Class 2A

School                                       W-L          Pts     Prv

1. Orr (11)                                 23-4         110     1

2. Warsaw West Hancock      22-2         83       3

3. Pinckneyville                       25-3         76       T4

4. Winnebago                          24-2         75       2

5. Monticello                            22-1         69       6

6. Leo                                        19-5         65       T4

7. Bloomington Central Catholic       21-6         42   8

8. Effingham St. Anthony                    25-3         23   7

9. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley               24-3         12   NR

10. Trenton Wesclin                             24-4         9     NR

Others receiving votes: Eldorado 7, Corliss 6, St. Joseph-Ogden 6, Bureau Valley 5, Uplift 5 Teutopolis 4, Williamsville 3, Quincy Notre Dame 2, Farmington  2, Casey-Westfield 1

Class 1A

School                                      W-L          Pts      Prv

1. Aurora Christian (9)            22-1        108      1

2. DePue (1)                              24-2        85        2

3. East Dubuque (1)                26-3        80        4

4. Annawan                              25-3        75        5

5. Payson Seymour                 26-2        68        3

6. Sterling Newman                 23-4       57        6

7. Colfax Ridgeview                  24-4       48        7

8. New Berlin                             25-3       33        8

9. Cairo                                       21-5       22        9

10. Nokomis                              21-7         9        NR

Others receiving votes: Newark 8, Quest Academy 5, Milford 4, Cissna Park 2. Okawville 1.