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High School Lites hoops preview: Week 2

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High School Lites hoops preview: Week 2

It's a huge week of games on High School Lites on Friday night as No. 1 battles No. 2 and a bunch of top-flight conference matchups go down.

Morgan Park traveling to Simeon is one of three all-ranked Public League battles on the show this week and one of the biggest games of the year is our Game of the Week.

We'll also see some huge games in the SouthWest Suburban Red, DuPage Valley, West Suburban Silver and West Suburban Gold.

You can catch High School Lites on Friday at 11:30 p.m. on CSN and streaming on CSNChicago.com. If you have scores or highlights for the show, be sure to reach out to us on Twitter @CSNPreps.

THURSDAY NIGHT

No. 2 Morgan Park at No. 1 Simeon, 4:30 p.m. -- One of the biggest showdowns of the season goes down as Morgan Park (2-1) takes on Simeon (2-0). This Red-South rivalry has become one of the biggest matchups of every season and this year both teams feature Player of the Year candidates -- Morgan Park's Charlie Moore and Simeon's Zach Norvell -- and talented teams.

No. 3 Kenwood at No. 25 Hyde Park, 6 p.m. -- A great one in a fun Red-Central conference as Kenwood (2-1) faces Hyde Park (6-1). The Broncos are coming off of a Monday loss in Detroit and followed that up with a big win over Dunbar. Hyde Park fell to a talented Vocational team before winning in overtime over King earlier this week. Tajuan Agee, Hyde Park's talented senior forward, will need to step up in this one.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Uplift at Lane Tech, 5 p.m. -- Uplift (5-1) and Lane Tech (2-3) open the Red-North conference season facing each other. The Titans were previously ranked in the CSN Preps Power Rankings after winning the Mundelein Thanksgiving event, but they fell to Westinghouse last week. Lane Tech has played some strong competition like DePaul Prep and Notre Dame early in the season, but hasn't landed a big win yet.

No. 11 Whitney Young at No. 18 Farragut, 6 p.m. -- No. 11 Whitney Young (0-1) is trying to recover from the loss to Simeon at the Chicago Elite Classic as they go on the road to face Red-West rival No. 18 Farragut. The Admirals (6-1) played good ball to start the season in Rockford for Thanksgiving and had an impressive big win over Crete-Monee. Farragut will try to use its size with 6-foot-8 senior Tawone Keith and 6-foot-4 guard Dulan Scott while the Dolphins will rely on sophomore point guard Xavier Castenada. Whitney Young needs junior Lucas Williamson to step up in this one.

Bradley-Bourbonnais at Thornton, 6:30 p.m. -- An important game in the SouthWest Suburban Red as Bradley-Bourbonnais (4-1) travels to face Thornton (3-1). The Boilermakers won against Manteno and Valparaiso commit and senior guard Micah Bradford is an All-Area candidate. Bradford will play against experienced Thornton senior guard Patrick Rucker and a talented team that should enter the Top 25 sometime this season.

IC Catholic Prep at No. 8 Riverside-Brookfield, 7 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Metro Suburban West play as IC Catholic heads to a top-ten opponent in Riverside-Brookfield. The Knights (4-1) won their first four games before falling to St. Patrick while Riverside-Brookfield is trying to bounce back from a loss to Gonzaga (D.C.) at the Chicago Elite Classic.

Addison Trail at No. 16 Downers Grove South, 7:30 p.m. -- Two 4-1 teams battle in the West Suburban Gold as Addison Trail tries to upset a talented Downers South group. Addison Trail started the season 4-0 before a loss to Stagg while Downers South has two Division I prospects in junior forward T.J. Clifford and junior guard Denis Alibegovic. The Trojans picked up a big road win at Proviso East last week.

Wheaton North at Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. -- The DuPage Valley Conference also has a great matchup as unbeaten Wheaton North (5-0) travels to Naperville North (4-1). The Falcons are off to a great start as they're coming off a win over rival WW South. Naperville North returns four starters from last season's 16-win team and expectations are high.

York at No. 14 Glenbard West, 7:30 p.m. -- York (5-2) will try to pull off an upset road win in the West Suburban Silver as they play unbeaten Glenbard West (6-0). The Dukes fell to a ranked Benet squad earlier this week while Glenbard West is led by All-Area candidate Justin Pierce.

GIRLS: Proviso East at Whitney Young, 8 p.m. -- One of the top girls basketball teams in the state, Whitney Young, hosts Proviso East as part of the Chitown Showdown. 

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. 

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Palatine's Eduardo Orozco

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball

Highlights

No. 1 Simeon holds off No. 4 Whitney Young

No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

Oswego East upsets No. 20 Joliet Central

Andrew shuts down Thornridge

Sandburg tops Lockport in OT

Richards runs by Shepard

Maine West captures second straight girls basketball regional title