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High School Lites hoops preview: Week 3

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High School Lites hoops preview: Week 3

This week's edition of High School Lites has five games between ranked teams as plenty of conferences have huge contests.

The Public League's Red-South and Red-Central both have great games on Thursday before the West Suburban Gold, Catholic Red and East Suburban Catholic Conference all host ranked matchups on Friday.

Be sure to check out High School Lites on CSN this Friday night at 11 p.m. and streaming at CSNChicago.com

GAMES ON THURSDAY

No. 1 Morgan Park at No. 7 Bogan, 5:00 p.m. - Two of the top team in the city collide when the No. 1 Mustangs (4-1) travel to face Red-South rival Bogan. The No. 7 Bengals (4-1) get a chance to pick up a big conference win while Morgan Park is trying to win on the road at Simeon and Bogan before January.

No. 25 Hyde Park at No. 4 Curie, 5:00 p.m. - This Red-Central tilt also features two teams in the CSN Preps Power Rankings as No. 25 Hyde Park (7-2) travels to Curie (5-0). Hyde Park has received strong play from senior Tajuan Agee while the Condors are trying to establish themselves as city and state title contenders.

GAMES ON FRIDAY

Thornridge at Lincoln-Way Central, 6:00 p.m. - A SouthWest Suburban Red contest as Thornridge (2-5, 2-0) travels to Lincoln-Way Central (5-1, 1-1). Thornridge has started the season slowly, but is unbeaten in conference play with a big win over Bradley-Bourbonnais. Lincoln-Way Central has only lost on the road at Thornwood this season.

Oswego East at No. 18 Oswego, 6:30 p.m. - This rivalry game is an important one in the Southwest Prairie as Oswego East (3-4, 2-0) goes to No. 18 Oswego (6-1, 2-0). These two teams split last season and both enter this one unbeaten in the conference.

St. Patrick at No. 12 Notre Dame, 7 p.m. - This ESCC rivalry game is our Viewer's Choice Game of the week as St. Patrick (5-3, 1-0) travels to No. 12 Notre Dame (7-1, 1-0). Notre Dame is looking to build its impressive early resume while St. Patrick could use a road win in the ESCC.

No. 3 Fenwick at No. 16 De La Salle, 7:00 p.m. - An important game in the Catholic Red as No. 3 Fenwick (7-0, 2-0) travels to No. 16 De La Salle (6-1, 1-1). The Friars are a major contender for a state title in Class 3A and they have senior leadership in point guard Mike Smith. De La Salle has its own senior leader in George Wilborn and they're coming off a big win over Lincoln Park.

No. 11 Benet at No. 15 Marian Catholic, 7:00 p.m. - With the ESCC being deep and talented, this becomes one to watch in the conference race. No. 11 Benet (7-0, 1-0) is unbeaten and could use a big road win early while the No. 15 Spartans (6-2, 1-0) are young and talented but still haven't put it all together.

Nazareth at St. Viator, 7:00 p.m. - Staying in the ESCC, conference unbeaten St. Viator (5-1, 1-0) hosts Nazareth (2-4, 0-1). The Lions have only fallen to local rival Conant, while Nazareth is trying to get an upset on the road.

No. 20 Fremd at Conant, 7:30 p.m. - The top two teams in the Mid-Suburban West battle as No. 20 Fremd (9-1, 2-0) travels to face Conant (6-1, 2-0). The Vikings have won eight consecutive games since losing to Uplift and they're playing great basketball. Conant has won six straight games since dropping its opener by one point. It should be a great early-season conference battle for both teams.

No. 14 Hinsdale South at No. 21 Downers Grove South, 7:30 p.m. - Two more teams from the CSN Preps Power Rankings collide as No. 14 Hinsdale South (6-1, 2-0) takes on No. 21 Downers South Grove (5-2, 2-0). Northwestern commit Barret Benson will try to lead Hinsdale South to a big conference road win while Downers South is coming off of a loss to Fremd.

The postseason begins in the latest Preps Power Rankings

The postseason begins in the latest Preps Power Rankings

The IHSA playoffs are finally here for all of boys basketball as regionals begin this week in the Class 3A and 4A. Since Class 2A only has one team in the top 25, defending champion Orr, most of the focus on the Power Rankings falls on teams in the Class 3A and 4A fields. 

1. Simeon (25-3, 9-0) (1) -- The heavy favorites in Class 4A, the Wolverines start the playoffs against Hubbard or Reavis before potentially facing Sandburg or Crete-Monee for a regional title.

2. Orr (22-4, 9-0) (2) -- The Spartans won a regional in Class 2A as they move on to play Uplift in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday. The Titans might be the toughest team Orr faces in its quest to repeat as 2A champions. 

3. Curie (23-4, 8-1) (3) -- The No. 1 seed in the Riverside-Brookfield Sectional of Class 4A, the Condors could face York or Riverside-Brookfield for a regional title as that could be a tough matchup. 

4. Whitney Young (22-7, 7-2) (4) -- The defending Class 4A champions are the No. 2 seed in the Riverside-Brookfield Sectional as they could face St. Joseph or St. Ignatius for a regional title next week. 

5. Morgan Park (18-9, 7-2) (5) -- The Mustangs will try to repeat in Class 3A as they might face Vocational or Perspectives/Leadership for a regional title. Now that Ayo Dosunmu is healthy and back, Morgan Park should be the favorites once again.

6. Fenwick (19-7, 8-0) (6) -- Catholic League champion Fenwick is up in Class 4A this year as they're a No. 4 seed in a loaded Riverside-Brookfield Sectional. The Friars might have a showdown with Proviso East for a regional title if both teams win earlier in the week. 

7. Evanston (21-5, 8-2) (8) -- The Loaded Maine East Sectional will be tough but Evanston is the No. 1 seed. The Wildkits could have a tough regional title game ahead of them as Maine West and Notre Dame are both capable of making it a close game.

8. Oak Park-River Forest (22-5, 12-0) (9) -- Knocking off Hinsdale South for the West Suburban crown, the Huskies have a lot of positive momentum entering the Class 4A playoffs. OPRF is the No. 3 seed in the Riverside-Brookfield Sectional as they could play Lincoln Park for a regional title.

9. Benet (23-4, 8-1) (10) -- With a 14-game winning streak entering the playoffs, the Redwings are red hot. Benet is the No. 2 seed in the Glenbard East Sectional in Class 4A as they could match up with Naperville Central or Glenbard West for a regional title. 

10. West Aurora (21-4, 10-0) (11) -- Winners of 13 straight, West Aurora is the No. 2 seed in the Romeoville Sectional. The Blackhawks could face Andrew or Plainfield North for a regional title at Plainfield South. 

11. Marist (24-4, 7-2) (12) -- An impressive 24-win season has Marist as the No. 2 seed in the Thornton Sectional as they host a Class 4A regional. The RedHawks might play Thornwood or Bloom to win that regional on Friday night. 

12. Niles North (24-4, 6-4) (13) -- The Vikings took down New Trier to pick up a great win right before the loaded Maine East Sectional in Class 4A. Niles North, a No. 3 seed, might have to face ESCC champion St. Viator for a regional title, which would be one of the most-anticipated matchups in Class 4A. 

13. New Trier (22-5, 8-2) (7) -- Dropping two games during the week, New Trier is limping into the postseason as the No. 2 seed in the Maine East Sectional. It won't get any easier for the Trevians as they might face Mid-Suburban champion Prospect for a regional title.

14. Naperville North (24-2, 15-1) (15) -- The top seed in the Glenbard East Sectional, Naperville North hosts its own regional in Class 4A. The Huskies might play Geneva or Downers North for a regional title. 

15. DePaul Prep (21-6, 5-3) (16) -- The No. 1 seed in the North Chicago Sectional, DePaul Prep hosts its own regional in Class 3A. The Rams could face Foreman or Sullivan for a regional title as DePaul Prep has a winnable sectional. 

16. Loyola (22-6, 5-3) (17) -- Loyola is the No. 4 seed in the Maine East Sectional. The Ramblers could have a tough regional final against host and No. 5 seed Maine South as that would make for a great matchup.

17. Marian Catholic (20-5, 5-4) (14) -- A No. 1 seed in the Pontiac Sectional of Class 3A, the Spartans will be one of the teams to watch in that field. Marian Catholic could potentially take on Thornridge or Rich Central for a regional title during the week. 

18. Hillcrest (21-5, 13-0) (18) -- The Hawks are a No. 2 seed in the Pontiac Sectional in Class 3A as they try to make another deep run in March. Hillcrest could face Rich East or Oak Forest for a regional title.

19. Homewood-Flossmoor (19-6, 9-1) (20) -- The Vikings had some close wins during the week preparing for the Class 4A field. Homewood-Flossmoor could play Oak Lawn for a regional title at T.F. South this week. 

20. St. Viator (23-5, 9-0) (22) -- The unbeaten champs in the ESCC, the Lions are on a six-game winning streak. A No. 6 seed in the Maine East Sectional, St. Viator could have a major test against Niles North for a Class 4A regional title. 

21. Bolingbrook (19-6, 7-3) (23) -- Top seed in the Romeoville Sectional, the Raiders have been a major threat in the postseason the past few years. Bolingbrook might play Lemont or Plainfield East for a regional title.

22. Maine South (21-7, 6-4) (24) -- The Hawks have the recent win over Niles North as they're the No. 5 seed in the Maine East Sectional. As the host in the regional, Maine South could get a home game against No. 4 seed Loyola.

23. Hinsdale South (20-6, 10-2) (21) -- Hinsdale South dropped a close one to OPRF right before the postseason. The Hornets might face Willowbrook for a regional title as the No. 4 seed in the Glenbard East Sectional as the two teams split the season series. 

24. Willowbrook (23-5, 9-3) (25) -- The Warriors had an outstanding season as they are in the tough Glenbard East Sectional. A No. 5 seed, Willowbrook could face Hinsdale South for a regional title, which could be the best title game of the entire week. 

25. Jacobs (24-3, 16-0) (NR) -- Winners of the Fox Valley for the fourth straight year, the Golden Eagles are on a roll as they're a No. 2 seed in the Jacobs Sectional in Class 4A. If Jacobs gets senior Ryan Phillips back from hand injury they could be dangerous. 

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

High School Lites had a busy show as it was the final week of the regular season for IHSA boys basketball Class 3A and 4A. The Class 1A and 2A playoffs also tipped in boys basketball as the show has some thrilling regional titles that were decided in the final minute. And finally, the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals were played on Friday as the state's top teams played in Bloomington.

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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Richards wrestler Mia Palumbo

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Simeon boys basketball

Highlights

Marshall shocks Leo in Class 2A regional final

Aurora Christian runs past Harvert Christian for 1A regional title

Buzzer-beater lifts Monticello over Gibson City for regional title

Jacobs goes unbeaten in Fox Valley with win over Dundee-Crown

West Aurora gets by rival East Aurora

Yorkville completes season sweep of DeKalb

Lemont escapes past T.F. North

Marshall needs OT to get past Teutopolis in girls 2A semifinals

Harlan takes down Eureka in 2A semifinals

Stockton runs by Okaw Valley in 1A

Schlarman races by Lebanon