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High School Lites preview: Week 11

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High School Lites preview: Week 11

It's an important week of high school basketball in the area as High School Lites will have highlights of many key conference showdowns.

Both divisions of the Mid-Suburban League, the Central Suburban North, the SouthWest Suburban Red and the Fox Valley Fox all feature games between the top two teams in the standings. We'll also have highlights from the opening round of the Catholic League Tournament and highlights from the crazy race in the East Suburban Catholic Conference.

This week's Team of the Week is the Whitney Young girls basketball team, as the Dolphins are coming off of yet another city title with a huge win over Morgan Park. Also be on the lookout for a "Getting to Know" feature on Kenwood senior forward Nick Robinson, as he's hoping to lead the Broncos deep into the postseason.

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High School Lites airs at 11 p.m. on CSN and streams live on CSNChicago.com. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for the latest Friday night score updates.

No. 5 Thornton at Lincoln-Way Central, 6:00 p.m. - The top two teams in the SouthWest Suburban Red do battle as No. 5 Thornton travels to Lincoln-Way Central. The Wildcats (19-1, 10-0) are still unbeaten in the area and are looking to build a dominating conference lead while Lincoln-Way Central (15-6, 6-4) could use a statement win before playoff seedings.

Antioch at Lakes, 7:00 p.m. - The North Suburban Prairie has a group of teams clustered together in the middle and Antioch and Lakes will both try to make a move up the standings on Friday. Antioch (9-13, 4-6) lost at home against Lakes (11-13, 4-6) back in January and will be looking for revenge in this one. Lakes has dropped four straight games entering this one and will look to get back on track.

Prairie Ridge at Grayslake North, 7:00 p.m. - This is a huge game in the Fox Valley Fox as two 20-win teams do battle. Prairie Ridge (20-3, 10-0) is the current conference leader coming off of a solid non-conference win over Waukegan earlier in the week. Grayslake North (20-2, 9-1) will try to avenge a loss to the Wolves earlier this season. Prairie Ridge hasn't lost since the calendar turned to 2016. 

St. Rita at Brother Rice, 7:00 p.m. - The Catholic League Tournament kicks off this week with an intriguing rivalry game as St. Rita travels to Brother Rice. This has been a bit of a rebuilding year for the Mustangs (9-14, 5-4) but they've been playing better recently. Brother Rice (15-9, 6-3) won the first matchup between these two teams with a 55-42 win on Dec. 18.

No. 14 Marian Catholic at St. Patrick, 7:00 p.m. - The race in the East Suburban Catholic Conference is heating up as Marian Catholic (17-5, 4-1) tries to keep pace with Benet and St. Viator. The Spartans had a disappointing home loss to Notre Dame at home last week and will try to win a tough one on the road. St. Patrick (13-10, 4-2) has been one of the better teams in the ESCC as well and they've already knocked off a ranked conference opponent at home this season when they beat Notre Dame.

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No. 23 St. Viator at No. 24 Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m. - Two ranked teams collide in the ESCC as St. Viator tries to pick up a key road win at Notre Dame. The Lions are tied in the loss column with Marian Catholic and Benet atop the conference standings and they've been impressive in tight finishes this season. Notre Dame (17-6, 3-3) has been one of the hardest teams in the area to peg as some nights they can play with any team in the state and other nights they come out with a lackluster effort. 

Niles North at No. 20 Deerfield, 7:30 p.m. - The top two teams in the Central Suburban North play again as Deerfield tries to get revenge on Niles North. In the first meeting between these two, the Vikings (19-6, 6-2) picked up an easy win on Jan. 8 in their gym and they've won seven straight games. Deerfield (21-3, 7-1) will look to stay ahead in the conference standings in their home gym as senior Jordan Baum leads a balanced team.

Prospect at Elk Grove, 7:30 p.m. - It's an important Friday night in the Mid-Suburban League as both divisions will have games between the top two teams. In the East Division, Elk Grove (15-9, 3-2) gets a chance to tie Prospect (13-8, 7-1) in the standings. These two teams played on Dec. 18 with the Knights winning, 50-43, at home. Prospect had won five consecutive games before a recent non-conference loss to Lyons.

Conant at Fremd, 7:30 p.m. - In the West Division of the Mid-Suburban League, Fremd will host Conant. The first time these two teams played, Conant (16-5, 8-0) was the 45-38 winner at home on Dec. 18. The Cougars have won seven of their last eight games and are playing very good ball down the stretch. Fremd (17-6, 6-2) also enters this one with a winning streak, as they've won three straight.

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

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.