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High School Lites preview: Week 15


High School Lites preview: Week 15

This week's edition of High School Lites is filled with boys basketball playoff highlights as we're scheduled to bring you highlights of 14 games from across Illinois. CSN and will be airing the Class 1A and Class 2A state semifinals and finals on Friday and Saturday and highlights of those state semifinal games will be featured on High School Lites.
Tons of Class 3A and Class 4A sectional final games are also on the docket, including rematches between Morgan Park and Bogan, Fenwick and St. Joseph, Benet and York and Kenwood and Curie. Plus, we'll also have a Getting to Know feature on Fenwick senior point guard Mike Smith and our Team of the Week is the Benet girls basketball team after claiming back-to-back Class 4A state championships. You can catch High School Lites live at 11 p.m. this Friday night on CSN and streaming on Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for IHSA updates from all over the state.

Morgan Park vs. Bogan, St. Laurence Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — It will be the third time these two Red-South rivals meet this season when the Mustangs (25-3) take on the Bengals (20-7). Morgan Park won, 79-58, on the road on Dec. 17 while also winning at home, 77-67, on Jan. 21. Although the Mustangs swept the season series, this rivalry means this could be close. The Mustangs will rely on Player of the Year frontrunner Charlie Moore while Bogan counters with senior James Jones.

Fenwick vs. St. Joseph, Westinghouse Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — Another rematch as Fenwick (28-2) takes on St. Joseph (23-8) for the third time. The Friars won at home on Jan. 28 with a 54-42 win while also winning the Catholic League Tournament title over the Chargers with a 73-51 win on Feb. 20. Senior Mike Smith is right in there for the Player of the Year race while senior Nick Rakocevic has been an All-Area threat for St. Joseph. 
Ridgewood vs. St. Patrick, Ridgewood Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — Ridgewood (17-12) is hoping its late-season surge continues at home as they host St. Patrick (16-14). The Shamrocks made nine 3-pointers in a sectional semifinal win over Antioch on Wednesday night while Ridgewood took down top-seed North Chicago.  
Glenbard South vs. Boylan, Woodstock North Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — Boylan (30-2) will be the heavy favorite when they face Glenbard South (20-9) on Friday night. The Titans are led by talented junior guard Zach Couper, who is a threat to score from all over the floor. Glenbard South hasn't been to a sectional final since 2000 as they try to pull off a big upset here.
Class 4A
Benet vs. York, East Aurora Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — Another rematch in this one as Benet (28-3) knocked off York (20-12), 51-46, on Dec. 8. The Redwings have been one of the area's most consistent teams this season but York's defense has been impressive as they've earned quality wins over Naperville North and Glenbard West the last two games. 
Simeon vs. Thornton, Bloom Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — The Wolverines (27-3) will be the favorite in this one when they face Thornton. Simeon already bounced the south suburbs' other best team, Marian Catholic, earlier in the week as Zach Norvell, Evan Gilyard, Josh Thomas and company face the Wildcats. Thornton (25-3) is led by strong guard play in Patrick Rucker and Sam Taylor as they try to keep their strong season alive. 
Notre Dame vs. Deerfield, Glenbrook South Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — Two of the north suburbs' best teams go at it when Notre Dame plays Deerfield. The Dons (24-6) have won eight consecutive games as they beat Evanston in the sectional semifinals. Deerfield (28-3) has been one of the most fun teams to watch this season as they're led by senior Jordan Baum. 
Conant vs. Lake Zurich, Fremd Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — Top seed Conant tries to close out a sectional title as they battle Lake Zurich. The Cougars (22-6) have a talented junior guard in Jimmy Sotos and plenty of size inside as they play in their first sectional final since 2007. Lake Zurich (24-9) has never played in a sectional final as they held off Fremd in a thriller in the sectional semifinal. 
Curie vs. Kenwood, Riverside-Brookfield Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — These two Red-Central rivals meet for the fourth time this season when Curie and Kenwood battle. The Broncos (22-4) have won two of the three meetings, including a win in the Public League Playoff semifinals a few weeks ago. Senior Nick Robinson and Zion Morgan will be key players for Kenwood in this one. Curie (24-5) counters with senior Devin Gage, a DePaul commit, and junior Elijah Joiner. 
Auburn vs. St. Charles East, Rock Valley Sectional, 7:00 p.m. — St. Charles East tries to continue its unlikely run when they play Rockford Auburn. The Saints (18-12) have won five straight games as they're coming off blowout wins over Batavia and Prairie Ridge. Auburn (23-6) picked up a blowout win over Jacobs in the sectional semifinals as they've won all three playoff games by double figures.

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


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.