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High School Lites Preview: Week 4

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High School Lites Preview: Week 4

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 4 edition of High School Lites, Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. One of the state's oldest and best rivalries will be renewed on the South Side as St. Rita (1-2) will take on Mount Carmel (3-0) at Gately Stadium. Is this a must win for the Mustangs? Can Reavis hit the road and beat Richards in this hotly contested South Suburban Red game? Who wins the matchup between St. Charles North and Geneva in Upstate 8 River conference action? Also, does it get any better than Immaculate Conception taking on St. Edward?

Joliet Central at (1) Homewood-Flossmoor, 6:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0) continues to roll as the Vikings are now starting to draw attention nationally. Joliet Central (0-3) and head coach Brett Boyter are in the progress of building up the Steelmen program. Joliet Central has yet to win a varsity-level football game since splitting from the combined Joliet Township sports program back in 2010 (93 games).

EDGY's Pick: Homewood-Flossmoor 51, Joliet Central 6

Reavis at Richards, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Reavis (3-0) is looking to make a statement this week against the South Suburban Red Conference defending champ Richards (1-2). Reavis will look towards quarterback Isiah Alpuche to lead the offense, along with a good group of offensive skill players and an experienced line. Richards will counter with running back Pat Doyle, and the Bulldogs are hoping to build off some momentum after a huge win last Friday over Lemont. Can Reavis knock off the champs? Can Richards get off to a quick start this week?

EDGY's Pick: Richards 29, Reavis 28

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Sandburg at Lockport, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Sandburg (2-1) pulled off a huge win last Friday over Bolingbrook, as the Eagles passing-game led by quarterback Alex Fidan has been strong. Lockport (1-2) has been its own worst enemy so far, losing two of its first three games after positing early leads. The Porters will look to run the ball behind a big offensive line led by seniors Matt Chimelewski and Quinn Polaski. Can the Porters finish? Can Sandburg keep putting up points against the Porters defense? Could bad weather give the run-happy Porters an edge?

EDGY's Pick: Sandburg 27, Lockport 20

(25) Cary-Grove at Woodstock North, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Cary-Grove (3-0) was expected to be a work in progress this season. However, no one gave the memo to Trojans head coach Brad Seaburg. C-G is running the football well, led by senior running back Ty Pennington. Woodstock North (3-0) has been a nice surprise story so far. The Thunder also run the football well with running back Randall Kline. Can Woodstock North's defense slow down Cary's triple-option offense? 

EDGY's Pick: Cary Grove 31, Woodstock North 12

(6) Nazareth at Marian Central Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Both Nazareth Academy (3-0) and Marian Central Catholic (3-0) have been on an early season roll. This game is also each team's biggest test to date. Marian Central Catholic and first year head coach Mike Maloney have been pretty balanced offensively. Running back Emitt Peisert leads the running game while junior quarterback JB Budmayr is a name to watch for the Hurricanes.  Nazareth Academy and head coach Tim Racki will get the ball into his playmakers hands including Notre Dame verbal commit Julian Love and junior running back Ivory Kelly-Martin. Can the Hurricanes slow down the big play ability of the Road Runners?

EDGY's Pick: Nazareth Academy 35, Marian Central Catholic 21

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St. Rita vs. (2) Mount Carmel, 7:30 p.m. at Gately Stadium

EDGY's Take: This is simply one of the state's oldest and best rivalry games. Is this a must-win for St. Rita (1-2)? The Mustangs and head coach Todd Kuska just can't seem to get over the hump. They’re a turnover or a close play away from breaking out. St. Rita will look to get the running game going behind senior Brandon Wiliams, along with throwing in some play-action passes from quarterback Connor Kelley. Mount Camel (3-0) has been getting a big season so far from its defense, yet the offense is still trying to shake off some early turnover issues. Senior quarterback Anthony Thompson (NIU) leads the running attack for the Caravan. Can St. Rita get its momentum going? Could this be the breakout game? Can the Caravan also get its offense to play at the same level as the defense this week?

EDGY's Pick: Mount Carmel 28, St. Rita 14

St. Charles North at Geneva, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Huge game in the Upstate 8 River conference race. Geneva (3-0) and head coach Rob Wicinski just seem to reload year in and year out. The Vikings have a terrific signal-caller in senior Sean Chambers and Geneva can always run the football. St. Charles North (3-0) and head coach Rob Pomazak have built the North Stars into a contender. Look for North to rely on junior quarterback Zach Mettetal and a big and physical offensive line. Can St. Charles North win on the road in Geneva? Can Geneva slow down the North Stars offense this week?

EDGY's Pick: Geneva 41, St. Charles North 38

St. Francis at (25) Brother Rice, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Brother Rice (2-1) ran into a brick wall in last Saturday's 28-0 loss at Loyola. Look for the Crusaders to bounce back behind senior quarterback Cam Miller and a deep and speedy group of receivers and backs. St. Francis (3-0) and head coach Mike Fitzgerald have been on an early roll; however, this will no question be the biggest test of the season for the Spartans. St. Francis has the potential to put up big yards and points with quarterback Peter Fassnacht plus senior running back/linebacker Will Purdom. Which defense will come to play Friday night?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 27, St. Francis 20

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.