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High School Lites Preview: Week 7

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High School Lites Preview: Week 7

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 7 edition of High School Lites, Friday night at 11 p.m. So who gets a win in the rematch between Nazareth Academy and Joliet Catholic? Can No. 1 ranked Homewood-Flossmoor take care of business against Southwest Suburban Blue rival Lincoln-Way East? Can up and coming Warren Township upset Libertyville on the road? Can Oak Park-River Forest hold off highly ranked Glenbard West at home and take another step towards a West Suburban Silver title?

Whitney Young at Lincoln Park, 5 p.m. at Rockne Stadium

EDGY's Take: Whitney Young’s head coach Tim Franken has gotten a huge season so far from his defense. The Dolphins (6-0) have allowed just 20 points in six games so far this season. Lincoln Park's (5-1) only loss came to suburban power Lincoln-Way East back in Week 2. Can the Lions offense dent the Dolphins defense this week?

EDGY's Pick: Whitney Young 20, Lincoln Park 13

Richards at Eisenhower, 6 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Richards (4-2) has been getting a huge season from junior RB Pat Doyle and a strong and speedy defense. Travis Moore’s Eisenhower Cardinals (5-1) have also also been very solid this season and will rely on a strong group of two-way impact players which includes WR/DB Javan Boyd. Can the Bulldogs slow down the Ike offense? Can Eisenhower slow down the Richards running game?

EDGY's Pick: Richards 31, Eisenhower 28

Crete-Monee at Rich Central, 6:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This battle for the Southland conference features a very strong Crete-Monee (5-1) team and keep an eye on do-it-all senior Clint Ratkovich against Rich Central (5-1) who will rely on an explosive offense led by QB Jyran Mitchell and RB Khaleeq Hammond. Can the Warriors defense slow down the Olympians offense?

EDGY's Pick: Crete-Monee 36, Rich Central 21

Byron at Rockford Lutheran, 7 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Everyone will be watching to see if Rockford Lutheran (6-0) senior running back James Robinson can set a new IHSA career rushing record against Byron (5-1) in this Big Northern West showdown. Robinson is just 25 yards shy of the all-time career rushing record set by Caleb Pratt from Westville back in 2004-07 (8,477 yards). 

EDGY's Pick: Rockford Lutheran 50, Bryon 25

(13) Lincoln-Way East at (1) Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lincoln-Way East (5-1) has gotten a huge year from senior QB Brandon Bauer and a very strong defense. H-F (6-0) has been averaging 53 points per game behind senior QB Bryce Gray and what seems to be an unlimited group of skill position players. Can East extend the Vikings for four quarters? Can the H-F defense limit the Griffins offense and get its offense back on the field as quickly as possible? Ball control and limited mistakes are key for East to pull off the upset here.

EDGY's Pick: H-F 34, Lincoln-Way East 21

Thornton at Lincoln-Way North, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Thornton Township (6-0) and first year head coach Dontrell Jackson are built on speed. Wildcats senior QB Sam Taylor III leads a very good group on offense. Lincoln-Way North (6-0) and head coach George Czart will rely on a strong defense and senior ATH Jaylin Branch among others. Can the North defense slow down the Wildcats offense?

EDGY's Pick: Thornton Township 34, Lincoln Way North 27

(3) Glenbard West at (12) Oak Park-River Forest, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: A huge West Suburban Silver showdown here as Glenbard West (6-0) will look to get the football into the hands of Vanderbilt commit senior RB Sam Brodner early and often. Oak Park-River Forest (6-0) has a terrific mix on offense and a tough as nails defense this season. How healthy is OPRF and will junior QB Jeremy Hunt return from an injury suffered in last week's win over York? Can the West offense dent the Huskies defense?

EDGY's Pick: Glenbard West 24, OPRF 14

(15) Nazareth at (5) Joliet Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: If this rematch between two of the top ESCC -- and 5A -- teams is anything close to last year's back-and-forth 24-21 Roadrunners win, this will be a dandy. Joliet Catholic (6-0) has received great line play and senior RB Michael Johnson has been an impact player for the Hilltoppers. Nazareth Academy counters with junior RB Ivory Kelly-Martin along with do-it-all Notre Dame commit Julian Love. Keep an eye on the line play for both teams since both have several two-way linemen. If one team’s line can wear down the other, it could determine the winner.

EDGY's Pick: Joliet Catholic 28, Nazareth Academy 21

Lakes at Vernon Hills, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Lakes (4-2) and head coach Luke Mertens will rely on senior QB Jordan Mercure, who is the school's all time leading passer. Vernon Hills (5-1) also has a strong quarterback in senior Connor McNamara but can the Cougars offense bounce back after a tough 12-0 loss last week to Wauconda?

EDGY's Pick: Lakes 36, Vernon Hills 21

Warren at (4) Libertyville, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Warren Township (4-2) has bounced back after an 0-2 start. Could this be a big time trap game for Libertyville (6-0)? Warren has been pretty balanced on offense with senior RB Darrius Crump, senior QB Kyle Debevec and sophomore WR Micah Jones. Libertyville will let standout QB Riley Lees (Northwestern) make reads and run the football out of the shotgun for the Wildcats. The Libertyville defense has been very strong all season as well. Can the Warren defense slow down Riley Lees?

EDGY's Pick: Libertyville 27, Warren Township 21

Herscher at Lisle, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Herscher (4-2) has been known as a run-first team under head coach Dan Wetzel, yet the Tigers have discovered a passing game this season behind QB  Tyler Jones. Also, keep an eye on WR/DB Austin Berns. Lisle (4-2) has been putting up some big points over the past few weeks under head coach Paul Parpet (former Addison Trail longtime head coach). Can Lisle withstand its biggest test of the season?

EDGY's Pick: Herscher 27, Lisle 14

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

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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.