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High School Lites Preview: Week 8

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High School Lites Preview: Week 8

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 8 edition of High School Lites, Friday night at 11:00 p.m. So who comes away with a win in a huge Southwest Prairie showdown when Oswego travels to Plainfield North? Can Sandburg shock No. 1 ranked Homewood-Flossmoor in Orland Park? Who wins the Battle of District 86 as Hinsdale Central travels to Darien to take on Hinsdale South? And who comes away with a win when Batavia travels to Geneva in one of the state's oldest and (arguably) best rivalry games?

 

Oswego @ Plainfield North, 7:00pm

EDGY's Take: Plainfield North (5-2/4-1) will try to beat an Oswego team (6-1/5-0) that has won 33 straight Southwest Prairie conference games. Plainfield North will look to get its offense into high gear behind senior QB JD Ekowa and junior RB Ty Hoosman. Oswego will counter with senior QB Steven Frank. The Panthers are a very physical team on both sides of the ball. Can Plainfield North win the battle upfront? Can the Oswego defense corral the speed from the Tigers offense?

EDGY's Pick: Oswego 31, Plainfield North 28

 

Oak Forest at Lemont, 7:00pm.

EDGY's Take: A terrific annual battle in the South Suburban Blue as Oak Forest (7-0/4-0) will look to run the football with senior RB/DB Nick Czeszewski. The Bengals also have a very strong defense. Lemont (6-1/4-0) has been able to get its young offense on track with QB Spencer Nagel and standout WR/DB Jeremy Fejedelem (Air Force). Can the Lemont defense slow down the Bengals power running game? The Indians’ offense will also have its biggest test of the season.

EDGY's Pick: Lemont 28, Oak Forest 21

 

Providence at (9) Brother Rice, 7:30pm

EDGY's Take: Brother Rice (6-1/1-1) has already locked up a state playoff berth and will look to keep its offense clicking with senior QB Cam Miller and a host of quality backs and receivers led by junior WR Ricky Smalling. Providence Catholic (2-5/0-2) is out of the state playoffs for the first time since 2010 so look for the Celtics to start building towards next season behind junior QB Jared Drake.

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 37, Providence Catholic 21

 

(1) Homewood-Flossmoor at (25) Sandburg, 7:30pm. 

EDGY's Take: Sandburg (6-1/5-0) is having a terrific season behind the arm of senior QB Alec Fidan and a very strong running game as well. Homewood-Flossmoor (7-0/5-0) is the state's top ranked team for several good reasons. Start with the Vikings offense led by senior QB Bryce Gray, the Harley-Hampton twins (senior RB's Deante and Devonte) along with Wisconsin commit WR Kendric Pryor; however, the Vikings defense was the story in last week's 28-3 win over Lincoln-Way East. Can the Sandburg defense slow down the Vikings offense? Can the Eagles’ balanced offense keep the H-F defense on the field…and the Vikings’ offense off of it?

EDGY's Pick: H-F 35, Sandburg 24

 

(19) Batavia at (22) Geneva, 7:30pm.

EDGY's Take: This Battle for the Upstate 8 River conference title is annually one of the best and most intense rivalry games. Batavia (6-1/4-0) has a 30-game conference winning streak and is led by senior QB Kyle Niemiec along with a speedy and very physical defense. Geneva (7-0/4-0) will look towards standout QB Sean Chambers and an offense that is explosive, yet also very balanced. Keep an eye out for RB  Justin Taormina. Last possession wins here?

EDGY's Pick: Batavia 38, Geneva 37 OT

 

 (12) Hinsdale Central at Hinsdale South, 7:30pm.

EDGY's Take: Hinsdale Central (6-1/4-1) has been clicking this season with a big time offense led by QB Michael Sessa, senior RB Christian Bobak and a large offensive line led by Michigan State commit Matt Allen and senior OG Doug Kramer Jr. Could this be a big time trap game against Hinsdale South (5-2/4-1)? The Hornets have a very strong group here led by Michigan State commit DE Josh King plus senior RB Marcus Curry and senior QB Sean McCormack. Can the Hornets defense slow down the Red Devils offense? This one could end up closer than you may think.

EDGY's Pick: Hinsdale Central 28, Hinsdale South 24

 

Conant at Hoffman Estates, 7:30pm.

EDGY's Take: Conant (6-1/2-1) is looking to finish the regular season strong and capture a high seed in Class 8A. The Cougars will look towards senior QB Matt Bradley along with standout senior WR/DB Palmer Graham. Hoffman Estates (3-4/1-2) is fighting for its playoff lives. They pulled off an impressive 25-24 OT win over Fremd last Friday behind a big performance from RB Chady Bitre. Can the Hawks stay alive and pull off another upset?

EDGY's Pick: Conant 31, Hoffman Estates 21

 

Palatine at Schaumburg, 7:30pm.

EDGY's Take: Once again, the Mid Suburban West is up for grabs. Both Palatine (5-2/2-2) and Schaumburg (4-3/1-2) are factors in the race and both have postseason hopes. Palatine has gotten a big season so far from junior QB Zach Oles while Schaumburg will counter with junior RB Emanuel Little. Can the Saxons defense bounce back from a tough loss last week to Conant and slow down the Pirates offense?

EDGY's Pick: Palatine 24, Schaumburg 14

 

Bishop McNamara at St. Ignatius, 7:30pm

EDGY's Take: Bishop McNamara (6-1/2-1) has been on a serious roll this fall and pulled off an impressive CCL crossover win last Friday over Providence Catholic. The Irish also have a big time name in Central Michigan commit senior RB Jonathon Ward, who is just 11 yards short of setting a new school rushing record. St. Ignatius and first year head coach John O'Connor (4-3/2-1) has the Wolves in line for a state playoff bid. They need a win this week against Bishop Mac or next week against DePaul Prep (5-2). 

EDGY's Pick: Bishop McNamara 37, St. Ignatius 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.