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High School Lites Preview: Week 9

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High School Lites Preview: Week 9

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school football games across Chicagoland on the Week 9 edition of High School Lites, Friday at 11:00 p.m. Can the surging Evanston Wildkits break Maine South’s 74 game conference winning streak? Can Bolingbrook shock the IHSA prep football world and beat No. 1 ranked Homewood-Flossmoor secure a state playoff bid? Can Elmwood Park beat St. Edward in Elgin and grab a spot at the IHSA playoff table? And who comes away with a win when Hersey travels to Rolling Meadows in a must-win playoff scenario for both teams? 

 

Solorio at Morgan Park, 4:15 p.m. at Gately Stadium

EDGY's Take: This first round CPL Playoff game will feature two very solid teams to watch in Solorio (5-3) and Morgan Park (6-2), both of whom will make the IHSA state playoff field. Solorio has lost two of its last three games, including last week's 63-13 loss to Phillips. The Sun Warriors could definitely use a win here. Morgan Park and head coach Terry Atkin's are battle tested. Their only two losses this season came to Thornton Township (7-1) and Mount Carmel (7-1). 

EDGY's Pick: Morgan Park 31, Solorio 14

 

Evanston at (24) Maine South, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Maine South (6-2) and head coach Dave Inserra have bounced back well from a rough 0-2 start behind senior QB Brian Collis. He’s guided by a big and physical line led by senior OL/DL Liam O'Sullivan (Cincinnati) and junior D-1 level OG Kevin Jarvis. Evanston (6-2) also has plenty of talent behind senior QB Matt Little (Western Michigan) plus senior WR/DB Travion Banks (Miami of Ohio) and senior DL Naquan Jones (Michigan State). Can the Hawks offense keep the Wildkits defense on the field—and the Evanston offense on the sidelines?

EDGY's Pick: Maine South 35, Evanston 34

 

Elmwood Park at St. Edward, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Elmwood Park (4-4) is in must-win mode to make the IHSA state playoff field. And even if the Tigers win, they will be sweating it out Saturday night due to low playoff points. Look for St. Edward (5-3) to get the ball into the hands of standout senior RB Dwayne Allen early and often. The game is also expected to be played on the new playing surface at Greg True Field, which earlier this season was ruined by a landscaping incident which became a national story. The newly sodded field was donated to the school by corporate donor.

EDGY's Pick: St. Edward 31, Elmwood Park 21 

 

Shepard at Bremen, 7:00 p.m.

EDGY's Take: In our Viewers’ Choice Game, Shepard (4-4) and head coach Dom Passolano should get a state playoff bid with a win here against rival Bremen (1-7). The Astros will put its fate in the hands of junior QB Jack Carberry and a strong group of backs and receivers. Can the Bremen defense slow down the Astros offense this week?

EDGY's Pick: Shepard 31, Bremen 13

 

Wheaton Academy at Aurora Central Catholic, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Wheaton Academy (5-3) looks to be in the state playoff field win or lose. The Warriors still want to enter the state playoffs on a positive note. Look for Wheaton Academy to get its offense in gear with QB David Thrasher. Aurora Central Catholic (3-5) and head coach John Belskis might be out of the state playoff field, but expect the Chargers to play this like a state championship game. Keep an eye on junior QB Johnny Belskis for Aurora Central Catholic. Can ACC slow down the passing attack from Wheaton Academy?

EDGY's Pick: Wheaton Academy 35, Aurora Central Catholic 21

 

Manteno at Wilmington, 7:15 p.m.

EDGY's Take: A terrific Week 9 Interstate Eight conference crossover here between the champions of the I-8 Large division (Manteno, 8-0) and the I-8 Small division (Wilmington, 8-0). Wilmington and head coach Jeff Reents will give the ball early and often to senior RB Nick Hawkins. Manteno is much more pass friendly this season with QB Gavin Zimbelmanand. Also, keep an eye on RB/LB Logan DuVuall for the Panthers. Last possession wins?

EDGY's Pick: Wilmington 36, Manteno 35

 

Hersey at Rolling Meadows, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: This Mid-Suburban East showdown just might be one of the state's most intriguing matchups on Friday night. Hersey (4-4/3-1) needs a win to get into the state playoffs. Rolling Meadows (5-3/3-1) is low on playoff points and certainly needs a win here to get in. Here’s the kicker: Wheeling (3-5/3-1) is also involved. A Hersey win, combined with a Wheeling win (they face 2-6 Elk Grove) gives Wheeling the Mid-Suburban East conference—and they would get the automatic bid for being the conference champ. A Rolling Meadows win eliminates both Wheeling and Hersey from playoff consideration. Everyone get that? 

EDGY's Pick: Rolling Meadows 34, Hersey 26

 

West Aurora at Metea Valley, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: West Aurora (5-3) is looking to lock up its first state playoff bid since 1994. Metea Valley (3-5) is out of the state playoffs, but don't look past the battle-tested Mustangs. West Aurora has speed to burn with senior RB/S Drake Spears (Illinois), junior RB/DB DeQuan Cross and his twin brother junior DB/RB DaVion Cross. Metea Valley will get the ball in to the hands of senior RB Maurice Burkely as much as possible. 

EDGY's Pick: West Aurora 29, Metea Valley 28 (OT)

 

Bolingbrook at (1) Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Bolingbrook (4-4) wasn't expected to be in a must-win situation this week but here they are. The Raiders will need to get a big performance from senior LB/TE Tuf Borland (Ohio State) and an offense that has been prone to turning the ball over. H-F (8-0) needed a quarter to kick things into gear last week. After trailing 13-0 to Sandburg last Friday, the Vikings never looked back and beat the Eagles 55-21. Can the Raiders’ offense finish drives and not turn the football over against the Vikings’ speedy defense? 

EDGY's Pick: Homewood-Flossmoor 38, Bolingbrook 14 

 

Brother Rice at St. Rita, 7:30 p.m.

EDGY's Take: Brother Rice (7-1) and head coach Brian Badke have been on a roll ever since a Week 3 loss to Loyola. The Crusaders offense is paced by QB Cam Miller and a very strong group of offensive skills group, including junior WR Ricky Smalling. St. Rita (3-5) will miss the IHSA state playoffs for only the second time since 1999. Can the Mustangs defense contain the spread passing attack from the Crusaders?

EDGY's Pick: Brother Rice 38, St. Rita 14

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.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

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.