High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups. No. 4 Marist hosted No. 15 Nazareth Academy in an important top-25 clash while No. 5 Lake Zurich tried to remain unbeaten by traveling to No. 12 Stevenson.
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Friday's Top 25 Scores
No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 49, Lockport 6
No. 2 Prairie Ridge 55, Hampshire 14
No. 3 Maine South 47, Glenbrook South 13
No. 4 Marist 42, No. 15 Nazareth 0
No. 5 Lake Zurich 28, No. 12 Stevenson 0
No. 6 Phillips 42, Raby 28
No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 35, Bradley-Bourbonnais 7
Naperville North 44, No. 10 Naperville Central 41
No. 16 Huntley 49, Crystal Lake Central 7
No. 17 Lyons 31, Downers Grove North 28
No. 18 Batavia 10, South Elgin 7
Wheaton North 23, No. 19 Neuqua Valley 0
No. 20 Warren 34, Waukegan 0
No. 21 Crete-Monee 55, Rich South 0
No. 22 Cary-Grove 41, Crystal Lake South 14
No. 23 Providence 37, Fenwick 0
Kaneland 20, No. 24 Morris 14
No. 25 St. Rita 35, McNamara 13
Johnsburg runs past Woodstock
Antioch escapes past Lakes
SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES
Leo at No. 7 Loyola
No. 13 Hinsdale Central at No. 8 Glenbard West
No. 14 Hoffman Estates at No. 11 Barrington
Chicago De La Salle senior linebacker Joe Bonds (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and soon-to-be NIU Huskie will have zero problems fitting into the "The Hard Way" mantra once he reports to DeKalb this summer.
I had a chance to catch up with Bonds and his teammates at the sixth annual Franklin Middle School Dodgeball Tournament in Wheaton. Proceeds from the event benefited the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Cammy Can, Jack’s Army and Franklin Middle School.
Bonds, a three-star inside linebacker is one of several Chicagoland headline names who comprised of a very strong NIU recruiting 2018 class.
Bonds, who signed with the Huskies over offers from multiple FBS level schools, looks ahead and discusses his soon to be transition from De La Salle to college football and more.
A state champion will be crowned Saturday at the United Center, when Loyola Academy Gold plays Stevenson for the Boys Red Division State Championship.
Here are some of the storylines we’re watching ahead of the game.
1. Coaching connection: These two coaches have known each other for more than 20 years. Loyola head coach D.J. LaVarre coached against Stevenson head coach Tom Wood when Wood played youth hockey. LaVarre also knows Tom’s dad, Jim, who is the former head coach at Stevenson. Currently the coach Stevenson’s JV 2 team, Jim won the AHAI high school coach of the year in 2007.
2. Fun rewards for players of the game: At Stevenson, the player of the game is awarded a hard hat. At Loyola, it’s a championship belt.
3. International influence: Stevenson’s goalie, Elias Sandholm, is a transfer student from Sweden and has the highest save percentage in school history, .951. He made the all-state team and the Chicago Showcase team.
4. Next man up: In net for Loyola will most likely be Hugh Brady, a senior who stepped up when Thomas Moran went down with a hip injury. Brady has played 47 games and has a .945 save percentage.
5. A drought will be snapped: Stevenson has never won a state championship. Loyola is looking for its first since 1996.
Puck drop is at 3 p.m., with the girls’ state championship game, Glenbrook vs. New Trier, starting at 11:30 a.m.
One more fun note: Team USA gold medalist and Palos Heights native Kendall Coyne will drop the ceremonial puck prior to both games.