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IHSA Football Playoffs: Reviewing the good and bad of Round 1


IHSA Football Playoffs: Reviewing the good and bad of Round 1

With the first round of IHSA football playoffs in the books, it's time to take a look at who made a statement — both good and bad.

It was good to be from...

The North Suburban Lake. The conference went a perfect 4-0 in the opening round. Both Stevenson (43-35 over Conant) and Warren Township (42-41 over Curie) advance in Class 8A while Libertyville (56-24 over Downers Grove North) moves on in 7A. Lake Forest (34-27 over Lakes) also moves on in Class 6A.

The Chicago Public League's Illini Land of Lincoln conference. Teams finished a perfect 4-0 — and that's the good news. The not so good news? Outside of Phillips (41-7 winner over Genoa-Kingston), wins from Raby (30-0 over Clark), King (42-6 over DuSable) and Solorio (20-18 win over Lindblom) all came against fellow CPL teams. Simeon (51-6 over Lincoln Park) was the only non-Land Of Lincoln team to advance. The Wolverines beat Lincoln Park from the CPL Big Shoulders conference. Overall, the CPL posted a 5-12 record in the first round.

East Suburban Catholic Conference. The ESCC finished 5-1 overall and the lone loss came when Marist beat ESCC rival Notre Dame, 17-14. Look for the ESCC to lose at least one team after the second round, as Marian Central Catholic takes on fellow ESCC team Joliet Catholic.

The Chicago Catholic League Blue conference. Teams went 3-0 after the first round and included overwhelming wins by Loyola (31-0 over West Aurora) and Brother Rice (49-21 over Bartlett) in 8A and Mount Carmel (42-15 over Glenbard North) in 7A.

The South Suburban Blue. Lemont (27-0 over Glenwood) and Oak Forest (51-14 over Quincy) advance in Class 6A while Tinley Park (41-20 over Payton Prep) moves on in Class 5A.

The DuPage Valley Conference. The DVC went 3-1 as Naperville Central (14-7 over Bolingbrook), Neuqua Valley (29-26 over Hinsdale Central) and Waubonsie Valley (20-17 over Edwardsville in OT) won. Glenbard North (42-15 loss to Mount Carmel) was the only team to have its season come to an end. Waubonsie Valley will face Neuqua Valley on Saturday in Class 8A action.

The Southwest Suburban Red. In Class 7A, Bradley (60-59 over Glenbrook North in 2OT) advanced. In Class 6A, Lincoln-Way North (41-0 over Centennial) moves on as does Lincoln-Way West (35-12 over Dunlap) in 5A. Thornton Township's season come to an end as they lost to Hinsdale South 34-23 in 6A.

It wasn't a good opening weekend for...

The Southwest Prairie conference. Only Oswego (a 28-20 winner over Belleville East) advanced in 8A while Minooka (49-7 loss to Huntley) and Plainfield South (41-12 loss to Barrington) lost in 8A. In Class 7A, Plainfield North (35-20 loss to Maine South) and Oswego East (36-19 loss to Geneva) couldn't get past the first round.

The Southwestern Conference. The St. Louis Metro area is generally a player in the 8A/7A field but this time around they posted a collective 0-4 opening round. The biggest surprise had to be Class 8A's No. 3 seed Edwardsville (9-1), losing 20-17 in overtime to No. 30 seed Waubonsie Valley (6-4).

The NIC-10 Conference. Located in the Rockford area, the only NIC-10 team to advance was Rockford Auburn (10-6 over Rockton Hononegah) who beat another NIC-10 team to advance in Class 7A. 

Others of Note:

The Fox Valley Conference (Fox and Valley divisions) finished 4-3 overall.

The West Suburban Conference (Gold and Silver) ended up 3-3 overall.

The Upstate 8 Conference (River and Valley) also finished 3-3 overall.

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


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.