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Recruiting News and Notes: Devonte Dunn's stock on the rise


Recruiting News and Notes: Devonte Dunn's stock on the rise

Devonte Dunn (DT), Nazareth Academy

Nazareth Academy once again has DI level talent in the Class of 2017. Dunn (6-foot-1, 275 pounds) is one of those names who's starting to see their recruiting stock on the rise.

"I've been hearing from Indiana State along with NC State, Purdue, Toledo, Michigan State, Iowa and Iowa State so far," Dunn said. "They all want me to stay in touch with them and they have all invited me to come out and see a game this season. I'm going to visit Iowa State next weekend and then Purdue the following week."

Ivory Kelly-Martin (RB), Nazareth Academy

Kelly-Martin (5-foot-10, 174 pounds), who's older brother Decxavier Kelly-Martin is at Illinois State, visited Wisconsin recently and has more visits planned this fall.

"I'm going to Purdue soon and then Iowa State the following week, and then Vanderbilt after that," Kelly-Martin said. "I think Iowa State could offer me pretty soon, they just want to get me on campus. Northwestern and Virginia are also there."

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John Ivlow (OG), Bolingbrook

Bolingbrook has a very familiar name on the offensive line in Ivlow (6-foot-3, 285 pounds). Ivlow, who is the son of Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow, has been starting to draw some recruiting interest this season.

"I've been hearing from both Duke and Purdue," Ivlow said. "The coaches at both schools have been just in touch and I've called them back and talked a bit on the phone. I send them my highlight video each week and they also talk about me staying in touch."

Ivlow, who has been on the Raiders sideline since he was a ball boy at the age of five, also talked about playing for his dad.

"It was a dream of mine to play for my dad and to play at Bolingbrook with all of the tradition at the school. My dad can be hard on me at times but that's why I wanted to play for him because I know he's pushing me to be better."

Brendan O'Hara (ILB) Providence Catholic

O'Hara (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) has drawn recruiting interest from several Ivy League schools this fall, but Illinois is still in play for him.

"I visited Illinois a few weeks ago and that went well," O'Hara said. "Coach (Mike) Ward from Illinois really likes my senior tape and Illinois is still looking for one more linebacker in this class. I just like Illinois quite a bit. They offer a great education, they are close to home and I also like the coaches at Illinois. They want me to stay in touch and they are still calling me quite a bit as well so we'll see what happens."

Chris Katrenick (QB), Jacobs

Katrenick (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) has remained in high-demand this fall and plans to make more unofficial visits.

"I'm planning to visit Northwestern, Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin soon," Katrenick said. "I already have visited Notre Dame and I've been to Indiana and Wisconsin. It's been mainly the Big Ten and MAC schools that have been interested. Kentucky and Missouri also a few others showing interested now. Penn State, Wisconsin, Indiana, Northwestern and Michigan State have really picked things up."

Katrenick has a scholarship offer from Virginia.

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

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No. 1 Simeon holds off No. 4 Whitney Young

No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

Oswego East upsets No. 20 Joliet Central

Andrew shuts down Thornridge

Sandburg tops Lockport in OT

Richards runs by Shepard

Maine West captures second straight girls basketball regional title

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

High School Lites has a huge lineup in place for this week's show as we'll feature five matchups between top-25 teams. With the Public League Playoff semifinals, Catholic League Blue, CSL South and SouthWest Suburban Blue. 

Catch the newest edition of High School Lites this Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. 

Public League Semifinals at Chicago State

No. 2 Orr vs. No. 3 Curie, 5 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the first semifinal puts these two top-3 teams against each other. Curie (23-3, 8-1) won the first matchup between the two teams early in the season as they were playing without senior guard Maurice Commander. Junior guard Marquise Walker and senior big men Traevon and Tyree Martin stepped up in that one. Orr (22-3, 9-0) has been on a roll lately as seniors Raekwon Drake, Dannie Smith, Ty Mosley and Chase Adams are playing at a high level. 

No. 1 Simeon vs. No. 4 Whitney Young, 7 p.m. -- The second semifinal puts two Public League titans against each other. The Wolverines (23-3, 9-0) will be the favorite as they're still unbeaten against Illinois competition. Senior Talen Horton-Tucker is the leading Player of the Year candidate and he's surrounded by talented teammates. Whitney Young (22-6, 7-2) earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park earlier this week as the Dolphins are playing with a lot of confidence. Seniors Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda are experienced while sophomore Tyler Beard has elevated his play.

Friday's Other Games

No. 9 New Trier at No. 6 Evanston, 7:00 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the CSL South that could ultimately decide a tight conference race. Evanston (20-4, 8-1) won the first matchup in overtime on the road on Jan. 12 as they've won six straight games. New Trier (20-3, 7-1) has won 10 straight games since that loss to the Wildkits as they picked up an important overtime win over Maine South earlier this week.  

No. 8 Fenwick at No. 10 Loyola, 7:00 p.m. -- Two Catholic League powers battle here. Fenwick (17-7, 7-0) is trying to stay unbeaten in the conference as they picked up a win over Marmion earlier this week. Loyola (21-5, 5-2) has dropped two straight games on the road but the Ramblers are still trying to gain some momentum before the postseason starts. 

No. 18 Bolingbrook at No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the top teams in the SouthWest Suburban Blue face in this one. The Vikings (15-6, 5-1) have recent wins over Hillcrest and Lincoln-Way East as they've been playing better basketball the past few weeks. The Raiders (17-5, 5-2) won the first matchup between these two teams on Jan. 19 as they beat Sandburg in their last game. After a 10-day layoff, it'll be interesting to see how Bolingbrook looks in such an important game. 

Lockport at Sandburg, 6:00 p.m. -- We stay in the SouthWest Suburban Blue in this one as Sandburg look to get back on track. The Eagles (15-8, 2-5) have dropped two straight games, including a recent loss to Bolingbrook. Lockport (7-14, 1-6) recently knocked off Bolingbrook but they've also lost two straight heading into this one. Sandburg won the first matchup between these two teams with an overtime win on Jan. 19. 

Thornridge at Andrew, 6:30 p.m. --  Heading over into the SouthWest Suburban Red, Andrew tries to stay ahead of the pack for the league title. The Thunderbolts (16-8, 8-2) have won three straight games as they won on the road at Thornridge on Jan. 12. Thornridge (14-9, 3-6) has gone on a lot of runs this season as they've won two straight on the road after a five-game losing streak. 

Richards at Shepard, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the best teams in the South Suburban Red matchup here. Shepard (15-7, 7-4) lost to Oak Lawn last week to snap a seven-game winning streak. Richards (11-12, 8-3) has played significantly better lately after a slow start. Both of these teams are battling with Oak Lawn for league supremacy. 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

No. 20 Joliet Central at Oswego East, 6:30 p.m. -- Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week heads to the Southwest Prairie. Joliet Central (19-4, 11-0) is trying to go unbeaten in league play as they've won three straight games. Oswego East (16-7, 8-3) is coming off a big win over Romeoville earlier this week. The Steelmen won this first matchup between these two teams on Dec. 15.