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Recruiting Notes: Steven Frank adds offer from Boston College


Recruiting Notes: Steven Frank adds offer from Boston College

Steven Frank (QB), Oswego

Frank (6-foot-4, 216 pounds) added his latest scholarship offer from Boston College. Frank, who stayed in touch with the Eagles coaching staff, recently pointed toward a strong throwing session in front of the Boston College coaches as a key in adding his offer.

"I just starting getting contact from them (Boston College) a few weeks ago," Frank said. "They said they wanted to see me throw. The coach from Boston College came out last week and really liked me. I threw pretty well and they offered."

Frank admitted that the offer from Boston College definitely caught his attention.

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"It's a pretty big offer. Boston College has strong academics and they also play in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) which is a very good football conference."

Erik Swenson (OT), Downers Grove South

Still wondering if Swenson (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) remains committed to Michigan? Swenson, who committed to Michigan in 2013, is still very much on board with the Wolverines. A spring break visit to Alabama couldn't sway him to change his decision. 

"I did visit Alabama with my younger cousin on our way to Florida over spring break," Swenson said. "I mean I had a great visit at Alabama and everyone was great. The facilities are amazing at Alabama and they made us feel very welcomed. In the end, Alabama just is not the school for me. I just feel comfortable and at home at Michigan. It's really as simple as that."

Sean Williams (ILB), Morgan Park

Williams (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) is the latest name to emerge this spring. Williams, who has scholarship offers from Northern Illinois, Bowling Green and Toledo, has begun to draw recruiting looks and in-school visits from a handful of Big Ten schools.

"I have offers now from NIU, Bowling Green and Toledo offered me [Tuesday]," Williams said. "We also had coaches from Northwestern and Wisconsin here at school today. Indiana is also supposed to be at school soon."

Does Williams have a dream school?

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"My dream school would be Nebraska. Nebraska ironically will be making an in-school visit sometime over the next few weeks. I've always been a fan of Nebraska and they just always have a swagger and it's just big time college football. I've never visited Nebraska but I want to get that done sometime this summer."

Nick Niemann (OLB), Sycamore

Niemann (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) added his latest offer from the Badgers. Niemann, who is the son of NIU defensive coordinator Jay Niemann, now has nine scholarship offers including NIU, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State and Wisconsin. Niemann, whose older brother Ben Niemann is a sophomore linebacker at Iowa, has plenty of offers with family connections but remains open on his favorites.

"I'm still open to options and no one is ruled out yet," Niemann said."I'm going to take my time and make my decision when I feel one hundred percent comfortable with my decision."

James Robinson (RB), Rockford Lutheran | Barrington Wade (LB/RB), Niles North

Speaking of Iowa, both Robinson (5-foot-11, 215 pounds) and Wade (6-foot-1, 207 pounds) have both named the Hawkeyes as early leaders. Robinson, who is 1,874 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown shy of setting IHSA records in both categories, was impressed with his Iowa spring game visit.

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"Iowa is my leader so far," Robinson added after his recent Iowa visit. "I still need to get out and see more schools but for now I really like Iowa."

Tyler Tsagalis (QB), Notre Dame

Tsagalis (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) added his first scholarship offer late last week from Western Illinois.

"I was asked to go in a few hours early to WIU before the spring game by the coaches at Western Illinois," Tsagalis said. "I had a chance to look around the campus and the facilities at WIU. I was also pulled into the coaches office and that's when WIU offered me."

Tsagalis is also drawing plenty of looks during the spring evaluation period.

"Syracuse is planning to be in school tomorrow. Bowling Green was also already here and I was at Bowling Green over my spring break for a practice." 

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.

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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.