High School Lites has a great show this week as we have two matchups between ranked matchups and a number of other enticing games involving top 25 teams.
Be sure to catch an all new edition of High School Lites Friday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.
Kenwood at No. 3 Curie, 5:00 p.m. -- These former Red-Central rivals matchup for the only guaranteed time this season in a battle in the Public League Red South-Central. Curie (13-2, 4-0) is coming off of a good win over Bogan as they continue to fight for the conference title with Simeon. Junior Marquise Walker is playing very well lately for the Condors. Kenwood (7-5, 3-2) dropped a game to Simeon earlier this week as they have a tough week in conference play facing two top-three teams. The Broncos are also dangerous enough to make this a tight game.
No. 13 Marist at No. 11 Marian Catholic, 7:00 p.m. -- Key game in the East Suburban Catholic Conference as Marist heads to Marian Catholic. The No. 11 Spartans (12-2, 1-1) have won five consecutive games since losing to Lincoln Park in the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. The No. 13 RedHawks (16-1, 2-0) placed third at Centralia as they've won three straight games of their own. With the ESCC being such a tight race, this could wind up being a key game in deciding the winner of the league.
Schaumburg at Palatine, 6:00 p.m. -- Palatine tries to stay with the top teams in the Mid-Suburban West as they host Schaumburg. The Pirates (11-6, 3-1) fell to Buffalo Grove in a crossover last week as they try to stick with Barrington atop the MSL West. Schaumburg (5-13, 1-3) hasn't had a great start but they did knock off Hersey for a double-digit win last week.
Westinghouse at No. 10 Lincoln Park, 6:30 p.m. -- The Public League Red North/West is one of the toughest leagues in the area as Westinghouse heads to Lincoln Park. The Lions (12-4, 4-1) just picked up a big win against North Lawndale as they've recently knocked off some quality opponents. Westinghouse (4-12, 0-4) is trying to end a recent losing streak and earn a conference win as the Warriors have played a really tough schedule so far this season.
No. 12 DePaul Prep at No. 17 Loyola, 7:00 p.m. -- An important game in the Catholic League Blue involving two of the top teams. Loyola Academy (14-2, 2-1) is hot lately after winning a holiday tournament in Naples and beating St. Viator earlier this week. DePaul Prep (14-3, 2-0) earned a win on the road at St. Rita last week while also taking down Lindblom earlier this week.
West Aurora at South Elgin, 7:00 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Upstate Eight Valley matchup in this one as West Aurora travels to South Elgin. The Storm (10-3, 2-1) are coming off of a solid showing at DeKalb during Holiday Tournament time as they also held off East Aurora for a conference win last week. West Aurora (10-4, 3-0) has picked up wins over West Chicago and DeKalb since losing to some top teams like Curie and Bloomington at Pontiac. These teams will play again on Feb. 16.
No. 14 Evanston at New Trier, 7:30 p.m. -- One of the area's best rivalries also doubles as an important Central Suburban South game. New Trier (10-2, 4-0) just knocked off previously-unbeaten conference leader Niles North earlier this week as the Trevians are playing with a ton of confidence. Evanston (12-3, 3-1) rallied to win its final two games at Centralia before beating Niles West last week.
No. 24 Naperville Central at Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. -- This crosstown rivalry has huge DuPage Valley Conference implications. The No. 24 Redhawks (11-2, 4-1) are coming off of a recent hot stretch that includes wins over Wheaton-Warrenville South and taking the DeKalb Tournament title. Naperville North (13-1, 5-0) only has a loss to Batavia this season as the Huskies are on top of the DVC at the moment.
Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week
North Shore at Francis Parker, 6 p.m. -- Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week heads to Lincoln Park for this Independent School League matchup. Francis Parker (3-8, 1-2) has a busy week with conference games on back-to-back nights. North Shore (6-5, 2-2) dropped a tough one-point decision to Northridge on Wednesday as they look to remain in the conference picture.