Who wants it more?
We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @CSNPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at csnchicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, it's all about first place: we're featuring games with a direct bearing on who will be in first place in their respective conference at night's end. Which teams will gain momentum after Friday night?
Lemont at T.F. South, 7:00 p.m.
Willowbrook at Hinsdale South, 7:30 p.m.
Montini at Marmion Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Poll opens Monday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:
— Follow @CSNPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @CSNPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
We will make an announcement on @CSNPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @CSNPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.
2016-17 record: 23-5, 8-2 Public League Red-West
Postseason results: Won Class 2A State Championship.
Players to watch: Seniors Dannie Smith and Raekwon Drake are both major All-Area threats after strong junior seasons. Another senior, Ty Mosley, might actually be the best long-term college prospect of the group as he's pledged to Milwaukee for next season. Sharpshooter Brian Hernandez is another seasoned veteran who has a knack for making big plays.
Why they're in the power rankings: The Spartans return most of last season's Class 2A title team and they also added some key transfers in former Marian Catholic point guard Chase Adams and former Clark wing Demarius Splunge. While the Spartans should be the heavy favorites to repeat in Class 2A, they haven't made as much noise in the Public League Playoffs, which is why they're still behind some of the other schools in the preseason Power Rankings.
Did you know? Orr was absolutely dominant during its Class 2A title run last March as the Spartans won by an average of 21 points. Only one team, Uplift, even played Orr to within single digits and that was still a nine-point margin of victory.
2016-17 record: 25-4, 10-0 Public League Red-Central
Postseason results: Lost to OPRF in Class 4A sectional semifinals
Players to watch: The frontcourt of twin brothers Treavon and Tyree Martin are both back as the seniors have been varsity mainstays the past few seasons. Curie also added a lot of weapons via transfer as reigning East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year Maurice Commander (UT-Chattanooga) joined the Condors from Marist.
Why they're in the power rankings: The Martin twins should be one of the bigger and better frontcourts in the area this season and Commander should receive plenty of help from UP-Englewood transfer Jayden Gasby and St. Joseph transfer Marquise Walker. The Condors are just a step below the four other Public League powers who are ahead of them in the preseason Power Rankings, but they have a chance to still be a title threat.
Did you know? The new-look Condors looked very impressive at times this summer as they dominated the annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout in June. Curie earned blowout wins over Simeon and Whitney Young in the final two games to capture the championship.