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Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

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Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

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 NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSPreps) crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights of that game will appear on that night's “High School Lites” broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago Bulls basketball. The show also live streams at NBCSportsChicago.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 the big boys. 8A and 7A teams are in position to boost their playoff resume. Which game should we give some love to on Friday night?

Curie vs. Simeon, 7:15 p.m. (Gately Stadium)

Maine South at New Trier, 7:30 p.m.

Lake Park at Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Poll opens Tuesday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the “pinned Tweet” atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander ended his recruitment on Tuesday night by committing to UT Chattanooga on Twitter.

"I chose UT-Chattanooga, because deep down inside, I knew I could trust (new Mocs head coach Lamont) Paris and the staff," Commander said to CSN. "They believed in me from the jump! I know for a fact that I could go to war with this coaching staff."

The 6-foot-0 Commander was one of the area's best point guards and perimeter shooters last season as he helped Marist become a consistent presence in the CSN Preps Power Rankings.

Transferring to Public League powerhouse Curie this offseason, Commander made his presence immediately felt with the Condors this summer when he buried five first-half three-pointers against Simeon during June's annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout. 

Curie eventually went on to win the loaded summer event as they once again look like a major threat for a city and state championship this season with Commander as a major piece. 

Commander selected UT Chattanooga over his other finalist, UC-Davis, as Paris is very familiar with recruiting the Chicagoland area. 

A former assistant coach at Wisconsin since 2010 before taking the UT Chattanooga head job this spring, Paris recruited Illinois before for the Badgers as he is plenty familiar with the area. 

29 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

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29 Days to Kickoff: Oswego East

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Oswego East

Head coach: Tyson LeBlanc

Assistant coaches: Dan Dunbar, Jeremy Main, Ryan Velasquez, Andy Brogan, Erik Aister, Dru Filkins, Reggie Cribbs

How they fared in 2016: 9-2 (8-1 Southwest Prairie Conference), made the Class 8A state playoff field, defeated Curie then lost to Loyola Academy.

[MORE: 30 Days to Kickoff - Maine West]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 vs. Joliet West

Sept. 1 @ Romeoville

Sept. 8 @ Joliet Central

Sept. 15 vs. Plainfield South

Sept. 22 vs. Plainfield North

Sept. 29 @ Oswego

Oct. 6 @ Plainfield Central

Oct. 13 vs. Minooka

Oct. 20 @ Plainfield East

Biggest storyline: Can Oswego East reload on offense, especially in the offensive skills department?

Names to watch this season: senior WR/DB Antwain Walker (Illinois), senior HB/LB BJ Graves

Biggest holes to fill: The Wolves will need to replace nearly its entire starting offensive skills group from a year ago.

EDGY's early take: Despite some important questions, Oswego East still has plenty of talent on hand this fall. The Wolves will get a good early test in Week 1 when they host Joliet West, and if the offense can develop sooner rather than later this remains a playoff caliber team. I would not want to face this Oswego East team later in the regular season.