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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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Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Palatine's Eduardo Orozco

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball

Highlights

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.

 

The latest AP boys and girls basketball rankings

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The latest AP boys and girls basketball rankings

Here is the latest from the boys and girls prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points. Because girls playoffs have already begun for Class 1A and 2A, no poll exists for those specific classes. 

BOYS

Class 4A

School                                      W-L     PTS      PRV

1. Simeon (10)                        22-3    100       1

2. Curie                                   22-3     90         2

3. Belleville West                    21-2     79         3

4. Danville                               20-2     68         4

5. Whitney Young                    21-6     52        6

(tie) Normal West                   19-5     52         5

7. Evanston                             19-4     45        7

8. Bloomington                       17-6     24        8

9. Niles North                          21-3     20         9

10. Quincy                                17-4    4         NR

(tie) Loyola                              21-4      4         NR

 

Others receiving votes:  Moline 3, Benet Academy 3, Rockford Jefferson 2, New Trier 2, Normal Community 1, Bolingbrook 1

 

Class 3A

School                                                  W-L      PTS      PRV

1. Springfield Southeast (7)                20-2     88        1

2. Morgan Park (2)                             18-8     83        2

3. Springfield Lanphier                       20-2     71        3

4. Marian Catholic                              17-4     61        4

5. Hillcrest                                           19-5     53        5

6. Alton Marquette                             27-0     47        7

7. Centralia                                         20-3     33        8

8. DePaul College Prep                       19-6     23        6

9. Burlington Central                          21-2     17        9

10. Champaign Central                       16-7     11        10

 

Others receiving votes: Bogan 6, North Lawndale 1, Benton 1

 

 

Class 2A

School                                                  W-L      PTS      PRV

1. Orr (12)                                           21-3     135      1

2. Winnebago (2)                                23-1     122      2

3. Warsaw West Hancock                   24-1     98        T3

4. Pinckneyville                                   24-3     86        5

(tie) Leo                                               17-5     86        T3

6. Monticello                                       20-1     84        6

7. Effingham St. Anthony                    26-2     37        10

8. Bloomington Central Catholic       19-6     35        8

9. Bureau Valley                                 23-2     34        9

10. Eldorado                                        25-2     18        7

 

Others receiving votes: Uplift 11, Corliss 6, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 5, St. Joseph-Ogden 4, Timothy Christian 4, Williamsville 2, Quincy Notre Dame 1, Trenton Wesclin 1, Hall 1

 

Class 1A

School                                                  W-L     PTS       PRV

1. Aurora Christian (7)                        21-1     118      1

2. DePue (4)                                        23-1     113      3

3. Payson Seymour (1)                        24-1     94        5

4. East Dubuque (1)                            24-3     93        4

5. Annawan                                         23-3     85        2

6. Sterling Newman                            21-4     67        6

7. Colfax Ridgeview                            22-4     55        7

8. New Berlin                                      20-5     36        9

9. Cairo                                               19-5     25        10

10. Newark                                          18-6     10        NR

 

Others receiving votes: Cissna Park 9, Quest Academy 4, Nokomis 4, Lena-Winslow 1, Mt. Pulaski 1

 

GIRLS

Class 4A

School                                      W-L      PTS      PRV

1. Edwardsville (7)                  25-0     79        1

2. Rockford Boylan                   27-0    70        2

3. Montini (1)                          29-2     65        3

4. Rock Island                          21-7     52        5

5. Maine West                        24-1     51        4

6. Geneva                                24-3     41        6

7. Benet                                   24-4     32        8

8. Normal Community            23-6     19       T9

9. Lincoln-Way East                25-4     11        7

10. Bolingbrook                       20-4     4         NR

(tie) Marist                              22-5     4         T9

 

Others receiving votes:  Bradley-Bourbonnais 3, Mother McAuley 3, Whitney Young 2, Loyola 2, Springfield 1, Chatham Glenwood 1

 

Class 3A

School                                                  W-L      PTS     PRV

1. Morton (6)                                      28-1     78        1

2. Richwoods (2)                                 28-1     74        2

3. Bethalto Civic Memorial                25-2     61        3

4. Nazareth                                         23-2     54        4

5. Glenbard South                               24-3     46        5

6. Effingham                                       27-2     39        6

7. Charleston                                       22-2     29        7

8. Kaneland                                         24-4     18        9

(tie) Breese Central                            24-3     18        8

10. Bloomington Central Catholic      21-5     12        NR

 

Others receiving votes: Burlington Central 6, Evergreen Park 5