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CSN to carry live coverage of the 2015 IHSA Football State Championships (Nov. 27 and 28)

CSN to carry live coverage of the 2015 IHSA Football State Championships (Nov. 27 and 28)

Network to televise LIVE HD coverage of this weekend’s Class 1A-8A IHSA Football State Championships from Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL

PLUS -- Live streaming coverage of EVERY IHSA Football State Championship telecast – including surrounding pre/postgame coverage – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on CSNChicago.com  and via the NBC Sports Live Extra app 

CSNChicago.com to air highlight packages of all games throughout the weekend;

CSNChicago.com & IHSA.tv to also live stream every post-game press conference

Chicago, IL (November 23, 2015) -- For the fifth-straight year, Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championships, will be airing LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2015 IHSA Football State Championshipson Friday, November 27 & Saturday, November 28 from Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL.  Illinois preps football fans can look forward to seeing every action-packed championship battle starting with the Class 1A contest on Friday morning at 10:00 AM CT, leading up to Class 8A’s highly-anticipated match-up between Loyola Academy and Marist on Saturday night at 7:00 PM CT.  The 2015 IHSA Football Championships will be produced by the IHSA & PlayOn! Sports.

In addition -- EVERY IHSA Football State Championship telecast on Comcast SportsNet, including surrounding pre/postgamecoverage, will be streamed LIVE on CSNChicago.com and will be made available via the NBC Sports Live Extra app on tablets and smart phones.  Authenticated Comcast SportsNet Chicago subscribers can watch live IHSA Football State Championships action from anywhere in the United States.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: csnchicago.com/page/live-extra-faq.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Friday’s Class 3A championship between Bishop McNamara and Unity (4:00 PM start) will air on both CSN and CSN+HD (NOTE: CSN+HD is located on Comcast ch. 201 in the Chicago area and in South Bend, IN…located on ch. 285 in Comcast’s Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets), while Friday’s Class 4A championship between Phillips and Althoff Catholic (7:00 PM start) will air exclusively on CSN+HD.
  • Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s special “Comcast SportsNet Channel Finder” section (http://www.csnchicago.com/channel-finder ) or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for ALL games throughout the state. 
  • Fans are also strongly urged to interact via Twitter throughout the entire weekend by utilizing the hashtag #IHSA to share their comments and showcase their school spirit for their favorite teams. 
  • IHSA.tv will also be providing fans with a live stream of every IHSA Football championship post-game press conference. 

In addition, CSNChicago.com’s IHSA Preps section (csnchicago.com/preps) will feature highlight packages from all games throughout the weekend, along with week-long coverage & scouting reports from veteran Illinois preps sports writer “Edgy Tim” O’Halloran (@EDGYTIM) and a Twitter module aggregating all #IHSA tweets.  Plus – Comcast SportsNet viewers can look forward to a special “IHSA Football Championships” wrap-up edition of High School Lites on Saturday, Nov. 28 live at 11:00 PM for a complete rundown of every championship game, including expanded highlights and player/coaches interviews.  From an additional social media standpoint, fans are urged to follow @CSNPreps on Twitter throughout the weekend for up-to-the-minute 2015 IHSA Football State Championship news & game updates.

IHSA TV veterans Dave Bernhard (Class 3A, 4A, 7A & 8A) and Lee Hall (Class 1A & 2A) return in 2015 to bring viewers every thrill-packed play-by-play call, which will also include the second year pxp call from veteran Chicago-area broadcaster/WTVO-TV’s Matt Rodewald (Class 5A & 6A). Color analysis will be provided by veteran Chicago Bears/NFL expert Hub Arkush (Class 7A & 8A), along with former Illinois State University football standout  Chris Highland (Class 5A & 6A), Northern Illinois University football radio color analyst Mark Lindo (Class 3A & 4A) and longtime IHSA TV contributor/Illinois High School Coaches Association Hall of Famer Jack McInerney (Class 1A & 2A).

Sideline reports throughout the IHSA Football Championships weekend will be provided by Comcast SportsNet’s Kelly Crull (Class 3A, 4A, 7A & 8A) and WICS-TV Springfield/Decatur/Champaign’s Donnie Tillman (Class 1A, 2A, 5A & 6A).

The following schedule details Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the 2015 IHSA Football Championships airing this Thanksgiving weekend (play-by-play/color analyst/sideline reporting teams are in parentheses):

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27

10:00 AM –      Class 1A: STARK COUNTY (Toulon) vs. ARCOLA (Lee Hall/Jack McInerney/Donnie Tillman)

1:00 PM –        Class 2A: TRI-VALLEY (Downs) vs. AUBURN (Lee Hall/Jack McInerney/Donnie Tillman)

4:00 PM –        Class 3A: BISHOP MCNAMARA (Kankakee) vs. UNITY (Tolono) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull)

(NOTE: This game will air on both the main Comcast SportsNet channel location & CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

7:00 PM –        Class 4A: PHILLIPS (Chicago) vs. ALTHOFF CATHOLIC (Belleville) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kelly Crull)

(NOTE: This game will air on exclusively on CSN+HD; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28

10:00 AM –      Class 5A: NAZARETH ACADEMY (LaGrange Park) vs. LINCOLN-WAY WEST (New Lenox) (Matt Rodewald/Chris Highland/Donnie Tillman)

1:00 PM –        Class 6A: MONTINI (Lombard) vs. CRETE-MONEE (Crete) (Matt Rodewald/Chris Highland/Donnie Tillman)

4:00 PM –        Class 7A: GLENBARD WEST (Glen Ellyn) vs. LIBERTYVILLE (Dave Bernhard/Hub Arkush/ Kelly Crull)

7:00 PM –        Class 8A: LOYOLA ACADEMY (Wilmette) vs. MARIST (Chicago) (Dave Bernhard/Hub Arkush/ Kelly Crull)

Part of Yoan Moncada's development: Hitting better — and simply getting more experience — against left-handed pitching

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Part of Yoan Moncada's development: Hitting better — and simply getting more experience — against left-handed pitching

Yoan Moncada’s development is one of the most important things at the major league level during this rebuilding, developmental season.

Fortunately for the White Sox, he’s having a fine season at the plate overall. He came into Wednesday’s game against the visiting Baltimore Orioles with a .262/.345/.469 slash line to go along with six homers, 10 doubles and 16 RBIs.

But as good as that might be, Moncada is not a finished product. Remember, this is a guy who was baseball’s top-ranked prospect a year ago, and there are expectations that he will be one of the best players — if not the best player — on the next championship-contending White Sox team.

And so there are obvious things that he needs to keep working on. Most noticeable to fans and observers is that high number of strikeouts. He’s got 55 in 166 plate appearances (one of the 10 highest totals in the American League) and will almost surely shoot past his 74 strikeouts in 231 plate appearances in 2017.

Another area of interest in Moncada’s development is what he’s doing against left-handed pitching, which quite frankly isn’t much.

Rick Renteria moved Moncada out of the leadoff spot against lefty starters some time ago, and the numbers don’t look good overall. As a right-handed batter against left-handed pitching, the switch-hitting Moncada is slashing .154/.244/.231 with three extra-base hits and two RBIs. That’s opposed to a great .302/.383/.557 line as a left-handed hitter against right-handed pitchers.

But Renteria is seeing some growth from Moncada, who batted right handed against a lefty reliever during Tuesday’s eighth-inning rally. He didn’t get a hit, but he drove in the game-tying run with a sacrifice fly, progress in Renteria’s eyes.

“I’ll tell you this, the right-handed at-bat yesterday against the lefty was, for me, a real impressive at-bat because that’s the side he’s been trying to work on a little bit more against the lefties,” Renteria said. “To be able to drive the ball and create the sacrifice fly to drive in that run was really big.”

What’s the key, then, to getting at-bats like that against left-handed pitchers on a consistent basis from Moncada? According to Renteria, it’s just a matter of Moncada seeing more left-handed pitching. And when that happens, the skipper added, we could see more pop from Moncada from that side of the plate than we do from the left side, where he’s hit 12 of his 14 career homers.

“He doesn’t have as many at-bats (from the right side) just because he doesn’t face that many lefties,” the manager said. “You need a larger amount of at-bats against lefties to get a sense of where you’re going to ultimately be.

“I still think that he probably has the ability of having more power, even though he has power from the left side, I think he has the ability to have more power from the right side. It’s just a matter of him trying to manage that side of the box without trying to be the same as he is on the left-handed side.

“Very few switch hitters are the same from both sides of the plate. Some show more power from one side, and some show manageability of the barrel. He happens to have manageability of the barrel left handed and power. And I think he can have more power, maybe not as much manageability of the barrel from the right-hand side, but more power and more contact.

“But that’s going to continue with more at-bats against lefties, as many opportunities as we can give him.”

As with most things during this rebuilding season, Moncada remains a work in progress. Strikeouts, hitting from the right side, these are some of the things that he’s working on in a season that because of its disappointing win-loss record affords him the time and opportunity to develop.

White Sox fans are pretty happy with Moncada right now. But they could see a much different — and potential much better — player by the time the rebuilds hits its apex and that contention window opens up.

Under Center Podcast: What should we make of Kevin White?

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Under Center Podcast: What should we make of Kevin White?

Kevin White had a, well, interesting media session on Wednesday, but was he wrong for how he approached it? Plus, Moon and JJ look at Mike Furrey’s approach to White and how Mitch Trubisky is quickly growing into being a leader barely over a year after being drafted. 

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: