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21st annual EDGYTIM/Rivals.com All State Team

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21st annual EDGYTIM/Rivals.com All State Team

The 2019 EDGYTIM/Rivals.com All-State team is comprised of the best of players from IHSA football classes 5A-8A. 

Player of the Year: East St. Louis junior QB Tyler Macon

QB: J.J. McCarthy, Nazareth Academy (2021, Michigan commit) — McCarthy is a two-time All Stater who passed for  2,820 yards and 34 touchdowns 

RB: Kaleb Brown, St. Rita (2022) — Brown already has seven FBS scholarship offers. He ran for 1,995 yards and 35 touchdowns. 

RB: Mar'Kiese Irving, Hillcrest (2021) — One of the most sought-after names in the 2021 class. Rushed for 1,733 yards and 24 touchdowns.

WR: A.J. Henning, Lincoln-Way East (2020, Michigan commit) — Henning was simply a threat every time he touched the football in 2019.

WR: Tyler Morris, Nazareth Academy (2021) — Another highly sought-after junior who had 71 catches for 1,261 yards and 17 touchdowns.

WR: Hank Beatty, Rochester (2022) — A sophomore who shined brightly in the Class 5A state title game. On the season, he had 100 catches for 2,018 yards and 26 touchdowns.

OL: Peter Skoronski, Maine South (2020, Northwestern commi) — An old-school throwback type of player and personality. 

OL: Marcus Harper II, Homewood-Flossmoor (2020, Oregon commit) — Big, strong and athletic big man with huge upside at the college level.

OL: Javontez Spraggins, East St. Louis (2020, Tennessee commit) — Three-year varsity starter and impact player for the 6A state champs.

OL: Jalen Grant, Chicago Mount Carmel (2020) — A two-way player who was dominant on either side of the football in 2019. 

OL: Dylan Barrett, St. Charles East (2020, Wisconsin commit) — Another high-impact long-term starter for the Saints this fall.

ATH: Luke Lehnen, Glenwood (2020) — Lehnen, a quarterback by trade, posted a combined 3,313 yards of total offense along with 50 touchdowns in 2019.

DL: Rylie Mills, Lake Forest (2020, Notre Dame commit) — Big, strong and mobile big man was a factor in everyone's game plan. 

DL: Willis Singleton Jr., Warren Township (2020, Iowa State commit) — One of the state's top defensive tackles in 2019.

DL: Justin Jefferson, Brother Rice (2020) — Jefferson's speed, strength and overall versatility, combined with a non-stop work ethic, was impressive in 2019.

DL: Nate Pedraza, Rolling Meadows (2020, Ball State commit) —  A two-way impact player for the Mustangs this fall.

DL: Sean McLaughlin, Lincoln-Way East (2020, Northwestern commit) — A 6-foot-7, 230 pounder played his best football when it counted the most.

LB: Juan Delacruz, Warren Township (2020) — Has size and speed. Contributed in all three phases for the Blue Devils this fall. 

LB: Quinn Urwiler, Batavia (2020 North Dakota commit) — One opposing coach called Urwiler, "The toughest kid we've faced in a long, long time."

DB: Antonio Johnson, East St. Louis (2020, Texas A&M commit) — The state's top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2020 according to Rivals.com. 

DB: Sam Tumilty, Willowbrook (2020) — A multi-year All-State performer who was as valuable as anyone to his team in 2019. Huge high school career. 

DB: Lavoise Donte McCoy, Homewood-Flossmoor (2020, Illinois State commit) — A grinder type who just made plays at all times for the Vikings and head coach Craig Buzea. 

DB: Ronald Pledger, Phillips (2020, Western Michigan commit) — Pledger was a two-way impact player in 2019 and a leader for the Wildcats on and off the field.

K: Jack Olsen, Wheaton South (2020) — Michigan State commit. Broke state records in his high school and has 50-plus yard field goal range. 

P: Dominic Dzioban, Lincoln-Way East (2020, Miami OH commit) — “The Dominator“ has 50-yard plus field goal range and his punting helped the Griffins defense flip field position all season long.

KR/PR: Antonio King, Bolingbrook (2020) — One of the state's most exciting players all season long for the Raiders and head coach John Ivlow. 

High School Lites Preview: Rivalry matches all over the area

High School Lites Preview: Rivalry matches all over the area

High School Lites has quality games from all over the Chicagoland area this week as we feature numerous rivalry games.

With huge rivalry games in the Public League, CSL North and South and the South Suburban Red, it should be an entertaining week of games. The show will also showcase a huge matchup in the DuPage Valley Conference along with the crowded Catholic League Blue field.

High School Lites premieres on Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. The show will have plenty of highlights and a feature on Lincoln-Way West's Taylor Gugliuzza as she just scored her 2,000th career point.

THURSDAY

Simeon at Morgan Park, 5:00 p.m. -- The area's best rivalry closes out the Public League Red South/Central season. Simeon (13-8, 6-2) picked up a big win over Brooks on Tuesday to bounce back from a Monday loss at Fenwick. The Wolverines would love to beat their rival right before the Public League Playoffs begin. Morgan Park (13-7, 6-1) picked off Lindblom behind another strong effort from Adam Miller. The Mustangs have been up and down themselves lately as they try to build momentum towards the postseason.

FRIDAY

No. 24 Joliet West at West Aurora, 6:30 p.m. -- We check out a Southwest Prairie matchup in this one. Joliet West (18-3, 10-0) picked up a win over Lockport after a tight loss to No. 8 Lincoln Park on Monday. Jamere Hill has been a breakout senior this season as he recently committed to Toledo. West Aurora (6-14, 4-6) has been rebuilding this season as they've struggled recently. The Blackhawks will try to turn things around by facing another top-25 team.

DeKalb at Naperville Central, 7:00 p.m. -- The DuPage Valley Conference has a major showdown on Friday night. This one is a rematch of the Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament title game that saw the Barbs win at home in a close game in late December. DeKalb (17-4, 4-0) just had its 15-game winning streak snapped with a loss to Lyons. But the Barbs remain a major threat as they've already earned some tough DVC wins. Naperville Central (14-4, 3-1) fell to St. Viator. But they have a talented frontcourt in Chris Conway and Cameron Dougherty. These two teams will play for a third time, back in DeKalb, on Feb. 26.

No. 2 Evanston at New Trier, 7:00 p.m. -- One of the state's great rivalries gets played in this one. The No. 2 Wildkits (18-1, 5-0) dropped their first game of the season in a home loss to Zion-Benton. Evanston has been one of the area's best teams this season behind a core group of juniors that includes Blake Peters and Jaylin Gibson. New Trier (11-9, 2-3) would love to continue the Evanston losing streak while making a move in the CSL South. A recent win over Oak Lawn is a strong one for the Trevians. These two teams already played in Evanston on Dec. 13 with the Wildkits claiming a 50-40 win.

No. 10 DePaul Prep at St. Laurence, 7:00 p.m. -- A matchup in the very tough Catholic League Blue to keep an eye on. DePaul Prep (17-2, 8-0) has reeled off five straight wins since 2020 started. Junior guard TY Johnson has been strong throughout the season as he's surrounded by tough and talented players. St. Laurence (11-10, 6-2) has already played three top-15 teams this season. They won't be bothered by DePaul's lofty ranking. The Vikings have talent on the perimeter with Finn Walsh, Darius Wilson and Trey Davis. 

Richards at Oak Lawn, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the top teams in the South Suburban Red do battle in this battle of Oak Lawn. Richards (13-5, 7-1) is the current league leader as they've won seven of their last eight games. Oak Lawn (15-5, 5-2) has dropped three out of four games during a tough stretch. But with seniors Sami Osmani and Trey Ward the Spartans always remain tough. 

Libertyville at Lake Forest, 7:00 p.m. -- Can either of these North Suburban Conference teams create separation from the middle of the pack? Lake Forest (11-8, 2-3) knocked off Vernon Hills in non-conference play on Tuesday as they've won four of their last five games. Libertyville (12-6, 2-3) played three consecutive top-25 caliber teams in the past few weeks, earning a notable win over St. Charles North. The Wildcats will host the return matchup on Feb. 21. 

Highland Park at Deerfield, 7:30 p.m. -- Another great rivalry matchup, this time in the CSL North. The Giants (10-6, 4-1) were an overtime winner at home in the first matchup on Dec. 13. Now, Highland Park is trying to keep pace with Niles North while also sweeping their rival. Deerfield (11-7, 2-3) counters with a great frontcourt in center Brandon Lieb and forward Walt Mattingly. 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Austin at Prosser, 6:30 p.m. -- Austin (16-4, 9-0) went unbeaten in the Blue-West as they've put up over 100 points multiple times this season. After a 1-2 start, the Tigers are 15-2. Prosser (7-14, 4-5) was in the middle of the pack in the White-North this season. The Falcons beat Sullivan earlier in the week.

IHSA Preps Girls Basketball AP Poll

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IHSA Preps Girls Basketball AP Poll

Here are the rankings of Illinois high school girls basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Benet (3) 18-2 54 1
2. Edwardsville 16-1 49 T2
3. Evanston Township (3) 16-2 46 3
4. Maine West 18-3 43 T2
5. Lincoln Way West 20-2 39 5
6. Marist 19-3 34 6
7. Whitney Young 17-6 21 T9
8. Libertyville 16-4 13 8
9.  Homewood-Flossmoor 16-4 9 T9
10. Fremd 15-6 6 10

Others receiving votes: Hersey 5. Lake Forest 4. Bolingbrook 4. O'Fallon 2. Dundee-Crown 1.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Morton (7) 23-0 70 1
2. Bethalto Civic Memorial 19-2 59 3
3. Montini 21-3 58 2
4. Simeon 21-2 42 8
5. Richwoods 20-5 41 4
6. Peoria Central 18-3 28 T5
7. Geneseo 19-2 27 T5
8. (tie) Kankakee 21-4 27 7
9.  Decatur MacArthur 19-2 10 T10
10. Rich South 19-3 9 9

Others receiving votes: Rock Island 7. Kenwood 6. Springfield Lanphier 1

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Paris  (9) 24-0 107 1
2. Knoxville 24-1 83 3
3. (tie) Carterville 21-1 83 2
4. Quincy Notre Dame 15-0 80 5
5.  Harrisburg 22-2 62 6
6. Chicago Marshall (1) 12-8 54 4
7. Riverdale 15-3 43 7
8. Teutopolis 15-4 38 8
9. Normal University 16-8 10 10
10. Carlinville 18-3 8 NR

Others receiving votes: Sullivan 7. Marshall 6. Pana 5. Lisle 5. Fairbury Prairie Central 3. Nashville 3. Rock Falls 3. Mendota 2. Breese Mater Dei 1. Petersburg PORTA 1. Freeburg 1.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Amboy (7) 20-1 86 2
2. Lewistown (2) 21-1 78 1
3.  Brimfield 21-1 75 3
4.  Lanark Eastland 21-3 64 4
5. Jacksonville Routt 19-2 42 T7
6. Aquin 20-5 37 5
7.  Hope Academy 16-1 33 9
8. Princeville  20-3 20 10
9.  (tie) Colfax Academy 20-2 20 T7
10. Altamont 18-3 14 6

Others receiving votes: Aurora Christian 11. Shiloh 9. Hope 2. Father McGivney Catholic 2. Gardner-South Wilmington 1. Mason City Illini Central 1.