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30 Days to Kickoff: New Trier

30 Days to Kickoff: New Trier

NBCSportsChicago.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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: New Trier

Head coach: Brian Doll

Assistant coaches: Jason Dane, Joe Chiodo, Mike Harrison, Tom Hessling, Bob Bollweg, Jim Davis and Bill Morrison

How they fared in 2018: 7-3 (4-1 Central Suburban South Conference). New Trier made the 8A state playoff field and lost to Oak Park-River Forest in opening round action.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Lyons Township
Sept. 6 @ Loyola
Sept. 13 @ Barrington
Sept. 20 vs Conant
Sept. 27 @ Glenbrook South
Oct. 4 vs Niles West
Oct. 11 @ Evanston
Oct. 18 vs Glenbrook North
Oct. 25 vs Maine South

[MORE: 60 Days to Kickoff - Evanston] 

Biggest storyline: It could be the nonconference schedule (and fans should circle the Week 2 date). Overall, can the Trevians reload and get back into the 2019 IHSA state football playoff field? 

Names to watch this season: WR Charlie Hoban (Sr.) and OL David Davidkov (Jr.)
 
Biggest holes to fill: The Trevians graduated a strong senior class this past spring and welcome back just five returning starters (three on offense, two on defense).

EDGY's Early Take: Given the lack of returning starters, one the Trevians' goals over the summer was to reload the roster. But Brian Doll and company always have the talent in house to get the job done. They shouldn't skip much of a beat in 2019. They've made the playoffs in 16 straight and in 23 of the past 24 seasons. The biggest concern could be a schedule that is stacked with top teams from start to finish. Junior OT David Davidkov (6-foot-7, 270 pounds) has already drawn multiple Power-Fove scholarship offers and will be one of the top offensive linemen names in the Midwest --and beyond-- in the Class of 2021. 

Breaking: NIU adds it's first 2021 commitment

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Breaking: NIU adds it's first 2021 commitment

Northern Illinois head coach Thomas Hammock was able to get an early start on the Huskies Class of 2021 as Solorio junior S/WR Brian Whitsey (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) was extended a scholarship offer today at the Huskies Junior Day recruiting event and later gave the Huskies his verbal commitment. 

"I visited NIU today for the Junior Day and NIU has been recruiting me since my sophomore year," Whitsey said. "After being at NIU and getting to know everyone better, I just feel like NIU is where I belong so I committed."

Whitsey, who was also drawing early recruiting attention from the likes of Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Eastern Illinois, Illinois and SIU discusses what stands out to him about NIU after his Junior Day visit.

"NIU has a great coaching staff. I also like the direction of the program and they have been a winning program for the most part over the last several years. I just feel that NIU has a lot to offer and that it's the best fit and the best place for me. That's why I decided to commit early."

Whitsey is the first known verbal commitment for NIU in the Class of 202.

High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7

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High School Lites basketbal roundup: Week 7

Check out our high school hoops highlights from some of the best games around the state, and be sure to follow @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest scores, highlights, and analysis

Windy City Legends: Candace Parker

Athlete of the Week: Lake Park West's Darrione Rodgers

Team of the Week: Saint Viator hockey

Highlights: Sandburg 63, Stagg 56

Highlights: Marist 57, St. Rita 46

Highlights: Benet 55, St. Charles East 44

Highlights: Morton 67, Leyden 55

Highlights: Sycamore 53, Kaneland 47

Mid-week Mixtape:  Thornton 55, Homewood-Flossmoor 43

Highlights: Buffalo Grove 80, Rolling Meadows 70

Highlights: Senn 73, Amundsen 67

Highlights: Clark 74, Crane 57

Highlights: Whitney Young 80, North Lawndale 41

Highlights Bolingbrook 79, Lincoln-Way East 66