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48 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

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48 Days to Kickoff: Aurora Central Catholic

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: Aurora Central Catholic

Head coach: Luke Brauweiler

Assistant coaches: Dave Schuster, Chris Bonifas, Rob Stazak, Kent Brauweiler, Dave Williams, Adam Blake, Javi Salinas, Brandon Christensen, Antoine Robertson, Joe Scianna, Dan Lee

How they fared in 2016: 9-2 (4-1 Metro Suburban Red Conference), made the Class 4A state playoffs, defeated Wheaton Academy then lost to Phillips.

[RELATED: 49 Days to Kickoff - TF South]

2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – vs. Aurora Christian

Sept. 1 – @ St. Francis

Sept. 8 – @ Glenbard South

Sept. 15 - vs. Riverside-Brookfield

Sept. 22 - vs. Guerin Prep

Sept. 29 – vs. Walther Christian Academy

Oct. 6 - @ Ridgewood

Oct. 13 - @ Chicago Christian

Oct. 21- vs. Elmwood Park

Biggest storyline: Can the Chargers get back to the state playoffs under Brauweiler?

Names to watch this season: senior RB Ryan Cerza, senior RB/LB Jeff Albert

Biggest holes to fill: The Chargers will need to find an answer at quarterback with the graduation loss of quarterback Johnny Belskis.

EDGY's early take: The Chargers needed to hire a new head coach this past winter after Hall of Fame coach John Belskis stepped down. Brauweiler inherits an experienced Chargers team featuring 11 returning starters (seven offense, four defense). If the Chargers can develop a bit of depth this summer, they have a good chance of getting back to the state playoffs in 2017.

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