High School Lites has a great show on Friday night as we will feature a number of top conference matchups.
Top teams in the MSL East, Public League Red North/West, West Suburban Gold and CSL South are some of the matchups included.
Catch the latest episode of High School Lites on Friday at 11 p.m. On NBC Sports Chicago.
No. 4 Whitney Young at No. 2 Orr, 5 p.m. — A gigantic matchup in the Public League Red North/West. Orr (18-3, 8-0) previously knocked off the Dolphins for the Proviso West Holiday Tournament title as they hold the conference lead. Whitney Young (18-5, 7-1) still has a lot to play for with the conference and Public League Playoff seeding on the line.
Prospect at Rolling Meadows, 6:00 p.m. -- This is a key matchup in the MSL East as the red-hot Knights travel to Rolling Meadows. Riding a five-game winning streak, Prospect (15-4, 7-0) has played well behind guard David Swedura. Rolling Meadows (10-9, 5-2) counters with a solid team and an intriguing potential standout in freshman Max Christie.
U-High at Northridge, 6:30 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Independent School League face each other in this one. Northridge (16-5, 8-0) is the leader by two games in the conference as they've won eight straight games. U-High (13-9, 7-2) already lost to Northridge on Jan. 5 as they try to make a statement before the playoffs.
Minooka at Plainfield East, 6:30 p.m. -- Two intriguing teams from the Southwest Prairie will go at it in this one. Plainfield East (14-9, 6-3) fell in its last game in Oswego East as they try to to regain some momentum they had going in early January. Minooka (13-11, 5-4) beat Plainfield East on Dec. 15 as they held them off for a home win.
St. Laurence at No. 24 Leo, 7:00 p.m. -- In the Catholic League White, the two best teams are fighting for the conference lead. Leo (15-5, 5-0) has entered the Power Rankings after some recent quality wins over Romeoville and Uplift. St. Laurence (16-7, 4-1) fell earlier this week to Conant but they have a high-caliber offense that is capable of putting up big points.
No. 6 Niles North at No. 13 Evanston, 7:00 p.m. -- Two top-25 teams from the Central Suburban League South battle in this one. Evanston (16-4) lost the first matchup between these two teams on Dec. 15 but they're playing well lately and coming off of a big win over Maine South that saw Blake Peters' game-winning shot going viral. Niles North (20-2, 5-2) is still trying to catch the Wildkits in the conference standings after some earlier losses in January. They feature a high-scoring that is one of the only 20-win teams in the area.
No. 19 Hillcrest at Lemont, 7:00 p.m. -- The South Suburban Blue is the focus here as the Hawks try to stay unbeaten in league play. Hillcrest (17-5, 9-0) has remained the top team in the league but they just fell to Homewood-Flossmoor following a six-game winning streak. Lemont (14-7, 6-2) took down Reavis last week as they try to pick up a signature win before the postseason.
No. 25 Willowbrook at Hinsdale South, 7:30 p.m. -- A big matchup in a crowded West Suburban Gold race for this matchup. Hinsdale South (15-5, 5-2) fell in the first game on Dec. 15 but they are hoping to overtake Willowbrook in the standings in this one. The Hornets are led by Iowa State commit and senior Zion Griffin as he has a balanced supporting cast. The Warriors (19-4, 6-2) have picked up some quality wins lately, including a conference matchup with Proviso East. Senior Ethan Schuemer is already over the 1,000-point plateau for his career.
GIRLS: Glenbard West at OPRF, 7:30 p.m. -- Glenbard West goes for its 20th consecutive wins in this one as they go on the road. Clinching its first West Suburban Silver title since 2006, Glenbard West (23-3, 10-1) is coming off a win over Hinsdale Central. OPRF played a close contest with Glenbard West in the first meeting as they lost by eight on the road on Dec. 15.
Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week
St. Rita at Brother Rice, 7:00 p.m. -- In our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week we head to the Catholic League White. Brother Rice (15-8, 3-3) takes three consecutive wins into this one as this is the start of a key stretch in conference play. St. Rita (12-10, 2-2) is coming off of a big win over Marist earlier this week as they're still capable of knocking off any team in the state.