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CSN announces coverage details for 2016-17 IHSA season

CSN announces coverage details for 2016-17 IHSA season

Comcast SportsNet is your home for extensive coverage of the 2016-17 high school sports season. CSN, in its third year of a long-term partnership with the IHSA, will carry a total of 59 championship games, including live coverage of eight football title games, plus coverage of 32 boys/girls basketball state championship matchups.

Here are some highlights of the upcoming preps season on CSN and CSNChicago.com:

High School Lites

High School Lites returns to CSN for another year as reporter Kelly Crull hosts the season premiere on Friday, Aug. 26 at 11 p.m. High School Lites is the weekly destination for highlights from the area's biggest games, along with postgame interviews from players and coaches. High School Lites will once again feature flashback segments, the "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week" and a new segment which will include exclusive video of student athletes training at Highland Park's EFT Sports Performance Facility with instructional workout tips.

Fans will have the opportunity to request the game that CSNChicago.com Preps contributor "Edgy" Tim O'Halloran will cover each Friday by using #SendEdgy on Twitter.

Every episode of High School Lites will stream live on CSNChicago.com.

DRIVE

Every airing of High School Lites will feature the behind-the-scenes series titled, "DRIVE, presented by Riverside Healthcare." This seasons's featured team is the Lincoln-Way East Griffins. Lincon-Way East is coached by Rob Zvonar and features standout players Sam Diehl (G), Devin O'Rourke (DE) and Nigel Muhammad (RB).

Each episode of "DRIVE" will also be available on CSNChicago.com immediately following High School Lites.

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"Edgy" Tim O'Halloran and Scott Phillips

'Edgy' Tim returns for his fourth season as a Preps football contributor for CSN and CSNChicago.com. Edgy Tim will provide weekly Preps Power Rankings, player and coaching profiles, High School Lites previews and recruiting updates. Scott Phillips also returns for his fourth season as a basketball contributor for CSNChicago.com.

IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show

For the fifth consecutive year, CSN and the IHSA will air the IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show live on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. The two-hour show will also stream live on CSNChicago.com and IHSA.tv.

IHSA Football Championships

CSN will carry the IHSA Football State Championships during Thanksgiving weekend live from Memorial Stadium. The Class 1A-4A games will air on Friday, Nov. 25 and the Class 5A-8A matchups will take place on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Social Media

Viewers can follow @CSNPreps on Twitter for the latest updates throughout the season, which will include scores, analysis and photos from games throughout the Chicagoland area. Fans can also follow @CSNDrive for updates, Lincoln Way-East's dedicated football handle (@LWE_Griffins) and sports handle (@LWEastAthletics), plus use #DriveGriffins on Twitter. Mark Strotman (@markstrot) and Scott Changnon (@ScottyChag) will also provide Griffins news all season.

33 Days to Kickoff: Benet

33 Days to Kickoff: Benet

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Benet Academy

Head coach: Pat New

How they fared in 2017: 9-4 (5-2 East Suburban Catholic Conference). Benet Academy made the Class 7A state playoff field. They defeated Maine West, Hononegah and Lincoln-Way Central before losing to Batavia in the state semifinal round. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ St. Laurence

Aug. 31 @ Moline

Sept. 7 @ St. Patrick

Sept. 14 vs Niles Notre Dame

Sept. 21 vs Nazareth Academy

Sept. 28 @ Joliet Catholic

Oct. 5 vs St. Viator

Oct. 13 @ Marian Catholic

Oct. 19 vs Marist

[MORE: 78 Days to Kickoff - St. Patrick]

Biggest storyline: After back-to-back state semifinal playoff runs, can the Redwings pick things up right where they left off and another make deep playoff run?

Names to watch this season: QB Collin Gillespie and RB/S Ben Hickey

Biggest holes to fill: While the Redwings will welcome back some key starters from a season ago, they will need to reload a bit up front on both the offensive and defensive line. 

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Pat New's Redwings had an early 14-0 lead over eventual 7A state champion Batavia before falling to the Bulldogs. Benet, who has 50 program wins since 2012 (all playoff seasons), is never short on talent. Look for their offensive skills department to carry the load early this season. The Redwings should challenge in the East Suburban Catholic Conference race and into playoff time come October. 

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett

34 Days to Kickoff: Bartlett

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Bartlett

Head coach: Mark Erlenbaugh

How they fared in 2017: 2-7 (2-3 Upstate 8 Valley Conference), Bartlett failed to qualify for the 20127 IHSA state football playoff field.

2018 regular season schedule:

Aug. 24 @ East Aurora

Aug. 31 vs Glenbard East

Sept. 7 vs Glenbard South

Sept. 14 @ Elgin

Sept. 21 @ West Aurora

Sept. 28 vs West Chicago

Oct. 5 vs Larkin

Oct. 13 @ South Elgin 

Oct. 19 @ Streamwood

[MORE: 53 Days to Kickoff - Glenbard East]

Biggest storyline: Can the Hawks soar in the newly realigned Upstate 8 conference?

Names to watch this season: QB Dean Kotsovetis and WR Austin Gates

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks will need to fill in several spots this summer especially upfront on the offensive and defensive lines due to graduation losses.

EDGY's Early Take: Bartlett head coach Matt Erlenbaugh comes in from Chicago's Solorio High School and takes over the Hawks football program. Look for Bartlett to have a chance to challenge in the newly-realigned Upstate Eight schedule. The Hawks schedule this season won't include the likes of several 2017 state playoff teams like Lemont, Prairie Ridge and St. Charles East.