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Five Chicagoland High School Basketball Shootouts to Watch

Five Chicagoland High School Basketball Shootouts to Watch

Shootouts are a huge part of the high school basketball season, and the Chicagoland area has a number of events to keep an eye on this year. While the Thanksgiving and holiday tournaments remain the major events to track during the season, there are tons of one and two-day shootouts to monitor.

Here's a list of five Chicagoland events to circle on the calendar over the next several months. The state of Illinois features all sorts of great events like this during the season -- including Highland and the Bank O'Fallon Shootouts outside of Chicagoland -- but we focused on five that provide great fan experiences and quality games.

Chicago Elite Classic (12/6 and 12/7 at Wintrust Arena) -- This two-day, star-studded event has become a signature presence for the start of the regular season for Chicago basketball.

Annually featuring many of the area's top teams playing against national opponents from all over the country, the Chicago Elite Classic has high-level talent once again.

Friday's matchups are more locally-focused with New Trier vs. Lane, Evanston vs. Notre Dame and Fenwick vs. OPRF. Those three games all have the potential to be very good as rivalries and emerging programs are involved.

Saturday has five games on the docket, led by Morgan Park vs. St. Louis Vashon, Simeon vs. Baltimore St. Frances and Whitney Young battling Duncanville (TX). Kenwood will also take on Lincoln Park while Bloom plays Atlanta Pace in the earlier games.

Not many events in the country feature a Duke and a Kentucky commit (Whitney Young's D.J. Steward and Vashon's Cam'ron Fletcher, respectively) but the Chicago Elite Classic has tons of future college prospects.

Team Rose Shootout (12/14 and 12/15) -- Before conference play truly kicks into gear and holiday tournaments take form, the Team Rose Shootout is one of the best events every year.

Five games each on Saturday and Sunday, this year's lineup features some outstanding top-25 games as Morgan Park faces Evanston, Curie battles Hillcrest and Orr plays Notre Dame.

With numerous Division I recruits, many of the Chicagoland area's top teams and a handful of top-25 matchups, this year's Team Rose Shootout has a lot to offer.

Steve Pappas Shootout (1/11/20 at DePaul Prep) -- DePaul Prep has quickly built this one-day shootout with five games into a quality event.

The main game to check out in this one will be a matchup of top-ten preseason teams as Morgan Park faces Marian Catholic in a game that features incredible backcourt talent. 

The hosts will also play Deerfield in a matchup of some good young big men in the area while Loyola vs. St. Viator, Homewood-Flossmoor vs. St. Laurence and Fenwick vs. St. Pat's rounds out a good field of games.


When Sides Collide (1/25 at Glenbard East) -- Joe Henricksen's City/Suburban Hoops Report has put together one of January's premier events with four great matchups at Glenbard East.

The host Rams will face Class 1A power Aurora Christian in an intriguing matchup to kick things off. From there, a top-five team in Bloom will battle last season's Class 4A runner-up in Evanston. 

Things get interesting in the matchup between Rolling Meadows and Fenwick as that game features the two best juniors in the state in Max Christie and Louisville commit Bryce Hopkins going head to head. 

In the main event, Simeon will face Notre Dame in a fun Public League/ESCC clash that should feature two top-ten area teams. At that late point in the season, both Simeon and Notre Dame will be looking to score a key win right before playoff seeding 

Orr Breast Cancer Shootout (1/25 and 1/26 at Orr) -- With two days, 16 games and teams from all over the Midwest, the Orr Breast Cancer Shootout has become a must-see event for local fans.

The Public League presence at the event is strong because of the host and three-time defending Class 2A champions. This year's event will feature teams from Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin as plenty of local top-25 teams will take the floor.

Among the top-25 teams scheduled to participate include Curie battling Hazelwood Central, Morgan Park facing Class 1A power Leo and Lincoln Park taking on Romeoville.


High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup


High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great basketball action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA basketball scores and highlights.

Windy City Legends: Kendrick Nunn

Team of the Week: Catalyst Maria Soccer

Athlete of the Week: Halle Douglass

Friday's scores:

Stevenson 57, Zion-Benton 44

No. 8 Evanston 50, New Trier 40

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

No. 14 Thornton 58, Rich Central 34

No. 4 Whitney Young 56, No. 11 Lincoln Park 50

Loyola 34, Notre Dame 31

Homewood-Flossmoor 63, Lincoln-Way Central 31

Francis W. Parker 55, Latin 47

GIRLS: Evanston 59, New Trier 33


Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Mather 61, Foreman 57

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos wins SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition award

Catalyst Maria soccer coach Jose Miguel Burgos said he’d never been surprised, until the day the school, his players and even family from Chile let him know he won the SportsEngine TrueSport Champion Coach Recognition Award.

“It means a lot to me because of the recognition we have for the kids,” Burgos said. “As I try to think all in, and think about this, I think my initial inclination is to think about them, about the fact that what we’re doing is seen, that their hard work will pay off and those values that I’m trying to instill in them are reaching them. And I’m very humbled about the whole experience.

"I’ve never been thanked publicly and it’s new, but it’s obviously something positive for the community, which the work I do is centered around.”

The school held a ceremony to honor Burgos, whose nomination bested more than 300 others to win. His team at Catalyst Maria won $2,500. Burgos’ friend and former colleague, Joel Farran, nominated him for his countless works in the community. Just some of the acts Burgos was noted for in the nomination include helping facilitate college scholarships for students, building relationships for students who were struggling to find proper housing, reaching out to students on the middle school levels, inviting parents to come together through events like potluck picnics and organizing a tournament for sixth through eighth-grade students as a way to provide a safe and fun environment for local children.

“He puts people first, and he puts people before himself, and he’s all about elevating others,” Farran said. “Whether it’s on the field or off the field, soccer is just one of the ways he does that. But it is the way he knows best. And it’s about creating opportunities — not only on the field — but when you fail on the field, learning to adjust from that and create solutions, but off the field, creating opportunities for scholar-athletes to continue to excel.”

Burgos’ students agree.

“He’s more than just a coach,” soccer player Alondra Gonzalez said. "He’s like another father-figure to me. When it comes to coaching, he does more than beyond. He created a webpage so everyone could see us. He created a ‘Go Fund Me’ [page] so we could have money for our uniforms, like jackets, because we play in the cold, and he wants us to do a lot more than just play and practice almost every day to be better.”

Another student-athlete, Angel Santillan, said Burgos is an “amazing person.”

“He means everything to me,” Santillan said. "Like the sport, it’s just a passion that he does everything for us. It’s a great experience to be coached by Mr. B. He’s just an amazing coach and he does everything for us.”

Three-time Olympian Kara Winger presented Burgos with the award, as a representative of TrueSport.

“Coach Burgos is clearly taking the time and effort to make a difference in these kids’ lives,” Winger said. “I was very blessed to have amazing coaches growing up who taught me how to be not only the best athlete I could be, but to be the best person I could be, and it’s clearly his mission here at Catalyst Maria schools, so TrueSport is so excited to honor him with the Champion Coach Award.”

Burgos, who was visibly moved by the surprise celebration, said he appreciated his work being recognized.

“I know there’s a lot of joy when you give, when you simply give without thinking about what’s going to happen next,” he said. “I do it because it’s the way that I continue to grow; it keeps me alive. I think we humans are here on Earth to take care of each other, to respect each other, to love each other, to cheer each other up. And those are values that I defend, and I have defended always.

"And now that I’m here, and I see that they are recognized, it validates what I knew. It will ultimately — if you are kind to people, if you’re loving, this is what happens. And it’s wonderful to see it for myself.”