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Five High School Basketball Shootouts to Watch in 2015-16

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Five High School Basketball Shootouts to Watch in 2015-16

One of the best things about high school basketball in Illinois is the amount of high-profile events that go on during the regular season. Conference rivalries are always fun to monitor, but for the fan who wants to see a few games in the same day, shootouts and showcase events are the way to go.

Here's a look at five of the premier, non-holiday events coming up this season. Be sure to mark down these on your calendar.

Team Rose Shootout at Moraine Valley College (Nov. 29)

The Team Rose Shootout has become one of the marquee events of the early portion of the season and the event features six more solid games of action in 2015. @CSNPreps Basketball Power Rankings teams like Joliet West (against Foreman), Marian Catholic (against Westinghouse) and Curie (against Proviso West) headline the event while a few Public League teams with big aspirations will be in the field as well. Richards battling Providence-St. Mel begins action at 10:10 a.m. while Seton vs. Von Steuben and Crete-Monee facing Farragut rounds out the event.

Chicago Elite Classic at UIC Pavilion (Dec. 4-5)

The best national showcase in the area, this year's Chicago Elite Classic is headlined by a matchup of city superpowers as Simeon battles Whitney Young to close out the nine-game, two-day event. Other great local games include Fenwick opening against Oak Park-River Forest and Morgan Park taking on Evanston. Besides those three tremendous local games, Chicago basketball fans will get to watch a couple of future McDonald's All-Americans as Duke commit Jayson Tatum and Chaminade (Mo.) battle Miller Grove (Ga.) and DeMatha Catholic and Washington commit Markelle Fultz plays St. Vincent-St. Mary (Oh.). Marian Catholic has a tough battle against Mater Dei out of California while Riverside-Brookfield gets a shot at Gonzaga College High School out of Washington D.C. East St. Louis also plays Larkin and Maine South plays Loyola Academy in some matchups of Illinois powers to round out two great days of basketball.

When Sides Collide at Glenbard West (Jan. 24)

Joe Henricksen of the City/Suburban Hoops Report has done a great job putting this event together the last few seasons and this season's event is no different. The matchup between Fenwick and Riverside-Brookfield has two teams with state title aspirations while Evanston and Whitney Young will have a lot of young talent on the floor. Glenbard East and Bradley-Bourbonnais is also an enticing game with both teams returning much of their rotations and Champaign Central coming up to face Kenwood means local fans can see talented Central sophomore Tim Finke.

Bank of O'Fallon Shootout (Feb. 6)

If you're going to travel south to see a shootout this season, this is probably the one to check out. Last year's event included a high-level game between Belleville Althoff and St. Joseph and the two teams eventually met in Peoria for the Class 3A state championship. This season, both Althoff and St. Joseph are back while Kenwood, Morgan Park, Hinsdale South and DeKalb also join the field.

Here's the full schedule of games:

  • Columbia vs. Peoria Richwoods, 10:30 a.m.
  • Nashville vs. St Joseph-Ogden, noon
  • Centralia vs. Hinsdale South, 1:30 p.m.
  • O’Fallon vs. DeKalb, 4:15 p.m.
  • CBC vs. Westchester St. Joseph, 5:45 p.m.
  • Hazelwood Central vs. Morgan Park, 7:15 p.m.
  • Althoff vs. Chicago Kenwood, 8:45 p.m.

City-Suburban Showdown at Lyons-Township High School (Feb. 20)

One the best nights of high school basketball all season, in-part because it's late in the season and teams are really clicking right before the playoffs. This season's doubleheader starts with a couple of top-10 teams as Riverside-Brookfield battles Morgan Park. While the Mustangs are used to big-game environments, this will be a great test for the veteran Bulldogs. In the main event, Simeon takes on Evanston as Wildkit junior Nojel Eastern and his teammates face one of the deepest teams in the state.

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

95 Days to Kickoff: Waubonsie Valley

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: Waubonsie Valley

Head coach: Paul Murphy

Assistant coaches: Ron Griffin, Tom Baumgarnter, Chris Genslinger, Brad Caldwell, Josh Cuttone, Noel Soto, Ryan Voitik, Duane Butts and Ken Anderson

How they fared in 2017: 4-5 (4-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Waubonsie Valley failed to qualify for the IHSA playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Oak Park-River Forest

Aug. 31 vs Libertyville

Sept 7 @ Neuqua Valley

Sept. 14 @ Edwardsville

Sept. 21 vs Naperville North

Sept. 28 vs Neuqua Valley

Oct. 5 vs Prairie Ridge

Oct. 12 @ Naperville Central

Oct. 19 @ Metea Valley

[MORE: 96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs]

Biggest storyline: It's all about the schedule. Can the Warriors survive a challenging lineup --which includes playing Neuqua Valley twice-- and make the playoffs?

Names to watch this season: WR Julian Cain and DL Avante Rogers

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will have several new faces on both the offensive and defensive lines in 2018. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's not often that veteran head coach Paul Murphy and his Warriors view the playoffs from home. But that's what happened last year. They were the first Waubonsie team since 2006 to do just that. Look for the Warriors to rely on a strong group of receivers to bounce back this fall. They also feature a good group of underclassmen ready to step up. Also, they will need to get used to life in the newly-realigned DuPage Valley Conference. The 2018 schedule includes two games against big district rival Neuqua Valley and a loaded non-conference slate which includes some heavy hitters. 

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

96 Days to Kickoff: Jacobs

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: Jacobs

Head coach: Bill Mitz

Assistant coaches: Bubba Smith, Mike Warren, Brian Zimmerman, JM Foote, Ryan Arndt and Bob Mackey

How they fared in 2017: 6-4 (5-3 Fox Valley Conference). Jacobs made the Class 7A playoff field. The Golden Eagles lost to Lincoln-Way West in opening round action. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 Hampshire 

Aug. 31 @ Huntley 

Sept. 7 Dundee-Crown 

Sept. 14 @ McHenry 

Sept. 21 Neuqua Valley 

Sept. 28 Prairie Ridge 

Oct. 5 @ Cary-Grove 

Oct. 12 Crystal Lake South 

Oct. 19 @ Crystal Lake Central

Biggest storyline: Can the Golden Eagles move up in the Fox Valley Conference pecking order in 2018?

Names to watch this season: OT Joacheim Price and OL Nick Zonta

Biggest holes to fill: The Golden Eagles will need to replace its entire starting linebacker group from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out, Jacobs is always a factor in the rugged Fox Valley Conference (seven playoff appearances in the last eight years). The Golden Eagles return some starters in several key spots. If the underclassmen group can step up this summer, look for Jacobs to challenge for the FVC conference title and a higher seed in 7A come IHSA playoff time.