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High School Lites hoops preview: Week 1


High School Lites hoops preview: Week 1

High School Lites debuts with basketball this week as CSN will have a lot of high school hoops action at 11 p.m. on Friday night. 

The annual Chicago Elite Classic at UIC is the focus this week, but we'll also have highlights of some key SouthWest Suburban Blue games and two unbeaten teams from the Catholic Red. 

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Chicago Elite Classic, UIC Pavilion

No. 4 Fenwick vs. Oak Park-River Forest, 6:00pm - The Friars are loaded with shooters and are looking to improve to 5-0 while Oak Park-River Forest would love to win against a high-profile, nearby rival after a 2-2 start. Seniors Mike Smith and Mike Ballard lead Fenwick while senior Breshawn Wilkerson played well in the Chicago Elite Classic last season.

Mater Dei (CA) vs. No. 15 Marian Catholic, 7:30pm - Marian Catholic is young, but they're off to a 4-1 start on the season as they take on storied California powerhouse Mater Dei. The main task for the Spartans could be containing 6-foot-9 Oregon commit M.J. Cage, a senior center who is the son of former NBA center Michael Cage. 

Maine South vs. Loyola, 9:00pm - Maine South won the Maine West Thanksgiving Tournament and are off to a 4-0 start while Loyola dropped its opener to Lincoln Park before running off three straight wins. Two of the best coaches in the area go head-to-head in this one as Tony Lavorato and the Hawks face Tom Livatino and the Ramblers.

[MORE: AP basketball rankings Week 1

Other Games

Hersey at Prospect, 6:00pm - This nearby Mid-Suburban East rivalry won our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week, and it should have a lot of fans in attendance. Hersey (3-1) is off to a solid start and owns wins over Glenbrook North and Saint Patrick while Prospect is looking for a win after a 1-2 start. 

Palatine at Fremd, 6:00pm - Fremd is off to a 4-1 start as junior Kyle Sliwa and senior Patrick Benka have had some solid outings. They'll host Mid-Suburban West rival Palatine, who is 2-2 to start the season. After starting 2-0, Palatine fell to Jacobs and York. 

Bolingbrook at No. 12 Joliet West, 6:30pm - In this SouthWest Suburban Blue battle, Joliet West is off to a 5-0 start and has been one of the best surprises of the young season while Bolingbrook was ranked in the preseason and has a lot of talent but started 1-2 in Decatur. The battle of juniors between Joliet's Trevian Bell and Bolingbrook's Nana Akenten will be one to watch.

No. 14 Homewood-Flossmoor at Joliet Central, 6:30pm - Staying in the SouthWest Suburban Blue, Homewood-Flossmoor is off to a solid 3-1 start as they defeated Marian Catholic on the road and look to have a good crop of juniors.  Joliet Central is also 3-1 after a solid showing in the WJOL Thanksgiving event and they have a lot of talented juniors as well. 

No. 19 De La Salle at No. 9 St. Joseph, 7:00pm - In the Catholic Red, this should be one of the more intriguing matchups of Friday night as 4-0 De La Salle travels to 4-0 St. Joseph. A pair of seniors, the Meteors' George Wilburn and the Chargers' Nick Rakocevic are off to big starts on the season. 

No. 22 Hinsdale South at Morton, 7:30pm - Both of these West Suburban Gold teams stand 3-1 on the season with losses to teams in the CSN Preps Power Rankings. Hinsdale South is going to work the ball to senior center Barret Benson, who is off to a great start, while Morton will try to bounce back after a close loss to Fenwick last week.

Lake Forest at Lake Zurich, 8:00pm - Two North Suburban Lake teams face-off as senior forward Lorenzo Edwards and Lake Forest travel to play guard Nick Penny and Lake Zurich. Lake Forest lost two tough games to Loyola and Benet while Lake Zurich went 3-0 before losses to North Lawndale and Hoffman Estates

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after seven weeks of football.

1. Lincoln-Way East 7-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 45-7
This Week: @ Sandburg
EDGY's Take: The Griffins continue to roll along. Will they face another serious challenges the remainder of the regular season?

2. Mount Carmel 7-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 28-21
This Week: @ St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The last few wins for the Caravan haven't been pretty, but a win is a win. 

3. Nazareth Academy 6-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 39-29
This Week: @ Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners bounced back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Marist on Friday night. When the J.J. McCarthy to Tyler Morris connection is on, look out.

4. Loyola Academy 5-2 (4)
Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 46-14
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers offense has started to make some noise while the defense remains a big strength. 
5. Warren Township 7-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-3
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils hold Lake Zurich to a field goal while RB Derrick McLaughlin carries the load on offense for The Township.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West,  35-0
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Vikings offensive line, running game and speed on defense should play well in 8A this postseason.

7. Glenbard West 7-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lyons, 42-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale Central
EDGY's Take: This Saturday's game against Hinsdale Central will be the most anticipated regular season game in quite a while on the shores of Lake Ellyn.

8. Notre Dame 7-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 40-8
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Dons' defense has been a strength all season. They get their biggest test on Friday as the Roadrunners come calling.

9. Hinsdale Central 7-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 49-6
This Week: @ Glenbard West
EDGY's Take: Can the Red Devils win on the road on Saturday at Glenbard West? 

10. Bolingbrook 6-1 (11)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 34-13
This Week: @ Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Raiders' triple-option run game and athletic defense could combine to make some big moments this postseason.
11. Neuqua Valley 6-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 43-21
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are now aiming to win out the remainder of the regular season. Can they earn a high seed in Class 8A?
12. Hersey 7-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 42-14
This Week: vs Elk Grove
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will need to beat Elk Grove this week before locking in on a huge Week 9 showdown vs. Rolling Meadows.

13. Minooka 7-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 19-10
This Week: vs West Aurora
EDGY's Take: The Indians' defense has been rock-solid all season long. They limited a tough Yorkville offense. 

14. Oswego 7-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 14-3
This Week: @ Yorkville
EDGY's Take: The Panthers keep their winning streak alive (15-0) over district rival Oswego East. 

15. Maine South 5-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 40-10
This Week: vs Glenbrook North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are getting healthy at the right time of the year. 

16. St. Charles East 6-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Batavia, 30-29
This Week: vs Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Saints post back-to-back wins over St. Charles North and Batavia. Impressive. 

17. Batavia 5-2 (7)
Last Week: Lost to St. Charles East, 30-29
This Week: @ St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs now need to get back on track. Another DuKane rival looms in St. Charles North.

18. Hillcrest 6-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Tinley Park, 41-0
This Week: @ Lemont
EDGY's Take: The Hawks will get a huge test on the road this Friday at Lemont.

19. Willowbrook 6-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat York, 35-21
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got off to a quick 14-0 lead against York and never looked back. 

20. Huntley 6-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 56-0
This Week: vs Burlington Central
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders are also rolling and are playing for a high seed in Class 8A.

21. Montini Catholic 5-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat St. Joseph, 2-0 (forfeit)
This Week: vs De La Salle
EDGY's Take: Will the forfeit win last week be a blessing for the Broncos?

22. Fremd 5-2 (25)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 14-0
This Week: @ Conant
EDGY's Take: The Vikings' defense has been a strength all season; the run game pounded out enough yards in the win over Barrington.

23. Crete-Monee 7-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 44-12
This Week: vs Bloom 
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are also in line for a top seed in the postseason.

24. Andrew 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 33-21
This Week: vs Lockport
EDGY's Take: The T-Bolts enter the Top 25 aiming for a high seed in the postseason; however, they shouldn't overlook the Porters.

25. Cary-Grove 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 16-6
This Week: vs Prairie Ridge
EDGY's Take: The annual grudge match against rival Prairie Ridge should be a good one Friday night.

High School Lites Roundup Week 7

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High School Lites Roundup Week 7

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 7 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

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Eisenhower 19, Evergreen Park 18

Oswego 14, Oswego East 3

(14) Minooka 19, Yorkville 10

(22) St. Charles East 30, (7) Batavia 29

Phillips 52, Lane Tech 0 

Warren 24, Lake Zurich 3

(19) Willowbrook 35, York 21

Nazareth Academy 39, Marist 29

Rolling Meadows 35, Prospect 14

Sullivan 18, Kennedy 13

Whitney Young 15, Von Steuben 14