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High School Lites hoops preview: Week 2

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High School Lites hoops preview: Week 2

It's a huge week of games on High School Lites on Friday night as No. 1 battles No. 2 and a bunch of top-flight conference matchups go down.

Morgan Park traveling to Simeon is one of three all-ranked Public League battles on the show this week and one of the biggest games of the year is our Game of the Week.

We'll also see some huge games in the SouthWest Suburban Red, DuPage Valley, West Suburban Silver and West Suburban Gold.

You can catch High School Lites on Friday at 11:30 p.m. on CSN and streaming on CSNChicago.com. If you have scores or highlights for the show, be sure to reach out to us on Twitter @CSNPreps.

THURSDAY NIGHT

No. 2 Morgan Park at No. 1 Simeon, 4:30 p.m. -- One of the biggest showdowns of the season goes down as Morgan Park (2-1) takes on Simeon (2-0). This Red-South rivalry has become one of the biggest matchups of every season and this year both teams feature Player of the Year candidates -- Morgan Park's Charlie Moore and Simeon's Zach Norvell -- and talented teams.

No. 3 Kenwood at No. 25 Hyde Park, 6 p.m. -- A great one in a fun Red-Central conference as Kenwood (2-1) faces Hyde Park (6-1). The Broncos are coming off of a Monday loss in Detroit and followed that up with a big win over Dunbar. Hyde Park fell to a talented Vocational team before winning in overtime over King earlier this week. Tajuan Agee, Hyde Park's talented senior forward, will need to step up in this one.

FRIDAY NIGHT

Uplift at Lane Tech, 5 p.m. -- Uplift (5-1) and Lane Tech (2-3) open the Red-North conference season facing each other. The Titans were previously ranked in the CSN Preps Power Rankings after winning the Mundelein Thanksgiving event, but they fell to Westinghouse last week. Lane Tech has played some strong competition like DePaul Prep and Notre Dame early in the season, but hasn't landed a big win yet.

No. 11 Whitney Young at No. 18 Farragut, 6 p.m. -- No. 11 Whitney Young (0-1) is trying to recover from the loss to Simeon at the Chicago Elite Classic as they go on the road to face Red-West rival No. 18 Farragut. The Admirals (6-1) played good ball to start the season in Rockford for Thanksgiving and had an impressive big win over Crete-Monee. Farragut will try to use its size with 6-foot-8 senior Tawone Keith and 6-foot-4 guard Dulan Scott while the Dolphins will rely on sophomore point guard Xavier Castenada. Whitney Young needs junior Lucas Williamson to step up in this one.

Bradley-Bourbonnais at Thornton, 6:30 p.m. -- An important game in the SouthWest Suburban Red as Bradley-Bourbonnais (4-1) travels to face Thornton (3-1). The Boilermakers won against Manteno and Valparaiso commit and senior guard Micah Bradford is an All-Area candidate. Bradford will play against experienced Thornton senior guard Patrick Rucker and a talented team that should enter the Top 25 sometime this season.

IC Catholic Prep at No. 8 Riverside-Brookfield, 7 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Metro Suburban West play as IC Catholic heads to a top-ten opponent in Riverside-Brookfield. The Knights (4-1) won their first four games before falling to St. Patrick while Riverside-Brookfield is trying to bounce back from a loss to Gonzaga (D.C.) at the Chicago Elite Classic.

Addison Trail at No. 16 Downers Grove South, 7:30 p.m. -- Two 4-1 teams battle in the West Suburban Gold as Addison Trail tries to upset a talented Downers South group. Addison Trail started the season 4-0 before a loss to Stagg while Downers South has two Division I prospects in junior forward T.J. Clifford and junior guard Denis Alibegovic. The Trojans picked up a big road win at Proviso East last week.

Wheaton North at Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. -- The DuPage Valley Conference also has a great matchup as unbeaten Wheaton North (5-0) travels to Naperville North (4-1). The Falcons are off to a great start as they're coming off a win over rival WW South. Naperville North returns four starters from last season's 16-win team and expectations are high.

York at No. 14 Glenbard West, 7:30 p.m. -- York (5-2) will try to pull off an upset road win in the West Suburban Silver as they play unbeaten Glenbard West (6-0). The Dukes fell to a ranked Benet squad earlier this week while Glenbard West is led by All-Area candidate Justin Pierce.

GIRLS: Proviso East at Whitney Young, 8 p.m. -- One of the top girls basketball teams in the state, Whitney Young, hosts Proviso East as part of the Chitown Showdown. 

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

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: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.

New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

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New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

New Trier junior three-star ranked athlete Duke Olges (6-foot-5, 260 pounds) gave Northwestern his verbal commitment last Sunday yet waited until Friday morning to make his decision public via his Twitter page.

Olges, who was recruited by the Wildcats as a defensive tackle, felt pressure to make a decision since the Wildcats already had one defensive tackle verbal commitment in Clear Springs Texas Jason Gold while another defensive tackle with an offer was making an on campus visit later that day.

“I didn’t know if it was the right decision, to be honest. It was impulse more than anything,” Olges told WildcatsReport.com's publisher Louis Vaccher. “But what comforted me is after having a couple days to think about it, I felt a sigh of relief. It would have hurt me too much to let that scholarship go. As much as I wanted to go and visit other schools, losing that scholarship would have hurt more than anything else.”

Olges is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Wildcats Class of 2019  and the second in state pledge along with Bolingbrook junior DB Cameron Mitchell. 

Olges, who was holding 26 scholarship offers this spring, was planning to make summer visits to Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virginia and Duke before giving the Wildcats his verbal commitment.