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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. 

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. 

Week 9 is “Bubble Week” for many teams fighting to stay on the right side of the postseason bubble. Who moves on? Whose bubble will burst? Will Wauconda advance to the playoffs after finishing 2-7 last year? Or will Grant end their season on a winning note? Schaumburg and Fremd both stand at 4-4. The winner goes to the postseason. The winner stays home for November. Zion-Benton hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003. A win over Libertyville gets them there. But for the Wildcats, this ‘is’ their playoff game. Who wins in the North Suburban conference? We’ll send our cameras to one of the following:

Grant at Wauconda, 7:15 p.m.

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

Libertyville at Zion-Benton, 7:30 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
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We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.
 
1. Lincoln-Way East 8-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 56-18
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get a nice Week 9 test hosting Bolingbrook. Can the Raiders push the Griffins for four quarters?

2. Batavia 8-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 27-24
This Week: @ Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: An epic drive late in the game with no timeouts. The Bulldogs pull out the close-call win over St. Charles North.  

3. Brother Rice 8-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 48-0
This Week: @ Montini Catholic
EDGY's Take: What were the preseason that the biggest Chicago Catholic League game of the year would be Brother Rice at Montini?

4. Marist 7-1 (4)
Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 42-6
This Week: @ Benet Academy
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks will get a nice Week 9 on Friday from Benet at Benedictine University. 

5. Mount Carmel 7-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 40-0
This Week: vs Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The Caravan have been playing as well as any contenders ranked here.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Andrew, 35-3
This Week: vs Sandburg
EDGY's Take: Head coach Craig Buzea got his 200th career win last Friday over Andrew.

7. Cary-Grove 8-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Prairie Ridge, 21-14
This Week: vs Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Trojans rallied from being down 14-0 and scored 21 unanswered points to defeat their bitter rivals.

8. Simeon 8-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Taft, 58-7
This Week: @ Curie
EDGY's Take: The big question coming Saturday night-- Will the Wolverines wind up in 8A or 7A? 

9. Nazareth Academy 7-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 49-20
This Week: vs Marian Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners get a nice bounce-back win last Friday over Joliet Catholic.

10. Maine South 7-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 38-21
This Week: vs Niles West
EDGY's Take: The Hawks get another big Central Suburban South win. 

11. Oswego 8-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 49-0
This Week: @ Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Panthers will take on a very defensive-minded Plainfield South team on Friday.
 
12. Richards 8-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Reavis, 51-0
This Week: vs Eisenhower
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs continue to cruise and are gearing for a high seed in Class 6A.
 
13. Phillips 6-2 (14)
Last Week: Beat Westinghouse, 46-6
This Week: @ Raby
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will look to finish strong this week against Raby.

14. Willowbrook 8-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Proviso East, 40-7
This Week: @ Downers Grove South
EDGY's Take: The Warriors will look to send Downers Grove South (4-4) home for the holidays on Friday.

15. Naperville Central 6-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 35-14
This Week: @ Cary-Grove
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks have won six straight games and have the makings of a team that could make some postseason noise. 

16. Bolingbrook 7-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Thornton, 43-7
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Raiders will look to derail the "Big Cobalt Blue Machine" this Friday in Frankfort. 

17. Montini 8-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 27-3
This Week: vs Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will host Brother Rice on Friday in the biggest game of the year in the Chicago Catholic League.

18. Oak Park-River Forest 6-2 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard West, 10-7
This Week: vs Lyons Township
EDGY's Take: The Huskies have a top-notch defense and found a way to beat Glenbard West at Duchon Field. It was OPRF's first win there since 1998.

19. Warren Township 7-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 21-0
This Week: @ Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense came to play. An impressive 21-0 shutout over Stevenson 21-0 last Friday.

20. Glenbard West 6-2 (12)
Last Week: Lost to Oak Park-River Forest, 10-7
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers defense is still salty as ever. But can the offense find a few more options besides standout RB Tyquan Cox?

21. Hillcrest 8-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat TF North, 50-6
This Week: vs Bremen
EDGY's Take: The Hawks have made it look easy this regular season. They'll go for a 9-0 sweep later this week in an effort to claim a high seed in 5A.

22. Notre Dame 7-1 (23)
Last Week: Beat Carmel, 21-7
This Week: vs Joliet Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Dons now host JCA and will try to knock out the Hilltoppers from the state playoff field.

23. Hinsdale Central 8-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 57-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will get challenged this Friday against crosstown rival Hinsdale South (The "Doings Cup" game).

24. Rolling Meadows 8-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Hersey, 38-35
This Week: @ Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs get a huge win over Hersey. Why do I get the feeling we could see an RM-Hersey rematch in the postseason?
 
25. St. Charles North 6-2 (21)
Last Week: Lost to Batavia, 27-24
This Week: vs Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: The North Stars drop a last-second loss to Batavia last Friday; they will look to get back on track this week against another tough opponent in Wheaton South.