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High School Lites Preview: Basketball Week 1

High School Lites Preview: Basketball Week 1

High School Lites transitions to basketball from football this week as we have a full night of action. The annual Chicago Elite Classic tips with some rivalry games while there's also conference action and non-conference play going on in this early part of the season.

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THURSDAY'S GAME

No. 6 Curie at No. 16 Orr, 7:00 p.m. -- This is a great non-conference matchup between Public League powerhouses. The Condors (3-0) have defeated some solid out-of-area competition as senior DaJuan Gordon (Kansas State) is looking like an All-Area candidate. Orr (2-1) lost to East St. Louis, but they're still playing as a potential contender in 2A. Seniors Tijuatae Williams and Greg Outlaw provide scoring and athleticism for a tough Spartans team. 

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Andrew at No. 7 Bolingbrook, 7:00 p.m. -- Two teams with opposite starters battle in this SouthWest Suburban crossover. The Raiders (4-0) won the Decatur Turkey Tournament and also dispatched East Aurora as they've been without senior guard Tyler Cochran. Senior big man Kameron Leonard is off to a notable start. Andrew (1-4) is trying to build after a tough start at the District 218 Tournament. 

No. 18 Providence-St. Mel at No. 10 DePaul Prep, 7:00 p.m.  -- An intriguing Catholic League crossover in this one. Providence-St. Mel (2-1) is perhaps the Class 1A favorite after knocking off Quincy and Waukegan last week. Tyriel Nelson won MVP at Quincy while Taeyon Neal is a UIC commit on the interior. DePaul Prep (4-0) is led by senior Perry Cowan (Brown) as he's a serious All-Area candidate. Raheem Anthony is another experienced veteran with some strong early showings. 

No. 17 Leo at Loyola, 7:00 p.m. -- The Catholic League crossovers continue in this enticing matchup. Leo (3-1) has a new head coach in Jamal Thompson as they tried to stay focused to remain a Class 2A contender. Senior point guard Fred Cleveland Jr. is off to a big start. Loyola (3-1) had a tight loss to New Trier during an otherwise impressive opening week that saw them win multiple games. The Ramblers will likely find themselves back in the Preps Power Rankings again soon. 

Northside at Lane Tech, 5:00 p.m. -- Another intriguing Public League non-conference matchup in this one. Northside (2-0) is representing the White-North as they just earned a close win over Steinmetz. Lane (3-1) is one of Northside's toughest opponents this season as they had a solid showing in their Thanksgiving event with DePaul Prep. The Indians lost to the Rams in the title game, but defeated Niles North for a good win. 

York at Lyons, 7:30 p.m. -- West Suburban Silver play begins as both of these teams are off to solid starts. York (3-1) captured the title at Palatine after only losing to Stevenson. Senior Erik Cohn has played well so far for the Dukes. Lyons (3-0) went unbeaten at their own Thanksgiving event as they took down Maine South and Hinsdale South as part of a good opening week.

Niles West at Niles North, 7:00 p.m. -- Central Suburban South play starts with this crosstown rivalry. Niles West (3-2) has dropped two straight games after a 3-0 start. Niles North (3-1) lost a tight one to Lane early this season.

Rolling Meadows at Hersey, 7:30 p.m. -- The Mid-Suburban East gets rolling in this one. The Mustangs (3-1) as led by star sophomore Max Christie as he's perhaps the finest college prospect in the state. Hersey (3-1) had a solid showing at Palatine as they only lost to York during the week. They've been particularly good in the fourth quarter of multiple wins this season.

CHICAGO ELITE CLASSIC (Wintrust Arena)

GIRLS: Whitney Young vs. Montverde (FL), 6:00 p.m. -- A girls game begins the day at the Chicago Elite Classic. The Dolphins (1-0) started with a big win over Jones. The game against Montverde is the middle of three straight days of games as this will be a big early-season stretch. Montverde split a pair of games at the Florida Prospects Thanksgiving event.

St. Rita vs. St. Ignatius, 7:30 p.m. -- This Catholic League crossover should be fun. The Mustangs (2-2) lost two early games to ranked opponents as senior Jeremiah Oden and junior guards Joel Watts and Alec Millender are key. St. Ignatius (2-2) dropped two to Lincoln Park and Loyola as they've also played a tough early schedule. Christian Davis and Daniel Flory are both averaging double-figures for the Wolfpack.

Fenwick vs. No. 22 Oak Park-River Forest, 9:00 p.m. -- The Oak Park rivalry resumes at the Chicago Elite Classic once again. This time, Oak Park-River Forest (4-1) is favored after breaking the six-game losing streak in this rivalry last year. The Huskies have a senior-laden team led by Dashon Enoch, Charlie Hoehne, Anthony Roberts and Chase Robinson. Fenwick (2-1) has a new coach in Staunton Peck as sophomore Bryce Hopkins and senior Solomon Oraegbu have been early standouts for the Friars.

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAME OF THE WEEK

Willowbrook at Addison Trail, 7:30 p.m. -- The top two teams in the West Suburban Gold is our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week. Willowbrook (3-1) fell to St. Charles East on the road during an otherwise good start to the season. Addison Trail (5-0) is unbeaten, including a win over Lane on Wednesday as this will be their toughest test of the season.

 

High School Lites Week 2 basketball roundup

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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.”