This week's edition of High School Lites has plenty of enticing matchups from all over the area. Our show includes highlights of a couple of ranked teams in action while we also feature some games of teams off to solid starts.
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Plainfield East at No. 13 Oswego East, 6:30 p.m. -- The Southwest Prairie opens conference play with this intriguing matchup. Plainfield East (4-1) is off to a solid start with some positive results from the always tough St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament as Yamani Shareef & Christian Shumate made the all-tournament team. Oswego East (5-0) is off to a great start as they've won almost all of their games by double-digits. Senior RayJ Dennis is off to a monster start on the season as he's a Player of the Year candidate.
No. 17 Lincoln Park at Crane, 6:30 p.m. -- The Public League Red-North/West has an interesting game on the West Side. Lincoln Park (3-3, 0-1) is trying to snap a two-game losing streak after losing to nationally-ranked LaLumiere and locally-ranked Uplift during the week. Junior big man Romelle Howard is a player to watch as Division I schools are taking notice. Crane (2-1, 0-1) is coming off of a conference loss to Prosser earlier in the week as they try to stay in the mix after bumping up from the White Division.
Richards at Hillcrest, 6:30 p.m. -- Arguably the top two teams in the South Suburban play in this one. Representing the Red division is defending champion Richards (5-1, 1-1) as they lost to Oak Forest earlier this week. Hillcrest (5-2, 2-0) is coming off of a win over Eisenhower this week as their only losses are to ranked teams like Bloom and Marian Catholic. Senior Dylan West is off to a strong start on the interior for the Hawks.
No. 9 Benet at St. Patrick, 7:00 p.m. -- The East Suburban Catholic Conference kicks off play with a good one here. Benet (6-1) will see themselves drop in the rankings next week after a loss to York in overtime. Senior Kendrick Tchoua is off to a strong start for the Redwings. St. Patrick (4-2) is coming off of a win against Joliet West in the Ridgewood Shootout over the weekend as Austin Freeman and Joe Fanning played well.
No. 14 Marian Catholic at Marist, 7:30 p.m. -- Staying in the ESCC, this should be an intriguing clash. Marian Catholic (4-1) has already played a strong schedule to open the year as they're led by senior Chris White and junior Ahron Ulis. Marist (4-1) is in the midst of a three-game winning streak as this will be their first game in eight days.
Latin vs. Parker at DePaul, 7:30 p.m. -- One of the area's best rivalries in the Independent School League continues in this one. Latin (4-0) is favored after the solid start as they have won each game by double digits. Parker (2-5, 1-1) is hoping to get a conference win after falling to Northside earlier in the week.
Schaumburg at Barrington, 7:30 p.m. -- Mid-Suburban West play continues with two teams off to good starts. Schaumburg (6-2, 1-0) is a team to keep an eye on thanks to a strong start. They've won five straight games as Michael Hodges is looking like one of the conference's best players so far this season. Barrington (4-2, 0-1) has dropped two straight games after a strong showing at Crystal Lake Central during Thanksgiving.
Lake Forest at Lake Zurich, 7:30 p.m. -- We head to the North Suburban Conference as these two teams try to reverse some slow starts. Lake Forest (2-4, 0-1) has struggled to put up points in the midst of a two-game losing streak. The Scouts do own a top-25 win over Lincoln Park though as they have the potential to play well. Lake Zurich (2-4, 0-1) has dropped three straight games as they try to figure things out under new head coach Terry Coughlin. These two teams will also play again on Jan. 25.
VIEWERS' CHOICE GAME OF THE WEEK
Neuqua Valley at Waubonsie Valley, 7:30 p.m. -- After over 2,500 votes, this DuPage Valley Conference game won a tight race this week. Neuqua Valley (3-3, 0-0) has won three straight games after a sluggish start as they make their conference debut for the 2018-19 season. Waubonsie Valley (5-0, 1-0) took home the title at Batavia earlier this season as senior guard Eric Cannon is one of the conference's most productive players.