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High School Lites preview: Week 13

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High School Lites preview: Week 13

High School Lites stays busy this week as we get into the postseason in both girls and boys basketball. 

While Class 3A and 4A boys basketball is finishing its regular season -- and we'll have games from the Southwest Suburban Red and Southland -- the Class 1A and 2A boys basketball playoffs heat up with regional finals from across the area. We'll also have highlights from the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals downstate -- and you can view all of those games on CSN or CSN+ this weekend -- as well as a girls Class 4A sectional title game. 

This week's Team of the Week is the city champion Simeon Wolverines in boys basketball while the Getting to Know segment is on talented Evanston junior Nojel Eastern. We'll also have an update on #MascotMadness as we're down to the Elite 8 in our field.

Be sure to watch this week's edition of High School Lites this Friday night at 11 p.m. on CSN and streaming on CSNChicago.com. Also make sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for the latest IHSA updates from around the state. 

Class 1A Boys Playoffs

Hope Academy vs. St. Benedict, Luther North Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - Chicago Prep Red champion Hope Academy (16-9) will take on St. Benedict (14-15) for a Class 1A regional title on Friday night. Hope Academy will be the favorite after going 8-0 in conference play during the season, but St. Benedict is coming off of an upset win over host Luther North, so they have some momentum entering this game. 

Class 2A Boys Playoffs

Illiana Christian vs. Chicago Christian, Illiana Christian Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - These two rivals meet for the rubber match, and regional title, on Friday night. Illiana Christian (21-6) won on the road, 58-56, when these two teams played on Jan. 15 while Chicago Christian (21-6) won the first matchup, 50-44, on Dec. 11. Both teams won their regional semifinal games by at least 30 points on Tuesday night.

Seton Academy vs. U-High, U-High Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - Seton Academy tries to make a run during its final season as they face U-High on the road for a regional title. Seton Academy (20-9) is led by a talented sophomore in Javon Freeman and he scored 15 points in a win over CICS/Ellison on Tuesday night. U-High (21-6) was paced by junior Jameel Alausa's 15 points in a win over CICS/Longwood on Tuesday night as this should be one of the area's best 2A regional title games.

Orr vs. Providence-St. Mel, Orr Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - The only Class 2A team in the @CSNPreps Power Rankings get a home game for a regional title when the No. 16 Spartans host Providence-St. Mel. Orr (17-3) is coming off of a big regional semifinal win over Legal Prep Charter Academy as Samuel Williams had 18 points. Providence-St. Mel (9-19) was a winner over Manley on Wednesday night as Lamar Crenshaw had 15 points. 

Christ the King vs. Holy Trinity, Holy Trinity Regional Championship, 7:00 p.m. - Two Chicago Prep conference rivals matchup as Christ the King (22-7) takes on host Holy Trinity (19-9). Christ the King went unbeaten in the Chicago Prep Black as they were led by Jayvon Mackey with 16 points during a Tuesday-night win over Marine Military. Holy Trinity needed overtime to beat Wells on Thursday night as Adrian Santiago had 21 points. 

Boys Basketball Regular Season

Lincoln-Way West at Lincoln-Way Central, 6:00 p.m. - Two dangerous playoff teams matchup on Friday night when these SouthWest Suburban Red teams collide. Lincoln-Way Central (16-8, 7-6) won on the road at Lincoln-Way West, 56-53, on Jan. 29 as they've beaten Thornton as well in recent weeks. Lincoln-Way West (16-8, 8-5) is led by high-scoring junior Marco Pettinato and senior John Marotta.

Rich South at Crete-Monee, 6:30 p.m. - The top two teams in the Southland face each other when Rich South (17-7, 7-2) travels to Crete-Monee (17-8, 6-3). Rich South pulled off the 62-35 home win on Jan. 22 as senior Malik Osborne had a solid outing. Crete-Monee (17-8, 6-3) is led by junior Dwayne Rose, the nephew of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose.

Class 1A & 2A Girls Basketball Playoffs

Class 1A State Semifinals: 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. on CSN

The girls basketball Class 1A state semifinals will also take place on CSN on Friday afternoon. Each game can be seen by clicking on this link, our IHSA state championship stream.

In the opening game at 12 p.m., Indian Creek (31-1) will face defending Class 1A girls champion Moweaqua Central A&M (31-1). The Raiders are led by senior forward Mikah Maples (16 ppg) and senior guard Ryan Dooley while the Timberwolves counter with senior forward Josie Diehl (14.7 ppg).

In the second contest at 2 p.m., Seton Academy (25-6) faces Hardin Calhoun (30-2), as the Warriors look to make it back to the state title game. Hardin Calhoun lost to Moweaqua Central A&M last season for the state title and are led by forwards Grace Baalman (16.5 ppg) and Emma Baalman (14.3 ppg). This is the final school year for Seton Academy as they're led by senior guard Ren'cia Rolling (13.3 ppg). 

These four teams will play on Saturday with the losers of the semifinals competing in the third-place game at 12 p.m. and the Class 1A girls basketball state championship happening at 1:45 p.m.

Class 2A State Semifinals: 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. on CSN+

The Class 2A girls basketball state semifinals can be found on CSN+ on Friday night. In the opening semifinal at 6:30 p.m., Teutopolis takes on St. Joseph while Camp Point Central faces Byron in the other semifinal at 8:15 p.m.

Teutopolis (28-6) is led by junior guard Shelby Thompson (11.1 ppg) and senior wing Molly Smith (10-9) in this one while St. Joseph (20-12) has made a great late-season run to make it to the state semifinals. The Chargers are led by sophomore guard Maia Marshall as she averages 17.3 points per game.

In the day's final game, Camp Point Central will battle Byron.

The Lady Panthers (27-5) have a talented freshman in guard Delaney Lantz, as she's averaging a team-leasing 15.6 points per game. The Tigers counter with junior Lexi Devries, as she's putting up 15.7 points per contest.

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NBC Sports Chicago to air "IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show" on October 20

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NBC Sports Chicago to air "IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show" on October 20

Bloomington, IL/Chicago, IL (October 17, 2018) -- The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Playoff Pairing Show returns to NBC Sports Chicago for its eighth season in 2018. NBC Sports Chicago – THE Home of the #AuthenticFan – will air the show live on NBC Sports Chicago+ on Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM CT. Viewers are urged to visit NBC Sports Chicago’s “Channel Finder” page (NBCSportsChicago.com/channel-finder) for exact NBC Sports Chicago+ channel locations in their area.

The IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show, which will reveal the brackets and first round match-ups of all 256 playoff qualifiers across eight classes, can also be viewed via Live stream beginning at 8:00 PM on Saturday at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive, on Facebook Live (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago), and will also be accessible for viewing to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers via the brand new MyTeams by NBC Sports app (NOTE: MyTeams is available on iOS and Android devices, at no cost, to fans anywhere in the U.S. and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).

"The IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show' continues to be one of the most highly-anticipated events in the state of Illinois and we couldn't be prouder to once again showcase two-straight hours of live, interactive coverage across all platforms on Saturday night," said Kevin Cross, Vice President of Content for NBC Sports Chicago.  

NBC Sports Chicago anchor Leila Rahimi hosts the show and will be joined by a panel of experts on-set, including long-time IHSA TV announcer Dave Bernhard and Illinois high school football bracketologist Steve Soucie. IHSA TV veteran Camron Smith will breakdown each class with media members from around the state, including NBC Sports Chicago prep football expert “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran. Viewers are encouraged to interact with the show and ask questions to be answered during the program by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #IHSAbrackets

The program will once again feature highlights, coaches interviews and media analysis from all over the state. In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will be gathering teams & fan reaction moments throughout the “Land of Lincoln” on Saturday from numerous school playoff pairing parties taking place that evening.

“This is one of the most anticipated nights of the year on the IHSA calendar,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “Student-athletes, coaches and communities around the state have put their hearts into the last nine weeks, and for 256 teams, it’s an amazing chance to celebrate their accomplishments, while looking ahead to the path to the IHSA Football State Finals. We appreciate the time and effort that our partners at NBC Sports Chicago put into making this night so special.”

The IHSA Football Playoff Pairing Show kicks off NBC Sports Chicago’s playoff coverage of IHSA Football, which culminates with all eight state title games being televised and streamed by NBC Sports Chicago on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23-24), live from Memorial Stadium on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign.

IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 9

IHSA Preps Football AP Poll: Week 9

Here are the latest rankings of Illinois high school football teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters:

Class 8A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lincoln-Way East (9) 8-0 98 1
2. Maine South 7-1 87 2
3. Marist (1) 7-1 79 3
4. Oswego 8-0 74 4
5. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 60 5
6. Bolingbrook 7-1 43 7
7. Naperville Central 6-2 25 8
8. Warren 7-1 23 NR
9. Glenbard West 6-2 21 6
10. Hinsdale Central 6-2 15 10

Others receiving votes:  Oswego East 8, Oak Park-River Forest 5, Neuqua Valley 4, Edwardsville 3, Plainfield South 3, West Aurora 2.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Batavia (6) 8-0 102 1
2. Brother Rice (2) 8-0 96 2
3. East St. Louis (3) 6-2 81 3
4. Nazareth  7-1 77 T-4
5. Mt. Carmel 7-1 64 T-4
6. Simeon 8-0 63 6
7. Hononegah 8-0 43 7
8. Normal Community 7-1 31 8
9. Glenbard East 8-0 23 NR
10. St. Charles North 6-2 7 10

Others receiving votes: Rolling Meadows 6, Belleville West 4, Moline 4, Wheaton Warrenville South 2, Lincoln-Way West 1, Hoffman Estates 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Cary-Grove (7)  8-0 106 T-1
2. Richards (4) 8-0 102 T-1
3. Willowbrook 8-0 76 3
4. Phillips 6-2 73 5
5. Glenwood 8-0 62 6
6. Prairie Ridge 6-2 48 4
7. Niles Notre Dame 7-1 47 7
8. Normal West 7-1 38 8
9. DeKalb 7-1 33 9
10.  Providence 5-3 8 10


Others receiving votes: Sacred Heart-Griffin 8, Kenwood 3, Bloomington 1.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Washington (9) 8-0 107 1
2. Montini (1) 8-0 98 2
3. Sterling (1) 8-0 89 3
4.  Hillcrest 8-0 75 4
5.  Highland 8-0 63 5
6. Antioch 8-0 58 6
7. Decatur MacArthur 6-2 39 8
8. Metamora 7-1 31 7
9.  Payton 8-0 21 10
10.  Kaneland 6-2 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Marion 4, Sycamore 3, St. Francis 2, Carbondale 1.


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (12) 8-0 147 1
2. Rochester (3) 7-1 136 2
3. Rockford Boylan 7-1 111 4
4. Taylorville 8-0 109 3
5. Cahokia 7-1 76 6
6.  Coal City 7-1 69 5
7.  Richmond-Burton 7-1 50 7
8. Columbia 7-1 48 8
9. Pontiac 7-1 42 9
10. Marengo 6-2 23 NR

Others receiving votes: Freeburg 4, Breese Mater Dei 3, Fairbury Prairie Central 3, Urban Prep Charter/Bronzeville 2, Herrin 1, Murphysboro 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Byron (6) 8-0 144 1
2. Bishop McNamara (7) 7-1 137 2
3. Carlinville (2) 8-0 130 3
4. Monticello (1) 8-0 125 4
5. Farmington 8-0 96 5
6. Williamsville 7-1 78 6
7. Lisle 8-0 55 7
8. Beardstown 7-1 44 9
9. West Frankfort 7-1 30 10
10. Paris 8-0 22 NR

Others receiving votes: Fairfield 9, Anna-Jonesboro 2, Monmouth-Roseville 2, North Boone 1, Rock Island Alleman 1, Vandalia 1, Breese Central 1, Dunbar 1, Elmwood-Brimfield 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Maroa-Forsyth (10) 8-0 145 1
2. Orion (4) 8-0 133 2
3. Decatur St. Teresa (1) 8-0 118 3
4. Sterling Newman 7-1 98 4
5. Eastland-Pearl City 8-0 93 5
6. Illini West (Carthage) 8-0 72 6
7. Pana  7-1 53 7
8. Hope Academy 6-2 51 8
9. Nashville 7-1 39 10
10. Eldorado 6-2 6 NR

Others receiving votes: Rockridge 5, Knoxville 4, Bismarck-Henning 4, Collins 2, Clifton Central 1, Mercer County 1


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (15) 8-0 168 1
2. Lena-Winslow 7-1 142 2
T-3. Tuscola 7-1 114 3
T-3. Princeville 8-0 114 T-4
5. Ottawa Marquette (1)  8-0 113 T-4
6. Camp Point Central 7-1 75 6
7. Argenta-Oreana 8-0 68 8
8. Concord (Triopia) 7-1 53 7
9. Milledgeville 8-0 39 9
10. Aurora Christian 5-3 19 10

Others receiving votes: Athens 10, Sesser-Valier 6, Madison 5, Fisher 4, Carrollton 2, Red Hill 2, Orr 1.