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High School Lites preview: Week 13


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 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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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants it more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school sports followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

This week, for the first time ever, our Wintrust “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week” will be a boys soccer match—and we have some pretty nice local rivalries on deck. Which game is the most worthy of coverage?

Plainfield Central at Plainfield North, 4:30 p.m.

Fenwick at Oak Park-River Forest, 5:30 p.m.

Mundelein at Carmel, 6:30 p.m.

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Thursday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 3 p.m. Thursday. 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, all season long.

Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

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Edgy Tim's Top 25 Preps Power Rankings: Week Seven

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings after seven weeks of football.

1. Lincoln-Way East 7-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lockport, 45-7
This Week: @ Sandburg
EDGY's Take: The Griffins continue to roll along. Will they face another serious challenges the remainder of the regular season?

2. Mount Carmel 7-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat De La Salle, 28-21
This Week: @ St. Viator
EDGY's Take: The last few wins for the Caravan haven't been pretty, but a win is a win. 

3. Nazareth Academy 6-1 (3)
Last Week: Beat Marist, 39-29
This Week: @ Notre Dame
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners bounced back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Marist on Friday night. When the J.J. McCarthy to Tyler Morris connection is on, look out.

4. Loyola Academy 5-2 (4)
Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 46-14
This Week: @ Marian Central Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers offense has started to make some noise while the defense remains a big strength. 
5. Warren Township 7-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Lake Zurich, 24-3
This Week: @ Stevenson
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils hold Lake Zurich to a field goal while RB Derrick McLaughlin carries the load on offense for The Township.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West,  35-0
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Vikings offensive line, running game and speed on defense should play well in 8A this postseason.

7. Glenbard West 7-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Lyons, 42-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale Central
EDGY's Take: This Saturday's game against Hinsdale Central will be the most anticipated regular season game in quite a while on the shores of Lake Ellyn.

8. Notre Dame 7-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 40-8
This Week: vs Nazareth Academy
EDGY's Take: The Dons' defense has been a strength all season. They get their biggest test on Friday as the Roadrunners come calling.

9. Hinsdale Central 7-0 (10)
Last Week: Beat Proviso West, 49-6
This Week: @ Glenbard West
EDGY's Take: Can the Red Devils win on the road on Saturday at Glenbard West? 

10. Bolingbrook 6-1 (11)
Last Week: Beat Sandburg, 34-13
This Week: @ Homewood-Flossmoor
EDGY's Take: The Raiders' triple-option run game and athletic defense could combine to make some big moments this postseason.
11. Neuqua Valley 6-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 43-21
This Week: @ Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are now aiming to win out the remainder of the regular season. Can they earn a high seed in Class 8A?
12. Hersey 7-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Buffalo Grove, 42-14
This Week: vs Elk Grove
EDGY's Take: The Huskies will need to beat Elk Grove this week before locking in on a huge Week 9 showdown vs. Rolling Meadows.

13. Minooka 7-0 (14)
Last Week: Beat Yorkville, 19-10
This Week: vs West Aurora
EDGY's Take: The Indians' defense has been rock-solid all season long. They limited a tough Yorkville offense. 

14. Oswego 7-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Oswego East, 14-3
This Week: @ Yorkville
EDGY's Take: The Panthers keep their winning streak alive (15-0) over district rival Oswego East. 

15. Maine South 5-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Glenbrook South, 40-10
This Week: vs Glenbrook North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are getting healthy at the right time of the year. 

16. St. Charles East 6-1 (22)
Last Week: Beat Batavia, 30-29
This Week: vs Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: The Saints post back-to-back wins over St. Charles North and Batavia. Impressive. 

17. Batavia 5-2 (7)
Last Week: Lost to St. Charles East, 30-29
This Week: @ St. Charles North
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs now need to get back on track. Another DuKane rival looms in St. Charles North.

18. Hillcrest 6-1 (18)
Last Week: Beat Tinley Park, 41-0
This Week: @ Lemont
EDGY's Take: The Hawks will get a huge test on the road this Friday at Lemont.

19. Willowbrook 6-1 (19)
Last Week: Beat York, 35-21
This Week: @ Morton
EDGY's Take: The Warriors got off to a quick 14-0 lead against York and never looked back. 

20. Huntley 6-1 (20)
Last Week: Beat Hampshire, 56-0
This Week: vs Burlington Central
EDGY's Take: The Red Raiders are also rolling and are playing for a high seed in Class 8A.

21. Montini Catholic 5-2 (21)
Last Week: Beat St. Joseph, 2-0 (forfeit)
This Week: vs De La Salle
EDGY's Take: Will the forfeit win last week be a blessing for the Broncos?

22. Fremd 5-2 (25)
Last Week: Beat Barrington, 14-0
This Week: @ Conant
EDGY's Take: The Vikings' defense has been a strength all season; the run game pounded out enough yards in the win over Barrington.

23. Crete-Monee 7-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 44-12
This Week: vs Bloom 
EDGY's Take: The Warriors are also in line for a top seed in the postseason.

24. Andrew 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 33-21
This Week: vs Lockport
EDGY's Take: The T-Bolts enter the Top 25 aiming for a high seed in the postseason; however, they shouldn't overlook the Porters.

25. Cary-Grove 6-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Jacobs, 16-6
This Week: vs Prairie Ridge
EDGY's Take: The annual grudge match against rival Prairie Ridge should be a good one Friday night.