Preps Talk

High School Lites preview: Week 14

collinsphillips.png

High School Lites preview: Week 14

It's playoff time on High School Lites as we have highlights of 13 games this week, including boys basketball highlights in Class 2A, 3A and 4A and the girls basketball state semifinals in Class 3A and 4A. 

The girls basketball state semifinals will be live on CSN+ on Friday and play resumes on Saturday on CSN. For more information, as well our channel finder, click on this link here.

You can watch High School Lites live at 11 p.m. this week on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for the latest IHSA basketball updates. 

BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 2A

Orr vs. Uplift at DePaul Prep, 7:00 p.m., 2A DePaul Prep Sectional Championship. - The Class 2A sectionals don't have a lot of area firepower but this is an intriguing game between two Public League teams. Orr (19-3) has been a solid top-25 team for most of the season as they're led by electric sophomore Raekwon Drake. Uplift (19-7) will counter with two talented brothers in junior Demarius Jacobs and freshman Davarion Jacobs. 

BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 3A

Marshall vs. North Lawndale, 6:00 p.m., 3A Marshall Regional Championship - Two Red-West rivals clash for as Class 3A regional title as Marshall hosts North Lawndale. The Phoenix (21-7) are considered to be a major threat for a downstate run while Marshall (8-16) is trying to pick up a memorable upset in their home gym. 

Farragut vs. Westinghouse, 7:00 p.m., 3A Nazareth Regional Championship. - Two more Red-West teams battle for another 3A regional title when Farragut takes on Westinghouse. The Admirals (19-10) are led by senior Dulan Scott while Westinghouse (15-11) counters with talented junior Coreyon Rushin. 

Glenbard South vs. Burlington Central, 7:00 p.m., 3A Glenbard South Regional Championship. - This could be a strong game as Glenbard South hosts Burlington Central. The Raiders (18-9) have been a strong team in the Metro Suburban West all season while Burlington Central (26-3) is led by senior Ryan Fitzgerald.  

BOYS BASKETBALL CLASS 4A

Simeon vs. Brother Rice, 4A T.F. North Regional Championship. - Simeon is the major target for everyone in Class 4A and they try to capture a regional title against Brother Rice. The Wolverines (25-3) are playing their best ball of the season in late February as they're led by a balanced team. Brother Rice (19-10) has been a solid team in the Catholic League this season under new head coach Bobby Frasor, but they haven't beaten anyone close to Simeon's caliber. 

Thornton vs. Bloom, 4A Thornton Regional Championship. - Arguably the two top teams in the south suburbs battle for a regional title as Thornton hosts Bloom. While the Wildcats (23-3) have been one of the hottest teams in the area this season, they lost to Bloom a few weeks ago, so this one should be close. The Blazing Trojans (17-10) are led by senior and All-Area candidate Jamal Parks, a 6-foot-4 wing who is having a breakthrough season.

Riverside-Brookfield vs. Proviso East, 7:00 p.m., 4A St. Ignatius Regional Championship. - .Another fantastic regional championship game as Riverside-Brookfield tries to go on another playoff run. The Bulldogs (22-5) are a balanced team with a strong backcourt and they've been in the top 25 of the @CSNPreps Power Rankings for most of the season. Proviso East (17-8) could gain an emotional lift with the return of head coach Donnie Boyce as they're led by senior guard Antonio Williams. 

Hinsdale South vs. Downers Grove South, 7:00 p.m., Glenbard East Regional Championship - These two West Suburban Gold rivals match up for the fourth time this season -- this time for a regional title. The Hornets won two of the three games but Downers South was the division champion in the conference. The key could be Downers South slowing down Hinsdale South senior center Barret Benson. The Northwestern commit has put up big numbers this season.

Naperville North vs. York, 7:00 p.m., 4A Lyons Township Regional Championship - Another rematch for a regional title as York knocked off Naperville North in the title game of the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament earlier this season. This time, Naperville North (23-4) will be the favorite on a neutral court as they've been one of the best teams in the area since the turn to 2016. York (18-12) is a dangerous No. 6 seed in this sectional as they have one of the area's best defenses. 

GIRLS BASKETBALL CLASS 3A AND 4A STATE SEMIFINALS

Highland vs. North Lawndale, 12:00 p.m., Class 3A state semifinal, CSN+ - North Lawndale is one of three Chicago Public League schools representing the girls basketball proceedings this weekend as they face Highland. The Phoenix (22-11) are led by freshman Jada Thorpe (14.1 ppg). Highland (30-4) has won 13 consecutive games as they're led by senior guard Amanda Ponce.

Morton (IL) vs. Morgan Park, 2:00 p.m., Class 3A state semifinal, CSN+ - Another Public League team takes the floor in Class 3A as Morgan Park battles Morton. The Mustangs (30-3) have only lost to Whitney Young and Trinity among teams from Illinois this season and both of those teams made the final four in Class 4A. Defending champion Morton (31-3) is looking to win another state championship as they're led by junior forward Brandi Bisping (14.6 ppg).

Whitney Young vs. Fremd, 6:30 p.m., Class 4A state semifinal, CSN+ - The city champion Whitney Young Dolphins will look to advance in Class 4A when they battle Fremd. The Dolphins (27-5) haven't lost to an Illinois opponent since falling to Montini on Dec. 30 as they're led by senior guard Kiara Lewis (24.8 ppg). Fremd lost in the state title game to Benet last season but returns with a 29-2 record this season. The Vikings are a balanced group led by senior Bryana Hopkins (12.9 ppg), senior Brianna Lewis (11.6 ppg) and junior Grace Tworek (10.2 ppg).

Benet vs. Trinity, 8:15 p.m., Class 4A state semifinal, CSN+ - Defending state champion Benet is looking to repeat as they take on Trinity. The Redwings (30-3) are led by senior guard Kathleen Doyle (17.1 ppg) as Benet has only lost to Morgan Park, Whitney Young and Homewood-Flossmoor this season. Trinity (29-5) has won 12 straight games as they're usually paced by seniors Kaitlin Aylward and Annie McKenna. 

Illinois AP football rankings: Week 7

ap_10_spot.jpg
NBC Sports Chicago

Illinois AP football rankings: Week 7

The Illlinois high school football AP polls are out. 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 (10) 7-0 100 1
2. Loyola 5-2 75 3
3. Warren 7-0 73 2
4. Notre Dame (Niles) 7-0 70 4
5.  Homewood-Flossmoor 6-1 51 6
T-6. Hinsdale Central 7-0 47 5
T-6. Neuqua Valley 6-1 47 7
8. Minooka 7-0 33 8
9. Oswego 7-0 19 9
10. Bolingbrook 6-1 15 10

Others receiving votes: St. Charles East 10, South Elgin 5, Huntley 3, Maine South 2.

Class 7A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. (Chicago) Mt. Carmel (9) 7-0 99 1
2. Nazareth (1) 6-1 85 2
3. Glenbard West 7-0 79 3
4.  Hersey 7-0 65 5
5.  Phillips 6-1 56 6
6. Rolling Meadows 7-0 48 T-7
7.  Batavia 5-2 41 4
8. Benet 6-1 22 T-7
9. Willowbrook 6-1 21 NR
10. Normal Community 6-1 15 NR

Others receiving votes: Andrew 5, DeKalb 4, Glenbard East 4, Grant 3, Conant 2, Brother Rice 1.

Class 6A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Chatham Glenwood (9) 7-0 108 1
2.  Crete-Monee (1) 7-0 95 2
3.  Simeon (1) 5-1 81 3
4. Cary-Grove 6-1 68 4
5. Richards 6-1 62 5
6. Prairie Ridge 6-1 57 6
7. Antioch 6-1 41 8
8. Providence 5-2 34 9
9. Yorkville 6-1 22 7
10.  Lemont 6-1 15 NR


Others receiving votes: Normal West 10, Kaneland 9, Peoria Central 3.

Class 5A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. East St. Louis (12) 7-0 120 1
2. Sterling 7-0 102 2
T-3. Hillcrest 6-1 81 4
T-3.  Boylan Catholic 7-0 81 3
5.  Montini 5-2 65 5
6.  Sycamore 6-1 62 2
7. Marion 7-0 46 7
8. St. Rita 4-3 34 8
9.  Kankakee 6-1 29 9
10.  Carbondale 6-1 17 10

Others receiving votes: Dunlap 8, Cahokia 6, Joliet Catholic 6, St. Laurence 3.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. IC Catholic (11) 7-0 119 1
2. Rochester 7-0 106 2
3. Coal City (1) 7-0 99 3
4. Richmond-Burton 7-0 80 4
5. Stillman Valley 7-0 64 5
6.  Mt. Zion 7-0 52 6
7.  Effingham 7-0 39 8
8. Columbia 7-0 35 7
9. Genoa-Kingston 7-0 23 10
10.  St. Francis 6-1 19 9

Others receiving votes: Illinois Valley Central 16, Bishop McNamara 5, Benton 2, Fairbury Prairie Central 1.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Wilmington (9) 7-0 124 1
2. Williamsville (4) 7-0 121 2
3. Byron 6-1 93 3
4. Beardstown 7-0 85 4
5. Vandalia 7-0 72 5
6. Nashville 7-0 62 6
7. Fairfield 7-0 50 7
8. Pana 7-0 43 8
9. Princeton 6-1 33 9
10. Eureka 6-1 18 10

Others receiving votes: DuQuoin 9, Breese Mater Dei, 3, Mt. Carmel 2.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Fieldcrest (7) 7-0 122 1
2. Clifton Central (5) 7-0 116 2
3. Maroa-Forsyth (1) 6-1 100 3
4. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 6-1 90 4
5.  St. Teresa 6-1 73 5
6.  Knoxville 7-0 67 6
7. Newman Central Catholic 6-1 58 7
8. Bismarck-Henning 6-1 46 8
9. Auburn 5-2 24 9
10. West Carroll 5-2 15 10

Others receiving votes: Flora 2, Orr 2.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lena-Winslow (11) 7-0 119 1
2.  Moweaqua Central A&M 7-0 103 3
3. Annawan-Wethersfield 7-0 88 4
4.  Morrison 7-0 78 5
5.  Ottawa Marquette 7-0 64 6
6. Forreston 6-1 55 2
7. Aquin 7-0 53 7
8. Hope Academy (1) 6-1 44 10
9. Camp Point Central 6-1 31 8
10. Athens 5-2 7 9

Others receiving votes: Tuscola 6, Carrollton 5, Fulton 2, Arcola 2, Kirkland Hiawatha 2, Princeville 1.

Hersey ATH Jordan Hansen pledges to NIU

niu.jpg
NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

Hersey ATH Jordan Hansen pledges to NIU

Hersey senior QB/S Jordan Hansen (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) has decided to give NIU his verbal commitment. 

"I'm really excited about it (commitment to NIU)," Hansen said. "NIU started really recruiting me harder around the beginning of the season. The NIU coaches saw me earlier in the summer at one of the North Central College one day camps and we've been in regular contact ever since then."

Hansen, who was drawing fall recruiting attention from Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota State, Eastern Illinois, and Illinois State felt that NIU was the best overall fit for him.

"NIU has a lot to offer. They recruited me as a safety and I'm more of an athlete recruit for them. I really like all of the coaches at NIU. They are just great guys and they have a plan in place to keep the football program on top. NIU also has nice facilities and really everything at NIU is impressive. NIU is also close to home which is a plus. Distance from home was not a huge factor for me but it definitely works out great for my family."

Hansen is also happy and relieved to have made his college choice.

"It's a big relief for sure. I can just stay focused on my team and on my season without having to worry about recruiting."

Jordan Hansen is the 17th known verbal commitment to the NIU Huskies Class of 2020 and the 3rd known in-state pledge. Hansen joins Oswego OL Jack Hugunin and West Aurora DE Matt Johnson in the NIU 2020 in-state class.