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High School Lites preview Week 7

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High School Lites preview Week 7

High School Lites has plenty of great action from across the Chicagoland area this week. We'll have highlights from the Public League, Catholic League, Central Suburban South and Mid-Suburban League. The show will also look back at No. 1 Curie's battle with No. 2 Bogan earlier this week while St. Viator's Jeremiah Hernandez and Treyvon Calvin are this week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week.

High School Lites airs on NBC Sports Chicago + on Friday night at 11 p.m. with replays on Saturday morning at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. Follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for more scores and updates throughout the week.

Montini at Mother McAuley (girls), Thurs. 6:00 p.m. -- Two of the area's best girls team battle in this one. Montini (18-3) is coming off of back-to-back wins as they're the No. 4 team in the IHSA Class 4A AP girls rankings. Mother McAuley is No. 10 in those same rankings as they're 18-1 on the season. 

Lincoln Park at Lane Tech, 5:00 p.m. -- The Public League Red North/West is showcased in this one. Lincoln Park (10-6, 2-2) has played one of the area's toughest schedules as they already have a conference road win at Whitney Young. Lane Tech (11-4, 2-2) won a holiday tournament at Maine East as they're playing very well the past few weeks. 

No. 17 New Trier at No. 7 Evanston (boys), 6:00 p.m. (girls varsity also on HS Lites)/8:00 p.m. -- This boys and girls doubleheader should be a fun rivalry night. On the boys side, the top two teams in the Central Suburban South matchup for the first time here.

Evanston (16-3, 3-1) is off to strong start thanks to a senior backcourt that features Southern Illinois commit Lance Jones, Jaheim Holden and Ryan Bost. New Trier (15-2, 5-0) counters with a strong showing during the holiday season with a tourney win in Arizona followed by a strong 3-1 showing at Pontiac. Ciaran Brayboy is pledged to Harvard as he leads the interior play for the Trevians.

The girls game features an Evanston (15-5) team on a three-game winning streak. New Trier (14-4) recently fell in the title game at Dundee-Crown to Maine West as they bounced back with a win over Niles North.

Prospect at Rolling Meadows, 6:00pm -- Two of the best teams in the Mid-Suburban East play in this one. Prospect (8-8, 4-0) remains unbeaten and on top of the division after taking down Hoffman Estates. Rolling Meadows (10-5, 3-1) counters with super sophomore Max Christie as he's a threat to score from nearly anywhere on the floor. 


No. 24 Waukegan at Stevenson, 7:00 p.m. -- The North Suburban Conference's top two teams play for the first time this season in this one. The Bulldogs (13-3, 4-0) feature Bryant Brown, one of the area's best seniors as he's been very productive this season. Stevenson (12-3, 3-1) counters with a balanced team as they look to knot it up with Waukegan in a tight conference race. 

Glenbard South at West Aurora, 7:00 p.m. -- A major battle in the Upstate Eight as the two best teams play. Glenbard South (11-3, 6-1) has won back-to-back games to start the new year as their only conference loss came to the Blackhawks back on Nov. 30. West Aurora (15-3, 8-0) looks to maintain its conference lead 

Notre Dame at No. 9 St. Viator, 7:00 p.m. -- In a tight East Suburban Catholic Conference, this one could be important. Notre Dame (10-7, 1-1) is trying to rally in league play behind some talented young players -- including sophomore Anthony Sayles. St. Viator (14-2, 2-0) fell short at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic, but they're still in great position to compete for a conference title. Seniors Jeremiah Hernandez (Kent State) and Treyvon Calvin (Wright State) are a backcourt to watch while also being our Wintrust Athletes of the Week. 

St. Laurence at No. 13 Leo, 7:00 p.m. -- An intriguing Catholic League crossover that has a lot league implications in this one. St. Laurence (16-3, 5-2) recently lost in conference play to Montini before bouncing back with a win over Providence. Leo (13-3, 5-1) is trying to stay on top of the White Division as senior point guard Fred Cleveland Jr. (North Carolina A&T) is having a big season.

Riverside-Brookfield at Aurora Christian, 7:30 p.m. -- The surprisingly deep Metro Suburban Blue gets two of the better teams in this one. Riverside-Brookfield (13-3, 4-0) is atop the conference after previously spending time in the Preps Power Rankings earlier this season. Aurora Christian (14-3, 2-0) counters with junior Will Wolfe as they've only lost to one area team (Providence-St. Mel) all season.

No. 14 York at Oak Park-River Forest, 7:30 p.m. -- The West Suburban Silver's top two teams face here. The Dukes (15-1, 4-0) have been one of the area's surprises this season as they recently won the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. Oak Park River-Forest (10-6, 4-1) has top-25 talent but they've played a tough schedule so far. They're a senior-laden team looking to get back in the Power Rankings with another quality win.

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAME OF THE WEEK 

Hampshire at Dundee-Crown, 7:30 p.m. -- An intriguing Fox Valley matchup is our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week. Hampshire (10-6, 5-2) is coming off of a big weekend in which they took down Cary-Grove and Kaneland. Dundee-Crown (13-3, 5-2) has won five consecutive games, including a massive conference win over first-place Crystal Lake Central earlier this week.

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

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


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Belleville West (8) 17-0 80 1
2. Curie 18-1 72 2
3. Whitney Young 14-6 50 5
4. Bloom 17-1 49 3
5. Danville 16-2 46 6
6.  Marian Catholic 16-2 28 4
7. Evanston 17-3 27 9
T-8. Moline 16-2 23 10
T-8. Bolingbrook 11-3 23 8
10. Rockford East 18-2 16 NR

Others receiving votes: Bloomington 10, Simeon 6, Homewood-Flossmoor 4, Loyola 3, Collinsville 1, Benet 1, Geneva 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Bogan (10) 17-2 109 1
2. Morgan Park (1) 15-3 100 2
3. Springfield Southeast 14-1 87 3
4. East St. Louis 13-5 72 5
5. DePaul Prep 13-4 46 7
6. Peoria Notre Dame 13-4 44 6
7. Lincoln 13-2 42 8
8. Ottawa 14-1 31 9
9. Rock Falls 19-1 20 NR
10.  St. Viator 14-4 16 4

Others receiving votes: Kankakee 13, St. Laurence 9, Lindblom 8, Carbondale 4, North Lawndale 2, Highland 1, Hillcrest 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Nashville (9) 18-2 118 2
2. Leo 13-5 84 1
3. Teutopolis 15-2 82 5
4. Orr (2) 13-7 80 7
5. Bloomington Cent. Catholic 11-5 75 4
6.  Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 15-2 65 6
7.  Warsaw West Hancock 16-1 40 9
8. Uplift 9-6 39 3
9. Casey-Westfield 17-2 34 8
10. Pinckneyville (2) 17-2 29 NR

Others receiving votes: Williamsville 15, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 12, Aurora Christian 12, Westmont 8, Hall 7, Fairfield 7, Corliss 4, Alton Marquette 1, Monticello 1, PORTA 1, Newman Catholic 1.


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Providence -St. Mel (3) 15-4 111 2
2. Cissna Park (6) 16-1 109 1
3. East Dubuque (3) 16-0 97 3
4. Concord Triopia 18-0 89 4
5. Kewanee (Wethersfield) 15-2 60 6
6. Payson Seymour 13-3 54 5
7.  Moweaqua Central A&M 16-3 31 NR
8. Thompsonville 17-2 29 7
9.  Ottawa Marquette 16-2 28 9
10. Winchester-West Central 14-5 11 NR

Others receiving votes: Nokomis 10, Polo 9, Elmwood 7, Sesser-Valier 6, Woodlawn 5, Champaign Judah Christian 2, Newark 1, Springfield Calvary 1.

IHSA Preps Girls Basketball AP Poll

IHSA Preps Girls Basketball AP Poll

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


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Maine West (8) 21-0 80 1
2. Rock Island 18-1 70 2
3. Edwardsville 18-2 56 5
4. Fremd 19-3 55 3
5. Boylan Catholic 19-0 49 7
6.  Montini 21-3 45 4
7.  Whitney Young 15-4 29 8
8.  Benet 18-4 28 6
9.  Mother McAuley 19-2 14 10
10.  Hononegah 19-4 6 9

Others receiving votes: Geneva 4, Bartlett 2, Normal Community 1, O'Fallon 1.
 

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
T-1. Kankakee (6) 24-0 101 T-2
T-1. Richwoods (5) 20-2 101 1
3.  Morton 18-2 90 T-2
4.  Bloomington Central Catholic 19-3 68 T-4
5. Charleston 21-0 66 T-4
6.  Nazareth 18-1 62 8
7 Carterville 18-3 38 7
8. Sandwich 22-0 37 9
T-9. Bethalto Civic Memorial 19-4 14 6
T-9. Burlington Central 14-5 14 10

Others receiving votes: Effingham 4, Geneseo 4, Sterling 4, Breese Mater Dei 1, Columbia 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Eureka (9) 20-2 117 1
2. Greenville (1) 19-1 93 2
3. Sullivan (1) 19-1 73 5
4. Chicago Marshall (1) 13-7 71 6
5.  Watseka  19-2 69 4
6.  Walther Christian 17-0 51 7
7.  Hamilton County 21-1 42 T-9
8. Teutopolis 17-3 41 8
9.  Harrisburg 21-2 40 3
10. St. Joseph-Ogden 18-4 22 T-9

Others receiving votes: Hillsboro 9, Buffalo Tri-City 8, Pleasant Plains 6, Camp Point Central 6, Carlinville 4, Bismarck-Henning 3, Hamilton 2, Illini West (Carthage) 2, Knoxville 1.


Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Danville Schlarman (13) 18-2 130 1
2. Jacksonville Routt 19-2 105 T-3
3.  Lewistown 21-1 97 2
4.  Stockton 18-3 83 5
5. Lanark Eastland 21-4 76 6
6. Goreville 17-5 61 T-3
7.  Shiloh 17-4 47 7
8.  Illini Bluffs 19-5 40 8
9.  Amboy 20-1 36 9
10. Altamont 19-2 17 10

Others receiving votes: Concord Triopia 15, Dakota 4, Centralia Christ Our Rock 3, Aquin 1