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High School Lites preview: Week 9

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High School Lites preview: Week 9

Should be another fun week on High School Lites as we have some great games in store. Conference rivalries are heating up as we'll have battles from Red-West, Catholic North, Mid-Suburban West, South Suburban Blue, West Suburban Gold as well as the Interstate Eight Conference Tournament.

Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week also had outstanding participation this week, with a photo finish going to Joliet West at Joliet Central. I'll be in the building to watch this SouthWest Suburban Blue rivalry and it should be a great matchup.

This week's Getting to Know feature is on talented Bogan senior James Jones while our team of the week is the Morgan Park girls basketball team.

High School Lites airs this Friday night at 11 p.m. on CSN and streaming live at CSNChicago.com. Be sure to follow us on @CSNPreps and send us scores and highlights on Twitter.

Thursday games

No. 4 Simeon at No. 1 Morgan Park, 4:30 p.m. - After all of the controversy surrounding where this game would be played, the Mustangs will finally host the Wolverines in a Red-South rematch this week. Morgan Park (16-1, 8-0) is unbeaten against Illinois competition and has been the class of the area behind Player of the Year frontrunner Charlie Moore. Simeon lost the first matchup in December but will try to tie for the conference lead behind Gonzaga commit Zach Norvell and a deep and talented team.

No. 9 St. Joseph at No. 3 Fenwick, 7:00 p.m. - Two unbeatens in the Catholic North collide as Fenwick hosts St. Joseph. The Friars (17-2, 6-0) are coming off of great wins over Simeon and Riverside-Brookfield and senior point guard Mike Smith has been outstanding lately. The Chargers (13-5, 6-0) have dropped a few since a hot start but they're in the conference title hunt as senior Nick Rakocevic has played at a high level. These two Class 3A powers could also meet in the Catholic League Tournament and the Westinghouse Sectional in the next few months.

Friday games

Plano vs. Peotone, 5:30 p.m. (at Coal City) - The third-place game at the Interstate Eight Tournament features Plano (10-8, 4-2) taking on Peotone (16-4, 5-1). In the first matchup of these two teams, Peotone took home the 61-42 victory on Dec. 8. 

Reed-Custer vs. Sandwich, 7:00 p.m. (at Coal City) - The title game of the Interstate Eight Tournament pits Reed-Custer (19-2, 7-0) against Sandwich (12-10, 3-2). While Reed-Custer has been a Class 2A contender for much of the year, Sandwich earned an impressive win over Peotone to reach the finals.

De La Salle at DePaul Prep, 7:00 p.m. - Two talented Catholic North teams take the floor when De La Salle visits DePaul Prep. The Meteors (14-5, 4-2) have spent a good chunk of time in the @CSNPreps Power Rankings this season while DePaul Prep (11-10,  has perhaps the area's most productive freshman in guard Perry Cowan.

No. 24 Hillcrest at Lemont, 7:00 p.m. - This could be an intriguing one in the South Suburban Blue as Hillcrest (14-4, 8-0) travels to Lemont (12-6, 5-2). The Hawks recently re-entered the @CSNPreps Power Rankings after a strong stretch of play after the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Lemont is led by junior point guard P.J. Pipes, an underrated floor general who is averaging 20 points per game.

No. 20 Proviso East at Downers Grove South, 7:30 p.m. - A huge one in the West Suburban Gold as Proviso East tries to get revenge after falling to Downers Grove South earlier this season. The Pirates (10-5, 5-1) have looked like a different team since senior Antonio Williams entered the lineup at Proviso West and they've been playing good ball lately. Downers South counters by winning seven of their last eight games since the holidays as juniors T.J. Clifford and Denis Alibegovic are a talented duo.

Palatine at Conant, 7:30 p.m. - Conant is looking for the season sweep as they take on Palatine in this Mid-Suburban West contest. The Cougars (12-4, 6-0) won the first matchup on the road, 58-52, on Jan. 8 as junior guard Jimmy Sotos has played well this season. Palatine (15-8, 4-2) has been balanced all season as they try to form a winning streak after 

Joliet West at Joliet Central, 6:30 p.m. - A great SouthWest Suburban Blue rivalry is our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week. Joliet West (12-6, 3-3) has spent time in our top 25 this season and will look to win the first of two against Joliet Central (10-7, 5-1) as these two teams battle Homewood-Flossmoor atop the conference standings.

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.

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more?

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. 

Week 9 is “Bubble Week” for many teams fighting to stay on the right side of the postseason bubble. Who moves on? Whose bubble will burst? Will Wauconda advance to the playoffs after finishing 2-7 last year? Or will Grant end their season on a winning note? Schaumburg and Fremd both stand at 4-4. The winner goes to the postseason. The winner stays home for November. Zion-Benton hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003. A win over Libertyville gets them there. But for the Wildcats, this ‘is’ their playoff game. Who wins in the North Suburban conference? We’ll send our cameras to one of the following:

Grant at Wauconda, 7:15 p.m.

Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.

Libertyville at Zion-Benton, 7:30 p.m.

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word! 

We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. 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 this season.