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High School Lites Week 11 Basketball Capsules

High School Lites Week 11 Basketball Capsules

CSN Chicago will have cameras covering the biggest high school basketball games across Chicagoland for another basketball edition of High School Lites. Catch the show live at 11 p.m. Friday on CSN and streaming at CSNChicago.com. 

This week's show has some quality rivalry games as we get to see some great highlights.

We'll have highlights from the Central Suburban North, North Suburban, Southwest Prairie, Southwest Suburban Blue, Southland and Upstate Eight River. 

This week's Viewers' Choice Game of the Week had the highest number of votes we've seen this season as we're heading to the Dog Pound as Zion-Benton plays Waukegan.

And this week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Whitney Young senior Lucas Williamson as the guard is having an outstanding senior season.


FRIDAY

No. 1 Bolingbrook at Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:00 p.m. -- These two meet for the third time this season as the unbeaten Raiders go on the road to play the Vikings. Bolingbrook (22-0, 7-0) has already beaten H-F at home and for the title in the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic this season. Homewood-Flossmoor (16-9, 4-3) is still dangerous as they try to separate themselves from a crowded pack in the middle of the SouthWest Suburban Blue. 

St. Charles East at No. 11 Geneva, 7:00 p.m. -- Another unbeaten is on High School Lites as the Vikings (25-0, 9-0) host a tough St. Charles East team. The Saints (15-7, 6-2) have a talented junior in Justin Hardy as they lost to Geneva at home on Jan. 21. The Vikings have a steady sophomore guard in Jack McDonald and plenty of weapons around him. 

Hillcrest at No. 21 T.F. North, 6:00 p.m. -- Huge matchup of conference unbeatens in the South Suburban Blue as Hillcrest heads to T.F. North. The Hawks (16-6, 10-0) have kings of the conference over two and a half decades as they battle a hot team in T.F. North. This is the start of a huge final stretch for the Meteors (18-3, 10-0) as they have three of their last four against the top teams in the conference.

Highland Park at Maine West, 7:30 p.m. -- This game went to overtime the first two teams played as this should be a good one in the Central Suburban North. Highland Park (12-10, 6-2) is in a battle with Deerfield for the conference lead. Maine West (13-7, 5-3) has won three straight games as new head coach Tom Prokopij has a balanced team that has had a big turnaround from last season.

Oswego at Oswego East, (girls and boys games) 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. -- This crosstown rivalry should be a fun doubleheader in the Southwest Prairie. On the boys side, Oswego (8-14, 5-5) had won four straight games until a loss at Minooka. Oswego East (12-10, 6-4) is coming off of a one-point loss to Downers South earlier this week. In the girls game Oswego East (21-4, 12-0) is a state title contender as they'll be heavily favored over Oswego (8-16, 4-7). 

Naperville North at Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m. -- Red-hot Naperville North heads to DuPage Valley rival Neuqua Valley in this one. The Huskies (18-4, 10-2) have won 12 straight games as they are a likely top-25 team if they win this one. Neuqua Valley (11-13, 4-8) will try to bounce back after losing the first matchup between these two teams on Jan. 7. 

Rich South at Bloom, 6:30 p.m. -- Bloom tries to stay unbeaten in the Southland as they host Rich South. The Blazing Trojans (16-6, 7-0) have hovered in and out of the CSN Preps Power Rankings this season as they won the first matchup on Jan. 6. Rich South (13-8, 4-3) has won three straight and is looking to prove themselves with a signature win before the playoffs.

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Zion-Benton at Waukegan, 7:00 p.m. -- We head to the Dog Pound for this week's Viewers' Choice Game of the week for a great rivalry in the North Suburban. Waukegan (14-7, 6-3) is talented and features a solid sophomore nucleus and a talented senior in Carson Newsome. Zion-Benton (17-8, 7-3) is currently just ahead of Waukegan in the standings as they both try to catch up to Stevenson. 

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. — just after Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball. 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. This week, we are spotlighting 2A, 3A and 4A teams in Chicagoland. We'll send our cameras to one of the following:

Herscher at Wilmington, 7:00 p.m.

Reed-Custer vs. Lisle at Benedictine University, 7:00 p.m.

St. Edward at Chicago Christian, 7:15 p.m.

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

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 6

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings. 

1. Lincoln-Way East 5-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way Central, 38-0
This Week: vs H-F
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get quarterback A.J. Henning back in the lineup. The rich get richer. 

2. Nazareth Academy 5-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat Benet Academy, 45-7
This Week: @ Carmel
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners dismantled a pretty decent Benet Academy defense last Friday. 

3. Batavia 5-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Wheaton South, 41-20
This Week: vs Geneva
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs are a big, strong and very physical team with multiple ball carriers. 

4. Homewood-Flossmoor 5-0 (4)
Last Week: Beat Lincoln-Way West, 28-14
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Vikings get their much anticipated showdown with Lincoln-Way (B)East this week in Frankfort. Be there. 

5. Brother Rice 5-0 (5)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 20-0
This Week: vs St. Rita
EDGY's Take: The Crusaders defense locked down a potent Providence running game last Friday.

6. Mount Carmel 4-1 (7)
Last Week: Beat Marmion Academy, 28-7
This Week: vs St. Ignatius
EDGY's Take: The Caravan keep rolling and can St. Ignatius become a thorn in Mount Carmel's side this week?

7. Cary-Grove 5-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Dundee-Crown, 55-15
This Week: @ McHenry
EDGY's Take: As always, the Trojans pound the running game right at you; that said, they've discovered the forward pass this season. QB Ben McDonald has been a difference maker.

8. Simeon 5-0 (9)
Last Week: Beat Perspectives, 48-13
This Week: vs Raby
EDGY's Take: The Wolverines get a nice win over Perspectives. Simeon has a real shot at a deep playoff run if they can stay healthy. 

9. Marist 4-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 42-6
This Week: @ Marian Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks defense made a big statement in slowing down the JCA power run game last Friday.

10. Maine South 4-1 (12)
Last Week: Beat Evanston, 21-13
This Week: vs Niles North
EDGY's Take: The Hawks are still the "Kings of the CSL South" until someone can take the crown away. 

11. Oswego 5-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Plainfield East, 49-0
This Week: @ Romeoville
EDGY's Take: On Friday, the Panthers rolled over Plainfield East. Oswego is in need of a bigger test sooner rather than later. 

12. Glenbard West 4-1 (14)
Last Week: Beat Downers Grove North, 35-14
This Week: vs Lyons
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers had a big second quarter and rolled over the Trojans on Saturday. 

13. Richards 5-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Shepard, 50-14
This Week: vs Argo
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs also are making things look really easy. 

14. Phillips 3-2 (17)
Last Week: Beat Morgan Park, 49-0
This Week: @ Curie
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats are looking to finish strong the remainder of the regular season.

15. Willowbrook 5-0 (19)
Last Week: Beat Hinsdale South, 20-10
This Week: @ York
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get a nice win on Friday over Hinsdale South. Is quarterback Sam Tumilty a Chicagoland Player of the Year candidate?

16. Naperville Central 3-2 (20)
Last Week: Beat Metea Valley, 56-13
This Week: vs Naperville North
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks staff gets to game plan to face rival Naperville North for the second time in three weeks. 

17. Bolingbrook 4-1 (21)
Last Week: Beat Bradley, 35-13
This Week: @ Lockport
EDGY's Take: The Raiders get a nice bounce-back win on the road Friday against Bradley. 

18. Montini 5-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat St. Rita, 29-13
This Week: @ Loyola 
EDGY's Take: The Broncos got a nice win last Friday over St. Rita. Is the timing right for the Broncos to take on the reeling Ramblers this Saturday?

19. Hinsdale Central 4-1 (23)
Last Week: Beat York, 35-13
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils get another big day from QB Matt Rush on Saturday, but they announced that RB Luke Skokna is lost for the season because of an injury. 

20. Stevenson 4-1 (6)
Last Week: Lost to Lake Zurich, 23-20 OT
This Week: @ Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Patriots will need to bounce back after an OT loss to Lake Zurich. The North Suburban conference is wide open, kids.

21. Loyola Academy 3-2 (11)
Last Week: Beat St. Ignatius, 21-14 OT
This Week: vs Montini 
EDGY's Take: The Ramblers hang on for dear life and beat St. Ignatius in OT. Will Loyola right the ship?

22. Evanston 4-1 (16)
Last Week: Lost to Maine South, 21-13
This Week: @ New Trier
EDGY's Take: The Wildkits get another big test this week as they take on their bitter rivals in the Trevians. 

23. New Trier 4-1 (24)
Last Week: Beat Niles West, 57-0
This Week: vs Evanston
EDGY's Take: The Trevians have been rolling since a Week Two loss to Loyola, but this week will also be another big step up against the Wildkits.

24. Hillcrest 5-0 (25)
Last Week: Beat Lemont, 27-7
This Week: @ Tinley Park
EDGY's Take: The Hawks win over Lemont is a big deal...trust me on that one. 

25. Waubonsie Valley 5-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Naperville North, 31-24
This Week: @ Neuqua Valley
EDGY's Take: The Warriors get to take on rival Neuqua Valley for the second time this season. They're looking for a sweep after beating the Wildcats 17-10 in Week 3.