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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. 

8 Days to Kickoff: Warren

8 Days to Kickoff: Warren

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Justin VanSchaick, Brandon Schild, Josh Williams, Tayler Erbach, Kurt Weinberg and Chris Caballero

How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (7-0 North Suburban Conference). Warren made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Neuqua Valley and Hinsdale Central. They advanced to the quarterfinal round where they lost to Brother Rice.

2019 segular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Barrington

Sept. 6 vs Glenbard North

Sept. 13 @ Waukegan

Sept. 20 @ Libertyville

Sept. 27 vs Lake Forest

Oct. 5 vs Zion-Benton

Oct. 11 @ Lake Zurich

Oct. 18 @ Stevenson

Oct. 25 vs Mundelein

[MORE: 19 Days to Kickoff: Barrington

Biggest storyline: The Blue Devils featured one of the state’s best defenses in 2018. It resulted in their best season since 1991. Can they maintain some of that momentum and advance deeper in the Class 8A playoffs come November?

Names to watch this season: DT Willis Singleton Jr. (Sr., Iowa State) and LB Juan Delacruz (Sr.) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils welcome back 10 returning starters (five offense, five defense). And while several of those 10 returnees are key playmakers, Coach McNulty and company will have to reload in the offensive skills department and in the defensive backfield.

EDGY's Early Take: Warren had a terrific season in 2018. Several big names are back for 2019. The Blue Devils defense was a strength last season—they shut out five opponents and kept three more to a touchdown or less. This year’s unit is led by senior DT Willis Singleton Jr. The offense will look to improve on last season’s numbers with junior QB Phil Hirt. He and senior ATH Christian Phillips will bring experience. If the Blue Devils can come close to the high-level of defense they played with last season –and if the offense can generate more points-- this team could be a big time factor in the Class 8A playoffs. 

9 Days to Kickoff: Brother Rice

9 Days to Kickoff: Brother Rice

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Brother Rice

Head coach: Brian Badke

Assistant coaches: Dan O'Brien (OC/QB), Anthony Malopsy (DC/LB), Bob Wilcox (DL), Tim McAplin (DB) and Dan Nicholson (WR)

How they fared in 2018: 13-1 (4-0 CCL Blue Conference). Brother Rice made the Class 8A state playoff field and defeated Zion-Benton, Oak Park-River Forest, Warren Township and Marist. They advanced to the state title game and lost to Loyola Academy.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Hillcrest
Sept. 6 vs Perspectives
Sept. 13 vs Providence Catholic
Sept. 20 vs Marist
Sept. 27 @ Joliet Catholic Academy
Oct. 5 @ Loyola Academy
Oct. 11 vs St. Laurence
Oct. 18 @ Carmel
Oct. 25 @ Mount Carmel

[MORE: 10 Days to Kickoff: Mount Carmel] 

Biggest storyline: What will Brother Rice will do for an encore? Can the Crusaders, who sprinted past a rough 2017 season (2-7 record) to a 13-1 mark in 2018, reload on offense and make another run toward the 8A title game?

Names to watch this season: DT Justin Jefferson (Sr.), S Giacomo Iraci (Sr., Western Michigan)

Biggest holes to fill: The Crusaders will need to replace 10 graduated starters on the offensive side of the football. Senior RB Jahlil Pettis is the lone starter back on 'O this season.
  
EDGY's Early Take: Brother Rice had a terrific run in 2018-- one of the best seasons in school history. While the graduation losses are a big issue, the Crusaders also have plenty of talent waiting in the wings. The defense will feature six returning starters including DT Justin Jefferson and S Giacomo Iraci. Incoming transfer DT Denver Warren (West Aurora) has a chance to become another impact player. On offense, senior QB Colin Smyth and junior RB Willie Shaw will make waves. Shaw has already added FBS-level scholarship offers this summer and has a chance to have a big breakout season. Developing a young offensive line was a top priority this summer. They'll have an intriguing battle against a good Hillcrest program in the opener.