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High School Lites Week 6 basketball capsules

High School Lites Week 6 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 a lot of games with conference implications as we see plenty of great action across the area. We'll have battles from the Upstate Eight River and Valley, SouthWest Suburban Red, Little Ten and Interstate Eight. 

There will also be highlights from a top girls basketball matchup from the Mid-Suburban East as Hersey travels to Rolling Meadows. After a tightly contested battle for the Viewers' Choice I'll be heading to Downers South at Hinsdale South in a battle between the top two teams in the West Suburban Gold. Although the Public League doesn't have conference games this week the Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Simeon's Evan Gilyard after the team's championship at Pontiac. Here's the lineup of games for this week. 

BOYS BASKETBALL

U-High at Northridge, 6:00 p.m. -- We start with a battle in the Independent School League as the top two teams do battle. U-High (7-3, 2-0) hasn't played since Dec. 16th when they beat Payton, so it will be interesting to see if they have any rust in this one. Senior Jameel Alausa is one of the area's best interior players as the Yale commit is a double-double threat. Northridge (8-3, 3-0) is coming off a 2-2 showing at the Plano Christmas Classic. 

Andrew at No. 18 Thornton, 6:30 p.m. -- One of the more interesting games in the SouthWest Suburban Red as both of these teams are coming off of holiday tournament titles. The Thunderbolts (10-4, 2-0) won the large school division at Kankakee as they have won eight consecutive games. The No. 18 Wildcats (9-3, 2-0) took the title at Big Dipper as senior guard Alonzo Verge won MVP honors by continuing to play at a high level. Thornton will be the favorite in this one but Andrew is playing with a lot of confidence. 

St. Charles North at No. 21 Geneva, 7:00 p.m. -- An intriguing battle in the Upstate Eight River in this one as unbeaten No. 21 Geneva hosts St. Charles North. The Vikings (13-0, 3-0) are coming off of the title at DeKalb over the holidays while St. Charles North fell to Oak Park-River Forest in the first round at Pontiac before winning the consolation championship. The North Stars (11-2, 3-0) are experienced in big games and this should be a fun one for conference supremacy. 

West Aurora at West Chicago, 7:00 p.m. -- Staying in the Upstate Eight, we move over to the Valley division as West Chicago hosts West Aurora. Tai Bibbs is having a monster senior season for the Wildcats (12-3, 1-1) as the Drake commit is putting up a lot of points lately. West Aurora (8-4, 2-0) is led by junior Camron Donatlan as they went 1-2 at Pontiac. The Blackhawks 

Serena at Newark, 7:00 p.m. -- The Little Ten has four unbeaten teams with multiple wins as two of them meet here. Newark (10-2, 2-0) is coming off of a runner-up finish in the Plano Christmas Classic as they lost to Ottawa. Will Clausel, Cameron Myre and Dylan Patrick all made all-tournament for the Norsemen. Serena (11-2, 2-0) just won the Marseilles Holiday Tournament over conference rival Indian Creek as the Huskers have won nine straight games.

Peotone at Sandwich, 7:30 p.m. -- Moving on to the Interstate Eight, these two teams are also unbeaten in a crowded conference race. Peotone (11-4, 5-0) just finished in third place in the small school division of the Kankakee Holiday Tournament as Jack Halverson made the all-tournament team. Sandwich (8-4, 3-0) played in the Plano Christmas Classic where they placed ninth as they try to win this one at home.

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAME OF THE WEEK

Downers South at Hinsdale South, 7:30 p.m. -- The top two teams in the West Suburban Gold so far face each other as this is an important one for Hinsdale South. The Hornets (7-5, 2-0) finished 2-2 at the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic at York as they fell to some good teams like Conant and Naperville North. Playing in that same holiday event, Downers South finished fourth as they faltered in the semifinals and third-place game to Conant and Wheaton North. The Mustangs (9-4, 3-0) have top-25 talent as senior forward T.J. Clifford is a Western Michigan commit and senior guards Denis Alibegovic and Tyree Spencer are solid as well. 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hersey at Rolling Meadows, 6:00 p.m. -- This should be a fun one in the Mid-Suburban East as these co-leaders are two of the best teams in the area. Rolling Meadows (11-5) is coming off of a semifinal appearance in the Montini Christmas Tournament as they fell short with close losses to Benet and Geneva. Hersey (14-2) came in fifth place in that same event as they also fell victim to Geneva during the proceedings. 

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 1 Whitney Young

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 1 Whitney Young

Whitney Young

2017-18 record: 28-8, 7-2 Public League Red-North/West

Postseason results: Lost to Belleville West in Class 4A state title game.

Players to watch: The junior backcourt of Fenwick transfer D.J. Steward and Tyler Beard is potentially the best in the state as both players are consensus top-75 national prospects. Senior Myles Baker is poised for a big season after some strong play last season. Other seniors like Justin Warren and Keenan Jones are great role players who have helped win plenty of games.

Why they're in the power rankings: After falling just short of back-to-back Class 4A championships last season, Whitney Young reloads to replace departed seniors like Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda. It's rare a high school team loses two Division I prospects and replenishes with a backcourt that could be better, but that's the case here with Whitney Young. The Dolphins have the upside to be the state's best team this season.

Did you know? Whitney Young has been a state final qualifier seven times -- including five times under current head coach Tyrone Slaughter. 

High School Lites Football Roundup: Semifinals

High School Lites Football Roundup: Semifinals

High School Lites has moved to Saturdays during the month of November as the IHSA Football State Playoffs continue. NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of some of the top matchups from the quarterfinals.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.   

SAINT XAVIER TEAM OF THE WEEK: Marist Girls Volleyball

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Glenbard West's Katelynne Hart

CLASS 8A

Brother Rice 14, Marist 3

Loyola Academy 24, Lincoln-Way East 16 

CLASS 7A

Nazareth Academy 47, Batavia 28  

St. Charles North 27, Mount Carmel 21, 2 OT

CLASS 6A

Cary-Grove 28, Notre Dame 21

Crete-Monee 38, Richards 35

CLASS 5A

Montini 42, Sterling 20

Joliet Catholic 42, Hillcrest 6

CLASS 4A

IC Catholic 28, Richmond-Burton 9

Bishop McNamara 52, Rochester 42

CLASS 3A

Byron 42, Herscher 0

Monticello 40, Carlinville 14

CLASS 2A

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 14, Eastland-Pearl City 7

Maroa-Forsyth 16, St. Teresa 14

CLASS 1A

Forreston 34, Lena-Winslow 28

Camp Point Central 35, Argenta-Oreana 22