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High School Lites Week 7 basketball capsules

High School Lites Week 7 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

This week's show features a lot of big matchups involving ranked teams as High School Lites has a lot of great games. 

The Public League will be showcased extensively in this week's show as the Red-South and Red-West both have two matchups while the Red-North also has an important showdown. The ESCC will also have two big conference tilts including the game I'll be at this week No. 9 Benet taking on No. 24 St. Patrick. There is also a rematch of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic title game as No. 10 Homewood-Flossmoor heads to No. 3 Bolingbrook in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.

This week's Wintrust Players of the Week is Crete-Monee senior guard Dwayne Rose. The Toledo commit is having a strong senior season as he's the nephew of former Simeon star Derrick Rose.


Bogan at No. 5 Morgan Park, 5:00 p.m. -- This Red-South rivalry gets renewed as Bogan heads to Morgan Park. The Bengals (9-5, 3-2) beat Brooks in conference play earlier this week as they've looked like a more complete team recently. Morgan Park (10-2, 4-1) ran past Harlan as junior guard Ayo Dosunmu is having a stellar season.

Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Brooks at No. 1 Simeon, 5:00 p.m. -- Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week keeps us in the Red-South as No. 1 Simeon hosts Brooks. The Wolverines (13-0, 5-0) have been the best team in the state this season as senior Evan Gilyard (UTEP) has a talented supporting cast around him. Brooks (10-6, 2-3) is trying to bounce back from the loss to Bogan earlier this week.


No. 7 Orr at No. 25 North Lawndale, 6:00 p.m. -- Both of these teams are coming off of tight Red-West wins on Wednesday. Orr (8-1, 3-1) needed a late block from junior Raekwon Drake to help secure a win over Westinghouse while North Lawndale (12-3, 3-1) took a tight win over Farragut. Senior Carlos Hines (Northern Arizona) continues to score at a high level for the Phoenix. 

Lincoln Park at No. 8 Uplift, 6:15 p.m. -- An important clash in the battle of the Red-North as the Lions head to Uplift. Lincoln Park (8-7, 3-1) is trying to keep pace with Uplift as they put together a double-digit win over Lane earlier this week. Uplift (12-4, 4-0) secured a win over Taft in conference play as they rely on the Jacobs brothers, senior Demarius (Southern Illinois) and sophomore Markese (Kansas) to handle most of the scoring. 

Westinghouse at No. 4 Whitney Young, 6:30 p.m. -- We head back to the Red-West in this one as Westinghouse tries to shake off a close loss to Orr. Senior Coreyon Rushin is having a solid season as he leads Westinghouse (7-7, 1-3), a team that is more dangerous than their record would appear. Whitney Young (10-4, 3-0) is coming off a road win at Marshall where senior Lucas Williamson again stepped up. 

No. 9 Benet at No. 24 St. Patrick, 7:00 p.m. -- This one should be a ton of fun in the ESCC as Benet heads to St. Patrick. The Redwings (11-3, 1-1) are led by seniors Jack Nolan and Liam Lyman while junior Justin Enochs is having a solid season. St. Patrick (14-2, 2-0) is coming off a win over Niles West earlier this week. This team has talented guards like Xavier Pinson and Jalen Nelson while senior Alton Thompson is a great athlete on the wing.

Marian Catholic at No. 14 Marist, 7:00 p.m. -- The ESCC has another good one on Friday with Marian Catholic trying to end Marist's unbeaten season. The Spartans (10-5, 1-1) are led by junior point guard Chase Adams as they've played a very tough schedule so far. They'll be prepared to face unbeaten Marist (18-0, 2-0) a team that has a talented junior point guard of their own in Maurice Commander. 

No. 10 Homewood-Flossmoor at No. 3 Bolingbrook, 7:00 p.m. -- This one is a rematch of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic championship game as this time it counts in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. The Vikings (11-2, 2-0) are hoping to reverse the loss from last game while the Raiders beat De La Salle earlier this week for another good win. 


40 Days to Kickoff: De La Salle

40 Days to Kickoff: De La Salle 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: De La Salle

Head coach: Mike Boehm

Assistant coaches: Bill Green, John Grubisich, Jim Brinkley, Nick Henton, Rich Blake, Bob Garrett and Terrence Young

How they fared in 2018: 8-5 (2-2 CCL Green Conference). De La Salle failed to make the IHSA state football playoff field, but entered the Chicago Catholic League playoffs and defeated St. Joseph, St. Ignatius and St. Laurence. They lost to St. Rita in the CCL championship. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Niles West 

Sept. 6 vs Kenwood 

Sept. 13 vs Marmion Academy 

Sept. 20 vs Benet Academy 

Sept. 27 vs St. Joseph 

Oct. 4 @ Nazareth Academy 

Oct. 11 @ Mount Carmel 

Oct. 18 @ Montini

Oct. 25 vs St. Laurence

[MORE: 68 Days to Kickoff - St. Laurence

Biggest storyline: A tale of two conferences. How will the Meteors fare in the newly-realigned CCL/ESCC Orange conference in 2019? 

Names to watch this season: TE Matt Byrne (Sr.) and RB/WR/DB Jason Moore (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Meteors will need to reload at several positions, especially on offense with just two starters back from last year's squad. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Meteors are now in the same league with the likes of St. Laurence, Nazareth Academy and Benet Academy. De La Salle has a handful of key names back this season, but several new faces will need to step up and provide production. De La Salle will also need to come out and take care of business in August and September, as the regular season slate is stacked with traditional power programs from Week 5 thru 9. Five straight home games to start the season should provide a nice boost.

41 Days to Kickoff: Wilmington

41 Days to Kickoff: Wilmington 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: Wilmington

Head coach: Jeff Reents

Assistant coaches: Barry Southall, Rob Murphy, Chad Farrell, Robert Bolser, Drew Tyler, Mark Langusch, Mike Bushnell, Andy Peterson and Mike Lenton

How they fared in 2018: 6-4 (2-2 Interstate Eight ‘Small’ Conference). Wilmington made the Class 3A IHSA state football playoff field and lost to Monmouth-Roseville in opening round action. 

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Evergreen Park
Sept. 6 vs. Oak Lawn
Sept. 13 @ Streator
Sept. 20 vs Manteno
Sept. 27 @ Lisle
Oct. 4 vs Herscher
Oct. 11 vs Reed-Custer
Oct. 18 @ Coal City
Oct. 25 vs Peotone

Biggest storyline: The Wildcats have made the playoffs 23 seasons in a row. Can they keep up their winning ways in a new conference (Illinois Central Eight) in 2019?

Names to watch this season: OL Hunter Doherty (Sr.) and RB/LB Jake Rodawold (Sr).

Biggest holes to fill: The Wildcats bring back a ton of experience with 14 returning starters but the overall numbers and depth can always be improved upon this summer. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Wildcats and head coach Jeff Reents had a rare early exit from the state playoffs in 2018. Look for this year’s team to rely on a more experienced lineup on both sides of the football. The new Illinois Central Eight conference home is a very familiar collection of teams that Wilmington has competed with for several years, so expect them to fare just fine here.