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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 CSNChicago.com.

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.

THURSDAY

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.

FRIDAY

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. 

 

66 Days to Kickoff: Rich Central

66 Days to Kickoff: Rich Central

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Rich Central

Head coach: Terrell Alexander

Assistant Coaches: Quincy Woods (OC), Vince Brown (OL), Art Schuldt (ST), Les Hampton (DB), Jerrell Bibbs (DB), Steve Henley (DC), Jeff Spikner (WR), Derrick Goard (LB) William Pass (DL) Chuch Robinson (Skills), Guy Smith (RB) and Shawn Mitchell (Skills)

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-1 Southland Conference). Rich Central made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Olympians defeated Marion then lost to Dunlap in second round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Hillcrest

Sept. 1 vs Lemont

Sept. 7 @ Kaneland

Sept. 14 vs Rich South

Sept. 21 @ Crete-Monee

Sept. 28 vs Rich East

Oct. 5 vs Kankakee

Oct. 12 vs Bloom Township

Oct. 19 vs Christ the King

[MORE: 67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest]

Biggest storyline: The Olympians have reached the IHSA playoffs three consecutive seasons-- the first such streak in Rich Central history. Can they stay on a winning track and make a deeper playoff run this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR/S Mehki Miller (Miami of Ohio) and RB Sean Tyler (Western Michigan)

Biggest holes to fill: The Olympians will need to replace their entire starting offensive line from a season ago.

EDGY's Early Take: Rich Central and head coach Terrell Alexander has brought winning and stability to the Olympians football program.  The 2018 team has some firepower back in the aforementioned Miller and Tyler; however, the development of their underclassmen group this summer will determine just how far this team will go. The ingredients look to be there for another IHSA state playoff caliber team.

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

67 Days to Kickoff: Hillcrest

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Hillcrest

Head coach: Morgan Weaver

Assistant coaches:  Mike Young, Kyran Weaver, Rob Hancock, Ryan Keen, Nicholas Schultz, Tramaine Weaver, Phillip Burkett and Langdon Mattox

How they fared in 2017: 9-3 (5-1 South Suburban Blue Conference). Hillcrest made the Class 5A state football playoff field. The Hawks defeated Peoria and Glenwood then lost to Dunlap in the quarterfinal round.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Rich Central

Sept. 1 @ Rich South

Sept 7 @ Shepard

Sept. 14 vs Oak Forest

Sept. 21 vs Lemont

Sept. 28 @ Tinley Park

Oct. 5 @ T.F. South

Oct. 12 @ T.F. North

Oct. 19 vs Bremen

[MORE: 79 Days to Kickoff - Crete-Monee]

Biggest storyline: Consistency. After two straight postseason berths, can the Hawks reload and get back into the IHSA playoff field once again this fall?

Names to watch this season: WR Corey Crooms (Western Michigan) and DE Cam Mattox (NIU)

Biggest holes to fill: The Hawks welcome back 11 returning starters (six offense, five defense); hoewever, they will need to reload on the offensive line and at linebacker. 

EDGY's Early Take: Head coach Morgan Weaver was able to get the Hawks into the state playoffs in his first season. What can they do as an encore? Hillcrest has the potential to be a real threat in 5A. Keep an eye on a strong and experienced group of receivers and backs led by senior Corey Crooms (Western Michigan). They also boast a defense that features an experienced secondary and a ton of speed.