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High School Lites Week 9 Basketball Capsules

High School Lites Week 9 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 the best matchup comes from the Red-Central, where No. 22 Kenwood plays No. 4 Curie.

We'll also have highlights from the Interstate Eight tournament, Catholic League North, Southwest Prairie, Independent School League and Chicago Prep Red.

This week's Viewers' Choice Game of the Week is a girls basketball game for the first time as Lake Forest faces Warren.

And this week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Thornton senior Alonzo Verge as the guard is playing his way onto the All-Area team after returning to the area from Florida.

THURSDAY

No. 22 Kenwood at No. 4 Curie, 5:00 p.m. -- This Red-Central rematch is important as Kenwood is hoping to play better after being embarrassed in the first matchup. Senior Elijah Joiner had 40 points for the Condors (19-2, 9-0) in the first outing as he outscored Kenwood in a 73-39 win. This time the Broncos (15-5, 8-1) will rely on senior Manny Patterson as he's been a major double-double threat.

FRIDAY

Interstate Eight Tournament (Third place and championship), 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. -- This event always has great games and a great crowd as we head back to Coal City for a doubleheader.

No. 8 Joliet West at Romeoville, 6:30 p.m. -- Joliet West gets a solid road test in the Southwest Prairie in this one. The Tigers (17-3, 8-0) are coming off of a road loss on Tuesday to No. 2 Bolingbrook as they try to stay unbeaten in conference play. Romeoville (12-7, 6-2) has some talented young players like guards DeAndre Heckard and Mike Salter.

No. 14 Fenwick at St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m. -- The Catholic North has an intriguing game here as the Friars head on the road. Fenwick (15-4, 6-0) is led by some talented seniors like Jacob Keller and Jamal Nixon while St. Joseph (8-9, 3-3) is trying to get back in the conference race after a sluggish start. Sophomore guard Marquise Walker is still one of the most talented players in the area.

DePaul Prep at De La Salle, 7:00 p.m. -- Staying in the Catholic North this one should be intriguing as DePaul Prep tries to stay with the conference's top teams. The Rams (15-6, 5-1) picked up a Tuesday win over Hoffman Estates as they're playing good ball recently. De La Salle (10-7, 3-3) is trying to recover from a sluggish period after a hot start as senior guard Stone Parker has played well.

Francis Parker vs. Latin, 7:30 p.m. -- This rivalry game in the Independent School League should draw a solid crowd on Friday night at DePaul. Francis Parker (7-9, 3-5) is led by senior guard Marc Taylor as they've dropped recent games to Nazareth and Morgan Park Academy. Latin (8-7, 4-2) has some talented sophomores in Ysrael Hernandez and Jackson Tanner. The first time these two played this year 

Christ The King at Hope Academy, 7:00 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Chicago Prep Red go at it in this one. Hope Academy (19-3, 5-0) has high hopes in Class 1A as they're hoping to make a run down to Peoria. Christ the King (9-9, 4-1) is the second-place team in the league as they're coming off recent wins over Alcott and Ellison.

73 Days To Kickoff: Fenwick

73 Days To Kickoff: Fenwick

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: Fenwick

Head coach: Gene Nudo

Assistant coaches: Dick Eufrasio, Titcus Pettigrew, Tim Rooney, Brien Rooney, Craig Schneider, Joe Bauers, Mike Herman and Joe Hajek

How they fared in 2018: 3-6 (2-2 Chicago Catholic League/Green Conference). Fenwick failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoffs.

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Curie
Sept. 6 vs Dunbar
Sept. 13 @ Nazareth Academy
Sept. 20 @ Joliet Catholic
Sept. 27 vs. Marist
Oct. 4 vs Marmion Academy
Oct. 11 vs. St. Patrick
Oct. 18 @ Leo  
Oct. 25 @ St. Ignatius

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Biggest storyline: The new conference. Can the Friars bounce back from last season while playing a new and challenging league?

Names to watch this season: OL/DL Sean Carpenter (Sr.) QB Kaden Cobb (Soph.) and WR Bryce Legan (Sr.)

Biggest holes to fill: The Friars welcome back several starters from last fall but will also need to find six new replacements on the defensive side of the football.

EDGY's Early Take: Fenwick struggled last season. The Friars played several underclassmen starters and they're hoping that experience will pay off come August. The new CCL/ESCC mega conference also brings new challenges. It includes a tough path in the middle of the season with games at Nazareth, at Joliet Catholic and then at home vs. Marist. If the Friars can get out of the gate quickly, they have a good shot at earning a state playoff spot in 2019. 

74 Days To Kickoff: Metea Valley

74 Days To Kickoff: Metea Valley

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: Metea Valley 

Head coach: John Parpet Jr.

Assistant coaches: Defensive coordinator - Erik Kramer, Asst. coach - Russ Lorenz, Asst. coach - Albert Zika, Asst. coach - Evan Goodman

How they fared in 2018: 1-8 (0-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Metea Valley failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoffs

2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs. Wheaton Warrenville South
Sept. 6 @ Lake Park 
Sept. 13 @ Belleville East
Sept. 20 @ Naperville Central
Sept. 27 vs. De Kalb
Oct. 4 @ Naperville North
Oct. 11 vs. Neuqua Valley
Oct. 18 @ Waubonsie Valley  
Oct. 25 vs. Neuqua Valley

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Biggest storyline: Can the Mustangs get off to a good start under first year head coach John Parpet Jr.?

Names to watch this season: TE/DE Austin Frederick (Sr.) and TE/LB John Belskis (Sr.) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Mustangs will need to replace seven graduated starters on the defensive side of the football for the 2019 season.

EDGY's Early Take: Metea Valley and first year head coach John Parpet Jr. will look to get the Mustangs program on the winning side of the slate after posting back-to-back 1-8 seasons. They will rely on an experienced core of senior multi-year starters. If the underclassmen group can develop sooner rather than later, this program has the potential for a breakout. The regular season schedule in the DuPage Valley conference is always stacked; they need to get off to a good early start.