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IHSA Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

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IHSA Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

Tuesday marks super-sectional play in the IHSA boys basketball tournament as Class 3A and Class 4A is starting to wind down.

CSN Chicago will feature a special edition of “High School Lites” within Tuesday night’s 10:30 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central. We'll have highlights, scores and postgame interviews from the Class 3A & 4A Super-Sectionals. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter at @CSNPreps for the latest updates from across the state.

CSN and CSNChicago.com will also be home to all of the IHSA state semifinals and finals this weekend in Peoria as Class 3A and Class 4A action finishes up. For more information, as well our channel finder, click on this link here. High School Lites will air on Saturday night this week as the season finale will air at 11 p.m. on CSN and streaming on CSNChicago.com
 
CLASS 3A
 
Morgan Park (26-3) vs. Lincoln-Way West (20-9), Joliet Central Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
 
Morgan Park attempts to make it to Peoria for the fourth consecutive season as they'll be the heavy favorite against Lincoln-Way West. The Mustangs are led by Player of the Year favorite Charlie Moore, a Memphis commit who is having an outstanding senior season. Lincoln-Way West will counter with junior Marco Pettinato, who has scored the ball at a high rate this season. 
 
St. Joseph (24-8) vs. Ridgewood (18-12), Hoffman Estates Super-Sectional, 6:00 p.m.
 
Defending Class 3A champion St. Joseph is in position to make it back to Peoria as they will be the heavy favorite at the Sears Centre against Ridgewood. The Chargers are led by the state's top unsigned senior in center Nick Rakocevic while Ridgewood beat St. Patrick on a buzzer-beater to make it this far. 
 
Rockford Boylan (31-2) vs. Peoria Manual (25-4), DeKalb Super-Sectional, 6:00 p.m.
 
These two first played each other in January with Boylan taking home a 76-64 win. The Titans are tied for the most wins in school history as they're led by under-the-radar guard Zach Couper, a 6-foot-4 junior. Peoria Manual has a talented roster led by junior Da'Monte Williams, an Illinois commit and top-75 national prospect. Juniors A.J. Youngman and Romon Douglas-Watkins are also drawing Division I interest. 
 
Belleville Althoff (29-2) vs. Springfield Southeast (24-6), Springfield Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
 
The top team in Class 3A, Belleville Althoff, battles Springfield Southeast in the final Class 3A super-sectional. Althoff is looking to go back to Peoria for the second straight season as they're arguably the state's most talented team. Seniors Tarkus Ferguson (UIC) and Brendon Gooch (Southern Illinois) will both stay in Illinois to play college basketball while the team's top college prospect is junior Jordan Goodwin. Springfield Southeast is coming off of a huge win over Lanphier as they're led by guard D'Angelo Hughes. 
 
CLASS 4A
 
Benet (29-3) vs. Joliet West (21-9), DeKalb Super-Sectional, 7:30 p.m.
 
The second game at Northern Illinois will be a rematch of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament as these two teams played in late December with Joliet West winning 59-53. Benet has only lost to Notre Dame since then, as the Redwings have been one of the hottest teams in the area. Joliet West has a lot of young talent and they're a year ahead of schedule in terms of playing in a game of this magnitude. 
 
Curie (25-5) vs. Notre Dame (25-6), Evanston Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
 
For as good as Curie has been the past few years, they've never played in a super-sectional until now. The Condors face a red-hot Notre Dame team that is peaking at the right time. Two of the deepest teams in the state, this one could come down to how Curie senior point guard and DePaul commit Devin Gage plays. The Dons are one of the biggest teams in the state and their length could slow down Gage.
 
Conant (23-6) vs. Rockford Auburn (24-6), Hoffman Estates Super-Sectional, 8:00 p.m.
 
The second game at the Sears Centre on Tuesday features Mid-Suburban League champions Conant taking on Rockford Auburn. The Cougars are led by junior guard Jimmy Sotos and have a lot of young big men as their defense is one of the best in the area. Rockford Auburn is led by senior guard Trayvon Taylor as they play a trapping defense that tries to force a lot of turnovers. 
 
Simeon (28-3) vs. United Township (24-6), Illinois State Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
 
It's weird to think that Simeon hasn't been to Peoria since 2013, but that's the case as the Wolverines try to take down United Township. Simeon is led by senior Zach Norvell, a Gonzaga commit who has had an outstanding senior season. United Township will be the heavy underdog but their top player, Tray Buchanan, is a junior who started his high school career at Simeon. 

Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

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Edgy Tim's Preps Power Rankings: Week 9

Here are the latest @NBCSPreps Top 25 Power Rankings.
 
1. Lincoln-Way East 8-0 (1)
Last Week: Beat Thornwood, 56-18
This Week: vs Bolingbrook
EDGY's Take: The Griffins get a nice Week 9 test hosting Bolingbrook. Can the Raiders push the Griffins for four quarters?

2. Batavia 8-0 (2)
Last Week: Beat St. Charles North, 27-24
This Week: @ Wheaton North
EDGY's Take: An epic drive late in the game with no timeouts. The Bulldogs pull out the close-call win over St. Charles North.  

3. Brother Rice 8-0 (3)
Last Week: Beat Leo, 48-0
This Week: @ Montini Catholic
EDGY's Take: What were the preseason that the biggest Chicago Catholic League game of the year would be Brother Rice at Montini?

4. Marist 7-1 (4)
Last Week: Beat Marian Central Catholic, 42-6
This Week: @ Benet Academy
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks will get a nice Week 9 on Friday from Benet at Benedictine University. 

5. Mount Carmel 7-1 (5)
Last Week: Beat St. Laurence, 40-0
This Week: vs Fenwick
EDGY's Take: The Caravan have been playing as well as any contenders ranked here.

6. Homewood-Flossmoor 7-1 (6)
Last Week: Beat Andrew, 35-3
This Week: vs Sandburg
EDGY's Take: Head coach Craig Buzea got his 200th career win last Friday over Andrew.

7. Cary-Grove 8-0 (7)
Last Week: Beat Prairie Ridge, 21-14
This Week: vs Naperville Central
EDGY's Take: The Trojans rallied from being down 14-0 and scored 21 unanswered points to defeat their bitter rivals.

8. Simeon 8-0 (8)
Last Week: Beat Taft, 58-7
This Week: @ Curie
EDGY's Take: The big question coming Saturday night-- Will the Wolverines wind up in 8A or 7A? 

9. Nazareth Academy 7-1 (9)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Catholic, 49-20
This Week: vs Marian Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Roadrunners get a nice bounce-back win last Friday over Joliet Catholic.

10. Maine South 7-1 (10)
Last Week: Beat New Trier, 38-21
This Week: vs Niles West
EDGY's Take: The Hawks get another big Central Suburban South win. 

11. Oswego 8-0 (11)
Last Week: Beat Joliet Central, 49-0
This Week: @ Plainfield South
EDGY's Take: The Panthers will take on a very defensive-minded Plainfield South team on Friday.
 
12. Richards 8-0 (13)
Last Week: Beat Reavis, 51-0
This Week: vs Eisenhower
EDGY's Take: The Bulldogs continue to cruise and are gearing for a high seed in Class 6A.
 
13. Phillips 6-2 (14)
Last Week: Beat Westinghouse, 46-6
This Week: @ Raby
EDGY's Take: The Wildcats will look to finish strong this week against Raby.

14. Willowbrook 8-0 (15)
Last Week: Beat Proviso East, 40-7
This Week: @ Downers Grove South
EDGY's Take: The Warriors will look to send Downers Grove South (4-4) home for the holidays on Friday.

15. Naperville Central 6-2 (16)
Last Week: Beat Waubonsie Valley, 35-14
This Week: @ Cary-Grove
EDGY's Take: The Redhawks have won six straight games and have the makings of a team that could make some postseason noise. 

16. Bolingbrook 7-1 (17)
Last Week: Beat Thornton, 43-7
This Week: @ Lincoln-Way East
EDGY's Take: The Raiders will look to derail the "Big Cobalt Blue Machine" this Friday in Frankfort. 

17. Montini 8-0 (18)
Last Week: Beat Providence Catholic, 27-3
This Week: vs Brother Rice
EDGY's Take: The Broncos will host Brother Rice on Friday in the biggest game of the year in the Chicago Catholic League.

18. Oak Park-River Forest 6-2 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Glenbard West, 10-7
This Week: vs Lyons Township
EDGY's Take: The Huskies have a top-notch defense and found a way to beat Glenbard West at Duchon Field. It was OPRF's first win there since 1998.

19. Warren Township 7-1 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Stevenson, 21-0
This Week: @ Mundelein
EDGY's Take: The Blue Devils defense came to play. An impressive 21-0 shutout over Stevenson 21-0 last Friday.

20. Glenbard West 6-2 (12)
Last Week: Lost to Oak Park-River Forest, 10-7
This Week: @ Proviso West
EDGY's Take: The Hilltoppers defense is still salty as ever. But can the offense find a few more options besides standout RB Tyquan Cox?

21. Hillcrest 8-0 (22)
Last Week: Beat TF North, 50-6
This Week: vs Bremen
EDGY's Take: The Hawks have made it look easy this regular season. They'll go for a 9-0 sweep later this week in an effort to claim a high seed in 5A.

22. Notre Dame 7-1 (23)
Last Week: Beat Carmel, 21-7
This Week: vs Joliet Catholic
EDGY's Take: The Dons now host JCA and will try to knock out the Hilltoppers from the state playoff field.

23. Hinsdale Central 8-0 (24)
Last Week: Beat Lyons Township, 57-0
This Week: vs Hinsdale South
EDGY's Take: The Red Devils will get challenged this Friday against crosstown rival Hinsdale South (The "Doings Cup" game).

24. Rolling Meadows 8-0 (NR)
Last Week: Beat Hersey, 38-35
This Week: @ Buffalo Grove
EDGY's Take: The Mustangs get a huge win over Hersey. Why do I get the feeling we could see an RM-Hersey rematch in the postseason?
 
25. St. Charles North 6-2 (21)
Last Week: Lost to Batavia, 27-24
This Week: vs Wheaton South
EDGY's Take: The North Stars drop a last-second loss to Batavia last Friday; they will look to get back on track this week against another tough opponent in Wheaton South.
 

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 8

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 8

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 8 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

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

DRIVEBatavia (episode 8)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Prospect/Elk Grove Girls Volleyball

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Downers North shuts out rival Downers South

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Downers Grove South runner Brenna Cohoon 

Eisenhower's Jade Watson makes a big impression on the football field 

FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES

(1) Lincoln-Way East 56, Thornwood 18

(2) Batavia 27, St. Charles North 24

(3) Brother Rice 48, Leo 0

(4) Marist 42, Marian Central 6

(5) Mount Carmel 40, St. Laurence 0

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 35, Andrew 3

(7) Cary-Grove 21, (25) Prairie Ridge 14

(9) Nazareth 49, Joliet Catholic 20

(10) Maine South 38, (20) New Trier 21

(11) Oswego 49, Joliet Central 0

(13) Richards 51, Reavis 0

(14) Phillips 46, Westinghouse 6

(15) Willowbrook 40, Proviso East 7

(16) Naperville Central 35, Waubonsie Valley 14

(17) Bolingbrook 43, Thornton 7

(18) Montini 27, Providence 3

Warren 21, (19) Stevenson 0

(22) Hillcrest 50, T.F. North 6

(23) Notre Dame 21, Carmel 7

(24) Hinsdale Central 49, Lyons 6

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Rolling Meadows 38, Hersey 35

Antioch 43, Lakes 24

Byron 21, Genoa-Kingston 14

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

(8) Simeon vs. Taft at Lane Stadium

Oak Park-River Forest at (12) Glenbard West