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IHSA Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview


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 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
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. 
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. 

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic 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: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.

New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

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New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

New Trier junior three-star ranked athlete Duke Olges (6-foot-5, 260 pounds) gave Northwestern his verbal commitment last Sunday yet waited until Friday morning to make his decision public via his Twitter page.

Olges, who was recruited by the Wildcats as a defensive tackle, felt pressure to make a decision since the Wildcats already had one defensive tackle verbal commitment in Clear Springs Texas Jason Gold while another defensive tackle with an offer was making an on campus visit later that day.

“I didn’t know if it was the right decision, to be honest. It was impulse more than anything,” Olges told's publisher Louis Vaccher. “But what comforted me is after having a couple days to think about it, I felt a sigh of relief. It would have hurt me too much to let that scholarship go. As much as I wanted to go and visit other schools, losing that scholarship would have hurt more than anything else.”

Olges is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Wildcats Class of 2019  and the second in state pledge along with Bolingbrook junior DB Cameron Mitchell. 

Olges, who was holding 26 scholarship offers this spring, was planning to make summer visits to Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virginia and Duke before giving the Wildcats his verbal commitment.