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Libertyville QB Riley Lees commits to Northwestern

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Libertyville QB Riley Lees commits to Northwestern

Libertyville senior quarterback Riley Lees just didn't see it coming Monday.

Lees, who had been happily committed to Miami (Ohio) since early spring made an unofficial visit today to Northwestern, added an offer from the Wildcats, decommitted from Miami (Ohio) and is now verbally committed to Northwestern.

"I just didn't see it coming," Lees said when asked about his scholarship offer and eventual commitment to Northwestern. "Northwestern is my dream school. I've watched them since I was a little kid. I went to visit them, and I didn't expect to get an offer whatsoever. I love Miami and coach Chuck Martin, and it was a very hard call for me to make."

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Lees, who was offered Monday by the Wildcats as a wide receiver, talked about backing out of his verbal commitment to Miami (Ohio) and pledging to Northwestern.

"I felt that I needed to make this decision. It's not everyday that your dream school offers you a scholarship. Between getting to play in the Big Ten, being 45 minutes from home, the overall academics and just the chance to play at Northwestern, I couldn't say no. My family is totally on board."

Lees, an all-state quarterback for Libertyville and head coach Mike Jones is still catching his breath after a wild and hectic but exciting day.

"It's been a crazy day, and it's very hard to put into words just how I feel right now. It's just amazing."

Edgy Tim goes 1-on-1 with St. Francis QB Tommy Rittenhouse

Edgy Tim goes 1-on-1 with St. Francis QB Tommy Rittenhouse

St. Francis' junior dual-threat quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse (5-foot-11, 170 pounds) was on a serious roll last season for the Spartans and head coach Bob McMillen. And despite suffering a late regular season injury, he was a major contributor in catapulting the Spartans (10-2) into the 4A state playoffs. It was their first postseason berth since 2015. 

Rittenhouse is now fully recovered from his injury and was one of several standout underclassmen prospect who took part in the recently-held EDGYTIM Underclassmen Showcase powered by EFT Football at The Max Exposition Central in McCook. 

Rittenhouse looks ahead to his senior season and chronicles his recruiting news and more in this video interview. 

IHSA Preps Girls Basketball AP Poll

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IHSA Preps Girls Basketball AP Poll

Here are the rankings of Illinois high school girls basketball teams in each class, according to an Associated Press panel of sportswriters with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points.


Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Evanston Township (5) 19-2 68 3
2. Benet (2) 21-2 61 1
3. Edwardsville 18-1 58 2
4. Maine West 20-3 45 4
5. Marist 21-3 37 6
6. (tie) Lincoln Way West 21-2 37 5
7. Whitney Young 18-6 25 7
8. Libertyville 18-4 22 8
9.  Homewood-Flossmoor 18-5 12 9
10. Hersey 20-6 6 NR

Others receiving votes: Joliet West 4. O'Fallon 3. York 3. Fremd 2. Maine South 1. Bolingbrook 1

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Morton (9) 25-0 90 1
2. Montini 22-4 70 3
3. Simeon 22-2 68 4
4. Richwoods 21-5 60 5
5. Bethalto Civic Memorial 22-3 46 2
6. Geneseo 20-3 39 T7
7. Peoria Central 19-3 35 6
8. (tie) Kankakee 22-4 32 T7
9.  Decatur MacArthur 21-2 17 9
10. Rock Island 19-7 14 NR

Others receiving votes: Kenwood 8. Riverside-Brookfield 6. Washington 3. Grayslake Central 3. Fenwick 1. Mattoon 1. Burlington Central 1. Rich South 1.

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Paris  (9) 25-0 99 1
2. Knoxville 26-1 83 2
3. (tie) Quincy Notre Dame 19-2 73 4
4. Carterville 21-2 49 3
5.  Riverdale 18-3 48 7
6. Chicago Marshall (1) 12-8 41 6
7. Harrisburg 23-3 27 5
8. Carlinville 20-3 26 10
9. Pleasant Plains 17-3 24 NR
10. Illini West (Carthage) 20-4 23 NR

Others receiving votes: Teutopolis 13. Petersburg PORTA 10. Normal University 8. Marshall 7. Lisle 6. Hamilton County 3. Rock Falls 3. Stillman Valley 2. Eureka 2. Nashville 1. Pana 1. Eldorado 1.

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Lewistown (5) 24-1 86 2
2. Amboy (4) 22-1 83 1
3.  Lanark Eastland 23-3 62 4
4.  Jacksonville Routt 20-2 61 5
5. Princeville 24-3 45 T8
6. Hope Academy 17-2 43 7
7.  Brimfield 21-3 40 3
8. Aquin 20-6 33 6
9.  (tie) Altamont 20-3 18 10
10. Aurora Christian 21-3 13 NR

Others receiving votes: Shiloh 4. Colfax Ridgeview 3. Father McGivney Catholic 2. Illini Central 1. Galena 1.