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Morgan Park vs. Simeon highlights big week on High School Lites

Morgan Park vs. Simeon highlights big week on High School Lites

High School Lites has a great show lined up this week as we have highlights from all over the area. The huge clash between No. 1 Morgan Park and No. 3 Simeon leads the list of great games we have for this week. 

Be sure to watch High School Lites this Friday at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. 

Thursday

No. 3 Simeon at No. 1 Morgan Park, 5 p.m. -- It's always a huge deal when these two teams play and this year's rivalry matchup had some intriguing subplots. The first year of Public League conference realignment means these two rivals only get one guaranteed matchup per season now as the Wolverines made the most of it with a 70-57 win on Thursday night.

Using a second-quarter run and huge second half to get past the Mustangs, Simeon put on a ridiculous aerial show for the road win as senior Messiah Jones, a Drake commit, led the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds -- including six dunks. Senior Talen Horton-Tucker also tallied 17 points for the Wolverines while St. Patrick transfer Xavier Pinson had a great second half to finish with 12 points -- including a huge fourth-quarter dunk that had the gym buzzing. 

Illiois commit and Player of the Year candidate Ayo Dosunmu led Morgan Park with 18 points but he didn't receive enough consistent help to get by the balanced effort of Simeon. Senior Kenyon Duling added 15 points for the Mustangs with all of his points coming in the first half.

You won't want to miss the highlights of this intense rivalry as Simeon had numerous alley-oops and put on a show for the huge road win.

Friday

Lane Tech at Taft, 6:30 p.m. -- These two Public League White-North rivals always play intense matchups as Friday should be no different. The Indians (4-2) are off to a solid start this season as they look like one of the better teams in the White Division of the Public League this season. Guard Michael Malloy is off to a solid start for Lane. Taft (1-4) is off to a sluggish start as they've played a tough schedule so far.  

Stagg at Sandburg , 6 p.m. -- An intriguing matchup in the SouthWest Suburban Blue as Sandburg battles Stagg. The Chargers (3-2) knocked off Thornridge in their last contest as they try to make their way in the top half of a very difficult league. Sandburg (5-1) is also off to a solid start as they try to open Conference play on a positive note. 

Homewood-Flossmoor at No. 18 Lincoln-Way East. 6:30 p.m. -- We stay in the SouthWest Suburban Blue for this one. Lincoln-Way East (5-1) was unbeaten until a loss to Bloom earlier this week. Senior sharpshooter Sam Schaefer is headed to Southern Illinois next season as he’s one of the area’s best players. The Vikings (4-1) are an intriguing team in the Conference race as they’ve only lost to another ranked team in Marian Catholic this season. 

St. Viator at No. 17 Marian Catholic, 7 p.m. -- The East Suburban Catholic Conference looks to be wide open as this early clash could tell us a lot The No. 17 Spartans (4-0) are off to a great start after winning the Chicago Heights Classic as juniors Malik Tidwell and Chris White are some talented pieces while sophomore point guard Ahron Ulis is emerging as a player to watch. St. Viator (5-1) is also off to a solid start after winning their own Thanksgiving event against a good field. Junior Jeremiah Hernandez is a player to watch while junior Trey Calvin is a point guard to keep an eye on.

Evanston at Maine South, 7:30 p.m. -- It's always fun when these two CSL South teams get together and this year the league has a lot of overall depth. Evanston (4-1, 1-0) will rely on a trio of talented junior guards as Lance Jones, Ryan Bost and Jaheim Holden are all capable of making plays. Maine South (4-1, 0-1) was previously ranked before falling to a talented New Trier team last week as the Hawks will look to bounce back. 

Metea Valley at Naperville Central, 7:30 p.m. -- Two interesting teams in the DuPage Valley Conference as Naperville Central hosts Metea Valley. The RedHawks (5-1, 2-0) beat Neuqua Valley earlier in the week to continue a good start as senior center Ben Wolf is off to a positive start. Metea Valley (3-3, 1-1) fell to DVC favorite Naperville North earlier this week as they try to keep pace with the league leaders. 

Oak Lawn at T.F. North, 6:30 p.m. -- A crossover in the South Suburban as Oak Lawn heads to T.F. North. Coming off of a win over T.F. South earlier this week, Oak Lawn (5-1, 1-0) is off to a strong start this season. T.F. North (1-1, 1-1) dropped a close game to Shepard earlier this week as they try to bounce back against a tough opponent. 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

Andrew at Thornwood, 6:30 p.m. — The SouthWest Suburban Red hosts our Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week as this one won after over 1,400 votes. Andrew (3-4, 0-1) will try to get back on track after dropping a few to tough teams like Bolingbrook and Hinsdale South. Thornwood (3-2, 1-0) is coming off of a big win over Lincoln-Way West as they try to keep an unbeaten start going in conference play. 

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 3

High School Lites Roundup: Basketball Week 3

High School Lites returned to the hardwood this week as we had IHSA basketball highlights from all over the area. Plus we also had a football commitment from the state's top prospect right before the signing period.

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEKBrother Rice's Marquise Kennedy

TEAM OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY SAINT XAVIER: Curie Condors 

Crystal Lake South's Trevor Keegan commits to Michigan

THURSDAY'S GAME

No. 2 Curie topples No. 12 Simeon

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Lincoln Park upsets No. 1 Whitney Young

No. 3 Bloom takes down No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 

No. 4 Evanston races by Niles North

No. 20 Uplift runs past Marshall

Glenbard West upsets No. 21 Downers North

No. 23 Romeoville holds off Plainfield South

Lemont beats Shepard on buzzer-beater

Payton knocks off Taft

Elmwood Park beats Guerin Prep in Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Dundee-Crown defeats Crystal Lake South 

WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, to announces his college decision

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WATCH: Trevor Keegan, the top 2019 football recruit in Illinois, to announces his college decision

It can't be easy being a low-key 6-foot-6, 310 pound senior in high school. But Crystal Lake South’s four star-ranked offensive tackle Trevor Keegan, the state's top recruit for the Class of 2019, has (for the most part) remained as ‘under the recruiting radar’ as possible.

Keegan has been very quiet. He hasn't revealed much when it comes to specific college leanings throughout his recruiting process. But that’s all about to change, as he makes his college announcement Friday night at 6:15 in South’s auditorium.

The calm before the announcement storm, so to speak, makes it all the more intriguing. It’s an event you can see live on @NBCSPreps via Periscope at 6:15 p.m. or on our live stream page here.

Keegan, who last week narrowed down his final top destination list to Michigan, Penn State and Georgia, is at the end of a rigorous decision process. He racked up 35 total scholarship offers from most —if not all— of the major players from every Power Five conference across the country. 

So which school will Keegan select on Friday night? 

According to Rivals.com Midwest Football Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt, "Trevor has been very quiet and really hasn't said much at all up to this point. Most roads for me on his decision leads to Michigan, yet if he decided on either Penn State or Georgia I would not be shocked."

Expect Keegan to make Friday’s verbal commitment official this coming Wednesday, Dec. 19, when the football Early National Letter of Intent Signing Period begins. 

Keegan, along with the rest of the Class of 2019, will be just the second football class allowed to sign an early Letter of Intent. Last December, the Class of 2018 took full advantage of the first early signing window as nearly 75 percent of all BCS scholarship players signed during the early period.

The Class of 2019 is projected to equal or even surpass last year's 75 percent early signing rate.