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NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2019 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships

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NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2019 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships

Chicago, IL (March 6, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - will be airing LIVE cross-platform coverage of “America’s Original March Madness,” the 2019 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Boys Basketball State Championships on Friday, March 8 & Saturday, March 9 (Class 1A & 2A) and Friday, March 15 & Saturday, March 16 (Class 3A & 4A) from the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena in Peoria, IL.  Over the next two weekends, Illinois preps hoops fans can look forward to seeing every action-packed semifinal, consolation and championship battle starting each Friday at 11:00 AM CT featuring four, live semifinal match-ups, along with a pair of consolation and two huge state championship title games on Saturday.  The 2019 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships will be produced by the IHSA & PlayOn! Sports.

In addition -- EVERY IHSA Boys Basketball State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, will be streamed LIVE on NBCSportsChicago.com/IHSA.  Authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can watch live IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships action from anywhere in the United States.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq

IMPORTANT NOTES: 
•    Several IHSA Girls Basketball State Championship telecasts will all air live on NBC Sports Chicago+…NBC Sports Chicago+ is located on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area and in South Bend, IN, and on ch. 285 in Comcast/Xfinity’s Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets…viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s special “Channel Finder” section (NBCSportsChicago.com/channel-finder)  or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for ALL games throughout the state. 


•    For teams playing in the St. Louis designated market area (DMA), fans will be able to catch all the action via Madison Communications.  Viewers in the St. Louis DMA can contact Madison Communications at 1-855-572-8750 or infomtc@madisontelco.com for exact channel location details.  


•     Fans can interact via Twitter throughout the entire Boys Basketball Tournament by utilizing the hashtag #IHSA to share their comments and showcase their school spirit for their favorite teams.   In addition, fans are urged to visit NBC Sports Chicago’s official preps Twitter handle (@NBCSPreps) for up-to-the-minute tournament news, scores, and more 24/7.

In addition, NBCSportsChicago.com’s IHSA Preps section (NBCSportsChicago.com/preps) will feature highlight packages from all games over the next two weekends, plus – NBC Sports Chicago viewers can look forward to a special Boys Basketball State Championships recap edition of High School Lites on Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 PM for a complete rundown of every boys championship game, including expanded highlights and player/coaches interviews.

The following schedule details NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the 2019 IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships over the next two weekends (all times Central Time; play-by-play/color analyst/sideline reporting teams are in parentheses):

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 
11:00 AM –     Class 1A Semifinal #1: Cissna Park vs. Central A&M (Mowequa) (Lee Hall/Camron Smith/Piper Shaw) 
12:45 PM –     Class 1A Semifinal #2: Providence St. Mel (Chicago) vs. Concord [Coop] (Triopia) (Lee Hall/Camron Smith/Piper Shaw)
5:30 PM –       Class 2A Semifinal #1: Corliss (Chicago) vs. Orr (Chicago) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kate Constable) 
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com/Channel-Finder  for the exact channel location in your area)
7:15 PM –       Class 2A Semifinal #2: Nashville vs. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (Gibson City) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kate Constable)
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com/Channel-Finder  for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, MARCH 9
11:00 AM –     Class 1A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Camron Smith/Piper Shaw) 
12:45 PM –     Class 1A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Lee Hall/Camron Smith/Piper Shaw) 
5:30 PM –       Class 2A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kate Constable) 
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com/Channel-Finder  for the exact channel location in your area)
7:15 PM –       Class 2A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kate Constable) 
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com/Channel-Finder  for the exact channel location in your area)

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 
11:00 AM –     Class 3A: SEMIFINAL #1 (Teams TBD) (Laurence Holmes/Jason Goff/Piper Shaw) 
12:45 PM –     Class 3A: SEMIFINAL #2 (Teams TBD) (Laurence Holmes/Jason Goff/Piper Shaw) 
5:30 PM –       Class 4A: SEMIFINAL #1 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kate Constable) 
7:15 PM –       Class 4A: SEMIFINAL #2 (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kate Constable) 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 
11:00 AM –     Class 3A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Laurence Holmes/Jason Goff/Piper Shaw) 
12:45 PM –     Class 3A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Laurence Holmes/Jason Goff/Piper Shaw) 
5:30 PM –       Class 4A: CONSOLATION GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kate Constable) 
(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com/Channel-Finder  for the exact channel location in your area)
7:15 PM –       Class 4A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (Dave Bernhard/Mark Lindo/Kate Constable) 

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Edgy's recruiting news and notes: LWE's Dzioban commits to Miami (OH)

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Edgy's recruiting news and notes: LWE's Dzioban commits to Miami (OH)

Lincoln-Way East junior kicker Dominic Dzioban (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) added a recent scholarship offer from Miami of Ohio and has since given the Redhawks and head coach Chuck Martin his verbal commitment. 

"I just had a great visit on Saturday to Miami of Ohio and I was able to get every question I had about the school and the program answered on Saturday," Dzioban said. "When I was first offered by Miami (Ohio) I had no idea what they had to offer or what they are all about. Miami (Ohio) has a historic campus and they also offer an amazing education. It seems like every facility at Miami (Ohio) is brand new and Oxford is just a great small college town. Miami (Ohio) really offers everything I was looking for in a school and having a chance to go to Miami on a full scholarship is a huge opportunity I couldn't pass by at all."

Lake Forest sophomore linebacker Cal Uihlein (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) was able to add his first offer recently from the Wisconsin Badgers, and Uihlein also made a visit to the University of Wisconsin this past Saturday. 

"I had a great visit to Wisconsin on Saturday," Uihlein said. "It wasn't a usual recruiting type of visit, it was much more low key and I was able to just see everything behind the scenes including seeing the team scrimmage. I was able to get a good feel for the team and the coaches after the scrimmage. I was also able to talk with some of the coaches at Wisconsin including head coach Paul Chryst and linebacker coaches. Everyone at Wisconsin seems very excited about me and it was just good to get to know them a bit better. I was able to just basically see the stadium and I didn't get to see too much of the facilities or the campus. I'll definitely head back again to Wisconsin soon and see more of the school and the facilities and overall it was a great visit."

Warren Township junior three star ranked defensive tackle Willis Singleton Jr. (6-foot-2, 285 pounds) was able to add an offer from the University of Illinois last Saturday while on a visit to watch the Fighting Illini's spring game. 

"I was hoping that an offer (from Illinois) was coming but I still had no idea," Singleton Jr. said. "I know that Illinois is on the rise and have added some really strong players from my recruiting class. My Dad also went to Illinois and just telling him over the phone that Illinois had offered me was an amazing felling and experience."

Singleton Jr. also said that "Illinois is definitely on the top of the spectrum. My recruitment is open, but there are definitely one of the top schools because of how they went about things with me on the visit."

Bolingbrook sophomore safety Justin Walters (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) has also seen more and more schools take notice of him this spring. Walters is currently holding six FBS level offers and growing by the day. 

"I have six scholarship offers now," Walters said. "I have offers from Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Army, Iowa, Iowa State and now Minnesota. Minnesota is my latest offer and they offered me a few weeks ago."

Walters has also been hitting the road and visiting a few schools this spring and plans to see even more soon.

"I've made visits already to Iowa and Iowa St and Wisconsin. I also visited Northwestern awhile ago. I'm also planning to visit Michigan State sometime this spring."

Breaking: Northwestern adds another in-state pledge

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Breaking: Northwestern adds another in-state pledge

It didn't take Wheaton North junior outside linebacker Xander Mueller (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) long to give the Northwestern coaching staff his verbal commitment today. Mueller — whose older brother (junior linebacker Erik Mueller) is already on the Wildcats roster — attended the Wildcats final spring practice today. He picked up a scholarship offer and then gave head coach Pat Fitzgerald his verbal commitment on the spot. 

"I didn't expect it (adding a Northwestern offer) and I was very surprised," Mueller said. "Northwestern is the place for me because of the incredible academics, the location, having my brother already on the team and the amazing coaching staff and football program. I'm super happy."

Mueller is the second in-state name for the Wildcats and the seventh known verbal commitment for the Northwestern Class of 2020. Mueller joins Lake Zurich tight end Hunter Welcing (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) as the Wildcats in state commitments so far in the 2020 class. 

Mueller was also the Wildcats second overall verbal commitment today as Groveport (Ohio) Madison three star ranked offensive guard TeRah Edwards (6-foot-3, 295 pounds) also committed to the Wildcats after today's final spring practice.