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New Trier's Jeannie Boehm only local preps player named to McDonald's All-American games

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New Trier's Jeannie Boehm only local preps player named to McDonald's All-American games

The boys and girls rosters for the annual McDonald's All-American games were announced on Sunday night. New Trier senior forward Jeannie Boehm, a Harvard commit, is the only area boy or girl to make this year's McDonald's All-American game while the boys game won't have a representative from Illinois for only the third time in the boys game's 39-year history.

The McDonald's All-American games return to the United Center for the sixth consecutive year as both games will be played on March 30, with the girls game beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game starting at 8 p.m.

Besides Boehm, the state of Illinois also had St. Thomas More senior forward Tori McCoy, an Ohio State commit, make the McDonald's All-American team. Both Boehm and McCoy will represent the West team in the girls game.

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Although the boys game doesn't have any Illinois products, this national Class of 2016 is still considered one of the best of the past 15 years. Kentucky leads the commit charge with four future Wildcats in the game while Duke, Michigan State and UCLA all have two committed prospects each. After seeing eight uncommitted McDonald's All-Americans last year, the 2016 boys game currently only features four uncommitted players.

Chicago basketball fans might also recognize some names on the boys roster from the annual Chicago Elite Classic. Five Chicago Elite Classic alums will participate in the McDonald's All-American game in 2016, including Duke commit Jayson Tatum (Chaminade), Washington commit Markelle Fultz (DeMatha), UConn commit Alterique Gilbert (Miller Grove), Gonzaga commit Zach Collins (Bishop Gorman) and Duke commit Frank Jackson (Lone Peak).

In addition to the Chicago Elite Classic alums, the game includes notable players like potential No. 1 overall prospect Josh Jackson, who is undecided, the future Kentucky backcourt of Malik Monk and De'Aaron Fox and future UCLA guard Lonzo Ball. Malik Monk, an electrifying guard, is the younger brother of former Bears draft pick Marcus Monk.

Tickets for the McDonald's All-American games go on sale on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or phone.

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

90 Days to Kickoff: Warren

NBCSportsChicago.com 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: Warren Township

Head coach: Bryan McNulty

Assistant coaches: Jim Voutiritsas, Brandon Schild, Justin Van Schaik, Tayler Erbach and Mark Mika

How they fared in 2017: 7-4 (5-2 North Suburban Conference). Warren Township made the IHSA 8A playoff field. The Blue Devils defeated Bolingbrook then lost to Maine South in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule

Aug. 24 vs Barrington

Aug. 31 @ Glenbard North

Sept. 7 vs Waukegan

Sept. 14 vs Libertyville

Sept. 21 @ Lake Forest

Sept. 28 @ Zion-Benton

Oct. 5 vs Lake Zurich

Oct. 12 vs Stevenson

Oct. 19 @ Mundelein

Biggest storyline: Can The Blue Devils make it back-to-back postseason appearances and challenge for the North Suburban Conference title?

Names to watch this season: DL Zack Pelland, DT Willis Singleton and RB Martin Walker

Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils will need to find a new pass/catch tandem to replace graduated QB Ian Schilling and a strong group in the skills department, led by WR Micah Jones (Notre Dame).  

EDGY's Early Take: The Blue Devils had a nice 2017 season. After starting seven sophomores on the varsity level a year ago, head coach Bryan McNulty has the rare combination of youth and experience this fall. The defense will be a definite strength going into the season. The offense will rely on the running game, which features four starting offensive linemen back in the fold along with senior RB Martin Walker. If the passing game can come along, this team can once again challenge in the North Suburban Conference race and also in the overall 8A picture. 

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

NBCSportsChicago.com 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.