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The playoffs heat up on High School Lites

The playoffs heat up on High School Lites

High School Lites is focused on the IHSA playoffs for this week's show as we bounce around three different classes for boys basketball and the Class 3A and 4A state semifinals in girls basketball.

With regional titles on the line in Class 3A and 4A, there are a lot of great matchups ahead on Friday night. Catch an all-new episode of High School Lites at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago.  

Class 4A Regionals

Lincoln-Way East vs. Romeoville (at Lincoln-Way Central) -- This is an intriguing matchup between two teams who were in the preseason top 25. Romeoville (20-7) hasn't won a regional since 1994 as they have some talented pieces, including seniors DeAndre Heckard and Dontia Johnson. Lincoln-Way East (22-5) has never won a regional title in boys basketball before as senior Sam Schafer, a Southern Illinois commit, looks to lead them to new heights. 

Larkin vs. St. Charles North (at St. Charles North) -- A rubber match between two conference rivals, this should be a battle. Larkin (20-8) won the conference and the first matchup on the road, only for St. Charles North to beat them on Feb. 16. The North Stars (17-10) finished second in the Upstate Eight River to Larkin as they've won four straight games.

Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Bartlett (at Bartlett) -- Bartlett hopes to continue to play spoiler in this regional. The Hawks (16-12) earned a minor upset win over Batavia in the regional semifinals as they're hoping to beat another higher seed. Wheaton Warrenville South (23-6) is hoping to win another regional title as they like to slow things down and play at their tempo. 

Loyola vs. Maine South (at Maine South) -- Two of the best teams in the North Suburbs finally get a chance to play. Loyola (23-6) went on a three-game losing streak towards the end of the season but they've corrected things since with a two-game winning streak. Maine South (22-7) has won eight of nine entering this game as they've been one of the hotter teams in the area. 

Fenwick vs. Proviso East (at Fenton) -- Another enticing battle in Class 4A here. Fenwick (20-7) went unbeaten in the Catholic League Blue as they're one of the big contenders after moving up to Class 4A. Proviso East (19-8) has dropped some recent games but they've been dangerous throughout this season. 

OPRF vs. Lincoln Park (at Lane) -- Oak Park-River Forest is trying to make another playoff run as they battle Lincoln Park. The Huskies (23-5) have won six straight games as they've looked like one of the Class 4A contenders to watch the past few weeks. Lincoln Park (18-9) survived a playoff scare from Lane as they've also knocked off a few giants during the regular season. 

Class 3A Regionals

North Chicago vs. Ridgewood (at Elmwood Park) -- North Chicago tries to claim another regional title in this one. The Warhawks (18-8) went unbeaten in Northern Lake County play as they're hoping to make it home as the host of the North Chicago Sectional. Ridgewood (13-14) earned a 15-point win over Steinmetz in its playoff opener. 

Class 2A Sectionals

IC Catholic vs. Orr (at Timothy Christian) -- Orr tries to capture another sectional title after a scare in the last round. The Spartans (26-4) had to produce a major comeback to take down Uplift in the sectional semifinals as they might have had a wake-up call. IC Catholic (20-9) will be the underdog, but they've won six of their last seven games heading into this one. 

Class 3A Girls Semifinals

Richwoods vs. Glenbard South, 11:00 a.m. -- A couple of powers play in the first semifinal. Glenbard South (29-3) is led by junior Maggie Bair as they have won nine straight games. Richwoods (33-1) has won 18 straight games as they've been one of the best teams in the state. Senior guard Kourtney Crane leads a team with balanced scoring. 

Nazareth vs. Breese Central., 12:45 p.m. -- The second semifinal should be just as competitive. Nazareth (30-2) has a potent scorer in junior guard Annie Stritzel as she's putting up 24.1 points per game. Breese Central (29-3) is seeking its first state title since 2007 as they are led by senior guard Faye Meissner. 

Class 4A Girls Semifinals

Montini vs. Edwardsville, 5:30 p.m. -- A pair of 30-win teams play here. Montini (33-2) is led by senior forward Aaliyah Patty as they try to win for the first time since 2014. Edwardsville (30-0) lost to Geneva in Class 4A as its only loss last season as they try to keep the unbeaten season alive. 

Maine West vs. Geneva, 7:15 p.m. -- The Vikings try to repeat as Class 4A champions as they have to get past Maine West first. Geneva (29-3) has a 14-game winning streak -- with most of those wins coming by double-digits. Maine West (31-1) only lost to Geneva by two points on Jan. 6 as they try to get revenge. 

De La Salle's Matt Byrnes participates in the seventh annual Franklin Middle School Dodgeball Tournament

De La Salle's Matt Byrnes participates in the seventh annual Franklin Middle School Dodgeball Tournament

Hey kid...no pressure.

De La Salle junior tight end Matt Byrnes (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) made his first Franklin Middle School Dodgeball tournament appearance earlier this month.

He was also the team’s lone rookie on a team that had won the charity tournament the year before. While the Meteors came up just short in retaining the title a few weeks ago, no one also enjoyed themselves over the past two years more than De La Salle.

Byrnes, who played wide receiver and tight end last fall for the Meteors and head coach Mike Boehm, checks in and recaps his latest recruiting news. He also gives us an early preview of the 2019 De La Salle Meteors.

Edgy Tim goes 1-on-1 with York Tackle Jack Wall

Edgy Tim goes 1-on-1 with York Tackle Jack Wall

York junior offensive tackle prospect Jack Wall (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) is a name that is starting to appear on a few more recruiting radar screens this offseason. 

Wall was part of a team from York Dukes team that took part in the recently held Franklin Middle School Charity Dodgeball Tournament in Wheaton. It was an event that helped raise much needed funds for several charities. 

Wall takes a few minutes to update us on his latest recruiting news; he also gives some early insight on the upcoming Dukes' 2019 season.