Who wants it more?
We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area football fans in our "Viewers' Choice Game of the Week." Fans will get the chance to pick one game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on that night's "High School Lites" broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago Cubs and White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, we are spotlighting 2A, 3A and 4A teams in Chicagoland. We'll send our cameras to one of the following:
Herscher at Wilmington, 7:00 p.m.
Reed-Custer vs. Lisle at Benedictine University, 7:00 p.m.
St. Edward at Chicago Christian, 7:15 p.m.
— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
We will make an announcement on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday with the official results of which game will be covered. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the "Viewers' Choice Game of the week," along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights this season.
2017-18 record: 16-11, 6-4 Southland
Postseason results: Lost to Marist in Class 4A regional finals.
Players to watch: The perimeter trio of juniors Donovan Newby, Keshawn Williams and Dante Maddox Jr. are all worth watching as they form one of the best backcourts in the state. Junior big man Martice Mitchell provides size inside at 6-foot-9 while Kevin Vance was an intriguing forward this summer.
Why they're in the power rankings: A year ago, Bloom had the talent to compete with anyone in the area. But with four sophomores and one junior in the starting lineup, the Blazing Trojans were too young. Now, a year later, Bloom looks like a very dangerous team after a strong summer. The Blazing Trojans have multiple Division I prospects on a team with huge aspirations.
Did you know? Bloom will play one of the elite schedules in the area this season. The Blazing Trojans are scheduled to take part in the Chicago Heights Classic, Chicago Elite Classic, Pontiac Holiday Tournament and When Sides Collide Shootout -- to name a few marquee events.
2017-18 record: 27-5, 8-1 East Suburban Catholic
Postseason results: Lost to Larkin in Class 4A super-sectionals.
Players to watch: Returning starters include senior forward Will Engels and junior center Colin Crothers while the program also received a surprising Division I prospect transfer in 6-foot-6 forward Kendrick Tchoua.
Why they're in the power rankings: Benet would probably be ranked without the addition of another Division I prospect, but the frontcourt of Engels, Crothers and Tchoua figures to be one of the area's best. The Redwings should once again be a major factor in the East Suburban Catholic Conference as long as their guard play can match teams like St. Viator.
Did you know? Benet has nine consecutive 20-win seasons under head coach Gene Heidkamp as he's built a consistent winner. The Redwings have won four sectional titles and made two state finals appearances during that nine-year run.