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. 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.
Week 9 is “Bubble Week” for many teams fighting to stay on the right side of the postseason bubble. Who moves on? Whose bubble will burst? Will Wauconda advance to the playoffs after finishing 2-7 last year? Or will Grant end their season on a winning note? Schaumburg and Fremd both stand at 4-4. The winner goes to the postseason. The winner stays home for November. Zion-Benton hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003. A win over Libertyville gets them there. But for the Wildcats, this ‘is’ their playoff game. Who wins in the North Suburban conference? We’ll send our cameras to one of the following:
Grant at Wauconda, 7:15 p.m.
Schaumburg at Fremd, 7:30 p.m.
Libertyville at Zion-Benton, 7:30 p.m.
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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: 28-8, 7-2 Public League Red-North/West
Postseason results: Lost to Belleville West in Class 4A state title game.
Players to watch: The junior backcourt of Fenwick transfer D.J. Steward and Tyler Beard is potentially the best in the state as both players are consensus top-75 national prospects. Senior Myles Baker is poised for a big season after some strong play last season. Other seniors like Justin Warren and Keenan Jones are great role players who have helped win plenty of games.
Why they're in the power rankings: After falling just short of back-to-back Class 4A championships last season, Whitney Young reloads to replace departed seniors like Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda. It's rare a high school team loses two Division I prospects and replenishes with a backcourt that could be better, but that's the case here with Whitney Young. The Dolphins have the upside to be the state's best team this season.
Did you know? Whitney Young has been a state final qualifier seven times -- including five times under current head coach Tyrone Slaughter.
High School Lites has moved to Saturdays during the month of November as the IHSA Football State Playoffs continue. NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of some of the top matchups from the quarterfinals.
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Brother Rice 14, Marist 3
Loyola Academy 24, Lincoln-Way East 16
Nazareth Academy 47, Batavia 28
St. Charles North 27, Mount Carmel 21, 2 OT
Cary-Grove 28, Notre Dame 21
Crete-Monee 38, Richards 35
Montini 42, Sterling 20
Joliet Catholic 42, Hillcrest 6
IC Catholic 28, Richmond-Burton 9
Bishop McNamara 52, Rochester 42
Byron 42, Herscher 0
Monticello 40, Carlinville 14
Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 14, Eastland-Pearl City 7
Maroa-Forsyth 16, St. Teresa 14
Forreston 34, Lena-Winslow 28
Camp Point Central 35, Argenta-Oreana 22