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VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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NBC Sports Chicago

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants is more?

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school football followers. 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 11:00 p.m., just after Cubs and White Sox baseball. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago. 

This week we are putting the spotlight on some 4A powerhouses-- and one 2A team (Clifton Central) that is making serious strides in the rankings. We will spotlight the following three games on our Twitter page (@NBCSPreps).

Which one is the most worthy of our coverage?

Bishop McNamara at Coal City, 7:00 p.m.

Herscher at Clifton Central, 7:00 p.m.

Plano at Marengo, 7:00 p.m. 

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Friday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 4 p.m. Thursday. 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, all season long.

36 Days to Kickoff: Coal City

36 Days to Kickoff: Coal City

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 Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Coal City

Head coach: Dan Hutchings

Assistant coaches: Francis Loughran, Jim Looper, Ryan Bunton, Corey Mikula, Mark Masters and Marty Egan

How they fared in 2018: 10-2 (4-0) Interstate Eight 'Large' Conference. Coal City made the Class 3A state playoff field and defeated Wheaton Academy and Johnsburg. They ended their season by losing to Richmond-Burton in quarterfinals.
 
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 @ Morris
Sept. 6 vs Bishop McNamara
Sept. 13 @ Herscher
Sept. 20 vs Peotone
Sept. 27 @ Streator
Oct. 4 vs Manteno
Oct. 11 @ Lisle
Oct. 18 vs Wilmington
Oct. 25 vs Reed Custer

[MORE: 96 Days to Kickoff - Morris] 

Biggest storyline: The Coalers have made the IHSA playoffs in 29 of the past 32 seasons. They may give their fans reasons to cheer again. Can the Coalers live up to the preseason hype? Can they make a deep run in the state playoffs in 2019?

Names to watch this season: DE Brady Crawford (Senior, Sioux Falls) and LB/TE Austin Pullara (Senior)

Biggest holes to fill: The Coalers welcome back 13 starters from last season (seven offense, six defense) but are looking to fill a few key spots including defensive tackle, defensive back and wide receiver. 

EDGY's Early Take: The Coalers opened up some eyes last season. They look to have the makings of a team that's ready to break out even more this fall. The offense has some key names back including QB Payton Hutchings (Illinois/baseball)-- the son of head coach Dan Hutchings. RB Daniel Jezik is back as well along with several key playmakers on defense. Look for Brady Crawford and Austin Pullara to stand out on that side of the ball. Coal City also enters a new conference: the Illinois Central Eight. While the schedule is a beast (they open at Morris, then host Bishop Mac), the Coalers have a lot of positives entering the 2019 season.

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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NBC Sports Chicago

VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

Who wants it more? 

We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland's top prep sports show, in the hands of area boys basketball 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. 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 on NBC Sports Chicago. 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 on NBC Sports Chicago. This week we are giving fans a taste of the Interstate Eight and Tri-County conferences, as teams are gaining momentum for a postseason run.

Which one of the three boys basketball games below are the most worthy of our coverage?

Coal City at Seneca, 6:45 p.m.

Lisle at Sandwich, 6:45 p.m.

Manteno at Westmont, 7:00 p.m.

To participate in the poll, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

— Follow @NBCSPreps on Twitter.
— Note the "pinned Tweet" atop the @NBCSPreps feed. Vote for the game you want us to cover.
— Spread the word!
 
The poll will start at 12:00 p.m. Monday. 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.