School: Lake Park
2018-19 record: 23-11 (8-6 DuKane)
Postseason results: Lost to Downers North in Class 4A sectional semifinals.
Players to watch: Luke Sgarbossa is a senior guard coming off of a strong junior year that saw him put up 15.5 points and 2.1 assists per game. Sgarbossa is a big-time scorer. Junior Trevor Montiel emerged as a player to watch this summer with some solid play as he can knock down jumpers.
Why they're in the power rankings: The Lancers made a huge impression in the postseason with regional wins over DeKalb and Benet before losing a tight game in the next round. Lake Park also looked strong during June. With many pieces returning, the Lancers look like the DuKane favorites and a force to contend with in Class 4A.
Did you know? Lake Park has captured 14 regional titles in program history but the Lancers only have one sectional title (2015) in program history.
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 NBC Sports Chicago (@NBCSPreps) crew will cover on Friday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights of that game will appear on that night's “High School Lites” broadcast at 11 p.m. — just after Chicago Bulls basketball. The show also live streams at NBCSportsChicago.com/watchlive. High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. the following Saturday. This week, it's all about the big boys. 8A and 7A teams are in position to boost their playoff resume. Which game should we give some love to on Friday night?
Curie vs. Simeon, 7:15 p.m. (Gately Stadium)
Maine South at New Trier, 7:30 p.m.
Lake Park at Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Poll opens Tuesday at 12 p.m. and closes Thursday at 4 p.m. Here is what fans need to do to vote:
— 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.
While we are still just one week into the 2017 IHSA football season, a few schools came away with eye-catching victories in the opening weekend. Could the following five teams stick around for the long haul?
Addison Trail- The Blazers posted a strong 28-0 win over Glenbard South to open the season. Head coach Paul Parpet Jr. has a standout in senior RB Nick D'Ambrose. A-Trail also brings back experienced line play on both sides of the football. They travel to Elmhurst to take on York this week.
Hillcrest- The biggest high school football question in Country Club Hills was regarding new head coach Morgan Weaver: could he carry over the Hawks' success from former head coach Marquise Cole? After the Hawks blasted Morgan Park 52-0 last Saturday, it's looking like Hillcrest should be just fine this fall. Hillcrest hosts the Stars from Rich South Friday.
St. Edward- The Green Wave got off to a torrid 4-0 start last season before losing five straight games to end the season. But after Friday's impressive 44-26 win over 5A power Metamora, you can't help but get excited about the Green Wave's chances in 2017. Senior QB Dylan Mlinarich, an All-State quarterback last season, is one of several returning starters to watch this fall. No rest for the Wave, though, as they welcome a solid Chicago Hope Academy team to Elgin Friday night.
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Lake Park- The Lancers pulled off one of the most impressive upset wins last Friday, beating Waubonsie Valley 36-34. And as a result, they picked up a huge early-season DuPage Valley Conference victory. Lake Park and head coach Chris Roll took their lumps last season, finishing 2-7. However, they welcomed back 30 seniors and feature a roster loaded with varisity experience. Keep an eye on senior QB Jackson Behles and senior LB Gino Romano for the Lancers. Up next: a home date with Wheaton Warrenville South Friday night.
Oswego East- The Wolves and head coach Tyson LeBlanc had several big questions heading into the season. One of them figuring out how to replace several starters from last year's 9-2 state playoff team. In steps junior ATH Justin Clark, who can play several spots for the Wolves including quarterback. Illinois verbal commit DB Antwain Walker is another name to watch. Both played huge roles in the Oswego East 36-20 win over Joliet West last Friday. The Wolves travel to Romeoville on Friday.