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VOTE: Viewers' Choice Game Of The Week

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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 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. 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, it's all about the City of Lights (Aurora). Which game within the Aurora city limits should we attend for High School Lites? We'll send our cameras to one of the following: 

Glenbard East at West Aurora, 7:00 p.m.

Bartlett at East Aurora, 7:00 p.m.

Neuqua Valley at Waubonsie Valley, 7:30 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.

50 Days to Kickoff: Neuqua Valley

50 Days to Kickoff: Neuqua Valley

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 July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Neuqua Valley

Head coach: Bill Ellinghaus

Assistant coaches: Rodney Jones, Jason Berry, J.R. Niklos, Clayton Figi, Joey Michals, Tom Trayser, Tim Companey, Jack smilanic, Mike Parton, Billy Ellinghaus, David Ricca,Dominic Pisciteillo, Bill Miller, Jeff Wynne and Nico Vittori

How they fared in 2017: 5-4 (3-4 DuPage Valley Conference). Neuqua Valley failed to qualify for the IHSA state football playoff field. 

2018 Regular Season Schedule:
Aug. 24 vs Glenbard North
Aug. 31 vs Stevenson
Sept. 7 @ Waubonsie Valley
Sept. 14 @ Normal Community
Sept. 21 @ Jacobs
Sept. 28 vs Waubonsie Valley
Oct. 5 @ Naperville Central
Oct. 12 vs Metea Valley
Oct. 19 vs Naperville North

[MORE: 95 Days to Kickoff - Waubonsie Valley]

Biggest storyline: Can the Wildcats rebound and get back into the state playoffs despite having a loaded regular season schedule?

Names to watch this season: WR Brandt Stare and DE Matt Quinn 

Biggest holes to fill: The Wildcats will need to reload at a few key spots including quarterback and along the offensive line. 

EDGY's Early Take: Despite posting a 5-4 record last season, the Wildcats stayed home during the playoffs. It's something that doesn't sit well at Neuqua Valley under head coach Bill Ellinghaus and staff. How will they bounce back? Neuqua Valley always plays a strong schedule. It'll be supercharged this fall due in part to the splitting of the DuPage Valley conference, which left just five teams remaining from a season ago. As a result, Neuqua plays archrival Waubonsie Valley twice. If the Wildcats can get out of the gates quick and develop some new names at a few key spots they will be playoff bound this season. 

Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

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Viewers' Choice: Vote for High School Lites game coverage

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.