Bracket Central: IHSA playoff pairings revealed

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Bracket Central: IHSA playoff pairings revealed

CSN and the IHSA partnered up on Saturday night for the official IHSA Playoff Pairing Show to unveil the brackets for Class 1A-8A. See the full first-round matchups and video analysis on each Class below.

Class 1A - First Round

Game 1 16 Biggsville (West Central) (5-4) at 1 Stockton (9-0), TBA
Game 2 9 Galena (H.S.) (6-3) at 8 East Dubuque (6-3), TBA
Game 3 13 Chicago (Hales Franciscan) (6-3) at 4 Freeport (Aquin) (8-1), TBA
Game 4 12 Abingdon (6-3) at 5 Lena (L.-Winslow) (7-2), TBA
Game 5 15 Chicago (Luther North) (5-4) at 2 Ottawa (Marquette) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 10 Hebron (Alden-H.) Coop (6-3) at 7 Forreston (7-2), TBA
Game 7 14 Warren (5-4) at 3 Mooseheart (8-1), TBA
Game 8 11 Monmouth (United) (6-3) at 6 Toulon (Stark County) (7-2), TBA
Game 9 16 Mt. Sterling (Brown County) (5-4) at 1 LeRoy (9-0), TBA
Game 10 9 Flanagan F.C.-Wood. Coop (7-2) at 8 Colfax (Ridgeview) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 13 Mt. Olive (6-3) at 4 Concord (Triopia) Coop (8-1), TBA
Game 12 12 Milford Coop (6-3) at 5 Moweaqua (Central A & M) (8-1), TBA
Game 13 15 Dupo (6-3) at 2 Maroa (M.-Forsyth) (8-1), TBA
Game 14 10 Winchester West Central Coop (6-3) at 7 Villa Grove (8-1), TBA
Game 15 14 Toledo (Cumberland) (6-3) at 3 Carrollton (8-1), TBA
Game 16 11 Oblong (6-3) at 6 Sidell (Jamaica) Salt Fork Coop (8-1), TBA

Official Class 1A bracket on IHSA.org

Class 1A Video Analysis:

Class 2A - First Round

Game 1 8 Orion (5-4) at 1 Lanark (Eastland) E.-Pearl City Coop (9-0), TBA
Game 2 5 Winnetka (N. Shore C.D.) (7-2) at 4 Amboy A.-LaMoille Coop (7-2), TBA
Game 3 7 Morrison (6-3) at 2 Aledo (Mercer County) (9-0), TBA
Game 4 6 Taylor Ridge (Rockridge) (7-2) at 3 Rockford (Lutheran) (8-1), TBA
Game 5 8 Momence (6-3) at 1 Clifton (Central) (8-1), TBA
Game 6 5 Carthage (Illini West) (7-2) at 4 Tremont (8-1), TBA
Game 7 7 Havana (6-3) at 2 Downs (Tri-Valley) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 6 Watseka (6-3) at 3 Kewanee (Wethersfield) Annawan-W. (8-1), TBA
Game 9 16 Georgetown (Ridge F.) Chris. (6-3) at 1 Bismarck (Henning) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 9 Johnston City (7-2) at 8 DuQuoin (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 13 Argenta (A.-Oreana) (6-3) at 4 Camp Point (C.) C.-SE Coop (9-0), TBA
Game 12 12 Lawrenceville (7-2) at 5 Cerro Gordo C.G.-Bement Coop (9-0), TBA
Game 13 15 Belleville (Althoff Catholic) (6-3) at 2 Chester (9-0), TBA
Game 14 10 Athens Coop (7-2) at 7 Beardstown (8-1), TBA
Game 15 14 Carmi (C.-White County) (6-3) at 3 Casey (C.-Westfield) (9-0), TBA
Game 16 11 Arthur (A.-Lovington) Coop (7-2) at 6 Carlinville (8-1), TBA

Official Class 2A bracket on IHSA.org

Class 2A Video Analysis:

Class 3A - First Round

Game 1 16 Champaign (St. Thomas M.) (5-4) at 1 Elmwood E.-Brimfield (9-0), TBA
Game 2 9 Winnebago (7-2) at 8 Farmington (7-2), TBA
Game 3 13 Chicago (Raby) (6-2) at 4 Aurora (A. Christian) (8-1), TBA
Game 4 12 Elmhurst (Imm. Concep.) (6-3) at 5 Poplar Grove (N. Boone) (8-1), TBA
Game 5 15 Erie E.-Prophetstown (5-4) at 2 Sterling (Newman C. Cath.) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 10 Peru (St. Bede) (7-2) at 7 Monmouth (M.-Roseville) (7-2), TBA
Game 7 14 Aurora (Central Catholic) (6-3) at 3 St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 11 Wilmington (7-2) at 6 Byron (7-2), TBA
Game 9 8 Virden (North Mac) (5-4) at 1 Williamsville (9-0), TBA
Game 10 5 Monticello (7-2) at 4 Nokomis Coop (8-1), TBA
Game 11 7 Pana (H.S.) (5-4) at 2 Tolono (Unity) (8-1), TBA
Game 12 6 Auburn (6-3) at 3 Pleasant Plains (8-1), TBA
Game 13 8 Anna (A.-Jonesboro) (6-3) at 1 Greenville (8-1), TBA
Game 14 5 Sesser (S.-Valier) Coop (6-3) at 4 Vienna V.-Goreville Coop (6-3), TBA
Game 15 7 Robinson (6-3) at 2 Benton (8-1), TBA
Game 16 6 Carterville (6-3) at 3 Vandalia (7-2), TBA

Official Class 3A bracket on IHSA.org

Class 3A Video Analysis:

Class 4A - First Round

Game 1 8 Chicago (Marshall) (6-2) at 1 Chicago (VOISE Academy) Austin (8-0), TBA
Game 2 5 Chicago (Brooks) (6-2) at 4 Chicago (Payton) (7-1), TBA
Game 3 7 Evergreen Park (6-3) at 2 North Chicago (7-2), TBA
Game 4 6 Richmond (R.-Burton) (6-3) at 3 Chicago (Harper) (7-1), TBA
Game 5 8 Manteno (5-4) at 1 Rock Island (Alleman) (8-1), TBA
Game 6 5 Plano (6-3) at 4 Stillman Valley (6-3), TBA
Game 7 7 Peotone (5-4) at 2 Coal City (8-1), TBA
Game 8 6 Geneseo (5-4) at 3 Sandwich (6-3), TBA
Game 9 8 Quincy (Notre Dame) (5-4) at 1 Macomb (8-1), TBA
Game 10 5 Peoria (Notre Dame) (6-3) at 4 Fairbury (Prairie Central) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 7 Mahomet (M.-Seymour) (6-3) at 2 Rochester (8-1), TBA
Game 12 6 Bloomington (Central Catholic) (6-3) at 3 Charleston (8-1), TBA
Game 13 8 Herrin (H.S.) (5-4) at 1 Harrisburg (8-1), TBA
Game 14 5 Mt. Carmel (6-3) at 4 Columbia (8-1), TBA
Game 15 7 Waterloo (H.S.) (5-4) at 2 Alton (Marquette) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 6 Breese (Mater Dei) (6-3) at 3 Olney (East Richland) (8-1), TBA

Official Class 4A bracket on IHSA.org

Class 4A Video Analysis

Class 5A - First Round

Game 1 16 Belvidere (H.S.) (5-4) at 1 Maple Park (Kaneland) (9-0), TBA
Game 2 9 New Lenox (Lincoln-Way West) (6-3) at 8 Rochelle (6-3), TBA
Game 3 13 Tinley Park (H.S.) (5-4) at 4 Chicago (Westinghouse Prep) (7-2), TBA
Game 4 12 Joliet (Catholic Academy) (5-4) at 5 Elmwood Park (7-2), TBA
Game 5 15 Wauconda (5-4) at 2 Woodstock (Marian) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 10 Sterling (H.S.) (6-3) at 7 Woodstock (North) (6-3), TBA
Game 7 14 Midlothian (Bremen) (5-4) at 3 Lombard (Montini) (7-2), TBA
Game 8 11 Chicago (King) (6-2) at 6 Sycamore (H.S.) (6-3), TBA
Game 9 8 Galesburg (H.S.) (5-4) at 1 Normal (University) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 5 Washington (7-2) at 4 Metamora (7-2), TBA
Game 11 7 Park Forest (Rich East) (6-3) at 2 Morris (8-1), TBA
Game 12 6 East Peoria (7-2) at 3 Urbana (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 13 8 Mattoon (5-4) at 1 Jerseyville (Jersey) (9-0), TBA
Game 14 5 Marion (H.S.) (7-2) at 4 Chatham (Glenwood) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 7 Jacksonville (H.S.) (5-4) at 2 Centralia (H.S.) (9-0), TBA
Game 16 6 Highland (5-4) at 3 Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) (8-1), TBA

Official Class 5A bracket on IHSA.org

Class 5A Video Analysis:

Class 6A - First Round

Game 1 16 Rockford (Auburn) (5-4) at 1 Cary (C.-Grove) (9-0), TBA
Game 2 9 Glen Ellyn (Glenbard South) (6-3) at 8 Chicago (St. Patrick) (6-3), TBA
Game 3 13 Chicago (Hyde Park) (6-2) at 4 Crystal Lake (Central) (7-2), TBA
Game 4 12 Chicago (Lake View) (6-2) at 5 Fox Lake (Grant) (7-2), TBA
Game 5 15 Arlington Heights (St. Viator) (5-4) at 2 Lake Villa (Lakes) (8-1), TBA
Game 6 10 Lake Forest (H.S.) (6-3) at 7 Rolling Meadows (7-2), TBA
Game 7 14 Niles (Notre Dame) (5-4) at 3 Grayslake (North) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 11 Chicago (Steinmetz) (6-2) at 6 Chicago (Foreman) (7-1), TBA
Game 9 8 Darien (Hinsdale South) (6-3) at 1 Oak Forest (8-1), TBA
Game 10 5 Palos Heights (Shepard) (6-3) at 4 Chicago (Perspectives) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 7 Frankfort (Lincoln-Way North) (6-3) at 2 Oak Lawn (Richards) (8-1), TBA
Game 12 6 Chicago (Morgan Park) (6-3) at 3 Lemont (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 13 8 Springfield (H.S.) (5-4) at 1 Crete (C.-Monee) (9-0), TBA
Game 14 5 Bloomington (H.S.) (7-2) at 4 Peoria (Richwoods) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 7 Normal (Community) (6-3) at 2 Ottawa (Twp.) (9-0), TBA
Game 16 6 Normal (Community West) (6-3) at 3 Rock Island (H.S.) (7-2), TBA

Official Class 6A bracket on IHSA.org

Class 6A Video Analysis:

Class 7A - First Round

Game 1 16 Elk Grove Village (E.G.) (5-4) at 1 Glen Ellyn (Glenbard West) (9-0), TBA
Game 2 9 Libertyville (7-2) at 8 Machesney Park (Harlem) (7-2), TBA
Game 3 13 Mt. Prospect (Prospect) (6-3) at 4 Northbrook (Glenbrook N.) (8-1), TBA
Game 4 12 St. Charles (East) (6-3) at 5 Wheaton (North) (8-1), TBA
Game 5 15 Algonquin (Jacobs) (5-4) at 2 Rockford (Boylan Catholic) (9-0), TBA
Game 6 10 Huntley (6-3) at 7 Oak Park (Fenwick) (7-2), TBA
Game 7 14 Villa Park (Willowbrook) (6-3) at 3 Rockton (Hononegah) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 11 Crystal Lake (South) (6-3) at 6 Lake Zurich (7-2), TBA
Game 9 8 Downers Grove (North) (5-4) at 1 Batavia (9-0), TBA
Game 10 5 Harvey (Thornton) (7-2) at 4 Lansing (Thornton Fractional S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 7 Tinley Park (Andrew) (6-3) at 2 Lisle (Benet Academy) (8-1), TBA
Game 12 6 Plainfield (North) (7-2) at 3 Oswego (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 13 8 Plainfield (Central) (6-3) at 1 Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East) (9-0), TBA
Game 14 5 Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais) (6-3) at 4 New Lenox (Prov. Cath.) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 7 Pekin (6-3) at 2 Edwardsville (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 6 Belleville (West) (6-3) at 3 East St. Louis (Sr.) (7-2), TBA

Official Class 7A bracket on IHSA.org

Class 7A Video Analysis:

Class 8A - First Round

Game 1 16 Chicago (Lane) (5-3) at 1 Park Ridge (Maine South) (9-0), TBA
Game 2 9 Winnetka (New Trier) (6-3) at 8 Hoffman Estates (Conant) (6-3), TBA
Game 3 13 Palatine (Fremd) (5-4) at 4 Carol Stream (Glenbard North) (8-1), TBA
Game 4 12 Gurnee (Warren) (5-4) at 5 Lincolnshire (Stevenson) (7-2), TBA
Game 5 15 Evanston (Twp.) (5-4) at 2 Wilmette (Loyola Academy) (8-1), TBA
Game 6 10 Bartlett (6-3) at 7 Franklin Park-Northlake (Leyden) (7-2), TBA
Game 7 14 Skokie (Niles West) (5-4) at 3 Palatine (H.S.) (8-1), TBA
Game 8 11 Glenview (Glenbrook South) (5-4) at 6 Schaumburg (H.S.) (7-2), TBA
Game 9 16 Naperville (North) (5-4) at 1 Naperville (Neuqua Valley) (9-0), TBA
Game 10 9 Bolingbrook (7-2) at 8 Orland Park (Sandburg) (7-2), TBA
Game 11 13 Hillside (Proviso West) (6-3) at 4 Aurora (Waubonsie Valley) (8-1), TBA
Game 12 12 Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest) (6-3) at 5 Hinsdale (Central) (7-2), TBA
Game 13 15 LaGrange (Lyons) (5-4) at 2 Chicago (Marist) (8-1), TBA
Game 14 10 O'Fallon (H.S.) (7-2) at 7 Flossmoor (Homewood-F.) (7-2), TBA
Game 15 14 Chicago (Brother Rice) (5-4) at 3 Chicago (Mt. Carmel) (8-1), TBA
Game 16 11 Chicago Heights (Bloom Twp.) (6-3) at 6 Chicago (Simeon) (7-1), TBA

Official Class 8A bracket on IHSA.org

Class 8A Video Analysis:

Don't forget that Comcast SportsNet Chicago is your home for every 2012 IHSA Football State Championship game. Coverage of Class 1A-4A begins Friday, Nov. 23 and the action continues from Champaign with Class 5A-8A games on Saturday, Nov. 24 on CSN.

Kyle Baun healthy, ready for another chance with Blackhawks

Kyle Baun healthy, ready for another chance with Blackhawks

Kyle Baun couldn’t have asked for a better start to his second NHL season as he made the Blackhawks roster out of training camp.

It didn’t last long, however, as Baun was back with the Rockford IceHogs after two games with Chicago. As for that season in Rockford?

“That was a whole other story,” said Baun.

Indeed, Baun lost a good portion of his Rockford season when his right wrist was sliced twice by another player’s skate in mid-November. That, however, is all behind him. Now Baun hopes to replicate his 2015 camp performances and latch on with the big club longer.

Baun will play in his first preseason game this fall when the Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night. The 24-year-old skated is expected to start on a line with Tyler Motte and Tanner Kero, with whom he skated on Friday morning.

“I just want to simulate what I did last year, and it went well at the beginning,” Baun said. “I want to keep working hard, do what I did last year in the exhibition season and hopefully I can stick again.”

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

Baun’s stint was short lived last fall; he was reassigned to Rockford on Oct. 16, and was looking to have a strong season there. Less than a month later, however, he suffered his right wrist injury that sidelined him for more than three months. Baun said he still wasn’t quite right even when he returned.

“I was trying to get back with the wrist and stuff, and I’m not sure it was 100 percent by the time I came back,” said Baun, who now wears Kevlar guards on his wrists. “So it was good to get a summer of training back in and get my legs under me.”

As for that wrist, Baun said it’s definitely “much better now.”

“The strength and dexterity is back,” he said. “It’s a small muscle, so to get the dexterity back was kind of tough.”

Baun is looking for another opportunity. Considering the opportunities for forwards this season, a good showing could lead to some more time in Chicago.

“I’m just trying to focus on my own game like last year. I think that worked for me, trying not to look too, too much into what everyone else is doing,” he said. “Consistency is the biggest thing here. They’re just looking for a guy who can come in, game in and game out, and improve.”

BRIEFLY

- Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Corey Crawford, who just wrapped up their World Cup of Hockey play on Thursday night, will probably get “three or four days off” before joining camp, assistant coach Mike Kitchen said. “They’ve been going for a long time,” Kitchen said. “We’ll give them some time off.”

- Coach Joel Quenneville flew to Pittsburgh with the team.

Three keys and prediction: Notre Dame - Syracuse

Three keys and prediction: Notre Dame - Syracuse

Here are three keys and a prediction for Saturday's Notre Dame-Syracuse game in New Jersey.

1. Make a play on Amba Etta-Tawo: Orange quarterback Eric Dungey targets Etta-Tawo, college football’s leading receiver through four weeks, an average of 13 times a game. Covering Etta-Tawo well is one thing, but that won’t necessarily mean Dungey will look elsewhere to throw the ball. Senior Cole Luke will probably get the first crack at guarding Etta-Tawo, and he’ll have to make a few plays on the ball (a tipped pass, an interception, etc.) to force Dungey out of his comfort zone. If Luke can’t do it, look for an underclassmen — Donte Vaughn, who picked off a pass against Duke, would have to lead that next group — to step in. Stopping Etta-Tawo would go a long way toward keeping the points down against Syracuse’s going-to-plaid offense. 

2. Meet “the standard” on offense. DeShone Kizer has been somewhere between very good and great this season, but it hasn’t been enough for Notre Dame to avoid any of their three losses. Syracuse’s defense is prone to allowing explosive plays and has struggled against the run, so triggering Josh Adams, Dexter Williams and/or Tarean Folston on the ground could allow Kizer to pick apart the Orange secondary as the game goes on. Most importantly, Kizer and his teammates need to avoid carelessly turning the ball over, as they did a few times against Michigan State and Syracuse. 

3. Effective play from the young guys. Kelly said one of the defensive changes we’ll see going forward is a lot more younger, talented players getting on the field in situations in which they weren’t equipped to in Brian VanGorder’s complex defense. Maybe that means defensive end Daelin Hayes using his elite pass rushing trait to pressure Dungey, or linebacker Asmar Bilal using his excellent speed trait to run with a crossing route and break up a pass. No matter how it happens, it has to happen — with that “it” being making defensive plays. Without sacks, TFLs, fumbles and/or interceptions, all that talk of Notre Dame having more “fun” this week will ring hollow on Saturday.

 

Prediction: Notre Dame 45, Syracuse 42. Adams and Williams both have big games on the ground and Kizer leads an offensive oscillating between explosive and efficient to, for the first time this year, enough points to overcome a shaky defensive performance.