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.

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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