High School Lites: Decisions, Decisions

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High School Lites: Decisions, Decisions

So what will it be: Will Sparty have a satellite campus at 81st and Vincennes? Will the Cameron Crazies become Parker's Posse? Or will the student body, athletic staffs and ticket vendors in Provo, Palo Alto or Gainesville have reason to celebrate? All of those questions will be answered next Thursday when Simeon's Jabari Parker makes his college choice.

READ: Simeon's Parker to announce college decision next week

At the very least, the Wolverines --and obviously the Parkers-- can be happy that this decision didn't linger into February (or even the IHSA playoff season). But there's still work to be done for Simeon between now and then, namely a huge road trip to Dallas and Memphis. They will take on DeSoto (TX) Thursday night and then fly to Memphis to participate in the Penny Hardaway Classic on Saturday.

MORE: Simeon's upcoming trip will focus on more than just basketball

Comcast SportsNet will also have cameras at 10 local games this week, which includes a Thursday tilt in the Central Suburban South battle between Waukegan and New Trier. Also, 13th-ranked Fenwick --with former Bulls assistant coach Johnny Bach on the sidelines-- travels to Brother Rice to take on the Crusaders.

Plus, we'll make a few stops in the Public League: should Whitney Young be on notice with Westinghouse's fast start? Bogan may not have a superstar, but could they play deep into spring this year? The Bengals are in action against Julian. And third-ranked Morgan Park looks to tame Vocational in a Red South battle.

The lone Chicagoland non-conference game we highlight is at the Plainfield North Invitational, with Benet taking on Lockport. The Redwings, thanks to standout players Sean O'Mara and Pat McInerney, already have turned heads with wins over York and Curie.

Here is a snapshot of every boys basketball game we will profile on Friday's High School Lites at 10:30pm. The rankings reflect the latest CSN Top 20:

THURSDAY GAMES

Waukegan @ New Trier, 6:30 p.m.

(1) Simeon vs. Prestonwood (TX), 8:30 p.m. in Dallas

FRIDAY GAMES

(5) Benet vs. Lockport, 5:15 p.m. at Plainfield North Invitational

Vocational @ (3) Morgan Park, 5:50 p.m.

Westinghouse @ (2) Whitney Young, 6:00 p.m.

Julian @ Bogan, 6:00 p.m.

Addison Trail @ (8) Proviso East, 6:00 p.m.

(13) Fenwick @ Brother Rice, 7:00 p.m.

Eisenhower @ Richards, 7:00 p.m.

Downers Grove South @ Morton, 7:30 p.m.

Schaumburg @ Palatine, 7:30 p.m.

Given the recent football BCS buzz, the words "Notre Dame" and "championship" have been uttered around Chicagoland frequently. Could those same words be used in March? And we're not (necessarily) talking about the basketball team in South Bend. Notre Dame High School in Niles has played very well to start the year. We'll catch up with the Dons in our "Muscle Milk Team of the Week" segment.

Plus, we're going old school --as in the Ivy League-- for our Allstate High School Athlete of the Week.

Also: how is Simeon preparing for a road trip to Dallas and Memphis? Check out our Simeon "Drive" segment.

And as always, well take a drive down Memory Lane in our Flashback segment and bring you up-to-the-minute scores and highlights from across Chicagoland.

High School Lites streams live this Friday night on CSNChicago.com.

We invite you to share your story ideas as well. Check us out at: highschoollites@comcastsportsnet.com

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch. 

Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win. 

So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best. 

To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games. 

"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season." 

After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks. 

Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups. 

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson will spend another three weeks in a walking boot and is likely out until at least the end of May.

The White Sox outfielder has been wearing the boot ever since he re-aggravated a stress reaction in his right foot earlier this month. Tilson is also rehabbing a torn hamstring that required surgery last August and ended his 2016 season early.

The White Sox later downed the San Francisco Giants 4-3 at Camelback Ranch. Catcher Roberto Pena had a two-out, two-run single in the ninth.

“It’s likely going to be a little bit of a process from there,” Tilson said. “One of those things you have to listen to your body. Like I said, it may take more time than I would like. But the ultimate goal is to be sustainable and get myself back to where I need to be.”

The White Sox top options for center field remain veteran Peter Bourjos and prospect Jacob May. They also could use Leury Garcia in center, manager Rick Renteria said.

Center field is one of several open roster battles with only three full days to go in camp. The team is off on Thursday before playing a pair of exhibition games at Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday.

“We’ll figure it out, and it could be in the next couple of days,” Renteria said. “We just have to allow it to play out and then make a determination at that point.”

The White Sox also have two spots up for grabs in the back of the bullpen. Michael Ynoa, who is out of options, non-roster invitees Anthony Swarzak, Cory Luebke and Matt Purke, and rookie Zack Burdi are vying for jobs. Rookie Juan Minaya is likely to start the season on the disabled list.

Rule 5 draftee Dylan Covey, who pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday, could figure into the team’s plans even more if Carlos Rodon starts the season on the disabled list. Covey is expected to start for the White Sox on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.

Sunday’s starter James Shields said he’s ready for the regular season after throwing five innings. Shields allowed three earned runs and eight hits, walked three and struck out two.

He finished the Cactus League with a 3.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.

“Overall I felt good and I’m ready to move on,” Shields said. “These last couple outings I’ve been trying to work on my two-seam fastball. Today it was a little erratic, but overall felt pretty good.”

Nate Jones struck out two in a scoreless inning pitched. David Robertson, Blake Smith and Dan Jennings also pitched a scoreless inning.

Jose Abreu doubled and walked in four trips. Melky Cabrera singled twice in three trips.