High School Lites Preview

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High School Lites Preview

Comcast SportsNet is your go-to place for prep basketball highlights in Chicagoland. Fridays High School Lites feast will feature conference battles on the north shore and profile some up-and-coming teams in the western suburbs.

Who will gain momentum on the eve of the holiday tournament season? Here is a snapshot of each game Comcast SportsNet will be covering this week on High School Lites. All rankings reflect the CSN Top 20:

THURSDAY GAMES

Girls: Bolingbrook (4-0) @ Lockport (2-6), 6:30 p.m.

Ariel Massengale is at Tennessee now, but forward Morgan Tuck and a talented group of Raiders remain. Tuck led all scorers with 18 points as Bolingbrook defeated Sandburg 56-25 Tuesday night. It's a challenging week for Taylor Quain and the Porters. They are facing two of the toughest teams in Chicagoland: Homewood-Flossmoor (69-45 loss on Tuesday) and now Bolingbrook.

Girls: Metea Valley (4-6) @ Waubonsie Valley (7-1), 7:15 p.m.

Waubonsie Valley's team might be a little more focused -- and a little more careful -- come Thursday night. The Warriors committed 21 turnovers in a 65-47 loss to Bartlett Tuesday. Becky Wilford paced the WV attack with 13 points. Metea Valley, who is starting to show a little more consistency after an 0-3 start, gets good contributions from Bria Walker, Anna Petersen and Megan Geldernick.

FRIDAY GAMES

Farragut (4-3) @ Westinghouse (6-2), 4:00 p.m.

If Westinghouse is to have any chance of winning Friday, they have to contain Farraguts Rashaun Stimage. The senior center was unstoppable Wednesday against Manley, racking up 27 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in the Admirals 93-37 victory. Westinghouse also comes in on a high note, after defeating Raby 72-54 Wednesday night. They also have a showdown with Whitney Young on Monday.

No. 9 New Trier (7-1) @ Waukegan (3-4) 7:30 p.m.

The Trevians have more than just Dartmouth-bound forward Connor Boehm. Guards Austin Angel, Reid Berman and David Braigel have New Trier off and running this season. Its always a battle when these Central Suburban South foes meet and this year figures to be no different. The Bulldogs have a talented guard in Akeem Springs and an up-and-coming forward in sophomore Jerome Davis. Theyre looking to bounce back from a Wednesday upset at the hands of Grayslake Central.

No. 16 West Aurora (5-1) @ Glenbard North (3-2), 7:30 p.m.
The top spot in the DuPage Valley conference doesn't have a runaway favorite this year. West Aurora and Glenbard North figure to be among the teams in the upper tier of the division. This game figures to be a nice showcase of forwards, Juwan Starks for West and Josh Fleming for North. The Blackhawks are riding high off a 71-59 win over Naperville Central, while the Panthers turned a few heads with a 59-55 victory over rival Glenbard East last Friday in Lombard.

St. Charles East (5-2) @ No. 17 Elgin (7-1), 7:30 p.m.

Could we have another Fab Four lurking? Arie Williams, Dennis Moore, Cortez Scott, Devin Gilliam and Kory Brown are the foursome that have kept the Maroons rolling all season. Each one of them scored in double-figures Tuesday night as Elgin beat Burlington Central 73-41. St. Charles East should cause a few more problems. They looked impressive in their last contest, a 56-43 decision over Geneva. They have Purdue recruit Kendall Stephens and an improving supporting cast.
No. 3 Proviso East (7-0) @ Hinsdale South (3-4), 7:30 p.m.

The Hornets got a much-needed win Tuesday night against Argo, winning 64-51. Their attack revolves around guard Phil George and center Brock Benson (both scored in double-figures in the win over the Argonauts). Can they hang with the Proviso East? St. Louis-bound Keith Carter, Sterling Brown and the rest of the third-ranked team, CSNs Muscle Milk Team of the Week, figure to be one of the states elite.
Willowbrook (1-5) @ No. 6 Downers Grove South (6-1), 7:30 p.m.

If the No. 6 Mustangs are to keep pace with the Proviso Easts and the Mortons in the West Suburban gold conference, they need to take care of league games like this on their home court. Senior guard Jerron Wilbut is coming off a 20-point performance last Friday in a win against Morton in Cicero. The Warriors will try to get back on the winning track; Fridays game represents the first in a three-game-in-five-night stretch.
Lake Forest (3-4) @ No. 4 Warren (6-1), 7:30 p.m.

If the fourth-ranked Blue Devils are to send retiring head coach Chuck Ramsey out in style, this figures to be the perfect year to do so. Warren is stacked this year, with seniors Nathan Boothe (C) and forward Darius Paul (F) at the controls. Warren is coming off a 61-45 win over Mundelein. Lake Forest has an interesting story in freshman Evan Boudreaux, who is playing on the varsity level for the Scouts. He scored 13 points in a losing effort Saturday against Zion-Benton.

Every Friday night at 10:30, High School Lites will bring you scores and highlights from the Chicagoland basketball courts. We'll also have in-depth feature stories and take a look back down Memory Lane in our Flashback segment. This week, be sure to check out CSN's Muscle Milk Team of the Week, the Proviso East Pirates. Well tell you why two of the famed Three Amigos are helping lead the boys from Maywood to a possible trip to Peoria in March (and no, were not talking about Chevy Chase, Martin Short or Steve Martin).

High School Lites streams live every Friday on CSNChicago.com. Its also where you can find: Drive 2011, the story of the Simeon Wolverines. This weeks journey takes us to Wednesdays tilt against Carver High School.

We invite you to share your story ideas as well by leaving comments at the bottom of this story. Also, please note that this weeks show will appear after our BlackhawksDucks coverage and SportsNet Central.

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

White Sox pitchers headed for World Baseball Classic look sharp in win over Rockies

What if… Cubs GM Jed Hoyer’s takeaways from epic World Series Game 7

Quick hits: Blackhawks start strong in win over Blues

Illini keep NCAA tournament hopes afloat with dominant win over Nebraska

White Sox: Happy with progress, Brett Lawrie tries to clear final hurdles

How Indians regrouped and reloaded after losing unforgettable Game 7 to Cubs

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

Kurt Busch steals a monster of a win in Daytona 500

Michigan State gets big win to boost tourney hopes, while Wisconsin loses for fourth time in five games

 

 

 

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling found out at 8 o'clock this morning that he was starting for an ailing Corey Crawford. Considering he did this back in December for a few weeks, adjusting quick for one game was fine.

"It's kind of my job," Darling said.

And Darling, once again, did his job.

Darling stopped 30 of 32 shots and Patrick Kane scored his 24th goal of the season as the Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday night. The Blackhawks have won nine of their last 10 games. They're one point behind the Minnesota Wild, who made their splashy trade-deadline move in acquiring Martin Hanzal on Sunday. But the Blackhawks, thanks to veterans regaining their form, a top line finding its rhythm and youth consistently improving, are just rolling right along.

"We had a great start to the game. I thought Darls was excellent all night, great stretch there in the last 10 minutes where we fight through some tough shifts, particularly in the last couple of minutes in our end. But good win," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You look at the nice plays on the goals, it was kind of a comparable ending to the outdoor game: tied and about the same time they scored, we scored (tonight). Big two points for us."

Jonathan Toews scored his 16th of the season and Artem Anisimov scored the game-winning goal with 5:20 remaining in regulation. Tanner Kero added an empty-net goal with 2.6 seconds remaining in the game.

The Blackhawks already knew they'd be without Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) for at least a day or two when they found out Crawford couldn't go this morning. As Quenneville said Darling was strong once again, denying the Blues all but twice (a 2-on-1 goal from Magnus Paajarvi and a power-play goal from Alex Pietrangelo).

Toews and Kane (power-play goal) staked the Blackhawks to a 2-0 lead early before the Blues tied it in the second. But late in the third period Anisimov took the feed from Artemi Panarin to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

"I saw the puck all the way. It was easy to pick up," Anisimov said. "When you don't see the puck at the last moment and it comes, it's hard to receive and prepare for the next move. But I saw it all the way. Easy to prepare for the next move."

Speaking of next moves, do the Blackhawks make any more before the trade deadline. General manager Stan Bowman said on Friday, following the acquisition of Tomas Jurco, that he'll keep talking and listening but likes the group he has right now. If Bowman's made moves it's for what the Blackhawks have needed, not because of another team's trades. The Blackhawks like what they have right now. Winning nine of 10 and continuing to trend in the right direction, they should be careful not to disrupt what they've got going.

"I think we're, as we've said lately, trending the right way. We're playing solid. I think all four lines are contributing in every which way," Toews said. "I love our group right now. Everyone is getting better individually, contributing more and more and it's a lot of fun to see the way we're playing right now. We know that the ceiling is way higher and we can keep getting better too."