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High School Lites roundup: Week 16

High School Lites roundup: Week 16

The last weekend of IHSA playoff hoops was absolutely thrilling, as the Class 3A-4A state champions were crowned. Follow CSNPreps year round for the latest scores, analysis and news. 

ROUNDUP

Whitney Young gets revenge on Simeon, wins Class 4A crown

Morgan Park rallies to beat Fenwick in overtime for Class 3A crown

Highlights: Whitney Young knocks off Simeon for Class 4A title

Highlights: Morgan Park pulls off epic comeback to beat Fenwick in Class 3A championship

IHSA Class 3A trophy ceremony

IHSA Class 4A trophy ceremony

Highlights: Bolingbrook edges Fremd for third place in Class 3A

Bolingbrook edges Fremd in 4A consolation game

Players, coaches talk Whitney Young's revenge win

Whitney Young's Javon Freeman soars for sick dunk 

Morgan Park's Nick Irvin, Nimari Burnett talk state championship win

Highlights: Bloomington beats Lanphier in Class 3A consolation game

In the Gym at EFT: Dexafit body fat testing

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Dannie Smith

Crowning champions in Battle of the Fans

Top plays from wild IHSA basketball season

Highlights: New Trier wins Blackhawk Cup over Providence

High School Lites Podcast: What is the greatest high school football rivalry in Illinois?

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High School Lites Podcast: What is the greatest high school football rivalry in Illinois?

Excellent teams. Tradition. Locality. Fan base animosity.

They’re the cornerstones of what make a great high school football rivalry. In this edition of CSN Chicago’s High School Lites podcast, Joe Collins, Jared Storck and “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran dive into this topic and discuss which ones stand out above the rest in Illinois.

The panel also breaks down the newly-released IHSA playoff outlook and discuss the early candidates for offensive player of the year. They’ll also look ahead to Friday’s matchups, which feature several teams jostling for playoff position.

Listen to the High School Lites Podcast below:

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander ended his recruitment on Tuesday night by committing to UT Chattanooga on Twitter.

"I chose UT-Chattanooga, because deep down inside, I knew I could trust (new Mocs head coach Lamont) Paris and the staff," Commander said to CSN. "They believed in me from the jump! I know for a fact that I could go to war with this coaching staff."

The 6-foot-0 Commander was one of the area's best point guards and perimeter shooters last season as he helped Marist become a consistent presence in the CSN Preps Power Rankings.

Transferring to Public League powerhouse Curie this offseason, Commander made his presence immediately felt with the Condors this summer when he buried five first-half three-pointers against Simeon during June's annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout. 

Curie eventually went on to win the loaded summer event as they once again look like a major threat for a city and state championship this season with Commander as a major piece. 

Commander selected UT Chattanooga over his other finalist, UC-Davis, as Paris is very familiar with recruiting the Chicagoland area. 

A former assistant coach at Wisconsin since 2010 before taking the UT Chattanooga head job this spring, Paris recruited Illinois before for the Badgers as he is plenty familiar with the area.