IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA boys basketball state playoff highlights are coming to CSN and CSNChicago.com on Tuesday night as we'll have cameras all over the state for six of the eight super-sectional games.

Below we preview all eight super-sectional games in Class 3A and Class 4A as you can catch these highlights streaming on CSNChicago.com at 11 p.m.

These highlights will also air on TV as CSN Fast Break has the same highlights at 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning with re-runs airing all Wednesday morning on CSN and CSN+. 

Class 4A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

Whitney Young vs. Evanston, 7:00 p.m. at Chicago State -- This will be a tremendous matchup as the Dolphins and Wildkits are both playing great ball. Whitney Young (24-7) is a legitimate Class 4A state title contender as Lucas Williamson, Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda is a very talented perimeter trio. Evanston (28-3) is one of the most balanced teams in the state as senior Nojel Eastern is playing some of his best basketball of the season. 

Fremd vs. Jacobs, 8:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- These two teams are a combined 60-1 as this is a huge game for both conferences. The Vikings (30-0) are coming off a dramatic buzzer-beating win over Conant as Kyle Sliwa continues to be one of the area's most clutch players. Jacobs (30-1) knocked off Larkin in sectional play as senior big man Cameron Krutwig, a Loyola commit, nearly had a quadruple-double. 

Bolingbrook vs. Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. at NIU -- Bolingbrook is still unbeaten at full strength this season as they're peaking at the right time once again. The Raiders (28-1) had a dramatic comeback win over Joliet West to win a sectional title as senior Nana Akenten (Nebraska) leads the deepest team left in the field. Naperville North (25-5) is not a team to be taken lightly. The Huskies have wins over Wheaton-Warrenville South and Evanston this season as senior Mitch Lewis is one of the area's more underrated players. 

Other games in Class 4A

Edwardsville vs. Simeon, 7:00 p.m. at ISU -- This could very well be considered the Class 4A state title game as these might be the two best teams in Illinois. The Wolverines are playing great ball lately as they've recently taken down Marist and Thornton in impressive fashion. Senior Evan Gilyard and juniors Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker form a talented trio that is leading the way for a deep and balanced team. Edwardsville counters with Mr. Basketball favorite Mark Smith as the unsigned senior is having a monster final season. 

Class 3A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

St. Viator vs. Fenwick, 6:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- The Friars (28-4) will be the heavy favorite in this one against St. Viator (15-16) as they have one of the most balanced teams left. Fenwick has talented seniors like Jacob Keller and Jamal Nixon while freshman D.J. Steward has emerged as one of the area's most productive newcomers. St. Viator is below .500 but they went 6-3 in a rugged ESCC to prepare for games like this. 

Marengo vs. Bloomington, 6:00 p.m. at NIU -- Bloomington (25-4) has had high expectations all season long while playing in events filled with Chicago-area teams like the Pontiac Holiday Tournament and the Martin Luther King event at Wheaton-Warrenville South. They face Marengo (25-7) as the Indians are coming off a strong season in the Kiswaukee Valley.

Morgan Park vs. Hillcrest, 7:00 p.m. at Joliet Central -- Morgan Park (23-6) will be the favorites in this one behind junior guard Ayo Dosunmu as he's been one of the area's best players this season. Hillcrest (22-7) already lost to the Mustangs by 18 points in December at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament but they have played well recently to make another super-sectional appearance.

Other games in Class 3A

Centralia vs. Lanphier, 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Convention Ctr. -- Lanphier (27-3) is getting great play from Yaakema Rose during the state tournament as they're going to be favored in this one. Centralia (22-9) has won six consecutive games as their defense has been very good during the state tournament. 

89 Days to Kickoff: Vernon Hills

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89 Days to Kickoff: Vernon Hills

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Vernon Hills

Head coach: Bill Bellecomo

Assistant coaches: Corey Atwell, Greg Stilling, Tim Dydo, Jason Czarnecki, Avelino Cortez, Brian Palmer, Mike Larsen, Dave Schroetter

How they fared in 2016: 10-4 (3-2 Central Suburban North), lost to Peoria in the IHSA Class 5A state title game.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 – Grayslake North

Sept. 1 – @ Zion-Benton

Sept. 8 – Rolling Meadows

Sept. 15 - @ Hoffman Estates

Sept. 22 - Highland Park

Sept. 28 – @ Deerfield

Oct. 6 - Maine West

Oct. 13 - @ Maine East

Oct. 20 - Glenbrook North

Biggest storyline: Can the Cougars make another deep run in Class 5A?

Names to watch this season: Senior WR/DB Max Lyle, senior OL/DL Danny Lester and senior LB Kyle Fasbinder

Biggest holes to fill: The Cougars will need to reload in particular on the offensive side of the football with just three starters back from a season ago.

EDGY's early take: The Cougars had a great run in 2016 and while several key starters have graduated, Vernon Hills still has some gas left in the tank. Getting off to a strong early start could be a big key in 2017 as the Cougars schedule is tough especially early on in 2017.

90 Days to Kickoff: Morris

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90 Days to Kickoff: Morris

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Jul. 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPreps Top 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Morris

Head coach: Alan Thorson

Assistant coaches: John Courter, Greg Larsen, John Wodziak, Keith Anderson, Derek Johnston, Justin Zink, Matt Seidel, Brian Kasher, Ryan Battersby, Ryan Clauson, Tyler Hartley, Kyle Enervold

How they fared in 2016: 10-3 (3-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East), lost to Peoria in the IHSA Class 5A semifinals.

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2017 regular season schedule:

Aug. 25 –DuSable

Sept. 1 – @ Washington

Sept. 8 – @ Quincy Notre Dame

Sept. 15 - Rochelle

Sept. 22 - @ Yorkville

Sept. 29 – DeKalb

Oct. 6 - Kaneland

Oct. 13 - @ Sycamore

Oct. 20 - @ Geneseo

Biggest storyline: Can the Redskins once again make a deep postseason run?

Names to watch this season: Senior OL Nathan Korte, Senior OL Nolan Feeney, WR/TE Tyler Spiezio

Biggest holes to fill: Morris will need to find some answers in the offensive skills department.

EDGY's early take: Morris will play its last season in the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference before heading to the Interstate 8 in 2018. If the Redskins can replace some graduated offensive skills players, Morris has a ton of experience, especially on both sides of the line, that could carry them deep into 5A. Also, keep an eye on the Redskins enrollment, which is pushing them closer and closer to Class 4A over the past few years.