Illinois State High School Hockey Championships live stream Friday on CSN


Illinois State High School Hockey Championships live stream Friday on CSN

For the second consecutive year, New Trier Green and Providence Catholic will square off in the state title game of the Illinois State High School Hockey Championships at the United Center on Friday at 7 p.m. 

The game will be live streamed on with WGN Radio's Judd Sirott and CSN's Steve Konroyd on the call, and a re-broadcast will air Sunday at 4 p.m. on CSN.

In the 2016 championship match, New Trier Green came out on top 5-2 thanks to a four-goal effort by forward Jack Raith, who's now a senior.

He ranks second on the team with 118 points in 75 games, and is one of three players on the Trevians that has compiled at least 100 points this season, along with Charlie Burton (102 points in 67 games) and leading-scorer Tommy Cahill (125 points in 71 games). 

Burton was recently named the JJ O'Connor Male High School Player of the Year for his terrific senior campaign, and will look to cap off his high school career by helping his school win its fourth title in five years.

Jake Rott took home the player of the year honors last season, and leads the way for the Celtics as they seek their first-ever high school hockey state championship.

He has 61 points in 22 Catholic League regular-season games this season, with senior forward Jake Vennetti right behind him at 58 points.

The No. 1-seeded Trevians cruised past No. 5 Benet Academy 8-2 in the semifinals of the Red Division while the No. 2-ranked Celtics blanked No. 3 Loyola Gold 5-0 to advance to the championship.


Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips defensive tackle Queneil Morrison commits to NIU

Phillips junior defensive tackle recruit Queneil Morrison (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) gave Northern Illinois University his verbal commitment Saturday afternoon. Morrison, who is in DeKalb attending the Huskies spring game, told head coach Rod Carey his decision.

"I committed to NIU," Morrison said. "I just like NIU and it's a good school and a good program. I also really like the people at NIU and it's feel like a great place fort me."

Morrison, who had offers from Toledo and Bowling Green, was starting to draw increased recruiting looks from several FBS schools this spring.

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Why commit this early to the NIU Huskies?

"I just really like NIU and I also didn't want to lose my opportunity that I have at NIU by waiting too long," Morrison said.

Morrison is now the fourth in-state verbal commitment to the Huskies' 2018 Class, joining Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Maine South running back Fotis Kokosioulis. Earlier this week, Danville junior offensive tackle Julian Pearl (6-foot-7, 245 pounds), who was the first 2018 commitment for the Huskies, backed out and gave Illinois his commitment after he was offered a scholarship earlier this week.

Glenbard North DB Tyrik Henderson verbally commits to Minnesota

Glenbard North DB Tyrik Henderson verbally commits to Minnesota

Glenbard North three-star ranked defensive back Tyrik Henderson (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) has given Minnesota and head coach PJ Fleck his verbal commitment.

"The culture that Coach Fleck is bringing to Minnesota is something that fits me as a player and as a young man growing up in this world," Henderson told's Midwest Recruiting Expert Josh Helmholdt. "Coach Fleck will not only teach me the game but he and his staff will teach me the way of (life) and how to succeed the right way.

"I know it's a little ways away from home but we have more than enough close family in Minnesota and my parents still wouldn't miss a beat when coming up for games. Minnesota is on the rise and I'm not missing this Boat, it's my time to hop on and get Rowing. Ski-U-Mah."

Henderson is now the Gopher second known State of Illinois verbal commitment in the Class of 2018 and the eleventh verbal commitment overall. Henderson joins Marist three-star ranked defensive tackle Elijah Teague who gave Minnesota his verbal commitment back in late February.

Henderson's decision is yet another example of recruits giving earlier and earlier verbal commitments. Out of the's Post-Season Class of 2018 State of Illinois Top 25 recruit rankings 11 of the top 12 ranked players are already verbally committed.