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Illinois State High School Hockey Championships live stream Friday on CSN

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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 CSNChicago.com 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.

CLICK HERE TO LIVE STREAM THE GAME

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.