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Morgan Park holds off Lanphier in Class 3A state semifinals

Morgan Park holds off Lanphier in Class 3A state semifinals

Morgan Park had to play on without star junior Ayo Dosunmu after the first quarter but the Mustangs perserved without him as they defeated Lanphier, 60-53, on Friday afternoon in an IHSA Class 3A state semifinal in Peoria.

Dosunmu went down in the first quarter in the foot injury as he had to be carried from the locker room back to the bench for the rest of the game. Even without the all-state guard, Morgan Park (25-6) advanced to the state-title game as they have a chance to win their third title in five years on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Lenell Henry finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mustangs while guard Lamond Johnson added 10 points. Without Dosunmu, the Mustangs attacked the basket as much as possible as they finished with 33 free throw attempts -- knocking down 20 of them. 

Lanphier (28-4) was led by Cardell McGee with 12 points while Aundrae Williams had 10 points. The Mustangs did a nice job of containing Lanphier senior guard Yaakema Rose as the high-scoring guard only finished with eight points on 4-for-17 shooting.

Morgan Park moves on to face Fenwick for the Class 3A title game as these were the two best Chicagoland Class 3A teams during the regular season. While both of these programs fell short of making Peoria last season, now they get to meet in a game that should feature a lot of intriguing storylines. It also looks like the Mustangs will have to forge on without Dosunmu as head coach Nick Irvin told CSN's Siera Santos that Dosunmu was done playing for now.

The Class 3A state championship game can be viewed live on CSN at approximately 12:45 p.m. as it will follow the Class 3A third-place game between Bloomington and Lanphier.

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.