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Whitney Young holds off Fremd to move on to Class 4A title game

Whitney Young holds off Fremd to move on to Class 4A title game

Whitney Young needed to do everything they could to hold off unbeaten Fremd but they managed to hold on for a 53-47 Class 4A boys basketball state semifinal win on Friday night in Peoria.

The Dolphins (26-5) saw a 17-point lead get erased in the first half as the Vikings came roaring back after a slow start. Whitney Young eventually regained control and slowed things down as senior Lucas Williamson led the way with 17 points for the Dolphins. Craig Beudoin also added 12 points for Whitney Young. Juniors Xavier Castaneda and Javon Freeman each had nine points for Whitney Young.

Fremd (31-1) had a huge rally behind a balaced effort as senior Shaan Patel had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Brian Dompke also added 13 points. Ryan Martin also chipped in 10 points for the Vikings. Senior guard Kyle Sliwa, one of the team's clutch performers this season, was limited to eight points as he fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Vikings' unbeaten season ends with this loss but they had a great run to this point and made this game a memorable one in Class 4A.

The Dolphins move on to the Class 4A state title game on Saturday night as they'll play at 7:15 p.m. in a game that will be featured live on CSN+. Whitney Young could potentially face Bolingbrook or get another rematch against city rival Simeon, a team that beat the Dolphins earlier this year.

Whitney Young has won 13 consecutive games as they enter this game on a hot streak.

Whitney Young is hoping for its third state title in the last nine years by winning on Saturday night as they last won in 2009 and 2014. 

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.