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Whitney Young's Javon Freeman commits to Valparaiso

Whitney Young's Javon Freeman commits to Valparaiso

Whitney Young senior guard Javon Freeman became the first major domino to fall in the local Class of 2018 on Saturday night as he committed to Valparaiso.

The 6-foot-4 Freeman helped lead the Dolphins to an IHSA Class 4A state championship last season as he was one of the most potent scorers in the state. 

An All-Area candidate heading into his senior season, Freeman felt it was time to make his decision, even as high-major programs were showing interest after a strong summer playing with Meanstreets on the grassroots circuit.

"It close to home and I felt like it was a great fit for me," Freeman said of Valparaiso. "I had a great connection with all the coaches."

Valparaiso has recruited Chicago hard over the years and this current staff has plenty of local connections. Second-year head coach Matt Lottich is a New Trier graduate and assistant coach Emanuel Dildy is a Chicago native who has previously been an assistant coach at Loyola.

Freeman's commitment is important for Valparaiso as they continue to do a great job of landing Chicago-area talent. And with the Crusaders moving into the Missouri Valley Conference for the 2017-18 season after previously competing in the Horizon League, the program also needed to secure commitments from players who are talented enough to compete in a higher-caliber conference.

Landing Freeman is a great first step, as he is the first commitment for Valpo in the Class of 2018.

With Freeman, point guard Xavier Castaneda and guard Justin Boyd all returning for Whitney Young this season, the Dolphins will once again be a major factor in the city and state title race as they'll compete for the No. 1 spot in our preseason CSN Preps Power Rankings. 

High School Lites Week 5 Football Roundup

High School Lites Week 5 Football Roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as CSN had highlights of many of the area's top matchups. No. 1 Lincoln-Way East hits the road to face Lincoln-Way Central while No. 2 Prairie Ridge hosts Bartlett during homecoming week. Staying in the Fox Valley, we also have highlights of a battle between top-25 teams as No. 17 Cary-Grove travels to No. 20 Huntley. 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

Also be sure to read a preview of Saturday's big Week 5 matchups as Edgy Tim breaks down Notre Dame battling St. Patrick and West Aurora traveling to South Elgin.


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Friday's Top 25 Scores

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 28, Lincoln-Way Central 14

No. 2 Prairie Ridge 63, Bartlett 7

No. 3 Maine South 56, Evanston 14

No. 4 Marist 63, Marian Catholic 6

No. 5 Lake Zurich 41, Warren 35, 2 OT

No. 6 Phillips 68, Vocational 0

No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor 28, Lincoln-Way West 9

No. 8 Naperville Central 31, Wheaton-Warrenville South 17

No. 9 Lyons 31, Leyden 0

No. 11 Barrington 26, Fremd 14

No. 12 Stevenson 41, Zion-Benton 7

No. 13 Hinsdale Central 31, York 7

No. 14 Hoffman Estates 20, Conant 0

St. Rita 38, No. 15 Mount Carmel 21

No. 16 Nazareth 24, Benet 14

No. 20 Huntley 41, No. 17 Cary-Grove 32

No. 18 Palatine 28, Schaumburg 21

No. 19 Batavia 7, St. Charles East 0

No. 21 Glenbard West 35, Downers North 14

No. 23 Neuqua Valley 41, Thornwood 8

Marmion 28, No. 24 Montini 27

Glenbard North 20, No. 25 Naperville North 7

Other Highlights

Payton outlasts Lindblom

Oswego East holds off Plainfield North

St. Ignatius takes down St. Joseph

Herscher beats Coal City

Saturday's Week 5 Football Games to Watch

Saturday's Week 5 Football Games to Watch

While Friday night had a majority of the Week 5 IHSA high school football action, Saturday features a few games to watch. 

Edgy Tim also breaks down a clash between rivals Notre Dame and St. Pat's as well as unbeaten West Aurora going on the road to face South Elgin.

Catch all of Friday's highlights from Week 5 on High School Lites.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @CSNPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.


Notre Dame at St. Patrick 

EDGY's Take: Notre Dame (3-1, 1-1) is looking to get a win on the road this week. Look for the Dons to get the football into the hands of junior running back Ty Gavin early and often. St. Patrick (2-2, 1-1), coached by first-year head coach Adam Guerra, will look to his offense as a strength. It’s paced by senior quarterback Brett Rosenbusch and senior wide receiver Joey Lombardi. Can the St. Pats’ defense slow down the Notre Dame running game?

EDGY's Pick: Notre Dame 35, St. Patrick 28 

West Aurora at South Elgin

EDGY's Take: West Aurora (4-0) and head coach Nate Eimer will look to get back into the Class 8A state playoff field again this fall. The Blackhawks have another talented team led by junior running back JaQuan Buchanan, sophomore quarterback Will Tammaru and sophomore defensive tackle Denver Warren. South Elgin (4-0) and head coach Pat Pistorio will look towards senior quarterback Nate Gomez, who's a major threat with both the run and the pass. Can the West Aurora defense lock down Gomez? Can the South Elgin defense contain the multiple weapons of the West Aurora offense?

EDGY's Pick: West Aurora 36, South Elgin 27

Other Saturday Games of Note

Fenwick at No. 10 Loyola -- The Ramblers (3-1, 1-0) have won three straight games following a season-opening loss to No. 6 Phillips as they once again look like a major factor. Loyola will face a Fenwick (3-1, 1-0) group that is coming off of a 28-0 win over Leo last week.  

No. 22 Crete-Monee at Rich East -- The Warriors (3-1, 1-0) have won three straight after dropping their season opener to No. 1 Lincoln-Way East as they're coming off of an impressive 71-0 win over Bloom. Rich East (1-3, 0-0) is playing its first Southland game of the season after falling in a high-scoring game to Thornton in Week 4.