High School Lites: Fire and Ice

High School Lites: Fire and Ice
February 8, 2013, 11:30 am
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Joe Collins

Cheesy Pat Benetar song? Equally cheesy song by 80s hair band Cinderella? A landmark Robert Frost poem? An awful 1983 fantasy-adventure movie? An old-school Nintendo game?  

Whatever the case, "Fire and Ice" fits the bill for a special Saturday 10:30 edition of High School Lites on Comcast SportsNet.

First, the fire: is there a hotter team right now than Proviso East? The Pirates, after a slow start (by their standards), have vaulted to the No. 3 spot in the latest CSN Top 20 rankings. Sterling Brown, Jevon Carter and Paris Lee are just a few of the players that have helped guide Proviso East to an 18-3 record, as conference foes Hinsdale South and Morton stand in the shadows.  

In addition, keep an eye on St. Benedict. The Bengals, out of the Chicago Prep conference, have already eclipsed the 20-win plateau this season. Can Lamon Dawkins and company make some noise in the upcoming 1A playoffs?
 
And the ice: look no further than Soldier Field's hockey rink. The Bears have been in hibernation mode over the last month or so, but that doesn't mean it's been quiet at on the lakefront. Crews from the Hockey City Classic have been producing an outdoor skating paradise at the home of the Monsters of the Midway.

Seven high school games will take place over the course of Friday and Saturday; one of those figures to be an epic battle of two local powers, Fenwick and St. Rita. The long-rime rivals will square off on Saturday at 5pm. Oak Park's Friars, our Muscle Milk Team of the Week and Catholic League champs, eagerly anticipate the chance to shine on the 'frozen tundra' of Soldier Field.     
 
Here is a rundown of each game CSN will profile on Saturday's 10:30pm episode of High School Lites. The rankings reflect the latest CSN Top 20 ranking:
 
**BOYS BASKETBALL**
Hinsdale South @ (3) Proviso East, 6:00pm Friday
Bolingbrook @ Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:00pm Friday
(17) Larkin @ Geneva, 7:15pm Friday
Timothy Christian @ Illiana Christian, 7:30pm Friday
Fremd @ Schaumburg, 7:30pm Friday
Elk Grove @ Prospect, 7:30pm Friday
Kelvyn Park @ St. Benedict, 7:00pm Saturday
Providence-St.Mel @ (16) Notre Dame, 7:30pm Saturday
 
**GIRLS BASKETBALL**
Fenwick @ Marian Catholic, 2:30pm Saturday
 
**BOYS HOCKEY**
St. Rita vs. Fenwick, 5:00pm Saturday at Soldier Field
Loyola Gold vs. New Trier Green, 7:00pm Saturday at Soldier Field
 
Also on the show:
 
--The Chicago Public League boys basketball playoffs are in full swing.  We'll serve up a preview of Sunday's quarterfinal games and take a look back at second round action, including Whitney Young's tilt with Marshall.

--Our cameras head to Romeoville to catch up with the Allstate High School Athlete of the Week, Kiera Currie. The senior forward has been the quintessential leader for a Spartans girls basketball team that is encroaching on the school record for wins in a season.  
 
--As always, we'll check out the top plays from last week and take a spin down Memory Lane in our Flashback segment.

You can catch High School Lites, presented by Discount Tire, on CSN and csnchicago.com, Saturday night at 10:30pm. The show will re-air Sunday morning at 7:30 and 8:30.

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