Say what you want about sectional championships, supersectionals or the state finals in Peoria, but try finding one night on the high school calendar with as many marquee matchups as this Friday night in Chicagoland.
Whether it’s a profile of two East Suburban Catholic powerhouses or an epic rematch between the two top teams in the Central Suburban South, Comcast SportsNet will have you covered. Maine South put the clamps down on New Trier late back in January in a 47-45 triumph. Will the Trevians get revenge this time around? In Chicago Heights, will Tyler Ulis and company take care of Notre Dame or will Matt Mooney and the Dons have an answer? Larkin High School had a one-win season back in 2007-08. They are now the champs of the Upstate Eight River conference. How will they fare against their top-dog counterparts from the ‘Valley’ side of the Upstate Eight?
All this…and we haven’t even broached the Public League Championship yet. Who will reign supreme at Chicago State Friday night?
Here is a snapshot of each game High School Lites will profile on this week’s episode. The rankings reflect the latest CSN Top 20 poll:
(14) Maine South at (20) New Trier, 6:30 p.m.
Chicago Public League Championship at Chicago State University, 7:00 p.m.
Prairie Ridge at Jacobs, 7:00 p.m.
(11) Neuqua Valley at (17) Larkin, 7:15 p.m.
(13) Niles North at Deerfield, 7:30 p.m.
(3) Proviso East at Willowbrook, 7:30 p.m.
(16) Notre Dame at (9) Marian Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
St. Edward at IC Catholic Prep, 7:45 p.m.
--All Games Friday--
4A Riverside-Brookfield Regional Championship, 7:30 p.m. Thursday
4A Thornwood Regional Championship, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Also on the show:
--The IHSA girls gymnastics championships take place this weekend at Palatine High School. One highly-touted athlete will be looking for more hardware to add to her collection. Lauren Feely, a National Honor Society member and our Allstate Athlete of the Week, talks about her success at Carmel High School and plans for the future.
--Coming to a high school football field near you: rule changes for the 2013 season. These new regulations -- which include helmet loss in game action -- address recent safety concerns on the gridiron. How will they impact prep football in Illinois and will the game be safer as a result? We spoke with Dr. Joshua Blomgren of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush for insight on the changes.
--As always, we'll check out the top plays from last week and stroll down Memory Lane in our Flashback segment.
You can catch High School Lites, presented by Discount Tire, on CSN and CSNChicago.com, Friday night following Blackhawks Postgame Live and SportsNet Central. The show will re-air Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
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