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No. 8 Naperville Central expects a lot of action from Sam Jackson

Junior Sam Jackson will move from receiver to quarterback and replace Sun-Times Player of the Year Payton Thorne.

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Richards’ Leshon Williams leads list of the Chicago area’s 10 best running backs

Area’s top runners include two who have committed to Big Ten teams.

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No. 9 Simeon is strong up front

Some new faces will need to produce in key positions but coach Dante Culbreath is confident the Wolverines can win the battles in the trenches.

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Schaumburg junior Chris Hodges commits to Wisconsin

One of the top players in the Class of 2021 is already off the board. Hodges averaged 16 points as a sophomore.

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Lake Forest’s Rylie Mills tops the list of the 10 best high school football defensive players in the Chicago area

Two Northwestern recruits are among the area’s top 10 defenders. A Notre Dame commit leads the list and Phillips senior Ronald Pledger is the only Public League player to crack the rankings.

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Will Illinois have two McDonald’s All-Americans in 2020?

The case for two McDonald’s All-Americans in Illinois can be made this year for the first time since the state churned out three in 2014 — Young’s Jahlil Okafor, Curie’s Cliff Alexander and Marian Catholic’s Tyler Ulis.

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Dominick Jones, No. 10 Homewood-Flossmoor ready to explode

Quarterback Dominick Jones has only lost two regular season games over the last two seasons and coach Craig Buzea keeps using one word to describe his hopes for the offense this season: explosive.

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Whitney Young unveils new athletic complex named after Michelle Obama

The $4.3 million facility will serve several of the school’s sports teams and will also be open to the public.

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New stadium, high expectations at Taft

A new field and returning stars Dexter Stigall IV and Justin Gniedziejko has the Northwest Side excited about Public League football.

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Marian Catholic’s Ahron Ulis commits to Iowa

The Ulis family’s prior relationship and respect for Fran McCaffery was extremely valuable during the recruiting process.

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The high school football Twitter previews

280-character previews of every high school football team that submits information.

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Tag team: Local high school wrestler at his best with brother in his corner

Maxie was born with Canavan disease, a rare and progressive genetic disorder that causes the brain to degenerate.

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2019 Chicago-area high school football schedule: Week 1

The complete schedule for Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

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DePaul and Illinois are in the mix to land Young’s DJ Steward

Duke and North Carolina are also among the eight colleges in the hunt for the state’s top-ranked high school basketball player.

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Expect a special season in Chicago Heights

Ten reasons why the spotlight will shine on Chicago Heights basketball this winter.

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Football notebook: New Trier’s star lineman racking up offers, CJ West decommits, Kai Kroeger to South Carolina

New Trier’s David Davidkov has offers from 10 Big Ten schools.

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July rewind: Players who increased their stock and the most overlooked

A busy June and July included heavy evaluations by college coaches of talent from across the state.

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Plainfield North football/track star Marcellus Moore gives oral commitment to Purdue

Moore is a 5-6, 149-pound running back who had 22 offers

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Summer basketball notebook: DJ Steward piles up offers, breakout seniors and more

The summer is winding down but the storylines continue from the high school basketball and recruiting beat.

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Football notebook: Offers piling up for Nazareth’s Ryan Keeler, Benet star commits to Illinois, Oak Park’s rising star

Nazareth defensive end Ryan Keeler has 19 offers but doesn’t plan to make a final decision until next year.

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Warren lineman Willis Singleton commits to Iowa State

The defensive tackle also had offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Missouri and Washington State.

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Young’s DJ Steward picks up Duke offer, leads new Class of 2020 rankings

How the Class of 2020’s top 10 shapes up coming out of the summer.

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Evaluating the NCAA’s new June recruiting landscape

June became a month where scholarships were earned while prospects played with their high school teams.

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Longtime Dunbar football coach Glenn Johnson dies at 72

Glenn Johnson was known for his innovative tactics and his easygoing personality.

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Football notebook: New coaches at Eisenhower, Young and more college commitments

After writing a Public League success story at Back of the Yards, where he built a successful program from the ground up, Sheamus Murphy took over this spring as head coach at Eisenhower.

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This prep baseball tournament, taking place this week at UIC, is a tale of four cities

Team Chicago opens with a victory in the inaugural GEICO Baseball City Series, with Thursday’s final to be televised on ESPNU.

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Recruiting notebook: Updates from Hillcrest, Evanston and Simeon

Hillcrest star Mar’Keise Irving has 12 offers, including Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

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Reviewing the Ridgewood Shootout

A rundown from a busy weekend that caps off what has been a very successful two weeks of basketball in Illinois.

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Homewood-Flossmoor lineman Marcus Harper II commits to Oregon

It’s been an interesting journey for Harper, who didn’t start playing tackle football until high school.

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Remembering Gene Pingatore

Players and coaching peers share memories of the legendary St. Joseph basketball coach.

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Recruiting notebook: Jake Renfro picks Cincinnati, Brother Rice nabs a talented transfer and more

Providence senior Jake Renfro’s final two schools were Cincinnati and Northern Illiinois, and the former won him over during an official visit two weekends ago.

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Juniors that opened eyes at Riverside-Brookfield

Bryce Hopkins and Louis Lesmond headline a group of juniors that wowed at the R-B Shootout.

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Legendary St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore dies

Gene Pingatore, 83, was the state’s all-time leader in wins and a star in the award-winning documentary "Hoop Dreams."

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AJ Henning commits to Michigan

The Wolverines now have locked up the top-ranked Illinois recruit in three straight recruiting classes.

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2020 stock-risers from the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout

College coaches from across the country descended on Riverside-Brookfield this past weekend. These seniors were the hot names in the event.

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Barrington’s Lukas Van Ness commits to Iowa

Van Ness had 31 offers, including Illinois and Minnesota in the Big Ten and Kansas and Kansas State in the Big 12.