Boys and Girls Hoops Look to Advance in Playoff Push


Bobby Winebrenner and Eddie Scheidler

As the calendar approaches March and basketball playoff season kicks into full swing, the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Teams have a historic night ahead of us. These two teams have rarely played on the same day let alone for games of such magnitude so tonight looks to be special.


After earning the right to host regionals this year, Coach Phil LaScala’s team will remain at home for the foreseeable future as long as they can keep winning. The IHSA playoffs tip-off tonight for the Scouts as Highland Park visits the Competition Gym. The first round matchup starts at 7:00 P.M. as the two teams await the No. 1 seeded Stevenson Patriots.

Highland Park is led by senior guard Andrew Natinsky who has paced the Giants all year. Coach Paul Harris will lean heavily on Natinsky and fellow guard Cole Beermann in tonight’s win or go home contest. After knocking off Stevenson last Wednesday, the Scouts are eager to meet their rival once again but must resist the urge to look past Highland Park who has defeated quality opponents all season long. Lake Forest is the No. 15 seed in the Waukegan Sectional while Highland Park is the No. 17 seed.


After stunning a top-seeded Fremd team 49-43 Thursday night, Coach Kyle Wilhelm’s bunch not only captured the Scouts’ first ever Sectional Title but bought themselves a ticket to tonight’s Super-Sectional matchup. Tipping-off against an undefeated Maine West squad, currently residing at a staggering 32-0 and ranked No. 2 in state and 12th in the country according to, Lake Forest will undoubtedly need to play their best ball yet. With a trip to the state’s final four at stake, the two teams will battle it out in CN100’s Broadcasted Game of the Week at Palatine High School at 7:00 P.M.