By Joe Henricksen
The 17th annual McDonald's City-Suburban Showdown, which will be held at the UIC Pavilion in February of 2012, will be highlighted by a Simeon-De La Salle battle. Simeon, the two-time defending 4A state champs, will be the consensus preseason No. 1 team next November, while De La Salle figures to be a preseason top five team.
The first of three games Feb. 18 will feature St. Rita, led by junior A.J. Avery, and New Trier. Warren, fresh off a school record 31 wins last season, will take on perennial power Proviso East in the second game. Both Warren and Proviso East could also be preseason top five teams when the season begins next winter.
In this past year's City-Suburban Showdown, Benet Academy edged Simeon in the regular-season game of the year before a sold out crowd at the Pavilion.