By Michael O'Brien

Tipped Off: Michael O'Brien's hoops notebook

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Growing pains
St. Charles North, which was ranked in the preseason Super 25, is 2-6 after losing to Elgin last night. They have now lost to Plainfield East, Downers South, St. Charles East, Crane and Larkin, all good teams. I saw one of the wins (vs. TF North, which is young but talented and going through some growing pains of their own) and still think the North Stars are a good team. Perhaps they can prove it at Pontiac. The combination of Cully Payne and Kyle Nelson has a lot of potential and the supporting cast can shoot.

Freshman to watch
Zion-Benton beat Lake Forest 47-45 on Saturday and highly-regarded sophomore Milik Yarbrough led the way with 24 points. But Lake Forest was led by 6-7 freshman Evan Boudreau, who stared and had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sounds like a young player to watch. The Scouts play Warren on Friday.

Wheeling gets interesting
Here are the pairings for the Wheeling Hardwood Classic, taking place Dec. 27-30.

Lake Park vs. Deerfield, 9 a.m.
Notre Dame vs. Vernon HIlls, 10:30 a.m.
Loyola vs. Prospect, 12:15
Stevenson vs. Streamwood, 2
Naperville Central vs. Carmel, 3:45
St. Viator vs. Maine West, 5:30
Libertyville vs. Wheeling, 7:15
Fremd vs Niles North, 8:45

Notre Dame's win over Marist and Stevenson's win over Warren has definitely made this tournament more intriguing. Loyola also is gathering steam after knocking off Evanston on Saturday night.

Sunday games

I'll be at the shootout at Collins today to check out the final 4 games. I'll be tweeting if there is power available...

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