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Sunday, May 1, 2011
Simeon, De La Salle set for Showdown

By Scott Powers

Last season’s City-Suburban Showdown matchup between Benet and Simeon in February was the most anticipated boys high school basketball game on the schedule.

Next year, the event’s organizers look to duplicate that excitement by pitting De La Salle and Simeon in the headliner of the 2012 City-Suburban Showdown. The field for next year’s event, which was announced this week, includes New Trier vs. St. Rita, Warren vs. Proviso East and De La Salle vs. Simeon at the UIC Pavilion on Feb. 18, 2012.

De La Salle and Simeon are expected to be among the state’s best teams next season. Simeon has won back-to-back Class 4A state championships and returns nationally-ranked sophomore forward Jabari Parker. De La Salle won the Catholic League last season and will bring back highly-recruited sophomores Alex Foster and Jaylon Tate.

Last year’s game between Benet and Simeon drew 8,184 fans at UIC. Benet won, 58-54.