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With end of winter comes promise of spring ... sports

A baseball sits in a stubborn patch of Streator snow in late March of 2013.
A baseball sits in a stubborn patch of Streator snow in late March of 2013.

With the last of the Times-area basketball teams eliminated and wrestling, bowling, boys swimming and girls basketball seasons already in the books, the area's attention turns to the coming spring sports season — softball, track and field, baseball, girls soccer and boys tennis.
While The Times Sports staff works diligently on previews for every team in every sports at every school across our area, here's a look ahead at events of interest this weekend:
Friday, March 2
Boys basketball
Rock Island 4A Regional —
Championship game: Normal West vs. Rock Island, 7 p.m.

Herscher 3A Regional —
Championship game: Herscher vs. Pontiac, 7 p.m.

Morris 3A Regional —
Championship: Kankakee vs. Plano, 7 p.m.

Clifton Central 2A Sectional —
Championship: Momence vs. Chicago Corliss, 7 p.m.

Marquette 1A Sectional (at Marseilles)—
Championship: Annawan vs. Aurora Christian, 7 p.m.
Girls basketball
IHSA 3A & 4A semifinals (at Normal)

Saturday, March 3
Track & field
Streator (B), Fieldcrest (B&G) in 10th Normal U-High Invite, 9 a.m.
Girls basketball
IHSA 3A & 4A finals (at Normal)

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