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Old Man Winter shakes up conference tourney schedules

Keeping track of the schedules of the five conference basketball tournaments Times-area teams are playing in this week — the Interstate Eight Boys and Girls, the Tri-County Boys and the McLean County/HOIC Boys and Girls — has been as hard as keeping up with the snow and ice on your driveway.

Don't worry.

We've got you covered ... on the schedules, not your driveway.

Tuesday's icy conditions postponed play for the second time in all but the McLean County/HOIC Tournament, which played on. Third versions of brackets for the Interstate Eight Boys, Interstate Eight Girls and Tri-County Boys tournaments were released Tuesday, with hopes further revisions won't be needed — although there is the possibility of more potentially dangerous winter weather in the forecast.

Schedules through the end of the week for all Times-area teams and tournaments in all sports (as they stand now, at least) appear in Wednesday's Scoreboard on page B2.

Tri-County Boys

Starting with the Tri-County Boys Basketball Tournament played at Putnam County High School, play was pushed back one day with slight alterations made beyond that. Top-seeded Marquette will (hopefully) play its tournament opener Wednesday at 6 p.m. against DePue, which won a play-in game Monday which was originally scheduled for Saturday.

Thursday will bring the consolation semifinals, including the Marquette-DePue loser facing Woodland at 6:30 p.m. Then comes Friday's championship semifinals, with the Marquette-DePue winner facing Peoria Christian at 5 p.m. followed by Seneca vs. the Roanoke-Benson - Henry-Senachwine winner from Wednesday night's 6:30 quarterfinal. The consolation championship will also be Friday, at 8 p.m..

The TCC's third-place and championship games will now be played Saturday, respectively at 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Interstate Eight Girls

The I-8 Girls Tournament is currently a round ahead of the boys, meaning alterations from the first revision released Saturday haven't been as extreme.

The championship semifinals — featuring undefeated and state-ranked Sandwich facing off against Peotone at 6:30 p.m. after Plano vs. Lisle at 5 p.m. — will be played Wednesday at tournament hub Coal City. Thursday will bring the fifth-place semifinals at Plano High School, including Streator vs. Herscher at 7 p.m.

Friday's games will be contested at two sites — fifth-place in Plano at 7 p.m., third-place at 7 p.m. in Coal City's small gym and the championship game in Coal City's big gym at 5:30 p.m.

Interstate Eight Boys

The I-8 Boys Tournament has been the victim of the most weather-related alterations, with games now going in five gyms at four different schools in four separate towns.

Ignoring the consolation round robin, play is scheduled to resume Wednesday with the championship quarterfinals all at tournament hub Coal City — Westmont vs. Streator at 5 p.m. (auxiliary gym), Lisle vs. Peotone at 6:30 (auxilary gym), then Plano vs. Sandwich (auxiliary gym) and Coal City vs. Manteno (main gym) both tipping at 8 p.m.

Championship semifinals in Coal City and 5th-place semifinals in Plano will take place Thursday, with the tournament still scheduled to end Friday with the fifth-place contest at 7 p.m. in Plano, the third-place game at 5:30 in Coal City's secondary gym and the tournament championship scheduled for 7 p.m. in Coal City's main gym.

McLean Co. Boys & Girls

The McLean County/HOIC tournaments remain on schedule other than the changes of an initial revision following Saturday's snow.

The venerable tourney is still on schedule to wind up Saturday with consolation and fifth-place games in El Paso and third-place and championship games at Bloomington's Shirk Center on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

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