At Paw Paw (1A)
Favorite: Sterling Newman (19-13). Watch out for: LaMoille/Ohio (17-11).
Monday — Match 1: (4) Indian Creek def. (5) Paw Paw 25-15, 25-17.
Tuesday: (1) Sterling Newman def. (4) Indian Creek
(2) Ashton-Franklin Center def. (3) LaMoille/Ohio 22-25, 25-20, 25-21
Thursday: Title — (2) AFC (10-18) vs. Sterling Newman (20-13), 6 p.m.
BCR Insider: The Comets shared the Three Rivers North title with Erie. LaMoille/Ohio was the last Bureau County team standing a year ago by reaching the regional finals, but will have to get past a strong AFC team to make it back this year. AFC beat the Lady Lions in three sets in non-conference play this season, but coach Hallie May has made lineup changes since that contest. “I believe we can have success in this regional if the girls come to play and have confidence,” May said.
BCR Pick: Newman over L/O.
Advancement: Winner advances to the Pearl City Sectional to face the Stockton Regional winner (Galena is the top seed) at 6 p.m. Nov. 5.
At Roanoke-Benson (1A)
Favorite: Roanoke-Benson (19-9).
Monday: (4) Henry-Senachwine def. (5) Lowpoint-Washburn 25-20, 25-11.
(3) Princeville vs. (6) DePue 25-16, 25-14.
Tuesday: (1) Roanoke-Benson def. (4) Henry-Senachwine 25-15, 25-18
(3) Princeville def. (2) Midland 18-25, 25-22, 25-22
Thursday: Title — Roanoke-Benson (20-9) vs. (3) Princeville, 7 p.m.
BCR Pick: R-B over Midland.
Advancement: Winner advances to the Hartsburg Sectional to face the Mason City Regional winner (Mt. Pulaski is the top seed) at 6 p.m. Nov. 5.
At Spring Valley Hall (2A)
Favorite: Fieldcrest (28-4-1).
Monday: 5) St. Bede def. (4) Eureka 25-23, 22-25, 25-20.
(3) Putnam County def. (6) Hall 25-14, 25-22.
Tuesday: (1) Fieldcrest def. (5) St. Bede 25-11, 25-16
(2) El Paso-Gridley (15-8) def. (3) Putnam County 25-15, 25-18
Thursday: Title - Fieldcrest (29-4-1) vs. (2) El Paso-Gridley (16-8), 6 p.m.
BCR Insider: Fieldcrest tuned up for the postseason by facing defending 2A state champ Deer Creek-Mackinaw in the McLean County Tournament finals.
BCR Pick: Fieldcrest over PC.
Advancement: Winner advances to the El Paso Sectional to face the Wilmington Regional winner (Mt. Assisi Academy is the top seed) at 6 p.m. Nov. 5.
At Port Byron Riverdale (2A)
Favorite: Bureau Valley (15-12-2). Watch out for: Riverdale.
Monday: (5) Prophetstown def. (4) Morrison 25-17, 25-22.
Tuesday: (5) Prophetstown (10-19) def. Bureau Valley 29-27, 25-12
(3) Fulton def. (2) Riverdale 25-18, 20-25, 25-16
Thursday: Title - (5) Prophetstown (12-19) vs. (3) Fulton (9-17-2), 7 p.m.
BCR Insider: The Storm take the top seed into the regional, but will have to watch out for the host Rams, who handed BV a 25-18, 17-25, 25-13 defeat at Manlius on Tuesday. Riverdale could even be a tougher threat on its home court. First, Bureau Valley will be facing the winner of Monday’s match between Morrison and Prophetstown for the fourth time this season, a task BV coach Abbi Bosnich says while is tough, is one the Storm can handle. “I know that our girls are up to the challenge. We have talked about only looking to the day of the game. I know that we are capable of beating all the teams in our regional. We have already proven that this season,” Bosnich said.
BCR Pick: BV over Riverdale.
Advancement: Winner advances to the Farmington Sectional to face the Rockridge Regional winner (Orion is the top seed) at 6 p.m. Nov. 5.
At Streator (3A)
Favorite: LaSalle-Peru (29-3).
Monday: (4) Mendota def. (5) Streator 25-15, 28-26.
Tuesday: (1) LaSalle-Peru def. (4) Mendota 25-15, 21-25, 25-8.
(3) Morris def. (2) Princeton 25-11, 25-21
Thursday: Title - LaSalle-Peru (30-3) vs. (3) Morris (19-13-1), 6 p.m.
BCR Insider: The Lady Cavs may proved to be untouchable, but the No. 2 seeded Tigresses hope to give it a try. First, PHS will have to get past a formidable foe in a tall Morris team. The Tigresses have spent the season playing 2A schools as the Three River Conference South champions, and now will ave to step up to play 3A. PHS lost to Rock Falls in the 3A semis a year ago … Longtime coach Mark Haberkorn has one of his best teams at L-P, undefeated conference champions (10-0) in the Northern Illinois Big 12 West. … Morris has lost twice to L-P, including the championship match of the Pontiac Invite. Coach Jaclyn Litwiller said she has a very talented team “that has not quite our groove.” The Lady Redskins struggle at times getting their hitters involved, she said, but “when we do we are unstoppable.” Morris placed third at the Reed-Custer Invite; Princeton placed sixth.
BCR Pick: L-P over PHS.
Advancement: Winner advances to the Princeton Sectional to face the Stillman Valley Regional winner (Sterling, 25-7, is the top seed) at 6 p.m.w Nov. 5.
— Kevin Hieronymus