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Kittens playing for TRACS championship

The Princeton sophomores can win the Three Rivers South conference championship by beating Rockridge at home Tuesday.

PHS (17-7, 9-2) won 53-40 when the teams last met on Jan. 21 at Rockridge.

If the Kittens lose, they will also need Kewanee to lose against St. Bede. Kewanee (8-3) holds the tie-breaker because it beat PHS twice.

The Princeton varsity will face a Rockets squad that comes in 23-0 and No. 1-ranked in Class 2A. The Rockets are led by 6-8 senior Ethan Happ, a first cousin to Major League pitcher J.A. Happ from St. Bede. He will play for Wisconsin next year.

• Girls postseason: The 1A girls sectional tips off Tuesday at Putnam County High School in Granville.

The Annawan Bravettes, No. 1-ranked in Class 1A, will face Serena (19-6) at 6 p.m. in the first semi-final of the night. The Bravettes (26-4) are seeking its third straight sectional crown, having placed third a year ago.

The nightcap will send the host Lady Panthers (21-5) up against Indian Creek. PC topped host Roanoke-Benson for its second straight regional title Thursday.

The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at R.M. Germano Gymnasium.

The Fieldcrest 2A sectional has been postponed from Monday to Tuesday. Three Rivers South champion and state-ranked Sherrard (27-2) heads the field. The Sherrard School District has a teachers’ strike looming in its near future.

On Tuesday, Sherrard is scheduled to face Tri-County Conference champ Peoria Christian (19-7) at 6 p.m. The second semifinal matches Carthage Illini West (28-2) vs. defending sectional champ El Paso-Gridley.

Mendota is top-seeded for the 3A sectional it hosts which was delayed until Tuesday. The Lady Trojans (22-3) await the winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinal contest between LaSalle-Peru (13-15) and Rock Falls (6-18) at 6 p.m. Wednesday. No. 2 Sterling (18-11) draws the winner between No. 3 Dixon (16-11) and No. 6 Streator (1-22).

St. Bede 2A Regional champ Prophetstown (27-2) meets Oregon (19-11) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Aurora Christian Sectional.

• Boys pairings: The Princeton 2A Regional gets underway Feb. 25 when the host Tigers (5-20) clash with No. 4 Prophetstown. Their winner moves on against top-seeded Seneca at 6 p.m. Wednesday followed by No. 2 Hall (15-10) vs. No. 3 Bureau Valley (18-10).

In 1A at the Ottawa Marquette Regional, No. 4 St. Bede (14-11) will meet No. 5 Midland at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. Putnam County (18-7) is the top seed followed by Henry (20-4), Marquette, St. Bede, Midland, DePue and Streator Woodland.

No. 5 LaMoille/Ohio will open at the Amboy 1A Regional against No. 4 Annawan at 7 p.m. Feb. 24.

Cancellations: DePue’s game Monday vs. Marquette has been rescheduled for Saturday.

St. Bede’s game Monday vs. Rockridge was cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The teams will play Friday at Rockridge as scheduled.

Illinois Valley Community College men’s and women’s basketball games against Black Hawk Monday were cancelled and will not be made up.

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