This weekend's IHSA regionals feature a lot of interesting story lines as area teams look to not only try to advance as many athletes as possible to next weekend's sectionals but some will also be trying to advance to the dual team portion of the postseason.
In Class 3A, area teams will be in three regionals that feed into the Quincy Sectional for individuals and will compete at various other sectional sites for those who win regional titles and advance in the dual team competition.
The top local 3A regional will be at Lockport where the Porters are joined by Lincoln-Way West as teams who have been state-ranked throughout the season. Other local teams in the field at Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East and Providence Catholic. They'll be joined by Andrew, Bloom Township, Homewood-Flossmoor and Marian Catholic.
An interesting regional is shaping up at Plainfield North where several different schools could emerge as champions. Local teams in the competition are Plainfield Central, Plainfield East, Plainfield North, Plainfield South and Romeoville while Neuqua Valley, Oswego and Oswego East will also be on hand.
Three area teams have to take the long trek to Moline to compete in their regional. Minooka, which has been state-ranked all season is the big favorite while Joliet Central and Joliet West will be there, as will Bradley-Bourbonnais, Normal Community, Pekin and Yorkville.
The other regional that feeds into the Quincy is at Granite City, which features several teams from the St. Louis area. Bolingbrook is the only 3A local team that is not in the Pekin Sectional. It will compete in the Lyons Township Regional and Hinsdale Central Sectional.
In Class 2A, Joliet Catholic Academy and Morris are in the Rich East Regional, which feeds into the Rochelle Sectional. The state-ranked Hilltoppers look to be big favorites to win their regional. The same is the case for state-ranked Lemont, which is expected to win the Oak Forest Regional, which feeds into the Hinsdale South Sectional.
The dual team sectionals for Class 2A that involve local teams could see the Rich East Regional advancing again to Rochelle and the Oak Forest Regional champion moving on to a sectional in Evergreen Park.
And in Class 1A, most of the area's teams will be in a regional at Wilmington. The field includes state-ranked Coal City, as well Reed-Custer and Peotone. Individuals from that regional will advance to a sectional at Chicago Bowen. The winner of the Wilmington Regional will take part in a dual team sectional at IC Catholic in Elmhurst.