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Let's hear it for the Moose

Mooseheart basketball, regional champions.

Has a nice ring to it, and better yet, there's a good chance "regional" won't be the only kind of champs the Red Ramblers are before all is said and done.

Hop on the Rambler bandwagon, people.

Hey, Sly knows (although not from first-hand experience, sadly), that being super tall has its advantages, but it's still hard not to look at Mooseheart as an underdog when it comes to serious, postseason basketball.

Maybe we'll have to change that state of mind after the Ramblers took apart a Hinckley-Big Rock program that has been a thorn in Mooseheart's side in more ways than one this season.

As talented as the Ramblers are on paper, there were still a lot of questions about how they'd respond to postseason pressure and a more experienced opponent. Not anymore. A cold shiver should be going through the spines of the rest of the 1A field right about now.

As for the bigger schools, let's get this boys basketball postseason rolling, shall we?

It might look like a daunting road ahead for the Tri-Cities boys teams, but Geneva, St. Charles East and St. Charles North have all shown they can beat good team at various points of the season and, hey, Batavia's got home court and a bunch of seniors who want to keep playing ball.

Let's see what happens.

Aside from St. Charles East, just about every local team has one of those play-in games right off the bat Monday.

If nothing else, here's hoping the local teams take care of business (most are favorites) on Monday. Once you get into the regional semis is when you start getting some more legit postseason atmosphere and, more importantly, who the heck wants to be one-and-done?

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