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Basketball season winding down

Tri-Cities boys hoops teams went down swinging on Friday, but went down nonetheless.

It was light's out for St. Charles North up at South Elgin and Geneva's run came to a close against West Aurora at Wheaton Warrenville South.

North got off to a nice start against Larkin but the Royals rose up like the champions they are and left no doubt that they deserved to win the regional championship.

Losing's never easy, but the North Stars had themselves a nice week at the South Elgin Regional, especially taking down East in a big way on Wednesday. And Quinten Payne played some great ball to cap his North Stars career.

Next stop, D-I ball for Quinten.

And how about Geneva, making a game of it against an excellent West Aurora team, all the way to the last few minutes.

Knocking off Hinsdale Central and West Aurora on back-to-back nights would have been an incredible feat. As it is, the Vikings won 21 games and gave every indication that they're a program on the upswing, with plenty of quality youngsters due to return.

Maybe it'll be sooner than later that that crazily long streak of years without a regional title comes to a close for GHS.

Speaking of Geneva, there are a couple kids from that fair city who play for St. Francis, and the Spartans are still alive in Class 3A, carrying the banner for the SCC.

It'll be Spartan-on-Spartan action on Wednesday at the Freeport Sectional as St. Francis and Sycamore face off. Bet you a (Freeport) pretzel Francis plays its way to its second straight sectional final.

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