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Time for spring sports to take the stage

This crummy weather will run its course soon enough, and it'll be time for the area's spring athletes to do their thing, be it inside or out.

Sly can't wait because you can always count on schools around the Tri-Cities to field some excellent teams this time of year.

In girls soccer alone, you had St. Charles North take second in Class 3A last year and St. Francis win it all in 2A, and both of those teams return plenty of talent from those groups. Add in quality programs like Geneva and St. Charles East, and we're guaranteed to have some slick play on the pitch.

Softball-wise, St. Charles North and Kaneland look like they could be headed for big years, and look out for Burlington Central and St. Francis because they've got big-time pitchers, and you know what that means in the game of softball.

Expecting another awesome UEC River race in baseball, which is pretty much the norm since the conference came to be. Seems like it always comes down to the end, and that'll probably be the case again if teams can figure out a way to scratch out some Ws against Geneva's lights-out pitching staff.

You can't ever count out St. Charles East or St. Charles North baseball, and Batavia should be more than respectable, as well.

Can't forget about track. Based on the UEC Girls Indoor meet, look out for the Saints this season. Wow, what a performance.

It's easy for sports to get lost in the shuffle in the chaotic spring (boys volleyball and boys tennis and water polo and badminton, oh my), but there's never a shortage of stuff going on this time of year. And, in Sly's book, that's a beautiful thing.

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