Well, there are still a lot of games to be played by the Railers
between now and a date in Peoria. However, late Thursday afternoon,
the process began to take shape as the IHSA released the seeds for
the 3A regionals from around the state of Illinois.
Obviously, it was no surprise that the Railers (22-3) were voted the
No. 1 at the Bloomington Regional. The other seeds are No. 2,
Mahomet-Seymour; No. 3, Bloomington; No. 4, Normal U-High; and No.
5, Rantoul. It would seem easy to determine the pairings based on
normal seeding procedures. We are, however, dealing with the IHSA,
so nothing is certain until the pairings are released sometime on
The Railers are part of the Decatur Sectional, which also
includes the regionals to be played in Springfield, Champaign and
Decatur. Here are how the other regionals seeded out:
If all four No. 1 seeds -- Lincoln, Centennial, Southeast and
Decatur MacArthur -- win their respective regionals, there will be
some rather good basketball teams making a tough-to-predict final
four at the Decatur Sectional.
First things first, though, as the Railers are still in a battle
to win the Central State Eight, and that will continue on Friday
night as Lincoln plays host to SHG.
Tip time is scheduled for 7:30 and, of course, you can catch the
A reminder: In Saturday's edition, look for not only a recap of
Friday night's game, but all the pairings of interest as they relate
to the Railers' possible road back to Peoria.
[Special report by JEFF BENJAMIN]