It’s hard to believe, but it’s playoff time for the fall sports season already.
It seems like it was just August and the school year was kicking off, but here we are in October battling it out for postseason glory.
Here’s a quick glance on what has happened so far, and matchups to come for the playoffs.
We’ll start with golf: the boys’ and girls’ state tournaments unfold today and Saturday.
Roxana’s Bailey Sharpmack will be the lone representative on the girls’ side. After earning medalist at the Class A Marquette Regional at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course, Sharpmack fired an 85 at sectionals to move on. The Class A state tournament is played at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.
The Marquette boys’ golf team and East Alton-Wood River’s Drew Sobol will represent Greater Alton at Weibring Golf Course in Normal beginning today. The Explorers are looking to build on their seventh-place finish as a team in 2015. Sobol is looking to close his career in style with his first state appearance as an individual. Watch those stories unfold on ihsa.org if you can’t make the tournaments.
The Class A boys’ soccer postseason has kicked off. Unfortunately, the Roxana Shells bowed out in their opening game, losing 5-1 to Greenville. EA-WR won its opening game 2-1 over Metro East Lutheran on Tuesday at the Class A Greenville Regional. The Oilers play for a regional championship at 4 p.m. today vs. Althoff in Greenville. They’re looking for their second regional title in program history.
For Marquette, Civic Memorial and Alton, the playoffs are just beginning. The No. 6 seeded Explorers kick off the Class 2A Columbia Regional at 5 p.m. tonight at Gordon Moore Park, playing host to the play-in game against No. 9 Mascoutah. A win advances Marquette to face defending 2A state champion and No. 1 seed Waterloo at 5 p.m. Oct. 19 in Columbia. The Bulldogs ousted the Explorers from the postseason in the Columbia Sectional finals a year ago.
CM, a No. 8 seed cast in the 2A Jacksonville Regional, faces the host and No. 2 seed Crimsons at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 in Jacksonville.
In 3A competition, the Redbirds are cast in the rugged Granite City Regional. They are the No. 5 seed and open vs. No. 4 Collinsville at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The other teams cast in Granite City are No. 1 Edwardsville, No. 7 Granite City and No. 9 Pekin. The winner between Granite City and Pekin on Saturday meets Edwardsville at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and the winner of that game advances to the regional title tilt vs. the Alton/Collinsville victor at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.
Girls’ tennis delves into the postseason today and Saturday. Playoff tennis is split into a two-class system in the IHSA for the first time this year. Marquette, CM, Roxana and EA-WR head to the Class A Triad Sectional, while Alton is cast in the Class AA Belleville East Sectional. The top four entries in singles and doubles all advance to state, which is Oct. 21 and 22 in Chicagoland.
The cross country postseason is the next to start. Marquette, Roxana and EA-WR all run in the Class 1A Freeburg Regional on Oct. 22 at Smithton Community Park. The top 7 teams and the top 5 individuals on non-advancing squads advance to the 1A Metro East Lutheran Sectional on Oct. 29 at SIUE.
CM is cast in the 2A Jacksonville Regional on Oct. 22 at Jacksonville Community Park. The top 6 teams and top 5 individuals on non-advancing teams qualify for the 2A Decatur (MacArthur) Sectional on Oct. 29 at Hickory Point Golf Course.
Alton runs in the 3A Quincy Regional at Bob Mays Park in Quincy on Oct. 22. The qualifications for sectionals is the same as 2A. Those teams advance to the 3A Edwardsville Sectional on Oct. 29. It will be in the afternoon, following the 1A sectional races.
State is scheduled for Nov. 5 at Detweiler Park in Peoria for all three classes.
Volleyball gets going the week of Oct. 24. No. 5 seeded Marquette is cast in the Class 2A White Hall (North Greene) Regional against No. 4 Greenfield at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 25. Pana is the No. 1 seed at North Greene. The regional finals are set for 6 p.m. Oct. 27.
CM, Roxana and EA-WR are all in the 3A Jersey Regional. The No. 6 seeded Eagles meet the No. 12 ranked Oilers at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 24 in Jerseyville. The winner of that contest advances to meet the No. 4 seeded Shells at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin is the top seed at Jersey. The title tilt is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 27.
The Redbirds play host to the 4A Alton Regional. The 10th seeded Birds face No. 7 Chatham Glenwood at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24 in a play-in game. The winner meets No. 1 Edwardsville at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 and the regional finals are set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 27.
The football playoffs are still playing out, but CM, Marquette and EA-WR all have postseason aspirations. The Eagles and Explorers are both 5-2 and a win could secure a playoff berth in Week 8 for both programs, while the 4-3 Oilers put themselves in the discussion with a win at Nokomis. Six wins is an automatic bid, while five depends on playoff points.
All three squads are in the 4A range for postseason. Currently, CM has 36 points, while Marquette has 29 and EA-WR owns 28. The last two weeks will play a big role in that picture.
Whatever happens, let’s enjoy the 2016 fall postseason experience.