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Beginnings and endings

Today represents both an exciting start and a historic finish for three of our local high school sports teams.

It’s a start to the football postseason for Kaneland and Sycamore, as both teams host first-round playoff games at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Knights host Belvidere while the Spartans welcome Chicago King to Sycamore.

Kaneland (9-0) is coming off its third consecutive undefeated regular season while Sycamore (6-3) is in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.

After being knocked out in the semifinals the past two years, tonight is the first step toward what Kaneland hopes will be a state-championship appearance.

In Normal, today will mark the end to a memorable season for Hinckley-Big Rock boys soccer.

After losing to Alton Marquette, 4-3, in Friday’s state semifinal match, the Royals will play in the third-place game at the state finals against Rockford Keith at 3 p.m. today at the Corn Crib.

No matter the outcome of today’s game, the Royals have already earned the program’s highest finish ever at the state tournament.

That’s an impressive accomplishment for a school with as rich a soccer tradition as

For both football teams, it’s do or die from here on out. But that’s what makes the postseason special.

“You don’t get any second opportunities or second chances,” Sycamore wide receiver Ben Niemann said. “You just have to go out, play hard and hope everything works out.”

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