---- — The calendar has flipped over to May and that means spring sports playoffs start in a couple weeks.
Postseason matches have already been announced in the small classes. Next week pairings for large schools will be released.
Mt. Vernon’s baseball and softball teams already know the postseason begins in the Herrin regional. The baseball team faces a five-team field that includes Carbondale, Centralia, Herrin and Marion.
The softball team will compete against Carbondale, Herrin and Marion.
The regional seeds for both sports will be released at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The seeds, pairing and times for small schools baseball and softball have been announced.
Webber and Woodlawn’s baseball teams will be in the same 1A regional. Webber is the host and top seed in the opening round of the playoffs. The Trojans start against No. 4 Thompsonville at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Woodlawn begins its regional title defense at 6 p.m. the same day against No. 3 Norris City.
Waltonville’s baseball team competes in the 2A DuQuoin Regional. The Spartans start postseason play as the No. 5 seed and open at 4:30 p.m. against No. 4 Pinckneyville.
Woodlawn is hosting the 1A softball regional that includes Jefferson County’s Webber. The Lady Trojans open as the No. 5 seed at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 13 against No. 4 Centralia Christ Our Rock. The host Lady Cardinals are the regional’s top seed and play the winner at 4:30 p.m. the following day.
Waltonville’s softball team is also in 2A at Pinckneyville. The Lady Spartans are the No. 5 seed and play No. 4 Benton at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 13.
Mt. Vernon’s girls soccer team has turned around after a slow start and pushed its win total to double digits. The Lady Rams start the postseason at Marion. Mt. Vernon is the No. 3 seed and faces No. 2 Carbondale at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
The Rams tennis team travels to the Carbondale sectional where they open the playoffs on Friday, May 17.
The Lady Rams track team has the earliest playoffs start. Mt. Vernon will be at the Troy Triad sectional on Thursday.
The Mt. Vernon boys track team opens the postseason on Thursday, May 16 in Salem.
Information on seeds, times, pairings and scores can be found at ihsa.org.
Paul Hines is the sports editor for the Register-News.