1. Twice is nice. For the second consecutive year, Waubonsie Valley defeated St. Charles North — this time by a 2-1 margin — for the Upstate Eight crossover championship. Remaining No. 1 in the Sun-Times rankings, the Warriors (17-1-3) take a 20-match unbeaten streak – including 13 consecutive victories – into Tuesday’s opening game of the Class 3A Naperville Central Regional.
2. Home is where the heart is. Three area schools have home-field advantage for the postseason. In Class 3A, Metea Valley welcomes Lockport at 5 p.m. Tuesday, aiming for a 7 p.m. Friday title matchup with Oswego or Oswego East. Geneva hosts Elk Grove Village at 6 p.m. in its 3A regional opener Tuesday. Rosary is the 2A regional site for Kaneland-Rochelle at 4:30 on Tuesday and the Royals-IMSA game at 4:30 on Wednesday culminates in an 11 a.m. championship Saturday.
3. Wait til next year. Despite a first-round Class 1A exit, Aurora Central Catholic’s turnaround from 3-11 to 8-5-2 has the Chargers eager for 2015.