The IHSA delivered an early Christmas present on Wednesday by releasing its girls and boys basketball postseason assignments.
Regionals will take place the week of Feb. 20-24 for boys and Feb. 6-10 for girls. Sectionals will take place the week of Feb. 28-March 3 for boys and Feb. 13-16 for girls.
In Class 1A boys, Steeleville was assigned to Sub-Sectional A of the Norris City-Omaha-Enfield (NCOE) Sectional with 12 other teams.
Crab Orchard, near Marion, and Wayne City will be the two regional hosts, while Cobden and Hardin County will be the regional hosts in Sub-Sectional B.
Other teams in Sub-Sectional A are Webber Township, Christopher, Elverado, Galatia, Thompsonville, NCOE, Sesser-Valier, Waltonville, Woodlawn and Zeigler-Royalton.
Last year, Steeleville advanced to the championship game of the Crab Orchard Regional before losing to Woodlawn, 69-27, to end a 22-9 season.
The Cardinals went on to take fourth place at the state tournament in Bloomington.
In Class 2A boys, Chester was assigned to Sub-Sectional B of the Nashville Sectional, with Trico and Waterloo-based Gibault Catholic as regional hosts.
Hillsboro and Carlinville are the regional hosts of Sub-Sectional A.
Other teams in Sub-Sectional B are Alton Marquette, Anna-Jonesboro, Dupo, Du Quoin, Pinckneyville, Red Bud, Sparta, Vienna and East Alton-Wood River.
Chester has played Vienna, falling to the Eagles 51-48 in the Yellow Jackets" home opener on Dec. 7, and will face Anna-Jonesboro (Dec. 20), Gibault Catholic (Jan. 27) and Sparta on Senior Night on Feb. 18.
Chester already has wins over the Pioneers, Bulldogs and and Red Bud in the Trico Pioneer Invitational and will face Trico in a Black Diamond Conference West Division matchup on Friday at Colbert Gymnasium.
Both Class 1A and 2A Super-Sectionals are at SIU Arena in Carbondale on March 7.
In Class 1A girls, Steeleville was assigned to Sub-Sectional A of the Woodlawn Sectional, with Christopher and Marissa-Coulterville as regional hosts.
Goreville and Mounds Meridian are the regional hosts of Sub-Sectional B.
Other teams in Sub-Sectional A are Webber Township, Elverado, Galatia-Thompsonville, Gallatin County, New Athens, Wayne City, Woodlawn and Zeigler-Royalton.
New Athens is a Cahokia Conference Kaskaskia Division foe for the Lady Warriors and New Athens beat Steeleville, 47-40, on Nov. 30 in Steeleville"s conference opener. The teams will face each other again on Feb. 1 in New Athens.
The IHSA has not yet announced a Super-Sectional site for that part of the postseason bracket.
In Class 2A girls, Chester got separated from its Randolph County rivals in being assigned to Sub-Sectional B of the Johnston City Sectional.
Red Bud and Sparta both got assigned to Sub-Sectional A, with Sparta serving as one of the regional hosts. Althoff Catholic is the other regional host.
In Sub-Sectional B, Anna-Jonesboro and West Frankfort are the regional hosts. Other teams in the Sub-Sectional are Trico, Du Quoin, Eldorado, Harrisburg, Johnston City, Sesser-Valier-Waltonville and Vienna.
The Lady Yellow Jackets have lost to S-V-W twice already this season at both the Sparta Girls Basketball Invitational (58-27) and on Dec. 3 at Colbert Gymnasium (64-38). The teams will play again on Jan. 25 in Sesser.
Illinois College will host the Super-Sectional on Feb. 20.
Seeds will be announced on Jan. 26 for girls and Feb. 9 for boys.