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Hear that? It’s the sharp screech of shoes coming to abrupt halts on a hardwood floor. That sweet swish sound is leather gently grazing the fabric of a net. The mighty roar? That’s the crowd erupting in the gymnasium. See complete coverage below.

The high school basketball season has arrived and we have preview stories for the area’s girls teams inside. Stekara Hall returns for OPRF, while Fenwick will try to make do without 2010 Ms. Basketball Tricia Liston (now at Duke).

With all of its starting five back from a team that made it to the Elite Eight in Class 3A last season — plus a transfer from Fenwick — Trinity (page 62) should be fun to watch.

Boys basketball previews coming Nov. 24.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...