The Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp took an early four-run lead but allowed a five-run fourth inning and eventually lost 7-4 to the Chillicothe Paints in the Prospect League Eastern Conference championship Tuesday in Peru.

The 2022-23 high school sports season got underway across the state Monday with the start of official practices, including on football fields across The Times area. Look for season previews on all of our teams in the weeks ahead, and until then check out these photos from practices at Ottawa and Streator.