March 2019 Members of the Morton Potters girls basketball team hug during a celebration marking their Class 3A state championship Sunday, March 3 at Morton High School. From left to right are Raquel Frakes, Peyton Dearing, Tenley Dowell, Megan Gold and Olivia Remmert. Morton basketball player Megan Gold flashes a smile at a fan as she signs a basketball during a celebration marking the Potters’ Class 3A state basketball championship Sunday, March 3 at Morton High School. An official gets between Peoria’s Guillaume Naud, right, and Quad City’s Skyler Smutek near the end of the second period Sunday, March 3 at Carver Arena.Manual’s Marshawn Tolliver knocks the ball away from Rock Falls’ Cade Nailor in the fourth quarter of their Class 3A sectional semifinal on Tuesday, March 5 at Renaissance Coliseum. The Rams defeated Rock Falls 57-48The Providence St. Mel bench erupts as the Knights extend their lead over Concord Triopia in the second half of their Class 1A state semifinal Friday, March 8 at Carver Arena. St. Mel defeated Triopia 66-41. Chicago Orr’s Tujautae Williams (22) and Greg Outlaw (0) tease teammate Sherif Kenney after he landed an off-balance shot in the last second of the third quarter of their Class 2A basketball state title game against Nashville on Saturday, March 9 at Carver Arena. Chicago Orr took the championship with a 50-36 win. The state-bound Manual Rams basketball team talk to their cheerleaders before heading to the Class 3A state tournament on Thursday, March 14 in Peoria. Manual’s Myriece Byrd loses his footing and falls to the court during the Rams’ Class 3A state semifinal against East St. Louis on Friday, March 15 at Carver Arena.Belleville West’s Tommie Williams (10) steps over Evanston’s Lance Jones after they collided under the basket during the Class 4A state title game Saturday, March 16 at Carver Arena.Belleville West senior forward E.J. Liddell (32) celebrates a slam dunk late in the game against Evanston in the Class 4A state title game Saturday, March 16 at Carver Arena. Limestone High School classmates Krystal Weitzel, left, Caroline Stepter, right, and Laila Lewis admire their dresses during the “PROMise of Hope” event on Friday, March 22 at Dream Center Peoria. Grant Wallenfang of Peoria works at sanding rust off a fence around the parking lot Monday, March 25 at the Warren Danz Law Offices in Peoria. Emersyn Dicce, 4, of Bartonville takes her best swing at a pitch from her father Joe in a batting cage Tuesday, March 26 at Limestone High School.