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Last night, Hampshire completed its season sweep over BNC East rival Burlington Central 45-32. Watch the highlights here.

Here is a look at the Burlington Central-Hampshire rivalry since 2001.

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Last night, the Whip-Purs ended the Rockets' 18-game home win streak with a 58-42 BNC East victory. Watch the highlights here.

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Burlington Central coach Chris Payne said before the start of the boys basketball season that he hoped his young team would be rounding into form near Christmas.

With Christmas almost here, it appears the Rockets are close to their coach's schedule.

Whip-Purs pounce on Rockets

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HAMPSHIRE -- To be honest, there really wasn't anything funny about Friday night's girls basketball matchup between local rivals Burlington Central and Hampshire.

But it would be fair to say that the contest certainly turned out to be a laugher.

Hampshire, the reigning Big Northern Conference East Division champion, opened its defense of the crown with a resounding 48-31 victory.

Check out the Courier's 2008-09 boys basketball preview, complete with previews of all of our area teams.

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Central vs. JCA -- Minutes away from the Class 3A state title match between Burlington Central and Joliet Catholic.

Joliet Catholic, ranked No. 9 in the nation (prepvolleyball.com) comes in as the heavy favorite, backed by a steep history and arguably the toughest schedule in the state .The Angels (38-3) have appeared Downstate seven times, four under current coach Christine Scheibe. Scheibe guided the Angels to their only title in 2003.

This is Central's first Downstate appearance. The undersized Rockets are used to the underdog role and this one will be no different.

JCA defeated Central (35-6) during the regular season in three games. Although both coaches admitted yesterday that was a long time ago.

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