With its postseason hanging in the balance after a close loss in the Class 7A, Area 8 tournament on Tuesday, the Austin softball team rebounded to win three straight elimination games on Wednesday to capture the area championship and advance to next week’s North Regional in Huntsville.

The high school soccer playoffs start Thursday night. The state championships are decided May 11-13 at John Hunt Park in Huntsville.

Area tournaments begin play Monday for several local teams. The top two teams from each area advance to the North Regional in Florence on May 9-12. The top two teams from each regional advance to the state tournament to be played May 16-20 at Choccolocco Park in Oxford.

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