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RK., TEAM REC. PREV. COMMENT

1. Unity 25-4 3 Aimee Davis’ Rockets secured the first piece of state hardware in program history when they placed fourth in the Class 2A postseason field.

2. ALAH 22-5 4 Similar to Unity, Jerry Lane’s Knights acquired their inaugural state plaque via a fourth-place showing in the Class 1A playoff bracket.

3. Tuscola 23-1 1 Lenny Sementi’s Warriors were dealt a difficult blow in the Class 2A sectional semifinals, losing to Paris 3-2 to end an unbeaten run.

4. St. Joseph-Ogden 27-8 2 Larry Sparks’ Spartans reached their closing point when rival Unity avenged a regular-season loss in the Class 2A regional finals.

5. Argenta-Oreana 17-4-1 6 Jeff Hollon’s Bombers contested four nail-biting postseason games before losing a close on to ALAH in a Class 1A sectional final.

6. Mahomet-Seymour 16-8 5 Lisa Ayers’ Bulldogs couldn’t overcome a difficult draw in the Class 3A postseason, stumbling to Canton in a regional title game.

7. Urbana 10-9 7 Bill Harmon’s Tigers hoisted their first regional championship plaque since 1987, faring well in the Class 2A playoffs behind stellar pitching.

8. Paxton-Buckley-Loda 13-4 9 Kelli Vaughn’s final group of Panthers rallied from early-season COVID-19 issues, romped through Sangamon Valley action.

9. Arcola 13-9 — Cara Roberts’ Purple Riders impressed in loaded Lincoln Prairie Conference, captured the team’s first Class 1A regional title since 2013.

10. LeRoy 20-12 10 Doug Hageman’s Panthers stayed busy all season long before losing a 10-inning Class 1A regional game to Warrensburg-Latham.

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Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports at The News-Gazette. He can be reached at clikas@news-gazette.com, or on Twitter at @clikasNG.

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Colin Likas covers Illinois football and high school sports at The News-Gazette. His email is clikas@news-gazette.com, and you can follow him on Twitter (@clikasNG).

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