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Unity’s Erika Steinman, left, and the Rockets seek their 16th win of the season Thursday when they host Rantoul.

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1. ALAH 17-1 2 Knights leap into top position on power of eight-game win streak, visit Villa Grove on Thursday.

2. Mahomet-Seymour 15-4 1 Bulldogs suffered third loss of season to Mattoon, host Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin soon.

3. Tri-County 16-3 3 Titans have taken each of their last three contests, open Lincoln Prairie Tournament play Monday.

4. Clinton 18-4 4 Maroons dispatched Tri-Valley and LeRoy ahead of matchups with Sullivan and Illini Central.

5. St. Joseph-Ogden 12-5 6 Spartans rumbled past Prairie Central leading into road battles with Chillicothe IVC, Mattoon.

6. Salt Fork 13-5 5 Storm conquered Cissna Park, hosts Westville next before Vermilion County Tournament action.

7. Watseka 15-2 8 Warriors haven’t lost in their last five outings, including three victories in Vermilion Valley play.

8. Prairie Central 12-6 7 Hawks have dropped three of their last four games, will try to get back on track versus Pontiac.

9. Unity 15-4 9 Rockets held off St. Thomas More, draw Rantoul next in another Illini Prairie Conference affair.

10. Tuscola 13-6 10 Warriors’ lone game this week will come against Warrensburg-Latham in Central Illinois play.

Colin Likas is the preps coordinator 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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