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1. Top-ranked St. Rita travels to No. 4 St. Laurenceon Mondayfor a Chicago Catholic Blue showdown. There’s no love lost between the schools, plus both teams enter the game having just convincingly swept their two-game sets, with St. Rita hammering Providence and St. Laurence taking a pair from defending Class 4A champ Mount Carmel.On Wednesday, St. Laurence plays at St. Rita.

2. The North Suburban Lake championship will likely be decided this week when No. 5 Libertyville and No. 10 Mundelein square off on Tuesday andWednesday. Libertyville, the 4A state runner-up, has yet to lose to an Illinois team, while Mundelein has only one loss. Tuesday’s game will be at Mundelein, andWednesdayat Libertyville. For good measure, Libertyville will play Grant (16-3)on Fridayat home in what will undoubtedly be a packed crowd full of pro scouts. Both teams feature two of the top catching prospects in the Midwest – Libertyville’s Evan Skoug and Grant’s Simeon Lucas.

3.On Thursday, No. 9 Lincoln-Way West travels to No. 2 Lincoln-Way North. Both teams are unbeaten in the Southwest Suburban Red. Lincoln-Way West suffered its first loss of the season to No. 3 Lemonton Saturday, 3-0; Lincoln-Way North outlasted Lemont, 4-3, in 10 innings on April 19.

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