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1. The East Suburban Catholic Conference, which has long been one of the state’s most competitive leagues, figured to be tightly contested this year — but not to this extent. After Saturday’s results, seven of the nine schools are within two games of first place. Defending Class 3A champion Joliet Catholic (8-4), Marist (7-4), St. Viator (6-4) and Benet (6-4), Carmel (6-4), Nazareth (5-5) and Marian Catholic (6-6) are all within striking distance of each other. ESCC resumes playon MondayandWednesdaywith critical series between JCA and Nazareth, and Benet and Marian Catholic.

2. As expected, the Fox Valley Valley race is coming down to the wire. After having a slow start, Cary-Grove has caught fire and moved into a three-way tie with Huntley and Jacobs.McHenry and Prairie Ridge are only a game behind in the race.

3. Glenbrook South finally cracked the top 10 rankings after the Titans reeled off their 15thstraight victory and stayed perfect in the Central Suburban South. While the Titans have been getting production up and down their lineup, the emergence of 6-8 junior right-hander Fitz Stadler has provided depth at the front of the rotation. Stadler is 6-0 with a 0.77 ERA.

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Two men were fatally shot Friday in their vehicles in separate shootings about three miles apart on the South Side.
The league’s collective-bargaining agreement with the players, signed in 2020 and effective through the 2027 season, doesn’t include charter flights
The man, 38, was driving in the 500 block of West 95th Street when someone fired a gun from the sidewalk.
The man, 62, was in a stopped vehicle about 11:09 p.m. in the 800 block of West 71st Street when he was shot in the head.
He was found at 5:17 a.m. Saturday in the 3900 block of West Fillmore Street with a gunshot wound to the chest.