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A Cubs World Series team

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The namesake club may be as far away from the postseason as ever, but the Cubs RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) senior boys team is off to a good start in national tournament play.

With Kenwood's Joba Ferrell leading the way, Chicago beat Puerto Rico 15-0 Thursday in pool play of the 18th annual RBI World Series in Jupiter, Fla. The local club for players ages 16-18 has another game later today against Houston and faces Los Angeles on Friday.

Ferrell struck out eight and pitched one-hit ball over five innings vs. Puerto Rico, and also was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Also contributing were Morgan Park grad Kendall Radcliffe (3-for-3, two runs, RBI) and Kenwood grad Michael Edwards (2-for-2, two RBI).

Summer state field set

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The summer baseball regionals are done and the Elite Eight is set for the Phil Lawler Summer Classic, which starts Monday in Lisle and Naperville.

Pool A openers at North Central College in Naperville are Palatine vs. St. Charles East at 10 a.m. and Streamwood vs. Nazareth at 12:30 p.m.

Pool B first-rounders at Benedictine University in Lisle are Providence vs. Neuqua Valley at 10 a.m. and Lake Zurich vs. St. Laurence at 12:30 p.m.

There will be elimination games at both sites at 3 p.m. Monday. Pool play wraps up Tuesday with games at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with the pools switching sites from Monday.

The semifinals will by Wednesday at Benedictine at 5 and 7:30 p.m., with the title game set for 7:30 Thursday night at Benedictine.

Morgan Park moving down

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The IHSA has released tentative class breakdowns for the 2010-11 school year and there's one big change in boys basketball: defending Public League champ Morgan Park is set to move down from 4A to 3A.

Wayne Blackshear's Mustangs are one of four city schools scheduled to move down; the others are Juarez, Julian and South Shore.

Eight schools are slated to go up from 3A to 4A, including Crete-Monee, Richards, Oswego, Westinghouse, DeKalb and Prairie Ridge.

There's also movement in the smaller classes. The most noteworthy is probably defending 1A baseball champ Westminster Christian going up to 2A. St. Benedict is among the schools moving down from 2A to 1A.

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