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Best high school mascot in Illinois: Top 10 candidates

From Appleknockers to Cornjerkers to Wooden Shoes, meet the best high school mascots in Illinois

Not to play favorites or anything, but let's come right out and say that top to bottom, Illinois has the best high school mascot depth in the country.

From unique to clever to gloriously simple to perfectly head-scratching, Illinois has it all at the high school level when it comes to mascots.

SBLive Sports' love for unique mascots with interesting back stories has been well documented.

We've crowned Hodags and Imps the past couple of years in national high school mascot contests, and now we're taking a spin through every state.

Over the next couple of months we'll go from Alabama through Wyoming featuring each state's best high school mascots, and then give readers a chance to vote for their favorite. Our Illinois poll will post Oct. 17 on www.si.com/high-school and stay open through Oct. 24.

Here are the top 10 high school mascots in Illinois:

(Feature photo by Cody Scanlan/Holland Sentinel / USA Today Network)

-- Mike Swanson | swanson@scorebooklive.com | @sblivesports