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BLOOMINGTON – Rarely does a team win a swimming and diving meet with three event victories.
The Champaign Central Maroons proved Saturday they're a rare bunch.
MAHOMET – Centennial's volleyball team earned two titles Saturday. The Chargers swept past Danville and Champaign Central to clinch the Class 3A regional championship plaque.
In the process, coach Stan Bergman's team became the winningest one in school history. The results weren't what those associated with the team would have anticipated in August.
SIDELL – JD Learnard and the Salt Fork Storm rode a six-game win streak into Saturday's opening-round game of the Class 1A state playoffs against Heyworth largely on the strength of the junior quarterback's potent throwing arm and the team's quick-strike offense.
The Storm advanced to the next round with the help of an unlikely new weapon: Learnard's feet.
ARCOLA – Cameron Anderson had touchdown runs of 3, 1 and 1 yards as Arcola advanced to the second round of the Class 1A playoffs Saturday with a 19-15 victory against Astoria-South Fulton.
The Purple Riders jumped to a quick 19-0 lead but had to withstand a late Rebels comeback bid.
TUSCOLA – Backed by another dominating defensive effort, the Tuscola Warriors rolled to 60-0 win against Carrollton in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs Saturday.
The Warriors' defense, which held the Hawks (5-5) to 53 yards and two first downs, extended its scoreless streak to 13 quarters.
QUINCY – Mahomet-Seymour played tough and kept it close early against Quincy Notre Dame, but eventually the Raiders' superior size wore down the Bulldogs in a 46-7 loss in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
"Defensively we stayed with them for a half, but defensively they wore us out," M-S coach Tom Shallenberger said. "Our kids played hard, we just ran out of energy."
PAXTON – With five freshmen among his top seven runners, St. Joseph-Ogden girls' cross-country coach Jon Jamison has learned "there's always some uncertainty."
And with good reason.
METAMORA – It has been 25 years since Champaign Central's football team won a playoff game.
The Maroons hope Year No. 26 does the trick.
PAXTON – John Overstreet's goal was "to get to state."
The Paxton-Buckley-Loda cross-country coach recognized the challenge awaiting his Panthers in Saturday's Class 1A boys' cross-country sectional.
EAST PEORIA – Count the Mahomet-Seymour girls' cross-country team as fans of an expanded IHSA postseason.
After years of butting heads with far bigger schools in a two-class system, the Bulldogs finally are going head-to-head with rivals in their enrollment range.