Chart toppers: Freshmen making an impact this fall
Freshmen making an impact this fall, courtesy Tony Bleill
Diamond Williams, Centennial soccer
The Chargers' pipeline of soccer talent shows no signs of abating, as Williams appears to be the latest youngster on the rise. Playing a key role in the Centennial program as a freshman isn't an easy task, but Williams has jumped right in with aplomb. He has nine goals, a figure that puts him among the top-20 scorers in the area, and joins Champaign Central's Emanuel Komba as the city's future stars.
Rebecca Lewis, Danville tennis
Lewis and her sister Rachael, a sophomore, have a lengthy list of accomplishments this season, and they could add another one at this weekend's Champaign Central Sectional. Most recently, the Lewis tandem finished second at the Big 12 tournament, helping the Vikings to the team title. If they play together for two more seasons, look out.
Luke Hanselman, Monticello soccer
Like Lewis, Hanselman has benefited from some family familiarity. His brother, Ben, is a senior standout for the Sages. But don't compare him; Luke's a fine player in his own right, as his five goals and nine assists can attest. Playing with a talented Sages squad figures to help down the road, too.
David Warren, Bismarck-Henning golf
The area's golf scene is ripe with freshman talent, and Warren is squarely in the mix. He has a 41.2-stroke average and recently helped the Blue Devils romp to a regional crown by 29 strokes, then shot an 85 (third on the team) in Bismarck-Henning's sectional championship Monday.
Christian Khachaturian, Centennial golf
Get used to hearing that surname for a while. Khachaturian and siblings Grace and Benjamin are triplets, and they all can play a mean round of golf. Christian's 72 at the Class 1A sectional helped the Chargers emerge victorious and provided further evidence that his 40.4-stroke average this fall is no fluke.