Teams of the week
An 0-2 start? No sweat. The Purple Riders showed it was a fluke, winning their next two and establishing themselves as one of the top teams in the Little Okaw Valley Conference. Friday's impressive 34-20 victory against Cerro Gordo/DeLand-Weldon was the latest bit of evidence that Jarod Kiger & Co. are on track for yet another postseason appearance.
The Hilltoppers got off to a 6-2-2 start after disposing of Urbana Uni High 1-0 last week on Refugio Guerrero's second-half goal. That the Hilltoppers are enjoying a solid season isn't a surprise. This is a talented group, led by Guerrero, who could start for any team in the area. The Hilltoppers appear to be playing themselves into a top seed for the upcoming postseason.
CHAMPAIGN CENTRAL SWIMMING
The Maroons nearly took home the Charger Invitational crown, finishing second but only 8.5 points behind Lincoln-Way East. Mamie Hobbs won two individual events and helped two victorious relays, and Emma Newman and Hannah Newman provided key points to lead the Maroons. Central gets another chance at hardware in this weekend's Bloomington Invite.
It's been a busy but productive September for the Tigers, who improved to 10-3-1 with a 1-0 victory against rival Central on Monday. The starting lineup has 10 seniors, so you won't find a more experienced team. And they're talented, too, with skilled players throughout. If they stay injury free, the Tigers could make another visit to the state tournament in November.