Mid-Suburban League badminton champion Buffalo Grove is holding up well against the rest of the state.
After the first day of the state tournament in Charleston, the Bison have 10 points, giving them a half-point lead over Thornton Fractional South. Hinsdale Central is third at 9, and Prospect is tied with three teams for fourth place at 7.5 points.
Fremd's Angela Wu and Prospect's Kiley Walsh won all three of their singles matches to stay alive in the championship singles draw.
Wu topped Gerri Soren of Deerfield 21-13, 21-15 in the third round, and Walsh prevailed against Lincoln-Way Central's Jana Mudrock 19-21, 24-22, 21-12.
Buffalo Grove's Jessica Schwartz fell in her third-round singles match 21-16, 15-21, 21-13 but went on to win her first consolation match.
And the Bison still have both doubles team in the front draw. Mady Berns/Madison Fortman topped East Aurora's Tia McLain/Amber McLain 21-15, 21-7 in the third round, and Julie Jambrone/Katelyn Sommers handled New Trier's Cece Bishop/Tristan Peters 22-20, 21-3. Those victories give Buffalo Grove plenty of point-scoring potential in Saturday's action.
Prospect's Jessica Hirsh/Stephanie Venturelli won 21-10, 21-14 in their third-rounder against L-Way Central's Margaret Kolyvas/Maria Brown, and Fremd's Suzi Choi/Annie Parng topped Amy Wey/Samantha McClary of Hinsdale Cental 21-13, 10-21, 21-15.
Play continues Saturday at Eastern Illinois University with singles and doubles quarterfinals in the championship bracket along with consolation bracket matches.