Posted On: 01/2/18 1:30 PM

Champlin Park (2-0, 7-2) figured to be pretty good this year, but after starting the season 3-2 with losses to Maple Grove and Minnetonka we weren't so sure. Anoka (2-0, 7-4), on the other hand, roared out of the starting gate with five straight wins, including an impressive defeat of Grand Rapids and three other ranked teams. The Tornadoes have now lost four of their last six and now there are a number of question marks. The two Northwest Suburban Conference North Division teams will meet Wednesday at Champlin Park in the Northstar Girls Hoops Game of the Week.

Champlin Park is on a bit of a roll. Led by senior point guard Erica Hicks and her 21 points per game, the Rebels have knocked off a pair of top 10 teams in the past two weeks – Centennial and Cretin-Derham Hall – and have vaulted all the way up to #6 in our 4A rankings. Champlin Park returned most of its core this season, always an omen for success. Some thought the absence of the graduated Allison Gerads would make more of an impact but it really hasn't. Hicks is a battle-tested veteran and she has been stellar thus

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