By Pat Brozynski

Coaches announce their all-state selections

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Hillcrest's Shannise Heady was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A, 4A all-state team.

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association released its Class 3A and 4A all-state selections last weekend. Here they are (minus the non-Chicago area folks on the 3rd, 4th and special mention teams):

Class 3A, 4A

1st Team

Linnae Harper, Jr., Whitney Young
Janee Thompson, Sr.,Whitney Young
Jewell Loyd, Sr., Niles West
Morgan Tuck, Sr., Bolingbrook
Zahna Medley, Sr., Springfield
Emmonnie Henderson, Jr., Edwardsville
Brooke Schulte, Sr. Breese Mater Dei
Megan Podkawa, Sr. Trinity
Shannise Heady, Sr., Hillcrest
Katie Meador, Sr., Salem
Haley Videckis, Sr. Bartlett
JeTaun Rose, Jr., Marist
Kendyl Nunn, Sr., Morgan Park
Octavia Crump, Sr., Zion-Benton
Sarah Livingston, Jr., Morton

2nd team

Maggie Lyon, Sr., New Trier
Nikia Edom, Jr., Montini
Keiera Ray, Sr., Bolingbrook
Leah Bolton, Jr., Bolingbrook
Alexis Lloyd, Sr., Whitney Young
Taylor Johnson, Sr., Lincoln-Way East
Mikayla Fallon, Sr., United Twp.
Ashley Santos, Sr., Geneva
Jacqui Grant, Jr., Maine South
Nia Moore, Sr., Bolingbrook
Meredith Boardman, Sr., Fenwick
Maggie Cunningham, Sr., Peoria Richwoods
SamirahAli, Sr., Hillcrest
Justice Collins, Jr., Springfield Southeast
Nicole Smith, Sr., Rockton Hononegah

3rd team

Megan Doody, Sr., Nequa Valley
Skylar Jessop, Sr., Grayslake Central
Kellie Kuzmanic, Sr., Wheeling
Christen Prasse, Jr., Benet
Marquisha Coleman, Sr., Marshall
Emma Donahue, Sr., Naperville Central
Merri Bennett-Swanson, Jr., Vernon Hills
Lisa Palmer, Sr., Bartlett
Michelle Maher, Sr., Maine South
Paige Lincicum, Sr., Cary-Grove
Asiana Bey, Sr., Marist
Becca Smith, Sr., South Elgin
Ashley McConnell, Jr., Fremd

4th team

Kateri Stone, Soph., Montini
Kalie DiNunno, Sr., Guerin Prep
Nicole Collins, Sr., Barrington
Becky Williford, Sr., Waubonsie Valley
Haley Gorecki, Fr., Fremd
Ashton Millender, Soph., Marian Catholic
Jessi Wiedermann, Sr., Fremd
Deanna Kuzmanic, Fr., Wheeling
Jackie Kemph, Soph., Rolling Meadows
Kristin Conniff, Sr., Bartlett
Kiera Currie, Jr., Romeoville
Jessica Cerda, Jr., Streamwood
Colleen McDonagh, Sr., Glenbrook South

Special Mention

Cassidy Glen, Sr., Providence
Caitlin Garant, Sr., Bogan
Alissa Hirsh, Sr., Niles North
Mariyah Henley, Sr., Niles North
Charnelle Reed, Sr., Homewood-Floosmoor
Sidney Prasse, Sr., Benet
Uzo Ukuro, Sr., Hinsdale South
Brita Wilborn, Sr., St. Joseph
Amber Johnson, Sr., Von Steuben
Gracie Sanchez, Sr., Glenbrook North
Tammy Morice, Sr., Waubonsie Valley
Claire Monroe, Sr., West Chicago
Donna Koerber, Sr., St. Joseph
Kasey Gassensmith, Sr., Wheaton Warrenville South
Erin Thomas, Sr., Richmond-Burton
Marek Burchett, Sr., Fenwick
Janessa Baker, Sr., Bartlett
Ali Sanders, Sr., Dundee-Crown
Lauren Rooney, Sr., St. Viator
Cabriana Capers, Sr., Bolingbrook
Caitlin McMahon, Sr., Lincoln-Way East
Dori Darras, Sr., Lake Zurich
Debra Jenkins, Sr., Morgan Park
Claire Brennan, Sr., Grayslake Central
Kennedy Cattenhead, Jr., Bolingbrook
Diamond Boyd, Jr., Elk Grove
Bria Gaines, Jr., Bloom
Destinee Young, Jr., Hoffman Estates
Alecia Cooley, Jr., Evanston
Rebecca Stoczynski, Jr., Hoffman Estates
Lilly Sarros, Jr., Hinsdale Central
Olivia Jakubickek, Jr., Cary-Grove
Tiana Karopulos, Jr., Andrew
Jessica Villa, Jr., Round Lake
Carlie Corrigan, Jr., Plainfield North
Jade Owens, So., Fenwick
Erin Fabbri, So., St. Viator
Hannah McGlone, So., Streamwood
Brittnay Collins, So., Maine West
Morgan Dahlstrom, So., Grayslake Central
Sara Mickow, So., Crystal Lake South
Shami Goodman, So., Morgan Park
Gabrielle Rush, Fr., Hinsdale Central


Here's some IHSA girls basketball trivia:

How many busloads of students did Vernon Hills bring down to the IHSA Class 3A state semifinals last Friday? The answer: six.

How many busloads of students did Vernon Hills bring down to the IHSA Class 3A state championship on Saturday? The answer: two. Hey, it's Saturday.

The IHSA assigned 13 officials to call eight girls basketball games over the weekend. How many were officials were women? The answer: two.

Who had the biggest crowd at any of the four sessions? The answer: Springfield.

Who had the smallest crowd? The answer: Montini (I guess since it's not football or wrestling, they just don't care).

Best pep band? Romeoville.

Best part of the trophy presentations? More Flo Rida and less Kool and the Gang.


What do Aurora Christian, Montini (twice), Rockford Boylan, Quincy Notre Dame (twice), Breese Mater Dei, Benet Academy, Freeport Aquin and Whitney Young all have in common?

Need a hint?

They are all non-boundary schools. And between them, they have won 10 of 16 state titles in volleyball, basketball and football during the 2011-2012 school year.

So I don't know about you, but I am the biggest Breese Central fan in the land this weekend.

Sorry, sis.


Is it time for replay in high school?

Take a look at this:


Congratulations to Batavia senior libero Stephanie Kinane, who has verbally committed to Loyola University.


The Zebras of Northern Illinois (ZONI) volleyball officials' organization will be holding the 11th Whistle for a Cause Clinic from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at Niles West High School in Skokie. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase volleyball equipment for area high schools that lack even the most basic equipment, such as balls and nets, for their volleyball programs.

Since the initial event in 1997, the clinic has raised over $22,000 for a variety of causes related to high school athletics. In recent years, clinic proceeds have benefitted local high school volleyball programs as well as three New Orleans high schools devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Money has also been donated to assist families with medical issues. These have included seriously ill children of volleyball officials and coaches, high school volleyball players, other high school athletes, and the family of a volleyball player killed in the Columbine tragedy in Colorado.

In addition to money raised for purchases and equipment distributor contributions, many local high schools have donated their gently-used equipment to other schools that are in need.

The cost of the clinic is $20 for those who register before March 2. After that date, the cost is $30. Additional donations are welcome.

For more information about the clinic and to register, please visit the ZONI web site at Additional questions may be directed to Ed Vesely at or Nancy Nester at

ZONI is a high school volleyball officials' organization in the Chicago area. Its goals include recruiting and mentoring new officials, developing officiating skills, promoting good sportsmanship and encouraging advancement in official ratings and member evaluations.

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