West Aurora's Lauren Carlini (top row, far right) and Benet's Sheila Doyle (bottom row, third from right) were named to Volleyball Magazine's All-America First Team recently. Benet setter Hannah Kaminsky (top row, third from left) was a third-team selection.
Defending state champion Whitney Young will be the top seed when the Chicago Public Schools Girls City Championship Tournament begins Tuesday with first-round games. The second round will be played Thursday with the quarterfinals on Saturday, January 26 at Chicago State's Jacoby Dickens Arena.
The tournament continues with the semifinals at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30 at Chicago State's Jacoby Dickens Arena. The championship will be played at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 at the Jones Convocation Center on the Chicago State campus.
Morgan Park is the second seed and will open with 31st-seeded Hope. Bogan is seeded No. 3 and opens with No. 30 seed Austin. Taft received the fourth seed and hosts Longwood in its tournament opener. Rounding out the top eight seeds are Phillips, Payton, North Lawndale and Hyde Park.
Hillcrest's Dana Gettis will try to become the 14th player in school history to score 1,000 points in her career Thursday against T.F. North. Gettis is at 429 points on the season (20.4 points per game) and 999 for her career. The 5-foot-9 senior guard has also added 94 rebounds, 114 assists, 86 steals and 32 three-pointers for the 16-5 Hawks.
Metea Valley guard Bria Walker was expected to have an MRI performed on her right knee Monday after she injured it in the Mustangs' loss to Morgan Park Saturday at the McDonald's Shootout at Willowbrook High School.
Metea Valley coach Kris Kalivas is hopeful but not optimistic that it's not an ACL injury.
"Possibly, it's just a hamstring, but possibly it's an ACL," Kalivas said. "She jump-stopped. That's what scares me, the way she jump-stopped. That's usually an ACL injury. She had one on her other knee as a freshman and she said it felt the same."
If the 5-6 senior Walker is done for the season, she would be the second starter the Mustangs have lost this season. Metea Valley's 6-2 senior forward Anna Petersen, also a standout softball performer, injured an ACL in the championship game of the Oswego East holiday tournament.
West Aurora's Lauren Carlini and Benet's Sheila Doyle have been named to Volleyball Magazine's 2012 All-America First Team.
Ebony Nwanebu, a 6-4 outside hitter from Lovejoy High School in Lucas, Texas, was named the magazine's Player of the Year after amassing 701 kills for the Texas Class 4A state champions.
Other first-team members included Amber and Kadie Rolfzien of Papillion-La Vista South (Neb.), who led their team to the mythical national championship, and 6-3 middle hitter Taylor Paulson of Asics Challenge champion Assumption (Louisville, Ken.).
Hannah Kaminsky, a 5-11 senior setter who led Benet to a second consecutive state championship and who recently committed to Southern Illinois, was a third-team selection.
Montini coach Jason Nichols said earlier this year that he intended to make the Montini Christmas Tournament the girls' equivalent of Proviso West. He is well on his way toward making that goal a reality.
Nichols announced Monday that Trinity, Geneva and DeKalb will join the field next season, and he is close to adding a fourth powerhouse - possibly Neuqua Valley - by the end of this week.
This season's field included Montini, Marian Catholic, Rolling Meadows and Plainfield East, all ranked in the top 10 at the time, as well as Fremd and Bogan.
The Quote: "I told them (his players) after the game that they could have held that team to 28 points. I know that's kind of a jerk move, but that is just the way I think. We gave up too many offensive rebounds, but that's what they are. We didn't give up a ton. A great win by our kids." - Nichols after his team's 51-36 victory over No. 1-ranked Whitney Young Monday at the McDonald's Shootout.
The Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Division tournament starts Monday, January 28 with four quarterfinal games and concludes Saturday, February 2 with the championship at Trinity at 6:30 p.m.
The four quarterfinal games Monday are: St. Ignatius (8) at Trinity (1), 5:30 p.m.; Resurrection (4) vs. St. Joseph (5) at Trinity, 7:00 p.m.; Loyola (3) vs. Queen of Peace (6) at Mother McAuley, 7:00 p.m.; and Regina (7) at McAuley (2), 5:30 p.m.
The semifinals are Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Trinity, and the third-place game (4:00 p.m.) and championship (6:30 p.m.) are Saturday at Trinity.