By Pat Brozynski

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Streamwood's Moore commits to North Central

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nikia edom.jpgPlainfield East's Nikia Edom (pictured left) has committed to Murray State University in Kentucky.

Streamwood guard Deja Moore, who helped lead the Sabres to their first regional title in 25 years, recently committed to North Central College in Naperville.

"It's an excellent school and an excellent basketball program," Streamwood coach George Rosner said. "Deja has worked very hard to get to this level. Near the end of the season, she had five or six schools coming to watch her play. Deja is a girl who has worked her butt off."


Nikia Edom, a 5-6 senior guard who led Plainfield East to a second-place finish in the Southwest Prairie Conference and school best 24-5 record, has signed to play with Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.


Romeoville senior guard Angelica Osusky will sign her Letter of Intent to play for the University of St. Francis in Joliet where she will play for head coach and former Joliet Catholic and DePaul great Samantha Quigley.


Phillips 5-foot senior guard Ashley Seaton, who scored 18 points in her team's loss to Montini in the Class 3A supersectional at Hinsdale Central on Monday, listed Illinois State University in Normal among her possible destinations next season.

"I will have good memories of this season," she said. "We didn't start off as good as we are now. We had a hard time. But I feel we ended our season the right way. Last year, we didn't make it this far."

Phillips reached the semifinals of the city tournament and advanced to the state tournament supersectional for the first time in school history.


Watch a tape of Montini at Thanksgiving and the Broncos on Monday and you will see a discernible difference, head coach Jason Nichols said.

"Our team always gets better and better as the year goes on," he said. "You watch us and there were times we played like garbage Monday, but overall we progress all the time. You look at our first tournament at Schaumburg and watch us in January about the time we beat Whitney Young and Fenwick and you'll see a totally different team.

"It's really because they have been through the ringer," he added. "I'm sure they get discouraged because I'm riding their butts all the time, But hopefully they're not discouraged on Saturday around four o'clock."

*** announced its Academic All American team this week. The team is presented in five teams of eight players plus a "Highest Honorable Mention" category with 52 others. Each team consists of four-to-five attackers, two setters and one-to-two defensive players.

Players had to be nominated by a coach - either high school or club -- to receive consideration and had to provide specific academic information.

The only player from Illinois to be named to one of the first five teams was Stagg's Jill Conrad, who was named to the third team. The 5-11 setter/right side was Stagg's MVP after amassing a team-high 465 assists while adding 235 kills, 176 digs, 36 blocks and 36 aces.

Conrad compiled a 4.75 GPA in the classroom, which put her in the top 3 percent of her graduating class. She is an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. Conrad scored a 33 on her ACT.

Six Illinois players were named to the "Highest Honorable Mention" team.

Nicki Barnes, a 5-10 outside hitter from Benet Academy, was one of five Redwing players with more than 100 kills in 2012. Barnes is an Illinois State scholar, National Merit Commended with 2080 on her SAT. She will attend Marquette University.

Elise Dahlke, a 5-11 outside hitter from Mahomet-Seymour, was a first-team all-conference selection, all-area choice and special mention all-state pick who recorded 290 kills, 155 digs and 42 aces. She ranks in the top 10 percent of her class and carries a 5.24 GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Sheila Doyle, a 5-5 libero from Benet, amassed a team-high 375 digs while helping the Redwings earn a second consecutive Illinois Class 4A title. The North Carolina recruit carries a 4.0 GPA (unweighted), is a member of National Honor Society and active in student government.

Elizabeth Hawk, a 5-5 setter from Riverside-Brookfield, was an all-conference selection who amassed 536 assists, 63 aces, 89 kills and 170 digs. She maintains a 4.3 GPA.

Cara Mattaliano, the 6-1 outside hitter from Benet, helped lead the Redwings to the Class 4A state title with a state record-tying 21 kills in the championship match. The Princeton-bound Mattaliano has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of National Honor Society.

Brittani Steinberg, a 5-11 outside hitter from New Trier, was the Central Suburban League Player of the Year who recorded 315 kills, 216 digs, 36 blocks and 29 aces. The Yale-bound Steinberg has a 4.9 GPA on a 5.33 scale, is an Illinois State Scholar and has received the Excellence in English Award.

State's best small school players announced

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The Associated Press released its list of the top players in the state in Classes 1A and 2A as voted on by a statewide panel of writers and broadcasters.

The Class 1A team is headed by 5-foot -11 senior Taylor McClintock (Illini Bluffs), 6-0 junior Celina VanHyfte (Annawan), 6-1 senior Sophie Brunner (Freeport Aquin), 6-1 senior Micah Jones (Cowden-Herrick) and 6-0 senior Allison Webb (Goreville).

The Class 1A second team is comprised of 5-4 senior Sarah Hansen (Kewanee Wethersfield), 5-3 senior Jessica Awe (Mount Pulaski), 5-8 senior Megan Wienstroer (Okawville), 5-10 junior Morgan Atherton (Century) and 5-9 sophomore Ashley Schneider (Nokomis).

Named to the Class 1A honorable mention list were Andrea Dickerson (Mount Pulaski), Cassie Reiley (Prophetstown), Lauren Tollefson (Newark), Taylor Roach (Tri-Point), Amanda Geiger (Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran), McKaila Hays (Westminster Christian), Leslie Hardin (Madison), Adele Cook (Carrollton) and Hannah Wallace (Brimfield).

The Class 2A team is headed 5-7 junior Tyra Buss of Mount Carmel, the only player on either team listed first on all 18 ballots, 5-11 senior Paige Rakers, 5-5 junior Randa Harshbarger (Champaign St. Thomas More), 6-4 freshman Tori McCoy (St. Thomas More) and 6-3 senior Sophie Reecher (Byron).

The Class 2A second team is comprised of 5-8 junior Rebekah Ehresman (El Paso-Gridley), 6-0 senior Kandie Bloch (Argenta-Oreana), 5-10 senior Shaye Harre (Nashville), 5-6 junior Devin Curry (Watseka) and 6-1 senior Cassidy Clark (Orion).

Named to the Class 2A honorable mention list were Allie Schoonover (Pana), Maddie Timmerman (Breese Central), Lexi Wallen (Champaign St. Thomas More), Hannah Nimrick (Riverdale), Sophie Fairman (Staunton), Carly Childress (Vienna), Kendra Wilken (Breese Central), Morgan Corn (Benton), Jordi Harre (Nashville), Ali Ringering (Red Bud) and Samantha Lambrigtsen (Oregon).


Illinois recruit Jacqui Grant of Maine South scored her 1,500th career point late in the third quarter (1503) of Maine South's win over Resurrection. Grant is the second highest scorer in Maine South girls' basketball history behind Ashley Tomzik (1,910).


Penn freshman guard Keiera Ray (Bolingbrook) was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week earlier this week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Ray is the first Ivy League player, man or woman, ever selected for the award.

Ray scored 50 points last weekend, including the first 30-point performance by an Ivy player this year, to help propel the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team to its first sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth since 2004.

For the week, Ray was 12-of-26 (46.2 percent from the field, 6-for-10 from three-point range and 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) from the free-throw line. She averaged 25.0 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game.

Her career-high 31 points in a 77-72 win over Harvard - breaking a 17-game and nine-year losing streak to the Crimson - were the most by a league player this season. She added 19 points in a 63-40 win over Dartmouth, the most lopsided Penn win in series history.


No lead too safe? No deficit too big? No technical too...poorly timed?

In a basketball oddity, Monmouth-Roseville, the No. 7-ranked boys team in Class 2A, scored nine consecutive points without giving up possession of the basketball in a 64-43 victory over Macomb in a regional semifinal Wednesday.

Here's how it happened:

With his team leading 18-16 in the second quarter, Monmouth-Roseville junior guard Martel Hunter scored on a driving layup and was fouled. Macomb coach Jeremy Anderson complained about the call too vociferously for one official's liking and was awarded a technical.

Hunter completed the conventional three-point play and made both technical free throws. Monmouth-Roseville retained possession because of the technical, and on the ensuing play senior guard Liam Merritt made a three-pointer.

Monmouth-Roseville junior forward Dalton Hottle was fouled while the ball was in the air fighting for rebounding position and made the front end of a bonus try.

The nine points were part of a 16-0 run to close the first half. Monmouth-Roseville went on to win 64-43.


Thumbnail image for pavich.jpgBrittany Pavich (left) and her Sports Performance 18 Elite teammates finished second at the recent President's Day Tounarment hosted by the Great Lakes Volleyball Center.

It was a mixed bag for the local entries at last weekend's President's Day Tournament hosted by the Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora with two area entries winning open titles and two local teams falling in the championship matches.

In the 18 Open division, SPVB 18 Elite lost to Dead Frog, 25-21, 25-23. Members of the SPVB team included Annika Albrecht, Katherine Baki, Alysia Baznik, Lauren Carlini, Samantha Condon, Katlyn Federico, Maddie Haggerty, Colleen Larson and Brittany Pavich.

Carlini and Baznik were named to the all-tournament team.

1st Alliance 18 White won the 18 Club division, followed by SPVB 18 Blue, Michio Chicago 18 National and Kane County 18 Gold.

1st Alliance's Sharon Anderson was named club division MVP. Stephanie Korebakes (1st Alliance 18 White), Shannon Murphy (1st Alliance 18 White), Brooke Antenen (SPVB 18 Blue), Ratasha Garbes (SPVB 18 Blue), Michelle Konecki (Michio Chicago 18 National) and Courtney Bemis (Kane County 18 Gold) were named to the all-tournament team.

In the 17 Open division, Fusion 17 Black lost to Asics KIVA 17 Red, 25-17, 25-19. Members of Fusion 17 Black included Sydney Doby, Samantha Dubiel, Alexandra Frantti, Olivia Kofie, Simone Lee, Mackenzie Long, Kaitlyn Olson, Brianna Stewart and Bryanna Weiskircher.

Alexa Filley of Asics KIVA 17 Red was named tournament MVP. Joining her on the all-tournament team were Wieskircher, Frantti and Jenna Lodewyk of 1st Alliance 17 Silver, which finished third.

SPVB 17 Runbird won the 17 Club division title behind MVP Becca Shearer. SPVB 17 Runbird teammates Whitney Battoe and Julia Shemaitis were also named to the all-tournament team.

In the 16 Open division, Michio Chicago 16 National defeated MAVA 16 Select 25-16, 25-22 to win the title. Member of the Michio Chicago team included Kennedy Arundel, Carla Cahill, Amber Casey, Kelsey Clark, Emily Coghlan, Ryann DeJarld, Abbey Lawler, Morgan Mikenas, Taylor Sabato, Margaret Scanlon and Kristen Somerville.

Arundel was named 16 Open division MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Kelsey Clark and Hannah Juley of 1st Alliance 16 Silver, which finished fourth.

Illini Elite 16 Black won the 16 Club division title. SPVB 16 Blue was third and SPVB 16 White was fourth. Illini Elite's Tyler Brown was named tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Alex Bogusz, Aileen Griffin (SPVB 6 Blue), Kelly Bertrand (SPVB16 White) and Sam Krill (Fusion South 16 Red).

In the 15 Open division, SPVB 15 Elite defeated Asics KIVA 14 Red 19-25, 25-22, 15-8 to win the tournament. Members of the winning team included Tiffany Clark, Molly Haggerty, Allison Lindroth, Lauren Robeck, Ashley Shook, Nora Stack, Grace Tiesman, Ashley Walker and MacKenzi Welsh.

Haggerty was named tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by Clark and Welsh.

In the 15 Club division, Sky High 15 Blue finished second and SPVB 15 Blue was fourth. Abbey Majercik and Monet Charron of Sky High 15 Blue were named to the all-tournament team as was Sam Herron of SPVB 15 Blue.

Rouse named Player of the Year in the ESCC

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Marist's JeTaun Rouse, (pictured at left) who should eclipse the 2,000-point mark for her career during the regional tournament, was named the Player of the Year in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Fenwick junior Jade Owens was second in the balloting.


Ashley McConnell of Mid-Suburban League champion Fremd was named the Player of the Year in the Mid-Suburban West and Rolling Meadows junior Jackie Kemph was the Player of the Year in the Mid-Suburban East, the league's coaches announced last week.

Named to the all-conference team were junior Angie Kirchoff and senior Alexa Resch of Barrington, senior Bailey North of Buffalo Grove, sophomore Katie Lomas of Conant, and seniors Diamond Boyd and Kelly Naughton of Elk Grove.

Also, sophomore Haley Gorecki and senior Bernie Williams of Fremd, junior Morgan Harris and senior Casey Weyhrich of Hersey, seniors Rebecca Stoczynski and Destinee Young of Hoffman Estates, and seniors Nia Pappas and McKenzie Wiedemann of Palatine.

Also, sophomore Taylor Will of Prospect, juniors Alexis Glasgow and Jenny Vliet of Rolling Meadows, sophomore Jada Blackwell and senior Amanda Kelly of Schaumburg, and sophomore Deanna Kuzmanic of Wheeling.


One hundred fifty players from 40 states were recently recognized as 2012 All Americans.

Six players from Illinois were named All-Americans, including Lauren Carlini of West Aurora, junior Ali Frantti of Richmond-Burton, Hannah Kaminsky of Benet, Joliet Catholic's Morgan Reardon, Mallory Salis of Marist and Libertyville's Cindy Zhou.

Three Illinois players were named Highest Honorable Mention, including junior Maddie Haggerty of St. Francis, Brittani Steinberg of New Trier and junior Bryanna Weiskircher of Rockford Boylan.

Named High Honorable Mention from Illinois were Hinsdale South's Jessica Brezwyn, Champaign Centennial's Lauren Cloyd and Sophia Dodd of St. Ignatius.

Nine players from Illinois were named Special Mention, including Jill Conrad (Stagg),Sheila Doyle (Benet), Taylor Fricano (Palatine), India Green (Quincy), junior Courtney Joyce (Mother McAuley), Katie Roustio (O'Fallon), Caleigh Ryan (Glenbard West), junior Taylor Tashima (New Trier) and Kristen Webb (Libertyville).


Caleigh Ryan (by Jon Langham).jpgKelly Hunter, a 6-foot senior at Papillion-La Vista South High School in Nebraska who led the Titans to a 159-6 mark in her four years as a starter including three large-class state titles, is the 2012 winner of's Andi Collins Award given to the nation's best senior setter.

The Andi Collins Award is named for Mater Dei (California) setter Andi Collins, who died following a nine-month battle with breast on September 4, 2003 at the age of 16.

The Class of 2013 had some very high-level setters, including West Aurora's Lauren Carlini, who was No. 1 in the Senior Aces list of top recruits and earned Gatorade National Player of the Year honors.

However, because Andi Collins was a pure setter and the inspiration behind the award, players who hit as much or more than they set like Carlini, regardless of whether they'd be setters only at the next level, were eliminated from consideration.

Previous Andi Collins Award winners include Barrington's Nellie Spicer, who was an All-American at UCLA.

Candidates for Andi Collins Award to Nation's Top Senior Setter from Illinois were Erienne Barry (St. Charles East), Abby Fesl (Hersey), India Green (Quincy), Hannah Kaminsky (Benet), Caleigh Ryan (Glenbard West, pictured above) and Cindy Zhou (Libertyville).


Molly Haggerty, a 6-foot outside hitter from St. Francis who finished the year with 291 kills and 48 blocks for a 37-5 team, and MacKenzie Welsh, a 6-foot setter/outside hitter from Plainfield East who had 254 kills and 229 assists, were among the finalists for the National Freshman of the Year award.

Gaines making gains in school record book

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evanston.jpgLed by Alecia Cooley, Dashae Shumate and Seara and Sierra Clayborn, No. 17 Evanston (22-3) is enjoying one of its best season ever.

Bloom's Bria Gaines reached 1,500 points and 800 rebounds for her career after getting 21 points and 16 rebounds in a 59-50 win over Crete-Monee last week.


Hillcrest's 6-foot-3 senior center Lorielle Little has made a verbal commitment to accept a basketball scholarship to Ashford University. Little averages 4.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4 blocks per game for the Hawks.


Palatine (19-7) became the latest team to take a hit from a knee injury this season when 5-9 senior guard Mckenzie Wiedemann went down with a torn ACL in a game last week. Palatine was able to hang around with Fremd most of the game before falling 46-35 last Friday.

"McKenzie is arguably one of our best players but we showed we can still compete with one of the best teams around without her," Palatine coach Leslie Shock said.


So there WAS a reason DePaul's Doug Bruno was hanging around after Wheaton Warrenville South defeated Naperville Central two weeks ago.

WW South's 5-9 junior guard/forward Meghan Waldron has verbally committed to attend DePaul and play for the Blue Demons beginning in the fall of 2014. Waldron averages 18 points, eight assists and three rebounds for the Tigers.


Lindsey Owens of 31-0 Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.) was named the National Player of the Year by, beating out Lauren Carlini of West Aurora and Benet's Hannah Kaminsky among others.

"If there's a player that did more for her team than Lindsey Owens this year I'd like to see her," Mercy (Louisville, Ky.) coach Todd Garvey said. "Most players no matter how good they are, you can always find a weakness. With Lindsey I'm not sure she has any. She is solid everywhere on the court, and helped carry her team."

Owens repeated as Central Florida Player of the Year, was named Florida 4A Player of the Year, the state's Miss Volleyball by the Florida Dairy Farmers and Florida's Gatorade Player of the Year. Players of the Year since 2000:

2012 - Lindsey Owens, Bishop Moore (Orlando, Florida)
2011 - Katie George, Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky)
2010 - Krista Vansant, Redlands East Valley (Redlands, California)
2009 - Ashley Wittman, Shakopee (Minnesota)
2008 - Darcy Dorton, Delta (Muncie, Indiana)
2007 - Missy Harpenau, Mother of Mercy (Cincinnati, Ohio)
2006 - Alix Klineman, Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, California)
2005 - Brittney Dolgner, Waupun (Wisconsin)
2004 - Erin Waller, Incarnate Word (St. Louis, Missouri)
2003 - Bryn Kehoe, St. Ursula (Cincinnati, Ohio)
2002 - Kristin Richards, Timpanogos (Orem, Utah)
2001 - Beth Haberli, Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
2000 - Jennifer Saleaumua, Bonita Vista (Chula Vista, California)

Alyssa Goehner, a 5-10 outside hitter for Lakeville North High School (Lakeville, Minnesota) and a Marquette recruit, was named's 2012 National Junior of the Year.

Goehner led Lakeville North to a perfect 33-0 record on the court and a final No. 4 national ranking. She led the state in kills with 609 (almost 400 more than her closest teammate), averaging 6.7 per set, and had a staggering 39 kills (on 80 swings) and 16 digs in the four-set large-class state championship final against Eden Prairie, the team North lost to for the title one year earlier.

"Goehner is clearly as much a 'make a difference' player as any player in the nation," said Walt Weaver, the longtime Apple Valley coach who took over the Lakeville North program this past season. "From the time she was 14 years old, she has led the teams she has played on to unusual excellence. There is no question that any time she is a part of a team, an ultimate championship is likely."

Among the players Goehner beat out was Ali Frantti, the 6-1 outside hitter from Richmond-Burton, who led the Rockets to a 37-5 mark and a berth in the Illinois 3A finals. The Penn State recruit totaled 557 kills, 232 digs, 72 aces and 54 blocks on the year. Juniors of the Year since 2000:

2012 - Alyssa Goehner, Lakeville North (Lakeville, Minnesota)
2011 - Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Nebraska)
2010 - Jordan Burgess, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Florida)
2009 - Jade Hayes, Ozark (Missouri)
2008 - Ashley Wittman, Shakopee (Minnesota)
2007 - Lauren Cook, Pius X (Lincoln, Nebraska)
2006 - Brianne Barker, Amarillo (Texas)
2005 - Suzanne Haydel, Academy of the Sacred Heart (New Orleans, Louisiana)
2004 - Brittney Dolgner, Waupun (Wisconsin)
2003 - Erin Waller, Incarnate Word (St. Louis, Missouri)
2002 - Jessica Gysin, St. Francis (Mountain View, California)
2001 - Julie Purcell, Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky)
2000 - Courtney Schultz, Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, California)


In an effort to improve the flow of play in high school volleyball, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHSA) Volleyball Rules Committee has altered the signal sequence for officials.

The committee approved this significant change to Rule 5-2-1, along with seven other rules revisions, at its January 7-9 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rule 5-2-1 now permits the fault-calling referee to indicate the result of a play-point or replay - followed by the nature of the fault. This change allows the scorer to immediately record the score and prepare for other responsibilities such as substitutions and recording time-outs. The committee said play is more consistent since there is no delay in knowing which team will have the next serve.

"By changing the signal sequence, this will allow the scorer to perform his/her duties of recording the score, then moving on to substitutions, in a much more timely fashion," said Becky Oakes, director of sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. "This improves the overall opportunity for accuracy and keeping up with play by the scorer."

Among the other rules changes for the 2013-14 season, four deal with officials procedures and mechanics. In Rule 5-3-4b, instead of reporting to the end lines at the end of a set, teams now will be directed to their appropriate team benches. In 5-3-4e, instead of reporting to the end lines at the end of a match, teams now will follow any local or state protocols.

The complete listing of all rules changes approved by the committee is available on the NFHS Web site at Click on "Athletics & Fine Arts Activities" on the home page, and select "Volleyball."

Volleyball is the third-most popular girls sport and 13th most popular boys sport at the high school level, according to the 2011-12 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey. There are 418,903 girls at 15,569 high schools and 49,467 boys at 2,180 high schools participating nationwide.

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