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 PrepVolleyball.com, 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.
PrepVolleyball.com 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 PrepVolleyball.com'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.
PrepVolleyball.com 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 www.nfhs.org. 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.