By Pat Brozynski

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.

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