By Pat Brozynski

SportsTownChicago.com sponsors fourth all-star game

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Copy of rush.jpgHinsdale Central junior guard Gabrielle Rush broke her own single-game scoring record last week.


SportsTownChicago.com will sponsor its Fourth Annual Illinois High School Girls Volleyball All Star Game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 30 at Wheaton College.

Expected to play for Team Pink coached by St. Francis' Peg Kopec are: libero Sam Dubiel (St. Francis); setter Katie Olson (LaSalle-Peru); libero Katie Shashack (Edwardsville); libero Allie O'Reilly (Burlington Central); and outside hitter Ali Frantti (Richmond-Burton).

Also, middle blocker Nicole Slimko (Crystal Lake South); outside hitter Kelli Bates (Bradley-Bourbonnais); setter Rachel Minarick (Waubonsie Valley); outside hitter Kyleigh Block (Deer Creek-Mackinaw); and outside hitter Annika Albrecht (home schooled).

Also, setter Emily Workman (Chicago Christian); outside hitter Whitney Beck (Edwards County); setter Kate Federico (Plainfield North); and middle blocker Lauren Leverenz (Crystal Lake Central).

Scheduled to play for Team White coached by Erik Eastman of St. Ignatius College Prep are: outside hitter Jana Brusek (St. Ignatius); libero Caroline Wolf (Benet); setter Courtney Joyce (Mother Mcauley); outside hitter Taylor Krage (St. Charles North); and middle hitter Hannah Davis (Marian Central).

Also, setter Carly Jimenez (St. Charles East); setter Meghan Seymour (Cary-Grove); libero Meg Demaar (Glenbard West); outside hitter Kathryn Malke (Downers Grove North); middle hitter Jaelyn Keene (Jacksonville); and setter Kristen Walding (Lake Zurich).

Also, outside hitter Abby Barrow (Metamora); outside hitter Skyler Day (Minooka); outside hitter Krissa Gearing (Bolingbrook) and middle hitter Sam Pethokoukis (Fenwick).

Preceeding the contest will be the 2013 SportsTownChicago Senior Showcase featuring the top uncommitted seniors who will be showcasing their skills to potential college scouts and coaches. That match tips off at 12 p.m.

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Top-seeded Ohio University (27-4) capped off a stellar 2013 MAC tournament with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-19 victory over Eastern Michigan University (18-16) in the championship match Sunday to claim the program's eighth MAC tournament title.

Members of the Ohio team include former Cary-Grove star and 2010 Sun-Times Player of the Year Kelly Lamberti, who leads Ohio in kills, former Marian Central setter Abby Gilleland, who was named MAC Player of the Year, and former Marist outside hitter Mallory Salas.

Former Crystal Lake South middle Hannah Burkle is a reserve for the Bobcats.

Sophomore Stacey Perinar of Minooka is a starting outside hitter for Eastern Michigan, which also features former Marist middle hitter Katie Krasowski and junior setter Jill Briner of Oak Park-River Forest.

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Hinsdale Central's junior guard Gabrielle Rush set a school record in her team's season opening game scoring 39 points in the Red Devil's 62-60 victory over St. Ignatius Thursday at the Hinsdale South tournament.

Rush broke her own record of 36 points in a game she established last season. In addition, Rush's 10th point of the evening put her at the 1,000-point mark for her career.

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Rush wasn't the only player to crack the 1.000-point barrier last week. Huntley's 6-foot senior forward Sam Andrews got her 1,000th career point as part of a 23-point outburst in a 60-48 victory over St. Viator Friday at the Dundee-Crown tournament.

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Players to watch: Junior center Ashley Dennis of Rich East scored 29 points and had 18 rebounds in the Rockets' season opener against Eisenhower, then had 21 points against Joliet Catholic and had 39 points and 19 rebounds against Bloom. Chanel Brown of St. Joseph registered her third double-double in four games with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 49-34 victory over St. Francis at Willowbrook on Wednesday.

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Whitney Young and Rolling Meadows, two teams that are in the top five of the Sun-Times rankings, headline the 2013 Mac Irvin Diabetes Awareness Classic at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 at Elgin Larkin.

Young returns 6-5 senior center Khaalia Hillsman and 5-11 senior forward Taylor Brame from last year's third-place Class 4A finisher and welcomes 5-8 sophomore guard Kiara Lewis, who missed all of last year with injury.

Rolling Meadows returns six of its top seven from last year's Class 4A runner-up including point guard extraordinaire Jackie Kemph, sharpshooting Northwestern recruit Alexis Glasgow and 6-2 forward Jenny Vliet.

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Whitney Young will host the 2013 ChiTown Showdown on Friday-Saturday, December 13-14.

Friday's games feature Champaign Central vs. Harlan at 5 p.m.; Proviso East vs. Morgan Park at 6:30 p.m.; and Huntley vs. Whitney Young at 8 p.m.

Saturday's schedule has Mother McAuley vs. North Lawndale at 11 a.m.; Bolingbrook vs. Crete-Monee and Phillips vs. South Shore at 12:30 p.m.; Vernon Hills vs. Trinity and Bloom vs. Kenwood at 2 p.m.; and C. Miller vs. Joliet Catholic and Christ the King vs. Hyde Park at 3:30 p.m.

Fremd plays Marian Catholic at 5 p.m.; St. Thomas More plays Whitney Young at 6:30 p.m.; and Rolling Meadows plays Milwaukee Riverside at 8 p.m.

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