Chicago Sun-Times
By Pat Brozynski

Bykowski leads list of local Academic All Americans

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minarick.jpg has announced its 2013 Academic All Americans, presented in five teams of eight including a "Highest Honorable Mention" category. The list features student-athletes who excel both on the court and in the classroom.

No Illinois player was named to the eight-man first team, but Stevenson's 5-foot-7 libero Peyton Bykowski, a Sun-Times top 50 selection and a two-time Defensive Dandy, was among the second team honorees.

Bykowski helped her team to a 65-11 record over the past two seasons and last fall amassed 381 digs, was second on the team with assists, led the team in serving percentage (95 percent) and had 35 aces. Academically, she is slotted in the top 95 percent of all ACT scores and has a 3.9 GPA.

Kimmy Martino, a 5-10 setter who led IC Catholic to the Class 2A state title last fall, was a third-team selection. Martino had 876 assists, 138 digs, 117 kills and 33 blocks for the Knights, while maintaining a 4.65 GPA on a 4.0 scale while earning seven department awards in math, science and English.

Two Illinois players were named to the fourth team - Waubonsie Valley setter Rachel Minarick and St. Francis libero Sam Dubiel. Minarick was a Sun-Times first team all-area selection who carries a 4.2 GPA and scored 32 on her ACT, while Dubiel has a weighted 4.57 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Named to the fifth team were IC Catholic Prep's Delaney D'Amore (4.2 GPA, top 10 percent of her graduating class) and New Trier libero Emmy Friedler (weighted 4.9 GPA), while Abby Hickey (DeKalb), Ashley Hitchcock (Benet) and Madison Lord (DeKalb) were highest honorable mention choices.



Mt. Carmel's state scoring record-holder Tyra Buss was the lone unanimous selection as The Associated Press released its Class 1A and 2A Illinois all-state girls basketball teams as voted on by a panel of statewide sports writers and broadcasters.

Named to the Class 1A First Team were: Celina Van Hyfte, Annawan, 6-0, Sr.; Morgan Atherton, Century, 5-10, Sr.; Ryan Dooley, Mowequa Central A&M, 5-6, So.; Lexis Macomber, Lanark Eastland, 6-0, Jr.; and Ashley Schneider, Nokomis, 5-10, Jr.

Named to the Class 1A Second Team were: Cierra Davis, Annawan, 5-9, Sr.; Haley Darnell, Goreville, 5-6, Sr.; Grace Baalman, Hardin-Calhoun, 6-2, Fr.; Jaycee Cleaver, Dakota, 5-7, Jr.; and Addison Stoller, Cissna Park, 5-10, So.

Named honorable mention were: Megan Foes (Annawan, 5-8, Sr.), Allison Prestegaard (Ashton-Franklin Center, 6-3, Jr.), Megan Sullivan (Christian Liberty, 5-5, Sr.), Taylor Edwards (Arcola, 5-8, Jr.), Kristen Parsons (Wethersfield, 5-4, Sr.), Kylee Knox (Harvest Christian Academy, 5-6, Jr.), Danielle Pavlovich (Putnam County, 5-5, Sr.), Jeslyn Roat (Springfield Lutheran, 5-10, Sr.), Dani Lee (Pearl City, 6-0, Jr.), Rachel Colbert (Erie, 5-10, So.), Rachel Williams (Carrollton, 5-11, Jr.), Alina Lance (New Athens, 5-7, So.) and Emma Baalman (Hardin-Calhoun, 6-1, So.).

Named to the Class 2A First Team were: Tyra Buss, Mt. Carmel, 5-7, Sr.; Devin Curry, Watseka, 5-6, Sr.; Samantha Lambrigtsen, Oregon, 5-7, Sr.; Madeline Hartke, Teutopolis, 5-9, Sr.; and Tori McCoy, St. Thomas More, 6-4, So.

Named to the Class 2A Second Team were: Ellie Lehne, Byron, 6-2, Jr.; Sidney Smith, Carterville, 5-8, Sr.; Lexi Wallen, St. Thomas More, 6-0, Jr.; Maddie Timmerman, Breese Central, 5-10, Sr.; and Rebekah Ehresman, El Paso-Gridley, 5-6, Sr.

Named honorable mention were: Kendra Wilken (Breese Central, 6-1, So.), Jordi Harre (Nashville, 5-6, Jr.), Riley Strandgaard (Sherrard, 5-10, Sr.), Ali Ringering (Red Bud, 5-8, Sr.), Randa Harshbarger (St. Thomas More, 5-5, Sr.), Molly McGraw (Bloomington Central Catholic, 5-8, Sr.), Carlie Cuffle (Riverton, 5-11, Sr.), Corrie Reiley (Prophetstown, 5-2, Jr.), Torre Kohrmann (Breese Central, 5-6, Sr.), Madison Greeling (Piasa Southwestern, 5-6, So.), Ashley Ferrell (Harrisburg, 5-9, Sr.), Clare Kramer (Prophetstown, 5-8, Jr.) and Caitlyn Welch (Reed-Custer, 5-8, Sr.).


The Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) has announced its 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees who will be honored on Sunday, March 23 at Monastero's Ristorante & Banquets located at 3935 W. Devon in Chicago.

Honorees include former Mother McAuley volleyball players Kathy Burns and Mary Coleman Hambly, former Good Counsel track star Jessica Forche, former Lourdes volleyball player and official Sheila Kendall, and former Mother Guerin basketball standout Lynette Krzyzewski.

Also, basketball official Eddie Palmer, former Mt. Assisi volleyball and track star Alexandra Steel Sallay, former Queen of Peace volleyball player Melissa Vandrey, and former McAuley and Mt. Assisi coach and athlete Karen Schissler Van Assen.

The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 39th anniversary dinner of the formation of the GCAC. The keynote speaker will be Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle. Doors open at 3 p.m. with dinner at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $35.00 per person. Please make checks payable to: Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC). Mail payment to: Trinity High School c/o Rosaria Cicchetti, 7574 West Division St., River Forest, IL 60305.

Contact Rosaria Cicchetti, ticket coordinator at: or (708) 771-8383, ext. 303. For more information, contact June VerSchave, GCAC vice president and Hall of Fame coordinator, at or (630) 257-7358.


Benedictine University will host a Spring Break Volleyball Camp for boys and girls in grades K-8 from March 31-April 3. The cost is $65. For more information, contact Benedictine University head volleyball coach Jen Wildes at


Naperville North is looking for a freshman boys team to join its tournament on Saturday, May 17. Each team will be guaranteed five matches. Email Naperville North head coach Nate Bornancin at if interested.

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