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Gallagher picks DePaul

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Alexa Gallagher, a 6-1 forward who plays for Germantown Academy near Philadelphia gave DePaul women's coach Doug Bruno a verbal commitment Wednesday.

Gallagher, a standout for the Philadelphia Belles said that she "knew" after making an unofficial visit to DePaul before Bruno left to go overseas as an assistant coach for Team USA, which won the women's world championship on Sunday.

"I really enjoyed the players and the coaches and knew that [DePaul] was the right place for me," Gallagher said. "And being from Philly, I like being in a big city."

Gallagher, the second player DePaul has landed in the Class of 2015 joining Whitney Young point guard Chanise Jenkins, plans to make an official visit to Chicago before the November signing date.

Johnsburg's Melissa Dixon picks Iowa

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According to her father Scott Dixon, Johnsburg girls basketball player Melissa Dixon has made an oral commitment to Iowa.

Richwoods' Smith narrows list

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Peoria Richwoods' Mariah Smith, a returning all-stater and one of the nation's top small forward prospects, has decided which schools she'll make official visits to: Iowa, Princeton, Yale, Illinois and Michigan State.

She is the daughter of the late Mark Smith, who played at Illinois from 1977-81 and ranks seventh on the Illini's all-time scoring list.

Girls dunking in eighth grade? Yep.

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Check out this video. Her name is Amber McLin, she's an eighth grader at St. Thomas on the west side and she could be the state's next superstar girls basketball player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaYn9EX4XpE

Decision day for Fenwick's Liston

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Fenwick G/F Tricia Liston, who helped lead the Friars to a state title in 2007 and is the highest-rated senior Illinois girls basketball player in the state, gave a verbal commitment to Duke Friday. Liston chose the Blue Devils over DePaul and Wisconsin,

Decision day for Fenwick's Liston

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Fenwick G/F Tricia Liston, who helped lead the Friars to a state title in 2007 and is the highest-rated senior Illinois girls basketball player in the state, gave a verbal commitment to Duke Friday. Liston chose the Blue Devils over DePaul and Wisconsin,

Morgan Tuck suffers ACL tear

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Bolingbrook freshman Morgan Tuck tore the ACL in her left knee during a scrimmage Saturday at the USA Basketball trials in Colorado.

Check out ESPN's story:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/basketball/womens/news/story?id=4228896

Dineen takes over at Stevenson

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Tom Dineen, who won a state championship and more than 650 games as the girls coach at Buffalo Grove, was named the new girls basketball coach at Stevenson

From Monday's IHSA Board of Directors meeting

# The Board sustained the Executive Director's ruling in regard to the forfeiture of varsity girls basketball contests by Bartlett High School due to the use of an ineligible player. The student was originally ruled ineligible for non-compliance with IHSA By-law 6.021.

# The Board modified the Executive Director's ruling on a student from Bartlett. The student was originally ruled ineligible for the remainder of the 2008-09 and entire 2009-10 school years for non-compliance with IHSA By-laws 3.031.1 and 6.021. The Executive Director will review the student's eligibility status for the 2009-10 school year after receiving documentation regarding residency and assignment of guardianship.

Word is that the ineligible player was freshman Ashley Santos

Injury claims another Montini player

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Sophomore Whitney Adams suffered an ACL tear on Tuesday and is out for the season. Her coach, Jason Nichols, said that his team's leading rebounder has already had an MRI.

Five seniors on McDonald's preliminary girls ballot

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Five Illinois senior girls basketball players -- Young's Ashlee Anderson, Marshall's Adrienne "NuNu" GodBold, Lincoln-Way East's Kersten Magrum, St. Charles North's Kelsey Smith and Marian Catholic's Kaila Turner -- are on the prelimnary ballot for a spot in the McDonald's All-American game that will be played in Miami, Fla.

Anderson (Pitt) and Turner (Notre Dame) are headed to the Big East while GodBold and Magrum (Illinois) and Smith (Michigan State) are Big Ten-bound

Matchups for McDonalds Shootout

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19TH ANNUAL
GIRLS CLASSIC SHOOTOUT
Match-Ups / Times Below

January 16, 2009 - Friday

VISITORS - DARK HOME - LIGHTS
Regina Dominican 5:30PM Willowbrook.
Lincoln-Way East 7:00PM Warren
Washington - South Bend, IN. 8:30PM Lake Zurich


January 17, 2009 - Saturday

VISITORS - DARK HOME - LIGHTS
Sandburg . 11:00AM Buffalo Grove
New Trier . 1:00PM Lake Park
Loyola 2:30PM North Central -- Indianapolis, IN.
Oregon-Davis - Hamlet, IN. 4:00PM St. Ignatius.
Bolingbrook 5:30PM Washington - South Bend, IN.
Fenwick . 7:00PM Carmel, IN.


January 19, 2009 - Monday

VISITORS - DARK HOME - LIGHTS
Kokomo, IN. 10:00AM Driscoll
N. Central - Indianapolis, IN. 11:30AM Maine West
Carmel, IN. 1:00PM Hillcrest
St. Charles North. 2:30PM Marist.
Hinsdale Central . 4:00PM Marian Catholic
Montini 5:30PM Fenwick
Wheeling 7:00PM Whitney Young


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1250 South Ardmore - Villa Park, Illinois 60181
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