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2016-17 Girls Basketball Teams & Players to Watch

Posted on November 14, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Girls basketball… who to watch?

November 15, 2016

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As the season prepares to tip-off, here is a look at who’s hot in our Illinois High School Association coverage area:

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basketball Nadia Green, senior guard, committed to Missouri – averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists last season.
basketball Finess Dickson, senior, committed to Memphis
basketball Eva Rubin 6’5″, senior, center, committed to Arizona State
Morgan Park
basketball Destiny Harden, senior, guard committed to West Virginia – averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds
basketball Porsha Sydnor, senior, 5’8″ guard committed toMaryland Eastern Shore – averaged six assists
Lincoln-Way East
basketball Lauren Hunter, junior, forward – avg 11.9 points, 7.3 rebounds
basketball Carolyn Waleski, junior, guard – avg 10.9 points
basketball Bailey Kramer, senior, point guard
basketball Anna Power senior, Center
Marist
basketball Claire Austin, senior, forward committed to Davenport
basketball Julia Ruzevich senior, forward committed to Quincy – avg 10.1 points
basketball Kate Ruzevich senior, committed to Quincy – was the top rebounder
Lincoln-Way West
basketball Emily Atsinger, senior, guard – avg 15.6
basketball Courtney O’Donnell, senior, forward – avg 15.6 points, 7.4 rebounds
basketball Stephanie Athanasoulis senior, guard – avg 8.5 points, 55 3-pointers
basketball Tara Hastings, Sophomore, guard – avg 7.5 points
Marian Catholic
basketball Elisa DiOrio, senior, forward
basketball Mallory Olszak, senior, guard
basketball Shannon Mitchell, sophomore, Center
basketball Carmen Jackson
Rich South
basketball Nade’ge Jean, Rich South, junior, forward
basketball Dejah Weathersby, senior, G
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basketball Kara Shimko, senior, G – Avg 17 points, also shot 90 percent from the free-throw line.
basketball Jovanna Martinucci, Soph, G – Avg 11 points, 4 assists
basketball Erin Foley, junior
Bloom
basketball Simone Gardner, Bloom, sophomore, guard – avg 15pts as a freshman
basketball Tanea White, junior
basketball Melia Mansker, junior, F
Thornwood
basketball Taylor Irons,  senior, center
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basketball Tara O’Malley, junior, guard

Rich East

basketball Jada Wright, senior, center

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2016-17 BBall Recruiting Class

Posted on November 14, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

2016-17 Basketball Recruits

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Local players, Illinois High School Association, in our coverage area….

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basketball Nana Akenton, Bolingbrook: Nebraska
basketball Jamell Alausa, U-High: Yale
basketball Trevian Bell, Joliet West: Wisconsin-Green Bay
basketball Teyvion Kirk, Joliet West: Drake
basketball PJ Pipes, Lemont: Wisconsin-Green Bay
basketball Dwayne Rose, Crete-Monee: Toledo

If we missed a player, please let us know by emailing us, or replying below.

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Signing Day: The nation’s top 10 recruiting classes

1. Arizona: In addition to 7-footer DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 player in the country, Sean Miller added three other top 100 talents in 6-7 Ira Lee, point guard Alex Barcello and shooting guard Brandon Randolph. Could the Wildcats finish the class off with wing Lonnie Walker, a top 20 player who is uncommitted?

2. UCLA: A year after landing current freshman phenom Lonzo Ball, coach Steve Alford has another stacked class. Point guard Jaylen Hands out of San Diego is the headliner of this four-man class. But it will get a big boost if, as expected, Indy prep star Kris Wilkes, a top 25 player in the country, commits soon.

3. Washington: Michael Porter, an ultra-smooth 6-7 scorer on the wing, is one of the nation’s truly elite prospects. The four-man class also includes a pair of locals from Seattle –– top 50 guard Daejon Davis and top 75 player Jaylen Howell from Seattle.

4. Auburn: Coach Bruce Pearl now has put together three straight talented classes at this “football school.” His top prize, 6-10 Austin Wiley, is an Auburn legacy and one of the top 20 players in the country. Top 50 talent Davion Mitchell and four-star forward Chuma Okeke are also on board.

5. Xavier: This talented five-man class should help keep Chris Mack’s program among the top 25 in the country. The best class in the Big East includes top 100 players Paul Scruggs and Naji Marshall, a pair of perimeter stars.

6. Louisville: There are multiple top 100 talents and four-star recruits in this four-man class, but the gem of the class is 6-10 Malik Williams. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native is a long, agile, defensive presence and has an enormous upside.

7. Texas: A trio of top 100 national recruits are headed to Austin, including 6-8 Jericho Sims, 6-8 Royce Hamm and shooting guard Jase Febres.

8. Oregon: Troy Brown, a dynamic 6-7 guard and top 20 player in the country, is the star of this class. Both 6-4 V.J. Bailey and 6-6 Abu Kigab are top 100 talents.

9. Western Kentucky: Yes, the Hilltoppers, out of Conference USA, have a top 10 class after hitting the jackpot with two top 50 talents: 7-footer Mitchell Robinson, one of the top 10 players in the country, and 6-4 shooting guard Josh Anderson.

10. Michigan State: Sparty goes big! Jaren Jackson, a 6-10, 220-pound power forward, is a top 20 player in the senior class, while 6-8, 260-pound Xavier Tillman is among the top 100.

 

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Athletic Scholarships Cover What

Posted on November 8, 2016. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business, Track and Field, Volleyball | Tags: , |

Student-Athletics Scholarships cover what???

November 7, 2016

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In short, Divisions I and II athletics scholarships are awarded in a variety of amounts and categories: Full, Partial, Academic, and a mix.

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Now according to NCAA, full scholarships cover tuition and fees, room, board and course-related books. Most student-athletes who receive athletics scholarships receive an amount covering a portion of these costs. Many student-athletes also benefit from academic scholarships, NCAA financial aid programs such as the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund and need-based aid such as Federal Pell Grants.

Division I schools may provide student-athletes with multiyear scholarships. Additionally, Division I schools may pay for student-athletes to finish their bachelor’s or master’s degrees after they finish playing NCAA sports.

If a school plans to “reduce or not renew” a student-athlete’s aid, the school must notify the student-athlete in writing by July 1 and provide an opportunity to appeal. In most cases, coaches decide who receives a scholarship, the scholarship amount and whether it will be renewed.

Please note this important fact…. “full ride” is NOT automatic! Full-ride scholarships are actually annual contracts, renewable by the institution from year- to- year, not guarantees of four years of financial support based on past accomplishments. One need only survey the college football landscape to see examples of star players who have been kicked out of the athletic program or, worse, out of school to understand the fragility of full-ride scholarships.

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While Athletic Full-time Scholarships are High Profile, They Are Exceedingly Rare

It is estimated that over 600,000 high school seniors play head count sports. An even larger number play equivalency sports. About $1 billion in athletic scholarship money is awarded annually to approximately 130,000 student- athletes. However, only about 25,000 scholarships are available for incoming freshmen. The math isn’t promising. Therefore, it may not be wise for a family to rely solely on the possibility of their child being awarded a “full ride” to cover the costs of getting a college education.

There are however some other steps a family can take. One is to investigate the availability of academic and merit scholarships offered by each school. The student should also meet with the dean or administrator at his or her school responsible for assisting those seniors engaged in the process of applying for college. There are also research grants and essay contests for additional educational funding opportunities. Finally, to avoid any potential problems, contact should be made with the school(s) being considered and the athletic associations to which they belong for details about the regulations and requirements they may have regarding eligibility and financial aid.

Student- athletes planning on college should not rely solely on “assurances” that he or she should have no problem receiving a full ride. Managing expectations should be a priority for any family who dares to dream that their son or daughter may be awarded an athletic scholarship.

Are you unsure if your sport offers full-ride scholarships? Do you know what the average scholarship amount is for college athletes in your sport? Leave your questions in the comments section below, and we can answer them right away. We are also available on Facebook, Twitter, and Email!

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2016 October ASNN365 Newsletter

Posted on November 8, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NBA, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business |

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2016-17 ACT/SAT Test Dates

Posted on September 1, 2016. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball | Tags: , |

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SAT TEST DATES- REGISTER HERE

Test Date:October 1, 2016 /// Deadline to Register: Sept. 1 (Late Registration: Sept. 20)

Test Date:November 5, 2016 /// Deadline to Register: Oct. 7 (Late Registration: Oct. 25)

Test Date:December 3, 2016 /// Deadline to Register: Nov. 3 (Late Registration: Nov. 22)

Test Date:January 21, 2017 /// Deadline to Register: Dec. 21 (Late Registration: Jan. 10)

Test Date:March 11, 2017 /// Deadline to Register: Feb. 10 (Late Registration: Feb. 28)

Test Date:May 6, 2017 /// Deadline to Register: Apr. 7 (Late Registration: Apr. 25)

Test Date:June 3, 2017 /// Deadline to Register: May 9 (Late Registration: May 24)

 

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Test Date:September 10, 2016 /// Deadline to Register: August 7th (Late Registration: Aug 19)

Test Date:October 22, 2016 /// Deadline to Register: September 16 (Late Registration: Sept 30)

Test Date:December 10, 2016 /// Deadline to Register: November 4th (Late Registration: Nov 18)

Test Date:February 11, 2017 /// Deadline to Register: January 13th (Late Registration: Jan 20)

Test Date:April 8, 2017 /// Deadline to Register: March 3rd (Late Registration: March 17)

Test Date:June 10, 2017 /// Deadline to Register: May 5th (Late Registration: May 19)

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NCAA Eligibility Information for Students with Disabilities

Posted on September 1, 2016. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , |

Eligibility Information for Student-Athletes with Documented Education-Impacting Disabilities

August 1, 2016

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Note: Students should complete their NCAA Eligibility Center registration prior to submitting their EID documentation. Please include your NCAA ID number, home address, telephone number, and high school graduation year on the EID cover sheet.

For academic eligibility purposes, the NCAA defines a disability as a current impairment that has a substantial educational impact on a student’s academic performance and requires accommodation. A student with an education-impacting disability (EID) must meet the same requirements as all other students, but may be provided certain accommodations to help meet those requirements. If you are a student with a diagnosed EID, you can choose to let the NCAA Eligibility Center know about your EID only if you plan on using additional core courses after high school graduation (and before initial full-time collegiate enrollment) and you plan on attending an NCAA Division I college or university. It is important to note that a student with a documented EID must still meet all NCAA initial-eligibility requirements to receive athletics aid, practice and compete in the initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment at an NCAA Division I or II institution.

For more information, visit NCAAEligibilityCenter.org. This information can be found on the 2016-17 NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete here.

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For Division I initial-eligibility purposes, based on the approval of the disability documentation submitted, you may use up to three additional core-course units completed after high school graduation and prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, provided you graduate on time within four consecutive academic years (eight semesters) with your class (as determined by the start of ninth grade).

Division II student-athletes may use unlimited core courses completed after the start of grade nine and prior to initial full-time collegiate enrollment.

Divisions I and II student-athletes with an EID may:
• Use courses for students with EIDs that are designated on the high school’s approved List of NCAA Courses.
• Take an ACT or SAT with accommodations to satisfy test-score requirements.

Documenting Your EID
In order to access the additional three core-course accommodation for Division I listed above, you must submit the following documentation by mail, fax or email using the contact information on the next page.
• Current, signed documentation of your diagnosis (including test data) and/or recommendations from the treating professional (e.g., medical doctor, clinical psychologist or other qualified individual); and
• Current copy of your Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan. If the high school did not provide an IEP or 504 Plan, the high school must submit documentation describing the accommodations that were available for you or an explanation as to why accommodations were not provided.

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If approved, you will be notified in writing and will be provided with additional information regarding what accommodations are available.

Please note that NCAA academic requirements are the same for all students, including students with a documented EID. For additional information, including a cover sheet and the “Buckley Statement,” which you may wish to complete to allow the NCAA Eligibility Center to speak to others about your EID status, please access the “Frequently Asked Questions for Students with Education-Impacting Disabilities” page.

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If you have a documented EID, you may also request to take an SAT or ACT exam with accommodations to satisfy test-score requirements. Follow these guidelines:
• Register for accommodations per the directions described by SAT or ACT.
• Follow procedures governed by SAT or ACT. The test may not be administered by a member of your high school athletics department or any NCAA school’s athletics department.
• If you take an SAT or ACT exam with accommodations, you may take the test on a date other than a national testing date, but you still must achieve the required test score.
• Your high school counselor can help you register to take an SAT or ACT exam with accommodations.

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2015-16 IHSA Boys Basketball to Watch

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2015-16 IHSA Boys Basketball Teams to Watch

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As the new season is upon us, it’s time to look ahead and here are some teams on our radar….

Morgan Park 

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What to Watch: Ayo Dosunmu, Morgan Park, 6-1, So., G
Charlie Moore, Morgan Park, 5-10, Sr, G. (Memphis)
Jarrin Randall, Morgan Park, 5-10 Sr., G (Western Mich.)

Bradley Bourbonnais

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What to Watch: Micah Bradford, Bradley-Bourbonnais, 5-11, Sr., G (Valparaiso)
Zach Hollywood, Bradley-Bourbonnais, 6-7, Sr., F (James Madison)

Marian Catholic

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What to Watch: T.J. Smith, Marian Catholic, 6-6, Jr., F, Chase Adams and Brandon Hurt

Homewood-Flossmoor

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Players to Watch: Kendric Pryor, Trelan Morrow, Jarret Tribble and Jeffrey Boyd

Joliet West

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What to Watch: Trevian Bell, Joliet West, 6-5, Jr., F

DeLaSalle

What to Watch:

Hillcrest

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What to Watch: Marcus Garrett, Stephon King, Isaac Stanback. 

Crete-Monee

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What to Watch: Dwayne Rose, Jeremiah Matthews, Victory Curry, Hasshim Keys

Thornton

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What to Watch: NEW coach Tai Streets, Patrick Rucker and Samuel Taylor.

Bolingbrook

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Player to Watch: Nana Akenton, Bolingbrook, 6-5, Jr., F, Devon Sams, Darick Anderson, Zach Grady

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Players to Watch:

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What to Watch: Drew Evans, Marcus Hussey, James Pennington and Travis Earsey, along with Rich Central transfer Prince Walker

HONORABLE MENTION (respect): Rich South, Simeon, Young, Hyde Park, Bloom

Must see Tournaments…

Chicago Elite Classic, Dec. 4-5

Proviso West Holiday Tournament, Dec. 26-30

Pontiac Holiday Tournament, Dec. 28-30

City-Suburban Showdown, Feb 20

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2014-15 IHSA Basketball Tournaments

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November  2014

Chicago Elite Classic

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This major kick off tournament gets things started with a superb national showcase at an affordable price point in the Midwest MECCA – Chicago. Things tipoff December 5th with Oak Park-River Forest-Fenwick followed by St. Joseph-Redondo Union (Calif.) and the nightcap of Whitney Young-Southwind (Tenn.).

Now on Sunday, December 6th…. Plainfield East-Hillcrest, Bogan-Lone Peak (Utah), St. Rita-Christ the King (N.Y.) and the nightcap of Simeon-Lancaster (Texas).

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One of the most overlooked tournaments nowadays, but based on pure atmosphere, thrills, and top-performing teams, do NOT sleep on this tournament held at Rich South High School. All but one of the 16 teams are from Chicago’s South Suburbs and that team is defending Indiana Class A champion Marquette.

The complete field is as follows:
Bolingbrook
Crete-Monee
Hales Franciscan
Joliet Central
King
Leo
Marian Catholic (defend champions)
Marquette Catholic (Ind.)
Perspectives Charter
Rich Central
Rich East
Rich South
Seton Academy
Thornton
Tinley Park
University High

And like all the other teams, they are coming to town to dethrone defending champs Marian Catholic. Tournament tips December 26 and runs through the 30.

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament is always one of the premier high school basketball events in the Chicagoland area, and this year, they slimmed back down from 32 teams to 18.

The field of 18 teams in the 54th annual tournament is still extremely strong, though two-time defending 3A champ Morgan Park is no longer at Proviso West. Coach Nick Irvin’s Mustangs lost in the championship game of the Proviso West Holiday Tournament last year and decided to move on to something new.

On the other hand, Stevenson, led by Player of the Year favorite Jalen Brunson, will be the headliner as the returning champ, while several other teams that will certainly be ranked when the season tips off in November include St. Joseph, St. Rita, Kenwood and Rockford Auburn.

In addition to the host school, Proviso West, the tournament field also includes Fenwick, Morton, Proviso East, Uplift, Maine South, Hinsdale Central, Providence St. Mel, St. Viator, New Trier, Homewood-Flossmoor, Hillcrest and Brooks.

The tournament will tip off with two games on Dec. 20, followed by eight games on Dec. 22 and nine games on Dec. 23. The tournament will continue Dec. 26 and conclude Dec. 27 with consolation championship, third-place and championship games.

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City-Suburban Showdown

As it is being reported that this showcase puts top local recognized teams such as Stevenson against Simeon in a possible State Finals. Stevenson beat Simeon in last year’s event after Simeon beat Stevenson in the 2012 Class 4A final. The opening act features All-State forward Evan Boudreaux and Lake Forest against underrated point guard David Sachs and Highland Park. Everything tips February 21 at Niles West.

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2014 Girls 4A State Finals

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It’s March which means it’s State Finals Time…

March 8, 2014 – updated

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Rolling Meadows 44, Whitney Young 60 (title game)

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The tip that started the Girls Class 4A championship…

NORMAL, Ill. — It was a sophomore who led them to this years’ championship – none other than 5’8″ Kiara Lewis, who secured the Class 4A girls basketball state championship Saturday evening and their third state championship and second in three years.
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She knocked down 20 points and was 8-for-13 from the field, including perfect from the charity stripe.

Lewis scored seven points in the third quarter and her 3-pointer and assist to Taylor Malone on the ensuing possessions gave the Dolphins a 40-24 lead. During this period, they never looked back.
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“I just came out real intense and I wanted a state championship after what happened last year and not being able to play,” Lewis said. “I came out strong. The whole weekend we came out fast and strong.”

What a fantastic way to end this season especially as Lewis missed all of last season with a knee injury.

“She was huge for our team this year and today,” Young coach Corry Irvin shared about Lewis. “As a team, I thought our defense on Alexis (Glasgow) was huge, and Jackie (Kemph) had to work extra hard to get shots off.”

On the other side of the ball, the Mustangs (29-5), senior Jenny Vliet, played her heart out keeping them in the game as best she could. They even received a surprised gift when Texas A&M recruit, Khaalia Hillsman fouled out on a normal foul (her fourth) then she received a quick technical. This all occurred with a little more than 4 minutes left in regulations, but the Mustangs couldn’t capitalize only scoring just two points the rest of the game.

Vilet finished the game with the game-high of 21 points to go with 10 boards.
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“I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say they’ll be the best group that I’ll ever coach,” Rolling Meadows coach Ryan Kirkorsky said. “It will probably be the best group to go through Rolling Meadows, and maybe the Mid-Suburban League.”

The Dolphins (32-3) opened and closed this season in an ironic manner – first game (December 7) they defeated the Mustangs 54-40, defeated them tonight for state bragging rights.

FUN FACTS: To date, the Dolphins are on a 16 game winning streak.

Marian Catholic 45, Geneva 34 (third place game)

NORMAL, IL – It wasn’t perfect but it was a victory as the Spartans defeated the Vikings 45-34 in the third place state finals.
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Marian Catholic stretched out to a lead and never let it go behind the play of senior, DePaul-recruit Ashton Millender, who knocked down 16 points and 7 boards.
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“As a senior I was out there enjoying my last moments of playing basketball in high school,” Millender said. “We just said to forget about Friday. We can’t do anything about it, so we just have to move on and win tonight.”

But this contest was a tale of 2 halves because in the third quarter, they went super cold, and only scored three points to the Vikings 11, making the score 26-21. All of the Vikings points except two were from the free throw line.
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The Vikings did get the game down to three points at the 7:40 mark in the fourth when Abby Novak nailed a couple of shots from the charity stripe making the game 26-23.

Shortly after that, sophomore guard Gabrielle Cooper knocked down a big three, 29-23. Geneva scored a field goal and Ms. Cooper did it again – nailed a needed three. This stopped the Vikings momentum and slowed down the tempo, and the Spartans will return to Chicago Heights 1-1 in this years’ state finals.

After last nights loss, this was a good win for the young team to develop from.

“I thought we got a couple of good looks, but we missed a couple of layups and some shots within the paint,” Marian coach Dan Murray said. “The biggest thing in the third quarter was that we couldn’t get into some of our pressure [defense] and it became a little bit of a half-court game, which worked to the strength of Geneva.”

Geneva was led by Abby Novak who scored 13 points.

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Geneva 43, Rolling Meadows 51

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Nice win for the Mustangs behind the play of there three-headed monsters: Jackie Kemph (13 pts), Jenny Vilet (11 pts), and Alexis Glasgow (18 pts).
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The Vikings lost some of their momentum when 6’1″ senior Sidney Santos fouled out with 2:54 left in regulation. She finished the game with 2 points and 4 assist, but her presence in the point was huge.
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Rolling Meadows will face the winner of the next contest between Chicago’s Whitney Young and returning champs, Marian Catholic.

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Young 60, Marian Catholic 20

In a word… thorough! What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Spartans jumped out early and often against the Dolphins, this year, TOTAL opposite as they advance to the state finals today winning 60-20 Friday night at Redbird arena.
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“The feeling of last year always lingered with me, so I’m glad we were able to pull this out,” Young senior center Khaalia Hillsman said.

Marian (27-5) shot 3-for-23 and Ashton Millender was held to four points during the first half. Young made 15 of its 26 first-half shot attempts for a 35-8 edge.

Marian Catholic didn’t reach the double-digit mark until Kauai Bradley’s 3-foot running banker in the lane 44 seconds into the second half.

Kiara Lewis led all players with 15 points and 10 boards, followed by teammate Hillsman, who also had a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Dolphins will face Rolling Meadows Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. for the Girls Class 4A title. Young defeated the Mustangs 54-40 in its first game this season.

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2014 Girls 3A State Finals

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It’s March which means it’s State Finals Time…

March 8, 2014 – updated

March 7, 2014

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Four teams came down…. two are left to play for the Title!
Montini 57, Joliet Catholic 44 (title game)

NORMAL, IL – The Broncos (34-2) shot with lots and lots of confidence from behind the arc to win this years’ Class 3A state title game against Joliet Catholic, 57-44.
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They shot 11-for-20 from downtown led by Kelly Karlis, who knocked down four, and teammates Lea Kerstein and Kateri Stone tagged teamed for three each.

“We saw a tendency in their defenses, and we used our bigger kids to that side,” coach Jason Nichols said after the game. “We did a little bit of shifting to there, and our girls had easier looks off that. … We put shooter to shooter on the same side. That’s where they have a tendency to shift their smaller girls, and that’s where we shifted.”

Kerstein finished the game with 13 points, while Stone added 12.

Cross-court, senior Michigan State-recruit Jasmine Lumpkin finished the game with a double-double, 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals, but that wasn’t enough
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“They shot the ball well, and when they’re shooting like that there’s nothing we can do,” Lumpkin said after the game in Normal. “They were hot and they were hitting them. They really had that corner 3 knocked down.”

The Angels (27-3) did cut the deficit to two late in the third quarter following a needed basket by Nicole Ekhomu’s, but the Broncos Kaylee Bambule and Kerstein responded by drilling back-to-back 3s to end the third.

In the end, the Angel leading scorer was sophomore Nicole Ekhomu, who scored 14 points.

FUN FACT: Montini seniors Stone, Karlis and Sara Ross wrapped up their careers with a 138-10 record.

This is Montini’s fourth Class 3A state title in five years after placing third last season, and will be moving to the Class 4A bracket beginning next season. This is due to Illinois High School Associations new success advancement formula.

Quincy Notre Dame 64, Burlington Central 40 (third place game)
NORMAL, IL – Quincy Notre Dame leaves the state finals with a win as they run past Burlington Central, 64-40, in the IHSA Girls 3A 3rd place contest Saturday afternoon.

The Raiders were led by Kristen Gengenbacher, who scored 20 points, followed by teammate Mary Beth Hugenberg, who added 19.

The Rockets were led sophomore Sam Pryor who scored 10 points. Burlington Central is the only team here at State that doesn’t start any seniors and they made this much noise? Wow, they have a very bright future ahead of them and should have a few more trips back down here.

Below are the updates from Friday – the semifinal games…
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Burlington Central 26, Montini 34

NORMAL, IL – Slow game, but the Broncos did enough to hold on and advance to the IHSA State Finals behind the play of Ohio University-recruit Kelly Karlis, who scored 10 points 5 boards and 3 steals. Teammates Lea Kerstein knocked down 8 points, followed by Kaylee Bambule who added 6.

The Broncos only scored six points in 16-plus minutes spanning three quarters. Unheard of for their style of play. Then, senior guard Kateri Stone, a veteran of three previous trips to state, ended her own scoreless drought with a steal at midcourt that was followed by a layup.

Inspired by Stone’s steal, the Broncos scored seven points in 49 seconds to rally back into the contest and seal the win.

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“You have to keep fighting, and we found a way to win,” Montini coach Jason Nichols said. “It was not pretty.”

The Broncos (33-2) will face either Joliet Catholic or Quincy Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Saturday, the program’s fourth title game appearance in five years.

On the other side of the ball, the Rockets were led by Sam Pryor who scored 11 points and 6 boards.

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Joliet Catholic 70, Quincy Notre Dame 59

NORMAL, IL – This game presented lots of trivia-style questions that no one “would” have ever thought “would” happen: Would the return State Class 3A finalist, Quincy Notre Dame, come out rusty on the big stage? Would the Lady Spartans captain, Jasmine Lumpkin, who have fouled out of a State semifinals game? Or would the size of Joliet Catholic be a little more than Quincy ND could handle?

Lumpkin, a Michigan State recruit, finished the game with almost the game high as she scored 15 points and snagged 6 boards. Nicole Ekomu led the the team with 16 points, 6 boards, and 3 steals, followed by Jnaya Walker who added 15.
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In the end, it was the size of the Angels that won the game, and defeat last years’ champs. They will face Montini tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. Lumpkin won a couple State Championships with them prior to this weekends festivities… should be interesting!

“I’m not shocked because of their experience in summer ball, and we never bought into that philosophy,” Joliet Catholic coach Ed Schodrof said of his team’s youth. “I was confident. We’re 30 games into this season.”

Can the Angels win their first State title? Or, will Montini be able to win another Class 3A title?

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