Girls Basketball: Jacobs ready to go under coach Joe Benoit

Nov 10, 2012

Although new Jacobs girls basketball coach Joe Benoit has plenty of experience within the Golden Eagles program, this season’s squad will hardly resemble those of the recent past.

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Girls Basketball: High hopes for versatile Hampshire

Nov 10, 2012

Hampshire girls basketball teams have been scrappy, smart, shorter teams with versatile performers, and this year’s version promises to fit that mold. The Whip-Purs, coming off a 17-16 season, welcome back Jennifer Dumoulin, Liz Panzica, and Sara Finn.

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Girls Basketball: Zion-Benton has all the pieces

Nov 10, 2012

Zion-Benton comes into the season with high expectations of a postseason run.

Girls Basketball: Craig Marek replaces Bryan Craig as Rich Central’s girls basketball coach

Nov 10, 2012

After working as an assistant girls basketball coach under Bryan Craig for six seasons, Craig Marek has accepted the head coaching job as Rich Central’s girls coach.

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Girls Basketball: Knee injury sidelines Savanah Uveges

Nov 10, 2012

Two-sport standout Savanah Uveges, an All-Area player in basketball and soccer for South Elgin, has been sidelined after tearing a knee ligament during summer hoops. She is drawing college interest from Division I programs in both sports.

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Girls Basketball: Trinity’s Taylor Nazon wraps up AAU season

Nov 10, 2012

Loyola-bound guard Taylor Nazon of Trinity ended her AAU season Tuesday with a trip to North Carolina.

Girls Basketball: AAU season a whirlwind for Fenwick’s Jade Owens

Nov 10, 2012

Fenwick rising junior Jade Owens opted for a more intense AAU season this summer, seeking better tournaments and tougher competition.

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Girls Basketball: Warren players making the most of their opportunities

Nov 10, 2012

With veteran coach John Stanczykiewicz unable to attend the Stevenson Summer League, the 10 Warren girls basketball players basically coached themselves in a pair of games.

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Girls Basketball: Evanston’s Alecia Cooley, Sierra Clayborn earn invite to Adidas Camp

Nov 10, 2012

Evanston incoming senior Alecia Cooley and teammate Sierra Clayborn, who will be a junior, were selected for the Adidas Camp based on their spring performances for Full Package AAU club.

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Girls Basketball: Fenwick’s Kelly Canoy, Mackenzie Sewell stay united

Nov 10, 2012

Fenwick’s Kelly Canoy and Mackenzie Sewell are teammates for the summer AAU season as well.

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Girls Basketball: Hinsdale South’s Toni Romiti learns to fly

Nov 10, 2012

Hinsdale South rising senior guard Toni Romiti faces a new experience as a first-year member of the Chicago Hoops Express AAU team: traveling to a summer tournament by plane rather than car.

Girls Basketball: AAU team enjoys Trinity connection

Nov 10, 2012

The connection between the AAU Chicago Hoops Express and Trinity has remained strong over the years as the AAU season heats up this month.

Girls Basketball: Lyons’ Victoria Swift settles into AAU routine

Nov 10, 2012

AAU players like Lyons guard Victoria Swift never know who their teammates might be with constantly changing rosters during the one-month season.

Girls Basketball: Fenwick players spread out talents in July

Nov 10, 2012

Many of Fenwick’s top girls basketball players compete for AAU teams this month, but a few decide to stay close to home instead.

Girls Basketball: Kim Connell finds a home at Nazareth

Nov 10, 2012

New Nazareth girls basketball coach Kim Connell didn’t have to wait very long to find a new job after getting laid off at Waubonsie Valley.

Girls Basketball: Lyons’ Sara Beck, Ashanti Davis ready for AAU circuit

Nov 10, 2012

Lyons seniors Ashanti Davis and Sara Beck will seek greater exposure starting next month by playing full-time AAU basketball.

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Girls Basketball: Lockport eyes turnaround

Nov 10, 2012

After going 5-22 last season, Lockport’s girls basketball team hopes for a turnaround in 2012-13.

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Girls Basketball: Morris tackles whirlwind schedule

Nov 10, 2012

Morris is hoping a busy summer schedule, which included 26 games in two tournaments over a nine-day stretch, will lead to an improvement over last season’s 7-22 finish.

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Girls Basketball: Niles West loses Dashae Shumate to Evanston

Nov 10, 2012

Dashae Shumate, a guard at Niles West the past two seasons, will enroll at Evanston later this year.

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Girls Basketball: Maine South asking Mackenzie Duffy to drive to the basket

Nov 10, 2012

Mackenzie Duffy is the best pure shooter Mark Smith has ever coached. Now, the Maine South coach is looking to get the incoming senior to be more of a complete scorer.

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Girls basketball: Alexis Nelson commits to New Mexico State

Nov 10, 2012

Recent West Aurora graduate Alexis Nelson, who once thought she would play collegiately at Wagner University, will instead continue her basketball career at New Mexico State.

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Girls Basketball: Grayslake North looks to make the leap

Nov 10, 2012

Grayslake North expects big things next season as it returns senior starting point guard Jordyn Bowen, center Joanna Guhl and junior shooting guard Kendall Detweiler. They’ll be joined by junior and senior classes that have enjoyed success at every level of the Knights’ girls basketball program they’ve played at.

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Girls Basketball: McAuley lands former All-American as coach

Nov 10, 2012

Mother McAuley athletic director Laurie Jakubczak announced that former All-American Ashley Luke-Clanton will take over as Mother McAuley's coach. Clanton, 31, succeeds Karen Ade, who resigned after the 2011-12 season with a 106-51 record and four regional titles.

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Girls Basketball: Jenna Real steps down as Burlington Central coach

Nov 10, 2012

Burlington Central all-time scoring leader Jenna Real turned in her letter of resignation Monday after only one season as head girls basketball coach. Her teaching job was eliminated as a part of the school district’s reduction in force.

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Girls Basketball: Maine South’s Jacqui Grant commits to Illinois

Nov 10, 2012

Maine South center Jacqui Grant gave a verbal commitment to Illinois and new coach Matt Bollant. Grant chose the Illini over DePaul. She also had offers from Marquette and South Florida.

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Girls Basketball: J.P. Coughlin replaces mentor at Oak Park-River Forest

Nov 10, 2012

Assistant coach J.P. Coughlin takes over as head coach at Oak Park-River Forest.

Girls Basketball: Marshall’s Apiphany Woods leads North/West to victory at Luther Bedford Classic

Nov 10, 2012

Marshall’s Apiphany Woods led the way with 18 points as the North/West squad built a large lead before holding on for an 81-76 victory over the South/Central team in the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association’s Luther Bedford All-Star Classic Saturday afternoon at Young.

Girls Basketball: Kim Connell ‘caught in a numbers crunch’

Nov 10, 2012

Kim Connell is out as the girls basketball coach at Waubonsie Valley because she lost her teaching position in the English department as a result of cutbacks at the school.

Girls Basketball: David Owles taking over for Kim Connell

Nov 10, 2012

After 12 seasons as an assistant coach for Waubonsie Valley’s boys basketball team, David Owles is moving over to the girls program at to replace Kim Connell as head coach.

Girls Basketball: Dave Beebe out at Rosary

Nov 10, 2012

Dave Beebe, who led Rosary to a 195-135 record and two regional titles in 12 seasons, has been told his contract will not be renewed for next season.

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Girls Basketball: Zion-Benton’s Tanya Johnson gets up-close look at nation’s elite

Nov 10, 2012

On Wednesday night, Zion-Benton coach Tanya Johnson coached the West team in the McDonald’s All-American High School Girls Basketball Game that was played at the United Center.

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Girls Basketball: Janee Thompson helps East earn McDonald’s win

Nov 10, 2012

Young’s Janee Thompson had seven points, two steals, two assists and a block as the East edged the West 79-78 Wednesday in the McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center.

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Girls Basketball: Janee Thompson, Morgan Tuck, Jewell Loyd set for McDonald’s game

Nov 10, 2012

Three area stars — Young’s Janee Thompson, Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck and Niles West’s Jewell Loyd – are looking forward to the chance to play on the United Center floor in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game.

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Girls Basketball: Jackie Cardona named Beacon-News Player of the Year

Nov 10, 2012

When Aurora Central Catholic senior Jackie Cardona led the Chargers to their first Class 2A state tournament appearance this season, she arrived in Normal 25 points shy of Andrea Taylor’s ACC career scoring record. She only scored 11 points in her two games at state but dished out 10 assists, which coach Mark Fitzgerald says may tell more about the character and unselfishness of Cardona than if she had emerged from state with that record.

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Girls Basketball: Beacon-News Girls Basketball All-Area Team

Nov 10, 2012

Meet the members of the 2011-2012 Beacon-News All-Area Girls Basketball Team.

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Girls Basketball: Morgan Tuck making her mark

Nov 10, 2012

Bolingbrook’s University of Connecticut-bound senior is the Herald-News Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

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Girls Basketball: Player of the year pick a Heady move

Nov 10, 2012

Five-foot-11 guard Shannise Heady is the 2011-12 Beggars Pizza/SouthtownStar Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

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Girls Basketball: Stagg’s Bill Turner named coach of the year

Nov 10, 2012

After guiding Stagg to a 19-7 record this season following last year’s 11-19 campaign, Bill Turner has been named the 2011-12 Beggars Pizza/SouthtownStar Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

Girls Basketball: Ade resigns as Mother McAuley coach

Nov 10, 2012

After five seasons, four of which produce regional titles, Mother McAuley basketball coach Karen Ade resigned on Monday.

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Girls Basketball: Haley Videckis created special memories with Bartlett

Nov 10, 2012

Haley Videckis, the Indiana University recruit who led Bartlett to a third-place finish in Class 4A, is The Courier-News Player of the Year.

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Girls Basketball: Denise Sarna guided special group at Bartlett

Nov 10, 2012

After leading Bartlett to a third-place finish in the Class 4A state finals, Denise Sarna has been named The Courier-News Coach of the Year for the second time during her tenure.

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Girls Basketball: The Prasse sisters played different roles in leading Benet to 25-7 record

Nov 10, 2012

The Prasse sisters — senior Sidney and junior Christen — made it difficult for opponents this season, and in doing so led Benet to a 25-7 record, an 18-game winning streak and a trip to the sectional finals. Their contributions to the Redwings’ success make them the Naperville Sun’s Girls Basketball Co-Players of the Year.

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Girls Basketball: Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck named Illinois’ best

Nov 10, 2012

Bolingbrook senior forward Morgan Tuck averaged 29 points and 10 rebounds a game. She has been named Gatorade Illinois Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Sun-Times high school news and notes

Nov 10, 2012

The girls all-state team is full of teams from all over the area. Seton and Hope Academy were both represented in the small-school all-state teams. For this information and more, check out the Sun-Times high school news and notes.

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Girls Basketball: What’s next for Bolingbrook?

Nov 10, 2012

Shortly after it was over, Bolingbrook’s 74-65 quadruple-overtime loss to Whitney Young in the Class 4A Hinsdale Central Supersectional was being called an instant classic. …

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Girls Basketball: Young finishes perfect season with Class 4A crown

Nov 10, 2012

Linnae Harper scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Janee Thompson had 12 points and five assists and sophomore Taylor Brame added 10 points to lead Young to a 63-51 victory over Edwardsville in the IHSA Class 4A state championship game at Redbird Arena. The Dolphins end the season 34-0.

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Girls Basketball: Montini routs Vernon Hills for third straight title

Nov 10, 2012

Jasmine Lumpkin scored 14 points, and Kateri Stone and Tianna Brown added 13 points apiece as Montini defeated Vernon Hills 56-38 Saturday in Normal to capture the IHSA Class 3A title. The Broncos became just the third school in history to win three consecutive state championships.

Girls Basketball: Local stars lead Class 4A all-state team

Nov 10, 2012

Niles West’s Jewell Loyd, the second Chicago-area player to score 3,000 career points, joins Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck, Young’s Janee Thompson, Trinity’s Megan Podkowa and Bartlett’s Haley Videckis on the Sun-Times’ Class 4A all-state girls basketball team.

Girls Basketball: Sun-Times All-State teams

Nov 10, 2012

Check out the Sun-Times All-State girls basketball teams, selected by beat writer Phil Brozynski.

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Girls Basketball: Bartlett edges Loyola in OT to win Class 4A third-place trophy

Nov 10, 2012

Kristin Conniff scored 21 points, including a three-pointer at the end of regulation to force overtime, and Lisa Palmer drained two free throws with one second to play in the extra period as Bartlett defeated Loyola 61-59 in Saturday’s Class 4A third-place game.


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