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Lowell's Katie Bobos chases down Carroll's Shelbi Fisher during game Saturday December 17 2011 Flora. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media

Lowell's Katie Bobos chases down Carroll's Shelbi Fisher during a game on Saturday, December 17, 2011, in Flora. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 6, 2012 6:08AM



Andrean

Coach: Tony Scheub

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 34-15

2011-12 finish: 3-20, 0-6 NCC

Key losses: Ana Nicksic

Key returnees: Lauren Stazinski, Brenna Boyle

Outlook: Tony Scheub takes over at his alma mater after spending nine seasons as an assistant at Griffith and the past two years as head coach at Culver, where he won sectional and regional titles in 2011. He inherits a program that has fallen on hard times after winning four sectionals and a regional between 1999 and 2006. “They’ve always been talked about,” Scheub said. “Last year they were talked about for the wrong reasons.” Outside shooting looks to be a strength, but the defense “still needs some tweaking,” according to Scheub, who plans to play man-to-man.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Jessica Gray 12 G 5-2

Brittany Gray 11 G 5-2

Emma Farkas 12 G 5-6

Maddi Lesch 11 G 5-7

Brenna Boyle 11 G/F 5-7

Andrien Green 11 G 5-6

Desiree Green 11 G 5-5

Lauren Stazinski 11 F 5-10

Kennedy Kuykendall 9 G 5-5

Haley Hrosik 10 F 5-11

Niya Gates 10 F 5-10

Mady Mandich 10 F 5-8

Kathryn Mirabella 10 G 5-7

Meranda Garcia 10 G/F 5-9

Lexi Prasco 10 G 5-6

Munster

Coach: Matt Backs

Coach’s record at school: 32-32

Coach’s career record: 32-32

2011-12 finish: 10-11, 3-3 NCC

Key losses: None

Key returnees: Anika Gasich (12 ppg)

Outlook: After just finishing below the .500 mark, the Mustangs brings back almost the entire roster, including leading scorer Anika Gasich (12 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg). Munster coach Matt Backs will also have the leader in assists (Jordan Cole with 6 per game) and rebounds (Bernadette Grabowski with 5 per game) returning, which leads to optimism from the fourth-year coach. “If we play solid defense, we will be in the game,” he said. That’s key since in his first season, the Mustangs were among state leaders in points given up, but slipped the last two seasons.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Anika Gasich 12 G 5-9

B. Grabowski 12 F 5-10

Jordan Cole 10 G 5-9

Jen Allen 12 F 5-10

Alyssa Wojcik 11 F/C 5-11

Natalie Vellutini 10 G/F 5-7

Kankakee Valley

Coach: Ryan Myers

Coach’s record at school: 30-34

Coach’s career record: 30-34

2011-12 finish: 12-10, 2-4 NCC

Key losses: Hailey Ruesken, Stacey Heerema, Tori Van Vuren

Key returnees: Lauren Stokes, Bethany Jansma, Danielle Ruesken

Outlook: Lauren Stokes and Bethany Jansma will bring their combined 21 points per game last season to a team that boasts eight juniors with plenty of varsity experience. Danielle Ruesken will look to fill the void inside left by her sister, Hailey, who graduated. “We’re just trying to build off of what we started last year,” Myers said. “This group has been a real successful team coming through. The key is for us to get back to playing together.” A four-game winning streak late last season could be a sign of things to come for the Kougars.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Lexie Eggert 11 G 5-1

Breanna Toppen 9 F 5-9

Caitlyn Ginaven 11 G 5-5

Cassie Cleveland 10 F 5-8

Lauren Stokes 11 G 5-6

Bethany Jansma 11 G 5-5

Lexi Howard 11 G 5-3

Ashley Norberg 11 F 5-10

Danielle Ruesken 11 F 6-0

Madison Wireman 11 G 5-7

Highland

Coach: Tracie Mezera

Coach’s record at school: 23-39

Coach’s career record: 23-39

2011-12 finish: 8-13, 2-4 NCC

Key losses: Michelle Geissler (8.8 ppg), Nikki Goodeve (7.7 ppg)

Key returnees: Tylissa Fulgham, Brianna Williams, Kara Randall

Outlook: In her fourth year as the helm, coach Tracie Mezera will try to lead the Trojans to goals on a step-by-step basis. They’ve won eight games each of the last two years, so getting above .500 is step one. It will start with a roster filled with seven juniors who averaged barely above 10 points per game combined, but had some success in junior varsity. “They have experienced success the last few years and they’re eager to maintain that success in varsity,” Mezera said.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Tylissa Fulgham 12 G 5-5

Kara Randall 11 G 5-6

Alyssa Kikalos 11 G 5-9

Brianna Williams 11 F 5-10

Aleysha Slaven 11 G 5-3

Holly Santaguida 10 F 5-10

Kari Martindell 11 G 5-6

Karlie Gragido 11 G 5-4

Ellie Morinville 9 F 5-9

Courtney Carpenter 11 G 5-6

Lowell

Coach: Matthew Welsh

Coach’s record at school: 0-0

Coach’s career record: 9-59

2011-12 finish: 18-4, 6-0 NCC

Key returnees: Katie Bobos (14.5 ppg, 9.4 rpg), Mackenzie Kreutz, Kaylene Godbolt

Outlook: New coach Matthew Welsh walks into a gold mine. The Red Devils are athletic, experienced and determined after blowing a 12-point lead in the sectional semifinal against Lake Central. Katie Bobos returns for her senior year after spending the offseason traveling the AAU circuit. Fellow seniors Mackenzie Kreutz and Kaylene Godbolt joined Bobos on the NCC’s all-conference first team. Sarah Wietbrock, another senior, made the second team. Lowell has been building toward this season for four years and anything less than a sectional title would be a disappointment.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Carley Austgen 12 G 5-7

Sydney Barta 10 F 5-10

Katie Bobos 12 F 5-10

Jessica Bullitt 10 G 5-6

Amy Fraikin 11 F 5-8

Kalyne Godbolt 12 G 5-3

Kaylene Ingebretsen 12 C 5-10

Huner Jusevitch 10 G 5-3

Nicole Kiszenia 11 C 6-1

Mackenzie Kreutz 12 C 5-10

Samantha Roach 10 F 5-10

Nicole Sharkey 10 G 5-6

Sarah Wieser 11 G 5-2

Sarah Wietbrock 12 G 5-4

Sara Lewandowski 9 G 5-6

Hobart

Coach: Mike Hamacher

Coach’s record at school: 106-67

Coach’s career record: 106-67

2011-12 finish: 11-12, 3-3 NCC

Key losses: None

Key returnees: Grayce Roach (12 ppg, 4 rpg); Morgan Flaharty (12 ppg, 5 rpg)

Outlook: After three straight seasons of 15 or more wins, the Brickies had a transition year in 2011-12, leading to an early postseason exit. But with everyone back from that squad, including a pair of double-figure scorers in Grayce Roach and Morgan Flaharty, coach Mike Hamacher likes what he sees. “After a full season and another quality summer, I think they are ready to compete at a high level and make some noise,” he said. “They are a fun, aggressive and exciting group to watch and coach.” Don’t be surprised if the Brickies challenge for the NCC title.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Alyssa Hart 10 F 5-7

Autumn Beal 11 G 5-6

Marissa Chabes 10 G 5-3

Makala Morales 10 G 5-8

Paige Talian 11 G 5-2

Kara Cooke 10 G 5-8

Cailin Trezak 10 G 5-7

Caitlin Leath 12 F 6-0

Daley Law 12 G 5-7

Morgan Flaharty 11 G 6-0

Grayce Roach 11 G 5-8

Griffith

Coach: Tom Golumbeck

Coach’s record at school: 166-84

Coach’s career record: 166-84

2011-12 finish: 18-7, 5-1 NCC

Key losses: Brooke Brinkley (8.1 ppg)

Key returnees: Sammi Adams (12.1 ppg), Taylor Austin (5.7 ppg), Alyssa Gebo (6.1 ppg), Emma Blackard (7.1 ppg)

Outlook: Griffith returns a nice core of four starters, including leading scorer Sammi Adams. But coach Tom Golumbeck warns that things thin out really quickly after that. Any injury to that top four would prove difficult to overcome. Regional cross-country champ Taylor Austin has the biggest basketball motor of any player in the area. Golumbeck installs a disciplined style of play in all of his teams, which keeps them in most ballgames. Sectional 17 typically doesn’t have a lot of firepower, so the Panthers have a good shot at adding to their four straight regional appearances.

Name Yr. Pos. Ht.

Sammi Adams 12 G 5-7

Jasmine Alvarez 11 G 5-6

Taylor Austin 12 F 5-9

Courtney Bell 10 G 5-4

Jazmine Bell 11 F 5-9

Emma Blackard 12 G 5-6

Amy Bubala 11 G 5-5

Alyssa Gebo 12 G 5-8

Cindy McInerney 12 G 5-7

Lisette Roldan 12 F 5-10

Tori Tricoff 10 G 5-6



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