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Kane County Chronicle Friday, November 16, 2012 2012-13 Prep Basketball Preview

Thirsty for threes

St. Charles East’s Dom Adduci

INSIDE: With numerous high-caliber marksmen returning, area teams won’t be shy from three-point land. PAGES 12-13


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Tri-Cities girls basketball team could have a bigger focus in the post with Geneva leading the pack with Sidney Santos and Sami Pawlak. PAGE 3

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Mooseheart’s Mangisto Deng is part of a new-look Ramblers team that is sure to turn heads.

Huge opportunity for Mooseheart Sports are supposed to be part of the educational experience, and there’s no question a Grade-A science project is about to unfold on the floor at Mooseheart this winter. Take three towering South Sudanese transfer students, maddeningly rangy and athletic but just as basketball-raw, and plop them on a Class 1A basketball roster. Then, stand back, observe, and ... well, who knows? Excitingly, we’re about to find out. Mooseheart, the tiniest school in the area and carrying the lowest of basketball profiles, is ready to roll out a front line that, from a size standpoint, would be the envy of many Division-I college teams, let alone 3A and 4A high school teams. For a program without so much as a regional title to its name, the possibilities this season are enthralling – how in the world are 1A teams going to deal with 7-foot-1 Akim Nyang, 6-10 Makur Puou and 6-7 Mangisto Deng, who bring a point guard’s skill set. Coach Ron Ahrens, also Mooseheart’s director of residential living, isn’t taking the bait, at least when it comes to projecting an unprecedented pile of victories. “I’m more about how am I preparing these young men for the rest of their lives, and that’s always been the mindset here at Mooseheart, and it’s been a mindset of mine since I’ve been here,” Ahrens said. “How am I preparing kids for the rest of their lives? I don’t measure it on wins and losses, ever, in all honesty. That’s not how I would ever operate.” That focus is especially appropriate in the case of the South Sudanese trio who, as we wrote about this summer, are hopeful their basketball prowess will better position them-

PREP ZONE Jay Schwab selves to receive U.S. college educations. The three could practice but not suit up last year after arriving at Mooseheart via the African Hoop Opportunities Providing an Education program. From a basketball standpoint, Ahrens still has his concerns – none of the three, especially the 7-1 Nyang – are anything resembling polished offensive players. But Ahrens lights up discussing the juniors’ personalities and ability to mesh with teammates, despite becoming the obvious focal point of the season. “I have no worries,” Ahrens said. “They have fit in extremely well. Our kids have accepted them extremely well, and I foresee no problem with them being good teammates because they’re all like brothers. We are like Mooseheart. That’s a different population we get on our campus. Everyone is very accepting of that.” Opposing coaches might not be quite so cheery. While Nyang, Puou and Deng have plenty of strides to make if they are going to command D-I scholarship offers, their ability to contest shots, crash the glass and run the floor will make the Red Ramblers a sight to behold. Combined with highly athletic guards Oumaru Abdulahi, a multisport standout who missed last year’s 12-18 season after undergoing shoulder surgery, and Kevin Gbadebo, the ingredients are in place for Mooseheart to be an exceptional defensive team. Defense doesn’t fill seats, per con-

Mooseheart’s home schedule Nov. 27 Dec. 4 Dec. 12 Jan. 7 Jan. 15 Jan. 18 Feb. 5

Leland 6:30 p.m. Westmin. Christian 7 p.m. Christian Lib. Acad. 7 p.m. Paw Paw 7:15 p.m. Luther North 7 p.m. Rockford Christian 7 p.m. Indian Creek 7 p.m.

ventional sports wisdom. But defense the way this Mooseheart team can play it – with opponents’ shots being swatted and turnovers leading to rim-rattling dunks – has the potential to prove otherwise. Mooseheart isn’t usually a winternight destination for area hoops fans. But the Ramblers, who upgraded their nonconference schedule to better challenge their new-look team, figure to play to a broader audience this season. “I would love everyone to come out and see Mooseheart and the Mooseheart campus and see what we’re about,” Ahrens said. “If it happens through basketball, that’s great, that’s great for our Moose fraternity who gives us opportunities to have kids like that. It’s a great public relations thing for Mooseheart in general.” Checking out these Ramblers is probably worth adding to your winter to-do list. Just a few minutes’ drive from Fermilab, a mind-bending experiment is ready to take root. • Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or jschwab@shawmedia.com.

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Terrific 10

A photographic look at some of the top girls and boys players worth keeping an eye on this season. PAGES 4-8

Boys scouting reports

Previews and analysis of the 11 area teams’ upcoming seasons. PAGES 11, 14-16

Three’s the magic number

COVER STORY: Boys teams could see an increased presence from three-point territory with numerous sharpshooters from beyond the arc. PAGES 12-13

Girls scouting reports

Previews and analysis of the 11 area teams’ upcoming seasons. PAGES 17-19

Names and games

Local boys, girls schedules and rosters. PAGES 20, 22-23

Cover photo – St. Charles East junior guard Dom Adduci practices his three-pointers during a recent practice. Sandy Bressner – sbressner@shawmedia.com Team preview capsules by Kevin Druley, Jay Schwab and Ian Matthews


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Post play likely to take center stage in Tri-Cities By KEVIN DRULEY kdruley@shawmedia.com

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esurgent post play projected as a theme of the girls basketball season before a handful of emerging frontcourt standouts elected not to compete. While that development thinned some focus from the paint, it hasn’t completely evaporated. With Geneva leading the pack, expect increased looks from the inside among Tri-Cities teams. Don’t worry, though, dynamic guards aren’t going away. “There’s not any overwhelming height or anything like that,” St. Charles East coach Lori Drumtra said, “but I think you’re definitely going to see some nice inside play with some of the different teams.” East and crosstown counterpart St. Charles North enter the season with players who’d stack up to noted Geneva posts Sami Pawlak and Sidney Santos on a growth chart. Like Pawlak and Santos, Saints sophomore Kyra Washington stands 6-foot-1. Last season, she had a complement in the paint in Jordan Shead, who decided to pursue track training this offseason. Batavia posts Katie Ryan and Paige Zochert also chose not to return this winter, though 6-1 Erin Bayram returns to give the Bulldogs their own towering inside presence. At North, there’s known commodity Liz McNally, a 6-3 junior, as well as varsity newcomers Annalee Hotopp (6-1), a junior, and 6-foot freshman Morgan Rosencrants. Among that group, North Stars coach Colleen Backer calls McNally the lone true post. While Hotopp and Rosencrants will be occasionally called on the fill those duties down low, they’re just as comfortable from mid-range. For Backer, that’s always been a part of her preferred style. “In regards to agility and the way that ball is going on the floor, a lot has to do with defense and making stops,” she said. “Although that post presence is important, I think guards still are always effective in getting the tempo going your way and getting you up and down the floor.” Pawlak, a senior and the reign-

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St. Charles North’s Morgan Rosencrants (left) goes up for a shot past teammate Annalee Hotopp during a recent practice.

“There’s not any overwhelming height or anything like that, but I think you’re definitely going to see some nice inside play with some of the different teams.” Lori Drumtra St. Charles East girls basketball coach

ing Chronicle Player of the Year, often talks about channeling her ballhanding drills as a guard during her developmental days. She’s listed as a forward/center, but last season was spotted bringing the ball upcourt on a handful of occasions and creating her own shot from well outside the key. The Vikings didn’t seem to skip a beat en route to an unbeaten run through the Upstate Eight Confer-

ence River Division. Teammates also note the powerfully built Santos’ outside prowess as she works back from separate right ACL tears that wiped out her freshman and sophomore seasons. Batavia’s Bayram, a junior, tore her left ACL in December but is expected back. Coach Kevin Jensen calls her more of the traditional, insideoriented post. After a handful of summer and fall tournaments, plus a few weeks of the Bulldogs’ conditioning-heavy preseason workouts, Bayram has demonstrated the return of her range of motion. “She looks good,” Jensen said. “It’ll be nice to have her back.” At Kaneland, senior Ashley Prost fits a similar, do-it-all bill. At 5-foot-9, she’s two inches shorter than centers Ally VanBogaert and Kelly Wallner, but still has the inside chops to be productive around the rim.

Prost’s outside touch only adds value for a Knights team that boasts its share of in-betweeners. “We do a lot of shooting with our players regardless of guardpost,” Knights coach Ernie Colombe said. “We’ve got a pretty versatile group. We’ve got probably five, six, seven kids who play different spots whether it’s the 4-5, 3-4, 2-3.” Colombe stresses the emphasis on the “total game,” which sounds similar to the approach at Geneva. While Vikings coach Sarah Meadows acknowledges her team will be much more post-oriented than in years past, that certainly doesn’t spell doom for the team’s harassing 1-2-2 diamond press. “In the conference, we feel like the other teams are all kind of starting over, just like us,” Pawlak said. “I don’t know how strong they’re going to be and what they’ll do on the inside, but we’re ready for anything.” That’s the idea.


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St. Charles East • Junior • Guard What impressed you most about your team this offseason? It was definitely the speed we can play at and the speed we can execute everything at. I believe this is probably one of the faster teams we’ve been a part of. Who would be best H-O-R-S-E player on your team? I believe it would be Joren Wilson because I challenge him to a bunch of trick shots all the time. I made a bet and he won a burrito off me because he made a halfcourt, underhand shot last year. He makes some shots that you would not think are possible. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? When I feel good in warmups, it really helps, but if I’m off in warmups, I can judge what I need to do in the game in order to get my shot where it needs to be.

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Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? Oh, college basketball, 100 percent. I love to watch college ... any team that’s on, it doesn’t matter. ... I love the intensity that college players play at, how coaches get up in their face, and then the student sections. For me, I just love watching the energy around the basketball arena and the campus that they play on.

LIZA FRUENDT Batavia • Junior • Guard What impressed you most about your team this offseason? I think that we worked really well together and we all really get along, so not only are we being successful, but we’re having fun together. Who would be best H-O-R-S-E player on your team? Probably Miranda [Grizaffi]. She’s just a good shooter, so I think she would be most competitive, probably. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? I would say no. I think that you might not be shooting very well during warmups and you could still go in the game and perform. But you could still have it the other way, too. It depends more on the flow of the game. Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? College because it’s more competitive to watch. Pro usually isn’t as competitive as college is.

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St. Charles East • Senior • Guard What impressed you most about your team this offseason? We are very fast and we all are very knowledgeable about how each other plays, and it’s very easy to play with one another. Who would be best H-O-R-S-E player on your team? I don’t know, that’s a hard one. Carly Pottle has some crazy shots up her sleeve. She’s always practicing halfcourt shots during water breaks. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? Yeah, most of the time. Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? College basketball because I feel like they play more as a team and they hustle a lot more and look more ambitious in college basketball. Sandy Bressner – sbressner@kcchronicle.com

Geneva • Junior • Guard What impressed you most about your team this offseason? Just how hard we were working and our drive to push ourselves for the season. Who would be best H-O-R-S-E player on your team? I would probably say Sidney Santos or Morgan [Seberger]. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? Yeah, a lot of times you can just feel the energy that everyone brings as we do the warmup. Obviously that can change, but if we all come excited to play and are ready, we can all tell.

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Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? College, because I feel like it’s more of an excited, fasterpaced game. Both are, but I feel like college can have the faster pace.

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Geneva • Sophomore • Forward/Guard What impressed you most about your team this offseason? We worked hard. ... Our whole team, we have so much talent everywhere. We could have five different starters every game. We have a lot of depth. Who would be best H-O-R-S-E player on your team? Probably Mike Trimble. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? Yeah. You feel right. Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? College because it’s more exciting. That’s the next step. It’s just more exciting to watch, the end of the season (NCAA) tournament, just watching all those young players compete and everything. Sandy Bressner – sbressner@kcchronicle.com

SAMI PAWLAK Geneva • Senior • Forward/Center What impressed you most about your team this offseason? The new girls that we have coming up this year are so hard-working. We have such a variety that it’s going to really help us this season. Who would be best H-O-R-S-E player on your team? Probably Sidney Santos. She’s a post who still has a pretty good three. Morgan Seberger and Michaela Loebel have their shots down also. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? I hope so. We click really well as a team, so it’s usually when we have the energy up. Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? Actually don’t know. I’d say college since I’ll be off to play college ball next year [at Nebraska-Omaha] and am looking forward to it.

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St. Charles North • Senior • Guard What impressed you most about your team this offseason? How hungry guys were, really from AAU to skills training to lifting. You saw a lot more guys a lot hungrier and working so much harder than in the past. You can see the hard work and tenacity of guys. There’s just been a culture change at St. Charles North where guys want to get better in the offseason and guys know that’s what is going to be helpful to be better during the season. Who would be best H-O-R-S-E player on your team? I would probably say coach Poulin. No question when you get him playing H-O-R-S-E, he can really shoot it. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? I feel like every time I go into warmups, I prepare the exact same. You know every team is going to approach you differently. It depends on what their gameplan is. If they’re trying to stop your drive that game, you have to try and counter that, so the whole mental part is big. Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? For a couple of different things, I prefer college because I love going to watch it ... but I prefer actually watching NBA, because you’re watching the 10 best guys every night. People say the NBA doesn’t play much defense but the guys who are playing [in the NBA] are much more skilled and better at countering what they’re trying to stop them with.

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Kaneland • Senior • Forward What impressed you most about your team this offseason? How we get along and how hard we all worked and the effort that we all put in. Who would be best H-O-R-S-E player on your team? Allyson O’Herron, just because she is good at her shot. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? Our warmups don’t necessarily reflect how we’re going to play. Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? I prefer pro basketball because it’s cool to watch the best of the best play.

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Batavia • Senior • Guard What impressed you most about your team this offseason? The commitment, especially with not knowing who our coach would be until the end of our summer. When fall sports started, a bunch of us left, but we still had a big commitment to each other and to the program. We knew [athletic director Dave Andrews] would get a good guy in here for us and we knew it would be intense, but definitely the commitment level is extremely high. Who would be the best H-O-R-S-E player on the team? I would say Jake Pollack because he’s just got everything. He’s got long arms that help and he’s definitely more of a perimeter player, but he’s not afraid to go inside, and with the very long arms he’s got, he can finish up and over people. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? Yes and no. It all depends because warmups, there is usually not defense so it’s more just getting you in the groove, but there are some nights you can tell more it’s going to be a good night. But then if you have a lock-down defender on you, you can’t get open, so it depends, but I can usually tell halfway through warmups whether it’s going to be a good shooting night or not.

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Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? Definitely love college. Nothing against pros, they’re the best there is, but I like college better because it seems like there is more coaching and more real basketball because they play defense, they’re committed to it, and they’re not getting paid, so their playing time is based on how they perform.

Kendall Stephens St. Charles East • Senior • Guard/Forward

What impressed you most about your team this offseason? Just the depth of what we are. Each year I’ve been here, coaches have been finding ways to make our team deeper, with [former coach Brian Clodi] and coach Woods. Every year our team is getting deeper and it shows, having a lot of people who we can sub out and having someone else who can sub in and still not lose a beat when we’re trying to run an offense and focus on defense, too. Who would be best H-O-R-S-E player on your team? I don’t know, I’m pretty good at H-O-R-S-E. I’ll say Mike Woods. He’s a good H-O-R-S-E player, and Dom Adduci. Those two are pretty tough. Can you usually tell if you’re going to have a good night in warmups? To be honest with you, if you go in with the mindset every night is your night – you can’t have any less standard or you’re bound to mess up – if you go in thinking no one can stop you, you give yourself a better chance every night. Do you prefer college or pro basketball, and why? To be honest, it’s about 50-50. I just like the college atmosphere of the fans and stuff like that, and being more team basketball, but sometimes I just like watching NBA because it’s the best [players]. So it’s a mixture, but I keep up with both pretty well.

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Batavia boys basketball coach Jim Nazos has taken the reins from veteran coach Jim Roberts this season. rora private school scene; McNamara was previously head coach at Marmion for five seasons in the mid2000s. While McNamara’s transition has been complicated by three projected starters still playing for the powerhouses Eagles football team, he’s enjoying the overall vibe at Aurora Christian. “They’re nice kids,” McNamara said. “They’re terrific kids up there. My daughter graduated [from Aurora Christian] last year so I’m pretty familiar with the school and a number of athletes. I think it’s gone smooth. We’ll see how it goes once games get going, guys don’t get playing time or something like that.

That’s just the nature of the beast, but so far I’m very pleased with the way things are going.” On the girls side, former St. Charles North boys basketball coach Mark Smith is the new coach at Burlington Central. That could make for some mixed emotions on Feb. 5 when the Rockets are slated to host the North Stars, the program for which Smith’s daughter, Kelsey, shined en route to a Division-I college career. After his coaching tenure at North, Smith coached women’s college basketball at Harper College. “When I switched from boys to girls, it was still sitting in a halftime locker room dissecting the same

types of things,” Smith said. “It’s a lot of fun coaching the girls and I’m looking forward to it with Central.” Rosary’s new coach also has college coaching experience. First-year Royals coach Jessie Wilcox, who graduated from Northern Illinois in 2009, was an assistant coach at WisconsinOshkosh before pursuing her goal of becoming a high school head coach at Rosary. “I’m excited to get things started, but I’m also very nervous,” Wilcox said. “A couple of weeks isn’t always enough time to get things together, whether you’re new or not.”

• Kevin Druley contributed to this report.

Regime change Boys coaching changes Aurora Christian Pat McNamara, formerly a head coach at Marmion and an assistant at Aurora Central Catholic, replaces Steve Hanson. Batavia Former Wheaton North coach Jim Nazos takes over tradition-rich program for longtime, hall of fame Bulldogs coach Jim Roberts. Girls coaching changes Burlington Central Mark Smith, who coached the St. Charles North boys in the school’s early years, replaces Jenna Real. Rosary Former Northern Illinois standout Jessie Wilcox replaces Dave Beebe.

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he Batavia boys basketball team has a whopping 11 seniors on its roster, which might suggest gearing up for the season would be a relative snap for the Bulldogs. Not so. Even the most veteran of teams must, in some regards, start from scratch when a new coach is calling the shots. As a handful of area basketball programs usher in new coaches this winter, the regime change at Batavia might be most jarring to area hoops fans. That’s because a new Jim is in Batavia’s gym – Jim Nazos has taken over for Jim Roberts, who coached the Bulldogs to 455 wins during his 27-year tenure. Nazos was only with the Bulldogs for a sliver of the summer so preseason practices the past two weeks have called for patience from Nazos and the players alike. “There’s a lot of explaining drills and just different terminology for them,” Nazos said. “There’s going to be more teaching, more time stopping things and teaching and going over things. There’s a lot of learning going on. “That’s OK. I’m expecting that and trying to take [the approach] at practice to get a little better each day. Small steps. It’s a long season, so just take it a small step at a time. They’re getting used to the terminology I have and I’m still learning things they can do as players and what they do naturally and trying to make it fit.” Nazos comes to Batavia from Wheaton North, where he spent 12 years coaching the Falcons. Wheaton to Batavia isn’t much of a road trip but Pat McNamara’s new commute is even less of a gas-guzzler. McNamara is in his first season coaching Aurora Christian after serving as an assistant coach at nearby Aurora Central Catholic the past few seasons. He is a veteran of the Au-

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About coach Pat McNamara: McNamara, a former head coach at Marmion and, more recently, assistant at Aurora Central Catholic, enters his first season with the Eagles. Last season’s record: 18-8 overall, 5-5 SCC Blue. Lost, 65-57, to Plano in 2A Somonauk Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Ryan Suttle (Sr., G); Ryan McQuade (Sr., G/F); Jonathan Harrell (Jr., G); Cory Windle (Sr., F) Insider information: McNamara braced for a challenging start to the season as Aurora Christian football embarked upon another deep postseason run. Until the football season concludes, the Eagles will be minus three projected starters – Suttle, McQuade and Windle – as well as a potentially key reserve, speedy guard Chad Beebe. ... Suttle, a four-year starter at point guard, should settle the Eagles down upon his return. ... Harrell, another Eagle who debuted on the varsity as a freshman, is an explosive athlete who projects to have a breakthrough junior season by showcasing a more well-rounded game. ... McQuade is a physical guard who can also stroke it from three-point land, while the lanky, bouncy Windle will need to be assertive on the glass in the absence of graduated banger CJ Schutt. ... Scoring doesn’t figure to be a problem for the Eagles. “With this crew, there’s not enough balls to go around,” McNamara said. “I have to set the tone early – we may have to lose a game or two in order to make the point that you better be a tough defender, or else you might not play as much as your talent is indicative of.” ... Sophomore Wes Wolfe and three-point marksman Haydyn McNelis are competing for the starting two-guard spot, while 6-foot-8 senior Paxton Singer could add another dimension if he establishes himself as a reliable post presence. Burning question: Can the Eagles use last year’s disappointing upset loss in regionals – one year removed from a supersectional run – as motivational fuel throughout the season? Bottom line: If the Eagles respond to their new coach’s defensive message and the football players come in healthy and hungry, a 20-win season is a real possibility.

About coach Jim Nazos: Nazos is in his first season coaching the Bulldogs after a 12-year run guiding Wheaton North. Last year’s record: 7-19 overall, 3-9 UEC River. Lost to Geneva, 55-46, in 4A Metea Valley first-round game. Returning starters: Mike Rueffer (Sr., G); Micah Coffey (Jr., G); Jake Pollack (Sr., G); Zach Strittmatter (Sr., F) Insider information: For a team coming off a seven-win season that lost its best player to graduation (Cole Gardner) and a hall of fame coach (Jim Roberts, who stepped down after the season), the prospects for the Bulldogs aren’t as bleak as they appear on the surface. The Bulldogs return ample experience both in the starting lineup and off the bench. ... Rueffer, one of a handful of key Bulldogs to miss extended time due to injury last season, is back to supply leadership at point guard and set the tone defensively. ... Coffey is among the premier outside shooters in the conference and should be ready to emerge as a leader after quarterbacking the Bulldogs football team to a conference championship. ... Pollack and Strittmatter are both springy athletes who can find other ways to score if their outside shots are not falling. ... Returning reserve forwards Mike Carlson and Luke Horton will need to increase their productivity inside with Gardner leaving a large void, while fellow 2011-12 reserve Tucker Knox should showcase an improved shot this season. ... Seniors Nathan Tague and Dan Albrecht and junior Jeremy Schoessling are candidates to provide backcourt depth for a team that Nazos said is physically strong at most spots. Burning question: How will the Bulldogs respond to the direction of their new coach, Nazos, who had minimal time to work with the Bulldogs after taking over toward the end of summer workouts? Bottom line: Batavia has to be considered a dark horse in an improving UEC River, but the senior-heavy Bulldogs should be able to shake off last year’s adversity and post many more wins this winter.

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About coach Nate Drye: Drye begins his ninth season with the Chargers with a 129-108 career record. Last year’s record: 12-17 overall, 4-6 SCC Blue. Lost, 6352, to Rockford East in 3A Sycamore Sectional championship game. Returning starters: Anthony Andujar (Sr., G); Phil Schuetz (Sr., F) Insider information: The Chargers graduated shotblocking and defensive menace Robert DeMyers, whose return from injury sparked the Chargers to a postseason uprising last winter, along with gritty forward Joey McEachern. Consequently, Drye thinks the Chargers must – and will – be a better shooting team. “We have to shoot the ball a lot better than we did last year,” Drye said. “We’ll rely on it.” ... To that end, look for junior guard Sean Harreld – younger brother of former Chargers standout Ryan Harreld – to be a marksman at shooting guard, where he will share time with senior Shawn Soris. ... The lightning-quick Andujar will help ACC maintain its preferred uptempo pace. “I think he’s terrific,” Drye said of his 5-10 point guard. “I think he’s one of the better players around. I think he’s going to [keep us in the game] in pretty much every game we have because he doesn’t turn it over and he’s very difficult to press.” ... The 6-3 Schuetz, an undersized power forward, could become ACC’s go-to scorer. ... Athletic senior Zach Flint will crack the starting lineup as a wing, while projected starting center Sean Anger, a 6-7 junior who had to fill in for the injured DeMyers last season, is the lone Charger taller than 6-3. Burning question: With Drye acknowledging jumpshots will have to fall for ACC to have success this winter, can the Chargers play strong enough defense to gut out wins on nights when the shooting is lukewarm or worse? Bottom line: Andujar is capable of making his unheralded teammates better by breaking down defenses and, considering the Chargers’ tendency to play their best ball in the postseason, ACC could again develop into a March dark horse.

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pponents’ scouting reports on Tri-Cities area boys basketball teams figure to have a common thread this winter: Better get out on shooters. Way out. This promises to be an uncommonly sizzling season when it comes to three-point marksmanship for most area squads, almost all of which return their top snipers from last year and are funneling in reinforcements. But tempting as it can be to launch from three-point land – not to mention rewarding, when the shots are falling – coaches will have to strike a balance of capitalizing on their teams’ shooting prowess without becoming too reliant on three-pointers. That philosophical balancing act evolves from season to season, game to game, sometimes even possession to possession. But this winter more than most, expect area teams to come out firing.

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St. Charles East coach Pat Woods said senior Kendall Stephens uncorked almost 10,000 shots one week this offseason. The 6-foot-4 Stephens’ picturesque shooting stroke allowed him to command attention from college recruiters early in his prep career, eventually landing him a scholarship to Purdue. But it was point guard Dom Adduci who was East’s most efficient three-point shooter last year. As a sophomore, Adduci clicked for about 38 percent from three-point land, and as a shifty point guard, Adduci has the opportunity to immediately pick his spots to pull up in transition whenever he sees fit.

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Batavia’s Micah Coffey shoots the ball during a recent practice. Coffey is one of many quality three-point shooting threats in the area Woods contends East has several other guys who also will have the green light from three-point land, but Stephens and Adduci form a 1-2 shooting punch few teams can match, provided Stephens overcomes a preseason shoulder injury. There is no St. Charles monopoly on thriving from threepoint land, though. St. Charles North coach Tom Poulin expects the North Stars to field their best three-point shooting

team in “about three years, and maybe more than that.” Leading the way is junior Alec Goetz, who last year came off the bench and occasionally blindsided defenders with range well beyond the arc despite his slight physique. “He has a great base,” Poulin said. “He uses his legs, and he can let it go from real deep. He continues to get better and he’s just a gym rat and loves the game, so it’s a given that he’s going to continue to

improve.” At the opposite end of the spectrum, Geneva sophomore Nate Navigato surprises defenses with his shooting range because he’s built like a big. The 6-foot-6, 200 pound Navigato is expected to unleash a formidable all-around game in his first year on varsity that will feature a healthy dose of three-point bombing. “A lot of people who don’t know who I am, with my height, don’t think I can shoot

from out there,” Navigato said. “Once I [start shooting], then I can pump fake and do multiple things off it. If you have a good three-point shot, the floor is open for many other things.” Senior Mike Trimble gives the Vikings another quality zone-buster, and Navigato said several of his fellow sophomore-team cohorts from last year, including junior point guard Cam Cook, can spot up with success.


nents pay from three-point line “The three-point line is one of the greatest equalizers in the game of basketball. If you can shoot the three well, you can make up for a lot of shortcomings as a basketball team – lack of size, lack of speed, turnovers. You can catch up pretty quick if you’re making threes and other team is making twos. In that regard, I love it.” Ryan Paradise

Although much of the action on the area girls basketball scene this winter figures to take place in the paint, there are still several quality three-point shooters who will be threats from deep. Here are five girls shooters who will be rippling the nets this winter: Liza Fruendt, Batavia In her third year on varsity, the Bulldogs’ junior point guard won’t be afraid to call her own number – with good reason.

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Batavia makes it 4 for 4 around the Tri-Cities when it comes to three-point promise this winter. The Bulldogs’ starting backcourt of senior point guard Mike Rueffer and junior Micah Coffey both feature the three-point shot prominently in their games, especially Coffey, whose outside flurries almost singlehandedly kept the Bulldogs in several games last season.

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three-point firepower to spare, generating inside and midrange production makes for better balance and, ultimately, frees up shooters. Woods thought the Saints settled for too many so-so three-point tries last year, and intends to ensure big men such as David Mason and Dan Wilkerson are not ignored this season. “You’re going to see us attacking the basket a little more and getting the ball inside a little more,” Woods said. “Although we will shoot the three and we’ll play uptempo, a good team can score inside and outside, and I think we’re going to be a pretty good team this year, and I think we’re going to have that ability to shoot inside and outside.”

‘Bench will probably do most of the talking’

Aurora Christian coach Pat McNamara stopped a recent practice to grill a player about what he perceived to be an illadvised three-point shot. If it had been one of his top shooters, such as Haydyn McNelis, attempting the shot, practice would have marched on uninterrupted, make or miss. Conversations like that one – often one-sided ones – occur in just about every gymnasium in the state this time of year as coaches attempt to make clear exactly how much freedom each player has from the three-point arc. For a lucky few, the light is virtually always green. Most cases are more situational,

depending on if shooters have shown better results in transition, as spot-up shooters or coming off screens. In general, coaches’ level of tolerance for players’ chucking comes down to whether a guy has earned that faith through offseason commitment and consistent shooting touch in practice. If a shooter has proven himself, Woods affords plenty of leeway, unless the time and score dictate a more conservative approach. “I don’t like kids to be worried, Woods said. “If they’re taking a three, I want them to be comfortable because I believe the more comfortable they are when taking a shot, the better chance it’s going to go in. I’ve played for coaches where I’d be looking over my shoulder, and obviously it’s going to affect your shot and affect your game.” Even when his players are battling off shooting nights, Ralston won’t tell them to stop taking threes, saying he’s seen too many occasions when a previously chilly shooter rediscovers his muscle memory in crunch time. Other coaches aren’t always as patient. Aurora Central Catholic coach Nate Drye said “most of the guys are pretty smart” about curtailing their attempts when jumpers aren’t falling. If not? “I’m not going to say too much to them,” Drye said. “The bench will probably do most of the talking.”

Allyson O’Herron, Kaneland O’Herron is one of the area’s most confident shooters; her toes don’t have to be especially close to the line for O’Herron to feel comfortable letting it fly. Morgan Seberger, Geneva With a Vikings roster rich on inside size and skill, Seberger should have plenty of room to roam in pursuit of open three-point looks. Alex Silverman, St. Charles North After dealing with injury woes as a junior, the sweet-shooting Silverman aims to be part of a resurgent North offense this season.

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The presence of Coffey and Rueffer means the pendulum likely will swing toward first-year Batavia coach Jim Nazos loosening the reins on shot selection. Certain years, the former Wheaton North coach keeps a closer watch on his squad’s volume of outside attempts. “It totally depends on the type of team that you have,” Nazos said. “This group here, I think we do have some kids that, if they are open, I don’t mind them taking it, even early in the [possession].” Marmion coach Ryan Paradise’s zeal for threepointers dates to his playing days, when he shot his way to a scholarship at Northern Illinois. His Cadets teams have done their best to follow suit; former Marmion sharpshooter Eddy Grahovec canned 10 three-pointers in one game during the 2010-11 season. “The three-point line is one of the greatest equalizers in the game of basketball,” Paradise said. “If you can shoot the

three well, you can make up for a lot of shortcomings as a basketball team – lack of size, lack of speed, turnovers. You can catch up pretty quick if you’re making threes and other team is making twos. In that regard, I love it.” Jim Nazos Geneva coach Phil Ralston doesn’t get fooled by a feel-good shooting hot streak if, in the bigger picture, the outside attempts Phil Ralston are hurting more than helping. But in seasons like this one, Ralston thinks the math should support plenty of launching. Pat Woods “I’m very much a guy that believes in percentages,” Ralston said. “I want the best percentage shot we can possibly get. If we can have someone that can shoot threes at a 40 percent clip, I think that’s a pretty good return on your investment.” Lacking elite three-point shooters for much of his tenure, Kaneland coach Brian Johnson instead emphasizes slashing to the rim and crashing the offensive glass. That approach should carry over this winter. But even when teams have

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8BOYS SCOUTING REPORTS BURLINGTON CENTRAL ROCKETS About coach Brett Porto: Porto heads into his fourth season with the Rockets with a 45-37 overall record. Last season’s record: 16-12 overall, 7-3 Big Northern Conference East. Lost, 76-67, to Sycamore in a 3A Rochelle Regional first-round game. Returning starters: Ryan Ritchie (Sr., G); Reed Hunnicutt (Jr., G); Bryce Warner (Sr., F); Duncan Osbourne (Jr., C). Insider information: Porto might not know what to do with himself this year. Rockets teams both during his playing days and his first few years as coach have tended to be smaller, perimeter-oriented squads, but Central has ample size to work with this winter. ... The 6-8 Osbourne should benefit from his early varsity experience this season, while 6-5 swingman Moter Deng could be set for a breakthrough season after missing much of last year with a broken arm. Deng enjoyed a “great summer,” Porto said. ... Also bolstering Central’s frontcourt depth are 6-5 forward Dan McCurdy and 6-3 Zach Barry. ... Ritchie returns as one of the top threepoint shooting weapons in the area. He canned 75 treys a year ago. ... Hunnitcutt and Malik Harris supply Porto a pair of viable options at point guard. ... Warner is a coach-pleaser who helps the Rockets in ways that sometimes go underappreciated. ... Porto considers the team’s overall depth and the corresponding competition for playing time among Central’s greatest causes for optimism. Burning question: Health is even more of an X-factor for Central than most teams. Ritchie (torn thumb ligament during football season) and Warner (hamstring injury from soccer) were both rounding back into form as the season approached. Bottom line: Central lost a dynamic scorer in the graduated Ray Hunnicutt but appears to be a deeper, more well-rounded squad this winter.

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GENEVA VIKINGS About coach Phil Ralston: Ralston enters his fifth season with the Vikings with a 67-47 overall record. Last season’s record: 15-13 overall, 7-5 UEC River. Lost, 4542, to Metea Valley in a 4A Metea Valley Regional semifinal. Returning starter: Connor Chapman (Sr., C) Insider information: While the burly Chapman is Geneva’s lone returning starter, the Vikings expect to be a deep, versatile team, thanks to plentiful reinforcements from a sophomore team that lost only one game last winter. “What I like about this group is we pretty much have all facets that we want to teach in our game there,” Ralston said. “We’ll have a couple kids on the floor who can shoot well, have several kids who can handle the ball well, have some guys who can really crash and rebound and some guys who are pretty darn good post players. We have a lot of things in the mix that I think will hopefully help us have a successful year.” ... Chapman shot 61 percent from the floor last year and knows how to pick his spots. Ralston hopes for similar efficiency from Chapman this season and increased production on the glass. ... Senior Mike Trimble is a perimeter sniper who saw substantial time off the bench last season. ... The Vikings’ lone sophomore could end up leading the way. Forward Nate Navigato, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound inside/outside threat, is coming off a banner summer on the AAU circuit after leading Geneva’s sophomore squad last season. Ralston said Navigato has “moves on moves” and an excellent basketball IQ to go with his impressive shooting stroke. ... Promising junior Cam Cook and senior Pat McCaffrey will likely share time at point guard. Burning question: How will last year’s sophomore-team standouts acclimate to varsity life? In addition to Navigato and Cook, other varsity newcomers such as guards Chris Parrilli and Justin Durante and forward Billy Douds could challenge for substantial roles. Bottom line: Chapman and Navigato give the Vikings a formidable frontcourt duo. If the guard play comes together, the new-look Vikings can contend in the UEC River.

KANELAND KNIGHTS About coach Brian Johnson: Johnson enters his fourth season coaching the Knights with a 51-30 career record. Last season’s record: 17-11 overall, 5-5 Northern Illinois Big 12 East. Lost, 66-54, to Rockford East in 3A Sycamore Sectional semifinal. Returning starters: Drew David (Jr., G); Dan Miller (Sr.,G/F); Matt Limbrunner (Sr., F) Insider information: It hasn’t been the rosiest offseason for the Knights, who found out projected go-to player Thomas Williams was moving to Texas late in the summer, then lost David, their returning starting point guard, for the season’s first several weeks with a thumb injury from football. Nonetheless, the Knights have been competitive throughout Johnson’s tenure, and should remain so this winter. ... The 6-4 Limbrunner had a strong summer and should give the undersized Knights reliable interior production. ... Miller might be Kaneland’s most versatile player, and could assist with ball-handling duties while David mends. ... Juniors Tyler Carlson and John Pruett will also have a chance to establish themselves in the backcourt early in the season. ... The Knights are thin in the frontcourt but Johnson thinks juniors Bailey Harvell and Cole Carlson should be able to help Limbrunner. “They’re not necessarily really tall kids but they are very hard-nosed type of scrappers you need on a team that aren’t afraid to mix it up with bigger kids or defend smaller kids,” Johnson said. ... Kaneland added local 4A opponent St. Charles North to its nonconference schedule. Burning question: With Williams out of the picture as a major scoring threat, can Limbrunner effectively deal with all the double-teams that are likely headed his way? Bottom line: Johnson is known to work up a sweat on the Kaneland bench, and his players tend to adopt that highenergy approach. It will take that kind of above-and-beyond effort to repeat some of the program’s recent feats, such as a conference title in 2010-11 and a regional title last season.

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About coach Pat Woods: Woods enters his second season coaching the Saints. Last season’s record: 15-13 overall, 8-4 UEC River. Lost, 57-52, to Elgin in 4A St. Charles North Regional championship game. Returning starters: Dom Adduci (Jr., G); Kendall Stephens (Sr., G/F) Insider information: While East only returns two starters, Adduci and Stephens (whose status was uncertain this week after a preseason shoulder injury) are terrific building blocks, and a handful of key role players from last year’s squad also return. ... Stephens, a 6-4 Purdue recruit, and Adduci, a revelation at the point for the Saints last year, are both excellent shooters who can also take it to the rim. Woods, though, is challenging both to become better leaders this season. “I’m just expecting a lot more vocal leadership and demanding more from their teammates,” Woods said. “Dom’s going to be responsible pretty much for running our offense. I think last year Dom understood what he needed to do but now we’re working with Dom to understand what everyone needs to do.” ... Adduci is likely to also see some time at off-guard with promising sophomore point guard Cole Gentry new to the varsity mix. ... The Saints have a logjam in the backcourt, with seniors Ethan Griffiths, Jimmy Liss and Joren Wilson each pushing increase their roles. ... 6-5 junior A.J. Washington might be the Saints’ most intriguing addition. The ultraathletic Washington is capable of playing above the rim and creating defensive havoc with his wingspan. ... The Saints have plenty of size in 6-6 junior David Mason and 6-7 senior Dan Wilkerson. Mason saw substantial minutes as a sophomore and has the strength to be a load on the glass. ... The Saints are entering the expanded Proviso West Holiday Tournament, one of the state’s premier events.

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St. Charles East’s David Mason (30) blocks a shot during a game against Elgin last season.

Burning question: Kendall Stephens’ playing status. As the season neared, East was unsure if and when its premier scoring weapon would be available after an apparent labrum tear from preseason practice. Bottom line: With a healthy Stephens, East is a clear UEC River title contender, possibly the favorite. If he’s unavailable or limited, the Saints’ emphasis on generating more points in the paint becomes all the more critical.

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About coach Ryan Paradise: Paradise enters his third season with the Cadets with a 29-27 overall record. Last season’s record: 14-14 overall, 5-5 SCC Blue. Lost, 68-59, to Aurora Central Catholic in a 3A Sandwich Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Alex Theisen (Sr., G); Colin Kavanaugh (Sr., F) Insider information: Paradise is asking for a lot, on and off the floor, from his two returning starters. Theisen is a three-year varsity player while Kavanaugh has a feathery shooting touch and dangerous mid-range game. “These guys are definitely capable of filling up the stat sheet but with so many new faces at the start of the year, I need them for internal leadership, and I think they’re more than willing and totally capable of doing that,” Paradise said. ... Sophomore guard Jordan Glasgow, who made a name for himself in football as a running back, is similarly poised to emerge as a varsity basketball talent. ... Junior guard Mike Sheehan is an option at point guard who could allow Theisen to play more off the ball. ... Paradise is hopeful that 6-6 junior Alex Kirtley, who he said is “developing pretty quickly,” can help fortify the paint. ... Senior forward Matt Smith’s physicality should make him one of the Cadets’ more disruptive defenders. ... Paradise considered the Cadets’ first several preseason practices among the most spirited he’s had in his time at Marmion. Burning question: For a balanced team without much separation in talent between potential starters and reserves, Paradise thinks the willingness of players to embrace their roles will largely dictate the Cadets’ fortunes. The bottom line: Marmion has some solid pieces but could be headed toward another .500-type season. Battling quality SCC Blue programs such as Wheaton Academy, St. Francis and Aurora Christian, anything more would likely mean the Cadets overachieved.

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8BOYS SCOUTING REPORTS ST. CHARLES NORTH NORTH STARS About coach Tom Poulin: Poulin enters his seventh season coaching the North Stars with a 98-78 overall record. Last season’s record: 13-16 overall, 9-3 UEC River. Lost, 63-50, to St. Charles East in 4A St. Charles North Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Tony Neari (Sr., G); Quinten Payne (Sr., G); Kyle Swanson (Sr., F) Insider information: It’s a mixed bag for North, which returns three starters but must replace last year’s Kane County Chronicle Boys Basketball Player of the Year, post stalwart Kyle Nelson. Mixed bag also applies to an odd 2011-12 season in which North scuffled in nonconference play, rallied to win its first conference title in program history, then lost three straight games to close the season. ... The high-energy Payne, a Loyola recruit, returns as one of the conference’s most talented players, but Poulin said the 6-4 guard is thinking big-picture as a senior. “I think Quinten, this year his mindset is win, no matter what it takes,” Poulin said. “All he wants to do is look at that scoreboard when the buzzer sounds, and St. Charles North has more points than the opponent. ” ... Neari can be a ball-hawking defender at the point, while the 6-6 Swanson is a finesse forward who can create mismatches. ... Sharpshooting junior guard Alec Goetz is poised for a larger role. “He’s as good as anyone in the area when it comes to offensive skills,” Poulin said. “Some people will look at me like I’m crazy when I say that but if anyone watched him play lately, they would agree with me.” ... Poulin is also high on sophomores Jake Ludwig and Jack Callaghan, both of whom will push for substantial roles. ... In Nelson’s absence, North needs 6-8 senior Chris Preocanin to establish himself in the paint. ... North pulled out of the Jacobs Holiday Tournament but will again compete in Pontiac’s Christmas tournament in addition to the St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament. Burning question: Can the relatively unproven Preocanin take a big step forward to help North match up with taller teams and, when he’s out of the game, will smaller lineups featuring forwards such as Justin Stanko, Erik Miller and Ryan Thomas be able to muscle up? The bottom line: North projects as a better shooting team this season and also appears to have increased depth, which should keep the North Stars competitive with teams such as St. Charles East (Poulin’s preseason UEC River pick), Geneva and Larkin in the conference race.

ST. FRANCIS SPARTANS About coach Bob Ward: Ward enters his second season at St. Francis. Last season’s record: 20-8 overall, 7-3 Suburban Christian Blue. Lost to Marshall, 45-41, in 3A Glenbard South Sectional final. Returning starter: Andrew Kimball, Sr., G Insider information: The Spartans were close to an improbable supersectional berth a year ago before falling to Marshall, 45-41. St. Francis’ run through the IHSA 3A bracket included knocking off crosstown rival Wheaton Academy along with Chicago Public League powers Orr and Crane. In each instance, Ward was able to prepare a defensive game plan that severely limited each team’s ability to find quality shots. ... The Spartans are hoping a similar understanding of team defense will soften the loss of all-time leading scorer Ryan Coyle (Illinois Wesleyan) and big man Zach Roswold (Tufts) to graduation. ... The other key to the Spartans’ deep postseason run was finding easy buckets underneath while getting long-range success from returning guard Kimball. Kimball said he shot the ball 500 times each day in the offseason, knowing his stroke will be counted on this season. ... The deep run also provided meaningful minutes for Jason Pisarski and Tim Zettinger. With Kimball out sick for the regional final and sectional semifinal, Zettinger filled in masterfully, especially on the defensive end. ... The senior will now be counted on to handle and distribute the ball on the offensive end while leading what Ward hopes will be a relentless defense. Burning question: Can the Spartans compete consistently despite being small? The losses of Coyle and Roswold leave St. Francis without much punch in the frontcourt. Ward will hope to counteract the issue with faster play defensively with quicker switches and help-side defense. The bottom line: Kimball is one of the better three-point shooters in the area, getting the green light whenever he touches the ball from deep. Success may be dictated by how much Zettinger has grown.

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About coach Paul Ferguson: Ferguson enters his seventh season at the helm. Last season’s record: 17-10 overall, 11-1 Suburban Christian Blue. Lost to St. Francis, 52-44, in 3A Wheaton Academy Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Gordon Behr, Jr., C; Collin Roy, Sr., G Insider Information: Wheaton Academy has been the envy of other programs in that the Warriors have been able to reload after losing key players. Where last season’s team would end up was somewhat unknown with St. Joseph transfer Cameron Harvey entering the fold. ... Ferguson is upbeat about the Warriors’ chances again this season despite losing Harvey to Eastern Illinois along with starting guards Drew Sandberg and Lars Olson. ... The direction Wheaton Academy goes falls largely on the shoulders of returning center Behr, who is garnering attention from the likes of UIC, Ball State, Stetson and Northern Illinois. At 6-8, 215 pounds, Behr is a matchup nightmare for teams as the versatile junior can post up, drive to the basket or step back and hit long-range jump shots. ... Joining Behr is returning starter Roy along with Brandon Ruggles and Gabe Partain. Burning question: How much can Behr handle? The junior center has size, speed and scoring ability but wasn’t asked to carry the scoring load a season ago. The bottom line: Ferguson has managed turnover about as well as anyone and returns an athletic team in a conference without a true favorite. If newcomer Ruggles can mesh with Behr, Roy and Partain, Wheaton Academy could again make the Warrior Dome one of the toughest places to play in the western suburbs.


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About coach Mark Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald enters his fifth season at ACC with a 60-55 overall record. Last season’s record: 25-8, overall 8-4 Suburban Christian Conference Blue. Finished fourth in IHSA Class 2A state tournament. Returning starters: Alex DeCraene, Sr., G; Lisa Rodriguez, Sr., G Insider information: ACC graduated 57 percent of its scoring and 72 percent of its rebounding from last year’s programbest squad, but Fitzgerald likes the leadership of captains DeCraene and Rodriguez to help steady this year’s edition. “Yeah, we’ll always remember those girls fondly and thank them for where they took us last winter, but there are other girls ready to pick up where they left off,” Kane County Chronicle file photo Aurora Central Catholic’s Alex DeCraene passes the basketball around Rosary’s Karly Fitzgerald said. ... Sophomore guard Gabi Alfaro appeared in all but one game last Tate during a game at Rosary last season.

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About coach Kevin Jensen: The fifth-year Batavia teacher is in his second season coaching the Bulldogs. Last season’s record: 13-14 overall, 6-6 Upstate Eight Conference River Division. Lost, 39-28, to Elk Grove Village in 4A Geneva Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Erin Bayram, Jr., C; Liza Fruendt, Jr., G; Miranda Grizaffi, Sr., G Insider information: Fruendt, a third-year starter, is impressed with the pair of freshmen on the roster – guard Bethany Orman and 6-foot-1 forward Hannah Frazier. The rest of the nineplayer roster are returnees from last season. “Having nine girls is hard at some point but it’s also awesome at Miranda some point,” Fruendt said. ... Bayram, Grizaffi an inch taller than Frazier, tore her left ACL in a game last December but played without restraint in summer and fall leagues. “She looks good,” Jensen said. “It’ll be nice to have her back.” ... Senior guard Sami Villarreal started in spots last season after an ACL injury sidelined her as a sophomore. ... Despite the modest size of its varsity roster, the program is doing well on its lower levels, with 18 players on the freshman team and 11 suiting up for the sophomores. ... Players and Jensen are cautious to put much stock in it, but the Bulldogs were competitive in each summer game at Glenbard South. Burning question: With the Bulldogs carrying just nine players, will the two freshmen on the roster be the only ones by season’s end? The bottom line: Batavia can run and brings seven returning varsity players to the table. Those are the right ingredients for a significant climb up the UEC River standings and landing on the right side of .500.

BURLINGTON CENTRAL ROCKETS About coach Mark Smith: It’s his first season with the program. Last season’s record: 13-16 overall, 6-4 Big Northern Conference East. Lost, 59-32, to Hampshire in 3A Hampshire Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Camille Dela Cruz, Sr., G; Alison Colby, So., F Insider information: Smith takes over for Jenna Real, a former BC standout whose full-time teaching position was eliminated after the 2011-12 school year. A former St. Charles North boys coach and girls assistant, Smith most recently coached women’s basketball at Harper College. ... Five freshmen, including 6-foot post Rebecca Gerke, are part of the 10-player roster. “The good thing is that they’ve been playing a lot of ball as younger kids, especially AAU, so they’ve had some exposure to some pretty good basketball and some good tournaments,” Smith said. ... Smith called Samantha Pryor, a 5-10 freshman combo, “pretty solid.” ... Colby, who led the Rockets with 11 points in last year’s season-ending loss, honed her versatility and outside game in the summer. ... Guard Erica Haynes will start alongside Dela Cruz, giving the Rockets an experienced backcourt. They’re the team’s lone seniors. Burning question: How will the Rockets’ core of varsity newcomers fall in line behind Dela Cruz and Haynes? The bottom line: The Rockets are built to run the floor and connect from long-range, but Smith made rebounding a top emphasis in preseason. If BC can grow up quickly – figuratively if not literally – the program can build a strong base of young talent.

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About coach Jerry Tokars: He’s 18-34 entering his third season at Aurora Christian. Last season’s record: 11-15 overall, 5-5 SCC Gold. Lost, 38-35, to Plano in 2A Plano Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Alyssa Andersen, Jr., G; Alex Hultine, Sr., G Insider information: There’s no shortage of optimism surrounding the Eagles. “We expect to compete for the [SCC] Gold Division title and to put our team in position, by February, to break new ground for our program in the state tournament,” Tokars said. ... ACS’ five conference losses in 2011-12 came by a combined 17 points. ... 5-foot 11 junior forward/center Melissa Moser, a contributor last season, looks to form a solid interior presence with 6-foot varsity newcomer Sara Childers. ... While Hultine is the lone senior, new teammates such as sophomores Natasha Brown and Taylor Eaves and junior Hannah Dean have experienced success on the lower levels. The Eagles’ freshman and sophomore teams went a combined 29-10 last season. ... Top scoring threat Mackenzie Bollinger, a senior, transferred to Yorkville, where her sister, Skyler, is a freshman. The roster features just eight players, but more will be promoted after Thanksgiving, Tokars said. Burning question: How well will lower-level success travel for a young Eagles team that’s not interested in another year of program transition? The bottom line: ACS will indeed contend with St. Francis, Immaculate Conception and Marian Central for the SCC Gold title. The effectiveness of the incoming reinforcements beyond the Eagles’ top eight might determine where they finish.

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season, continuing a breakthrough high school debut that included a starting spot as the softball team’s shortstop. Fitzgerald called up three other sophomores, including 5-11 posts Natalie Droeske and Alex Horton. ... Batavia resident Maggie O’Brien should figure into the rotation at forward. ... Junior guard Jennifer Alderman is the sister of recent graduate and former Kaneland player Tesa. Burning question: Can the Chargers’ newcomers acclimate themselves quickly to varsity speed, then adjust quicker still when ACC is bumped to 3A for the postseason? The bottom line: “Tradition never graduates,” the program’s credo this season, will hold up on T-shirts, but the Chargers will have to fight to keep it alive on the court. 3A growing pains are likely, but given Fitzgerald’s track record, they’re nothing the program can’t eventually conquer.

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8GIRLS SCOUTING REPORTS GENEVA VIKINGS About coach Sarah Meadows: It’s her second season as head coach and 11th overall at Geneva. Last season’s record: 24-6 overall, 12-0 UEC River. Lost, 54-37, to Wheaton Warrenville South in 4A Hoffman Estates Sectional semifinal. Returning starters: Michaela Loebel, Jr., G; Sami Pawlak, Sr., F/C; Morgan Seberger, Jr., G Insider information: Junior post Sidney Santos tore her right ACL in each of the past two preseasons. Meadows said the sister of former Vikings standout Ashley, now at Marquette, has shown a full range of motion and “looks very strong.” ... Pawlak, a NebraskaOmaha recruit, said she’s impressed with the way the newcomers have played early. ... The 6-1 Santos will be joined as a new starter by either senior Kelly Gordon or sophomore Abby Novak, a late-season call-up last season. Meadows favors Gordon in the sixth-man role, but still is playing with combinations. “KG is so unselfish that she’ll do really whatever we ask her to do,” Meadows said. ... Of Loebel and Seberger, Meadows said: “We’re going to ask them to do more than they even did as sophomores, especially handling the ball. Hopefully that’ll be a little easier with the varsity experience they have under their belts.” ... Senior guard Ellen Dwyer (shin injury) was limited last year and should contend for big minutes off the bench. ... Juniors

KANELAND KNIGHTS About coach Ernie Colombe: It’s his seventh season at Kaneland. Last season’s record: 20-10 overall, 7-3 Northern Illinois Big 12 East. Lost, 43-31, to Belividere North in Class 3A Sycamore Sectional final. Returning starters: Emma Bradford, Sr., F; Allyson O’Herron, Sr., G; Ashley Prost, Sr., F Insider information: Much of last season’s core returns, and that comfort has eased the transition into early practices. “There’s a fine line there where sometimes you can have too much fun, but this group doesn’t really have a problem with that,” Colombe said. ... Prost (10.3 ppg) was the lone Knight to average double-figure scoring last season, and the team will favor that balanced approach again. Colombe said the team has “eight or 10 kids that could start right now.” ... Senior forward Brooke Harner, a top reserve last season, made sizable offseason strides in her game. ... Varsity newcomers Ally VanBogaert (sophomore) and Kelly Wallner (junior) both are 5-11 and the team’s tallest players. ... Bradford excels at getting to the free-throw line but also honed her outside game during the offseason. The Knights hope to improve on their 26.9 percent three-point shooting of 2011-12, with O’Herron serving as the top perimeter threat. Burning question: Going 8-10 deep is a promising proposition, but who will be the go-to player when the Knights absolutely need one? The bottom line: Dethroning DeKalb in the Northern Illinois Big 12 will be a tough order, but the Knights’ depth, if harnessed, gives them a chance against the Barbs and the rest of the league.

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Geneva’s Morgan Seberger holds onto the ball during a game against Morgan Park in the 24th Annual Geneva High School Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament last season.

Madeline Dunn and Anna Finch project as strong reinforcements for a post-oriented group. Burning question: Can the Vikings reap the benefits of a full season with Santos, who has flashed a strong outside shot in addition to her post-up skills?

ROSARY ROYALS About coach Jessie Wilcox: A former Northern Illinois player, Wilcox is in her first season at Rosary after serving as assistant basketball coach and head women’s golf coach at Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Last season’s record: 9-18 overall, 3-7 SCC Blue. Lost, to Yorkville, 51-33, in 3A Yorkville Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Madison Richmond, Sr., G; Karly Tate, Sr., F Insider information: Richmond, always a favorite of veteran former coach Dave Beebe, whose contract was not renewed, returns in full health after tearing an ACL last December. ... Wilcox touts the Royals’ speed above all. Sophomore guard Quincy Kellett, a girls soccer standout, is part of that equation. “We have a pretty short team, but we’re very, very quick and athletic,” Wilcox said. “When we can get away with having shorter lineup, we definitely will.” ... Tate missed several earlyseason games after having her appendix removed last season before developing as a dependable inside threat. ... Sophomore forward Adrienne Winkel was an emerging hitter for the volleyball team during the fall. ... Wilcox favors a quick-tempo game on both sides of the floor, and has installed multiple presses and half-court defenses. ... First-year assistant Don Rasich comes from traditional 1A state power Hinckley-Big Rock. Burning question: Consistency has been an issue for the Royals in recent seasons. How can they buck the trend under Wilcox? Bottom line: If seniors Richmond, Tate, Mary Wentworth, Amy Serephin and Maddie Hemmerich can keep the underclassmen moving forward, Rosary has the ability to make a run at .500.

The bottom line: While another perfect run through the UEC River may not be a formality, the Vikings return enough talent to reign atop their league again. A daunting non-conference slate sets the team up for another shot at a lengthy postseason run.

ST. CHARLES EAST SAINTS About coach Lori Drumtra: Drumtra enters her eighth season at East. Last season’s record: 14-14 overall, 7-5 UEC River. Lost, 51-45, to Schaumburg in Class 4A Bartlett Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Amanda Hilton, Jr., G; Paige Jordan, Sr., G; Kyra Washington, So., F/G Insider information: Jordan, a three-year varsity player, headlines East’s haul of eight seniors, but the group also includes on-the-verge talents such as guard Carly Pottle and combos Laney Deckrow and Anna Bartels; all three are battling for starting spots. ... Drumtra compares Hilton’s poise to those of her seniors; it’s her third season with the varsity. ... Jordan Shead, a 6-1 center, elected to focus on track, opening an opportunity for juniors Hannah Noling and Keyana Williams in the paint. ... Outside of the 6-1 Washington – East’s returning leading rebounder – Drumtra said the Saints don’t boast particular size. She hopes outside depth can fill the void. “There’s a lot of people I feel very confident in having on the floor on our perimeter,” Drumtra said. ... Drumtra on climbing the UEC River standings: “There were a lot of teams we split with. We’d beat them handily and then the second time we’d lose. We just want to be a lot more consistent.” Burning question: Who will complement Washington under the boards and bring the most rebounding potential? The bottom line: Drumtra senses a closing gap in the UEC River, and, with a wealth of experience, thinks the Saints can give Geneva a run. If the less seasoned among a deep senior core pick things up quickly, expect East to play well above .500.


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About coach Mike Phillips: Phillips begins his second season with St. Francis. Last season’s record: 3-21 overall, 1-10 Suburban Christian Blue. Lost to Nazareth Academy, 42-32, in the 3A Nazareth Academy Regional semifinal. Returning starters: Kate Slattery, Sr, G; Aly Germanos, Sr., G Insider information: Phillips endured a tough first season at the helm of a young Spartans squad that won just three games. After starting the season 2-0, St. Francis managed just one win the rest of the way as part of a tough schedule that included powers Trinity, Loyola Academy and SCC foe and 3A champion Montini. ... Phillips thinks that his team will be more competitive in early season tournaments at Willowbrook and Riverside-Brookfield, which includes many teams that the Spartans could meet in the postseason. ... As was the case in Phillips’ debut campaign, size will be an issue with an undersized frontcourt that lost Lexi Riccolo, who wants to focus on volleyball. ... Riccolo’s freshman sister, Leah, joins the squad and figures to make an immediate impact. Guards Kate Slattery and Germanos will be counted on as the Spartans’ go-to threats on offense for a team that lost only one senior. Phillips hopes another year under his system with a fully healthy Slattery will pay immediate dividends. Burning question: Can St. Francis overcome its overall lack of size? Losing Riccolo to volleyball didn’t help matters but the Spartans are a year wiser in what was a new system under Phillips. The Spartans spent much of the first week of practice working on defense and rebounding as they try to combat their lack of size. The bottom line: Slatterly and Germanos return and, according to Phillips, look sharp early in practice. Phillips is hoping a more manageable early season slate will help build confidence heading into the tough SCC schedule. Wins may be hard to come by once again, but Phillips said it won’t be because of a lack of effort.

About coach Beth Mitchell: Mitchell enters her sixth season with the Warriors with a 94-48 overall record. Last season’s record: 18-11 overall, 7-3 Suburban Christian Gold. Lost to Walther Lutheran, 33-28, in a 3A Wheaton Academy Regional semifinal. Returning Starters: Katherine Maret, Sr., G Insider Information: Mitchell admitted that the 2012-2013 campaign is a bit of a rebuilding effort for a Warriors program that lost eight seniors, including center Sarah Drury and guard Ally Witt. The bulk of the team’s scoring came from the pair along with six other seniors. ... Six players return that saw limited minutes last year for the Warriors, including a solid junior class led by Marissa Gagliano and Abby Olson. ... Besides 6-2 sophomore center Christina Garrison, Mitchell said the Warriors are “full of guards” and will need to push the ball in transition and play stifling defense to make a dent in the always tough Suburban Christian Conference. ... With the influx of smaller and younger players, Mitchell said coaching over the summer and into the fall has been a challenge. “For me as a coach, I’m used to that half court game and focusing on running offense and getting the ball inside. This is new for me this year in that I feel like we’re going to have to attack,” she said. ... Mitchell hopes that Garrison’s size will become a factor as the season goes on. Burning question: How will Garrison mesh with a guard-heavy lineup? The sophomore’s size could be critical in how the Warriors play on both ends of the ball. Mitchell has been practicing with four- and five-guard lineups with the understanding that there will be many instances the Warriors will be undersized. How her team adjusts to that could determine how the season pans out. The bottom line: Wheaton Academy faces a tall task in replacing Drury and Witt from an 18-win team. If Maret, Gagliano and Olson are able to help the younger players along, the Warriors might have enough speed to surprise.

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About coach Colleen Backer: She enters her fourth season at North after spending seven seasons as an assistant at Porter-Gaud in Charleston, S.C. Backer is 44-47 with the North Stars. Last season’s record: 8-22 overall, 7-5 UEC River. Lost, 48-27, to Glenbard West in Class 4A Bartlett Regional opening round. Returning starters: Liz McNally, Jr., F/C; Alex Silverman, Sr., G; Natalie Winkates, Sr., G Insider information: Two freshmen – guard Kyla Helsel and guard/post Morgan Rosencrants – made the team, joining three sophomores. “We’ve got a really young group, but we’re excited about he possibility that brings,” Backer said. ... Among the returnees, McNally, a 6-3 junior, tweaked her back during summer league play but will be ready for the season. She honed her vocal skills as she eased into early practices. “She just has an impact every day even if she’s not on the court,” Backer said. ... Silverman is in full health after battling a tender right ankle during spots last season. ... Sam Novak, a reserve guard as a freshman last winter, is eyeing an increased role. ... After struggling with height in recent seasons, North boasts junior Annalee Hotopp (6-0), Rosencrants (6-1) and McNally. ... Backer, the former Colleen Brennan, was married during the offseason. Burning question: How long will heart and resolve take the North Stars if the scoring hits a snag, as it did last season? The bottom line: Players have absorbed Backer’s energy and remain optimistic about challenging for a spot in the top half of the UEC River. Look for North to jell in the first few weeks and continue its fine-tuning as the season unfolds.

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82012-13 SCHEDULES BOYS

Nov. 19 Nov. 21 Nov. 23 Nov. 24 Nov. 30 Dec. 4 Dec. 8 Dec. 14 Dec. 22 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Jan. 5 Jan. 8 Jan. 11 Jan. 19 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 25 Jan. 28 Feb. 2 Feb. 8 Feb. 9 Feb. 12 Feb. 15 Feb. 19

Aurora Central Catholic at Joliet West Thanksgiving Classic at Joliet West Thankgiving Classic at Joliet West Thanksgiving Classic at Joliet West Thanksgiving Classic at Walther Lutheran at Plainfield Central vs. Wheaton Academy vs. Aurora Christian at St. Francis at East Aurora Tournament at East Aurora Tournament at East Aurora Tournament at East Aurora Tournament vs. Kenwood vs. Joliet Catholic vs. Marmion at MLK Dream Classic at MLK Dream Classic at MLK Dream Classic at Wheaton Academy at Marian Central at Aurora Christian vs. St. Francis vs. Rock Island vs. Nazareth Academy at Marmion vs. Montini

TBA TBA TBA TBA 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA 2:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBA TBA TBA 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Aurora Christian Nov. 27 vs. IMSA at Burney Wilkie Classic 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 vs. Joliet Cath. at Burney Wilkie Classic 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 vs. St. Edward at Burney Wilkie Classic 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 vs. Montini at Burney Wilkie Classic 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 vs. Wheaton Academy 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at St. Francis 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Lisle 7:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at Aurora Central Catholic 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 vs. Newark 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Dec. 26 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Dec. 27 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Dec. 28 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Dec. 29 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Jan. 5 vs. Providence St. Mel at Rock Falls Shootout 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 vs. Walther Lutheran 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 vs. Marmion 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Wheaton Academy 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at Timothy Christian 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 vs. St. Francis 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Guerin 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 vs. Aurora Central Catholic 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Marmion 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 vs. St. Edward 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 vs. Wilmington 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at Walther Lutheran 7:30 p.m. Batavia Nov. 21 vs. Kaneland at Windmill City Classic 8 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. St. Francis at Windmill City Classic 8 p.m. Nov. 24 vs. Crystal Lake South at Windmill City Classic 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Geneva 7:15 p.m. Dec. 1 at Quincy 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 vs. Waubonsie Valley 7:15 p.m. Dec. 8 at Larkin 6 p.m. Dec. 13 vs. St. Charles North 7:15 p.m. Dec. 15 vs. St. Charles East 6 p.m. Dec. 21 vs. Streamwood 7:15 p.m. Dec. 26 at Elgin Invitational TBA Dec. 27 at Elgin Invitational TBA Dec. 28 at Elgin Invitational TBA Dec. 29 at Elgin Invitational TBA Jan. 11 vs. Geneva 7:15 p.m. Jan. 15 vs. Elgin 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Larkin 7:15 p.m. Jan. 26 vs. Oswego East at Ernie Kivisto Hoopfest 6:15 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Charles North 7:15 p.m. Feb. 2 vs. De La Salle at Night of Hoops 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Elgin 7:15 p.m. Feb. 9 at St. Charles East 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Streamwood 7:15 p.m. Feb. 21 at UEC crossover TBA Burlington Central Nov. 20 vs. St. Francis de Sales at Sycamore Tournament 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 vs. Hampshire at Sycamore Tournament 7:15 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. Rockford Lutheran at Sycamore Tournament 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Sycamore Tournament TBA Nov. 30 at Rock Falls 7:15 p.m.

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vs. Hampshire vs. Elgin vs. Rockford Christian at Genoa-Kingston vs. Harvard at Plano Christmas Classic at Plano Christmas Classic at Plano Christmas Classic at Plano Christmas Classic at Plano Christmas Classic at Kaneland at Sycamore vs. Marengo at St. Edward at Rockford Christian at North Boone vs. Genoa-Kingston at Harvard vs. Richmond-Burton at Marengo vs. North Boone at Richmond-Burton

7:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 5:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 7 Dec. 8 Dec. 14 Dec. 15 Dec. 21 Dec. 22 Dec. 26 Dec. 28 Jan. 4 Jan. 11 Jan. 12 Jan. 18 Jan. 22 Jan. 25 Feb. 1 Feb. 2 Feb. 8 Feb. 9 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 21

vs. Buffalo Grove vs. Walther Lutheran vs. Wheaton Academy vs. Willowbrook at DeKalb Chuck Dayton Tournament at DeKalb Chuck Dayton Tournament at DeKalb Chuck Dayton Tournament at DeKalb Chuck Dayton Tournament at Marian Catholic at Aurora Central Catholic vs. Rockford East at Aurora Christian at St. Francis at Walther Lutheran vs. Glenbard South at Wheaton Academy vs. Aurora Christian vs. Marian Central vs. Aurora Central Catholic vs. Bloomington Central Catholic at Montini

Geneva Nov. 19 vs. Marmion at West Chicago Tournament 5 p.m. Nov. 20 vs. King at West Chicago Tournament 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 vs. West Chicago at West Chicago Tournament 8 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. Lake Zurich at West Chicago Tournament 3:30 p.m. Nov. 24 vs. Addison Trail at West Chicago Tournament 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30 vs. Batavia 7:15 p.m. Dec. 1 vs. South Elgin 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at St. Charles East 7:15 p.m. Dec. 8 vs. Elgin 6 p.m. Dec. 14 vs. Streamwood 7:15 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Charles North 7:15 p.m. Dec. 22 at Maine East 6 p.m. Dec. 26 at East Aurora Christmas Tournament TBA Dec. 27 at East Aurora Christmas Tournament TBA Dec. 28 at East Aurora Christmas Tournament TBA Dec. 29 at East Aurora Christmas Tournament TBA Jan. 11 at Batavia 7:15 p.m. Jan. 19 at Larkin 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Elgin 7:15 p.m. Jan. 25 vs. St. Charles East 7:15 p.m. Feb. 1 at Streamwood 7:15 p.m. Feb. 2 vs. Quincy 6 p.m. Feb. 8 vs. Larkin 7:15 p.m. Feb. 9 vs. St. Viator 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at West Chicago 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 vs. St. Charles North 7:15 p.m. Feb. 21 vs. UEC crossover 7:15 p.m.

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St. Charles East vs. East Aurora at St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament 7:15 p.m. vs. Schaumburg at St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament 8 p.m. vs. St. Joseph at St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament 7:45 p.m. at St. Charles East Thankgiving Tournament TBA vs. Larkin 7:30 p.m. vs. St. Charles North 6 p.m. vs. Geneva 7:15 p.m. vs. Metea Valley 7:15 p.m. at Batavia 6 p.m. at Elgin 7:15 p.m. at Proviso West Tournament TBA at Proviso West Tournament TBA at Proviso West Tournament TBA at Proviso West Tournament TBA at Proviso West Tournament TBA at Proviso West Tournament TBA vs. Evanston 7:30 p.m. at Glenbard West 7 p.m. at Larkin 7:15 p.m. at Naperville North Shootout TBA at St. Charles North 7:15 p.m. vs. Streamwood 7:15 p.m. at Geneva 6 p.m. at Streamwood 7:15 p.m. vs. Batavia 6 p.m. vs. Elgin 7:15 p.m. at Riverside-Brookfield 7 p.m. vs. UEC crossover 7:15 p.m.

Kaneland Nov. 21 vs. Batavia at Windmill City Classic 8 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. Crystal Lake South at Windmill City Classic 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 vs. St. Francis at Windmill City Classic 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 vs. Morris 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Sycamore 6 p.m. Dec. 11 vs. Hinckley-Big Rock 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at DeKalb 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Dec. 26 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Dec. 27 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Dec. 28 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Dec. 29 at Plano Christmas Classic TBA Jan. 4 vs. Yorkville 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5 vs. Burlington Central TBA Jan. 10 vs. Rochelle 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at LaSalle-Peru 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 vs. Sycamore 7 p.m. Jan. 26 vs. Sterling 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Yorkville 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 vs. West Chicago 7 p.m. Feb. 8 vs. DeKalb 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Wheaton Academy Shootout 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at St. Charles North 7:15 p.m. Feb. 15 at Morris 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Dixon 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Rochelle 7 p.m. Marmion Nov. 19 vs. Geneva at West Chicago Tournament 5 p.m. Nov. 20 vs. Addison Trail at West Chicago Tournament 5 p.m. Nov. 21 vs. King at West Chicago Tournament 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. West Chicago at West Chicago Tournament 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 vs. Lake Zurich at West Chicago Tournament 5 p.m. Nov. 30 vs. St. Francis 7:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

St. Charles North Nov. 20 vs. Plainfield East at St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament 8 p.m. Nov. 21 vs. North Lawndale at St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. Downers Grove South at St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 24 at St. Charles East Thanksgiving Tournament TBA Nov. 29 at Streamwood 7:15 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. Charles East 6 p.m. Dec. 7 vs. Larkin 7:15 p.m. Dec. 9 at Waukegan 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Batavia 7:15 p.m. Dec. 15 vs. Elgin 6 p.m. Dec. 21 vs. Geneva 7:15 p.m. Dec. 27 at Pontiac Holiday Tournament TBA Dec. 28 at Pontiac Holiday Tournament TBA Dec. 29 at Pontiac Holiday Tournament TBA Jan. 8 at Bartlett 7:15 p.m. Jan. 12 vs. Streamwood 6 p.m. Jan. 18 vs. St. Charles East 7:15 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. East Aurora 7:15 p.m. Jan. 26 at Larkin 6 p.m. Feb. 1 vs. Batavia 7:15 p.m. Feb. 9 at Elgin 6 p.m. Feb. 12 vs. Kaneland 7:15 p.m. Feb. 15 at Geneva 7:15 p.m. Feb. 17 at Morgan Park 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at UEC crossover TBA St. Francis Nov. 21 vs. Crystal Lake South at Windmill City Invite 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. Batavia at Windmill City Invite 8 p.m. Nov. 24 vs. Kaneland at Windmill City Invite 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Marmion 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 vs. Aurora Christian 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Walther Lutheran 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Prairie Ridge 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at Aurora Central Catholic 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Jan. 12 Jan. 18 Jan. 19 Jan. 22 Jan. 25 Jan. 26 Jan. 29 Feb. 2 Feb. 5 Feb. 7 Feb. 9 Feb. 12 Feb. 20

at Glenbard West Tournament at Glenbard West Tournament at Glenbard West Tournament at Glenbard West Tournament at Glenbard South vs. Wheaton Academy at Manny’s Shootout vs. Marmion at Aurora Christian at Rock Island Alleman at Chicago Christian vs. Walther Lutheran at Joliet Catholic vs. Aurora Central Catholic vs. Round Lake vs. Immaculate Conception at Wheaton Academy

3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBA 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBA 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 12 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Wheaton Academy Nov. 20 vs. Streamwood at Wheaton Academy Invite 8 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. Downers Grove North at Wheaton Academy Invite 8 p.m. Nov. 24 vs. Bartlett at Wheaton Academy Invite 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at St. Viator 7 p.m. Dec. 1 vs. Chicago Christian 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Aurora Christian 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Aurora Central Catholic 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Marmion 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 vs. Walther Lutheran 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at Proviso West Holiday Tournament TBA Dec. 27 at Proviso West Holiday Tournament TBA Dec. 28 at Proviso West Holiday Tournament TBA Dec. 29 at Proviso West Holiday Tournament TBA Dec. 31 at Proviso West Holiday Tournament TBA Jan. 3 at Cary Christian (N.C.) 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Covenant Day (N.C.) 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Naperville North Shootout 12 p.m. Jan. 18 at St. Francis 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 vs. Aurora Christian 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 vs. Aurora Central Catholic 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Immaculate Conception 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 vs. Marmion 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Walther Lutheran 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 vs. Kaneland at 3A Shootout 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 vs. Benet 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 vs. St. Francis 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS

Aurora Central Catholic Nov. 12 vs. Somonak at Somonauk Tournament 7 p.m. Nov. 13 vs. Plano at Somonauk Tournament 7 p.m. Nov. 14 vs. Newark at Somonauk Tournament 7 p.m. Nov. 16 vs. Hinckley-Big Rock at Somonauk Tournament 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 vs. St. Edward at Somonauk Tournament 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Glenbard North 7:15 p.m. Dec. 1 vs. Montini 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Guerin 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at IMSA 7 p.m. Dec. 19 vs. Rosary 7 p.m. Dec. 21 vs. Walther Lutheran 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Oswego East Winter Classic TBA Dec. 27 at Oswego East Winter Classic TBA Dec. 28 at Oswego East Winter Classic TBA Dec. 29 at Oswego East Winter Classic TBA Jan. 8 at Marian Central 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at St. Edward 7 p.m. Jan. 16 vs. CICS Ellison 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at Montini 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 vs. Immaculate Conception 7 p.m. Jan. 26 vs. Guerin 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Ottawa Marquette 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 vs. Glenbard East 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Rosary 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Newark 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5 vs. Sycamore 7:30 p.m.

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82012-13 SCHEDULES GIRLS (continued) Nov. 13 Nov. 23 Nov. 24 Nov. 27 Nov. 30 Dec. 1 Dec. 6 Dec. 8 Dec. 10 Dec. 11 Dec. 12 Dec. 13 Dec. 15 Dec. 18 Dec. 20 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Jan. 8 Jan. 11 Jan. 17 Jan. 25 Jan. 26 Jan. 30 Feb. 2 Feb. 4 Feb. 7

BATAVIA at Glenbard South at Morton Invite at Morton Invite vs. St. Charles North at Geneva at Elgin vs. Waubonsie Valley at Oswego Invite at Oswego Invite at Oswego Invite at Oswego Invite at Oswego Invite at Oswego Invite vs. Elgin vs. Streamwood at Montini Christmas Invite at Montini Christimas Invite at Montini Christmas Invite at Montini Christmas Invite vs. St Charles East vs. Geneva vs. Larkin at St. Charles North at St. Charles East at Larkin at Streamwood vs. Oswego East at UEC crossover TBD

7 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 7:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:15 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA 7:15 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Nov. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 19 Nov. 20 Nov. 21 Dec. 1 Dec. 4 Dec. 7 Dec. 8 Dec. 12 Dec. 14 Dec. 15 Dec. 18 Dec. 20 Dec. 21 Jan. 4 Jan. 5 Jan. 8 Jan. 10 Jan. 15 Jan. 18 Jan. 22 Jan. 26 Jan. 29 Jan. 30 Feb. 1 Feb. 5

BURLINGTON CENTRAL at Central Thanksgiving Classic at Central Thanksgiving Classic at Central Thanksgiving Classic at Central Thanksgiving Classic at Central Thanksgiving Classic at Genoa-Kingston vs. Rockford Christian at Rock Falls vs. Hampshire at Harvard at McHenry Tournament at McHenry Tournament vs. Richmond-Burton at McHenry Tournament at McHenry Tournament vs. Marengo at Kaneland at North Boone vs. South Elgin at Rockford Christian vs. Genoa-Kingston vs. Harvard at Richmond-Burton at Marengo at Streamwood vs. North Boone vs. St. Charles North

TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA 2:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:15 p.m. TBA TBA 7:15 p.m. TBA TBA 7:15 p.m. 4 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 1 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

GENEVA Nov. 17 vs. Rosary (at Glenbard East Tourn.) 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 vs. Glenbard North (at Glenbard East Tourn.) 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 vs. Glenbard West (at Glenbard East Tourn.) 6 p.m.

Nov. 21 vs. TBA (at Glenbard East Tourn.) 6:30 p.m. Nov. 23 vs. Neuqua Valley 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Larkin 7:15 p.m. Nov. 30 vs. Batavia 5:45 p.m. Dec. 1 vs. South Elgin 3 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Charles East 7:15 p.m. Dec. 7 vs. Elgin 7:15 p.m. Dec. 8 at Montini 6 p.m. Dec. 12 vs. Streamwood 7:15 p.m. Dec. 13 at Naperville North/Benet Invite TBA Dec. 14 at Naperville North/Benet Invite TBA Dec. 15 at Naperville North/Benet Invite TBA Dec. 21 at Naperville North/Benet Invite TBA Dec. 22 at Naperville North/Benet Invite TBA Jan. 5 at St. Charles North 6 p.m. Jan. 11 at Batavia 5:45 p.m. Jan. 18 vs. St. Charles East 7:15 p.m. Jan. 19 at Illinois Girls Prep Classic TBA Jan. 23 at Fenwick 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Streamwood 7:15 p.m. Jan. 26 vs. Larkin 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Elgin 7:15 p.m. Feb. 2 vs. St. Charles North 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at UEC crossover TBD 7:30 p.m. KANELAND Nov. 17 at Immaculate Conception Tourn. TBA Nov. 19 at Immaculate Conception Tourn. TBA Nov. 20 at Immaculate Conception Tourn. TBA Nov. 23 at Immaculate Conception Tourn. TBA Nov. 24 at Immaculate Conception Tourn. TBA Nov. 30 at Morris 7 p.m. Dec. 6 vs. Sycamore 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at DeKalb 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Antioch 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Ottawa Tournament TBA Dec. 18 vs. DeKalb 7 p.m. Dec. 21 at Ottawa Tournament TBA Dec. 2 at Ottawa Tournament TBA Jan. 4 vs. Yorkville 4 p.m. Jan. 5 vs. Burlington Central 4 p.m. Jan. 8 vs. Rochelle 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Ottawa 2:30 p.m. Jan. 15 vs. Morris 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at Sycamore 7 p.m. Jan. 19 vs. La Salle-Peru 6 p.m. Jan. 26 vs. Sterling 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at Yorkville 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at IMSA 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Marengo 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Rochelle 7 p.m. Nov. 12 Nov. 17 Nov. 19 Nov. 20 Nov. 21 Nov. 26 Nov. 27 Nov. 29 Dec. 3 Dec. 4 Dec. 6 Dec. 8 Dec. 11 Dec. 12

ROSARY vs. IMSA at Glenbard Thanksgiving Tourn. at Glenbard Thanksgiving Tourn. at Glenbard Thanksgiving Tourn. at Glenbard Thanksgiving Tourn. at Hinckley-Big Rock vs. West Aurora at St. Edward vs. Guerin vs. Walther Lutheran at Montini at Oswego Invite at Oswego Invite at Oswego Invite

7 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA 6:45 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. TBA TBA TBA

Dec. 13 Dec. 15 Dec. 19 Jan. 4 Jan. 5 Jan. 8 Jan. 12 Jan. 18 Jan. 22 Jan. 26 Jan. 30 Feb. 5

at Oswego Invite at Oswego Invite at Aurora Central Catholic vs. Plano at Guerin at Chicago Christian at Walther Lutheran vs. St. Edward vs. Aurora Christian vs. Montini vs. Aurora Central Catholic vs. Plainfield

TBA TBA 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Nov. 13 Nov. 15 Nov. 17 Nov. 20 Nov. 23 Nov. 30 Dec. 1 Dec. 4 Dec. 6 Dec. 8 Dec. 11 Dec. 14 Dec. 15 Dec. 20 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Jan. 5 Jan. 11 Jan. 12 Jan. 18 Jan. 22 Jan. 26 Feb. 2 Feb. 5 Feb. 7

ST. CHARLES EAST at Schaumburg Invite at Schaumburg Invite at Schaumburg Invite at Schaumburg Invite at Schaumburg Invite vs. Larkin vs. St. Charles North vs. West Chicago vs. Geneva vs. Conant at Streamwood vs. Metea Valley at Batavia at Elgin at Wheaton North Tournament at Wheaton North Tournament at Wheaton North Tournament at Wheaton North Tournament at Evanston at Larkin at St. Charles North at Geneva vs. Streamwood vs. Batavia vs. Elgin at Oswego at UEC crossover TBD

5 p.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 7:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 4 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 6 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Nov. 14 Nov. 15 Nov. 16 Nov. 17 Nov. 21 Nov. 27 Nov. 30 Dec. 1 Dec. 4 Dec. 6 Dec. 8 Dec. 15 Dec. 18 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Jan. 5 Jan. 11 Jan. 12 Jan. 19 Jan. 22 Jan. 25

ST. CHARLES NORTH vs. Neuqua Valley (at York Invite) vs. Conant (at York Invite) vs. York (at York Invite) vs. Wheaton North (at York Invite) vs. Prospect (at York Invite) at Batavia at Streamwood at St. Charles East vs. Grayslake Central vs. Larkin vs. East Aurora vs. Elgin vs. Wheaton Warrenville South at Dundee-Crown Tournament at Dundee-Crown Tournament at Dundee-Crown Tournament at Dundee-Crown Tournament vs. Geneva vs. Streamwood vs. St. Charles East at Larkin at Glenbard South vs. Batavia

6 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 26 Feb. 2 Feb. 5 Feb. 7

at Elgin at Geneva at Burlington Central at UEC crossover TBD

6 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m.

ST. FRANCIS Nov. 15 vs. Willowbrook (at Willowbrook Inv.) 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 vs. Plainfield East (at Willowbrook Inv.) 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17 vs. Walther Lutheran (at Willowbrook Inv.) 2 p.m. Nov. 20 vs. St. Joseph (at Willowbrook Inv.) 6 p.m. Nov. 21 vs. East Aurora (at Willowbrook Inv.) 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at Immaculate Conception 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Wheaton Academy 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 vs. Marian Central 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 vs. Aurora Christian 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 vs. Glenbard South 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14 vs. Chicago Christian 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 vs. Winnebago 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26 vs. McHenry (at Riverside-Brookfield Invite) 11 a.m. Dec. 27 vs. Nazareth (at Riverside-Brookfield Invite) 12:30 p.m. Dec. 28 vs. Morton (at Riverside-Brookfield Invite) 11 a.m. Dec. 29 at Riverside-Brookfield Invite TBA Jan. 8 vs. Guerin 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 vs. Immaculate Conception 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at Marian Central 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 vs. Wheaton Academy 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at Marshall MLK Shoot-out TBA Jan. 20 at Marshall MLK Shoot-out TBA Jan. 21 at Marshall MLK Shoot-out TBA Jan. 26 at Aurora Christian 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 vs. Rich South 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Chicago Christian 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 vs. Timothy Christian 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Montini 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 vs. Glenbard West 7 p.m. Nov. 12 Nov. 13 Nov. 14 Nov. 15 Nov. 27 Nov. 30 Dec. 1 Dec. 4 Dec. 7 Dec. 10 Dec. 21 Dec. 26 Dec. 27 Dec. 28 Dec. 29 Jan. 5 Jan. 9 Jan. 12 Jan. 15 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 26 Jan. 28 Feb. 1 Feb. 5 Feb. 7

WHEATON ACADEMY vs. Newark at Somonauk Tour. vs. Somonauk at Somonauk Tour. vs. Seneca at Somonauk Tour. vs. Hinckley-Big Rock at Somon. T. at Lisle vs. St. Francis vs. Chicago Christian vs. Glenbard South at Immaculate Conception vs. Aurora Christian at Chicago Christian at Lisle Invite at Lisle Invite at Lisle Invite at Lisle Invite at Valley Christian (Calif.) at St. Joseph’s (Calif.) at Marian Central vs. Montini at St. Francis at Newark vs. Immaculate Conception vs. Walther Lutheran at Aurora Christian at Guerin vs. Marian Central

5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 6 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

82012-13 ROSTERS BOYS

aurora central catholic 3 Anthony Andujar Sr. G 5 Matt Hollon Jr. G 10 Shawn Soris Sr. G 23 Zach Flint Sr. G 25 Andy Czerak Jr. F 30 Jacob May Sr. G 31 Mike O’Donnell Sr. F 34 Sean Harreld Jr. G 35 Phil Schuetz Sr. F 42 Brad Searles Sr. F 44 Sean Anger Jr. F 55 Jacob Dressel Jr. F Head coach: Nate Drye Cory Windle Paxton Singer Ryan McQuade Ryan Suttle Haydyn McNelis Chad Beebe Roger Show Jake Gehman

Aurora Christian Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

F C F G G G G G

5-10 5-9 5-10 6-0 6-3 6-0 6-2 6-0 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-2

6-4 6-8 6-4 6-0 6-0 5-10 5-11 6-0

160 150 155 160 170 160 180 150 185 165 190 170

Grant Sweisthal Brandon O’Connor Steve Buhrt Jonathan Harrell Wes Wolfe Zach Singer Head coach: Pat McNamara 3 4 5 10 12 14 20 21 22 23 30 34 40 42 50 52

Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. So.

Batavia Jake Pollack Sr. Emilio Tenuta Sr. Dan Albrecht Sr. Mike Rueffer Sr. Jeremy Schoessling Jr. Micah Coffey Jr. Jason Toth Sr. Joey Simonetti Sr. Nathan Tague Sr. Alex Bala Jr. Tucker Knox Jr. Zach Strittmatter Sr. Mike Carlson Sr. Taylor Brandt Sr. David Alonzo Jr. Luke Horton Sr.

F G F G G G

6-2 5-11 6-5 6-3 6-2 6-4

G F G G G G G G G F F F F/C C F/C F

6-5 6-5 5-10 6-2 6-0 6-2 6-2 5-9 6-1 6-2 6-6 6-4 6-6 6-1 6-1 6-5

54 Ryan Olson Head coach: Jim Nazos

195 185 170 185 175 185 190 175 175 175 180 195 205 205 195 190

Jr.

F/C 6-2 200

Burlington Central 3 Malik Harris Sr. G 10 Ryan Minehart Sr. F 12 Charles Horton Sr. G 13 Dan McCurdy Sr. F 14 Jacob Schutta Jr. G 15 Bryce Warner Sr. F 20 Reed Hunnicutt Jr. G 22 Moter Deng Sr. F 23 Ryan Ritchie Sr. G 24 Brett Rau Jr. G 30 James Raney Jr. G 32 Sean Fitzgerald Jr. F 40 RJ Dernbach Jr. F 44 Zach Barry Sr. F 50 Duncan Osbourne Jr. C Head coach: Brett Porto 21 25 30

Mike Trimble Pat McCaffrey Luke Polishak

Geneva Sr. Sr. Sr.

G G G

5-8 6-1 5-9 6-5 5-10 6-2 5-9 6-5 5-11 6-0 5-10 6-0 6-3 6-2 6-9

6-2 5-9 5-10

135 160 185 180 155 190 170 165 185 135 140 150 185 190 200

33 Anthony Bragg 44 Connor Chapman 15 Kyle Brown 20 Justin Durante 11 Cam Cook 22 Jason D’Amico 32 Billy Douds 30 Chris Parrilli 25 Nate Navigato Head coach: Phil Ralston

Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So.

F F F G G F F G G/F

6-0 6-5 6-5 6-0 5-10 6-1 6-3 6-1 6-6

Kaneland 4 Drew David Jr. 5 John Pruett Jr. 10 Tyler Carlson Jr. 12 Connor Fedderly So. 15 Ben Barnes So. 20 Dylan Vaca Fr. 21 Tom VanBogaert Jr. 22 Dan Miller Sr. 24 Bailey Harvell Jr. 42 Matt Limbrunner Sr. 44 Cole Carlson Jr. Head coach: Brian Johnson

G F G G G G F G/F G/F F F

5-11 6-2 6-2 5-9 5-10 6-2 6-1 6-2 6-2 6-4 6-0

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82012-13 ROSTERS Ashley Prost Marina Schaefer Sydney Strang Ally VanBogaert Kelly Wallner Amber Winquist-Bailey Head coach: Ernie Colombe

Marmion Danny Bicknell Jr. Mike Bicknell Sr. AJ Bohr Sr. Jake Esp So. Corey Friel Jr. RJ Gibson Sr. Jordan Glasgow So. Colin Kavanaugh Sr. Alex Kirtley Jr. Tyler Maryanski Jr. Mike Murphy Jr. Johnny Peters Sr. Jake Ruddy Sr. Mike Sheehan Jr. Matt Smith Sr. Alex Theisen Sr. Head Coach: Ryan Paradise

F G G G F F G G G F/C F/C G G

6-4 6-1 6-1 6-0 6-5 6-4 6-5 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-6 6-1 5-9

165 160 160 160 195 220 180 160 180 185 200 170 145

St. Charles North 1 Alec Goetz Jr. 3 Keith Hedges Jr. 4 Jake Ludwig So. 5 Tyler DeMoss Jr. 10 Ryan Thomas Sr. 11 Shane Dunteman Jr. 12 Quinten Payne Sr. 13 Tony Neari Sr. 15 Erik Miller Jr. 21 Ryan Bagnell Jr. 22 Kyle Swanson Sr. 23 Justin Stanko Sr. 24 Chris Preocanin Sr. 32 Jack Callaghan So. 34 Camden Cotter Jr. 44 Matt Pretet Sr. Head coach: Tom Poulin

G G G F F G G G F C F F C F F F

6-1 5-8 6-1 6-4 6-3 5-10 6-4 6-0 6-3 6-4 6-6 6-6 6-8 6-2 6-4 6-2

160 150 165 170 190 165 190 175 190 220 185 190 215 185 220 200

St. Francis 1 Andrew Kimball Sr. 2 Kevin Murphy Jr. 3 Jason Pisarski Sr. 5 Stu Kurtyka Jr. 10 Nick Fabianski Jr. 12 Tim Zettinger Sr. 20 Jason Sullivan So. 22 Jeremy French Jr. 24 Matt Bonner Sr. 30 Jared Valdez Jr. 32 Kevin Blank Jr. 34 Kevin McShea Sr. 40 Zach Prociuk Jr. 42 Kilian Brown Jr. 44 Andy Oleniczak Jr. Head coach: Bob Ward

G G G/F G G G G G/F G/F G G F G/F F F

6-1 5-9 6-4 5-9 5-10 6-3 5-10 6-0 6-1 5-8 6-0 6-4 6-2 6-4 6-2

175 145 180 140 140 175 165 160 175 140 170 195 175 205 240

Wheaton Academy 5 Collin Roy Sr. G 10 Gabe Partain Sr. G 11 Josh Ruggles So. G 12 Jake Cousins Sr. G 20 Evan Williams So. G/F 22 William Burdett Jr. G/F 23 Steven McDonell Jr. F 24 Gordon Behr Sr. F 32 Anthony Lombardo So. G 33 Brandon Ruggles Sr. G 34 Malcolm Campbell Sr. G 50 Cole Fritz Sr. F Head coach: Paul Ferguson

6-3 6-2 5-11 6-4 6-2 6-2 6-5 6-8 6-0 6-3 6-0 6-2

girls

No. 1 2 4 5

AURORA CENTRAL CATHOLIC Name Ht. Yr. Gabby Pawlowski 5-5 Sr. Kalie Soris 5-3 So. Amber Konen 5-4 Sr. Lisa Rodriguez 5-9 Sr.

Pos. G G G G/F

Kane County Chronicle file photo

St. Charles North guard Tony Neari (13) is one of three returning starters for the North Stars. 10 Gabi Alfaro 11 Anna Velazquez 12 Alex DeCraene 15 Natalie Droeske 20 Gabbie Gutierrez 23 Jennifer Alderman 24 Lindsey Frieders 25 Maggie O’Brien 32 Alex Horton Head coach: Mark Fitzgerald

5-6 5-7 5-9 5-11 5-8 5-7 5-7 5-6 5-11

So. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So.

G F G F/C F G F F F

AURORA CHRISTIAN Name Ht. Alex Hultine 5-3 Alyssa Andersen 5-7 Liz Smith 5-5 Hannah Dean 5-8 Melissa Moser 5-11 Sara Childers 6-0 Natasha Brown 5-8 Taylor Eaves 5-7 Head coach: Jerry Tokars

Yr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. So.

Pos. G G G/F F F/C F/C F G/F

BATAVIA No. Name Ht. 2 Grace Andrews 5-6 3 Bethany Orman 5-6 5 Liza Fruendt 5-8 13 Miranda Grizaffi 5-8 15 Abbey McCabe 5-8 21 Sami Villarreal 5-7 24 Jenny Welday 5-5 25 Hannah Frazier 6-1 33 Erin Bayram 6-2 Head coach: Kevin Jensen

Yr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Fr. Jr.

Pos. G G G G F G G F F

No. 3 4 11

BURLINGTON CENTRAL Name Ht. Yr. Erica Haynes 5-8 Sr. Kayla Ross 5-7 Fr. Kathleen Ratzek 5-6 Jr.

12 Shelby Holt 23 Camille Dela Cruz 24 Jackie Collins 25 Samantha Cruz 34 Samantha Pryor 42 Alison Colby 50 Rebecca Gerke Head coach: Mark Smith

5-9 5-6 5-7 5-7 5-10 6-0 6-0

GENEVA No. Name Ht. 10 Laura Marschitz 5-5 11 Michaela Loebel 5-7 12 Ellen Dwyer 5-6 14 Erin Kozlow 5-7 20 Kelly Gordon 5-9 21 Kelly Sharpe 5-8 22 Morgan Seberger 5-11 23 Bella Medina 5-5 30 Anna Finch 5-6 31 Sami Pawlak 6-0 32 Sidney Santos 6-0 33 Madeline Dunn 5-9 40 Alli Monahan 6-1 41 Amelia Grady 5-7 42 Abby Novak 5-10 50 Mary Burke 5-6 Head coach: Sarah Meadows Name Emma Bradford Katherine Brinkman Ashley Castellanos Vanessa Gould Sarah Grams Brooke Harner Caroline Heimerdinger Jessica Jablonski Brittany Kemp Allyson O’Herron

KANELAND Ht. 5-7 5-6 5-6 5-9 5-4 5-5 5-5 5-8 5-8 5-6

Fr. Sr. So. Fr. Fr. So. Fr.

Yr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Jr.

Pos. G G G G/F G G G G G/F F/C F/C F C G/F G/F G/F

Yr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr.

Pos. G/F G G F G F G F F G

Sr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Jr.

F F F C C F

ROSARY No. Name Yr. 3 Rachel Choice Jr. 4 Emily Bakala Jr. 10 Quincy Kellett So. 11 Madison Richmond Sr. 12 Sydney Zaragoza Jr. 13 Karly Tate Sr. 14 Megan Conlin So. 15 Lauren Kieffer Jr. 21 Adrienne Winkel So. 23 Mary Wentworth Sr. 24 Amy Serephin Sr. 31 Maddie Hemmerich Sr. Head coach: Jessie Wilcox

Pos. G G G G G/F G/F G/F G/F F G/F F F

ST. CHARLES EAST No. Name Ht. 10 Katie Kolker 5-5 11 Carly Pottle 5-5 12 Paige Jordan 5-6 13 Rebecca Orr 5-5 15 Kyra Washington 6-1 20 Katie Claussner 5-5 21 MacKenzie Meadows 5-6 22 Anna Bartels 5-9 23 Amanda Hilton 5-5 24 Laney Deckrow 5-7 25 Marlena Detzel 5-8 30 Margarita Tsipas 5-9 32 Keyana Williams 5-9 33 Hannah Nowling 5-9 40 Vicki Thomas 5-10 55 Jess Riley 5-10 Head coach: Lori Drumtra

Yr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. So. So. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr.

Pos. G G G G G/F G G F G F G/F F F F F F

ST. CHARLES NORTH No. Name. Ht. 2 Taylor Silvers 5-7 5 Natalie Winkates 5-7 10 Ashling Davern 5-7 12 Allie Reed 5-8 15 Kyla Helsel 5-9 20 Sam Novak 5-5 21 Alex Silverman 5-8 22 Kayla Balousek 5-9 24 Lauren Durocher 5-9 25 Annalee Hotopp 6-0 30 Ava Tarka 5-4 31 Kylie Reed 5-7 33 Nicole Davidson 5-10 40 Morgan Rosencrants 6-1 54 Liz McNally 6-3 Head coach: Colleen Backer

Yr. Jr. Jr. So. Jr. Fr. So. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. Jr.

Pos. G G G G G G G P P P G/P P G G/P P

WHEATON ACADEMY No. Name Ht. Yr. 11 Marissa Gagliano 5-4 Jr. 20 Christina Garrison 6-2 So. 13 Ali Grant 5-4 Jr. 12 Emily Janus 5-6 Jr. 4 Katie Mann 5-4 Jr. 14 Katherine Maret 5-6 Jr. 22 Elizabeth Melby 5-10 Fr. 2 Jamie Netzley 5-4 Fr. 5 Abby Olson 5-7 Jr. 10 Charrissa Robinson 5-7 Jr. 3 Annie Scholes 5-4 Sr. 23 Melissa Snyder 5-8 Sr. Head coach: Beth Mitchell

Pos. G F G F G G F G G F G F

ST. FRANCIS Name Yr. Danielle Ament So. Alyssa Fernandez Sr. Aly Germanos Sr. Sophia Koslowski Jr. Alexis Long Jr. Hanna Malak Sr. Claire O’Donnell Jr. Caroline Pinns Jr. Leah Riccolo Fr. Kate Slattery Sr. Gaby Sommers Jr. Tia Talley Sr. Abby Winkler Jr. Head coach: Mike Phillips

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St. Charles East 1 AJ Washington Jr. 2 Dom Adduci Jr. 3 Joren Wilson Sr. 5 Ethan Griffiths Sr. 13 Ben Skoog Sr. 20 Tyler Windau Sr. 21 Kendall Stephens Sr. 22 James McQuillan Fr. 24 Jimmy Liss Sr. 25 Dan Wilkerson Sr. 30 David Mason Jr. 33 Jake Asquini So. 44 Cole Gentry So. Head coach: Pat Woods

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