Caris Alan Elgin
Elgin's senior point guard was one of the main reasons the Maroons saw a bit of a resurgence this season, turning a 1-win campaign last year into 7 wins this season. "She was our main press breaker and one of our captains," said Elgin coach Angie Hudson. "You'd ask her to do something and she'd try her best to get it done. She's the kid we want our program to be like and we're going to miss her." Averaged 12 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game and led the team with 56 steals. A repeat all-area selection.
Keri Bultman Jacobs
A senior leader for the 20-10 Golden Eagles, Bultman averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Also blocked 14 shots. "She was an excellent senior leader for us," said Jacobs coach Ed Haugens. "She was definitely a girl all the younger players looked up to. She was the type of player who caused matchup problems because she played well inside and outside."
Katie Burton Crystal Lake South
A 3-year varsity starter, Burton was the leading scorer for a Crystal Lake South team that finished the season 26-5, while earning the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title with a 9-1 record and then bringing home the school's first postseason title since 1993, as well as a berth in the sectional finals. "Katie is one of the most gifted basketball players I've ever had the privilege of coaching," said South coach Kyle McCaughn. "She has this uncanny knack to fill a stat sheet. Everything Katie does is positive." In addition to a team-leading 326 points (10.5 ppg average), Burton racked up 140 rebounds, 58 assists, 69 steals and 21 blocks. "I don't think there is anyone better in our conference at getting to the basket and scoring," McCaughn said. "Katie is a threat in every facet of the game."
Hailey Cnota Jacobs
Despite missing three games with an injury, Cnota had a stellar junior season in helping the Golden Eagles to a 20-10 record. She averaged 9.9 points per game as well as 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Also made 23 3-pointers. "She's an unselfish kid who is just as happy to make an assist as score," said Jacobs coach Ed Haugens. "When she sets her mind on doing something she's difficult for other teams to stop."
Alex Dumoulin Hampshire
A unanimous all-Big Northern East selection, Alex Dumoulin made an impact this season like no other sophomore in the area, helping Hampshire to a 24-5 season that included conference and regional championships. "What I love about her is she goes after a rebound with the purpose to convert it to points," said Whip-Purs coach Sue Ellett. "She comes to practice every day to improve and she plays bigger than her 5-7 frame. She played with incredible intensity in all of our big games and she should be a force to be reckoned with the next two years." Also carries a 4.0 GPA.
Cassie Dumoulin Hampshire
One of the fiercest competitors in the area, this junior forward helped Hampshire to a 24-5 season that included the Big Northern East championship and a regional title by averaging 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. She was also second on the team with 91 assists and led the team with 78 steals. "She has one of the purest and undefensible jump shots inside 15 feet," said Hampshire coach Sue Ellett. "She wanted to bring her free-throw percentage up this year and she did (to 67.4). She's our best athlete and she enjoyed the challenge of defending our opponent's best player every night. She goes full throttle for 32 minutes and she's an excellent leader by example. She plays with heart and intensity and the desire to be the very best." Like her sister Alex, Cassie carries a 4.0 GPA.
Jacki Gulczynski Bartlett
One of the most versatile players in the area, Gulczynski is a 6-foot sophomore who can play any position on the court. She was the leading rebounder in the area (9.5 per game) and the second leading scorer (15.1 ppg). She also averaged 2.3 assists per game and shot 79 percent from the free-throw line for the 17-11 Hawks, who were also 7-3 and tied for third place in the Upstate Eight. "Jacki's such a finesse offensive player," said Bartlett coach Denise Sarna. "She has so many offensive gifts inside and outside. She works really hard on her game and she's such a fun kid. We used her in so many different roles and she's really a team player with a great attitude." A repeat all-area selection.
Christina Heine Hampshire
A repeat all-area selection, Heine will be one of the top returning players in the area next season. As a junior, she helped Hampshire to a 24-5 season that included the Big Northern East title and a regional championship. A unanimous all-conference selection, she averaged 13 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, shot 48 percent from the field and was third on the team in assists with 81. "Chrissy is a defensive rock for us," said Hampshire coach Sue Ellett. "She has excellent rebounding technique on both ends of the floor, she gave us consistent play throughout the season and she was like having a coach on the floor. She's very versatile and unselfish and she's able to make her teammates better. She has the work ethic and dedication to play at the next level. She's a captain with the heart of a champion."
Ellen Holton Elgin
One of the best back to the basket post players in the area, Elgin's senior center averaged 12.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in helping the Maroons to a 7-win season and a resurgence of sorts after a 1-win season her junior year when she missed much of the season with injury. Her 73.5 free-throw shooting percentage was one of the best in the area. "She was our big person inside and she did great things for us," said Maroons coach Angie Hudson. "We relied on her for a lot of rebounding and after missing a lot of last season I think she'll just continue to get better and better. She always tried to improve and I don't think she's done improving." Holton will play on scholarship at Division II Tusculum College in Tennessee.
Claire Jakubicek Cary-Grove
At 5-foot-11, sophomore, Jakubicek is a guard who carries with her all the attributes of a forward. For Jakubicek, that double-threat led to a 15.0 points per game average as she piloted Cary-Grove to a 22-7 record. Most impressive to Trojans' coach Rod Saffert was the leap in talent that Jakubicek made between her freshman and sophomore campaigns; so-much-so that Saffert referred to her as "one of the best players in the area." This season, Jakubicek pulled down a team-high 192 rebounds while nabbing 121 deflections and 24 blocks. "Claire gets to the basket any time she wants to," said Saffert. "Her ball handling skills are phenomenal, and she can post up as well as anybody in the area." Second on the team in both assists (83) and steals (87), Jakubicek bombarded the net for a career-high 31 points in a win over Woodstock. "We are never out of any game when we have Claire on the court," said Saffert. "She is an enormous part of our success."
Carly Juliano Crystal Lake South
Successfully making the fluent transition to point guard at the start of this season, Juliano was known by teammates as the unselfish leader of the Gators. Her unselfish play can best be observed through a team-high 84 assists. In addition to racking up 173 points, Juliano nearly matched her 2007-08 swipe tally of 60 with 58 steals this year. Her ability to take-one-for-the-team helped earn her a spot on the all-area team for the second straight season. "Carly accepted the challenge of becoming our point guard wholeheartedly," said Gators coach Kyle McCaughn. "She will do anything to help her teammates, and she always ensured the team's success through her individual game." A smart athlete and team leader, the senior was sure to share her best attributes with South's up-and-comers. "Carly had this ability to get up and down the court and never wear down," said McCaughn. Her excellent physical condition unquestionably helped the 5-foot-8 guard to 90 rebounds.
Cortney Kumerow South Elgin
A three-time all-area choice, Kumerow was the senior leader of a 17-10 Storm team that got better and better as the season went on. She averaged 12 points per game and was fourth in the area in rebounding with a 7.8 per game average. Shot 51 percent from the field and had 38 blocked shots. Graduates having pulled down more than 650 rebounds in her high school career. "Cortney is a competitor," said Storm coach Tim Prendergast. "She has a great touch around the basket, moves well, blocks shots, passes and has enough athleticism to catch a three-quarter pass on the run and convert without a dribble. In addition she is an excellent clutch free throw shooter."
Alex Lococo Dundee-Crown
Even though the Chargers had a subpar season, Lococo stepped up and showed great consistency during the year. The senior averaged 8.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game and led the Chargers with 56 steals. "She was consistent," said Dundee-Crown coach Michelle Russell. "She led us in scoring and in steals and we did have some close games where she kept us in it with her defense and scoring points."
Katherine Lowery Huntley
With 59 3-pointers (second in the area), Lowery quickly became the leading scorer for Huntley averaging 10.3 points per game. Lowery helped thrust the Red Raiders to their third-straight regional championship, the first in Class 4A competition. "Kadie is a very good shooter, plain and simple," said Huntley coach Steve Raethz. "She has the ability to single-handedly stretch and stress a defense with her range." An all-conference selection (Fox Valley Conference Fox Division), Lowery tied her career-high 24 points in a single game twice this year versus both Waubonsie Valley and Grant. "Having a 5-foot-11 guard is a nice luxury," said Raethz. "It is nice having someone who can knock down open shots the way that Kadie can." Just a sophomore, Lowery made tremendous strides this year defensively recording 45 steals, 13 blocks and 86 rebounds during her first full season with the varsity. As a guard-forward, she also added 42 assists.
Jordan Maisto Burlington Central
Burlington Central's junior point guard, a two-time all-area choice, led the area in 3-pointers with 62 and led her team to a 16-13 season with a 13.3 per game scoring average. Was also one of the area leaders in assists (3.7 per game) and in free throw percentage (78.5). "As our point guard Jordan did a lot of good things for us this year," said Rockets coach Wade Maisto, Jordan's dad. "She handled the ball, was our best 3-point shooter and our leading scorer. She was also one of our best defenders and she should be a leader for the team next year."
Megan Martinez Huntley
A two-time all-conference choice in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division, Martinez finished the year among the Top 3 in every single stat category for Huntley. With 71 steals, she led the Red Raider swipe chart. Martinez also pulled down 120 rebounds, leading the team in defensive boards with 89, and she posted up for 18 blocks. "Megan is an outstanding defensive player," said Huntley coach Steve Raethz. "We wouldn't have had nearly as much success without her defense. She marked every opponents best perimeter player." Martinez collected 102 points this year in helping the Red Raiders to their third straight regional championship. "Megan does so many little things," he said. "She brought so many intangibles to the table that made this team successful. Her versatility made her a very valuable player. Megan played so hard and at such a high level. Every team needs a player like her, and we're certainly going to miss possessing a player of her caliber."
Caitlin Mize Crystal Lake South
No stranger to the Daily Herald all-area team, Mize completes the trifecta by making her third appearance among the area's finest in as many seasons. A senior center, Mize bumped a 5.6 points per game average in 2007-08 to 10.4 this year. Her team-leading 181 rebounds helped the Gators to a record-setting 26-5 season that included a trip to the Class 4A Jacobs sectional championship contest as well as a conference title and the program's first regional plaque since 1993. "Caitlin made a commitment to becoming the best basketball player she could be this year and it showed," said South coach Kyle McCaughn. "She played like an all-area, all-conference choice. Everybody knew it, and still, they struggled to stop her." Mize was not only the team's second-best in offensive production, but was also among the team's top defenders. "Caitlin had the ability to make up for her teammates' weaknesses and mistakes in any game," said McCaughn. "She stops dribble penetration and she is a top rebounder." Mize also loved a challenge. According to McCaughn, her best games came against the best competition. "As the games got bigger, Caitlin played stronger," he said.
Tori Sandstrom Cary-Grove
A team co-captain, Sandstrom brought a world of athleticism to Cary-Grove's 22-7 season. Scoring 8.5 points per game, the senior collected a second-best 148 rebounds while leading the team in blocks with 30. "I have never seen a girl jump as high as Tori can," said Trojan coach Rod Saffert. "She is one of our best rebounders, and among the best I've seen." A 3-year varsity player, Sandstrom's aggressive stance on the court earned her 58 steals. She connected from long distance 13 times, and dished out 53 assists. "Tori's a good listener," said Saffert. "She tried very hard to do exactly what the team wanted and expected of her. Her ability to execute those tasks was one thing I respected most about her." Sandstrom will advance her talent on a college level playing both basketball and volleyball at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Ashley Santos Bartlett
One of two freshmen on the all-area team, Santos burst on the scene this season and helped Bartlett to a 17-11 season by scoring 13.3 points per game and averaging 4.4 rebounds and 2 assists. Has explosive ability to the basket or can pull up and hit the jump shot. Also made 17 3-pointers. "She's quite a skilled athlete who can do a lot of different things," said Bartlett coach Denise Sarna. "I see her do things most freshmen can't do. She's really worked hard at her game and she has some natural gifts."
Emma Schmidt Streamwood
As a freshman, Schmidt quickly made a name for herself at Streamwood becoming the team's second best point-producer with 182 total points last year. This season, Schmidt nearly doubled that tally collecting 302 points bringing her career tally to 484 at the conclusion of just her sophomore campaign. Her 202 rebounds, which included 127 defensive boards, was more than a team-best. Schmidt also led the Sabres in blocks with 32, while adding a second-best 33 steals and 28 assists. "Emma scored almost double that of our next best scorer," noted Streamwood coach George Rosner. "She was our go-to person all year. She works extremely hard and is very coachable." Schmidt's play caught the attention of many earning her all-conference honors in the Upstate Eight. "Emma scores points," said Rosner. "She always wants the ball, and even with opponents keyed in on her, she battles through." At 5-foot-10, Schmidt has that natural instinct as a shot blocker. After improving her free-throw percentage by more than 40 percent from last year to this year, Schmidt is currently working on her outside shot. "Already, she is making her way up the scoring leader list at Streamwood," Rosner said.
Becca Smith South Elgin
One of two freshmen on the all-area team, Smith took over the point guard duties for the Storm this season and played beyond her age. She was the fourth leading scorer in the area at 14.7 per game and was second in the area with 4.7 assists per game. Was also a 77 percent free-throw shooter and averaged 4.3 steals per game as the Storm finished the season 17-10. "Becca has the uncanny ability to buy space with unexaggerated, but nicely executed moves off the dribble in transition without losing balance or traction," said South Elgin coach Tim Prendergast. "She is a blur when she goes from one end of the court to the other. It is the combination of her athleticism and competitiveness that make her a special player."
Meg Straumann Cary-Grove
Connecting from behind the arc 27 times, Straumann averaged 9.3 points per game this season for the 22-7 Trojans. Her 91 assists and 90 steals each marked team-bests, and at 5-foot-8, the sophomore added 109 deflections and 76 rebounds. "As a point guard, I expected Meg to run the team," said Cary-Grove coach Rod Saffert. "That being said, she had some very big games for us." In the Fox Valley Conference (Valley) Division opener against Jacobs, Straumann racked up 23 points to lead the Trojans to a 64-49 victory. Her best game of the season earned Cary-Grove a bid to the Class 4A regional finals at Warren as they defeated the host team 61-57 in overtime. Straumann had a team-high 17 points adding 5 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds. "I like Meg's attitude on the court," said Saffert. "She is a tough kid and she wants to win. Her athleticism often came in handy."
Maria Tamburrino Jacobs
Another of the fine juniors in the area, Tamburrino led the Golden Eagles to a 20-10 season with a 13.9 per game scoring average, fifth best in the area. She also shot 75 percent from the free-throw line and averaged 5.4 rebounds per game. Led the team in steals with 83 and had 21 3-pointers. "She was without a doubt our most improved player from last year," said Jacobs coach Ed Haugens. "She scored in every possible way and I think she's just now starting to discover her capabilities."
Katie Yohn St. Edward
The numbers are staggering but they just tell part of the story of the clear cut choice for honorary captain of the all-area team. Yohn graduates as St. Edward's all-time leading scorer with 1,812 career points. This season she led her team to an 18-12 record and a berth in the Class 2A sectional finals by averaging 23.6 points per game, 8 points better than anyone else in the area. Second in the area in rebounds (9.0 average) and she led the area with an average of 5 assists per game. Also shot 80.7 percent from the free throw line and made 55 3-pointers. "All I can say is thank you to her for the foundation she laid for this program," said coach Michelle Dawson. Yohn, who will play at Bradley next year, was also the Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the year and the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press Class 2A All-State team, and a first-team all-state selection by the IBCA.
Bartlett - Becca Cronin (Sr.)
Burlington Central - Taylor Colby (Jr.), Molly Turk (Sr.)
Cary-Grove - Liz Bart (Jr.)
CL South - Michelle Gaede (Jr.)
Dundee-Crown -Melissa Summaria (Sr.)
Elgin - Brandi Hernandez (Jr.), Kayla Jackson (Sr.)
Elgin Academy - Alyssa Pena (Jr.), Alexandria Lee (Fr.)
Hampshire - Kelly Plichta (Sr.)
Huntley - Allyson Stellmach (Sr.), Carly Goede (So.)
Jacobs - Katy Cook (Jr.)
Larkin - Jessica Harris (Sr.)
South Elgin - Genevieve Johnson (Sr.), Dijon Smith (Jr.)
Streamwood - Melissa Oehlerking (Jr.), Cait Marchant (Jr.), Amanda Patterson (Fr.)
Westminster Christian - Rachel Doby (Jr.), Sarah Rodgers (Jr.)
CAPTAINS HONOR ROLL
1995-96 -Melissa Parker (Elgin) and Leslie Schock (Elgin)
1996-97 -Tina Wenckaitis (Elgin
1997-98 -Billee Russell (Dundee-Crown)
1998-99 - Rita Castans (Streamwood) and Stephanie Smith (Hampshire)
1999-00 -Stephanie Smith (Hampshire) and Chris Rodriguez (Burlington Central)
2000-01 - Kelly Hopkins (St. Edward) and Melissa Tarrant (Dundee-Crown)
2001-02 - Katie Grens (Elgin) and Rachel Markham (Hampshire)
2002-03 - Jenna Real (Burlington Central) and Lindsay Schrader (Bartlett)
2003-04 - Jackie Heine (Hampshire), Lindsay Schrader (Bartlett) and Nicole Watzlawick (Hampshire)
2004-05 - Lindsay Schrader (Bartlett) and Amanda Walker (Hampshire)
2005-06 - Kaci Baird (Bartlett) and Brittney Daum (Dundee-Crown)
2006-07 - Katie Chambers (St. Edward) and Meaghan Staley-Gamble (Huntley)
2007-08 - Katie Yohn (St. Edward) and Danielle Smith (Cary-Grove)
2008-09 - Katie Yohn (St. Edward)
All-area selections and capsules by John Radtke and Jen LaPorte