Jobs Homes Autos For Sale










Area Lutheran schools heading to national girls basketball tourney
By Kimberly Pohl | Daily Herald Staff

Basketball players from Palatine's Immanuel Lutheran School cut their celebration cake at Harris Bank in Palatine Wednesday. The Lutheran Sports Association state champs are heading to the national tournament at Valparaiso University.

 

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

The girls basketball team from Palatine's Immanuel Lutheran School hold a pep rally Wednesday at Palatine's Harris Bank, where coach Jack Lloyd is president. The girls leave Thursday for the national tournament.

 

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Immanuel Lutheran School basketball players celebrate their berth in the national tournament Wednesday in Palatine.

 

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Immanuel Lutheran School's girls basketball team brought the Illinois Lutheran Tournament of Champions Grade School Girls trophy to a pep rally on Wednesday.

 

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

John Ulrich, head boys basketball coach at Palatine's Immanuel Lutheran, leans on girls coach Jack Lloyd as the team celebrates its state championship at Harris Bank in Palatine on Wednesday.

 

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 1 of 5 
 
print story
email story
Published: 3/25/2009 12:45 PM

Send To:

E-mail:
To:

From:

Name:
E-mail:

Comments:

The storied Immanuel Lutheran School girls basketball team took in the philosophy of NFL Hall of Famer Dave Casper when he visited their Palatine gym last week.

Show up every day, do the work, and you'll be successful in life.

It's certainly true among the group of 15 middle schoolers, whose work ethic and successes were celebrated at a pep rally Wednesday morning. The Lutheran Sports Association state champion Bobcats are set to leave Thursday for the national tournament at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Also competing at nationals this week will be teams from St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington Heights and St. John's Lutheran School in Lombard.

"These young ladies honor God in everything they do, commit themselves to the team and do the work," Immanuel Lutheran head girls coach and Harris Bank Regional President Jack Lloyd said. He played football with Casper on Notre Dame's 1973 National Championship team under coach Ara Parseghian. "Whatever happens from here is gravy."

Immanuel Lutheran, a K-8 school of just 250 students, has racked up 33 wins this season. Its only two losses came from regional club teams.

Captain and MVP Nia Pappas reached the Final Four in her first two years on the team. Now, fresh off the team's state title, the eighth-grader is ready to earn the program its eighth national championship.

"We definitely have a more cohesive group this season," Pappas said.

Added starter Jamie Lloyd: "We hang out all the time."

Lloyd's team focuses on defense - it held opponents to an average of just 19 points this season. And you won't find a better conditioned team on the court, he said.

"Your legs give out during workouts, it hurts so bad," Barrington High School-bound Ashley Heine said. "Everyone picks each other up."

Lombard's St. John's, which took sixth in state, is hoping to overcome a couple of injuries, Principal John Aurich said.

"They're a very coachable group of girls who love the game and love to learn," he said.

St. Peter, which placed fifth and won the state tournament sportsmanship award, is back to full strength following a season plagued by injuries.

"They've had to pick each other up," coach Diane Henderson said. "They really give it their all out there."

Webcasts of the games can be seen at moosevision.com.