If anyone made the most of her height, Abruzzo was that person. At times, it was hard to believe she was 5-foot-8. She battled against the area's top post players and averaged 11.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. "If height were measured by determination, Gianna would be a 7 footer," said Fremd coach Dave Yates. "Gianna's athleticism and passion set the bar for the younger players on the team." A two-time all-area selection and 2010 co-MSL West Player of the Year, Abruzzo (2.0 assists, 2.0 steals) shot 48 percent from the field. She had 9 3-pointers and shot 190 free throws. " She flat-out willed us to victories over Hoffman and Conant at the end of the year," Yates said. "Her leadership was huge in helping us take the next step to an MSL West championship."
Give Acosta the ball from beyond the 3-point stripe and watch out. No female in school history hit as many 3-pointers as the senior guard who finished with more than 200. Despite battling a nagging knee injury which kept her out of seven games, Acosta still played a major role in the Warriors' offense this season. The three-year varsity player and two-time all-area pick averaged 10.3 points with 4.1 assists and 3.0 rebounds. "Unfortunately, Samantha was injured for a lot of the season and that really took a toll on her game," said Maine West coach Derril Kipp. "Otherwise, she really would have had an outstanding season. She still had a really good season despite being hampered. She was our team leader."
In the fall, Bernardoni was a member of the Hawks varsity golf team. This winter, her basketball skills were well above par. The four-year varsity performer and repeat all-area selection was an 86 percent free throw shooter who averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game. "Megan can play the post and guard position," said Hoffman coach Mike Nocella. "And she can score a multitude of ways. She was our strongest 3-point shooter (37 percent). She not only scores but also distributes the ball to her teammates almost to a fault. Her senior leadership on the court has been nothing short of great."
Give Calov a net to work around and good things are bound to happen. In volleyball, she pounded kills and blocked spikes at the net for a team that won a Class 3A regional championship. In basketball, she drilled 3-pointers (team-high 28 3-pointers) through the net and was a force on the glass with 6 rebounds per game for another Class 3A regional championship. Calov was a four-year varsity player, two- year starter and a team captain for this year's 21-11 squad which won a regional for only the second time in school history. "She is a hard worker who is a strong rebounder, shot blocker, and a 3 point threat," said Lion coach Paul Bjerkness. "She had a terrific career at St. Viator and will be missed next season." Calov was named to the Fenton all-tournament team and is expected to continue her basketball career at Benedictine University in Lisle.
Giving just like her last name suggests, the Minnesota-bound guard could explode at any time whether it be with a drive to the basket or a long range bucket for 3 points. She's also an assist machine. Cannon completed her senior season averaging a team-high 18.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.4 steals. The three-time all-area selection reached the 1,000 point milestone at the Niles North Thanksgiving tournament and helped the Wildcats secure their third consecutive MSL title while playing through illness in the title game. "Janelle had an amazing three years with us," said Wheeling coach Shelly Wiegel. "She dazzled the crowd with her vision and electric passes while she also proved she is a capable scorer both attacking the basket or shooting the outside shot. She made our entire team better at seeing the court and moving the ball. She will no doubt have an immediate impact at the college level and I can not wait to watch her compete in the Big Ten. She has outstanding talent and is incredibly smooth."
Capotosto lives one block from the boundaries of attending two schools other than Elk Grove. So Grenadier fans can feel fortunate they were the ones who got to watch the St. Bonaventure recruit school during a brilliant four-year career in which she left a tremendous legacy. Capotosto (18.2 ppg, 11.5 rebounds) finished as the school's all-time leader in scoring (1,947 points) and rebounding (1,118 rebounds). "Not only does Ashley possess superior skills, but every time she stepped on the court, she competed with an unmatched passion and intensity," said Elk Grove coach Ryan Kirkorsky. "Ashley was the focal point for the growth of our program over the last four years. She carries herself with class, respecting the game, her teammates, and her competition.
For the past three seasons, Glassmann has been all-area all the time. At the same time, Glassmann helped take the Vikings from 8 wins her freshman season to 21 this winter and a Mid-Suburban League West championship. A four-year starter at point guard, Glassmann finished her career just 21 points away from 1,000. She had 110 3-pointers (this season she shot from beyond the arc with 55 3-pointers). "Being a three-time all conference selection places Taylor (11.3 ppg, 3.0 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 steals) in a very exclusive club of Fremd girls basketball players," said Fremd coach Dave Yates. "She hit a big shot in just about every major victory we have had in my four years. She has been the backbone of the resurgence of Fremd girls basketball. Taylor is a great example of how far hard work can take you."
With 8.2 points per game, Glennon was the Knights' second-leading scorer. But points that she didn't give up was what made Glennon a truly special player for the regional champs. A defensive whiz, Glennon was always given the role of shutting down the opponents' top scorer. "She was our second leading scorer but that is not what Lexi takes pride in because she loves to play defense," said Prospect coach Martha Kelly. " It was a role that she relished. Lexi has been one of our hardest workers - she will be missed," Glennon scored a career-high 16 points against Hersey. "The younger players learned a lot from her in terms of work ethic," Kelly added. "She is such a smart player with great instincts, that she could be just told what to do to make an adjustment without having to repeat it a hundred times. Lexi was a leader on the floor. She made the players around her better. She played almost every minute of the season because I did not feel comfortable not having her on the floor."
Hohenadel will continue her career on a full basketball scholarship at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. The Lions will be sad to see her graduate from the Viator family where she has played on the varsity the past four years and finished as the school's second player to score more than 1,000 points. The three-year starter (13.6 ppg, 3.1 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 0.9 assists) served as a captain the last two seasons. "She is a gifted player who has worked year round to become a great player," said Lions coach Paul Bjerkness. Hohenadel was named to the Fenton all-tournament team and was East Suburban Catholic all-conference and all-area the last two years. A two-time MVP, Hohenadel averaged 16.1 points as a junior, including a career-high 26 points against Marist where she went 15-for-15 from the free throw line.
Despite getting the majority of the defense's attention, Kirchoff still scored the majority of the Fillies' points. "Every team we played put its best defender on Abby," said Fillies coach Babbi Barreiro. "I felt as the season went on she did a better job each game making decisions as to when to drive to basket or pull up shot or pass the ball." Kirchoff averaged 13.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals. She helped lead the Fillies to a big postseason run (upsets over No. 1 seeded Wheeling and No. 5 Prospect), averaging 17 points. 4 rebounds and 2 steals "Abby really had a good handle on those decision-making skills as we got to the state playoffs," Barreiro added. "She had a different role this season. She felt a lot of pressure to produce offensively. Defensively, we played a lot of zone and she was always at the bottom of it where she rebounded well and had plenty of steals. She's a special player. She's very skilled, handles the ball well, can pull off the screen, can hit the 3-pointer or make acrobatic moves to the basket and finishing."
In the spring, Stephanie Kuzmanic participates in a boxing night at Wheeling High School. This winter, she helped serve the knockout punch in many of the Wildcats' wins. An all-conference pick for the second straight year, Kuzmanic helped lead her team to a third straight Mid-Suburban League crown. The two-time captain averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. During her four-year career, the Wildcats were 110-18 and finished third in the Class 4A state tourney in her junior year. "Steph had an outstanding senior season," said Wildcats coach Shelly Wiegel. "She played anywhere from point guard to post, and always did so at 100 percent. She was a leader on the floor both in games and in practice, and we are really going to miss her."
Lindeman was one Cougar who hardly ever came off the floor. It's easy to see why. She was the Cougars' floor leader. The three-year varsity player (10 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals) started a year ago and averaged 8 points for a team that only scored 30 points a game. "Ashley is one of our captains and the team's emotional leader who played almost every minute of every game," said Conant coach Dan Travers. "She never came off the floor. What I'm really proud of is that Ashley improved in all facets of her game. We needed her to step up offensively for us this year and she did." Lindeman was a team leader. "She led us all season by her actions at practice and in games," Travers said. "Anyone who saw her play knows of her competitiveness and her will to win. I feel she's one of the top point guards in the area. She always made sure the team was ready to compete in all of our games. Ashley's a great role model for all of the lower level players. She's a great kid who always has a smile. We will miss her a lot next year."
One year after leading now-closed Driscoll High School to a Class 2A state title, Lindfors found herself right at home - she took the court in her hometown of Elk Grove. The 6-foot-4 center averaged 16.6 points and 9.7 rebounds while rejecting 82 shots by the opponent. "Courtney helped to bring our program to another level this season," said Elk Grove coach Ryan Kirkorsky, whose team won 22 games. " Even with all of her past accomplishments and accolades, Courtney entered our program as humble and selfless as any player I have coached." Lindfors will continue her career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "She has unbelievable skills for a player her size, and more importantly, she raised the level of play of her teammates," Kirkorsky added. "Although we only had Courtney for one year, she brought a winning attitude that influenced our entire program."
Teams tried everything to stop O'Neill. But for the second year in a row, she couldn't be stopped from being the Warriors' leading scorer. The senior forward averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds. She also blocked an average of 2 shots per game. "She was the focal point of all the teams' defenses," said Maine West coach Derril Kipp. "Megan drew several double-teams and most teams had their payers collapse on her. She was a problem for most teams we played." O'Neill shot 52 percent from the floor and was an 87 percent free throw shooter. She scored a season-high 29 points against Deerfield and as a junior, O'Neill poured in a career-high 33 points against Schaumburg. "She had the ability to score inside and outside," Kipp said.
Nisbet is going to Illinois State on a tennis scholarship. But she can sure stir up quite a racket on the basketball court, too. Her 49 3-pointers helped key many a Bison rallies while averaging 8.2 points per game and 2.4 assists. She also plays badminton. "There are not many three sport athletes in high school athletics anymore, and to excel in all three tells you she is special," said Bison coach Pat Dudle. "I am lucky to have coached Heather. She is a great competitor and athlete on the court." A four-year starter, Nisbet played on BG's 2007 Elite Eight team. "Off the court, Heather is a fantastic well-rounded person and a great leader by example," Dudle added. "She is a true team player. Heather is a tremendous shooter from the perimeter. She really developed her overall game as she needed to take on more responsibilities in her junior and senior years."
Watch out next year. Teams sure had to watch Rogowski this season. Her lightning-fast release for an outside shot or her powerful drives to the basket for bank shots made her one of the most dangerous scorers in the state. The junior guard became the school's all-time scoring leader with 1,627 points. She also led the Huskies with 49 steals while collecting 163 rebounds and 74 assists. " Very few players have the ability to break a school record - much less 9 of them, with possibly more to come," said Hersey coach Mary Fendley. "Her tremendous talent is complemented by a great attitude, work ethic, and personality. She is so fun to watch, and makes everyone around her better. She has created a new standard for future Huskie basketball players to follow."
If you hesitated one bit on offense, Stotts was ready to pounce on the mistake. "She is a cat on defense when it comes to picking off passes," said Hoffman Estates coach Mike Nocella. "She's only 5-foot-9 but she out-jumps most centers for the jump ball." And once Stotts has the basketball, she knows what to do with it. The three-year starter led the Hawks with 14.2 ppg, shooting 52 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the free throw lines with 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals. "Jada can score by driving to the hoop, posting up or shooting the 3," Nocella said. "She has blazing speed and can leave people in the dust. She has been a great role model for our program and defines what a true athlete is and she has a lot of natural ability to go with it."
Only a bench player when she was in junior high, Swan was one player other teams would have preferred stayed on the bench. She proved to be a terror on the basketball court, averaging 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The three-sport athlete (all-area volleyball middle hitter and soccer) helped the Huskies to their first sectional crown since 1994 and first girls basketball supersectional in school history. Maddie has been the ideal post player this season," said Huskies coach Mary Fendley. "She rebounds, shot-blocks (121) and scores. She works so hard, has a perfect attitude and always puts team ahead of self. For an athlete to become so skilled in 3 different sports is a credit to her fitness, perseverance and work ethic."
Szafarowicz earned membership into the Wildcats' 1,000 point club this season. She also made opponents earn their pay while trying to defend the Truman State University bound guard. Szafarowicz averaged 12.2 points, and she was also money on defense with her 2.5 steals per game. You could also bank on her to grab 6.2 rebounds. The Wildcats' two-time captain earned her third consecutive all-area honors and third straight Mid-Suburban League title. "Bianca was relentless on defense and always a threat on offense," said Wildcats coach Shelly Wiegel. "She played both guard and forward and always played with heart from start to finish. The energy and intensity she brought to the team are immeasurable. She had a great career as a Wildcat."
Winans missed the Knights' last game of the season because of a tendon injury to her right leg. Before that, she hardly missed a beat when it came to being a floor leader for the regional champs who won 20 games. Winans finished the season averaging 9.5 ppg, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal while tossing in a team-high 27 3-pointers. She had a game high of 21 points vs. Lyons. "Sarah led the team in scoring, but if you asked her she would rather pass than score," said Prospect coach Martha Kelly. "Sarah has a great repertoire of skills, making her difficult to stop. She can attack the basket or pull up for a 3, both of which were hard to stop. When we needed a basket, Sarah was able to step up and produce. As a great ballhandler, she made it difficult for teams to press us, many did not try as she would find the holes and take advantage."
Kelly Adair (Rolling Meadows), Meghan Amann (Elk Grove), Andrea DiPrima (Buffalo Grove), KC Dunne (Buffalo Grove), Julia Fredian (Hersey), Megan Gray (Fremd), Emily Harris (Barrington), Rachel Hunt (Prospect), Kelsey Lukowicz (Hoffman Estates), Kathryn Korff (Hersey), Taylor Kosla (Schaumburg), Bridget Kubis (Fremd), Kellie Kuzmanic (Wheeling), Ronnie Mack (St. Viator), Meghan Malone (St. Viator), Sarah Mass (Barrington), Meghan McGrath (St. Viator), Ashley McConnell (Fremd), Olvia Roback (Elk Grove), Alyssa Saklak (Schaumburg), Taylor Skala (St. Viator), Bridget Urbanus (St. Viator), Ashley Wabik (Prospect)
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