Nancy Rehm, Her Memory Continues In Border Wars Classic

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Nancy Rehm

February 3rd, 1982

The incident began when Indiana Tech’s Nancy Rehm (20 years old) and her two teammates (Coldwater’s Joan Wenning and  Rhonda Unverferth) were ticketed by a police officer for riding their snowmobiles on Ft. Wayne city streets, so they called Nancy’s dad, Thomas  to come and pick them up. As the three waited, two brothers (Arnold and Mark Mauricio) wearing ski masks approached them and demanded the snowmobiles, but they refused to give into the threats.  That’s when Mark Mauricio fired three shots into a snowbank, the women would back away.  But as Mauricio and his brother sped off in opposite directions, the three players would try and chase  them down. As Rehm  closed in one of the snowmobiles, Mauricio turned and fired, the bullet striking and killing her.

Nancy’s Coach at Bishop Luers, Kirk Kavanaugh,  reflected after the killing took place:

“She was a legend around here. It is like a part of Fort Wayne died.”

Former Coldwater (Ohio) star Joan Wenning Gilliand was a teammate and roommate of Rehm and was a witness to the killing:

Nancy was a hard fought player and a fantastic person to be around on and off the floor. As a player you always knew if you worked hard enough to get open she was going to get you the ball. As a friend she was like a sister who helped me adjust to the freshman year in college. She made her home and family also my home and family.  With that they are still my Indiana family.

On that day, Febuary 3, I relive the situation in my mind which still brings tears and hard to believe that it really happened and wonder what Nancy would be doing now if she were alive.

That night has changed my life to where I have learned to be more aware of my surroundings in the bigger cities when coming from a small community. I have also gained the meaning of how important friendships are and how fast things can change. Dealing with this incident as a freshman really made me grow up and deal with a lot of situations that most freshman don’t expect to do. (like going through a murder trial.. that’s only in the movies :))

Wenning and Unverferth, would both transfer to IPFW the next season.

On April 30, 2017 the annual Nancy Rehm Border Wars Classic Boys and Girls basketball games will be played at the Hutzell Athletic Center on the campus of the University of Saint Francis in Ft. Wayne. The games will feature some of the best Senior players from Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio.

The the annual Nancy Rehm Award will be presented to a deserving honoree and is a part of the Classic history.

2012 You Tube Video

 

No one will forget that tragic day, February 3rd, 1982, but thanks to Nancy’s dad Tom Rehm, his family and friends, Nancy’s memory will live on.

The tragic loss of Nancy, a daughter, a friend and a teammate is just another  reminder of our humanity. These games are much more than just winning and losing, but how we handle what comes our way, both the good and the bad.  A senseless killing over a ‘possession’ changed the lives of all involved.  But instead of letting that be the end of the story the Border Wars Classic exemplifies the life of Nancy and now deserving student-athletes can benefit from this event o0n several different levels.

2017 INDIANA GIRLS Roster

Four members of the Homestead Class 4A State Champion team will be featured this season, highlighted by Purdue-bound Karissa McLaughlin.

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Belvidere’s Levens Named Nevada’s Head Basketball Coach

Thanks to University of Nevada Athletic Department

Amanda Levens

March 31, 2017 RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada Director of Athletics Doug Knuth announced Friday that Belvidere grad Amanda Levens has been named the head women’s basketball coach for the Wolf Pack. Levens replaces former head coach Jane Albright, who announced her retirement earlier this month.
University of Nevada Director of Athletics Doug Knuth

“We are thrilled to have Coach Levens return to Nevada to lead our women’s basketball program. She has a great mix of head coach and major program experience to go along with her strong knowledge of our department, university and community. She is a winner and will build our program into a winning program on the court and continue our excellence in the classroom and in the community.”

Levens joins the Wolf Pack after five seasons as the associate head coach at her alma mater, Arizona State, where she coached seven All-Pac 12 honorees. During her five year appointment the Sun Devils collected over 100 wins, posted four 20-win seasons and finished as the Pac-12 regular season champions in 2015-16. ASU has made four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2014-15. During its most recent trip to the tournament this year, the Sun Devils nearly knocked off No. 1 seed South Carolina in the second round. In addition, the Sun Devils have been ranked academically in the top 25 by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Amanda Levens

“I am absolutely thrilled for the opportunity to be back at Nevada. Having gotten my coaching start here it has always been a special place to me. I want to thank Doug Knuth, Rhonda Bennett, Andrea Pearson and all of the members of the search committee for all of their hard work to make this possible. I grew up going to Jane Albright’s summer basketball camps, watching her teams play and those played a big role in my love for the game. To have the opportunity to lead the program she has led the past nine years is an exciting opportunity. I believe Nevada has all of the necessary resources to build a championship women’s basketball program. I strive to continue to develop a culture of excellence academically, athletically and socially for women’s basketball. My family and I look forward to being part of this great community.”

Prior to her appointment at Arizona State, Levens was the head coach at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and led the program during its transition to Division I. Hired at the age of 29 she was one of the youngest head coaches at the NCAA Division I level. During her four-year tenure, Levens took the Cougars from five wins in 2008-09 to 18 wins in 2011-12. She was named the Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year after her team finished 12-4 in league play and secured third place after being picked eighth in the preseason poll.

Levens is no stranger to Nevada as she previously served as an assistant coach with the Wolf Pack for five seasons under former head coach Kim Gervasoni. During her first tenure with the Pack Levens was responsible for recruiting the 2005-06 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, Brandi Fitzgerald, along with a junior college All-American and four members of the WAC all-freshmen team. In total she helped develop 16 student-athletes who earned All-WAC academic honors. Additionally Nevada made its first-ever postseason appearance in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament in 2006-07.

Charli Turner Thorne Head coach – Arizona State University

“We are so excited for Amanda to go back to Nevada to take over the women’s basketball program. We are so grateful for everything that she has done at Arizona State, both as a player and as associate head coach. We will miss her but are incredibly excited for this opportunity she’s been given. We know she will do an amazing job. Amanda is a great coach and a great person. The student-athletes, university and community are going to love having her as a leader.”

As a player in college Levens began her career at Old Dominion University where she helped lead the Monarchs to a pair of NCAA Sweet 16 appearances. After two years at ODU she transferred to Arizona State and played her final two years from 2000-02. While at ASU she twice earned first team All-Pac-10 honors and was named an AP honorable mention All-America in 2002. Levens finished her Sun Devil career as one of three players to score 1,000 points in two seasons. She was inducted into the Arizona State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Following her collegiate career she signed a free agent contract with the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA.

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Amanda Levens – Bucs Records

Levens is a native of Belvidere, Ill. where she was a three-time all-state selection at Belvidere High School. She had her No. 11 jersey retired at Belvidere High School in 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Arizona State in 2002 and earned her master’s degree in higher education administration from Nevada in 2007.

With Levens moving on and Freeport Aquin’s Sophie Brunner graduating, that ends a Sateline area connection at Arizona State.

Rising Stars Classic Returning To Rock Valley College

 

Rock Valley College will again host the 2017 Rising Stars Classic on Saturday, April 8th, 2017, in the Physical Education Center on RVC’s main campus (3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford).

The Rising Stars Classic features the best of the best in high school basketball in the Stateline area head to head. Players and coaches were selected by a media panel of writers and broadcasters. The panel decided on players from the around the Stateline are, including  Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, and Stevenson Counties or the NIC-10, Big North West, and the NUIC conferences.

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Four Byron Tigers of the two-time IHSA 2A Champions will represent the All-Area team, Lexi DeVries, Bailey Burrows, Paige Holloway and Sarah Hopkins.  Arkansas bound Macy Weaver, a 1st team 3A All-State player from Stillman Valley will join the All-Area team.

NIC 10 Champion Boylan Titans will have Sarah Welsh highlighting the All NIC 10 team line-up.

The NIC 10 stars will be coached by East’s LA Malone and the All-Area team by Bobby Mellon of Stillman Valley.

Game 1 at 6:00pm: NIC-10 Girls vs. All-Area Girls

NIC-10 Girls All-Area Girls
Madilyn Hecox (East) Macy Weaver (Stillman Valley)
Mardaeja Cross (East) Lexi DeVries (Byron)
Victoria Malone (East) Bailey Burrows (Byron)
Sarah Welsh (Boylan) Paige Holloway (Byron)
Megan Matuska (Hononegah) Sarah Hopkins (Byron)
Crystal Mathis (Guilford) Kailyn Strawbridge (Rockford Lutheran)
Kaleia Montiero (Guilford) Ashlei Lopez (Rockford Lutheran)
Elizabeth Bankole (Jefferson) Abby Ponder (Pecatonica)
Neve Yerk (Belvidere) Julie Galauner (Genoa Kingston)
Quavashia Avery (Freeport) Jesica Nay (Genoa Kingston)
Coaches:
LA Malone (East)
Coaches:
Bobby Mellon (Stillman Valley)

In the boys game, the NIC 10 stars will be led by two-time Conference  MVP and Air Force commit Zach Couper.  On the All-Area team Rockford Lutheran’s Josh Streeter and Rockford Christian’s Matt Glowgoski will highlight the roster.

The NIC 10 team will be coach by Boylan’s Brett McAllister and the Area stars by Rockford Christian’s Isaiah Johnson.

Game 2 at 8:00pm: NIC-10 Boys vs. All-Area Boys

NIC-10 Boys All-Area Boys
Zach Couper (Boylan) Matt Glowgoski (Rockford Christian)
Kevin Diemer (Boylan) Jackson Foltz (Rockford Christian)
Max Miller (Hononegah) Josh Streeter (Rockford Lutheran)
Josh Donaldson (Hononegah) Luke Harper (Rockford Lutheran)
Allen White III (Harlem) Patrick Gustafson (Freeport Aquin)
Zeke Vandenburgh (Freeport) Brighton Haverland (Easton)
Charles Burnell (East) Michael Mitchell (DeKalb)
Austin Revolinski (Belvidere) Trent Snodgrass (Byron)
Nick Phillips (Guilford) Isaiah Whitehead (Winnebago)
Tenoah Tatum (Auburn) Dillon Hagstrom (South Beloit)
Coaches:

Brett McAllister (Boylan)

Coaches:

Isaiah Johnson (Rockford Christian)

Tickets for the event are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased at the door.

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Stateline Area Players Pick Up Votes In Mr. & Ms. Basketball Of Illinois

(3-21-17) Mr. and Ms. Basketball of Illinois were named today. Both awards are voted on by coaches and media members in Illinois, with each voting for their top three choices.

Edwardsville’s Mark Smith picked up 41 1st place votes to be named Mr. Basketball of Illinois. Smith outdistanced Nojel Eastern of Evanston, who was in 2nd place 251-175.

Zach Couper

Boylan’s Zach Couper was the only Stateline area player to receive votes, the NIC 10 Player of the Year had 10 points, with 3 – 2nd place votes cast.

 

2017 MR. BASKETBALL OF ILLINOIS

139 ballots cast. Five points for first, three for second, one for first.

  • 251: Mark Smith, Edwardsville sr. (41 first-13 second-7 third) named on 61 ballots
  • 175: Nojel Eastern, Evanston sr. (22-19-8) 49
  • 136: Jordan Goodwin, Belleville Althoff sr. (11-24-9) 44
  • 105: Jeremiah Tilmon, East St. Louis sr. (13-9-13) 35
  • 85: Taylor Bruninga, Glasford Illini Bluffs sr. (10-9-8) 27
  • 51: Alonzo Verge, Thornton sr. (6-6-3) 15
  • 46: Nana Akenten, Bolingbrook sr. (4-7-5) 16
  • 46: Javon Pickett, Belleville East sr. (2-7-15) 24
  • 45: Cameron Krutwig, Jacobs sr. (4-4-13) 21
  • 31: Lucas Williamson, Young sr. (2-5-6) 13
  • 30: Justin Smith, Stevenson sr. (1-6-7) 14
  • 29: Evan Gilyard, Simeon sr. (2-4-7) 13
  • 25: Ayo Dosunmu, Morgan Park jr. (4-1-2) 7
  • 23: Tray Buchanan, East Moline United sr. (3-2-2) 7
  • 15: Tai Bibbs, West Chicago sr. (2-0-5) 7
  • 13: Jack Nolan, Benet sr. (0-4-1) 5
  • 12: Jamal Nixon, Fenwick sr. (1-2-1) 4
  • 11: Elijah Joiner, Curie sr. (2-0-1) 3
  • 10: Noah Frederking, Okawville sr. (2-0-0) 2
  • 10: Teyvion Kirk, Joliet Central sr. (1-1-2) 4
  • 10: Zach Couper, Rockford Boylan sr. (0-3-1) 4
  • 9: Jimmy Sotos, Conant sr. (1-1-1) 3
  • 7: Tim Finke, Champaign Central jr. (0-2-1) 3
  • 6: Marco Pettinato, Lincoln-Way West sr. (1-0-1) 2
  • 2: Josh Niego, Brother Rice sr. (0-0-2) 2
  • 2: Kyle Sliwa, Fremd sr. (0-0-2) 2

Named on one ballot: Brett Czerak, Aurora Central 5; Demarius Jacobs, Uplift 5; Austin Richie, Bloom 5; Trevian Bell, Joliet West 3; Jared Cain, Patoka 3; Maurice Commander, Marist 3; Kelvin Cortez-Harvey, St. Edward 3; Yaakema Rose, Springfield Lanphier 3; Rafael Cruz, Von Steuben 1; Drew Gibson, Effingham St. Anthony 1; Talen Horton-Tucker, Simeon 1; Kendle Moore, Danville 1, Zac Rzewnicki, Ridgewood 1.

 

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Ms. Basketball of Illinois is Rock Island’s Sophomore Brea Beal who picked up 25 1st place votes to edge out Marlee Kyles of Elgin Larkin who had 20 1st place votes, 165-146.

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Byron’s Lexi DeVries – photo courtesy of Rockford Register Star/ Randy Stukenberg

Stillman Valley’s Macy Weaver, had 23 points with three 1st place votes, the most for any Stateline Area player. Byron’s Lexi DeVries and Rockford East’s Annaya Moore, both received a third place vote.

2017 MS. BASKETBALL OF ILLINOIS

124 ballots cast. Five points for first, three for second, one for third.

  • 165: Brea Beal, Rock Island so. (25 first-11 second-7 third) named on 43 ballots
  • 146: Marlee Kyles, Larkin sr. (20-14-4) 38
  • 86: Morgan Griffith, West Frankfort sr. (13-4-9) 26
  • 69: Grace Baalman, Hardin Calhoun sr. (8-7-8) 23
  • 62: Grace Loberg, Geneva sr. (8-6-4) 18
  • 61: Grace Tworek, Fremd sr. (5-10-6) 21
  • 53: Allie Troeckler, Bethalto Civic Memorial sr. (7-4-6) 17
  • 51: Makenzie Silvey, Edwardsville sr. (4-6-13) 23
  • 50: Jayde VanHyfte, Annawan jr. (5-4-13) 22
  • 44: Abby Brockmeyer, Litchfield sr. (2-10-4) 16
  • 42: Destiny Harden, Morgan Park sr. (2-8-8) 18
  • 41: Angela Perry, Rochester sr. (4-6-3) 13
  • 29: Ty Battle, Oswego East sr. (2-4-7) 13
  • 25: Anaya Peoples, Danville Schlarman so. (2-5-0) 7
  • 25: Carie Weinman, Glenbrook South sr. (2-4-3) 9
  • 23: Brandi Bisping, Morton, Ill. sr. (4-1-0) 5
  • 23: Macy Weaver, Stillman Valley sr. (3-2-2) 7
  • 14: Tekia Mack, Marshall sr. (2-1-1) 4
  • 14: Eva Rubin, Homewood-Flossmoor sr. (0-3-5) 8
  • 11: Vinisha Sherrod, Bradley-Bourbonnais sr. (0-3-2) 5
  • 9: Cymone Goodrich, South Shore sr. (1-1-1) 3
  • 9: Claire Gritt, Hersey sr. (1-1-1) 3
  • 8: Jailyn Lawson, Peoria sr. (0-2-2) 4
  • 7: Nadia Green, Homewood-Flossmoor sr. (1-0-2) 3
  • 3: Addaya Moore, Granite City sr. (0-0-3) 3

Named on one ballot: Alyssa Iverson, Harvest 5; Julia Martinez, Loyola 5; Sara Rosenfeldt, St. Charles East 5; Lexi Devries, Byron 3; Margaret Whitley, Geneva 3; Kennedy Williams, Marshall, Ill. 3; Kaylee Bambule, Montini 1; Annaya Moore, Rockford East 1; Jill Niehaus, Mount Olive 1; Sierra Thompson, Mattoon 1.

Stateline Area Players Named To District 8 All Star Game Rosters

 

Ft. Recovery's Micaiah Cox

(3-19-17) The District 8 Girls and Boys Seniors Basketball All Star game rosters have been  announced. Stateline area players will all be members and participate on the West teams. Two games in both boys and girls will be played on two separate nights, one game will feature DI-II-II players, while the other game will feature the All Stars from D IV.

WHERE: Elida Fieldhouse

WHEN: District 8 All-Star Games will be
held March 27th (girls)  and 28th (boys)

TIME:  Divisions I-II-III games at 6:30 p.m. and the D IV games
will follow at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

In the girls DI-II-III game it will feature, Coldwater’s Danielle Welsch and
Madie Schroeder, plus Ft. Recovery’s Jocelyn Kaiser and Whitney Will.

In the D IV game, Marion Local’s Macey Griesdorn is the only Stateline area representative.

GIRLS

Players and coaches for the Division I-II-III

EAST

  • Bailey Dackin (Bath)
  • Heidi Craddock (Bath)
  • Abbie Parkins (Bluffton)
  • Jade Clement (Columbus Grove)
  • Macy McCluer (CG),
  • Allison Taylor (Findlay)
  • Sara Hoyt (Kenton)
  • Ashley Morris (Kenton)
  • Jensen Hieger (Liberty-Benton)

COACH – Ryan Miller (Kenton)

WEST

  • Danielle Welsch (Coldwater)
  • Madie Schroeder (Coldwater)
  • Jocelyn Kaiser (Fort Recovery)
  • Whitney Will (Fort Recovery)
  • Kierre James (Lima Senior)
  • Morgan Porter (Defiance)
  • Alexis Schroeder (Ottawa-Glandorf)
  • Kylie White (Ottawa-Glandorf)
  • Quincy Rable (St. Marys)
  • Shania Taylor (St. Marys)
  • Megan Fisher (Wapakoneta)

COACH – Troy Yant (Ottawa-Glandorf)

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Ft. Recovery’s Whitney Will – courtesy Pat Agler and http://www.pantherzden.com/

Players and coaches for the D-IV game

EAST

  • Haley Wyss (Ada)
  • Mariah Monday (Arcadia)
  • Sierra Nichols (Arlington)
  • Jayme Webb (Arlington)
  • Holly Wilson (Hardin Northern)
  • Madison Stolly (Lima Central Catholic)
  • Jenna Herr (McComb)
  • Nora Heminger (McComb)
  • Brittany Hovest (Pandora-Gilboa)
  • Emily Patton (Upper Scioto Valley)

COACHES – Seth Newlove (Arlington) and Tim Weyant (Ridgemont)

WEST

  • Macey Griesdorn (Marion Local)
  • Jessica Geise (Delphos St. John’s)
  • Madilynn Schulte (Delphos St. John’s)
  • Brooke Gerdeman (Leipsic)
  • Christina Berger (Miller City)
  • Lindsay Roetgerman (Minster)
  • Rosie Westerbeck (Minster)
  • Kenzie Schroer (New Knoxville)
  • Alexis Thorbahn (Ottoville)
  • Alicia Honigford (Ottoville)

COACHES – Adam Huber (Kalida) and Chris Burden (New Bremen)

Coldwater’s Neal Muhlenkamp will represent the Cavs in the DI-II-III game. In the D IV game. Ft. Recovery will have two representatives Micaiah Cox and Caleb Martin.

The only Stateline area Coach to be a part of the games will be St. Henry’s Eric Rosenbeck.

BOYS

Players and coaches for the Division I-II-III

EAST

  • Gabe Denecker (Bluffton)
  • Drew Sarno (Elida)
  • Baylen Stinson (Elida)
  • Drew Hapner (Findlay)
  • Kyle Dunn (Findlay)
  • Hunter Phillips (Kenton)
  • Thomas Phillips (Kenton)
  • Anthony Masterlasco (Liberty-Benton)
  • Braxton Fasone (Van Buren)
  • Ryan Turner (Van Buren)

COACH – Matt McCullough (Kenton)

WEST

  • Neal Muhlenkamp (Coldwater)
  • Michael Menendez (Defiance)
  • Jace Stockwell (Delphos Jefferson)
  • Ray Manley (Shawnee)
  • Sean McDonald (Shawnee)
  • Bailey Croft (Spencerville)
  • Dakota Prichard (Spencerville)
  • Derek Jay (St. Marys)
  • Dylan Lautzenheiser (Van Wert)
  • Kyle Huffman (Wapakoneta)

COACH – Doug Davis (Wapakoneta)

Players and coaches for Division IV

EAST

  • Owen Conley (Ada)
  • Rece Roney (Columbus Grove)
  • Bryce Tuttle (Cory-Rawson)
  • Plummie Gardner (Perry)
  • Kobe Glover (Perry)
  • Orion Monford (Perry)
  • Jakoby Lane-Harvey (Perry)
  • Seth Hohlbein (Temple Christian)
  • Trevor Dotson (Upper Scioto Valley)
  • Chase Rose (Upper Scioto Valley)

COACHES – Matt Tabler (Perry) and Dean Birchmeier (Cory-Rawson)

WEST

  • Micaiah Cox (Fort Recovery)
  • Caleb Martin (Fort Recovery)
  • Wade Stauffer (Continental)
  • Timothy Kreeger (Delphos St. John’s)
  • Owen Rode (Delphos St. John’s)
  • Trent Siebeneck (Kalida)
  • Grant Schroeder (Leipsic)
  • Ryan Rager (Lincolnview)
  • Jacob Kuhlman (Miller City)
  • Aaron Ernst (Minster)

COACHES – Aaron Elwer (DSJ) and Eric Rosenbeck (St. Henry)

Monacan’s Walker Named Naismith Trophy Player of the Year

 

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Naismith Troph Release—

ATLANTA (March 14, 2017) – Megan Walker, the nation’s top high school girls’ basketball commitment, was named winner of the 2017 Naismith Trophy, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.

Walker, a senior from Monacan (Va.) High School and a UConn commitment, becomes the 6th Naismith Trophy winner to play for legendary coach Geno Auriemma, following Diana Taurasi (2000), Maya Moore (2007), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (2011), Breanna Stewart (2012) and Katie Lou Samuelson (2015).

The 6-1 shooting guard led the Chiefs to a third consecutive Group 4A state title and a perfect season (30-0). In the championship game, she scored 35 points, including her team’s final 16 and the game-winner with 15 seconds left. She also hauled down 11 rebounds and added six blocks and five steals in her final game at Monacan.

Walker, who recently eclipsed the 2,000-point total, averaged 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game during her senior campaign.

Larry Starr, Monacan High School Head Girls’ Basketball Coach

“Megan is so deserving of this award. She holds herself to a maturity level of people many years her senior. She is humble yet confident, and is always helping everyone on the team improve. Megan is a great teammate, leader, and person and will represent the Naismith Trophy with dignity and class.”

Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club

“In 30 years of this award we have had the privilege of recognizing not only the most talented individual high school basketball players, but those who elevate the game of their teammates to achieve greater successes. Megan exemplifies that quality, which was recognized by our voters. We enthusiastically welcome her to our family of Naismith Trophy winners.”

The award is determined by a select group of basketball journalists from around the country who form the Naismith Trophy national high school voting academy. The selections were based on outstanding player performances during the 2016-2017 high school basketball season.

First presented in 1987, the Naismith High School Player of the Year award has honored many notable winners, including Lisa Leslie (1990, Morningside High School, Inglewood, California), Chamique Holdsclaw (1995, Christ the King, Middle Village, N.Y.), Candace Parker (2003, Naperville Central, Naperville, Illinois) and Maya Moore (2006 & 2007, Collins Hill High School, Suwanee, Georgia).

 

The Walker File

Megan Walker, Monocan’s 6-foot-1 senior guard  led the Chiefs to a 29-0 record and the  Virginia 4A state championship game. Walker averaged 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 1.2 assists through 29 games. A McDonald’s High School All-American Game selection and a two-time Group 4A Player of the Year, Walker was a member of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team that won the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Women’s Championship. Rated as the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2017 by Blue Star Basketball Report, she ended her high school career with over 2,000 points.

A member of the Monacan High Healthy Allies, a booster group that supports the school’s Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center, Walker has volunteered locally at a daycare center and as a youth basketball coach. She has also donated her time as part of multiple community-service initiatives through her church youth group.
Walker has maintained a weighted 3.83 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut beginning this fall.

 

Girls BB:Riverdale Crowned SSN National Public HS Champions

(3-13-17) Riverdale ended this season with a 66-59 win over Memphis Central to win their second consecutive Tennessee AAA state title. With that win they become the SSN National Public High School Champions, after holding down the #1 spot for most of the past season.

 

Riverdale senior  Anastasia Hayes, who was named the Tournament MVP,  led the way with 33 points, including 13-of-17 from the free throw line.

Riverdale ends the season with a perfect 34-0 record and 43 straight wins dating back to last season. To top off the season Warriors Head Coach Randy Coffman was named the 2017 Naismith High School Girls’ Coach of the Year, by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

SSN National Girls HS Basketball Public School Rankings
3-13-17

  1. -Riverdale (34-0) Murfreesboro, TN
  2. -Centennial (31-2) Las Vegas, NV
  3. -Monacan (29-0) Richmond, VA
  4. -Grandview (25-1) Aurora, CO
  5. -Clovis West (30-2) Fresno, CA
  6. -Hopkins (28-0) Minnetonka, MN
  7. -Homestead (27-2) (Indiana)
  8. -Byron (32-2) Illinois
  9. -Destrehan (35-0) (Louisiana)
  10. -Mesquite (31-1) Gilbert, AZ
  11. -Northwest Guilford (30-2) Greensboro, NC
  12. -Duncanville (39-2) Duncanville, TX
  13. -Long Beach Polytechnic (26-3) Long Beach, CA

#3 Monacan hung on to win their third straight 4A state championship beating King’s Fork’s 60-59 and finish the season unbeaten. Senior Megan Walker had a double-double  with 35 points and 11 rebounds, plus she added six blocks and five steals.

 

#4 Grandview picked up a 61-32 victory over Lakewood to win their first Colorado 5A girls basketball title in school history. Michaela Onyenwere led the way for Grandview scoring 25 points (9-12 FG) and also added eight rebounds.

 

Also winning a 4-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association State Championship was Northwest Guilford, who upset undefeated Southeast Raleigh 36-34. The Vikings were led by future All-American Sophomore Elizabeth Kitley who was  named the game’s MVP, picking up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Two schools dropped out of the rankings, Milwaukee Rufus King  lost to Appleton North 75-52 in a WIAA Division 1 state semifinal. Quanniecia Morrison scored 24 points to lead McEachern to a 75-68 win over Norcross and claim the Georgia Class AAAAAAA girls title for its fourth straight championship.

Related story:

Gatorade named their Girls Basketball Players of the Year. The following had their teams ranked in the final SSN National Girls Public High School rankings:

 

HS Basketball Twitter ‘Video’ HIGHlights-3-11-17

(3-11-17) Twitter video HIGHlights from around the US, including boys and girls high school basketball.

Celebration All-Americans

 

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2017 All-Northwest District Boys and Girls Basketball Teams

(3-9-17) The 2017 All Northwest District Boys and Girls Basketball Teams were announced today.

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St. Henry’s Tyler Schlarman – courtesy Pat Agler

Marion Local’s Tyler Mescher was named to the 2nd Team D III squad, In D IV Ft. Recovery’s Micaiah Cox was named to the 2nd team and St. Henry’s Tyler Schlarman picked up 3rd team honors.

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Ft. Recovery’s Whitney Will – courtesy Pat Agler and http://www.pantherzden.com/

On the girls teams, Ft. Recovery’s Whitney Will was the only Stateline area player to be named 1st team (D III). Coldwater’s Kourtney Diller was a D III 2nd team member.

 

COMPLETE LIST OF NORTHWEST DISTRICT TEAMS

Boys

D II

  • Kole Murlin – Celina – Honorable Mention

D III

  • Tyler Mescher (6’2 Junior) – Marion Local – 2nd Team
  • Nathan Bruns – Marion Local – Honorable Mention
  • Dylan Thobe – Coldwater – Honorable Mention
  • Maura Hoying – Coldwater – Honorable Mention

D IV

  • Micaiah Cox (6-5 Senior) Fort Recovery – 2nd Team
  • Tyler Schlarman (6’0 Senior) – St. Henry – 3rd Team
  • Ryan Luttmer – St. Henry – Honorable Mention

Girls

D III

  • Whitney Will (6’0 Senior) Fort Recovery – 1st Team
  • Kourtney Diller (5’8 Junior) Coldwater – 2nd Team
  • Grace Thien – Fort Recovery – Honorable Mention
  • Jocelyn Kaiser – Fort Recovery – Honorable Mention
  • Danielle Lange – St. Henry – Honorable Mention
  • Sydney Crouch – Parkway – Honorable Mention

D IV

  • Sarah Fesenmyer – Marion Local – Honorable Mention
  • Macey Griesdorn – Marion Local – Honorable Mention
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All-SSN Player of the Year – Micaiah Cox – Ft. Recovery – photoe courtesy Pat Agler

Hononegah’s King NIC 10 MVP

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(3-9-17)  Hononegah Sophomore Jordan King is the 2017 All NIC 10 Girls Basketball MVP.

King led the NIC 10 in scoring with 20 points a game and 4 steals a game. She is joined on the  1st team by Sophomore teammate Cali Schmitz.

NIC 10 Champion Boylan had two players make the 1st team, McKenzie Brown (Junior) and Sarah Welsh (Senior).  East had three players named to the 1st team, Madaeja Cross (Senior), Victoria Malone (Senior) and Madilyn Hecox (Senior).

The rest of the 1st team included Jefferson’s Elizabeth Bankole (Senior),  Harlem’s Kahley Logan (Senior) and Guilford’s Kaleia Monterio (Senior).

Boylan Coach Paul Perrone, who led the Titans to a NIC 10 title and to the Super-Sectional was named Coach of the Year.

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2017 All NIC 10 Girls Basketball Team