2013-'14 Season Coverage
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Time for Lake County's fun seasonal roundball ritual
  • Vernon Hills’ Sydney Smith has had much to celebrate in her four-year varsity career. This season she averaged nearly 20 points, a career best.

    Purchase Photo | Vernon Hills’ Sydney Smith has had much to celebrate in her four-year varsity career. This season she averaged nearly 20 points, a career best. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson, left, and Parker Nichols give the number one sign as they pose for pictures after their blowout win over North Chicago in the North Suburban Conference championship game Wednesday night at North Chicago High School.

    Purchase Photo | Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson, left, and Parker Nichols give the number one sign as they pose for pictures after their blowout win over North Chicago in the North Suburban Conference championship game Wednesday night at North Chicago High School. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 

Who's all through with winter? Me, too.

Not yet, though.

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Our all-area boys and girls basketball teams will run in Friday's Sports Extra. In the meantime, it's time for the annual installment of all-this and all-that.

Only teams in the Daily Herald's Lake County-circulation area are eligible. So you won't see Zion-Benton's Milik Yarbrough or Lake Forest's Evan Boudreaux (All-Senior), North Chicago's Tineesha Coleman (All-Sophomore), Lake Forest's Scott Dent (All-Verb), Zion-Benton's pint-size Marquitta Easley (All-Small), Lake Forest's Cal Miller (All-Defense) or North Chicago's JaVairius Amos-Mays (All-Cool Name).

All set?

• All-Senior (Girls): Grayslake Central C Morgan Dahlstrom, Grayslake North G Kendall Detweiler, Antioch G Paige Gallimore, Vernon Hills F Sydney Smith, Vernon Hills F Lauren Webb

Skinny: Lake County hasn't seen this collection of scorers in, like, forever. Gallimore averaged a county-best 23 ppg with a 45-point effort vs. Fenwick.

• All-Senior (Boys): Carmel C Jack George, Warren G Eric Gillespie, Libertyville G Jack Lipp, Mundelein G Derek Parola, Round Lake G Karnell Wright

• Skinny: Basketball might be Parola's third-best sport behind baseball and golf. Yet he had a 39-point game and a 38-point effort in which he drained a school-record 12 3-pointers.

• All-Junior (Girls): Stevenson G Taylor Buford, Mundelein G Natalie Busscher, Mundelein G Maggie Mahar, Carmel C Emma Rappe, Stevenson G Sophia Way

Skinny: Busscher and Mahar helped make Mundelein a 20-win again. It had been too long.

• All-Junior (Boys): Libertyville C Joe Borcia, Stevenson G Jalen Brunson, Stevenson G Connor Cashaw, Vernon Hills G Robby Nardini, Lake Zurich G Mike Travlos

Skinny: Tremendous junior class. Last week Nardini became Cougars' all-time single-season scoring leader.

• All-Sophomore (Girls): Grant G Alexis Duehr, Stevenson G Janine Fajardo, Warren G Kylie Nedelka, Lake Zurich G Abby Pirron, Grant G Jasmine Sangster

Skinny: Sangster made huge strides in her second varsity season. She can be a game-changer.

• All-Sophomore (Boys): Carmel G Chris Duff, Grayslake North F Aidan Einloth, Antioch G Kyle Gofron, Libertyville F Ben Kimpler, Wauconda G Kevin Malisheski

Skinny: Breakout season for Duff, who's also been called in our paper Christopher Duff, Christopher Duff Jr. and C.J. (which his teammates call him).

• All-Freshman (Girls): Libertyville F Claire Keefe, Grayslake North G Sidney Lovitsch, Antioch G Amy Reiser, Antioch PG Ashley Reiser, Stevenson PG Ashley Richardson

Skinny: Five potential all-area players before they're done.

• All-Small (Girls): Carmel G Nicole Bitter (5-4), Lakes G Alyssa Brey (5-1), Lakes G Kelsey Kohler (5-3), Wauconda G Lauren Nee (5-1½), Antioch PG Ashley Reiser (5-4)

Skinny: Brey opened the season with double-digit boards vs. Johnsburg.

• All-Small (Boys): Lakes G Jake Balliu (5-7), Mundelein G Nick Filippo (5-5), Warren G Eric Gillespie (5-9), Antioch G A.J. Marsiglio (5-7), Grayslake Central G Malcolm Reed (5-7)

Skinny: Love watching Filippo. Always hustling, constantly winning rebounds from much taller guys. Track-star Balliu is a blur.

• All-Cool Name (Girls): Warren G Atiana Bey-Wrey, Antioch F Sage Keyes, Round Lake G Raven Nicoline, Lakes F Isabella Quaranta, Stevenson G Sophia Way

Skinny: Do they call Quaranta, "I.Q."?

• All-Cool Name (Boys): Antioch G Hamza Abdellatif, Carmel G Shareif Belser-Bailey, Grayslake North F Dom DiProva, Warren F Jovan Jokic, Vernon Hills G Bo Manso

Skinny: If my name were Bob, I would drop the second "b."

• All-Rebounding (Girls): Grayslake Central C Morgan Dahlstrom, Grant F Kaylie Kanzler, Antioch C Carly McCameron, Vernon Hills F Sydney Smith, Grayslake North F Brittney Thibeaux

Skinny: There wasn't a better rebounder in Lake County the last two years than Dahlstrom, who averaged 12 boards per game this winter.

• All-Rebounding (Boys): Stevenson G Connor Cashaw, Mundelein F J.T. Michalski, Lakes F Ethan Sage, Wauconda F Ricky Sidlowski, Warren F Greg Swane

Skinny: Cashaw won't need to rebound the basketball when he's playing D-I, but it's in his arsenal.

• All-Verb: Grant G Mike Burns, Grant F Jessica Cross, Grayslake North C Nate Dodge, Libertyville G Rosie Lynch, Mundelein G Lauren Rouse

Skinny: Truth be told, the verb is pronounced "rouz." The last name of the Olivet Nazarene-bound basketball player is pronounced with an "s" sound at the end.

• All-Defense (Girls): Grayslake Central C Morgan Dahlstrom, Grayslake North G Kendall Detweiler, Antioch G Alexis Duehr, Carmel G Kathleen Felicelli, Carmel F Leah Lach

Skinny: I'm bringing Carmel G Paige Gauthier off the bench. Nice weapon.

• All-Defense (Boys): Wauconda C Ben Carlson, Stevenson G Matt Johnson, Mundelein F J.T. Michalski, Stevenson F Matt Morrissey, Vernon Hills C Lem Turner

Skinny: The master of taking charges, Michalski gets hit more than Cubs relievers. Carlson and Turner are shot-block specialists.

All-Facial Team: Grant F Devan Bald, Wauconda F Amber Head, Wauconda G Dion Head, Grant F Dylan Lipp, Libertyville G Jack Lipp

Skinny: Facial hair not required for this team.

• All-Sharpshooter (Girls): Mundelein G Maggie Mahar, Wauconda G Lauren Nee, Warren G Kristen O'Brien, Vernon Hills F Sydney Smith, Stevenson G Sophia Way

Skinny: Smith's improved ability to score inside complemented her three-point shot.

• All-Sharpshooter (Boys): Stevenson G Jalen Brunson, G Vernon Hills G Robby Nardini, Mundelein G Derek Parola, Lake Zurich G Mike Travlos, Round Lake F Karnel Wright

Skinny: Both Nardini and Wright scored 20 points in one quarter this season. Brunson dropped 57 points on Lake Forest in a double-OT win.

• All-Bouncer: Grayslake North F Jesse Davis, Stevenson F Nick Dillon, Lakes G TJ Edwards, Stevenson F Pat O'Connell, Lake Zurich F Zach Wallace

Skinny: Like the commercial says: "Tackle? Or touch?" Guess which these guys would choose.

OK, all done.

jaguilar@dailyherald.com

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