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2004-05 All Region Roundball Review
Region Roundball Review

06/26/05 11:45 pm by RRR | Back




2004-2005
"Best of the Northwest"

Better Really, Really Late Than Never!
May 28, 2005

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Special thanks to Strempka Gallery for the outstanding photos!


4A-3A Honors | 2A-1A Honors


Just a few words about our annual picks for Region Roundball Review post-season honors...
While the mainstream sports media tends to select players based mainly upon scoring statistics, the RRR knows that much more than scoring makes a player valuable to her team. When evaluating our picks, many factors were taken into consideration, including individual talent and athleticism, impact to team, floor leadership and attitude, defense, all-around game, floor energy and hustle, strength of competition, team's post-season run, stats, perceived knowledge of the game, and sportsmanship. These are all qualities that relate more to the high school game and to high school athletes than to the game in other arenas (i.e., summer competition). Also, as we introduced the concept in our first season of coverage, the RRR picks are separated into two divisions -- 4A & 3A and 2A & 1A. Rationale for separating out players in those two divisions is based upon a number of considerations, but mostly due to the 1A or 2A schedule of competition. Although there are those who will disagree on this format, this is how the RRR chooses to recognize the many fine players in the Region.


4A-3A RRR Honors
4A & 3A Player of the Year | 4A & 3A 1st Team
4A & 3A 2nd Team | 4A & 3A Honorable Mention

4A-3A REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR


CASSIE KERNS
6'3
, F/C, JR, VALPARAISO (4A)


One of the state’s top post players who will play next year at UCONN, arguably the nation’s best collegiate program. Placed 2nd in the voting for Miss Basketball this year and was a shoe-in for a spot on the Indiana All-Star Team. Helped Valpo capture their 4rd straight Sectional Championship. Cassie was under a lot of scrutiny throughout the year by fans and the press because of the expectations created by signing with UCONN. She reacted well and finished her prep career with a 24 point and 8 rebound effort against South Bend Washington in the Regional. Averaged 16.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg this year. Named the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year. Was the RRR Co-Player of the Year last season. Selected Player of the Year by The Times, and 1st Team All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Top 25 Senior.
COLLEGE: UCONN

4A-3A First Team All-Region

ERICA HUMES, 6’0, G/F, JR, VALPARAISO
Quick and very athletic, she’s an excellent all-around player who can score in a variety of ways. Erica will be one of the Region’s most heavily recruited senior players next year. Although forced to play at point guard for most of the year, she did an outstanding job leading the Lady Vikings to their 4th straight Sectional Championship. Has started at Valparaiso since her freshman year. Picked 1st Team All-Area by The Times. Named to the Junior All-Star North Team. Was as an RRR All-Region 2nd Team selection last year. Averaged 12.2 points per game this season.

DEE DEE JERNIGAN, 5’10, G, JR, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL
Good size for a guard and she packs plenty of scoring punch. She is one of the most sought after recruits in the nation. She has helped lead the Lady Cardinals back to elite status in the state. Just a junior, Dee Dee has caught Pat Summit’s eye but is also being heavily recruited by Purdue and many others. A great defender and all-around player she averaged 18.2 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, and 2.8 spg. Selected as a Junior All-Star Core Team member this year. All-Area 1st Team by The Times and the Post-Tribune. An RRR 1st Team All-Region selection last year.

ASHLEY GATES, 5’8, G/F, SR., GARY WEST SIDE
The emotional and energy catalyst for a successful Lady Cougars team. Doesn’t get a lot of the press, but she helps Gary West Side by doing all the dirty work. A real blue collar player who would rather rebound than score. Tough kid who will no doubt have success on the next level once she chooses a college. Averaged 10.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg. Was a Top 40 invitee. Selected to The Post-Tribune and The Times 2nd Team All-Area squads. Was an RRR All-Region Top 25 Senior and All-Region 2nd Team selection last year. COLLEGE: UNDECIDED

BRITTNEY MOORE, 6’2, F/C, JR, MERRILLVILLE
Great size and quickness, she packs plenty of scoring punch when she’s not being whistled for questionable fouls. Seriously folks, this kid can’t catch a break. She already plays like a college post player. I guess maybe that’s the problem. At times she can seem tentative, but that’s because she never knows how the game will be called. She is one of the most sought after recruits in the nation. She’ll do very well at the next level. Averaged 10.6 ppg, 11.6 rpg. A Junior All-Star North Team selection this year. All-Area 2nd Team by the Post-Tribune and The Times. An RRR 2nd Team All-Region selection last year.

CENA NASILOSKI, 6’0, F/C, JR, HAMMOND
An outstanding post player who didn’t get much notice at the beginning of the year. She sure got everyone’s attention though, leading the Lady Wildcats to their first Sectional Championship in 20 years. Word has it, Cena may have DI potential. She joins several other juniors on this year’s RRR All-Region list. Next year could be an outstanding recruiting year in the Region. Averaged 13.2 ppg and 10.1 rpg. Picked All-Area 2nd Team by The Times and 3rd Team All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Honorable Mention selection last season.

KELLY PELLER, 6’0, G/F, JR, CHESTERTON
Led Chesterton to outstanding season this year including an upset victory over state runner-up Gary West Side in the McCutcheon Holiday Tournament. She’s a very athletic player who can score from the perimeter, or post up smaller guards down low. Kelly increased her stock this season by working extremely hard on the floor. She could be a pleasant surprise for any college coach willing to sign her. A Junior All-Star North Team selection this year. Picked 1st Team All-Area by The Times and Honorable Mention All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region 2nd Team selection last year.

CASSIE PRUZIN, 5’7, G, JR, CROWN POINT
One of the best defensive guards in the state, she gave opponents fits with her in-your-face defense and quick hands. Dedicated her senior year to her mother and best friend, Karen, who passed away before the start of the season. Cassie is considered by some to be one of the top point guards in the Class of 2005. A Top 40 invitee, who was selected for the Indiana All-Star Team. Will continue her basketball career at DIII powerhouse Depauw. Selected to the All-Area 1st Team squad by both The Times and Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Top 25 Senior and All-Region 1st Team selection last season. Averaged 14.4 ppg, 5.4 apg, and 5.3 spg this season. COLLEGE: DEPAUW

ISABELL RHENWRICK, 5’6, G, SR, GARY WEST SIDE
Another in a long line of outstanding Lady Cougar guards. Scored 16 points in Gary West Side’s first-ever appearance in the State Championship Game. Quick feet and hands make her a tough defender. She won the Mental Attitude Award at this year’s state final. Will continue her basketball career at the University of Indianapolis. The Lady Greyhounds were a DII NCCA Tournament qualifier this year. Selected 1st Team All-Area by The Times and 3rd Team All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Top 25 Senior and All-Region 1st Team selection last year. COLLEGE: INDIANAPOLIS

ASHLEY SAMPSON, 5’11, F/C, SR, HIGHLAND
We owe Ashley an apology. We overlooked her at the beginning of the year. She didn’t let that bother her, however, and went out and had an outstanding year. Led the Lady Trojans in scoring this year. Helped Highland record a 19-5 record and a share of the LAC Black Title. Despite her size, she became one of the area’s top post players. Has an excellent all-around game. Selected All-Area 2nd Team by The Times and Honorable Mention All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Averaged 11.0 ppg and 4.7 rpg this year. COLLEGE: JOHN A. LOGAN COLLEGE
Photo from the Highland Lady Trojans website.

ERICA SIMPSON, 6’0, F/C, JR, GARY WEST SIDE
Shared the spot-lite with a host of other Lady Cougar stars this year and had an outstanding year. Helped lead Gary West Side to the State Championship game. She is one of the area’s top post players, and has an excellent all-around game. She will be very heavily recruited next year. Tons of potential. Named All-Area 2nd Team by The Times and Honorable Mention All-Area by the Post-Tribune. An RRR All-Region Honorable Mention selection last year. Averaged 10.7 ppg this season.

KELLY WATTS, 5’10, F, JR, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL
An outstanding post player who doesn’t get as much notice as Dee Dee Jernigan, but has made a significant difference for the Lady Cardinals over the past couple of seasons. One of the area’s quickest players in the paint, she’s working on her touch around the basket. Her potential is unlimited. Averaged 11.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg. Selected All-Area 2nd Team by The Times and Honorable Mention All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region 2nd Team selection last season.

JACKIE YERGA, 5’9, G/F, JR., MUNSTER
Has been a force for the rejuvenated Lady Mustangs. Helped Munster to a 17-6 record and a share of the LAC Black Title. Will be one of the area’s top seniors next year. Munster could be the team of the future and Jackie will play a big part in that. Averaged 13.4 ppg, 7.9 rbg, and 2.5 spg. Selected All-Area 2nd Team by The Times and Honorable Mention All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Honorable Mention selection last year.

4A- 3A Second Team All-Region


MELISSA BOROM – 5’3, G, MERRILLVILLE SR (4A)

SHANEE BUTLER – 5’4, G, GARY WEST SIDE SR (4A)

KELLY GLIDEWELL – 5’9, G/F, HOBART, SR (4A)

MICHELLE HAMBLIN – 6’0, F, GARY WEST SIDE, SR (4A) COLLEGE: KENT STATE

LINDSAY HUMES – 6’2, F/C, VALPARAISO, SR (4A)

KATIE MITCHELL – 5’6, G, LAKE CENTRAL, SR (4A) COLLEGE: PURDUE (SOFTBALL)

SHAREYA PATRICK – 5’2, G, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL SR (4A)

DENITA PHELPS – 5’10, F, HAMMOND, SOPH (3A)

AMY SAMPLAWSKI – 5’7, G/F, PORTAGE, SR (4A)

LATYSHA SANDERS – 6’0, C, HAMMOND GAVIT (3A)

CASSI SISKA – 5’9, G/F, HIGHLAND, SR (4A)

KAITLYN SERTICH – 5’6, G, CROWN POINT, SR (4A)

EMMA TUCKER – 6’2, C, MICHIGAN CITY, SOPH (4A)

JILL WEIAND - 5'11, F/C, CROWN POINT (4A)

4A- 3A Honorable Mention All-Region

Suzanne Cunningham, Val Tyburski - Andrean
Jill Spencer – Calumet
Maddie Wilk - Chesterton
Courtney Perry, Anjelica Rospond – Crown Point
Kandi Rodgers, Lisa Upshaw – East Chicago Central
Latice Jones – Gary Roosevelt
Ashley Cheairs – Gary West Side
Nikki Thedford – Gary Wirt
Sarah Planer, Megan Sudac - Griffith
Jamica Tucker – Hammond
Jackie Dvorsczak – Hammond Clark
Sarah Keilman – Hammond Morton
Katie Kane, Tina Traczyk - Highland
Amy Balchak, Jessica Boyles, Kristina Heinecke – Hobart
Megan Passaloukos, Michelle Schurman – Kankakee Valley
Sarah Dermody– LaPorte
LaQuita Williams – Gary Lew Wallace
Ashley Cosentino, Julie Swisher – Lowell
Britney Ursery – Merrillville
Natalie Emro, Lauren Meneghetti – Munster
Lauren Prow, Ashley Glaser – Valparaiso



2A-1A RRR Honors
2A & 1A Players of the Year | 2A &1A 1st Team
2A & 1A 2nd Team | 2A & 1A Honorable Mention

2A-1A REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

shot.jpgMALLORY GORSKI

5’5, JR, SOUTH CENTRAL (1A)


This selection was a tough one. There were a number of qualified candidates for POY in 1A-2A. North Judson made it to the state finals led by Whitney Cole, but she had a tremendous supporting cast that signified a great team effort. Boone Grove's Karissa Walter led her team through an unbelievably successful regular season, but fell in the sectionals to another great 1A-2A player, Wheeler sophomore Becca Bruszewski. But probably no one had a more exciting regular season and post-season than Mallory Gorski. She’s the go-to player for the Lady Satellites and, as a junior, already the school’s all-time leading scorer at 1,042 points. She can put numbers on the board in bunches and holds the Satellites single game scoring record with a whopping 39 points. In that same game, she dished out 11 assists, grabbed 10 steals and pulled in 7 rebounds. At the game-ending buzzer, she hit the half-court shot (at left) that got her team a 1-point sectional championship win over 1A No. 10 Argus. She scored 34 points in South Central’s Regional title game over No. 11 West Central before the Satellites eventually fell to three-time and 2005 State Champion Tri-Central by just 2 points in the Semi-State. Averaged 19 ppg, 5.0 apg, and 5.0 spg for the season. Selected All-Area 1st Team by The Times and 2nd Team All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last year.
Photo from the South Central girls basketball website.


2A-1A First Team All-Region

KRISTEN BOLEN, 5’4, G, SOPH, NORTH JUDSON (2A)
Dynamite comes in small packages. Quickness and an excellent long range touch make her tough to guard. Named All-Area Honorable Mention by the Post-Tribune. Helped North Judson get to their first-ever State Championship appearance. Averaged 10.2 ppg and 3.3 apg.

BECCA BRUSZEWSKI, 6’1, F/C, SO, WHEELER (2A)
A definite DI prospect. She can play on the wing or post up in the paint. Excellent ball handling skills for a big girl. She will only get better over the next two years and that should send a chill through area coaches who will have to come up with a way to defend her. Scored 20 points and hauled in 13 rebounds in Wheeler’s upset win over Boone Grove in the Sectional Final. Will be one of the top juniors in the state next year. Selected to The Times and Post-Tribune All-Area 1st Team this year. Was an RRR 1st Team All-Region player last year. Averaged 17.3 ppg and 10.3 rbpg.

ANGIE BUSH, 5’9, G, JR, MORGAN TOWNSHIP (1A
After struggling with injuries the last couple of years she came back and played extremely well this season. An excellent ball handler who has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor. Led the Porter County Conference in scoring this year. Helped the Lady Cherokees’ win a Sectional Championship. Look for big things to happen for her in the future. Selected to the All-Area 2nd Team by the Post-Tribune. Averaged 21.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg.

WHITNEY COLE, 5’8, SR, NORTH JUDSON (2A)
She was one of the several go-to players for the Lady Bluejays. She’s an unselfish player but can put points on the board in a hurry with her outside shooting. With senior sharp-shooting partner Nicole Dobson she helped lead North Judson to the State Championship game. Averaged 14.6 ppg and 2.6 apg. Selected All-Area 3rd Team by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Honorable Mention selection last year. COLLEGE: UNDECIDED

NATALIE CHRISTENSON, 5’11, JR, NORTH NEWTON (2A
Another Christenson sister making some noise down south. Lots of potential. Should follow her sisters lead and make a big impression on the program before she leaves. Selected All-Area Honorable Mention selection by The Times and Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last year.

NICOLE DOBSON, 5’8, SR, NORTH JUDSON (2A
Another one of the senior leaders for the Lady Bluejays. She helped lead North Judson to State Championship game, the first time since the boys went in 1934. This was also the first time ever for the girls program. Scored 16 points in the State Championship game. Averaged 10.9 ppg and 2.3 apg. COLLEGE: UNDECIDED

ANNA KAMMRATH, 6’0, C, JR, SOUTH CENTRAL (1A)
Has provided the Lady Satellites with excellent post play over the last several years. An excellent rebounder who kicks the ball out for wide open shots by her team mates. Already holds the all-time rebounding record for South Central. Selected All-Area 2nd Team by the Post-Tribune and The Times. Was an RRR All-Region 2nd Team selection last year. Averaged 16.6 pgp and 12.7 rpg.

BECKY KELLER, 5’8, G/F, SR, BOONE GROVE (2A)
The other scoring threat for the Lady Woves. H
ad some big games this year. Teamed with Karissa Walter this year to create one of top tandems in the area. Helped the Lady Wolves to an undefeated regular season and first-ever win over traditional 4A power Crown Point. Averaged ppg. Selected All-Area Honorable Mention by the Post-Tribune and The Times. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last year. COLLEGE: UNDECIDED

ALISHA POLITE, 5’11, F/C, SR, WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, (1A)
Came back from taking a year off from the game and wasted no time getting back to her old ways. A solid rebounding post player and can score in bunches. Helped guide Washington Township to a state-ranked season. Great leaping ability. Selected All-Area Honorable Mention by the Post-Tribune. She will play volleyball at Indiana State next year. COLLEGE: INDIANA STATE (VOLLEYBALL)
Photo from the Washington Township girls basketball website.

ALI ROPER, 5’7, G, JR, WHEELER, (2A)
Came back from a knee injury that happened late in the season last year. An outstanding combo guard who score from the perimeter or penetrate. Helped Wheeler upset Boone Grove in the Sectional Championship. Was selected All-Area Honorable Mention by the Post-Tribune and The Times. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last year. COLLEGE: UNDECIDED

LESLIE ROWAN, 5’10, F, SR, RENSSELAER
A versatile wing player with good size who was the central offensive piece for the Lady Bombers again this year. Scored 31 points in a regular season battle with state runner-up North Judson. She is Rensselaer’s all-time leading scorer and played well enough to be invited to the Top 40 workout. Selected to The Times All-Area 1st Team and the Post-Tribune All-Area 2nd Team. Was an RRR All-Region 1st Team selection last year. Averaged 19.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg. COLLEGE: UNDECIDED

KARISSA WALTER, 5’6, G, SR, BOONE GROVE (2A)
One of the top players in the area since her freshman year. Led her team to an undefeated regular season. Scored 19 points in a 57-52 first-ever win over 4A Crown Point. Known for her all-out style of play, Karissa always left everything she had on the floor. She played all out, all the time, and made everyone on the floor with her a better player. Chosen to participate in the Top 40 workout. A legitimate Indiana All-Star candidate. Named Player of the Year by the Post-Tribune. Selected to The Times 1st Team All-Area squad. Named to RRR’s Top 25 Seniors list before the season and was named an RRR 1st Team All-Region selection last year. Will continue her basketball career at DII Oakland City University. Averaged 16.7 ppg, 7 rpg, 6.5 apg and 5.9 spg. COLLEGE: OAKLAND CITY UNIVERSITY

2A- 1A Second Team All-Region

CORTNEY FLANIGAN – 5’5, G, SOPH, BOONE GROVE (2A)

ABBY GAZDA – 5’7, G, SOPH, WHITING (1A)

MIRANDA HOWARD – 5’9, JR, F, NORTH JUDSON (2A)

DANIELLE JACOBS – 5’9, F, SR, BOONE GROVE (2A) COLLEGE: UNDECIDED

JACLYN JESSEN - 5’7, G, SOPH, KOUTS, (1A)

SUNNY JOHNS – 5’8, G/F, SR, MICHIGAN CITY MARQUETTE (1A) COLLEGE: UNDECIDED

REAGAN KANNE – 5’8, G/F, RENSSELAER, (2A)

AIMEE MISHLER – 5’4, G, JR, WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (1A)

CHRISTIE WICK – 5’8, F, SR, HANOVER CENTRAL (2A) COLLEGE: UNDECIDED

2A- 1A Honorable Mention All-Region

Candice Bishop – Bishop Noll
Krysta Rickey – Hanover Central
Lauren Kalis, Jessica Sheets - Hebron
Tara Williamson – North Newton
Whitney Anderson – South Central
Jennifer Smith – Washington Township
Taylor Van Sickle - Westville


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