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Radio station will hold its fifth annual High School Girl’s All-Star volleyball game on Saturday, November 29, in King Arena at Wheaton College.

The all-star game at 5:30 p.m. will feature some of the top talent from around the state. Prior to the all-state game, will also host a Senior Showcase for the top unsigned seniors from Illinois at 3 p.m..

“We are extremely excited to host the All-Star game to help raise the profile of the sport and bring notoriety to the tremendous talent we have across the state,” said Dr. Peter Ferreri, Regional Station Manager of Sports Town Chicago.

Expected to participate in the Senior Showcase are Dana Griffin (Benet), Leah Lane (Sandburg), Gabby Slagle (Westmont), Alex Davis (Hinsdale Central), Ali Lund (Lemont), Samantha Bell (Glenbard East) and Rachel Burkman (Lincoln Way North).

Also, Lyndsie Anders (Oswego), Maddie Naal (Joliet Catholic), Kyra White (De La Salle), Kristina Billie (Lincoln Way North), Natalie Arredia (De La Salle), Patricia Stirb (Glenbard West) and Carleigh Barringer (De La Salle).

The Senior Showcase will also feature Kelly Bertrand (Oswego East), Isabelle Panazzo (Morgan Park Academy), Carla Cahill (Mother McAuley), Kelly Clucas (Minooka), Margaret Fitzpatrick (Evanston),

Grace Larson (Downers Grove North) and Jessica Karalow (Minooka).

Also, Alana Schouten (Wheaton North), Valen Manns (Lincoln Way North), Hannah Moore (Schaumburg), Jordan McNeil (Plainfield South), Emma Burkle (Crystal Lake South), Reilly Kuhn (Rockford Auburn), Erin Staunton (Wheaton Warrenville South) and Emily Krachenfels (Neuqua Valley).

The girls chosen for the Senior All-Star Game include Rachel Fara (Benet, Northwestern),  Kelsey Wicinski (Geneva, Maryland), Lindsey Visvardis (Lockport, Massachusetts), Kristen Sommerville (St. Ignatius, Connecticut), Lizzie Zalewski (Marist, Valparaiso) and Crystal Lee (T.F. South, Georgia Ststate).

Also, Sarah Shafiq (New Trier, California), Alex Basler(Libertyville,Cornell), Lexi Mantis (Stagg, Kent State), Mary Murphy (Joliet Catholic, Western Michigan), Kaelan Haag (Nequa Valley), Symone Speech (Oak Park River Forest, Georgetown) and Madison Jaudon (Batavia, Elon).

Also, Ryann DeJarld (Mother McAuley, Notre Dame), Mary Boken (St. Francis, Clemson), Julia Saunders (Nazareth, Wisconsin), Bree Coffey (Cary-Grove, Rutgers), Carly Nolan (Crystal Lake South, Cincinnati) and Lauren Fuller (Hinsdale Central,San Diego).

Proceeds from the game will benefit the American Cancer Society.


Recently-crowned Class 4A champion Benet moved past Mother McAuley into the No. 5 spot in’s Century Club National Rankings.

Mercy Academy (Louisville, Kentucky) remained No. 1 after winning the Kentucky state championship, followed by Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio), Lewis-Palmer (Monument, Colorado) and Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, California).

Benet, which won its third state title in four years, checked in at No. 5 followed by McAuley at No. 7. Three-time Class 3A champion St. Francis was No. 30, while Normal was the only other Illinois team ranked in the top 100 at No. 97.

Teams on the bubble included Carmel, Cary Grove, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, De La Salle, Geneva, Glenbard West, Hinsdale Central, Joliet Catholic Academy, Libertyville, Loyola, Lyons, Marist, Plainfield Central, Plainfield North, Sandburg, St. Charles East and St. Charles North.


In girls basketball, Galesburg’s Evan Massey has a long way to go to catch Marshall’s Dorothy Gaters, but he, too, reached a milestone last week. The Silver Streaks defeated East Peoria 71-32 to hand Massey his 800th career win. Massey is 800-300 in 37 years at the west central Illinois school.


Khadaizha Sanders, a 5-6 point guard at Kankakee McNamara and a 2013-14 Sun-Times all-area selection, recently committed to play her college ball at Rutgers.


Former Batavia standout Liza Fruendt, a freshman at Missouri State, was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week in women’s basketball, the league announced Monday. The MVC’s top-scoring freshman, Fruendt had 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting Tuesday at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and added11 points Saturday at No. 19 Oklahoma State.


In boys volleyball, Sun-Times second team all-area selection Alex Dickmann of Addison Trail signed with Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne.

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