1. Fremd will host the Chicagoland Invitational Showcase on Saturday and Sunday, January 10-11, featuring some of the top teams in the ESPNW Power 25 National Rankings, including No. 12 Young and No. 20 Heritage Christian (Ind.). Among the top players who will be on display are juniors Nicole Ekhomu of Joliet Catholic, Kiara Lewis of Young and Tyasha Harris and Darby Foresman of Heritage Christian, and seniors Teniya Page of Marian Catholic and Haley Gorecki of Fremd.
2. The reviews were mixed for Chicago-area teams venturing out-of-state for the holidays. Kiara Lewis scored 27 points and Tanita Allen added 11 as Young won the Title IX Tournament in Washington, D.C., by defeating Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.), 59-52. Fremd went 3-1 and Brooks was 2-2 at the NIKE Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Ariz. But Homewood-Flossmoor went just 1-2 in the Naples Shootout in Florida.
3. Kathleen Doyle of Benet was named the MVP at the Montini Christmas Tournament. Named first team all-tournament were Teniya Page (Marian Catholic), Tiara Wallace (Montini), Ali Andrews (Huntley), Emily Schramek (Benet) and Annie McKenna (Trinity). Abby Novak (Geneva), Kai Moon (Neuqua Valley), Hannah Frazier (Batavia), Emily Eshoo (Benet) and Kaitlin Aylward (Trinity) were named to the second team. — Phil Brozynski