Updated: November 14, 2012 6:36PM
HARDER THAN IT LOOKS
Area coaches were presented with the question, “What’s the hardest part about being a head coach today.” Here are some of their answers.
“Getting the best athletes in the school to be a part of your program. Some clubs make it difficult for today’s athlete to enjoy multiple sports during their high school years.”
Jim Nair, Lincoln-Way North
“Making cuts. It’s always difficult to make those cuts and see the disappointment on the faces of the players. I always lose sleep over it, and an never comfortable when tryouts come around.”
Bill Turner, Stagg
“The concept of team sports gets lost in individual contributions/concerns. One player is not bigger than the team.”
Annie Byrne, Marian Catholic
“Dealing with the multitude of problems and challenges our kids face today off the court.”
Ron Newquist, Bloom
“Balancing coaching with family.”
Steve Schanz, Oak Forest
“Laying the foundation, because there is no market test.”
Christina Cobbins, Crete-Monee.
BEING THE BEST
With Hillcrest’s Shannise Heady having moved on to Seton Hall, the Player of the Year mantle awaits its next occupant.
The early candidates?
Last season’s area scoring leader was Bria Gaines, of Bloom. The Western Kentucky-bound 6-foot-2 center averaged 27.4 points and 16.8 rebounds per game.
“Bria has the ability to take over a game at any time, as well as being a team and floor leader,” Blazing Trojans coach Ron Newquist said. “With her many talents she causes man-to-man match-up problems for opposing teams.”
Marist has possibilities in seniors JeTaun Rouse and Leah Bolton. Bolton averaged 14.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while the explosive Rouse averaged 13.0 points and hit 36 three-pointers.
“We’re expecting a banner year from both,” RedHawks coach Mary Pat Connolly said. “They are both shooting for McDonald’s All-American.”
Two other All-Area returnees are Megan Walsh, of Marian Catholic (10.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and Alyssa Siwek, of Mother McAuley (12.5 ppg, 43 three-pointers).
Other seniors to watch include CiErra Garrett and DeAsia Garrett, of Rich South; Dana Gettis, of Hillcrest; Alex Shermulis, of Providence; Sydni Johnson and Lauren Parker of Homewood-Flossmoor; Carly Katalinic, of Sandburg; Diamond Beatty, of Tinley Park; Tiana Karopulos, of Andrew; Ashley Weringa, of Lincoln-Way North; and Revi McMahon, of Stagg.
Among the non-seniors who are strong candidates for postseason honors are Oak Lawn’s LaTondra Brooks, Marian Catholic’s Ashton Millender, Bloom’s Danielle King and Andrew’s Molly Franson.
DID YOU KNOW ...
Rich South coach Brian Mays says 6-foot freshman Dasia Evans can touch the rim.
Jenna Amazzalorso, of Bloom, is the first female Bloom player to be on the varsity in three sports for all four years since Jodi Blair (1979-82) and Jenny Bruno (1987-1990).
Ten of the 11 players on Oak Forest coach Steve Schanz’s roster play a spring sport.
10 years ago
Marian Catholic, which under coach Shannon Reidy finished second in the state in Class AA in 2001-02, made a return trip to Redbird Arena in 2002-03. Lauren Lacey, Missy Mitidiero and Mary Basic were the leaders as the Spartans finished 29-4, losing to Naperville Central 61-41 in the quarterfinals.
20 years ago
Lincoln-Way, coached by Jim Gutierrez and led by Mary DeGroot, Beth Tatro, Kathy McCullough and Becky Bauer, posted a 29-2 record and advanced to the Class AA Elite Eight. The Knights lost 40-36 to Belvidere in the quarterfinals.
30 years ago
Maria started the season as the Southtown’s No. 1 team. The threesome of Sandy Heitschmidt, Julie Stewart and Kathy Hansen made good on it, leading the Mystics to the state title game, where they dropped a 56-43 decision to Peoria Richwoods.
THEY SAID IT
“Like her sister, she doesn’t know what tired means.”
Rich South coach Brian Mays talking about speedy guard DeAsia Garrett and her twin sister, CiErra.
“Tommy Lasorda bleeds Dodger blue, and I bleed Morgan Park Academy maroon and ivory.”
Warriors coach Tom Drahozal, on what other program other than his own he’d like to run.