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Girls Basketball Season Preview Capsules


Coach: Chris Davenport (second season, 23-5)

2012-13 results: 23-5, lost to Huntley in Class 4A Belvidere North Regional semifinals

Key returners: Madelyne Johnson, junior, forward; Brittney Patrick, sophomore, guard; Jasmine Malloy, junior, guard, Alexis Hammond, senior, forward; Jade Barber, senior, center

Impact newcomers: Paige Wogen, junior, guard; Maggie Fellabaum, junior, forward; Ashlei Lopez, freshman, guard

Davenport’s take: “Still a very sour taste in our mouth from last year. Huntley’s only gotten better.”


Coach: Kyle Henkel (second season, 2-25)

2012-13 results: 2-25, lost to Richmond-Burton in Class 3A Woodstock Regional quarterfinals

Key returners: Andrea Strohmaier, senior, forward; Katie Thurlby, senior, guard

Impact newcomers: Torri Bennett, sophomore, guard; Karli Lancaste, junior, forward; Julie Galuaner, freshman, guard

Henkel’s take: “We plan to improve on our problem areas from last year and compete in the conference this season.”


Coach: Jenna Araujo (first season)

2012-13 results: 9-18, lost to Durand in Class 1A Alden-Hebron Regional semifinals

Key returners: Alanna Sterling, junior, center; Madison Marshall, sophomore, guard; Lauren Watson, sophomore, guard

Impact newcomers: Michelle Percudani, freshman, guard; Irene Veiga Grana, senior, forward; Emilea Bramm, junior, guard

Araujo’s take: “The team is very positive and shows much improvement every day. These girls are believing in the program and the younger athletes are learning from the positive attitudes and leadership that their captains are displaying.”


Coach: Greg Burks (sixth season, 132-30)

2012-13 results: 18-13, lost to Annawan in Class 1A Illinois Valley Community College Sectional final

Key returners: Jacqueline Madden, junior, guard; Lauren Paver, senior, guard; Karrigan Cowan, junior, forward; Caitlin Flanigan, senior, guard/forward; Andrea Binkley, senior, guard

Impact newcomers: Anne Klein, junior, forward; Lexi Gonzalez, junior, guard; Kenzie Coppes, junior, guard; Jordan Bullard, junior, forward; Rose Clancy, junior, forward

Burks’ take: “Hopefully, experience will be a benefit or us. Hopefully, quickness will be a benefit for us. Hopefully, we’ll be a good defensive team which is something we kind of hang our hat on each year. If we’re solid defensively, I think we can be pretty strong.”


Coach: Paul Muchmore (15th season, 201-166)

2012-13 results: 14-13, lost to Hinckley-Big Rock in Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock Regional final

Key returners: Josie Diehl, sophomore, forward; Samantha Mosley, senior, forward; Madison Russell, sophomore, guard; Alexis Van Wyhe, sophomore, forward/guard; Jacklyn Bouma, sophomore, guard

Key newcomers: Rebekka Boehne, junior, guard

Muchmore’s take: “I think we’ve got a pretty good inside presence with Josie and Samantha. We’re young, but the girls have a lot of experience.”


Coach: Ernie Colombe (seventh season, 78-110)

2012-13 results: 16-12, lost to Plano in Class 3A Burlington Central Regional final

Key returners: Kelly Wallner, senior, forward; Caroline Heimerdinger, senior, guard; Amber Winquist-Bailey, senior, guard; Vanessa Gould, sophomore, forward; Ally VanBogaert, junior, forward; Marina Schaefer,senior, forward

Impact newcomers: Brittany Kemp, senior, forward; Camri Conley, sophomore, guard; Bailey Crimmins, sophomore, center

Colombe’s take: “I think since I’ve been the head coach we’ve had some pretty good defensive teams. I think this year’s team is a little bit more offensive-minded. I think we’re going to be able to score some points in different ways this year. This is one of our biggest teams we’ve had in awhile.”


Coach: Brett Goff (third season, 25-28)

2012-13 results: 13-13, lost to Hampshire in Class 3A Burlington Central Regional quarterfinals

Key returners: Bailey Gilbert, junior, guard; Baylee Foresman, senior, forward; Julia Moll, senior, guard; Lauren Goff, sophomore, guard; Taiya Hopkins, sophomore, forward

Impact newcomers: Kaylee Aase, sophomore, center; Morgan Picolotti, sophomore, guard; Madi Russell, junior, forward

Goff’s take: “Expectations are higher in my third year. Each year they’ve gone up. We have basically everybody back.”

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