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2005-06 RRR All-Area Honors
Region Roundball Review

08/16/06 03:46 am by RRR | Back


Yes, we know this feature gets released later and later each year. This August release is the latest yet. Well... the dog ate our first draft. Or wait, we overslept.  We mean, the sun was in our eyes. Yes... all of the above! Uh hmm. But if you can forgive our ever-increasing procrastination for this feature, please take a look at our picks for the best players in The Region last season. There just might be a few surprises...

 

 
2005-2006
REGION ROUNDBALL REVIEW
ALL-AREA HONORS

"Best of the Northwest"

 Better Late Than Never!!!
Special thanks to Strempka Gallery for the photos!


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 REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR


Kelly Peller

5’10, G/F, SR, CHESTERTON
 

No other player played a bigger part for their team this past season. Valpo U got a good one in Kelly Peller, who flew under the radar of a number of college programs. She flew under our radar, too, when we overlooked her at the beginning of the season by not naming her to our RRR Senior Seven. Maybe that helped inspire her to prove that she was definitely worthy of that honor. Peller led Chesterton to an outstanding season this year, and literally put her team on her back in the IHSAA Tournament to advance to the Regionals. She scored 29 points against No. 9 state-ranked powerhouse Merrillville in the Sectional Tournament Championship. 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 was a Junior All-Star North Team selection last summer. Awarded Player of Year honors by the Post-Tribune and First Team All-Area by The Times. Was an RRR All-Region First Team selection last season. COLLEGE: Valparaiso

  

4A-3A First Team All-Region

ASHLEY COSENTINO  - 5’3, G, SR, LOWELL
One of the area’s top point guards this past season. Led Lowell to a very respectable record and third place finish in the Lake Athletic Black Division. Cosentino provided double digit scoring throughout the year. Quick feet and hands make her a tough defender. Selected Second Team All-Area by The Times, and Honorable Mention All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Honorable Mention selection last year. Averaged 14.6 ppg, 4.1 apg, and 3.8 spg. COLLEGE: Unknown. Photo from usa-365.com.

BRITNEY CRUSE - 5’4, G, SO, MERRILLVILLE
She was the emotional and energy catalyst for the successful No. 9 state-ranked Lady Pirates team this year. Doesn’t get a lot of the press, but she is one of the better guards in the area. Helped Merrillville by playing tough defense and getting the ball inside to Moore and Houston. This kid will no doubt have success on the next level if she continues to improve. Averaged 9.6 ppg and 2.9 spg. Selected to The Times Second Team All-Area squad, and was an All-Area Honorable Mention selection by the Post-Tribune.

SHARON HOUSTON, 6’3, F/C, SR, MERRILLVILLE
Great wing span makes her a force to be reckoned with under the basket. Along with Brittney Moore she helped Merrillville to a No. 9 state ranking this year. Scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the sectional game against Valparaiso. She has great potential and with her quickness and ability to elevate she should have a great future on the next level. Selected to The Times First Team All-Area squad, and was an All-Area Honorable Mention selection by the Post-Tribune. Averaged 15.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg, and 2.6 bpg. COLLEGE: Old Dominion

ERICA HUMES, 6’0, G/F, SR, VALPARAISO
Quick and very athletic, she’s an excellent all-around player who can score in a variety of ways. Erica would have been one of the Region’s most sought after recruits this year, but she decided to concentrate on academics and not play at the next level. Forced to play point guard for the last couple of years. She did an outstanding job leading the Lady Vikings to three straight Sectional Championships before losing in the opening round this year. A starter at Valparaiso since her freshman year. Named to the Junior All-Star North Team last summer. Picked First Team All-Area by The Times and Third Team All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was as an RRR All-Region First Team selection last year. Averaged 17.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 4.0 apg this season. COLLEGE: Not Playing

DEE DEE JERNIGAN, 5’10, G, SR, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL

Jernigan was a very strong consideration for our Player of the Year award. Good size for a guard and she packs plenty of scoring punch. She was one of the most sought after recruits in the nation. She helped lead the Lady Cardinals to a Sectional Championship and back to elite status in the state. Dee Dee caught Pat Summit’s eye last year, but verballed to Purdue before her senior year. With Former Purdue Coach, Kristy Curry’s departure to Texas Tech, Dee Dee was released from her letter of intent at Purdue and will play at Rutgers. A great defender and all-around player. A Junior All-Star Core Team member last year. A McDonalds All-American and WBCA All-Star selection this year. Named Player of the Year by The Times and All-Area First Team by the Post-Tribune. An RRR First Team All-Region selection last year. Averaged 16.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, and 2.8 spg. COLLEGE: Rutgers


LATICE JONES, 5’11, F/C, JR, GARY ROOSEVELT
Jones is a very athletic player who can score from the perimeter, or post up down low with some pretty nifty moves. Jones increased her stock this season by putting up some lofty numbers, and is one of the best in her conference and the area. She could be a pleasant surprise for any college coach willing to sign her. Picked Second Team All-Area by The Times and Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Honorable Mention selection last year. Averaged 20.2 ppg and 10.7 rpg.

BRITTNEY MOORE, 6’2, F/C, SR, MERRILLVILLE
Great size and quickness, she packs plenty of scoring punch when she’s not being whistled for questionable fouls. Just like last year. Seriously folks, she played like a college post player in high school. Moving on to the next level, we think this young lady will finally be able to play without fear. She was one of the most sought after post recruits in the nation. A Junior All-Star North Team selection last year. Selected All-Area First Team by The Times and Second Team by the Post-Tribune. An RRR First Team All-Region selection last year. She originally signed with Xavier, but will get her college start at one of the premier junior college programs in the country. Averaged 12.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg. and 2 bpg. COLLEGE: Gulf Coast Community College

CENA NASILOSKI, 6’0, F/C, SR, HAMMOND
An outstanding post player who dominated at times in her conference. Not sure what her college plans are, but she could be a great catch for a program looking for a blue-collar banger.  Picked All-Area Second Team by The Times and Honorable Mention All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region First Team selection last season. Averaged 12.5 ppg and 8.7 rpg. COLLEGE: Unknown

ERICA SIMPSON, 6’0, F/C, SR, GARY WEST SIDE
Helped lead Gary West Side to the State Championship game last year. She was one of the area’s top post players this year. Has an excellent all-around game. Was the emotional leader for a very young Gary West Side team this year. Named All-Area First Team by The Times and Honorable Mention All-Area by the Post-Tribune. An RRR First Team All-Region selection last year. Averaged 12.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg this season. COLLEGE: Alabama-Birmingham

EMMA TUCKER, 6’3, C/F, JR, MICHIGAN CITY
Tons of potential, she should be one of the most sought after post recruits in the state next year. At times, she dominated in the post against some very talented players in the Duneland Conference. She had an unbelievable game in the Lady Wolves' Sectional opener, scoring 37 points and pulling down an amazing 24 rebounds. Named All-Area Third Team by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Second Team selection last year. Averaged 11 ppg and 10.5 rpg. Photo from the Michigan City News Dispatch.

KELLY WATTS, 5’10, F, SR, EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL
An outstanding player who stepped out of the shadows and into the limelight this year, helping the Lady Cardinals win a long sought-after Sectional Championship. Along with Dee Dee Jernigan, she has made a significant difference for the Lady Cardinals over the past four seasons. One of the area’s quickest players in the paint, she worked on her touch around the basket and it paid off. Her potential on the next level is unlimited. Selected First Team All-Area by The Times, and All-Area Second Team by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region First Team selection last season. Averaged 15.8 ppg and 8.3 rpg.  COLLEGE: Eastern Michigan

JACKIE YERGA, 5’9, G/F, SR., MUNSTER
Has been a force in the paint for the rejuvenated Lady Mustangs for the past several years. Helped Munster capture the Lake Athletic Conference Black title, by going undefeated in the conference this year. Doesn’t get a lot of press, but was one of the area’s top seniors this year. Selected All-Area First Team by The Times and Honorable Mention All-Area by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region First Team selection last year. Averaged 12.9 ppg, 6.9 rbg. COLLEGE: Unknown

 

     

4A- 3A Second Team All-Region


JENNY BRITTON 5’5, G, LAKE CENTRAL, JR (4A)

SARAH DERMODY 5'10, G/F, LA PORTE, JR (4A)

NATALIE EMRO 6’1, F, MUNSTER, SO (4A)

ANGIE FUNSTON 5'9, F, LAKE CENTRAL, SR (4A)

KATIE KANE 6’1, F/C, HIGHLAND, SR (4A)

LAUREN MENEGHETTI 5’10, G, MUNSTER, JR (4A)

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

HANNAH PLUMLEY 5’8, G/F, CROWN POINT, SR (4A)

LAUREN PROW 5’11, G, VALPARAISO, JR (4A)

MOLLY RAU 5’7, G, CHESTERTON, SR (4A)

LISA SAMPLAWSKI 5’8, G, PORTAGE, JR (4A)

RACHEL THIEL 5’6, G, LOWELL, SR (4A)

TINA TRACZYK 5’8, G/F, HIGHLAND, SR (4A)

VALERIE TYBURSKI 5'10, G./F, ANDREAN, JR (3A)
      

 

     

4A- 3A Honorable Mention All-Region

Michelle Hynes, Kelleigh McCrea Andrean
Nina Wills, Mehgan Jagielski Bishop Noll
Nakia Finley Calumet
Katrina Pradziad Chesterton
Stephanie Poulos, Courtney Perry, Ashley Zaucha Crown Point
Valencia Cotton East Chicago Central
Tatianna Washington Gary Roosevelt
Lecrea Hudson, Jaime Sheris Gary West Side
Tierra Turner Gary Wirt
Annie Hernandez Griffith
Ashley McCarthy Hammond Clark
Lindsey McGing, Carly Holmes, Shamika Crowder Hammond Morton
Amy Balchak, Jessica Porter Hobart
Emma Cunningham, Cassie Coffer, Rachel Kikkert Kankakee Valley
Charlisa Johnson Lew Wallace

Jenelle Kapelinski Lake Central

Kassandra Gray, Erin Justice LaPorte
Julie Swisher, Kim Bell Lowell
Chrissy Lobodinski, Gina Howard Merrillville
Ta’Kenya Nixon Michigan City

Libbie Thompson Munster
Gloria Hernandez, KC Kornacki Portage

 


2A-1A RRR Honors

       

2A-1A REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Becca Bruszewski

6’2, F/C, JR, WHEELER (2A)


Becca has unlimited potential and has already given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame. 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 and that should send a chill through area coaches who will have to come up with a way to defend her again next year. Was a Core Member on the Junior All-Star Team this summer. Selected to both The Times and Post-Tribune All-Area First Team. Was an RRR First Team All-Region player last year. Averaged 21.7 ppg, 10.1 rbpg, and 3.1 spg. COLLEGE: NOTRE DAME  

 


2A-1A First Team All-Region

ANGIE BUSH, 5’9, G, SR, 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. 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. Will continue her basketball career at Saint Xavier University. Selected to the All-Area First Team by the Post-Tribune and The Times. Averaged 23.0 ppg and 2.8 spg. COLLEGE: SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY

NATALIE CHRISTENSON, 5’11, SR, NORTH NEWTON (2A)
Another Christenson sister who made a big impression on the Lady Spartan program. Selected All-Area Honorable Mention by The Times and Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region First Team selection last year. Averaged 14.6 ppg and 9.3 rpg. COLLEGE: Unknown

MEL DUMEZICH, 5’8, G, FR, WHITING (1A)
Quickness and excellent long range touch make this freshman tough to guard. Named Second Team All-Area by The Times and Honorable Mention by the Post-Tribune. Teamed with Abby Gazda, they are one of the top tandems in the LAC. Averaged 16.1 ppg and 4.8 spg. Photo from the Whiting High School website.

CORTNEY FLANIGAN 5’5, G, JR, BOONE GROVE (2A)
The scoring threat for the Lady Woves. Had some big games this year. Teamed with Jessica Dowdy this year to create one of top tandems in the Porter County Conference. Helped the Lady Wolves win a Sectional title and a trip to the Rensselaer Regional. Selected to the Junior All-Star North Team. A Second Team All-Area selection by the Post-Tribune and The Times. Was an RRR All-Region Second Team selection last year. Averaged 15.8 ppg and 4.8 apg.

ABBY GAZDA 5’7, G, JR, WHITING (1A)
The other scoring threat for the Lady Oilers. Had some big games this year. Teamed with freshman Mel Dumezich this year to create one of top tandems in the area. Selected All-Area Honorable Mention by the Post-Tribune and The Times. Was an RRR All-Region Second Team selection last year. Averaged 15.2 ppg.

MALLORY GORSKI, 5’5, SR, SOUTH CENTRAL (1A)
Northwest Indiana’s leading scorer. She’s been the go-to player for the Lady Satellites for several years. The Porter County Conference MVP, she’s also the school’s all-time leading scorer. Proved she can put points on the board in bunches when she scored 51 points against Kouts. Also scored 38 points in South Central’s Sectional loss to Argos. Chosen to participate in the Top 40 workout. A First Team All-Area selection by both The Times and the Post-Tribune. Was the RRR 2A-1A Player of the Year last year. Averaged 26.6 ppg and 4.1 apg. COLLEGE: Not Playing

MIRANDA HOWARD, 5’9, F, SR. NORTH JUDSON (2A)
After helping North Judson get to the State Championship game last year, she was the go-to player for the Lady Bluejays this year. She’s an unselfish player that can put points on the board in a hurry when needed. Selected All-Area Third Team by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Second Team selection last year. Averaged 17.0 ppg and 7.2 rpg. COLLEGE: Unkown

JACLYN JESSEN - 5’8, G, JR, KOUTS, (1A)
A solid rebounding player who can score in bunches or get her teammates involved with great passes. An excellent all-around athlete with great speed and endurance. Should be one of the area’s top players next year. Selected All-Area Second Team by The Times and All-Area Third Team by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Second Team selection last year. Averaged 16.1 ppg and 4.1 apg.

REAGAN KANNE 5’8, G/F, SR, RENSSELAER, (2A)
Led Rensselaer to a Sectional Championship this year. An excellent rebounder who kicks the ball out for wide open shots by her teammates. Great floor leader. Selected All-Area Second Team by The Times and All-Area Honorable Mention by the Post-Tribune. Was an RRR All-Region Second Team selection last year. Averaged 12.8 ppg and 6.9 rpg. COLLEGE: Unkown

ANNA KAMMRATH, 6’0, C, SR, SOUTH CENTRAL (1A)
Has provided the Lady Satellites with excellent post play over the last several years. Already holds the all-time rebounding record for South Central. Selected All-Area Honorable Mention by the Post-Tribune and The Times. Was an RRR All-Region First Team selection last year. Averaged 14.8 pgp and 11.6 rpg. COLLEGE: Unknown

JESSICA SHEETS, 6'0, F, SR, HEBRON (2A)
A versatile wing player with good size who was the central offensive piece for the Lady Hawks this year. She was a bear on the boards. Selected to both The Times and the Post-Tribune All-Area Second Team. Was an RRR All-Region Honorable Mention selection last year. Averaged 15.2 ppg and 11.5 rpg. COLLEGE: Unknown

TARA WILLIAMSON, 5'7, G, JR, NORTH NEWTON (2A)
She was one of several go-to players for the Lady Spartan’s. She’s an unselfish player but can put points on the board in a hurry with her outside shooting. With senior sharp-shooting partner Natalie Christenson, opponents were hard-pressed to cover all of the defensive assignments. Selected All-Area Honorable Mention by both the Post-Tribune and The Times. Was an RRR All-Region Honorable Mention selection last year. Averaged 15.2 ppg and 8.8 rpg.

 

     

2A- 1A Second Team All-Region

WHITNEY ANDERSON 5'8, G/F, SOUTH CENTRAL, SR (1A)

KRISTEN BOLEN 5’9, F, NORTH JUDSON, JR (2A)

CINDY BORICICH 5'9, G/F, HEBRON, JR (2A)

JESSICA DOWDY 5’2, PG, BOONE GROVE, SO (2A)

HEIDI FREUND 5'6, PG, HEBRON, SR (2A)

ASHLEY GARRETT 5'8, F, SOUTH CENTRAL, SR (1A)

  

KARA KESSLER 5'9, F, BOONE GROVE, SR (2A)

  

MARLIE KNEIFEL 5'6, G/F, KOUTS, JR (1A)

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

   

KRYSTA RICKEY - 5'5, G, HANOVER CENTRAL, SR (2A)

INDY ROPER 5'6, PG, WHEELER, FR (2A)

AMY STREITMATTER 5'9, G, RENSSELAER, SR (2A)

TAYLOR VAN SICKLE 5'7, G/F, WESTVILLE, SR (1A)

JULIE WITTMER 6'0, C, MORGAN TOWNSHIP, JR (1A)
 

    

2A- 1A Honorable Mention All-Region

Anna Turturillo, Jordan Kramer Hanover Central

Lauren Kalis Hebron
Jordan Bennett Kouts

Amber Williams Lake Station
Nicole Jessen, Liz Clark Morgan Township
Tara Williamson North Newton

Courtney Meyer Rensselaer
Whitney Anderson South Central
Jennifer Smith Washington Township
Sarrah Van Sickle Westville

Amy Ketchum - Wheeler

      

 

 


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by John Smith | 12 Feb 2007 02:23 am
How does Brittany Rayburn not get all region player of the year or at least make the all area team averaging well better than Bruzskewski's stats suchs as 24.4 points a game 8.6 rebounds 3.4 steals and 2.1 blocks?

John, RRR All-Area consists of girls in the Northwest corner of the state. Sorry, Attica doesn't fall within that geographic boundary.

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