Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/region/public_html/cutenews/show_news.php on line 21

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/region/public_html/cutenews/show_news.php on line 41

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/region/public_html/cutenews/inc/ on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/region/public_html/cutenews/inc/ on line 23

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/region/public_html/cutenews/inc/ on line 23

Announcing the RRR 2006-07 NWI Senior Seven
Region Roundball Review

08/31/06 03:41 am by RRR | Back


For the third year in a row, we mark the Labor Day holiday weekend by highlighting Northwest Indiana's top seniors. In our opinion, these seven young ladies represent the best candidates in Northwest Indiana for Indiana All-Star consideration in 2007, and we ask that you keep an eye on them throughout their final season of high school basketball.


The RRR NWI Senior Seven photos and stats will appear on our site masthead throughout the coming year. We expect all of these senior players to excel during the 2006-07 season. All seven will carry a great deal of their team's hopes for the coming year, and they are definitely up to the challenge. As these players go, so will the fate of each of their teams.


Our 2006-07 NWI Senior Seven, in alphabetical order:


Becca Bruszewski

6'1 Wheeler guard/forward

College plans: Notre Dame

Becca Bruszewski comes into her final year of high school basketball fulfilling all of the predictions made by many since the time she was a freshman. She has a scholarship to Notre Dame and has worked hard for it. She was a core member of the 2006 Indiana Junior All-Star Team, and has received scores of local and state media accolades over the past three years. Now all that is left on her list of accomplishments is to take her team as far as possible in the 2007 IHSAA 2A Tournament, and to be named to the 2007 Indiana All-Stars, even making a strong bid for 2007 Miss Basketball honors. A multi-talented player with the ability to play any position on the floor for the Bearcats, Bruszewski has been the do-everything player for Wheeler since her frosh year. She is the type of player who brings it to every game and makes the players around her better. She will be challenged at Notre Dame and in the Big East, like any college freshman, but the harder she is pushed, the better she will be. Expect her to make an impact for the Irish early on in what is sure to be a stellar college career in South Bend. Photo courtesy of

Sarah Dermody

5'10 LaPorte guard/forward

College plans: Undecided

This talented young lady has been flying under the radar of many, as LaPorte (8-13) struggled through much of last season. You don't get a lot of media attention when your team is finding its way back to the plus column. But a strong late-season showing by Sarah Dermody against NWI powers Lake Central (19 points), Valparaiso (11 points) and Crown Point (13 points) reflected a glimmer of what is to come for the Slicers this upcoming season. Make no mistake, Dermody is a top player and the Slicers will depend heavily on her to compete in the tough DAC in 2006-07. After a breakout junior season, Dermody was honored for her efforts by being named All-DAC First Team, Second Team by the Michigan City News Dispatch, First Team by the LaPorte Herald-Argus, and a member of the West Team for the Sports Fest games held this past June in South Bend. With a nose for the ball, good athleticism and a 4.0 GPA, Dermody should have lots of options open up to her for the next level. Photo courtesy of

Cortney Flanigan

5'5 Boone Grove combo guard

College plans: Undecided

Boone Grove's Courtney Flanigan follows in the footsteps of 2004-05 NWI Senior Seven honoree, Karissa Walter. Just as her former teammate dominated the PCC scene as a standout guard, so does Flanigan with her complete repertoire of hoop skills, most notably her dead-eye shooting. Some will say that Flanigan's high field goal percentage (.511) comes from steals and transition for easy layups, and she gets plenty of those opportunities, but that doesn't explain away her long-range accuracy. Although she only took 32 shots from behind the arc, Flanigan made 19 of them (.593) and she's strong from the free-throw line, too (.786). What Flanigan mostly has in common with her predecessor is basketball heart. This kid refuses to give up, and her 8.0 rebound-per-game average is a testament to heart over height. After leading her team to a Regional appearance as a junior, which included a huge win over Wheeler and ND recruit Becca Bruszewski, Flanigan was named a Second Team honoree by both The Times and Post-Tribune, and was selected to the North Junior All-Star Team over the summer. The All-PCC combo guard is a blue collar player who will bring savvy and a gutsy floor presence to a college program that will be willing to take a chance on basketball dynamite in a small package. Photo courtesy of

Jaclyn Jessen

5'8 Kouts combo guard

College plans: Undecided

Since her freshman year, Kout's Jaclyn Jessen has been an impact player for the Fillies, but not just on the basketball court. A four sport athlete -- basketball, volleyball, cross country and track --Jessen is a gifted athlete that has improved her presence on the basketball court season after season. All plays for Kouts run through this savvy player, and as she goes, so does her team. Last year's Fillies (12-9) return all but one player in 2006-07, setting the stage for what could be a season to remember for Jessen in her final high school campaign. Her long-distance endurance training will come in handy for this All-PCC Energizer Bunny (29 mpg last season), as she will again be the primary focus of the Kouts offense and most likely see all kinds of junk defenses designed to stop her. But can she be stopped? If she can pick up where she left off at the end of last season in a 61-60 loss to Whiting in the 1A Sectional (33 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals), this All-Area player will be drawing some serious attention from college coaches at several levels. Photo courtesy of

LaTice Jones

5'11 Gary Roosevelt power forward

College plans: Valparaiso

When you play a lot of games against out-of-state schools like the Panthers did last season (8 of 20 games), it's possible that not many people might know about your game. That is definitely the case for Gary Roosevelt's LaTice Jones. The 5'11 forward, who turned some heads at the Top 100 Showcase this past summer, put up huge numbers in near obscurity last season, averaging a double-double (22.4 ppg, 10.7 rpg) over 20 games for the 10-10 Panthers. Those numbers garnered her Second Team honors by both The Times and Post-Tribune. Jones might not be seen much again this season, but she'll definitely be heard while making some double-double noise for her team. A diamond in the rough with super athletic moves and serious hops, she has a world of potential with the right college program. Photo by Stephanie Dowell, Post-Tribune.

Lauren Meneghetti

5'10 Munster guard

College plans: Southern Indiana

Her junior season numbers may not be what some consider to be spectacular, but don't be fooled. Munster's Lauren Meneghetti was the heart and soul of a very good Munster team (19-5) that swept the LAC and fell just two points shy of Sectional winner East Chicago Central and All-American Dee Dee Jernigan in the IHSAA 4A Tournament. A smart and solid player who is looked up to by her teammates, Meneghetti will be relied upon heavily this season as the Mustangs try to replace major losses to graduation and transfer. As a good-sized combo guard, Meneghetti sees the floor extremely well (92 assists) and presents perimeter matchup problems for most teams with her ability to pass inside or take smaller defenders to the hole. She played more minutes than any other Mustang last season, but her minutes will probably increase even more this year as she becomes the primary offensive threat for Munster in 2006-07. She was a First Team selection by The Times and Honorable Mention by the Post-Tribune. Her size and floor savvy makes her a solid college prospect in many ways at many levels.  Photo courtesy of

Emma Tucker

6'3 Michigan City forward/center

College plans: Undecided

Wow, did this girl come on like gangbusters at the end of last season! Although she only averaged 12.1 points per game during the regular season, she posted season and career highs against South Bend Riley in first-round sectional play -- 38 points and 25 rebounds! She went on to average 23.5 points, 20.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks through three sectional games, including an 18-point, 19-rebound performance against eventual 4A state runner-up South Bend Washington. Tucker was named All-DAC and received First Team accolades from the Michigan City News-Dispatch and LaPorte Herald-Argus. The Wolves will be in the thick of things this season in the DAC, and with a strong supporting cast returning this year, Tucker could carry her team far into the post-season if she picks up where she left off last February. Probably one of the biggest prospect sleepers in the state, the lanky, athletic and potential-packed Tucker could be a key recruit for the right D-I program. Photo by Bob Wellinski, LaPorte Herald Argus.


Past RRR Senior Seven Honorees



View complete article...
Name High School College
Mallory Gorski South Central chose not to play
Sharon Houston Merrillville Old Dominion
Erica Humes Valparaiso chose not to play
Dee Dee Jernigan East Chicago Central Rutgers
Brittney Moore Merrillville Gulf Coast
Erica Simpson Gary West Side Alabama-Birmingham
Kelly Watts East Chicago Central Western Illinois



View complete article...
Name High School College
Shaneé Butler Gary West Side Paine
Ashley Gates Gary West Side not playing
Cassie Kerns Valparaiso Connecticut
Jernita Moore East Chicago Central not playing
Cassie Pruzin Crown Point DePauw
Isabell Rhenwrick Gary West Side Indianapolis
Karissa Walter Boone Grove Oakland City



This page has been viewed 272 times.

by alexis simon | 09 May 2007 03:09 pm
way to kill the game cortney keep it up! she's an awesome all around player and the best i've seen come out of NW Indiana since Dee Dee Jernigan. Good Luck out there!
<3 Alexis#30 Hobart High smile

by katrina mcquay | 30 Jan 2007 02:48 pm

by emily | 18 Dec 2006 06:21 pm
boone isnt even that good

by Emily | 13 Nov 2006 01:31 am
Courtney Flaningan is a great player. I hope she does well in college.
-Good Luck Court. Kick butt!
<3 Emily #13 Whiting High

by Tallulah Griffin | 03 Nov 2006 07:36 pm
Hello I'm just giving a shoutout to my cousin LaTice M. Jones to tell her that I love her and I miss her. So congrats Latice and I'll see you this Summer. Love,
Tallulah smile

Email: (optional)


smile wink wassat tongue laughing sad angry crying 

| Forget Me

Copyright ©
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without prior permission.