Region Roundball Review
1998-99 ALL-AREA HONORS
| Player of the Year |
| 1st Team All Area | 2nd Team All Area | 4A Honorable Mention |
| 3A Honorable Mention | 2A Honorable Mention | 1A Honorable Mention |
| Super Sophs 1st Team | Super Sophs 2nd Team | Frosh Fab Five |

                

REGION-AREA
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeanette Gray
Valparaiso

Valparaiso's Jeanette Gray directs traffic while being guarded in the regular season Andrean game. (Post-Tribune photo by Jen Friedberg.)

JEANETTE GRAY, SENIOR, FORWARD, 5'10", VALPARAISO (18.5 ppg, 8.3 rbs) -- One word describes Jeanette -- Hustle! Despite being double and tripled teamed most the season, she still had a remarkable season. She led the Valpo Lady Vikes to an 18-1 record and No. 5 state ranking before successive upset losses to Crown Point and Chesterton ended their season. A member of the Indiana Junior All-Star Team and an AAU 17& Under All-American this summer, Jeanette should be a shoe-in for the Indiana All-Star Team this summer. Jeanette will attend Valparaiso University on a basketball scholarship next fall. Congratulations on a great high school career, Jeanette, and we wish you the best of luck at Valparaiso University!

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1st TEAM ALL-AREA

JACKIE CAMPBELL, SENIOR, GUARD, 5'10", CHESTERTON (18.5ppg, 4.9 assists) -- 1st Team Hoosier Basketball Magazine All-State Team both her junior and senior year. Jackie was also a member of the Indiana Junior All-Star Team this summer, and should join Jeanette as a member of this year's Indiana All-Star Team. A four year starter for her Dad, Coach Jack Campbell, Jackie has been a pleasure to watch over the last several years. Led Chesterton to an overtime victory in sectionals over #5 ranked Valparaiso. Jackie will attend National powerhouse Colorado State University on a basketball scholarship next fall.

ABBEY COONS, SENIOR, GUARD, 5'8", HOBART (15.7 ppg, 5.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.1 steals) -- Abbey Coons is one of the most under-rated guards in the state. She managed to stay healthy this year, despite seeing plenty of defenses geared to stop her. Abbey and her fellow senior classmates at Hobart have posted an excellent record over the last four years, and won the first ever Sectional Championship in Lady Brickies basketball history! A top student, ranked #1 in her class, Abbey will be attempt to walk on to the women's team at Notre Dame. With their lack of depth at the point guard position, Abbey has an outstanding chance of getting some quality playing time for the Irish.

KRISTIN CHEAIRS, SENIOR, GUARD, 5'7", GARY WEST SIDE ( 14.9 ppg, 3.6 assists, 2.5 steals) -- Another Indiana Junior All-Star Team member, and should be the 3rd region player to make the Indiana All-Star Team this summer. Kristin is lightning quick, and one of the most unselfish players to have ever played the game. She could have easily averaged over 20 points a game, but instead is platooned in Rod Fisher's offense, and has never complained. She is a team player and provides the young Cougar players with excellent leadership by example. Kristin will be attending the University of Illinois Circle Campus (UIC) on a basketball scholarship next fall..

MEGHANN SULLIVAN, SENIOR, CENTER, 6'1", ANDREAN (13.0 PPG) -- The best defensive post player in Northwest Indiana and one of the top players in the state. Meghann plays smart with a lot of heart and determination. Her biggest contribution to Andrean's team this year has been her leadership on the floor. She led Andrean to the Sectional Championship and their first Regional appearance in 13 years. Meghann will be a great addition to any college program.

SHANNON WELLS, SENIOR, FORWARD, 5'10", MERRILLVILLE (16.8 ppg, 3.1 assists, 3.1 steals, 6.8 rbs) -- Hands down, the most under-rated and overlooked talent in Northwest Indiana. She doesn't get the recognition or press that others do, but she leaves everything she's got on the floor each and every game. Took over in the second half of Merrillville's sectional game against favored Crown Point, and almost led her team to an upset victory. A two sport star at Merrillville, Shannon will be a great addition to any college program.

JENNY DEMUTH, SOPHOMORE, FORWARD, 5'10", HIGHLAND (19.1 ppg, 7.5 rbs, 3.7 steals) -- The scary thing about Jenny is that she just continues to get better each year. Missed Sectionals last year with an ACL injury and Highland was eliminated early by Crown Point. This year, she was healthy and led her team to the Merrillville Sectional Championship. The team's first title in 16 years. A definite Division I prospect, we will be hearing a lot more about Jenny over the next two years.

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2nd TEAM ALL-AREA

ERIN SAMPSEL, JUNIOR, GUARD, 5'11", VALPARAISO (9 ppg, 6.9 assists) -- Was the floor general for the Lady Vikes that made things happen. Broke Valparaiso's record for most assists in one game this season. One of the best true point guards in the state, and a definite Division I prospect.

LORI MOORE, SENIOR, GUARD, 5'8", LAKE CENTRAL (10.9 ppg, 2.4 assists) -- Provided leadership to a rebuilding Lake Central program this year. Lori never stop hustling and carried the responsibility of being the Indians' only returning force from last year's 4A state finalist team.. One of the best soccer players in the state of Indiana, Lori excels with a winning, never-say-die attitude.

LAUREN JULIAN, SENIOR, FORWARD, 5'11", HOBART (12.8 ppg) -- A physical force underneath the basket, but can also score from anywhere on the floor. She helped bring home Hobart's first ever Sectional Championship with her twin counterpart, Katie Julian.

NATALIE YUDT, JUNIOR, FORWARD, 6'0", PORTAGE (12.9 ppg) -- Helped lead Portage to the Duneland Conference Championship this year. A threat to score from anywhere on the floor, and also has the quickness to slash to basket. Could be labeled the Come Back Kid, with key efforts to bring her team back from behind on more occasions than coach Renee Turpa would like to remember. Most likely will go Division I.

KRISTI KOSELKE, JUNIOR, FORWARD, 6'0", NORTH NEWTON (16 ppg) -- Does it all for the Spartans. She's a hard worker that has size and speed, and even played some point guard this year with very capable ball-handling skills. A definite Division I prospect.

JENNIFER BAYER, SENIOR, CENTER, 6'2", LOWELL (16.5 ppg, 11.2 rbs) -- Was double- and triple-teamed most of the year, but still put up some very impressive numbers this season. She is forceful around the basket and has the rhythm on running the inside-outside game. A Division I prospect.

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4A HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AREA

Bridget Decordial, senior, guard, 5'4", LaPorte
Stephanie Gill, junior, guard, 5'9", Munster
Susan Hay, junior, guard, 5'7", Munster
Cathy Herring, junior, guard, 5'7", Hammond Morton
Tiffany Humphrey, junior, guard, 5'5", Hammond
Tracy Jackson, sophomore, forward, 5'8", East Chicago Central,
Erin Jedlikowski, senior, center, 6'0", Portage
Katie Julian, senior, forward, 5'11", Hobart
Kim Law, senior, forward, 5'11", Hammond
Julie Mandon, junior, center, 5'11", Hobart
Janice Marler, junior, forward, 5'10", Merrillville
Michelle Pickering, junior, guard, 5'5", Portage
Christy Poparad, sophomore, forward, 5'8", Chesterton
Courtney Rosenbaum, sophomore, forward, 5'11", Valparaiso
Kelly Schoon, junior, forward, 6'0", Lowell
Kim Smith, sophomore, forward, 5'9", Gary West Side
Lauren Taylor, junior, forward, 5'9", Gary Wirt
Lee Traynham, sophomore, forward, 5'11", Valparaiso
Beth Tully, senior, guard, 5'8", Crown Point
Alex Webster, freshman, guard, 5'10", Crown Point
Clatossica Williams, senior, forward, 5'10", East Chicago Central
Sarah Zondor, sophomore, guard, 5'7", Crown Point

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3A HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AREA

Kara Austgen, senior, guard, 5'6", Andrean
Amber Farr, junior, forward, 5'7", Griffith
Rachel Griffith, junior, guard, 5'2", Hammond Clark
Jamie Gutowski, freshman, guard, 5'7", Andrean
Stacy Jones, senior, forward, 5'9", Hammond Noll
Kristen Kruchowski, junior, guard, 5'7", Kankakee Valley
Joann Smith, sophomore, guard, 5'5", Hammond Gavit

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2A HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AREA

Melanie Brumbaugh, junior, forward, 5'11", Hanover Central
Kristie King, junior, forward, 5'6", North Judson
Christy Koby, senior, guard, 5'5", Hanover Central
Tracy Mezera, junior, guard, 5'7", River Forest
Julie Moniak, freshman, forward, 5'11", Hanover Central
Lindsey Shultz, senior, forward, 6'0", Wheeler
Becky Schuster, junior, forward, 6'0", North Newton
Jamie Sturgell, senior, guard, 5'6", North Judson
Andrea Walker, sophomore, guard, 5'5", Wheeler

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1A HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AREA

Michelle Armstrong, senior, guard, 5'5", Hebron
Megan Hefner, senior, center, 6'0", Morgan Township
Thespena Kolintzas, junior, guard, 5'6", Whiting
Jody Lackey, junior, forward, 5'10", Morgan Township
Erica Martin, sophomore, forward, 5'7", Kouts
Kim McGinley, junior, forward, 5'10", Morgan Township

      

PLAYERS IN THE REGION'S FUTURE

SUPER SOPHS 1ST TEAM

JOANN SMITH, GUARD, 5'5", HAMMOND GAVIT -- Cat quick defensive specialist who can also put up the numbers. Continues to lead her team by example.

SARAH ZONDOR, GUARD, 5'7", CROWN POINT -- Crown Point's leading scorer this year with radar range. Always finds a way to score, either from the field or at the free throw line.

ERICA MARTIN, FORWARD, 5'7", KOUTS -- One of the Region's and the state's top scorers. She willed her team to a sectional win with outstanding play and offensive leadership.

KIM SMITH, FORWARD, 5'10", GARY WEST SIDE -- Will take over as the go-to player for Gary West Side next year. Tough on the boards and can dominate, when she wants to.

LEE TRAYNHAM, FORWARD/CENTER, 5'11", VALPARAISO -- Played big in several games and will only get better. Her full year of varsity experience as a sophomore will be valuable to the Lady Vikes next season.

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SUPER SOPHS 2ND TEAM

CHRISTY POPARAD, GUARD, 5'8", CHESTERTON -- Will take over scoring responsibilities for Chesterton next year with the exit of Jackie Campbell. This girl has a nose for the bucket.

DANA LIPPELT, GUARD, 5'6", VALPARAISO -- Defensive specialist for one of the state's top teams, she was key to Valpo's success this season. Kicked up her offense as a third option near the end of the season.

ANDREA WALKER, GUARD, 5'7", WHEELER -- The top offensive player for the Lady Bearcats, she put up big numbers for her team this season. She will undoubtedly continue to do so.

COURTNEY ROSENBAUM, FORWARD, 5'11", VALPARAISO -- The second half of Valparaiso's sophomore twin towers, she emerged as a solid offensive threat as the season progressed.

TRACY JACKSON, FORWARD, 5'8", EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL -- Very athletic player who will only get better. Will most likely be the centerpiece of the Cardinals' offense in the future.

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FROSH FAB FIVE

JAMIE GUTOWSKI, GUARD, 5'7", ANDREAN -- The young floor leader for the 59'ers stepped in with a veteran squad to make the '59ers click better than ever. She will become Andrean's major offensive threat next season.

ALEX WEBSTER, GUARD, 5'10", CROWN POINT -- Drew the toughest defensive assignments for the Lady Bulldogs this year, holding some 1st Team Region players below their scoring averages. Led her team in blocks, and shot .417 from beyond the arc.

KIM SLIWA, GUARD/FORWARD, 5'9", BOONE GROVE -- Quietly put up good numbers for Boone Grove. Gradually became the centerpiece of the Wolves' offense this season.

STEPHANIE SCHRAGE, FORWARD, 5'8", MUNSTER -- Played some great games off the bench for the Lady Mustangs. Although she was able to sneak up on some teams with her killer range from behind the arc this season, teams all know about her now!

JULIE MONIAK, FORWARD/CENTER, 5'11", HANOVER CENTRAL -- Played like a veteran for the Lady Wildcats, giving solid, no-letdown minutes to her senior teammates. She is a force to be reckoned with and will be a big part of the Wildcat offense next season.

OFF THE BENCH

MICHELLE JONES, GUARD, 5'7", WEST SIDE -- Has been coming off the bench and playing very well on a talented Cougars squad.

RACHEL WIELGOS, GUARD, 5'8", LOWELL -- Stepped in at Sectionals and scored her team's first 7 points. After a taste at the varsity level, she will most likely become a key offensive threat for the Red Devils next season.

JULIE SEAGRAVES, GUARD, 5'4", MERRILLVILLE -- Small but quick, and can light it up from beyond the arc.

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