| 4A & 3A Player of the Year |
| 4A & 3A 1st Team |
| 4A & 3A 2nd Team | 4A & 3A Honorable Mention |
| 2A & 1A Players of the Year |
| 2A &1A 1st Team |
| 2A & 1A 2nd Team | 2A & 1A Honorable Mention |
| Keep your eye on the future |
Just a few words about our 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 last season, this season's 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.
HIGHLAND, SR. (4A)
60 C - PORTAGE, SR. (4A)
COLLEGE: Parkland (IL)
Provided a solid presence in the post for the Lady Indians this season on both sides of the ball.
Received the Portage "Pride, Hustle & Desire" Award for the season. Averaged 8.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 2000-2001. Was named to the Post-Tribune 2nd Team All Area and to the East Team in the Northwest Indiana All-Stars Classic. Amanda will be playing for the Region Roundball Rage 17U this summer.
511 F - HIGHLAND, FR. (4A)
An outstanding rebounder who made a significant impact as a freshman this year for the Lady Trojans. Known for her hustle and aggressive play, Julie should take up where her sister Jenny left off, and become the MVP for the Lady Trojans next season. Averaged 7.8 ppg and 6.4 rpg this season. Voted to the Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team, selected to the LAC All-Conference Team and The Times All-Area 2nd Team this year. Julie will be playing summer basketball with Mohr Magic 15U.
57 G - ANDREAN, JR. (3A)
Returned from an ACL injury suffered last season and led her team to a Sectional Championship. An excellent work ethic makes her one of the most determined and dedicated athletes in the Region. Established herself once again, as one of the top guards in the state, yet was unbelievably overlooked for the Junior All-Stars. Named LAC All-Conference and 1st Team All-Area by both The Times and the Post-Tribune. Averaged 17.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5.0 apg, and 4.4 spg.
Jamie will be playing summer basketball with Indiana Storm 18U.
60 F - PORTAGE, SR. (4A)
COLLEGE: Wheeling Jesuit University
One of the states top post players. Selected to attend the Top 40 Workout. Led her Lady Indian team to an upset victory over Valparaiso in this years Sectional. Named to the DAC All-Conference Team, and 1st Team All-Area by both The Times and the Post-Tribune. Averaged 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. A top student, she will study pre-med in college.
58 G - EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL, SR. (4A)
Great quickness. Can jump out of the gym and has all the tools to become a Division I player. Selected 1st Team All-Area by The Times. Averaged 13.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.7 steals per game.
58 G - GARY WEST SIDE, JR. (4A)
Had an outstanding year. Helped lead the Lady Cougars to yet another Northwest Conference Title. Scored 27 points against Highland in the Sectional Championship game. Will become the go-to player next year for the Lady Cougars. Voted to the Northwest All-Conference Team, and selected All-Area 2nd Team by The Times and Post-Tribune. Averaged 13.3 points and 3.5 assists per game.
62 C/F - KANKAKEE VALLEY, JR. (3A)
Best shot blocker in the Region. Excellent leaping ability and long arms make her a force to contend with in the paint. An All-State volleyball player for the past two years. Has added a scorers touch around the basket this year. Selected All-Area 2nd Team by The Times. Averaged 10.2 points and 3 blocks a game.
58 G - LAPORTE, SR. (4A)
COLLEGE: Marian College
After an up-and-down season, she helped lead the Lady Slicers to Sectional and Regional titles this year. A prolific scorer from outside arch. Voted to the DAC All-Conference Team, and selected All-Area 2nd Team by the Post-Tribune. Averaged 16.8 points and 3.2 steals a game this season.
60 F/C - VALPARAISO, SR. (4A)
COLLEGE: St. Joseph's College
Valpos blue collar player. Her work ethic and hustle has made her one of the top post players in the state. Named a Junior All-Star Team last summer. Invited to the Top 40 Workout after the season. Voted Co-MVP of the Duneland Conference and selected 1st Team All-Area by The Times and Post-Tribune. Will team up with former Valpo point guard Erin Sampsel next year in college.
55 G - HAMMOND GAVIT, SR. (3A)
One of the quickest guards in the state. Gave opponents fits with her in-your-face defense and quick hands. Helped lead the Lady Gladiators to Sectional and Regional Championships. Considered by many to be one of the top point guards in the class of 2001. Voted to the LAC All-Conference Team, and selected 1st Team All-Area by both The Times and Post-Tribune.
510 G/F - GARY WEST SIDE, SR. (4A)
COLLEGE: Miami University (OH)
Considered one of the strongest players in the Region. Jumping ability makes her an excellent rebounder and shot blocker. Played outstanding in the overtime Sectional Championship loss to Highland. Invited to the Top 40 Workout at the end of the season. Voted to the Northwest All-Conference Team, and selected 1st Team All-Area by both The Times and the Post-Tribune. Named MVP in the Northwest Indiana All-Star Classic.
511 F - VALPARAISO, SR. (4A)
COLLEGE: Stanford (academic scholarship)
Considered one of Greg Kirbys all-time best defensive players. Together with Courtnery Rosenbaum, they teamed up as one of the top post tandems in the state. Averaged 7.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Voted to the DAC All-Conference Team, and selected All-Area 2nd Team by both The Times and Post-Tribune.
59 G/F - HAMMOND GAVIT, JR. (3A)
One of the most improved players in the Region, she helped lead the Lady Gladiators to a Sectional and Regional Championship. Scored 41 points in the Regional Championship game against Andrean. Became the emotional and energy catalyst for a successful Lady Gladiator team. Averaged 18.6 points and 2.7 steals per game. Voted to the LAC All-Conference Team, and selected 1st Team All-Area by The Times. Leslie will be playing summer basketball with Indiana Storm 18U.
510 G - CROWN POINT, JR. (4A)
An athletic guard who sets the tone on the floor for the Lady Bulldogs with her tenacious defense and play-making ability. Helped lead Crown Point to a Sectional Championship and an undefeated Duneland Conference crown. Was selected as Crown Points first-ever Indiana Junior All-Star. Voted to the DAC All-Conference Team for the second year running and selected 1st Team All-Area by The Times. Averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 assists, and 3.2 steals per game. Alex will be playing summer basketball with both Indiana Force and Region Roundball Rage 17U.
57 G - CROWN POINT, SR. (4A)
Coach Tom May calls her Crown Points best-ever shooter. She is also an excellent rebounder. Helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to Sectional and Duneland Conference Championships. Invited to the Top 40 Workout after the season. Voted Co-MVP of the Duneland Conference and was selected 1st Team All-Area by both The Times and Post-Tribune. Averaged 16.7 points and 3.2 steals per game. Shot 52% from beyond the arc. Sarah will be playing summer basketball with Indiana Storm 18U.
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4A- 3A Second Team All-Region
LYNDEE ARNOLD 510, G, HIGHLAND, SOPH. (4A)
G, ANDREAN, JR. (3A) (11.2
BECKMAN 61, C, LAPORTE, JR. (4A) (8.5 ppg)
ALICIA BOOYER 58, G, GARY WEST SIDE, JR. (4A) (9.3 ppg)
BORYS 60, F, CROWN POINT, SR. (4A) (7.6 ppg)
BYTNAR 55, G, CALUMET, FR. (3A) (12.6 ppg)
DERICO 57, G, MERRILLVILLE, SR. (4A) (9.2 ppg)
GRABCZAK 58, G, HOBART, SR. (4A) (10.1 ppg)
GIBSON 57, G, GARY HORACE MANN, SR. (3A)
HAVIAR 57, G, LAKE CENTRAL, SOPH. (4A)
KACZMAREK 55, G, HIGHLAND, SR. (4A) (4.6 ppg)
MARSHAY JOLLY 510, F, MERRILLVILLE, FR. (4A) (10.3 ppg)
57, G, VALPARAISO, SR. (4A)
MARTIN 58, G, MUNSTER, JR. (4A) (12.4 ppg)
MCGEE 58, G, MICHIGAN CITY, SR. (4A) (12.9 ppg)
MATIE 59, G/F, HOBART, JR. (4A) (10.7 ppg)
NEULIEB 58, G, MICHIGAN CITY, JR. (4A) (12.7
POPARAD 59, G/F, CHESTERTON, SR. (4A) (11 ppg)
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4A- 3A Honorable Mention All-Region
Franz, Stephanie Henley, Jessica Nadolski -
Lynette Diaz, Sara Stessl Bishop Noll
Chandra Timberlake Calumet
Shea Bardeson, Mandi Loving, Catherine Campbell - Chesterton
Amanda Bernard, Janel Heneghan, Ashley Plumley Crown Point
Rayna Hare East Chicago Central
Keiona McBride Gary Lew Wallace
LaSharon Watson, Ebony Westbrook, Tina Walker Gary Roosevelt
Tai Atkins, Belinda Drake, Bernettra Grayer, Arianne Robinson Gary West Side
Jonique Barnes, Tiffany King Gary Wirt
Katie Vanek, Crystal Nelson - Griffith
Jeanine Haase, Nina Jackson Hammond Gavit
Dana Jefferies Hammond Morton
Jessica Hamman, Mary Sutliff, Stephanie Wanicki - Highland
Amanda Isakson, Natalie Vukin Hobart
Lesley Cunningham, Amanda DeVries, Megan Parker, Stacy Spurgeon KV
Erin Fosher, Emily Smitka, Linsey Smith, Meighan Tucker Lake Central
Alexis Bernacchi, Kristin Drabyn, Krysti Havens - LaPorte
Lisa Schulfer, Rachel Wielgos Lowell
Christina Peete, Heather Renehan, Julie Seagraves Merrillville
Lolita Christopher, Chrissy DiCostanzo Munster
Nicole Dearing, Tracie Korbar, Nicole Tesseneer Portage
Megan Diaz, Brooke McAfee, Allison Mosak Valparaiso
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of the Year? Again? Well, at least its in the other division this year.
Once again the RRR staff was faced with a tough decision.
How do you distinguish between two exceptional players who have had such
a tremendous impact on basketball within the Region?
We decided not to, and have awarded Player of the Year honors to both
players. It was a remarkable season
for both. Martin set the all-Porter
County career scoring record with 1,797 points scored during her four-year
dominance at Kouts and was invited to the Top 40 Workout in Indianapolis.
Bechtold averaged 22.4 points and 7.1 assists a game and led her team to a
second Porter County Conference title and first-ever 2A Regional title for the
Hebron Hawks. She has just recently received one of Indianas highest honors
by being selected for Junior All-Star Team.
Both are very deserving of Player of the Year recognition.
2A-1A First Team All-Region
2A- 1A Second Team All-Region
59, F, RIVER
FOREST, SR. (2A) (13.3 ppg)
64, C, NORTH JUDSON, JR. (2A)
WHEELER, FR. (2A) (10.5 ppg)
510, F, MORGAN TOWNSHIP, (1A) (10.8 ppg)
KELLY GARRETT 54, G, HANOVER CENTRAL, SR. (2A) (8.6 ppg)
59, F, HEBRON, SR. (2A)
RIVER FOREST, SR. (2A) (12.8 ppg)
57, F, KOUTS, JR. (1A) (8.8 ppg)
57, G, HEBRON, JR. (2A)
57, G, NORTH JUDSON, SOPH. (2A) (10.8 ppg)
59, F, HANOVER CENTRAL, JR. (2A) (8.9 ppg)
2A- 1A Honorable Mention All-Region
Wajvoda, Amber Westerhoff, Megan McElmury Hanover
Jenny Brown, Dana Howard Kouts
Melody Music, Becky Tarnowski Lake Station
Jessica Glinski, Brianna Hefner Morgan Township
Jennifer Arnett, Megan Brown, Jacki Surma North Judson
Ashley Barkey, Marissa Becze, Kassie Koselke, Nina Oliver North Newton
Silvia Montes River Forest
Jackie Johnson Washington Township
Becca Papach Whiting
Keep your eye on the Region's future
There was an unbelievable group of freshmen who emerged as decisive factors or promising prospects for their respective teams this season. Look for these girls to make an even bigger impact next year. The Region will be quite competitive with these fine players as seniors in 2003-2004.
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