Gazing into the crystal ball for 2018

(Originally published in Nove,ber 2017, this story has been updated to reflect enrollment classification changes announced by the IHSA in June.) Can Marist repeat as state champion in 2018? What lies ahead in 2018? Can Marist hold off perennial nemesis Mother McAuley despite losing most of the mainstays who led the RedHawks to the 2017 state title? Can Class 3A champion Belleville Althoff weather the loss of 6-foot-1 setter extraordinaire Louis Comerford? Can Crystal Lake Central get back to the dance despite the loss of the Kelly twins, or...

Coach, Player and Team of the YEAR

Congratulations to our Team, Coach and Player of the Year!! 2017 Coach of the Year:  Jordan Vidovic, Marist2017 Player of the Year:  Alli Papesh, Minooka2017 Team of the Year:  Marist Redhawks Congratulations!! ...

First Team All STATE

Marian Catholic's Temitayo Thomas-Ailara First Team ALL STATEGrace Cleveland, 6-3, Sr., MB, Normal CommunityCharley Niego, 6-0, Sr., OH, Mother McAuleyAlli Papesh, 6-1, Sr., OH, MinookaRachel Pranger, 5-11, Sr., OH, EdwardsvilleTemitayo Thomas-Ailara, 6-1, Jr., OH, Marian CatholicSavannah Thompson, 5-10, Sr., OH, Marist

All State Teams​ – 3rd Team, 4th Team, Special Mention and Honorable Mention

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All-State Special Mention

Congratulations to all the players that made the 2017 Illprepvb.com All-State Teams!  Today we start with Special Mention and the rest of the teams being released this week.Today: Special MentionTuesday: Honorable MentionWednesday: 4th TeamThursday: 3rd TeamFriday: 2nd TeamSaturday: 1st Team​Sunday: Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Team of the Year Grayslake Central's Lauren LaBeck ​Special Mention (24) Kaite Asche, 5-9, Fr., OH, Durand; Jill Bennett, 5-10, Sr., OPP, St. Ignatius; Amanda Cassidy, 5-7, Sr., OH, Harv

Marist guts out win over Minooka in 4A; Belleville Althoff, St. Thomas More, Payson Seymour also win

Class 1A champion Payson Seymour Savannah Thompson never had a doubt. “Honestly, in the back of our heads there was no doubt,” said Marist’s 5-foot-11 senior outside hitter. “We had no doubt. The whole time I knew the other 17 girls, we wanted it just as bad and it feels freaking great to do right now, right here with these girls.” Thompson had 14 kills and 13 digs, Molly Murrihy added 32 assists and Maggie Meyer had 9 kills as Marist (41-1) defeated Minooka with a gutty 22-25, 25-22, 25-15 victory in the IHSA Class 4A state champion...

Flesner powers Payson in 1A, Schlechte sets state record; QND, St. Thomas More advance in 2A

Payson Seymour's Kamryn Flesner Payson Seymour’s Kamryn Flesner picked a good time to have the best match of her career. Flesner had 12 kills, including three in a row to spark a closing 13-3 run in Game 1, and hit a staggering .526 to lead the favorite Lady Indians to a 25-21, 25-13 victory over Newark in a semifinal of the IHSA Girls Volleyball Class 1A State Finals Friday at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University. Payson Seymour (40-1) will play Stewardson-Strasburg (34-6) for the Class 1A state championship Sa...

Minooka, Marist reach Class 4A title showdown; Belleville Althoff, Resurrection advance in 3A

Belleville Althoff meets the media after its semifinal win over Normal U-High. No surprises here. Minooka and Marist advanced to their IHSA Class 4A Girls Volleyball state championship showdown by winning their semifinal matches Friday at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal. One year after falling in the title match to eventual national champion Mother McAuley, Minooka (39-2) survived a few anxious moments late in the first set to defeat St. Charles North 25-20, 25-12. Six-foot senior outside Rocky Peri...

Marist, Minooka eye Class 4A title showdown; will Althoff prevail in 3A?

Will Marist defend its No. 1 ranking or will Minooka avenge its loss at Plainfield North? August 26. Seemingly an eternity ago. Two-and-a-half months ago, Marist and Minooka met in the championship match of the Plainfield North tournament. Minooka used a 13-7 run to break a 6-6 tie in Game 1 and breezed to a 25-20 win. A tournament title and statement victory seemed inevitable. But a funny thing happened on the Indians’ way to claiming the championship plaque. Marist countered with a 16-7 run in Game 2 to break a 4-4 tie, than built an 18-12